Chemin de Fer de Kayes à Bafoulabé
(ANFOM Microfilm 14 MI 1319)
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(p1) This is a treaty between the French and African war prisoners who were put to work on railroad construction. It says that the Sofas (soldiers), instead of being treated like prisoners of war, were privileged to work for the French and receive rations, lodging and wages.
Article 1: The Sofas are not captives, nor are their wives or children.
(p2) Article 2: The Sofas are required to live wherever they are assigned by "le Capitaine Chef de Service des Travaux Neufs."
Article 4 mentions the possibility of punishment as prisoners of war for infractions
Article 5 prescribes the death penalty for desertion.
Article 6 makes the treaty effective 7 days after the Lt. Governor signs it.
Article 7 provides for four copies of the treaty to be sent to each of the two parties, the director of the railroad, and the national archives.
(p3) An additional paragraph permits the director of the railroad to make copies of thee treaty and post them wherever he feels necessary. They should be printed in French and Bambara, and carry the date the convention becomes effective.
Fait a Solinta 4 Janvier 1899. Signed: Trentinian
This letter infoprms the Governor General of the opening of the railroad station at Toukoto and the transfer of the "magasin du Service Locale" (local government warehouse) from Badumb‚ to Toukoto.
(p6) The railroad had 850 workers in the vicinity of Kayes, 300 near Bafoulab‚, and 3250 near Kita, for a total of 4400.
(p7) The Service colonial employs an additional 450 "hommes conducteurs" (animal drivers) and 450 mules.
This provides some figures for the size of worker rations. Railroad workers received one kilogram of millet and 0.015 grams of salt each day. Conducteurs d'animaux (animal drivers) got one kilogram of millet and 0.300 grams of meat per day. Mules got 4 kilograms of millet and 0.020 grams of salt.
This is a list of military camps along the supply route from the end of the railroad in Badumb‚ to the Niger River at Koulikoro.
|Camp||Distance from last camp (kilometers)||Total distance from Badumb‚ (kilomters)|