The semi-invalid who had arrived in England in May 1884 not knowing whether he would be crippled for the rest of his life had developed into a strapping 27 year old who had matured in ways that set him apart from his less intrepid contemporaries. With his handsome countenance, lofty bearing, broad smile and engaging personality, Morrison made friends easily wherever he roamed, but he usually chose to travel alone; he loved the sense of freedom that solo travel gave him—the freedom to indulge his innate journalistic curiosity.
From Cadiz, Morrison crossed the Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier where he received a warm welcome as a British subject. Britain had become Morocco’s largest trading partner and the Royal Navy patrolled the straits as a deterrent to the country’s enemies, France and Spain. Morrison