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With the Victoria Column in Matabeleland free pdf Excerpt from With the Victoria Column in Matabeleland: Tuesday, 20th March, 1894 Let each man have his own opinion- surely, freedom of opinion is one of the grandest things of which we Britishers may be justly proud! My position was rather unique, for I had no personal quarrel with nor enmity against the Matabeles. I was out in South Africa hunting with a friend, and a very good time we had too. It may interest some of the audience to see a photograph I took with my kodak of a bag we brought in one morning - I will presently produce a view of it two lions and eight bucks- besides which we brought in that same day two more bucks and a "wolf," which is the name given to the spotted hyena out there. This bag was shot a couple of days from the Lundi river. I take this opportunity to thank the Eastman Photographic Materials Co., Ltd., for the careful manner in which they have made the lantern slides from the negatives of the No. 2 Kodak, with which they supplied me. While shooting sea cows (the Dutch word for hippopotamus) on the Umtilique river at the end of July, we heard that the Matabeles had made a raid upon Victoria. The Kaffirs are so prone to exaggerate that we did not really give much credence to their stories, and in fact thought no more about it, until on our return journey while at Bubye river some "transport riders" (the generic term for all Pickfords and Hibberts in that country) confirmed the reports which we had heard from the Kaffirs, and as I was loath to leave the country without seeing the ruins of Zimbabyi (of which I shall presently show you a few views), I determined to go up and ascertain for myself the truth. I am very glad I did, for apart from having had the honour of assisting in this remarkable war, I had the pleasure, and I may say, the honour, of meeting Mr. F.C. Selous, than whom there is no mightier Nimrod. Mr. Selous is a man who has earned for himself the reputation of being "The man who could not tell a lie." Well, if any man in South Africa has earned a name for himself such as that, he must be one of the "right sort." Victoria presented a curious sight, for every man in the town was either a policeman or a soldier- and very proud of-it they seemed to be. As I approached this collection of red brick and tin-roofed houses with my wagon and 16 oxen, I meta man and asked him if there was any fighting going on- "No," said he, "If there was you would not see me like this, I'd be in my uniform." When it came to the pinch these men made uncommonly good soldiers. They were all used to veldt-life, and most of them could shoot a bit. After that first raid by the Matabeles on July 16th, all persons had been ordered into the town, and had to bring their wagons within the fort- which is an oblong brick building, in which all the government offices, like the post office, magistrates,

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Author : H W Donovan
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331569001
EAN : 9781331569008
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 32 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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