Reminiscences of a Frontier Armed & Mounted Police Officer in South Africa

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C.T. Campbell, 1866 - Police - 261 pages
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Page 194 - T is strange — but true ; for truth is always strange ; Stranger than fiction : if it could be told, How much would novels gain by the exchange ; How differently the world would men behold ! How oft would vice and virtue places change ! The new world would be nothing to the old, If some Columbus of the moral seas Would show mankind their souls
Page 199 - It should be understood at the outset that the principal object to be attained is the prevention of crime. To this great end every effort of the police is to be directed. The security of person and property, the preservation of the public...
Page 228 - Pacific train was delayed from nine o'clock in the morning until five o'clock in the evening in order to allow buffalo to cross the track.
Page 176 - Other stations, more favoured, cannot say as much. I will take for example the Missionary station at Middle Drift, in Kama's country. Here, the Natives have all they could possibly desire. The land they possess is far superior to the generality of land in the colony, It is, for the most part, a rich loamy soil, well watered ; the pasturage cannot be excelled ; horses, cattle, and sheep thrive well on it.
Page 173 - Add to this the fact that Kama's country is a sort of forbidden territory, on which the Frontier Armed and Mounted Police or the colonial' police have no right whatever to set foot— at least, in an official capacity. No wonder, then, that sheep by the hundred are lost, and no clue ever found to them. No wonder...
Page 169 - The former is composed of herbs of their own selection and a wooden jar of sheep's fat ; the latter are made of a lot of portions of bones or horns, tied together in the form of a circle, and to which is attached by a piece of string a flat bone, marked on both sides after the manner of dice. On first entering a hut where the patient lives, they toss these charms in the air, the dice-marked bone indicating the state of the patient's health.
Page 149 - One would imagine that il eyes had " audible language," his indeed would say, " I am up to snuff, and I know it." His age, at a guess, would be about fifty. This man holds the onerous and important position of sergeant in the
Page 16 - ... each steam coach can travel 140 or 150 miles a day, whereas a set of four stage coach horses can only work during seven hours and a half out of every twenty-four hours, or each horse can run fifteen miles a day, and that exertion wears them out very soon. A...
Page 186 - Africa, it may not be uninteresting to the Reader to learn something of the organisation of the Frontier Armed and Mounted Police, their equipments, mode of patrol, duty, &c.
Page 173 - Kafir chief Kama, have never purchased sheep in the colony or elsewhere, and yet they can boast of thousands of the very best description. How is this? Simply answered, they take right good care to help themselves. Kama's kraals are very convenient to the colony. An expert thief can manage to drive a flock of sheep a di&tauce of thirty or forty miles in one night ; and within a circle of this distance, the number of colonial farmers...

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