Matabele Campaign, 1896: Being a Narrative of the Campaign in Supressing the Native Rising in Matabeleland and Mashonaland
Methuen, 1897 - 500 pages
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7th Hussars arms arrived attack body Boys bring Buluwayo bush called camp Cape Captain carried cattle caves chiefs close column coming command dark direction distance district effect enemy evidently fight fire five followed foot force forest formed four fresh getting give grass guns Gwelo half hand head hills hope horses hundred Hussars impi infantry keep killed koppie kraal leading leaving lion look Mashonaland Matabele Matopos miles morning mountain mounted moved natives nearly niggers night officer once party passed path patrol position present rebels returned ridge river road rocks round scouts seen sent shot side soon South spoor started strong stronghold supplies surrender taken talk thing took town troops turn valley veldt waggons women wounded
Page 454 - Play, not for yourself, but for your side.' It is thus that our leaders find themselves backed by their officers playing up to them ; not because they are ' — well ordered to' (as I heard Tommy express it), nor because it may bring them crosses and rewards, but simply — because it is the game.
Page 10 - Into Mafeking?' Well, there's a little tin (corrugated iron) house and a goods shed to form the station; hundreds of waggons and mounds of stores covered with tarpaulins, and on beyond a street and market square of low-roofed tin houses. Mafeking is at present the railway terminus . . . Next to the station is the camp of the 7di Hussars and mounted infantry of the West Riding and the York and Lancaster regiments.
Page 454 - ... it, by field guns and Maxims than by sheer force of character. He spoke with the true voice of an Old Carthusian: "Your Englishman (and by him I mean his Colonial brother as well) is endowed by nature with the spirit of practical discipline, which is deeper than the surface veneer discipline of the Continental armies. Whether it has been instilled into him by his public-school training, by his football and his 'faging...
Page 479 - ... his position with the public,1 and quietly turned his attention to the growth of his favourite child, Rhodesia. In the colony of his own founding he was at home ; even the burning of his magnificent house at Groote Schuur could not move him much. With quiet cynicism he summed up his new position : ' Providence has not been kind to me this year ; what with Jameson's Raid, rebellion, famine, rinderpest, and now my house burnt, I feel like Job — all but the boils.
Page 347 - ... we were in sight of one of the hills we expected might be occupied by Paget, and where we hoped to see his fires. We saw none there ; but on our way, in moving round the hill which overlooks our camp, we saw a match struck high up near the top of the mountain. This one little spark told us a good deal. It showed that the enemy were there ; that they were awake and alert (I say "they...
Page 64 - I am a regular nigger -hater, for I am not. I have met lots of good friends among them — especially among the Zulus. But, however good they may be, they must, as a people, be ruled with a hand of iron in a velvet glove...
Page 348 - ... river-bed, agreed to go quietly, in case the lion should be moving about in it. On looking down over the bank, my heart jumped into my mouth when I saw a grand old brute just walking in behind a bush. Jackson did not see him, but was off his horse as quickly as I was, and ready with his gun : too ready, indeed, for the moment that the lion appeared, walking majestically out from behind the bush that had hidden him, Jackson fired hurriedly, striking the ground under his foot, and, as we...
Page 86 - ... hard pratical colonials here that have seen service Farmers Sons and Chuck my situation and head them off as a Yeomanry Corps I have been under you Sir in the BBP (Bechuanaland Border Police) and am well acquainted with the Big gun Drill and a Good Shot with the maxim. We will consider it an honor to stand under you Sir but object to eye glasses and kid gloves otherwise " Yrs to command "H- -" " Eyeglass and kid gloves " standing in the estimation of this and other honest yeomen of the colony...
Page 488 - ... for a while ; but whenever you choose to look back, He is there, the same as ever. You have only to go back into His shadow, to find a haven from the chilling wind or withering sun. And you may climb up to Him, to where He sits above the clouds, — which...