My Life as Soldier and Sportsman

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byJ. Robson Scott

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1921 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I SOUTH AFRICA Some Reminiscences ACERTAIN amount of satisfaction is to be derived in recalling the pleasures of the past, and there are, I expect, few of us who do not reflect on bygone days. In the early eighties South Africa was attracting a good deal of attention. Cecil Rhodes was stirring things up in that part of the Empire. The formation of the British South African Company, a very grand and ambitious project, was boomed and boosted to such an extent that the shares actually rose to £9. Now in 1921 they stand at 14s. and have never paid a dividend, but no doubt in years to come it will be proved that the country can support an immense population. Early in 1890 I joined the British Bechuanaland Border Police, a force established to watch the Boers on the Transvaal border, as for some time they had been inclined to be restless and truculent, ceasing to treat the British with respect. Sometimes they referred to us as "those Bloody Roinecks," in allusion to the red colour an Englishman acquired from being scorched by the sun on his neck and face. Some of the sporting Boers I met seemed real good fellows; they had no ill-will, and were excellent shooting companions. One related how at Majuba Hill he with a few other adventurous spirits climbed up the reverse side of the hill just as the Boer force, believing it to be impossible to put up a fight, were preparing to trek. Having arrived at the top, they peered over the edge of the depression where the British force was camped for the night and discovered that the sentries were posted in such a way that they could not see over the hill. Needless to say, when those Boer scouts fired a volley at the troops a panic took place, and a helter-skelter down the hill changed the whole feature of the oper...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1921 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I SOUTH AFRICA Some Reminiscences ACERTAIN amount of satisfaction is to be derived in recalling the pleasures of the pas...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217258573

ISBN - 13:9780217258579

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