Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas
Our farmers were living quietly and happily on their farms, when four of the Zulu tribes banded themselves together at the call of Dinizulu, Cetewayo’s son, and rushed among them slaying right and left and driving off their cattle. The same old story!
Then came an expedition against them, quite a small one compared with the great Zulu war, but interesting to me because I was lucky enough to be in it. I had lots of exciting times when scouting, and when working with those tribes which remained faithful to the British. They had no hesitation about fighting against their own race. So long as there was fighting to be done they did not seem particular as to which side they were on.
They were fine, brave, cheery fellows; and their chief was a white man, John Dunn, who had lived most of his life among them and was a fine type of peace Scout.
Another warrior tribe which caused much trouble to both Boers and ourselves was a branch of the Zulus called the Matabele. These had opposed the Boers when they first came across the Vaal River in 1838, to occupy the country called the Transvaal.
The Boers, under Potgieter and Pretorius, did some gallant work and hard campaigning before they finally defeated Mosilikatze, the chief of the Matabele, and drove him up into the northern country beyond the Crocodile River.
Here the British had to face the Matabele in 1893 when under Cecil Rhodes’ direction a force of armed pioneers made an expedition into that country. After several encounters with the Matabele impis (or regiments), the tribes were finally subdued and the country made habitable for white people of both races.
From this very short account you will see that the white people, both Boers and British, had a very difficult business before them when colonising South Africa – that was in overcoming the opposition of brave and warlike native tribes. Both races took their share in this work, and both suffered severe losses over it. On one occasion, when the Boers suffered repulse at the hands of a tribe in the, Transvaal under Sekukuni, the British sent an expedition which finally suppressed him. So each of us owes something to the other on this head.
Zulu Warriors and Working-men
I told you, when writing about the lumbermen of British Columbia, how even these men who are supposed to be such rough customers are clean and well-behaved. People seem to think a working-man is necessarily one who is of a low class because he works with his hands and is generally dirty and rough. Well, this need not be so. A man can work with his brains as an electrician, or an engraver, or a watchmaker, or as a clerk or writer, and be just as hard a worker as the bricklayer, or navvy, or carman. They are all “working-men,” but some are cleaner than others and people seem to call the dirtiest “workingmen.”
This is all wrong, but it is partly brought about by the men themselves not keeping themselves clean, not having a proper pride in themselves. People can’t help looking down on a fellow if he is dirty, whereas whenever a man cleans himself up, no matter how low down he may be in poverty or work, people at once have a respect for him.
And it is just the same with uncivilised people. The genuine Arabs are clean, well- washed men, and one respects and admires them, while in the same country are lower-caste tribes, living the same lives in the same country, who are dirty and unwashed, and everybody looks down upon them and treats them. like dogs.
The Zulu is very clean, and likes to appear smart in his ornaments and dress, and, especially before a battle, he oils himself over to make his skin bright and clean, just as of old our sailors on