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By James Casada

The writings of Selous seem in a single landmark quantity, coplete with infrequent images and annotated by means of well known African specialist, Dr. James Casada. Selous describes early days in Botswana and Zambezia.

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And asked me to ride with him, instead of remaining behind with my own troop of cattle. This I agreed to do. So, after waking up Dick and all my boys and telling them to come on with the cattle at once, I rode forward. I led Collison’s horse, Big Bles, on the tracks of the Mangwatos’ cattle, which had trampled broad paths in the soft, sandy ground, that were very plainly discernible in the moonlight. I soon joined Tinkarn, who was right in front with the two Bushmen, and his pleasant companionship and cheery talk helped very materially to relieve the tedium of the long, weary ride.

Selous was very nearly caught in the act by a gamekeeper, but his speed as a swimmer and runner enabled him to make good his escape. For all the disciplinary havoc he wrought at Rugby, there was a more serious side of Selous, which developed simultaneously with his extracurricular escapades. He was a founding member of the school’s Natural History Society, and his enterprising ingenuity in obtaining specimens for its collection was unrivaled. Similarly, although generally an indifferent scholar, he excelled in geography and as a student of natural history.

By this time it had become evident that our bullocks could not possibly pull the heavy wagon much farther. One or other of them was constantly lying down, and had to be mercilessly beaten or submit to having its tail twisted or bitten before it could be induced to get up again and struggle on a little farther. Although the wagons of our Bamangwato friends were much less heavily laden than ours, their bullocks were much inferior, and on the whole in quite as sorry a plight. About ten o’clock it became impossible to get the wagons along at all, and we had to give up the idea of dragging them to the pools of Mahakabi, from which we were only about six miles distant, and where we had looked forward to enjoying a dinner as worthy as possible of Christmas Day.

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