With Sword and Statute; (On the Cape of Good Hope Frontier)

With Sword and Statute; (On the Cape of Good Hope Frontier)

By (author) David Blair Hook

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... known as " Bushmanland." That was a trip of little interest, excepting that a Mr. J. G. Gamble, acting hydraulic engineer to the Colony, came on a tour of inspection for irrigation purposes along the Orange River, and we joined forces for certain journeys. I accompanied him along the line and to Sack River and other places. Von Wyk's Vley is a big scheme. I remember one day at the Orange River we saw a boat in the possession of some Korranas and offered to hire it for our purpose, but the occupants were unwilling to lend through some whim. We had a Sergeant in the camp capable of making ugly faces, the most hideous that I had ever seen. He swam out to speak to these savages, who kept aloof rather. At last, by winning ways, he got to the boat and climbed in, the rowers being doubtful of what he meant. He just pulled one face and overboard went number one, another face and number two did likewise; a mild expression sent the third out after them, so he brought the boat. During my travels I visited the old fighting ground where we operated in the Korrana war, in the jungle; it reminded me of old Anthony Greef's smouce wagon which seemed to contain all the treasures. It was built with various secret compartments, and never became exhausted. Of course there was a tremendous demand on his supplies, which could not be met, but two of us were let into the secret, and we were never short of such trifles as a few muscatel raisins, a little French brandy, etc. Anthony was a good old Boer. In 1874 the break up of a severe drought was ushered in by many incidents, some tragic, others of a milder form. The Orange River valley was almost dry; the stream scarcely stirred. The banks were thronged with lean and living game and stock, grazing on leaves of trees....

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • 11 Jul 2012
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236677528
  • 9781236677525
  • 1,833,334