By James Casada
The writings of Selous seem in a single landmark quantity, coplete with infrequent pictures and annotated by means of popular African professional, Dr. James Casada. Selous describes early days in Botswana and Zambezia.
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Extra resources for Africa's Greatest Hunter. The Lost Writings of Fredrick C. Selous
Tinkarn, I think, only left a couple of boys to look after the five wagons belonging to his people. I let him start first with all his people and their troop of cattle, Miller and I following, with our herd driven by our own boys, about a quarter of an hour later. I rode my own favourite shooting horse, “Bob,” and led Collison’s best nag, “Big Bles”—his after rider, a Mangwato boy named Dick, being mounted on his second horse. I had had a cup of coffee when we outspanned just before daylight, but had eaten nothing since the previous evening.
This is particularly true given Selous’s productivity as a writer and inasmuch as he frequently incorporated articles he had written into his books. The most notable examples in this regard are ones from The Field, which subsequently appeared, little changed, as chapters in A Hunter’s Wanderings in Africa (1881) and Travels and Adventures in South-East Africa (1893). Should a sharp-eyed reader who is a serious student of Selous discover the inclusion of any such material here, the editor and publisher would appreciate being informed.
Soon the scorching sun once more went down, but as the moon was near the full we had no difficulty in keeping a good line through the open thorn scrub. We got on at a good, quick walk, as our thirsty cattle stepped out briskly, and weary though they must have been, they showed no signs now of flagging. About midnight we called a halt, and offsaddling the horses—about six of Khama’s headmen were mounted—lit fires, round about which the oxen were collected in two herds. So ended our Christmas Day of hunger and thirst.
Africa's Greatest Hunter. The Lost Writings of Fredrick C. Selous by James Casada