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H < I a8 A ia1 BJ 0 1E PS C OUT
HE first arid worst
r r experience I ever
had in my life
t l I I and since then I
liac had a hun
1 dred in India
Africa and South
America in wild
lands where one
can gamble with
sudden death
f from cither dis
ease wild beasts
and wilder men
This was on the
night before the historic batttlc of
Colenso in which five thousand Boers
under General Louis Botha inflicted a
crushing defeat on General Hullers
jiNtjtwo thousand British troops and
Mnashcd them the pride of an empire
under its most distinguished general
back with such force that the whole
world trembled from the unexpected
How did I get there being a
The answer is Duqucsnc of the
Ftitoric blood of my own country
My adventure would hardly be
worth the telling without a description
of the man with whom I had it
What has he not done Around him
tt flew adventure and experience IIc
i attracted it as a magnet pulls iron
filings or he gravitated toward it He
looked for it and what is more won I
derful he found it Every moment
of his life it seemed was filled with an
iI experience that made ones blood tin
file making him curse himself because
F he was not born in wild Africa among
those brave and chivalrous people of
Dutch and French blood that go to
make up the Boer race
This man sometimes he looks like
t a boy has had more experience
squeezed into his young life than any
other being of his age and I believe
of any other lie served through
their native wars before he was
i twenty escaping death it seemed only
by a miracle Vcnt through the Boer
war acting as the special agent of Paul
Krugcr and Doctor Leyds plenipo
tentiary of the Boer Republics To
intrusted the plans and or
I were
b 1iimntions for the seizure of Cape
Town by the Boers
Sentenced to Death
captured after a series of
lie was straining experiences within the
none lines together wilh several
British sentenced to death
ethers and all were
shol but as
Host of the others
r shorkcd by this ruth
the world was
Y 1 < r < s slaughter of the Boer prisoners
Bull know of it in unmeasured
and let John
measured terms the last batches of
t off with their sentences
prisoners got
imprisonment in
committed to life
served ten
irons Duquesne
in Bermuda and then with the help of
outside he with two
a Girl on the
li others Fritz Bosch and Villie du
the prison one
I Toit broke from
t night while a storm was raging
the guard du
was shot dead by
with wound and Duqucsnc
escaped a
unharmed helped his
whi escaped
swim across the channel
u companion The
the mainland
7inst the tide to
Miim took two and a half hours
and cruisers
time gunboats
this the
their searchlights on the
> played
infe ted water and their
in the water
at everything
reached the other
The fugitives
unable to con
land but du was
himself up to
i time and he gave
e British informing them that Duquesne
had been seized 1 > y a shark during
it t their swim for liberty lie was not I
for Du
y believed and a good
Notices were
qucsnc took place
and a
public place
stuck up in every
offered for his head by
AIjE reward was Coffered
the adjutant general
yt Major Morris l
Prisoners of Var at Bermuda
It 1 For six days Duquesne who lived
r11 and potatoes that are
er I abundant on nw onions in Bermuda was hunted like
bCt plantations
CCC mad dog through the P
1Ie l1 f and from island to island dodging
1 f1in bullets at every turn
a death from flying bullets
esblt I It is estimated in Bermuda that fie
f fired at him with
° hundred shots were
rB 1 cut one taking effect His reputation
mnon the soldiers eallcjl
fp1 ntnong bad that no
I I GII Krugcrs Jackal was so
j one would get within
carried apiece
and as
1tootin distance
= footing he found it was noise1
piece of iron pipe J
= i had secured a
a about that
tt no English soldier if he could help
of a
itt would get into the range
with a rifle
Reaches United States
got on
On the sixth day Duqucsne
owned y
acht 2 1 a n
yacht Margaret
Fmerson of the New York Yacht Club
He was conveyed to Baltimore where
t1 1c landed After waking in his prison
clothes to New York he was arrested
of the British government
rt request
to extradite
who endeavored
I ment
rn charges of murder Some prom
rent New York Irishmen used their
influence and money to show that the
British charges could not be proved
d Duquesne was freed
rngliKhmctf Irving to earn the reward
rush him
him ru
t rl to n1p
rte across the Canadian border bv en
ticing him to Niagara They cornered
him and when he saw their game
the sudden appearance of a revolver
from his overcoat pocket caused them
to change their plans and break for
safety Paul Krugcr called him to
Holland to perform a certain mission
In Holland Belgium and France re
ceptions public meetings and enter
tainments were given him wherever
he went His appearance in a public
place was the signal for the singing
of the Boer national anthem
One night as he was leaving the
Theatre dc la Monnnic where he had
attended a gala performance with
Madam Louis Botha the wife of
General Louis Botha now premier of
the South African Federation he was
insulted by one of the English Colony
of Belgium Clifford Davis who was
known to he a swordsman and afraid
of no one Davis was evidently piqued
because the people who had gathered
to sec King Leopold commenced to
sing the Volkslicd lie made sonic I
remark or did something that shocked
the ladies Duqucsnc asked him to
stop Davis sprang into his automobile
and spat at Duqucsnc as it sped away
Knowing where Davis was in the habit
of spending his nights Captain Du
qucsnc saw the ladies to their carriage
and then hunted up his insultcr
Insulted by Davis
As soon as he walked into the res
taurant of the Mille Colonnc where
Merely a continuation of the Boer
war someone exclaimed
This was satisfactory to the police
and they withdraw for at that time it
would ha < s been very unpopular to
arrest a Boer for fighting with an
Next morning the papers were full
of the incident and there was nothing
left but a duel Cards were exchanged
and within a week on a Friday morn
ing just as the first snow of winter
fell at Lille on the frontier Captain
Duqucsnc and Davis met
The mcn were stripped to the waist
and the snow fell in flakes ontheir
bare skins The Consul General of
Venezuela King Leopolds physician
and Dr Maurice Josson the noted
advocate were Duqucsncs attendants
Backward and forward the men
fought the sparks flying from their
weapons as they twisted and hissed
around each other First DIMS would
make a lunge and then Duquesne
I Both mcn were clever and strong and
the ring of their swords sounded
through the surrounding woods Du
qucsnc who was leading his man on
sprang back suddenly and twisted his
ankle on a lump ot uneven ground
Davis quick as a flash put his rapier
into Duqucsncs shoulder The blade
struck the bone and broke and the point
remained in the wound
Duqucsnc cried Your other blade
and fight for your life 1
But all this is another story as
Kipling would say but it illustrates
that there arc still volumes of the old
wild and fascinating romance and ro
mance loving men in the world if
you only know where to look for them
They arc everywhere
Duqucsnc and I were sitting in the
library of the Hotel du Grand Mon
arque discussing the strained relations
between the Boers and the British
when an official messenger from the
Traiisxaal Legation walked in and
handed him a letter emblazoned With
the Coat of Arms of the Boer Re
public lie perused its contents and
turning to me said I
Summoned to South Africa
Im sorry that I shall not be able
to go to the opera lonigit I must
go home at once I shall pack up im
mediately good night lIre I
He extended his hand I tool it
and holding it said
Home where
South Africa
Vhy such a hurry Tomorrow
will do
Non mon ami acc moi it is
today toujours I leave tomorrow via
Antwerp lie took his glass of cog
nac and poured it on the glowing coals
in the grate Instantly a blue flame
shot up It looks like hell doesnt
i r
Brussels is a nice place isnt it
pretty girls top
He walked to the window and
looked out over the town that
sparkled under a million lamps and
turning walked to the door
Isnt a bit like the veld he said
as he stood in the half open door
Good mghtl
Wait Fritz I cried I forgot
everything My heart swelled I be
came it seemed a giant in a moment
A lion of courage I longed to fight
What is it he asked
Ill go with you
Dais sat relating in a loud voice
what he had clone to the cowardly
there was a sudden
All eyes were on the two
Tables were overturned as people
suddenly stood up to sec the expected
food went
fra and wine beer and
scattering over the tiled floor The
garcons cried in dismay and the maitre
hotc threw up his hands in agony
Davis scenting danger threw off his
overcoat and Duquesne did the same
Both men stood in evening dress
facing each other
walked slowly toward I
Duqucsnc voice said
Davis and in a firm calm vosce
Apologize you low blackguard
flash the answer came
Like a
glistened through the air and
streak match holder hurled by Davis
a silver full in the face The
blood t ran down his shirt front making
contrast on his white bosom
A a ghastly cry shame rose from the peo
ple in the room
Like a tiger springing upon his prey
DuqucSnc leaped at his enemy
Captain blow on the mouth felled
with a
the floor A cheer rent the
him to police attracted by the
ht and the
disturbance Centered the rcstaunnt
with drawn swords
DIMS seized his weapon and the
fight went on breaking all rules of
The blood was coming out of Du
quesnc shoulder and running down
his breast The men went at each
other in desperation like wild tigers
Sparks flew from their whispering
blades Duquesne showed weakness
and staggered Then with a desperate
effort he made the well known Italian
side step passed Davis guard and ran
his sword into his enemys eye blind
ing him Davis fell in a faint to the
ground and Duqucsne weak and white
staggered to the helping arms of
Josson where he swooned
Becomes War Correspondent
After the duel Duquesne went ex
ploring in the Congo returning at the
end of his mission expecting to die
of fever The change of climate
brought him back to good health and
he became the war correspondent of
the Petit Bleu and allied journals
His first call was the Macedonian
insurrection Hit second the revolt
in Morocco And the third the Russo
Japanese war He wu called from
one battle Acid to another in quirk
I succession
I laughed
UVclI have it in Africa soon
Hows that
The intelligence department of the
South African Republic has discovered
h tthe British have drawn up plans
for the seizure of the mines and of
the country if we fight What iiO
more they know we arc aware otit
But the Boers wont fight
Wont they You dont know the
I was staggered the Boers fight
Great Britain 1 impossible
But I said You have no men
Havent we We must have at
least thirtyfive thousand able to carry
arms if we call in the boys and per
haps a few girl
Good God arc you mad
Tin not and I know what Im talk
ing about
Thirtyfive thousand men to fight
the British Empire I said aloud
Uiirtyhc thousand > I
iVes and damned good men too
tile extended his hand Well I
crust say goodbye old man I tope
you pass your exams When next you
hear of me I suppose Ill he dead sun
vou will have your commission Good
You will
Yes1 will
Remember the British arc no fools
at the fighting game and you arc
likely to get a 303 LccMe < jford in
your anatomy And besides you luc
not hrd a iy experience in Africa
I dont care Ill take the conse
quences if youll permit me to go
with you
All right come along Say good
bye to everyone you know and meet
me at the station at nine in the mom
iig I must go Goodnight
They Reach Pretoria
It was four months after we landed
in Pretoria He had an audience with
the president on our arrival It was I
indeed strange to sit down with the
president of a republic then the most
talked of man in the world At home
his wife made and served coffee with
tier own hands All that we read in
Europe regarding his simple daily
life if it was not vritcn Hv nn lW1ih
broad chested
man was true These
big halted brrgficr with heir quiet
frays called all day to tret his instruc
tions He was more like a father to
t em than their elected ruler To all he
was Oom Paul Uncle Paul and his
dear old rouw was tante Aunt
Duqucsne was sent away and I did not
meet him again till a few days before
the battle of Colenso when he walked
up to me and tapped me on the shoul
der I was overjoyed to sec him
Where have you been I asked
In Durbon counting the newly ar
rived British troops
You mean spying
Xot exactly I have merely been
pushing scouting operations beyond the
enemys lines Ticklish work I have
kept in touch with you through our in
telligence department although you were
unaware of it By the way have you
met General Lukas Meyer the Lion
from Vryheid I have important busi
ness with him I should be there now
Come along
When wrc reached the Generals lent
he was writing Duquesnc introduced
me and after a few words they stepped
out of my hearing and for a few min
utes had an earnest conversation When
they were finished they shook hands
cameralMeycm ter ejljiis tcntaod wc
left 7
During life whole day the British had
shelled tie Boer position Projectiles
burst in hundreds in every direction and
the smoke haze from the fifty pound
lyddite shells that punctuated the rattle
of the small artillery with their thun
derous roars hung like a yellow fog
over the country Luckily this display
of pyrotechnic detonation did not ac
count for one casualty hf the Boer
army When we reached the field tclc
fjraph office Duqucsnc stopped and out
C the hcarhig of anyone he told me I
h wished to say goodbye again per
harms forever
f Fob oi hand you know
Into the British Lines
Well Im going to ncnctrate the
British line tonight to find out their in
triliSns if possible Dannie Theron
onc side and I
nr best scout is going one
Ie other The Rooincks have horn
tarded nit fortwo days now and accord
ing to their hook on tactics they should
rroir advance under cover of their
artillery fire mskc a bayonet charge
cheer and take the Transvaal in their
fwns name and then sing God save
etc The men doing the night watch
cTrotj get to sleep in the clay for noise
ro somrUiinfBiust he done They have
to attack us or we them
T latthed at his wav of putting it
Cant I go with you I asked j
You Why what do jouUnow about
routine You Europeans would be in
the road at a game like that No
I begged of him to allow me to ac
company him in the desperAte venturc
id rftcr a lot of urging he consented
I had to place myself entirely Vat his
As soon as night camcLon we left the
camp and crossed the Tupcla and made
our way over Veld and ICbpic toward
ChicveJcy eight miles south of Colcnso
It was a long walk and nearly as
possible we travelled parallel a mile to
the east of the railway line Ve were
oth armed with LccMclford rifles and
Webley revolvers the arms of the Brit
ish so that we should not be easily
recognized if v were seen by the
Icnemv 0
Before us as w pproached Chicvclej
the camp fires of the British came one
by one into our view We were now
creeping from one mimosa bush to
c ipthcr Walking a step and waiting
holding our breathe and straining out
eyes for the least sign of danger Slow
ly we worked along towards the rail
way Once I heard a noise and Dn
qucsne touched mJ1I the arm I fo
cusrd my eyesin its direction in a vain
effort to see through the inky darkness
My blood ran cold and my skin crept
in anticipation of instant death from
thrust The
i rifle shot or bayonet
oise came nearer Something creeping
through the grass I loosened my re
volver in its holster A heavy both
Turk mv thigh I almost dropped with
fright Duoucsne caught me bv the
arm Sh its a log Keep still Ill
catch it We must get it without a I
noise or we shall he discovered Sit
on the ground I did as T was told and
I < allowed suit Taking some biltong
dried mat from his merf ncY ration
He coaxed the doe to him I could see
if was a fox terrier row that it stood
close against nc and I had erottcn over
+ v friopf Tt ate the biltonf frnm I
Duquesnes hand and became friendly
Presently he caught the poor little beast m
by the throat and with a mighty effort + r
choked it before it could utter a yell As t
soon as it was unconscious he cut its
throat We then continued on our way i
Thats one of the narrowest escapes r 1
I ever had W c arc getting closo up f i
now We must crawl Keep your eyes ° I
open and watch for a black object mov I
ing or still in the darkness > t
L it J r
Encounter with the Sentry J i
Slowly we crawled along until we ota i
into the cutting beside the railway line N
A quarter of an hour more over the v I
rouijht ground tearing our knees nnd +
hands on the thorn and bushes we I
made our way AIltt once a dark r
figure loomed up before us It movqd 1 I
across a distant camp fires light which 1 I
was guiding us Duqucsno pinched my 1 1
arm t
amiShi a sentry Were got to pass his
way j
wayWe had a talk over the plan of ac L
lion I was to attract the scntrjs at1 I
tcntion while Duqucsnc worked nrpund J
him and if possible lay him out with a
blow from his rifle or strangle him
Anyway the trick had to be done in I
silence so that the other sentries would
not be alarmed The slightest noise that
would show suspicion meant death to
both of us
The black figure moved and cut off
the fire lights as he passed across them r
Like a pair of panthers waiting to spring
on their prey we watched him With
difficulty I kept my teeth from chatter
ing I felt cold and hot in turns the s
suppressed excitement was growing too
much for me How Duquesnc felt I I I
do not know He gave no signs of un I r
easiness We heard a kissing sound
made in short sharp jerks from the di1
rcction of the sentry Duqucsnc held 11
his mouth to my car I 1
He is calling the dog 5 5
Weve got him You walk out be 1
twecn the bushes on all fours Keep
his attention Do not let him get near
you or you will be shot As long as i
he thinks you arc merely an animal and
not an enemy he wont shoot I
If he docs shoot I asked
He will probably miss was the re t
assuring answer Hell be very ner < I
I thought if he were as nervous as I j
at that moment he certainly would
miss Nevertheless it was a doubtful 11
consolation I thought how nice and I
soft the beds in dear old Brussels were
at that moment Goose flesh stood out 0 11 I
all over me like the roughs on L rasp i
Cant we pass between the sentries i
without exciting their suspicion I
asked e
asJccdNo we must follou the rails There I
is a wire fence ahead of us and we
could not pass it without making a
noise It is open at the line We must
pass that way No more questions +
Obey me You promised I r
Without another word he disappeared
in the darkness I walked on all fours i
from hush to bush expecting every mo I
ment to get a bullet in my ribs t IJ
The sentry commenced kissing the air
for the dog As long as he thought D
was the dog I felt safe I watched him 1 jl
closely He walked away from his post
and came towards me I thought I saw s
him cover me two or three times Ha j
came nearer and nearer slowly and with
great caution I drew away trembling PI k
and he followed I heard a dull thump i
and in a second I saw the black mass I j
fall with a low sighing groan hardly
discernible I knew the sentry was I
down I waited and a few minutes > I
later I saw a black body like a lion > I 1
come creeping through the grass I
It whispered All right stay stillt I
I waited and Duqucsnc crawled to my >
side Stay down he said We are J <
safe now to pass through i t I
Just then in the distance a cry arose m
Number one and alls well
The sentries crying their numbers >
Were lost I said I l 1 A
Number two and alls well Number
three and oils wclll came down the I r
line Number four and alls well it > I
seemed came from twenty yards away j
from us There was a pause I held 1 I
my S breath
Duqucsnc cried Number five and alls
well The next man past us cried Numbcc
six and alls well I1 1
My heart almost burst as the mini i I
Jcrs flew down the line of sentries f 1
felt that a devil or a genius something
different from myself was at my side t
He put his hand out and taking miner Ii
cd me to the sentry He listened at his I II i
mouth j
I guess hes fixed Well pass now1 > I
We were down around the British t j 1 i
ramp fires when a brazennoted bugle I 1 I
icrccched alarm 5 5 5 t
Theyve found out said Duquesnc
and so have J The British advance on i
U5 tomorrow
lie walked over and sat beside some 1 i
oldicrs w ho were sitting around a
amp fire telling stories and drinking
tea He took a pannican helped him J l
elf and handed me one I
Strike me stiff he said in a cock1 I
icy voice me an this bloke ad a1
lawful time tcr rite Its awful tcr bci
in the colonial scouts aint it1t
Wat appcncd came a chorus of T
oodnaturcd Tommies ready for a yarn
Nothing much ony we went up port
Tolcnsy exocctin tcr find the bloomin
iocrs on the Koogces an the bloody S
ushs skootcd Ill tell ycr all about it
rmorrcr Slong
As we made our way back to our own
ice thousands of voices around the
Iritish camp fires sang Soldiers of the
u Many a fellow ihcre will sing hi
> t song tonight said Duquesne
Th vre nnt tjad fellows cither when
ou know them tow do you like scout
inp S
I hope never to have suclt an ex I
ericncc again Ten years have been I I
talr1 off my life I r
Well Im frighlcncd too most of the I
me but I act as though T wasnt t I
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