Re: A Baden-Powell quote you will like
Don Newcomb (newcomb@NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Thu, 16 Sep 1993 09:19:51 CDT
>From: Gino Lucrezi <lucrezi@DSIAQ1.ING.UNIVAQ.IT>
>> Quoted from _The Founding of the Boy Scouts as Seen Through the
>> Letters of Lord Baden-Powell_, P.C. Richards ed., 1973
>Do you know where I could find a copy?
>I am intrested in everything concerning BP, but so far I only have italian tran
>I would also swap books, but I can give back only italian ones, unfortunately..
> of course I can buy them.
Gino, I keep the inter-library-loan department at my university busy. I don't
own any of these books, they come from various libraries. I don't suggest
anyone go out of their way to get a copy of "Founding of the Boy Scouts...."
It is rather dull stuff.
>> While we are on the subject of B-P, does anyone know how he came to shoot
>> himself? Seems like something that has been kept very quite.
>No, I never heard about that.
E.C. Reynolds touches on this briefly in "A Biography of Lord Baden-Powell...",
(2nd ed., 1957) (A very good book on the subject.)
p. 21 [In 1880]
"It was during this withdrawal [from Korkoran, Afganistan] that B.-P.
accidentally shot himself in the leg: he convalesced in the gardens of the
Residency at Quetta [Pakastan]. Here he was attacked by a so-called tame
leopard; the animal was afterwards chained to a nearby tree, and B.-P.
characteristically recorded, 'I used to watch it by the hour and try to
sketch it in its beautiful, graceful movements and positions. I was
genuinely sorry when some weeks later it got its chain caught up in the tree
and so hanged itself.'"
Shot in the leg and attacked by a leopard, and all in one paragraph! I'd
like to find out a little more about it.
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