other things. It was the most awful scrummage I had ever had, & I will never do it again. I naturally went as ‘light’ as possible – again, a great mistake. However, I left that night in spite of everything.
25th. Sept. Leave began today. On arrival at Durban we found our boat the “Ifafa” left at 2.30, so we again had our work cut out as I had to get cartridges, & numerous other things that I had not time to get yesterday.
Norton had very kindly lent me his battery, so I was well off for rifles. The unfortunate part was that on getting to Durban, I could not get 12 bore rifle cartridges anywhere, so had to leave it behind, I also left my gun, as R. had his Paradox with him.
I had got hold of a young Englishman, called Cook, at Durham, who is a very good hand at skinning & curing. He was very keen on coming, but I rather demurred. However, R. thought it would be a good plan to take him, & as he could talk the language I gave in, especially as
12 bore rifle
16 bore (gun).