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THE HERO OF MAFEKING.

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THE HERO OF MAFEKING. Self-reliance is the ability to act on your own hook—to be able to see what is the right line to take according to circumstances, to use your own intelligence, and act on it." "Discretion, according to some people, is readiness to back out of a job if you see there is any danger in it." "I don't mean that, I mean by discretion, sufficient cool-headednees to see how, by using your pluck and self-reliance, you oan go into the danger and get through it all right." These are two definations of character given by Colonel Baden-Powell, in his little book on Scouting," which was immediately translated into German for the use of the German Army. The proof-sheets of it were revised by the Colonel while he was actually besieged in Mafeking, and, in addition to its great value as a millitary hand- book, it stands as a record of his own character —for the hero of Mafeking is essentially himself a scout, possessing all the necessary qualities, and himself exactly fitting the romantic idea, which the name of "Scout "carries with it—a man of exceptional courage and resource. That is just what Colonel Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell is; and he is more besides— a first- class sportsman and polo-player, a first-rate shot, an admirable actor and einger and writer, and an artist of great power. And with all this he is, what all raally great men are, modest and kind- hearted. Such is B.P. the man whose name is in the mouths of all of us as a. household word. What wonder, then, that in a recent message sent out from the besieged town, held by him and his gallant companions so bravely and so long, one of the war correspondents should use language such as this We have learned," he says, "that Pretoria is pressing Snyman to try and take Mafeking and then get south to help the Free Staters. They want him to explain the cause of the delay. He has been for four months 2.000 yards from the town with a large force. Why has he not taken it? Snvman can't say; the thing must be Providence. We know why old Snyman hasn't done it. It is because he can't. No doubt it is Providence; but we don't forget Baden- Powell." "B.P." comes honestly by his wonderful qualities. There is a dash of Nelson's blood in his veins, and two of his immediate progenitors —his father and his maternal grandfather— handed on to him the mind of a thinker, and the heart of a fighting-man. heart of a fighting-man. The father of Vol. Baden Powell was, from 1827 to 1860. the year of his death, Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford. He matricu- lated from Oriel College in that University in the spring of 1814, and graduated B.A. in 1817, with first-class honours in mathematics. In 1820 he was ordained to the curacy of Midhurst, and in 1821 obtained the vicarage of Plumstead, in Kent. On becoming Professor, as mentioned above in 1827, he resigned his living, and devoted his time to literary and scientific work. He was twice married. His first wife was Charlotte Pope (who died in 1844), by whom he had three daughters and a son, Baden Hy. Powell, Judge oi the Chief City of Lahore, and a writer on Indian Law and Land Tenure. His second wife—who is still living—was Henrietta Grace Smyth, daughter of Admiral Wm. Hy. Smythe, by whom he had five sons and one daughter.

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