Col. J. H. Patterson, D.S.O.
WITH A FOREWORD BY FREDERICK COURTENEY SELOUS
It is with feelings of the greatest diffidence
that I place the following pages before the public;
but those of my friends who happen to have
heard of my rather unique experiences in the
wilds have so often urged me to write an account
of my adventures, that after much hesitation I at
last determined to do so.
I have no doubt that many of my readers,
who have perhaps never been very far away from
civilisation, will be inclined to think that some
of the incidents are exaggerated. I can only
assure them that I have toned down the facts
rather than otherwise, and have endeavoured to
write a perfectly plain and straightforward
account of things as they actually happened.
It must be remembered that at the time these
events occurred, the conditions prevailing in
British East Africa were very different from what
they are to-day. The railway, which has
modernised the aspect of the place and brought
civilisation in its train, was then only in process of
construction, and the country through which it
was being built was still in its primitive savage
state, as indeed, away from the railway, it still is.
If this simple account of two years' work and
play in the wilds should prove of any interest,
or help even in a small way to call attention to
the beautiful and valuable country which we
possess on the Equator, I shall feel more than
compensated for the trouble I have taken in