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An Excerpt:  "I looked at the door to see that it was shut, as if what I had to
say was very secret.

'You need men, and the men are waiting.  They are black, but
they are the stuff of warriors.  All round your borders you have the
remains of great fighting tribes, the Angoni, the Masai, the
Manyumwezi, and above all the Somalis of the north, and the dwellers on
the upper Nile.  The British recruit their black regiments there, and
so do you.  But to get recruits is not enough.  You must set whole
nations moving, as the Zulu under Tchaka flowed over South

'It cannot be done,' said the Under-Secretary.

'It can be done,' I said quietly.  'We two are here to do it.'

This kind of talk was jolly difficult for me, chiefly because of
Stumm's asides in German to the official.  I had, above all things, to
get the credit of knowing no German, and, if you understand a
language well, it is not very easy when you are interrupted not to
show that you know it, either by a direct answer, or by referring to
the interruption in what you say next.  I had to be always on my
guard, and yet it was up to me to be very persuasive and convince
these fellows that I would be useful.  Somehow or other I had to get
into their confidence."



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