Quote of the Day
Baden-Powell had warned the population that shelling could be expected at any moment on any day. The first of these shellings began at 9.50 on the morning of 16 October. During the next three hours sixty-three shells fell on Mafeking. The shelling ceased at 1.05 p.m.
Shortly after, a Boer messenger approached the British outposts under a white truce flag. He was conducted to Baden-Powell. He had come with the demand from General Cronje that the Mafeking garrison surrender immediately and unconditionally.
Baden-Powell looked at the messenger in mock surprise. 'And why should we?'
'To avoid further bloodshed.'
'But we haven't had any yet!' B-P said.
The Boer emissary was regaled with beer and sent on his way back to his own forces.
-- from Baden-Powell: the two lives of a hero