The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland by Olive Schreiner:|
they gave him a charge of buckshot in the back: and then he caught hold of
a branch with his hands and they had to shoot 'em loose. He didn't like
hanging. I don't know if it's true, of course; I wasn't there myself, but
a fellow who was told me. Another fellow who was at Bulawayo, but who
wasn't there when they were hung, said they fired at them just after they
jumped, to kill 'em. I--"
"I was there," said the stranger.
"Oh, you were?" said Peter. "I saw a photograph of the niggers hanging,
and our fellows standing round smoking; but I didn't see you in it. I
suppose you'd just gone away?"
"I was beside the men when they were hung," said the stranger.