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    New Frederick R. Burnham book

    I didn't know this 2017 Burnham book existed but I got it on Ebay for $5.50 shipped! That was the buy it now price which is like free plus shipping. I don't get it. Anyway, I'm reading it now it it looks good. Over 400 pages. Pictured here with my signed copy of "Scouting On Two Continents". The title, "Splendid Savage" is from a letter Burnham wrote his mother describing himself. Burnham is purposely vague about his Arizona adventures in that book, but Jack Lott's writings of him detailed his encounters there and I assume this book will, too.


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    Half way through this book. Man, what an adventurer this guy was. He's now in Africa. I never read so much detail about scouting and a better description of the Apaches who Burnham fought and totally respected. The attitude at the time about the natives of Africa precludes a film ever being made about Burnham while fighting for the British under Cecil Rhodes for reasons I don't have to explain. The movie theaters would be burned down. Lots about his shooting abilities and how he used a Martini-Henry for hunting on his and his family's first trek into Africa. but his trusty '73 Winchester carbine was by his side. It says his wife stitched bullet loops on belts. Bet she did the ones on his belt always pictured with his '75 Remington.

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    I got 'Scouting on two Continents' on your recomendation. Now i'll have to get this one as well. Looks good.
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    This is not a politically correct book in the slightest. The author is very blunt about torture techniques of the Apaches and later the natives in Africa. Burnham was a true hero in Africa saving many lives by his quick decisions when Cecil Rhodes broke the treaty and wiped out those whose land he wanted. Burnham spoke highly of Socialism when his businesses failed in the U.S. blaming banks and the gov't, but became the biggest Capitalist with Cecil Rhodes who controlled a giant company compiled of smaller companies, endorsed by the Crown, with him running everything pumping up the market selling conquered land and mineral rights to British investors. But letters Burnham and especially his wife wrote that still exist will singe your ears from the disgusting blatant racism. Way beyond for me to write it off as just attitudes of the time. But I'm half done so lets see if their attitudes change. I won't mention this stuff again and maybe shouldn't have already.
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    Thanks for the tip Matt- I am trying to "go straight" and stop buying books, got a house and a storage shed full of them. Should be selling them not buying lol But this looks to damn good- ordered a used one last night
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    We really shouldn't compare racial attitudes of the 19th century with those of the 21st. Things were simply different then. Britain was/is a small country when compared to many others. Yet during the 18th and 19th centuries this island nation controlled a quarter of the earth's surface a one fifth of its population. It was the wealthiest nation on earth. Had the largest navy and quite simply was a super power. Britons looked on with pride at what their race had accomplished and this led to a belief that there was something inherently superior, inborn, about being British. This feeling was shared be many in America who, being of Anglo Saxon stock, followed the same belief. After all, we all spoke English, had many English born customs, and America was becoming a greater and more powerful nation with every year that passed. Some Americans felt that they too were part of a "Greater Britain". All just simply human nature. Many today are ashamed to admit their ancestors behaved in such a way. Well, get over it. It's part of our history which is constantly changing to meet the prevailing social norm. What will those Americans of the 22nd. and 23rd. centuries think about the behavior of their 20th. and 21st. century ancestors? No doubt totally shocked that they sprang from the loins of such barbarians as we.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMLE1907 View Post
    We really shouldn't compare racial attitudes of the 19th century with those of the 21st. Things were simply different then. Britain was/is a small country when compared to many others.
    I consider myself the least sensitive to and the most intolerant of political correction of any one I know. i'm surrounded by that crap and hate it. But like I said, the things Burnham, and mainly his wife wrote in letters from Africa go far beyond anything I can just write off as "attitudes of the 19th century". But right before reading your reply I was outside drinking some beers reading the book. It's beyond amazing what this guy, Frederick Burnham accomplished as a scout in Africa. He's now back in Africa called back from the Klondike fighting the Boers who he deeply and understandingly, to me, respects. I am in awe of Burnham's well documented courage and his innovation in scouting just to keep alive. I had already moved on past that racial stuff until I saw your post. I mentioned it but I do not define him by it. I really wish a movie could be made about him. He really deserves it. I highly recommend this amazing book and I'm only 3/4s done. My respects. WB
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    Mr Burp is right- this is a great book, Burnham's life could not be fiction, no one could suspend disbelief, its that full of adventure.

    Burnham was full of contradictions the guy was tough as nails and smart.

    30 years ago this would have made a great movie. No way it could be made today.

    As for the cultural attitude, its the way it was in every culture back then- and in many cultures around the world the old mindset is still there just as it was 100 years ago.

    America is 10X better than most today in that regards, no doubt about that at all.

    Highly recommend "A Splendid Savage" its a epic adventure.!
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    A few years ago there was a great article in True West magazine on this Frederick R. Burnham. I was so impressed by this guy's adventures that one has to wonder "Where is the movie"? In the article was a picture of his Remington 1875 and holster/belt (which I see you also pictured). The front sight had been replaced with a dovetailed silver half-coin. I think it is on display somewhere in Europe.
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    Yes Sir, it has hippo ivory grips- BTW Wyatt Burp even has a signed copy of Burnham books! By the old scout himself!!



    Have to wonder why Burnham favored the Remington revolver over the Colt SAA?
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