the street the piper stepped,
Smiling first a little smile
As if he knew what magic slept
In his quiet pipe the while.
the piper advanced
And the children followed.
K. Wade, The Piper of Pax:
The Life Story of Sir Robert Baden-Powell,
Eileen K. Wade
1914 a young girl began her first job as a
shorthand-typist at the Boy Scout Headquarters in
Victoria Street, London. She was later to become
Confidential Secretary to the Founder of the Boy
Scout Movement, and to marry Major Wade, then
"With the coming of the war that year and the
call-up, the author took on new responsibilities, and
was soon working closely with the Baden-Powells in
their country home. Soon after they bought Pax Hill
the Chief found a cottage for the Wades nearby. Mrs.
Wade would walk over to Pax Hill, often arriving on
the scene at breakfast time, when the mail was opened
and the letters passed over to her for reply. She
watched his ideas for Scouts develop, as she worked
with B.P. on his many books. Many of the best ideas
came to him when fishing, or bathing—or shaving,
and they would reach her on scraps of paper…."
From the flyleaf of Eileen K. Wade, 27 Years with
Eileen Wade served Baden-Powell as Confidential
Secretary and assistant until his death in 1941. The
Piper of Pax, written in 1924, is an excellent short
biography of B-P. It includes an excellent account of
his early career in the army and the founding of the
Scout Movement. Of special note are many selections
from his diaries and his letters to his mother.
boys who joined the Scout Brotherhood in 1908 knew
their Chief as the Defender of Mafeking. You who are
joining to-day only know him as the Chief Scout. You
do not remember a time when there was no Chief to
sound the call of Scouting, and no boys to follow it.
are lucky for two reasons:—
First, because you were born late enough to be Boy
Scouts. Secondly, because you were born soon enough
to be Boy Scouts under Baden-Powell.
has come to stay, and we hope there will always be a
Chief to lead the boys of the world; but between
Baden-Powell and any other Chief Scout there will
always be a gulf fixed.
can never be another discoverer of Scouting, any more
than there can ever be a second Founder of
Christianity. Others may carry on and spread the
gospel and keep the flag flying, but they will find
the game ready made for them. That is why it has
seemed to me that you might like to know something
about the life of your Chief.
want here, on your behalf and mine, to thank all
those kind people—Sir Alexander and Lady Godley,
Lady Smyth, Colonel W. B. Winwood, Colonel Tom
Marchant, Sir H. Seymour King, Mr. T. E. Page,
Colonel C. Callwell, Mr. P. W. Everett, the Editors
of the Carthusian, the Church Monthly, The Greyfriar,
and the Scout, Mr. S. M. Ellis, Mr. E. H. Parry,
Messrs. Herbert Jenkins, and many others—who
have helped me to make this story as complete as is
possible in so small a volume.
all, I would thank the Chief Scout and Lady
Baden-Powell for allowing me to burrow so freely
among the family archives.
The Piper of Pax: The Life Story of
Sir Robert Baden-Powell, 1924
VII. Swaziland, Malta and Home. A
shooting trip to Knysna—first encounter with
an elephant—a mission to Swaziland—an
interview with Oom Paul—life in
Malta—adventures in many
countries—maneuvers in Ireland.
VIII. Ashanti. The Ashanti
Expedition—experiences of a native
levy—the wages of a king the nigh] march to
Bekwai—hoisting the British flag— how
to avoid fever—Kantankye receives promotion.
IX. Matabeleland. Special service
again—troubles in Matabeleland—Sir
Frederic Carrington arrives—scouting in the
Matoppos—the Wolf that never sleeps—the
case of Uwini—home with Rhodes.
X. Old Places and New Faces. India
revisited—Officer Commanding 5th Dragoon
Guards—work and sport in plenty—a
shooting trip with Sir Baker Russell—on
special service to South Africa—ready for
XI. The South African War, 1899-1902. The
declaration of war—beseiged in
Mafeking—seven months beseiged—the
story of the stamps—food
shortage—arrival of the relief column.
XII. The South African Constabulary. The
hero of Mafeking—Lord Roberts’
despatch—a new job—the South African
Constabulary—home at last—an interview
with King Edward—appointed Inspector-General
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