I went to Washington--the capital of the United
Stated--and was received by the President, Mr. taft,
who spoke very kindly about the Boy Scouts. He is a
great, burly man, cheery and kind-hearted, and he
believes in the Scouts as manly and chivalrous
fellows who will make the best of citizens when they
Scouts of Washington--and they number about five
hundred--pareded bfore the President and the British
Ambassador in America. They gave demonstrations of
various kinds, such as signalling, first-aid, and
bandaging, but which attracted most attention were
the wireless telegraph and fire-lighting.
wireless was a small portable affair, which the
Scouts put up in a very few minutes, and messages
were soon flying backwards and forwards.
the fire-lighting the Scouts had no matches; they got
their fire by twirling a pointed stick on a flat
piece of wood by means of a bow-string. In this way
the pointed stick worked a hole through the board,
making a little pile ofred-hot dust below; some dry
shreds of cotton were put on to this and blown till
flame was produced.
From: Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Boy
Scouts Beyond the Seas: "My World Tour,"