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,"