They allowed us to retire without firing a shot; and retire you may be sure we did, the Kaffirs flogging their teams in a fury of fear, and our precious corporal sullen but defiant.
It was never my forte, as you know, yet to this day I cannot conceive what I did to excite the treacherous corporal's suspicions.
Corporal Connal was the dangerous blackguard you have seen.
It was Corporal Connal of ours, and the thought of him takes my mind off the certainly gallant captain who only that day had joined our division with the reinforcements.
And now to the gallows-bird who was still corporal of our troop: it was not long before Raffles was to have his wish and the traitor's wicket.
The spot that we eventually chose and stealthily occupied was behind some bushes through which we could see down into the donga; there were the precious horses; and there sure enough was our wounded corporal, sitting smoking in his cloak, some glimmering thing in his lap.
But Raffles paid no attention to their fire; he was pointing downward through the bushes to where Corporal Connal stood with his back to us, shooing a last charger out of the mouth of the donga towards the Boer trenches.
Corporal Connal paid the penalty of his crime before the sun was far above the hill held by the enemy.
In Pakistan, though there are laws forbidding corporal
punishment in schools, incidents of teachers inflicting physical punishment on students keep on emerging at short intervals.