'They don't make them like that anymore'
The phrase might have been coined with Sir Samuel
White Baker in mind
To have done so much in one lifetime suggests
Samuel Baker had enormous energy and more than his fair share of
luck. He seems positively to have enjoyed courting danger and lived
constantly on the edge. But against all the odds, he died in
retirement in England at the ripe old age of 72.
Tears of innocence
Life in Madawatchchiya
The most frequent sight in this village are home
guards and most of the time they are on the move, peddling bicycles
with their weapons. Rice cultivation is not carried out without the
protection of the home guards or the army.
Stembo and the tomb-raider
While all other Supervisors were Sinhalese or
Tamils who had studied in village schools, Stembo was the sole
Burgher who had been in a Colombo school. He was also quite older
than the rest, whom he treated with avuncular advice and amusement
in equal measure.