“Arthur Conan Doyle was knighted, but not for the merits of Sherlock Holmes. The writer was invited to join the ranks of the nobility as thanks for the propaganda he wrote for the imperial cause.
One of his heroes was Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts. They met while fighting savages in Africa:
‘There was always something of the sportsman in his keen appreciation of war,’ Sir Arthur said.
Gifted in the art of following the tracks of others and erasing his own, Baden-Powell was a great success at the sport of hunting lions, boars, deer, Zulus, Ashantis, and Ndebeles.
Against the Ndebeles, he fought a rough battle in southern Africa.
Two hundred and nine blacks and one Englishman died.
The colonel took as a souvenir the horn the enemy blew to sound the alarm. And that spiral-shaped horn from a kudu antelope was incorporated into Boy Scout ritual as the symbol of boys who love nature.”
Eduardo Galeano in Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone