PRESENTS TO CETEWAYO*
[Extracted from The Daily News, 2 September, 1882.]
The Zulu King was not to return straight to his savage throne, having to pass through various formalities. On landing at Cape Town it is understood that he will pass a month or so in Bude Molan, the place of his former captivity. Thence he will make what we may assume will be his last journey by sea to Durban, and on to Pietermaritzburg. At the Government House an interview will take place between Cetewayo and Sir Henry Bulwer, Governor of Natal, and the King will then proceed to resume the government of his scattered people. English readers may be amused to learn that contact with civilisation has had no effect upon Cetewayo's habits. On board ship he refused to sleep anywhere but upon the floor of his cabin, and for food expressed a preference for joints of beef, with potatoes to follow. Among his presents he has a silver-mounted walking stick, given him by the Prince of Wales. When a young lady wished to present him with an elegant piece of crewel work inscribed with "God is my King," Cetewayo declined to receive it, first saying "There is nobody over me but the Queen, my mother," and then that he had no wall to hang it on. Finally, however, he was persuaded to have it placed among his curiosities from England. Of five dogs which accompany him a formidable bulldog is a great favourite, and a pack of hounds is to follow. Cetewayo paid £35 for a piece of silk, and he takes back many other presents selected for female use, so that at least there will be rejoicing among his numerous wives upon his return.'
[* Note: The Zulu king's name is now more correctly spelt Cetshwayo, (1826?-1884).]