My Sunday musings about Elim Hospital took me back to this story. Constable Willem Eagle and his rifle. Constable C.W. Eagle was born in Canada from an English mother and a Red Indian Brave father. In 1904 he Joined the BSAP and was stationed at Fort Edward, a prefab steel fort, near Elim. (20km From Louis Trichardt) He brought with him his own repeating rifle. The Rifle was a Colt repeating rifle, unusual to say the least, as Colt made revolvers, ,both pistols and some revolver rifles. However, they made about 40 repeating rifles before Winchester took them to court for patent infringement, and Colt recalled all of them in 1904 except for three. One of which escaped the recall was Constable Eagle's, as he was already on his way to South Africa at the time of the recall.. In 1908 he was dispatched on horseback to investigate a disturbance west of Messina, and encountered a lioness who attacked him. He fired many shots at the lion with his rifle but was severely mauled before the lioness withdrew. A Prospector on a nearby hill saw the incident and got him help. He was taken by mule cart back to Elim Hospital (The journey must have taken several days) He died of his injuries several days after getting to hospital. So why was his rifle so ineffective against the lioness bespite all the shots fired? Well It was a .22 calibre peashooter . Below is local historian Charles Leach with the rifle.