In Pretoria, Gandhiji used to go for a walk every evening.
to walk along the footpath. President Kruger's home was there on the same road.
It was a simple house. The guard only indicated that the house belonged to some
walked by the same road every day. He used to walk in front of the house daily
and the guard would see him doing so. No one said anything to him.
the guard might have been changed. Seeing Gandhiji, he thought, "Why should this
black labourer walk along this footpath and that too in front of the President's
house? He has to be scolded."
saying or asking anything he went to Gandhiji and pushing him kicked him down
was dumbfounded by this attack. He got up and was about to talk to the guard
when a horse rider came there and said, "Gandhiji, I have seen everything. If
you want to complain against him, I will bear a witness."
rider was an Englishman and Gandhiji's friend.
replied, "No brother! It will be of no use! He is treating me the same way he
treats my other countrymen."
friend said, "No, no! We should teach such people a lesson!"
said, "All Englishmen insult us by calling labourers! Why should this ignorant
guard be blamed?"
Britisher admonished the guard and made him say sorry to Gandhiji.