Diamond Dyke | George Manville Fenn

Diamond Dyke is about the difficulties a couple of young Britons faced when they went to South Africa, and set up an ostrich farm in the dry and largely empty veldt. One of the enemies they had to face was lions.

One day they found they needed more stores, so young Dyke, barely sixteen years of age, has to go on a six or seven day journey to the farm of the nearest honest storekeeper, a fat old German, seventy years of age. On the way back there is a serious delay due to a flash flood which took several days to clear. But when they get back they find that the older brother is seriously ill of an African fever. The local people had been sure he would die, and were preparing to move in and take what stock there was. But young Diamond Dyke nurses his brother back to health.