of the time when he was Brother Jack,
in the early days of the Servite mission in Zululand.
2. Hlabisa c. 1960
Hospital, bees, confirmations, fire!
Hlabisa township; what was and what is...
Hlabisa is the Zulu word for slaughter. What took place there to give it that name I don't know. At one time Hlabisa was the headquarters of the magisterial district. Once the railway reached the town of Mtubatuba the town of Hlabisa lost its important position. The American Lutheran Mission, however, took it over for service and built a hospital. While I was stationed at Hlabisa I had a chance to need their service. While building our mission house I seriously cut my left hand index finger. Doctor Hall did a good job of suturing and saved my finger.
Now a more dramatic story. I was driving on the straight uphill road to the mission when I was surprised to see quite a few children from the mission running down the road frantically waving their hands. Well, I thought, That is a surprise welcome! As they got closer to the truck I could see the reason for the excitement. -They were covered with bees. I stopped the truck and went immediately and tried to kill the bees, only to be attacked myself. I don't really know what happened since I went into a confused state. Somehow Fr Hayden was able to get the children and me to the hospital. We were given injections to prevent further swelling. What a mess we were! Thankfully none of us was allergic to bee stings, which can be fatal.