by John McGivering)
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... Even his Land and Sea Tales for Scouts and Guides. where he is described on the title-page as ‘Commissioner, Boy Scouts', contains much that is hardly in the spirit of the Scout and Guide laws...Gillian Avery does not like “Stalky” and dismisses the rest as completely irrelevant to Baden-Powell’s movement, and comments that “His Gift”, which alone does treat of Scouts:
...shows that the Commissioner has not really grasped all the technicalities of the organisation. It also turns on one of his favourite themes, hatred…. (which] … at last stirs the buffoon of the troop out of his torpor.J M S Tompkins, however, takes a more charitable view (p. 129) even though she calls it: 'not a very good tale ... although it has a pleasant idea.'