The life of a frontiersman is hard, wrote Ronaldshay, and he treads it daily on
the brink of eternity, Yet, despite its obvious drawhacks, the fact remains that
these endless ranges of rugged rocks rising from lower levels do possess the
power of inspiring in those whose lot is east among them an extraordinary
I do not suggest that the average warden of the marches babitually subjects his
feelings to this kind of analysis, but the circumstances of his life are such
that he frequently experiences the species of spiritual exaltation induced by
solitude amid the grandeur of nature, and such experience is one of the factors
that go to make the magic of the Frontier.
But the land was made for the men in it, not men for the land .
For the stranger who had eyes to see and ears to hear, always as he drove
through the Margalla pass just north of Rawalpindi and went on to cross the
great bridge at Attock, there was lifting of the heart and a knowledge that ,
however hard the task and beset with danger, here was a people who looked him in
the face and made him feel he had come home. Yet, after a hundred years and more
of close contact, the Pathan remains to the wiorld , and even to himself,
something of an enigma. Many have spoken and written of him and his country, but
the surface has been scarcely scratched. There is need for a deeper ploughing.