...In the heady days of the 19th century, a new and much-improved bit for horses was dreamed up by the brilliant, impoverished inventor V. K. Sonva at his home in a South African town later to be the site of Baden-Powell's first fame. His success should have been assured when he founded a company to manufacture them.
We can only look on in saddened wonder at whatever misguided inspiration it could have been that led him to name the firm "Mafeking Sonva Bit Co.," from which the well-spoken, straitlaced Victorians stayed away in droves.
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