The Column’s scouts continually met small groups of Ndebele; some were undoubtedly ‘spies’ while others were probably drawn by the novel spectacle of the wagon train on the move. From an album “Occupation of Mashonaland – Views by W Ellerton Fry”. Cecil John Rhodes commissioned the Pioneers Column, accompanied by the newly formed British South Africa Company Police, to march into Mashonaland and form the core of the civilian population. Lieut. Fry was an Intelligence Officer on the Pioneer Corps and its official photographer.