Story, Douglas was born on December 31, 1872 in at Edinburgh, Scotland. Son of Daniel F. (J. P.) and Jane (Skirving) Story.
Educated George Watson’s College, Edinburgh. Studied medicine Edinburgh University, 1890-1894.
C. L. Canfield, San Francisco. Gave up study of medicine on eve of degree. Went to South Africa, 1895.
Became editor Standard and Diggers’ News, Johannesburg, on night of Reformers’ trial, April 27, 1896. Wounded in second Matabele war, 1896. Expelled from Transvaal by Boer gov’t for political reasons, 1897.
In Soudan was only civilian permitted to accompany Egyptian force that captured Osman Digna. In S. African war represented London Daily Mail with Boer forces—only British subject permitted to enter Transvaal after outbreak of hostilities. Only British subject allowed to accompany Boer forces in the field.
First war correspondent ever openly to accompany his nation’s enemy in war time. Was arrested and imprisoned several times by Boers on suspicion. Came to the United States January, 1901, by invitation of James Gordon Bennett to write impressions of country for New York Herald.