After a couple of days stay in Durban Gandhi left for Pretoria, the capital of the Transvaal, where he had to attend to a law suit for his client. A fist class ticket was purchased for him. When the train reached Maritzburg, the capital of Natal, at about 9 pm., a white passenger who boarded the train objected to the presence of a “colored” man from India
in the compartment and Gandhi, the Indian
barrister was ordered by a railway official to shift to a third class. Gandhi refused to do so and a constable pushed him out and his luggage was taken away. It was winter and bitterly cold. Gandhi
sat shivering the whole night in the waiting room.