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ORIGIN OF THE ANGLO BOER WAR REVEALED

The Conspiracy of the 19th Century Unmasked

By C.H. THOMAS

of Belfast Transvaal formerly Orange Free State Burgher

SECOND EDITION

LONDON: HODDER AND STOUGHTON

27 PATERNOSTER ROW MCM

Butler & Tanner The Selwood Printing Works Frome and London

NOTICE

The present book had been intended for publication in South Africa before the end of 1899, with the object of laying bare the wicked and delusive aims of the Afrikaner Bond combination, to which the Anglo Boer war alone is attributable, and to counteract its disastrous influences so far as then still possible. But until quite lately circumstances had conspired so as to prevent the writer from leaving the Transvaal, and when he at last obtained the required passport to Lourenço Marques he was there denied a permit to visit a colonial port. He therefore sailed for London in order to publish this book without more loss of time. Though too late to serve as a deterrent, the contents may be effective towards showing up the really guilty parties the instigators and seducers of the deluded Boer nation, and so pave and widen the avenue of peace and of conciliation between Boer and Briton who were duped and victimized alike.

The exposure of the actual culprits and originators should also operate favourably, and in mitigation in behalf of the much less guilty Boers, so as to dispose the victors to the exercise of magnanimous consideration. In exposing the villainy of the Dutch coterie in Holland, the writer is far from impugning the honourable character of that nation, the better part of whom, when once undeceived, will be the first to reprobate and disown those arch plotters who sacrificed the peace of South Africa for personal and national advantage.

Some other information regarding the Boers and South Africa will be found interspersed in this study, which will be found of use to the uninitiated and to intending emigrants to that sub continent. As the reader proceeds with the examination of this book it will suggest comparisons and even analogies which may commend themselves as singularly apposite and instructive in relation with the study of the presently budding Eastern question.

C.H. THOMAS

NOTE TO SECOND EDITION

The issue of a Second Edition has afforded an opportunity to correct a few linguistic blemishes, but the work has only been very slightly revised.

CONTENTS

PAGE NOTICE V

INTRODUCTION 1

CURSORY HISTORY OF THE BOER NATION 6

PROSPERITY OF BOERS AND POLITICAL RELATIONS WITH ENGLAND UP TO 1881 16

TRANSVAAL HISTORY SUZERAINTY 21

TREATMENT OF UITLANDERS, FRANCHISE, VENALITY, BRIBERY 25

MONSTER PETITION, JAMESON INCURSION, ARMAMENTS 37

BLOEMFONTEIN CONFERENCE, BOER ULTIMATUM 43

BOER LANGUAGE 52

THE DUTCH COTERIE, ITS SEAT IN HOLLAND 57

AFRIKANER BOND OUTLINES AND PROGRAMME 62

PACIFIC POLICY OF GREAT BRITAIN 70

PRESS PROPAGANDA SECRET SERVICE TRADE RIVALRIES 72

DISLOYALTY OF COLONIAL BOERS 82

PORTUGUESE TERRITORY TRANSVAAL LOW VELDT MALARIA HORSE SICKNESS 89

CLIMATE AND TOPOGRAPHY 95

BOER PREPAREDNESS FOR WAR 108

ALLIANCE OF ORANGE FREE STATE WITH TRANSVAAL SUZERAINTY SQUABBLE TRANSVAAL ARMAMENTS PRIOR TO JAMESON RAID 115

THE TRANSVAAL DYNAMITE AND EXPLOSIVES MONOPOLY 122

BOER FIGHTING STRENGTH 124

BOER CONSERVATISM, EDUCATION, DUNDEE DOSSIER, ANTI ENGLISH PAMPHLET ENTITLED "A HUNDRED YEARS' INJUSTICE" 126

AN OLD FREE STATER'S ADMONITION 137

MODUS VIVENDI SUGGESTED BY OLD FREE STATER 143

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