The Great Boer War By Arthur Conan Doyle












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The Details Of The Long Struggle Between The Seekers For The Franchise And The Refusers Of It May Be Quickly Sketched, But They Cannot Be Entirely Ignored By Any One Who Desires To Understand The Inception Of That Great Contest Which Was The Outcome Of The Dispute.

At the time of the Convention of Pretoria (1881) the rights of burghership might be obtained by one year's residence.

In 1882 it was raised to five years, the reasonable limit which obtains both in Great Britain and in the United States. Had it remained so, it is safe to say that there would never have been either an Uitlander question or a great Boer war. Grievances would have been righted from the inside without external interference.

In 1890 the inrush of outsiders alarmed the Boers, and the franchise was raised so as to be only attainable by those who had lived fourteen years in the country. The Uitlanders, who were increasing rapidly in numbers and were suffering from the formidable list of grievances already enumerated, perceived that their wrongs were so numerous that it was hopeless to have them set right seriatim, and that only by obtaining the leverage of the franchise could they hope to move the heavy burden which weighed them down. In 1893 a petition of 13,000 Uitlanders, couched in most respectful terms, was submitted to the Raad, but met with contemptuous neglect. Undeterred, however, by this failure, the National Reform Union, an association which organised the agitation, came back to the attack in 1894.

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