The Great Boer War By Arthur Conan Doyle












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But At Least They Had Again Put Their Case Publicly Upon Record, And It Had Been Endorsed By The Most Respected Of The Burghers.

Gradually in the press of the English-speaking countries the raid was ceasing to obscure the issue.

More and more clearly it was coming out that no permanent settlement was possible where the majority of the population was oppressed by the minority. They had tried peaceful means and failed. They had tried warlike means and failed. What was there left for them to do? Their own country, the paramount power of South Africa, had never helped them. Perhaps if it were directly appealed to it might do so. It could not, if only for the sake of its own imperial prestige, leave its children for ever in a state of subjection. The Uitlanders determined upon a petition to the Queen, and in doing so they brought their grievances out of the limits of a local controversy into the broader field of international politics. Great Britain must either protect them or acknowledge that their protection was beyond her power. A direct petition to the Queen praying for protection was signed in April 1899 by twenty-one thousand Uitlanders. From that time events moved inevitably towards the one end. Sometimes the surface was troubled and sometimes smooth, but the stream always ran swiftly and the roar of the fall sounded ever louder in the ears.

CHAPTER 3.

THE NEGOTIATIONS.

The British Government and the British people do not desire any direct authority in South Africa.

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