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Lessons of the War

Being Comments from Week to Week to the Relief of Ladysmith

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Language: English
Wordcount: 36,653 / 110 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.7
LoC Category: U
Downloads: 310
Added to site: 2005.02.20 9678
Genre: War


A very serious piece of news, if it should be confirmed, is that the Basutos have begun to attack the Free State. The British authorities have exerted themselves to the utmost to prevent this and to keep the Kaffir population quiet. The mere fact of the existence all over South Africa of a Kaffir population outnumbering Boers and British together made it an imperative duty of both white races to come to a peaceful settlement. This was as well known to the Boers as to the British, and forms an essential factor in any judgment on the action which has caused and precipitated the conflict.


_October 25th_, 1899

The Boer Commander-in-Chief has beyond doubt grasped the situation. His total force seems to be larger than was usually expected and to exceed my own rough estimate of thirty-five thousand men, the balance to his advantage being due probably to the British efforts to keep the Basutos from attacking the Free State. Thus the Boers have been able to overrun their weste



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