The South African Question

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780217613927
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 7/28/2012
  • Pages: 18
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.04 (d)

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Neither Dutch nor English South Africans desire to see any other power installed in the place of England. Cultured Dutch and English Africans alike are fed on English literature, and England is their intellectual home. Even with our simplest Dutch-descent Africans the memories of THE OLD BITTER DAYS had almost faded, when the ghastly events, which are too well known to need referring to, awoke the old ache at the heart a few years ago. But even they would see quietly no other power standing in the place of England. "It is a strange thing," said a well-known Dutch South African to us twenty-one years ago, "that when I went to Europe to study I went to Holland, and loved the land and the people, but I felta stranger; it was the same in Germany, the same in France. But when I landed in England I said, 'I am at home!' " That man was once a passionate lover of England, but he is now a heart-sore man. There have been representatives of England in South Africa who have been loved as dearly by the Dutch as by the English. When a few years ago there was a talk of Sir George Grey visiting South Africa on his way home from New Zealand to England, old grey-headed Dutchmen in the Free State expressed their resolve to take one more long train journey and go down to Capetown only once more to shake the hand of the old man who more than forty years before had been Governor of the Cape Colony. So deeply had a great Englishman, upholding the loftiest traditions of English justice and humanity, endeared himself to the hearts of South Africans. "God's Englishman"not of the Stock Exchange and the Catling gun, but of the great heart. But great as is the bond between South Africans, whether Dutch orEnglish, and England, caused by language, sentiments, interest and the noble record left by tho...
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