Black and White Budget, Transvaal Special, No. 3

TRANSVAAL SPECIAL 3 THE BRITISH F L A GIN SOUTH AFRICA. Our story this week commences with the Ultimatum, that monumental piece of insolence in which for the first time Uncle Paul showed his hand to everybody. Ever since 1878 he had worked for the complete independence of the Transvaal. Even at the time of the Annexation, when the Boers practically called in British protection to save them from the blacks, Mr. Kruger hated the British, and intrigued against their supiemacy. la king advantage of our too humane concessions, he secured for himself the COI.ONEL BADEN-POW ELI., COMMANDING MAT AFEKING Presidency and a magnificent income, together with considerable hopes of a German alliance and of a recognised position at all the Courts of Europe. But Mr. Chamberlain began to get too clever for him, began to make him stick to his word and give up the shuffling diplomacy which had hitherto baffled Radical statesmen. And Uncle Paul, finding himself in a corner, and fearing that British demands supported by a British army would ago {bangI') longer way than suited his convenience, threw off his polite manners and flung his glove in, the face of his Suzerain. On Wednesday, October 1 ith, at tea-time (as the Times humorously put it), war broke out between Great Britain and the Transvaal. For two days there were rumours of marching armies, of laagers, and of “driving the English into the sea.” British gold in the Transvaal was seized, trade definitely came to an end, refugees from Johannesburg and Pretoria trooped over the border with empty pockets and marks of Boer brutality on their bodies. The passes leading into Natal from the Orange Free State and the Transvaal were occupied by Boer commandos, Mr. Schreiner shuffled about and looked unhappy, trains were seized and attacked in Natal and on the way from Kimberley to Mafeking, and the
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