The Contemporary Review

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1897. Excerpt: ... OUR POSITION IN SOUTH AFRICA. UNFORTUNATE in many respects as were the startling occurrences which took place in South Africa two years ago, yet there is one very distinct advantage which may be deduced from them. For a long period of years the British public had been treating South Africa with more or less of indifference, in so far as its political relations to the Empire were concerned. No doubt South Africa, and more particularly the Transvaal, had been engaging special attention in the financial world for some time previous to those events; but as to the political position and outlook, the general body of public men and of the British community at large had not realised the important problems which were approaching maturity. In a vague and indefinite way, perhaps, it was understood at home that the large population which had been attracted to the Transvaal by the gold discoveries, and had built up the great city of Johannesburg, were suffering under certain grievances; but statesmen and public writers at home manifested no particular solicitude on account of their fellow-countrymen in the South African Republic. The incursion of Dr. Jameson into the Transvaal, however indefensible it may have been from the point of view of international law, had the in&tantaneous effect of rivetting English public attention, and indeed the attention of the whole world, upon the rights and wrongs of the alien community in the Transvaal, and upon the general political problem in South Africa of which their case formed a part. The sensation caused throughout England by the Jameson Raid was very great, but the public mind was even more deeply moved by the telegram with reference thereto which was sent by the German Emperor to President Krtlger. This message-- unmerited as it must appear in the ligh...

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