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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 148 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. The Johannesburg Crisis. The first news of this now historical event reached Pilgrim's Rest, a busy little gold-mining camp situated near the eastern boundary of the Transvaal and about two hundred miles from Pretoria, on the evening of the 31st December, 1895. Startling rumours soon spread through the camp to the effect that Dr. Jameson, Administrator of Ehodesia, with eight hundred of the Charterland troops, fully armed with Maxims, field pieces, and Lee-Metford rifles, had actually crossed the western border of the Transvaal, and were to meet the burghers, two thousand strong, in an open encounter near Krugersdorp at ten the next morning. The telegraph office was kept open all night in consequence. Suppressed excitement prevailed, and Mr. Willis, telegraphist in temporary charge, was kept busy, but with Government messages only, the use of the wire being debarred from the general public. The night was pitch dark, and I was sitting in my room working at my manuscript, assisted by Mr. Dan Matthews. "Whilst we were thus engaged, our attention was suddenly drawn to the blowing of a bugle. The various calls were blown in such a manner that we concluded the blower was no expert in that line. At first we thought that a "krijsraad" was being summoned by the Mining Commissioner, Mr. J. S. Joubert, but after we had heard the "Volkslied" followed immediately by " God save the Queen," our minds were set at rest, and we once more resumed our work. We adjourned to the church at 11 P.M., where I held a midnight service; the church was filled to overflowing. On returning home a little after twelve the cornet was still going, but the notes were so thick and indistinct as to cause Dan Matthews to remark that the musician must have blown a quantity of whisky in...

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