South Africa, Volume 1

Chapman and Hall, 1878 - 4 pages

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Page 36 - I am compelled to embrace, however reluctantly, the conclusion that they had a perfect right to hazard the experiment, however hopeless, of extorting by force that redress which they could not expect otherwise to obtain.
Page 253 - ... Natal, and so do I. I should like to point out how unreliable are the writings of that gifted author when he came to travel there with a special object. He said, " The traveller knows as a fact that the Dutchmen in South Africa are more numerous than the English, but in Natal he is on English soil with no more savour of Holland than he has in London when he chances to meet a Dutchman there.
Page 68 - I take it, is that a white working population will not settle itself at an v place where it will have to measure itself against coloured labour. A walk through the streets of Capetown is sufficient to show the stranger that he has reached a place not inhabited by white men, and a very little conversation will show him further that he is not speaking with an English-speaking population. The gentry no doubt are white and speak English. At any rate, the members of Parliament do so, and the clergymen,...
Page 75 - ... Wherever I go I visit the post-office, feeling certain that I may be able to give a little good advice. Having looked after post-offices for thirty years at home I fancy that I could do very good service among the Colonies if I could have arbitrary power given to me to make what changes I pleased. My advice is always received with attention and respect, and I have generally been able to flatter myself that I have convinced my auditors. But I never knew an instance yet in which any improvement...
Page 173 - But 1 have heard also that all the capital invested has not been unfrequently lost. It must be regarded as a precarious business, and one which requires special adaptation in the person who conducts it. And to this must be added the fact that it depends entirely on a freak of fashion. Wheat and wool, cotton and coffee, leather and planks, men will certainly continue to want, and of these things the value will undoubtedly be maintained by competition for their possession. But ostrich-feathers may...
Page 287 - ... on the amount of good things which those with whom he lives will think he ought to consume. A man with a family living on £400 a year cannot entertain his friends very often either in London or in Pietermaritzburg; but of the two, hospitality is more within the reach of the latter. And I do not hesitate to say that a gentleman living with a wife and children on any income between £400 and £1,000 would feel less of the inconveniences of poverty in Natal than in England.
Page 311 - Bay, is still a native country, in which the king or chief can live by his own laws and do as his soul lusts. I am very far from recommending an extension of British interference ; but if I know anything of British manners and British ways, there will be British interference in Zululand before long. In the mean time our own Colony of Natal is peopled with Zulus whom we rule, not very regularly, but on the whole with success. They are, to my thinking, singularly amenable ; and though I imagine they...
Page 146 - ... the tops and slopes of the hills, runs down to the sea without fertilising the rich but thirsty soil. The population of the Cape Colony is preponderatingly Dutch, and their kindness and good-nature meet with a frank and full recognition from Mr. Trollope. ' I am bound to say that I was never refused anything which I asked of a Dutchman in South Africa.
Page 168 - Bnt, nevertheless, ostrich-farming is a precarious venture. The birds are of such value, a full-grown bird in perfect health being worth as much as 75?., that there are of course risks of great loss. And I doubt whether the industry has, as yet, existed long enough for those who employ it to know all its conditions. * * « * * I may add with regard to ostrich-farming that I hare heard that 50 per cent per annum on the capital invested has been not uncommonly made.
Page 311 - In the meantime our own Colony of Natal is peopled with Zulus whom we rule, not very regularly, but on the whole with success. They are, to my thinking, singularly amenable ; and though I imagine they would vote us out of the country if a plebiscite were possible, they are individually docile and well-mannered, and as Savages are not uncomfortable neighbours. That their condition as a people has been improved by the coming of the white man there can be no doubt. I will put out of consideration for...

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