The life of Sir George Pomeroy-Colley, K. C. S. I., C. B.,C. M. G., 1835-1881: including services in Kaffraria--in China--in Ashanti--in India and in Natal

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J. Murray, 1899 - 430 pages
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Page 138 - Because half a /dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with I their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, /reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the / cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make / the noise are the only inhabitants of the field...
Page 409 - We deemed was for her favourite in store ; Nor failed prophetic fancy to descry Wreaths of high praise, and crowns of victory, Which in our thought thy brows already wore. But He who portions out our good and ill, Willed an austerer glory should be thine, And nearer to the Cross than to the Crown. Then lay, ye...
Page 410 - Major-General trusts that officers and men will not allow the soldierly spirit which prompts to gallant action to degenerate into a feeling of revenge. The task now forced on us by the unprovoked action of the Boers is a painful one under any circumstances ; and the General calls on all ranks to assist him in his endeavours to mitigate the suffering it must entail. We must be careful to avoid punishing the innocent for the guilty, and must remember that, though misled and deluded, the Boers are in...
Page 273 - war cannot be made with rosewater," and I am not much troubled with sentiment when the safety of the troops is at stake, but I hate this " atrocity manufacturing " and its effects on the men, tending to make them either cowards or butchers.
Page 409 - He who portions out our good and ill, Willed an austerer glory should be thine, And nearer to the Cross than to the Crown. Then lay, ye mourners, there your burden down, And hear calm voices from the inner shrine That whisper, Peace, and say, Be still, be still.
Page 344 - In reply I am to inform you that on the Boers now in arms against Her Majesty's authority ceasing armed opposition, Her Majesty's Government will be ready to appoint a Commission with large powers who may develop the scheme referred to in Lord Kimberley's telegram of the 8th instant communicated to you through His Honour, President Brand.
Page 367 - I am going out to-night," he wrote, " to try and seize the Majuba Hill, which commands the right of the Boer position, and leave this behind, in case I should not return, to tell you how very dearly I love you, and what a happiness you have been to me. Don't let all life be dark to you if I don't come back to you. It is a strange world of chances ; one can only do what seems right to one in matters of morals, and do what seems best in matters of judgment, as a cardplayer calculates the chances, and...
Page 340 - ... was authorised to agree to the suspension of hostilities. This was in substance a conditional acceptance of the Boer overture.1 On the same day the general was told from the war office that, as respected the interval before receiving a reply from Mr. Kruger, the government did not bind his discretion, but ' we are anxious for your making arrangements to avoid effusion of blood.
Page 343 - I am now getting together a force with which I think I could command success, but the Home Government seem so anxious to terminate the contest, that I am daily expecting to find ourselves negotiating with the
Page 329 - The secretary of state, finding barrack-room rigidity out of placf •directs Colley (Feb. 8) to inform Brand that the government would be ready to give all reasonable guarantees as to treatment of Boers after submission, if they ceased from armed -opposition, and a scheme would be framed for permanent friendly settlement.

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