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n the public de●claration of Sir Garnet Wols●eley and Sir Bartle Frere t

  • eleaguered garrisons were r●eliev ed. No war of s

    hat the annexation▓ of the Transvaal was irrevocable, had invested● capital in the country, and the▓ir property was now worthle

    ss a●nd their capital lost, owing to their● having put faith in the words of Her Maj●esty’s representative.” But the bl●ame does

    not rest with him. ▓ The disastrous war had cost in all▓ 29 officers killed and 20 wound▓ed, and 366 men killed, with 42▓8 woun

    ded. One result of the British de▓feat in the Transvaal was to increase, n▓ot unnaturally, the restless▓ness of the Boers.Both Zul

    all magnitude, as ▓far as the numbe

    oncerned, has left more gr ave res●ults.For

    ulan●d and Bechuanaland suffered from unauth▓orised incursions of what were really f

    il▓ibusters, whose efforts at colonial expansion▓ were too frequently attended with murde▓r.In one of these, against Chief Montsoia

  • long years after the peace was signe▓d, the

    , an ▓Englishman named Bethel was barbarously ●murdered, and hence an expedition w●as despatched, under Sir Char▓les War

    ren, to Bechuanaland in 1884.An attempt ●had been made by the Boers to ●annex Montsoia’s territory, whic▓h, by the Conve

    ntion of 1884, was ▓under our Protectorate; there was no doubt, more▓over,

    that the whole of the disturbances ha▓d been directed from the Transva

    al, and if n▓ot distinctly fostered by that Go●vernment, met with its tacit approval.▓ But ho

    showed the gr eatest▓ arrogance towards all

    s, whether civ ilians or sol▓die

    stilities were happily averted●.President Kruger met Sir C●harles Warren

  • rs, and in man y cases it ●was accompani

    in conference, an▓d the conflicting clauses were ad●justed.But the operations, insignifican●t as they may seem militarily, were pol▓itically important.They, tempor●arily at least, restored the position o●f Great Britain as the paramount power ●in South Africa.373 The last coll●ision in th

    e Transvaal between Dr.Ja●meson’s troopers, led by British of▓ficers, and the Boers of Pretoria▓, etc., was decisive in anoth▓er way; but it is not a part of the story of▓ the regular army, and is of to▓o recent occurrence to be comment●ed on here. CHAPTER XIX THE ARMY IN NORTH AF●RICA—1867-96 Tu

    rn now from the sou●thern portion of the Dark Continent to the nor▓thern.The researches of recent exp▓lorers, such as Mr.Stanley and others, had ope▓ned up the previously unknown interior to▓ a much greater extent than had b●een effected before their exertions. ●Southern Africa, as far as its white immigrant▓ population was concerned, was ext▓ending its politi

    cat

    cal limits northw▓ard.The Congo Free State was attempting to b●ring European civilisation down towards● the equator.The ideas of “Hinterland,〃埍 a preposterous notion, had been advanced.▓ All nati

    h open and und isgui▓sed insult.The su

    nsvaa●l was r uin to many an Englishma

    ons were bent on pushing from▓ the sea towards the rediscovered Mountains

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rican coast-line, and every State,▓ whether it had colonising power or not, burned▓ to claim as much ground behind the su●rf-clad beach as it could get.But befo●re this earth-hunger assumed the proportions▓ it did, there had been trouble i▓n the north-eastern portion o▓f Africa, though this c

n wh●o, “con

ase was rath●er one of national honour and prestige than ●desire for the extension of our “sphere of inf●luence.”

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A serious war-cl▓oud had arisen in Abyssinia, the forerunner o▓f the many disturbanc

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es which▓ by degrees have since led to the ▓opening up of the heart of Africa to● commerce.Abyssinia had seemed a pro●mising field for our trade, and Consul Camer●on was despatched there to represent the ▓British Government and protect as f

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