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Title: Boer Politics
Author: Guyot, Yves, 1843-1928
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_Translated from the French_



A word in explanation of this English edition is perhaps not

It will be remembered that the arguments in the following pages appeared
originally in the columns of _Le Siècle_, and from the correspondence
between M. Yves Guyot and Dr. Kuyper and M. Brunetière (Appendix B), the
reader will understand how the publication of _Le Siècle_ articles in
pamphlet form arose.

In the month of May when M. Yves Guyot's _La Politique Boer_ made its
appearance, the supply of literature by more or less competent judges on
South African affairs was already so formidable in this country, that an
English publication of his pamphlet was apparently not wanted. Moreover,
as my master's arguments were written for readers on the continent and
not for those of Great Britain, such a publication was not thought of at
the time.

Of the first editions of _La Politique Boer_ placed before the reading
public in various countries, a few thousand copies were sent to London.
The demand, however, exceeded the supply to such a large extent, and so
many letters were received at this office from British readers
(unfamiliar with the French language) asking for a translation, that an
English dress of _La Politique Boer_ was decided upon.

As the translation was proceeding various incidents of importance in
connection with the South African crisis took place. These were
commented upon by M. Yves Guyot in _Le Siècle_ and added to the
existing pamphlet; the English edition is consequently more up-to-date
than the original.

Our thanks for valuable assistance given in the translation are largely
due to Mrs. Ellen Waugh and Mr. Charles Baxter.

M. Yves Guyot has renounced his author's rights, and the profits to _Le
Siècle_, resulting from this publication, will be handed in two equal
shares to the societies here and in South Africa which represent the
interests of the widows and orphans of English and Boer combatants who
have given their lives for their countries.



_25th October, 1900._



1. State of the Question.--2. Pro-Boer Argument, and the Jameson
Raid.--3. Profits of the Jameson Raid.--4. Logical Consequences
of the Jameson Raid



1. Disregard of Facts, and Subordination to the Vatican.--2. The
Boers, the Natives and Slavery.--3. "Essentially a Man of War
and Politics"                                                          1



1. The ideal of the Boers.--2. The English in South Africa.--3.
"The Crime."--4. British Sphere of Influence in 1838.--5.
England, the Transvaal and the Orange Free State                       9


AND 1884.

1. The "Gold Mines" Argument.--2. Boer Anarchy.--3. The Boers
saved by the English.--4.--The Annexation of the Transvaal, and
the Conventions of 1881 and 1884.--5. The Convention of 1881
inapplicable.--6. Violation by the Boers                              17



1. Krüger's point of view.--2. England's Obligations.--3.
Equality of Rights among the Whites according to Mr. Krüger in
1881.--4. Preamble of the Convention of 1881.--5. Articles, 4,
7, and 14 of the Convention of 1884                                   24



1. Contempt of Justice.--2. Confusion of Powers                       31



1. Legal and Judicial System of the Transvaal.--2. The Police
(the Edgar Case).--3. An ingenious Collusion.--4. The Lombaard
Case                                                                  36



1. The Amphitheatre Case.--2. Valuation of Bail.--3. The
Uitlanders' Petition.--4. Security of the Individual according
to Boer Ideas.--5. The Murder of Mrs. Appelbe                         42


Boer Oligarchy                                                        48



1. "That Gold is mine!"--2. The Proportion of Gold per Ton.--3.
Cost of Production.--4. A Gold Mine is an Industrial
Exploitation.--5. Distribution of the Gold Production.--6. Cost
of Production, and the Transvaal.--What the "Vultures" brought        52



1. Receipts of the Boer Exchequer.--2. Budget Assessment of the
Burghers.--3. Salaries of Boer Officials.--4. The Debit side of
the Boer Budget.--5. New Taxes.--6. Attempt to raise a Loan.--7.
Fleecing the Uitlander                                                59



1. Article XIV. and the Monopolies.--2. The Dynamite
Monopoly.--3. Railways.--4. The Drift Question.--5. Methods of
Exaction                                                              66



1. A war of Capitalists.--2. A Local Board.--3. A deliberating
Council.--4. Timidity of the Chamber of Mines.--5. The Petition
and the Despatch of May 10th                                          73



1. Impossible Comparisons.--2. Policy of Re-action.--3. The
Bloemfontein Conference                                               80



1. A Krüger Trick.--2. The Bill passed by the Volksraad--3.
Pretended Concessions.--4. The Joint Commission.--5.
Bargaining.--6. The Conditions, and Withdrawal of Proposals.--7.
The Franchise is Self-Government                                      87



1. Who Raised the Question of Suzerainty?--2. The Suzerainty and
the Conference of the Hague                                           95



1. How the Transvaal interprets Arbitration.--2. Mr.
Chamberlain's Conditions                                             101



1. Dr. Kuyper's Logic.--2. Despatches of 8th and 22nd
September.--3. The Ultimatum                                         108



1. Where are the Peace Lovers?--2. Moral Worth of the Boers.--3.
A Lioness Out of Place.--4. Moral Unity by Means of Unity of
Method                                                               113


_a._--ENGLAND, HOLLAND AND GERMANY                                   119


  1. Offer to Dr. Kuyper to Reproduce his Article.--2. Dilatory
  Reply of Dr. Kuyper.--3. Withdrawal of Dr. Kuyper.--4. Mr.
  Brunetière's Refusal.--5. The Queen of Holland and Dr.
  Kuyper's Article                                                   124

_c._--THE LAST PRO-BOER MANIFESTATION                                130

_d._--SOUTH AFRICAN CRITICS                                          136

FROM SEPTEMBER 30TH TO OCTOBER 5TH, 1900                             151



I have endeavoured in the following pages to separate the Transvaal
question from the many side issues by which it is obscured.

In the "Affaire Dreyfus" I constantly recurred to the main
point--Dreyfus was condemned upon the "bordereau"; Dreyfus was not the
author of the "bordereau," therefore he was not responsible for the
documents named in the "bordereau."

In this case, in like manner, there is but one question:--Has or has not
the government of the South African Republic acted up to the convention
of 1884, and is the English government bound to regard that convention
as of no effect with regard to the Uitlanders who have established
themselves in the Transvaal on the faith that England would insist upon
its being respected?

_Pro-Boer Argument._

Pro-Boers refuse to recognise this point, as did M. Cavaignac when, in
his speech of July 7th, 1898, he abandoned the "bordereau" to substitute
for it the Henry forgery.

They keep talking of the Great Trek of 1836; of England's greed; of the
gold mines; and, above all, of the Jameson raid. The Jameson raid is
their pet grievance; it takes the place of all argument. The Uitlanders
may well say that "Jameson has been Krüger's best friend."

Notwithstanding, the Jameson raid is the best proof of the powerlessness
of England to protect the interests of her subjects against the
pretentions of the Pretoria Government.

In 1894, Lord Ripon had already made ineffectual representations to that
Government concerning the contempt with which it was treating the
Convention of 1884.

The Uitlanders had approached the Volksraad in a petition signed by
14,800 persons. The petitioners did not ask that the Republic should be
placed under the control of the British Government; on the contrary,
they postulated the maintenance of its independence; all that they asked
was for "equitable administration and fair representation." This
petition was received with angry contempt. "Protest, protest as much as
you like," said Mr. Krüger, "I have arms, and you have none."

It is contended that if President Krüger did provide himself to a
formidable extent with munitions of war, it was not until after the
Jameson Raid.

Here the connexion between cause and effect is not very clear; Jameson
once beaten there was no further cause to arm against him. But from the
Uitlanders' petition, to which allusion has been made, it is evident
that armaments had begun before. Among the alleged grievances we find
the following:--

     "A policy of force is openly declared against us; £250,000 have
     been expended on the construction of forts; upon one alone,
     designed to terrorise the inhabitants of Johannesburg, £100,000 has
     been spent. Large orders have been given to Krupp for big guns and
     maxims; and it is said that German Officers are coming to drill the

The Uitlanders of Johannesburg treated with contumely, adopted the
theories made use of by the Boers in their Petition of Rights of
February 17th, 1881, by which they justified their insurrection against
British rule, of December, 1880.

     "Then the cause was unexpectedly helped on by the courageous
     resistance of O. Bezuidenhout against the seizure of his household
     effects for non-payment of taxes. Here was a breach of the law easy
     to lay hold of; here was a crime indeed! It was illegal,
     undoubtedly, but illegal in the same sense as was the refusal of
     Hampden to pay the four or five shillings "ship money"; the taking
     of den Briel by the Watergeuzen (Waterbeggars) in 1572; as was the
     throwing overboard of a cargo of tea in Boston; as was the plot in
     Cape Colony against the importation of convicts. All these acts
     were illegal, but of such are the illegalities in which a people
     takes refuge, when a Government fails in its duty to a law higher
     than that of man."

In virtue of the principles invoked by the Boers, the Johannesburg
Uitlanders entered into a conspiracy; Jameson was to come to their aid
after they had risen. Messrs. Leonard and Phillips put themselves in
communication with Cecil Rhodes. He listened to their manifesto, and the
instant they came to the mention of free trade in South Africa, he said:
"That will do for me." The supposition that he desired to annex the
Transvaal is absurd.[1] He has admitted that he gave his personal
co-operation to Jameson without having first consulted his colleagues of
the Chartered Company. Jameson was to have gone to the assistance of the
Uitlanders; not to forestall the insurrection, which was fixed for
January 4th. On December 29th, Jameson invaded the Transvaal with 480
men. They got as far as Krugersdorp, about 31 miles distant from
Johannesburg, and after a fight at Doornkop, in which the Raiders'
losses were 18 killed and 40 wounded, and on the Boers' side four killed
and five wounded, they surrendered on the condition that their lives
should be spared.

That stipulation is forgotten when we fall to admiring President
Krüger's magnanimity in handing over Jameson to the British Government.

[Footnote 1: Fitzpatrick. "The Transvaal from Within." p. 122.]

_The Profits from the Jameson Raid._

The trial by the Government of Pretoria of the sixty-four members of the
"Reform Committee" was held in Johannesburg. Four of them, Mr. Lionel
Phillips, Colonel Rhodes, Mr. George Farrar, and Mr. Hammond were
condemned to death. The remainder were sentenced to two years'
imprisonment and £2,000 fine, or failing payment, to another year's
imprisonment and three years' banishment. The Executive reserved to
themselves the right to confiscate their property.

In commutation of the four death sentences, the Government exacted
£100,000; fifty-six other prisoners paid in a sum of £112,000. One of
the accused died, another who had pleaded not guilty, was so ill that
his sentence was not carried out; Messrs. Sampson and Davies refused to
pay the fine. The British Government left Mr. Krüger a free hand in the
matter; it cannot be reproached with having interposed on their
behalf--although it was its own representatives who persuaded the
Johannesburg conspirators to deliver up their arms. In the moment of
danger many and various hopes were held out by Mr. Krüger in his
proclamation of December 30th, 1895. The danger once past, the promises
were forgotten. He remembered the Jameson Raid only as an excuse for
demanding an indemnity of £677,938 3s. 6d. for material damages, and a
further £1,000,000 for damages "moral and intellectual."

In February, 1896, Mr. Chamberlain proposed to him "the autonomy of that
portion occupied by mining industries" (see details of the proposal,
letter of Mr. Chamberlain, published in _Le Siècle_, July 5th, 1899.)
Mr. Krüger refused contemptuously. At the same time he got the Volksraad
to pass a bill giving him the right to expel any foreigner, at his
discretion, at a fortnight's notice. Mr. Chamberlain reminded him that
this bill was contrary to Act 14 of the Convention of 1884. Krüger took
no notice of this remonstrance, and the bill became law on October 24th.
In December, 1896, Mr. Chamberlain made a renewed protest.

The correspondence continued. Mr. Chamberlain recapitulated the breaches
of the Convention of 1884 committed by the Boer Government. In the
summer of 1897, the act was at last repealed, but always with the
unavowed intention of re-enacting it in another form.

Mr. Krüger persistently continued to refuse all demands for reform,
becoming more and more insolent, while, thanks to the wealth brought to
the exchequer by the gold mines, he continued to increase the very
armaments against which the petitioners of 1894 had protested.

To all representations, his answer was "The Jameson Raid." To all
Europe, his plea was "The Jameson Raid." If you mention Transvaal
affairs to a Pro-Boer, he shuts you up at once with "what about the
Jameson Raid?" He will listen to no arguments; and loses his temper. If
you suggest that the Jameson Raid bears a certain analogy to the
expedition of Garibaldi's One Thousand, he gazes at you with amazement.
If you proceed to remark that the Jameson Raid took place at the close
of the year 1895; that we are now in 1900; that it is _res judicata_;
that the British Government left Boer Justice a free hand to deal with
the conspirators, he accuses you of having been bought by England. Not a
whisper, of course, is heard about the millions of secret service money
placed at the disposal of Dr. Leyds.

_The Logical Consequences of the Jameson Raid._

According to the Boers, they are briefly: (1) The Jameson Raid of Dec.
29th, 1895, gives the South African Republic the right in perpetuity to
regard the Convention of 1884 as null and void. (2) The Jameson Raid
gives the Government of the South African Republic the right to treat
all Uitlanders, especially the British, as Boers treat Kaffirs. (3) The
Jameson Raid gives the Government of the South African Republic an
undefined and perpetual right to plunder the Uitlanders.




1.--_Disregard of Facts and Subordination to the Vatican._

I notice with satisfaction, that people, who a short time ago would not
listen to a word about the Transvaal, are now no longer animated by the
same spirit of confidence, and are even beginning to wonder whether they
have not fallen into the same mistake made by so many in the Dreyfus
case, who only began to entertain doubts after the exposure of the Henry

I have been asked "Why have you not answered Dr. Kuyper's article in the
_Revue des Deux Mondes_?" and it appears that Dr. Leyds has been heard
to say in Brussels: "M. Yves Guyot has made no answer to Dr. Kuyper's
article." As though it were unanswerable!

I might well retort with the question: "Why does the Pro-Boer press
never reply to counter arguments save by vague phrases, and evading the
real issue? Why does the French press, in particular, confine itself to
lauding "the brave Boers" and the "venerable President Krüger," and to
extolling the virtues with which it credits them, instead of studying
their actual social condition, and giving its readers the plain facts?
Why do we not find one word in our papers of the articles by M.M.
Villarais and Tallichet, published in the _Bibliothèque

It is an exact repetition of the method employed by the Anti-Dreyfusard
papers in the Dreyfus case. But the odd thing is, that many who were
then exasperated by it, now look upon it as quite natural, and are not
surprised to find themselves bosom friends of Drumont, Rochefort, Judet,
and Arthur Mayer. The Transvaal question unites them in a "nationalist"
policy, which, if it were to go beyond mere words, would result in a war
with England and might complete, by a naval Sedan, the disaster of 1870.

The majority of Frenchmen have brought to the scrutiny of the matter a
degree of pigheadedness that clearly proves the influence of our method
of subjective education. We state our faith on words, and
believe--because it is a mystery.

The _Revue des Deux Mondes_, in which Dr. Kuyper's article is published
(February 1st), has become an organ of Leo XIII. Those free-thinkers,
protestants, and Jews in France who take part in the Anglophobe
movement, are thus naively furthering the aims of the Vatican and the
Jesuits, whose endeavour has ever been to stir up Europe against
England--England that shall never be forgiven for the liberalism of her
institutions, for the independence of her thinkers, and for her
politics, to which they attribute, not without reason, the downfall of
the temporal power.

The apologetic portion of Dr. Kuyper's article shows the Boers in their
true light. Far from refuting it, I will quote from it. The critical
part obscures the points at issue. I will clear them up.

[Footnote 2: _Le Siècle_, March 20th, 1900.]

[Footnote 3: See _Le Siècle_, February 3rd and March 14th, 1900.]

2.--_The Boers, the Natives, and Slavery._

Dr. Kuyper's article begins with the words: "Once more the yuletide has
sent forth the angelic message 'Peace on Earth,' even to where the
natives gather at the humble chapels of our missionaries."

Dr. Kuyper then undertakes to show us how the Boers understand "the
angelic message" in their treatment of the coloured race. He begins by
waxing wroth with the English who, in 1816, in consequence of the
representations of their missionaries, had instituted an enquiry as to
the manner in which the Boers treated their slaves, "England humiliated
them before their slaves," he says. The English also protected natives.

Dr. Kuyper says:--

     "With little regard for the real rights of their ancient colonists,
     _the English prided themselves on protecting the imaginary rights
     of the natives_."

The italics are his own. This virtuous protester continues:--

     "Deceived by the reports from their missionaries, little worthy of
     belief, and led astray by a sentimental love for primitive man,
     'The Aborigines Protection Societies,' so drastically exposed by
     Edmund Burke, saw their opportunity. With their Aborigines
     Societies, the deists posed in the political arena as protectors of
     the native races, while, in religious circles, the Christians with
     their missionary societies posed as their benefactors."

Dr. Kuyper forgives neither the deists nor the missionaries. And what of
the Boers?

     "The Boers had introduced a system of slavery copied from that
     adopted by the English in their American colonies; but greatly
     modified. I do not deny that, at times, the Boers have been too
     harsh, and have committed excesses....

     "The Boers are not sentimentalists, but are eminently practical.
     They recognised that these Hottentots and Basutos were an inferior

     "The Boers have always resolutely faced the difficulty of the
     colour question so persistently kept out of view by the English."

And Dr. Kuyper goes on to speak of the multiplication of the blacks in
South Africa. He dare not point to the logical solution, which would be
to regulate matters by extermination, pure and simple; but he gives vent
to his hatred of the English who, far from checking that multiplication,
assist it by their humane treatment of the natives. He is especially
wrathful with English missionaries, "those black-frocked gentlemen." He
states that the Boers do their best "to keep them at a distance"; and he
cites, as a fact, which fills him with indignation and alarm:--

     "A coloured bishop has been appointed president of a kind of negro
     council in Africa."

I confine myself to quoting Dr. Kuyper. He shows too plainly the
character, passions, and hatreds of the Boers, to render comment
necessary. He acknowledges that the Great Trek, the emigration
northwards, did not begin till after 1834, when, according to the
manifesto of 1881, known as the Petition of Rights, "in consequence of
the enforced sale of their slaves, the old patriarchal farmers were
ruined." This document represents that it was treating them "with
contumely" to offer them money compensation, adding regretfully "that
the greater portion of the money remained in the hands of London
swindlers." The regret and the contumely are difficult to reconcile.
Ancestors of the Boers had more than once acted in a similar manner
towards the Dutch East India Company when dissatisfied with their
administration, and unwilling to pay their taxes. But Pro-Boers have a
curious habit of magnifying things. One would imagine, to hear them
speak, that every Boer in the Cape had packed wife, children, and goods
into ox-wagons and had trekked north. As a matter of fact, the greater
proportion remained behind, and their descendants formed the majority of
the 376,000 whites enumerated in the census of 1891. The Great Trek was
really composed of various detachments which started one after another
in 1836. Statistics of the numbers of trekkers vary from 5,000 to
10,000. I have not been able to trace whether these figures refer only
to adult males, or whether they include the women and children. In any
case, when discussing South African affairs, we must always bear in mind
the small number of persons concerned, in comparison with the vast
extent of the area in question.

Not only these trekkers, but all who, from the period of the seventeenth
century onwards, had had the tendency to wander from the Cape, belonged
to the most adventurous and warlike portion of the population. They had
spread themselves over an enormous tract of country, and were in close
touch with kaffirs and bushmen, cattle-lifters using poisoned arrows.
Living in isolated families, they acquired, in the course of their
unceasing struggle with their savage neighbours, not only their
qualities of daring and warlike skill, but habits of cruelty and cunning
as well.

3.--_Essentially a Man of War and Politics._

Between the Dutchman of Amsterdam, Haarlem, the Hague, or Rotterdam,
installed in his comfortable dwelling, cultivating his tulips, priding
himself upon his pictures, and drinking his beer, and the Boer, pure and
simple, there is not the slightest analogy.

This Dr. Kuyper acknowledges. The Boer population is a compound of
Dutchmen, Frenchmen, Hugenots, Germans and Scotchmen. Krüger and Reitz
are of German, Joubert and Cronje, of French origin. Here is what Dr.
Kuyper, himself, says of the Boers:--

     "The word Boer signifies 'peasant,' but it would be a mistake to
     compare Boers with French peasants, English farmers, or even the
     settlers of America. They are rather a _conquering race_, who
     established themselves among the Hottentots and Basutos, in the
     same manner that the _Normans, in the XIth Century, established
     themselves among the Anglo-Saxons_. Abstaining from all manual
     labour, they devote themselves to their properties, sometimes as
     much as 5,000 to 6,000 acres in extent, and to the breeding of
     cattle and horses. Beyond this, their object in life is hunting
     lion and big game. _The Boer is essentially a man of war and

Here we have the true Boer, and not the idyllic "small farmer" pictured
to us by a contributor to _Le Temps_. He is essentially the "man of war
and politics," the counterpart of an Arab chief, the sole difference
being that the Boer is not a polygamist and has no tribe under him; on
the contrary, the Boers swarm off in isolated groups or families. Their
conception of life is, however, the same. I quote here from my treatise
on The Evolution of Property (p. 46) on the subject of Pastoral

     "It was at one time the fashion to hold up pastoral tribes and the
     patriarchs with their long flowing beards, as subjects of
     admiration. Long-bearded patriarchs were objects of veneration.
     Despite the quarrels of Esau and Jacob, and the story of Joseph
     sold by his brethren, pastoral life was pictured to us as mild as
     milk, as innocent as that of sheep in the fold, until Renan pointed
     out its qualities and defects. At the same time we were told of the
     Bedouins "with saddle, bridle, and life on the Islam," always
     mounted, always armed, always engaged in war or razzias and mutual
     pillage; of the Turkomans and their motto: 'Thy soul is in thy
     sword'; and those who thus celebrated the amenities of pastoral
     life, and the heroic adventures of the Arabs of the desert, never
     perceived the contradictions they had fallen into."

At the end of that Chapter I spoke of the Boers, according to
Levaillant, "the most carniverous of men," as having turned out of their
possessions the nomadic Hottentot and Kaffir shepherds. _The Boers
represent that form of warlike and political civilisation in which
production is indirect, and obtained by utilising the labour of others._
It is a type of that ancient pillaging civilisation which we call
war-like, when its methods have been reduced to rules. In this stage
politics mean the organisation of pillage. Mr. Kuyper is right. "The
Boer is essentially a man of war and politics." He has employed his
talents at the expense of Hottentots and Kaffirs; he has continued to
employ them to the detriment of the Uitlanders; and he thought the time
had come to realise his programme of February 17th, 1881, formulated by
Dr. Reitz at the end of his official pamphlet,[4] "Africa for the
Africanders from the Zambesi to Simon's Bay." We have seen what view,
according to his apologist, "the man of war and politics" takes of his
relations with the natives; we shall now see how he regards his
relations with the whites.

[Footnote 4: "A Century of Injustice."]



1.--_The Ideal of the Boers._

No French Pro-Boer has reproduced the portrait I have published, as
given by Dr. Kuyper. It disturbs the conception presented to their
readers by journalists, whose dishonesty is only equalled by their
ignorance. Quoting his own statements, I have shown Boer relations with
the natives; I will now proceed to show their relations with the

In addition to Dr. Kuyper's evidence, I will avail myself of a document
from Boer sources: The Petition of Rights, addressed to the President of
the Orange Free State, February 17th, 1881, and bearing Krüger's name at
the head of the list of signatures. This document clearly shows not only
the manner in which Boers write history, but also that, five years
before the discovery of the Gold Mines, they cherished as their ideal,
not only the preservation of their independence, but the driving out of
the English from all South Africa: "From the Zambesi to Simon's Bay,
_Africa for the Afrikanders!_" This is the rallying cry with which the
document ends, and we find it repeated by Dr. Reitz, as the concluding
words of his pamphlet, "A Century of Injustice."

[Footnote 5: _Le Siècle_, March 23rd, 1900.]

2.--_The English in South Africa._

Dr. Kuyper cannot forgive the English their occupation of the Cape. Yet,
they had only followed the example of the Dutch who, during their war
with Spain, 1568-1648, had seized the greater portion of the Portuguese
colonies, because Portugal had been an ally of Spain. Holland had been
forced into an alliance with France, and in exactly the same way, in
1794 and 1806, England seized the Cape. In 1814 she bought it from the
Prince of Orange. Dr. Kuyper does not deny that the price was paid, but
remarks that it did not replenish the coffers of the prince. Be that as
it may, the treaty is none the less valid, and the "Petition of Rights"
begins by protesting against "the action of the King of Holland who, in
1814, had ceded Cape Colony to England in exchange for Belgium." The
English valued the newly acquired colony only as a naval station; they
did not endeavour to extend the territory they occupied. Professor Bryce
clearly shows in his "Impressions of South Africa" that if England had
enlarged her possessions it had been in despite of herself, and solely
to ensure their safety; although, from the treatise "Great Britain and
the Dutch Republics," published in _The Times_, and reproduced in _Le
Siècle_, it is evident that she had always considered that her rights in
South Africa extended to the frontier of the Portuguese possessions;
that is to say, to the 25° of latitude, in which latitude Delagoa Bay
is situated.

Dr. Kuyper begins by himself putting us somewhat on our guard concerning
his feelings towards England; for, not only does he decline to forgive
her the occupation of Cape Colony, but also her triumph over Holland in
the eighteenth century.

     "Nowhere had resentment against 'perfide Albion' penetrated
     national feeling more deeply than in the Netherlands. Between the
     Dutch and English characters there is absolute incompatibility."

As a rule, I attach little faith to such generalities; in this case, I
am sure, rightly. Forgetting his dictum of "absolute incompatibility"
(p. 449), Dr. Kuyper, at p. 520, shows that, as far as he is concerned,
it is only relative; for in speaking of England, he goes on to say:--

     "Were I not a Dutchman, I should prefer to be one of her sons. Her
     habitual veracity is above suspicion; the sense of duty and justice
     is innate in her. Her constitutional institutions are universally
     imitated. Nowhere else do we find the sense of self-respect more
     largely developed."

Dr. Kuyper further admits that the "incompatibility" is relative as far
as Afrikanders are concerned, it is only "absolute" as applied to the
Boers. After giving us this example of the consistency of his views, Dr.
Kuyper speaks of the English as being "unobservant." A reproach somewhat
unexpected, when directed against the countrymen of Darwin. As a proof,
he presents us with this metaphor, equally unexpected from the pen of a
Dutchman--a dweller of the plains:--

     "Because, in winter, the English had only seen in these
     insignificant river beds a harmless thread of frozen water, they
     took no thought of the formidable torrent which the thawing of the
     snow, in spring, would send rushing down to inundate their banks."

"The torrent" is of course the war now going on. Lord Roberts seems to
be successfully coping with the "inundation."

3.--_"The Crime."_

Dr. Kuyper approves of the "Petition of Rights" of 1881. It sets forth
that the South African Dutch do not recognise the cession made by the
King of Holland in 1814; it does not admit that he had the right to
"sell them like a flock of sheep." There have been Boers in rebellion
since 1816.

One of these was a man named Bezuidenhout. In resisting a Sheriff who
tried to arrest him, he was shot. His friends summoned to their aid a
Kaffir Chief, named Gaika. The English authorities condemned five of the
insurgents to be hanged. The rope broke. They were hanged over again.

Dr. Kuyper, and the "Petition of Rights" found their indictment of the
British upon this event which they denominate "the Crime." The scene of
the execution was named "Slachtersnek," "hill of slaughter."

This act of repression was violent, but it may possibly have been
indispensable. At any rate, it bears but a very far off relation to the
events of to-day. Dr. Kuyper in resuscitating, and laying stress upon
it, follows a method well known in rhetoric; he begins by discrediting
his adversary. However, despite his good intentions, he has not
increased our admiration for the Boers by pointing out to us that the
most serious grievances they can allege against the English are the
protection accorded by the latter to the natives and slaves, and the
final emancipation of the latter.

4.--_British Sphere of Influence in 1838._

In a few lines Dr. Kuyper draws a conventional picture of British policy
with regard to the Boers, making it out to be ever greedy of power. The
contrary is the truth. A vacillating and timid policy has been England's
great mistake in South Africa; it is this very vacillation that has
brought about the present war.

Dr. Kuyper bitterly reproaches the English for having in 1842, six years
after the Great Trek, claimed those emigrants as British subjects. The
Great Trek was similar to the emigration of the Mormons. The United
States have never admitted that they were at liberty to found a separate
State within the limits of the national possessions. If on the same
ground alone English had proclaimed their suzeranity over the Boers who
were endeavouring to form States in Natal, the Orange Free State, and
the Transvaal, they would have been perfectly within their rights; but
Dr. Kuyper forgets that as far back as 1836 England promulgated the
_Cape of Hope Punishment Act_. The object of that Act was to repress
crimes committed by whites under English dominion throughout the whole
of South Africa, as far north as the 25° South Latitude; that is, as far
as the Portuguese frontier; and it is so thoroughly imbued with that
idea, that it specially excepts any Portuguese territory south of that
latitude. It is thus proved that with the exception of the portions
occupied by the Portuguese, England claimed, as comprised within her
sphere of influence, the whole of the remaining South African territory.
A certain number of Boers, irreconcilably opposed to British rule, so
fully recognised this, that they trekked as far as Delagoa Bay. Another
object of the Act was the protection of the Natives against the Boers.
The constantly recurring and sanguinary conflicts between the Boers and
the Zulus led England to extend her direct sovereign rights to Natal for
the peace, protection and good government of all classes of men, who may
have settled in the interior or vicinity of this important part of South

5.--_England, the Transvaal, and the Orange Free State._

Far from being anxious to assume direct control over these territories,
the Cape Government for a long time disregarded the petitions for
annexation addressed to it by the inhabitants of Durban; until one fine
day, a Dutch vessel laden with provisions for the Boers, arriving in
Port Natal, the Captain, Smellekamp, took it upon himself to assure them
of the protection of the King of Holland. Thereupon, England established
a small garrison under the command of Captain Smith. It was attacked by
the Boers; a volunteer, named Dick King, contrived to make his escape
from the town, and after an adventurous journey reached Grahamstown.
Troops were despatched by the Government, and it was incorporated with
the Cape Colony; some of the Boers left Natal, some remained; their
descendants are there to-day.

In 1848 the Government entered into a series of treaties known as the
"Napier Treaties," for the constitution of Native States extending from
Pondoland, on the frontiers of Natal, to the district of which Kimberley
forms the centre (see _Great Britain and the Dutch Republics_). Great
Britain demanded no more than peace and guarantees of security on her
frontiers. Dr. Kuyper himself admits this, when he sums up in the
following sentence, the history of the emancipation of the Transvaal and
the Orange Free State.

     "Natal was to remain an English Colony, but the English were to
     retire from the Orange and Vaal rivers; it was thus that the
     Independence of the Transvaal was recognised by the Treaty of Sand
     River, of 17th January, 1852; and the Independence of the Free
     State by the Convention of Bloemfontein, of 22nd February, 1854."

Dr. Kuyper is compelled to admit that England was not forced into this
act of generosity, she having on the 29th August, 1848, defeated the
Boers at Boomplaats, on the Orange table land.

But Dr. Kuyper forgets to say that the majority of the Free Staters were
far from desiring the gift made to them by the British Government in
1854. They considered it not as a measure of liberation, but as an
abandonment to the tender mercies of the Basutos. Some years later the
Orange Free State entered into an arrangement with Sir George Grey, for
forming a Confederation with Cape Colony. This was not ratified by the
Cape Government.

Nor do we find that Dr. Kuyper takes notice of certain stipulations
contained in the above Conventions; among others, the abolition of
slavery, and free permission to merchants and missionaries to travel and
settle where they pleased; which obligations continued to England the
right of control over the administration and legislation of those

The development of subsequent events is explained by Dr. Kuyper in the
simplest possible manner:--

     "The promptings of selfish and aggressive materialism now took
     unchecked sway, and, although bound by solemn treaties which
     England could not thrust aside without open violation of pledged
     faith, she did not hesitate. The diamonds of Kimberley in the Free
     State flashed with a too seductive brilliancy, and the Gold Mines
     of the Rand became the misfortune of the Transvaal."

I would here observe to Dr. Kuyper that England's friendly relations
with the Orange Free State, remained unbroken until October 9th, 1899,
when, led away by Krüger's promises, it committed the folly of engaging
in war with England.

As for the Transvaal, it was annexed by England in 1877, but not on
account of the Gold Mines, which were only discovered ten years' later.
Dr. Kuyper has a trick of neglecting dates, and arranging his facts
after the fashion of an advocate who supposes that those whom he is
addressing will be content with his assertions, and not trouble to
verify them. For his rhetoric, I shall substitute the actual facts.



1.--_The "Gold Mines" Argument._

When Dr. Kuyper asserts that "the gold mines of the Rand became the
misfortune of the Transvaal," it is clear, that in his endeavour to
convince his readers, he has no regard to the facts of the case, but
that his aim is to suggest the idea that England's sole object in the
present war has been to possess herself of the gold mines. Here Dr.
Kuyper employs the arguments of _L'Intransigeant_, _La Libre Parole_,
and _Le Petit Journal_; for he is perfectly well aware that England will
derive no benefit from the gold mines, nor will she take possession of
them any more than she has done of the gold mines of Australia. They are
private property.

Further, Dr. Kuyper well knows that the gold mines of the Rand were only
discovered in 1886, and he himself states that the annexation of the
Transvaal took place on April 12th, 1877. The annexation therefore was
prompted by other motives than the possession of the gold mines, but Dr.
Kuyper is careful not to suggest these to his readers.

He informs us that Sir Theophilus Shepstone "entered Pretoria at the
head of a small army." In reality, he had with him five-and-twenty
policemen. Why then did the Boers, "so essentially men of war and
politics," permit this?

"Once again, the fate of the natives served as pretext," Mr. Kuyper adds
"but the wheel of fortune turns; two years later the English,
themselves, were at daggers drawn with the natives, and massacred 10,000
men, women and children." That is how Dr. Kuyper writes history! The
pretext was not the fate of the natives, but the fate of the Boers, who,
having gone to war with Sekukuni, had been beaten. This is admitted in
the "Petition of Rights": "At first, our operations were not very
successful, our opponents declare that we were unable to defend
ourselves against the natives."

[Footnote 6: _Le Siècle_, March 26th, 1900.]

2.--_Boer Anarchy._

The truth is, that after the Sand River Convention, the most complete
anarchy existed among the Transvaal Boers; and that as much after the
promulgation of their Constitution of 1857 as before. The republicans of
Potchefstroom had taken the title of _The South African Republic_, but
their Raad maintained authority only over a small district; Lydenburg,
Zoutpansberg, Utrecht, formed themselves into independent republics. It
is estimated that, at that time, the entire population of the Transvaal
consisted of 8,000 Boers; admitting that this number comprised only the
young men and adults capable of bearing arms, and old men, then each
republic would be composed, approximately, of 2,000 men. On the death of
Andries Pretorius and of Potgieter, who hated each other like poison,
the son of Pretorius conceived the design of making himself master of
the Orange Free State, so as to secure to himself later on the foremost
position in the Transvaal. A war was on the point of breaking out, but
came to nothing, as Pretorius hastily recrossed the frontier in the face
of an advance by Boshof, the Free State President, at the head of a
commando. This action, which demonstrated that his courage and resource
were less lofty than his ambition, did not however prevent his being
elected President of the South African Republic. In 1860 the union took

Notwithstanding his incursion and subsequent flight, Pretorius succeeded
in getting himself elected president of the Orange Free State also. But
the Transvaal burghers dreaded absorption by their neighbours, and
deposed him. A petty civil war between his partisans and opponents was
the consequence; several presidents were elected and deposed. Krüger,
whom we now see making his appearance, and Schoeman, in turn, chased
each other out of Potchefstroom. In 1864 Pretorius forsook the Free
State, and was re-elected President of the Transvaal, Krüger contenting
himself with the office of Commandant-General.

The Orange Free State was at war with the Basutos. The English
Government intervened, and finally annexed Basutoland (1868).

In the same year, the Transvaal Government, disregarding the Sand River
Convention, issued a proclamation extending their frontier in the east
to the seaboard; in the West to Lake Ngami, and in the North to
Mashonaland. The Portuguese and English Governments entered protests and
the matter dropped.

No minister of the Reformed Dutch Church had accompanied the Boers in
their Trek. They therefore formed themselves into a separate reformed
Church, whose members called themselves "doppers" (round-heads). They
allow no liberty of thought; they believe in literal inspiration. If
they had ever heard of Galileo, they would have looked upon him as an
impostor. They place the authority of the Old Testament above that of
the New. There are three contending sects in the Transvaal, whose
hostility is such that both before and after 1881 threats of Civil War
were indulged in.

3.--_The Boers saved by the English._

In 1871, the question of fixing the frontier between the Transvaal and
the Barolongs, a Bechuana tribe, was submitted to arbitration. The
decision was given by Mr. Keate, Governor of Natal. President Pretorius
having accepted it, the Boers deposed him, and continued to occupy the
territory to which they laid claim. They were at a loss whom next to
elect as President.

Overtures were made to Mr. Brand, President of the Orange Free State;
but he wisely refused. They next turned to a Cape Afrikander, a former
minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, Mr. F. Burgers, a capable,
intelligent man. It was his desire to correct abuses; to repress the
slavery that was being carried on under the name of "apprenticeship"; to
introduce railways and schools; he claimed the right to impose
taxation, he got to be credited, in the long run, with the belief that
the devil's tail was not as long as it is represented in the old Bible
pictures. When the Boers were defeated by Sekukuni, they looked upon it
as a punishment from God for having a "free thinker" for President. The
commandos disbanded themselves. At the same time Cetewayo, the Zulu
Chief, was threatening the Boers in the south. Caught between two fires,
without resources or organisation, annihilation was before them. Now the
English, for their own security, had the greatest interest in preventing
the extermination of white men by natives; and on that ground, apart
from all sentimentality, they had never ceased to protest against the
methods employed by the Boers, as the surest means of bringing about
that result. Theophilus Shepstone, who possessed great influence over
the Zulus, was sent to Pretoria. Unable, even with the help of their
President, to bring any order into the Government of the Transvaal, he
ended by annexing it on 12th April, 1877. He annexed it in order to save
it. Had the English abandoned it to itself, the Boer territory would
have been occupied by Basutos and the Zulus, and the Boers would have
disappeared from the face of the earth.

4.--_The Annexation of the Transvaal and the Conventions of 1881 and

M. Kuyper is very unjust when he reproaches the English with the
massacre of the Zulus; for it was all to the profit of the Boers, who,
it may be added, rendered no assistance. Once delivered from their
native enemies by the English, the Boers appointed, December 16th, 1880,
a triumvirate, composed of Pretorius, Krüger and Joubert. They demanded
the re-instatement of the South African Republic, under British
protection; they commenced attacking small detachments of English
troops, and on February 27th they surrounded a force on Majuba Hill,
killing 92 officers and men, General Colley among them, wounding 134,
and taking 59 prisoners. That is what is called "the disaster of Majuba
Hill." An army of 12,000 men was on the way out; Mr. Gladstone, in his
Midlothian Campaign, had protested against the annexation; and,
although, after he became Prime Minister, he supported it in the speech
from the Throne, the hopes he had given to the separatists proved well
founded, for after this defeat he became a party to the Convention of
1881, by which the independence of the Transvaal, under the suzerainty
of England, was recognized.

5.--_The Convention of 1881 inapplicable._

It must be confessed, that the Liberal Government committed a grave
error. It seemed afraid of a rebellion among the Afrikanders of the
Cape; and these quickly learned that threats only were needed to induce
the English Government to yield to their demands. The English Garrison
in Pretoria was withdrawn; no reparation was exacted from the Boers who,
under the command of Cronje, had conducted themselves in an infamous
manner at the siege of Potchefstroom, and had been guilty of actual
treachery in the case of Captains Elliot and Lambert.

True, the Convention prescribed the suppression of slavery; gave
guarantees for the safety of the persons and property of alien whites;
placed the foreign relations of the Transvaal under the control of the
British Government. But, in reality, it was of little value, for the
English Resident was in the position of a man who has been conquered
with the pretension of controlling the actions of the conquerer.

At the first election under the new conditions, Krüger, who represented
the extreme reactionary party, was elected President, although he had
accepted office under the British Government, while Joubert, who had
declined any dealings with them, was defeated, being suspected of
sympathising with the Uitlanders. His defeat does not prove him to have
been in the minority. His partisans affirm, with a fair show of reason,
that Mr. Krüger never greatly respected the sanctity of the ballot.

6.--_Violation by the Boers._

The powerlessness of the British Government to ensure respect for the
Convention of 1881, explains its consent to the modification of 1884.
"It would be easy to find a _casus belli_ in the behaviour of the
Boers," said Lord Derby in the House of Lords. But the Government had no
wish to find one, and added to the weakness it had displayed after
Majuba a fresh show of weakness, which convinced Mr. Krüger that the
violation of a convention was the easiest method of obtaining anything
he wanted.

In point of fact, it is the British Government that is responsible for
the present war, through having inspired President Krüger with the
conviction, that he had only to continue in 1899 the policy which had
succeeded so well in 1880.



1.--_Krüger's Point of View._

Dr. Kuyper has a simple method of solving difficulties. Speaking of
Article 4 of the Convention of 1884, which gives England the right of
veto on all treaties contemplated between the South African Republic and
foreign powers, he says:--

     "This is not Mr. Krüger's point of view. He, like us, has always
     stigmatised the occupation of 1877 as a violation of the Sand River

Mr. Krüger did not stigmatise it thus when he accepted office from the
English Government. But, in any case, he was party to the negotiations
which resulted in the Conventions of 1881 and 1884. Dr. Kuyper tells us
that neither he nor Mr. Krüger recognise them, considering them to have
been vitiated by the Annexation of 1877. Be it so; but in that view
discussion is useless. Mr. Krüger held them as null and void. He has
chosen his own time to declare war. A government has always the right to
tear up a treaty just as a private individual has the right to refuse
implement of a contract. In the case of the individual, his refusal
exposes him to a claim of damages; in the case of a country, the result
is war. It is the simplest thing in the world; but then why go seeking
for pretexts and explanations, and worrying oneself about making
everybody believe that it was England who brought about the war, when
after all she was only claiming the due execution of a convention?

[Footnote 7: _Le Siècle_, March 27th, 1900.]

2.--_England's Obligations._

When Mr. Gladstone committed the error of entering into the Convention
of 1881, he fully believed that he was guaranteeing the rights of
English and foreign residents in the Transvaal, of the Boers who might
have compromised themselves with the English, and also of the natives.

At a meeting in Birmingham, on March 8th, 1881, on the motion of Sir
Wilfrid Lawson, a resolution was passed demanding that "satisfaction
should be given to the claims of the Boers, without prejudice always to
the rights of the natives and English residents." On July 25th, Sir
Michael Hicks-Beach reminded the House of the necessity for exacting the
necessary guarantees, and of ensuring the tranquillity and security of
the English possessions.[8] He reminded the House of the position of
those 3,700 Boer petitioners who had asked for annexation, and of the
British residents who had invested capital in the Transvaal, upon the
guarantee of the British Government. Mr. William Rathbone proposed a
resolution demanding equal political rights for all the white population
in the Transvaal. Mr. Chamberlain stated that "loyal settlers" should
be protected in their legal rights, lives, and property. Mr. Gladstone,
at the close of the debate, stated that "they would all be in a position
of most perfect equality with the other inhabitants." (July 25th, 1881.)

Thus, the British Government deliberately affirmed its obligations
towards the foreign, British, and black population of the Transvaal, and
its determination not to forsake them.

[Footnote 8: Britain and the Boers. "Who is responsible for the War in
South Africa?" By Lewis Appleton.]

3.--_Equality of Rights among the Whites according to Mr. Krüger in

The Blue Book of May, 1882, contains the report of the meeting of the
British and Transvaal Commission of May 10th, 1881.

Mr. Krüger was a member of the latter, Sir Hercules Robinson was
Chairman. Here is a dialogue between the Chairman and Mr. Krüger:--

     "The Chairman: 'Before the Annexation, did British subjects enjoy
     the rights of complete freedom of trade throughout the Transvaal?
     Were they on the same footing as the citizens of the Transvaal?'"

     "Mr. Krüger: 'They were on the same footing as the burghers. In
     accordance with the Sand River Convention there was not the
     slightest difference.'"

     "Sir Hercules Robinson: 'I presume you do not object to that

     "Mr. Krüger: 'No. There will be equal protection for everybody.'"

     "Sir Evelyn Wood: 'And equal privileges?'"

     "Mr. Krüger: 'We make no difference so far as burgher rights are
     concerned. There may be, perhaps, some slight difference in the
     case of a young person who has just come into the country.'"

On the 26th May, Dr. Jorissen, a Boer delegate, reverting to the
question, said:--

     "Concerning the paragraph referring to a young person, I desire to
     remove what may create an erroneous impression. What Mr. Krüger
     meant to say is this; according to our law, a newcomer is not
     immediately considered a burgher. The words 'young person' have not
     reference to age but to length of residence. According to our
     ancient 'Grondwet' (constitution) you must have resided one year in
     the country to become a burgher."

These minutes were not compiled for the present occasion, for they were
published in 1882.

4.--_Preamble of the Convention of 1881._

The preamble of the convention is in the following terms:--

     "Her Majesty's Commissioners for the settlement of the Transvaal
     territory, duly appointed as such by a Commission, &c., the 5th day
     of April, 1881, do hereby undertake and guarantee on behalf of Her
     Majesty, that from and after the 8th day of August, 1881, complete
     self-government, subject to the suzerainty of Her Majesty, her
     heirs and successors, will be accorded to the inhabitants of the
     Transvaal territory."

It is evident that this is not a treaty between two parties contracting
on a footing of equality. The English Government grants the Transvaal
the right of self-government, reserving the suzerainty under certain
conditions. I have already shown the difficulties in the way of carrying
out the Convention of 1881, the false position of the Resident who was
as one conquered, was supposed to control the actions of the conqueror;
and I have also spoken of the great and long suffering of the English

Mr. R.D. Faure, who acted as interpreter to the Conference of 1884, has
stated that "the Transvaal delegates asked for a clause suppressing the
suzerainty, and that Lord Derby refused it." To this Mr. R.G.W. Herbert,
Permanent Under Secretary for the Colonies, replied "that the
Commissioners did not venture to ask for the abolition of the
suzerainty." They confined themselves to asking in their letter to Lord
Derby of November 14th, 1883, that "the relation of dependence, _publici
juris_, in which our Country finds itself placed with regard to the
Crown of Great Britain should be replaced by that of two contracting

Lord Derby on 29th November, answered that "neither in form, nor in
substance could the Government accept such a demand." The Government
thus refused to substitute a "treaty" for a "convention" in which the
Queen granted to the Transvaal the right of self-government under
certain conditions.

5.--_Articles 4, 7 and 14 of the Convention of 1884._

These conditions are determined by the articles 4, 7 and 14 of the
convention of 1884, of which the following is the text:--

     "Article 4. The South African Republic will conclude no treaty or
     engagement with any State or Nation other than the Orange Free
     State, nor with any native tribe to the Eastward or Westward of the
     Republic, until the same has been approved by Her Majesty the

     "Such approval shall be considered to have been granted if Her
     Majesty's Government shall not, within six months after the receipt
     of a copy of such treaty (which shall be delivered to them
     immediately upon its completion), have notified that the conclusion
     of such treaty is in conflict with the interests of Great Britain,
     or of any of Her Majesty's possessions in South Africa.

     "Article 7. All persons who held property in the Transvaal on the
     8th day of August, 1881, and still hold the same, will continue to
     enjoy the rights of property which they have enjoyed since the 12th
     April, 1877. No person who has remained loyal to Her Majesty during
     the late hostilities shall suffer any molestation by reason of his
     loyalty; or be liable to any criminal prosecution or civil action
     for any part taken in connection with such hostilities; and all
     such persons will have full liberty to reside in the country, with
     enjoyment of all civil rights, and protection for their persons and

     "Article 14. All persons, other than natives, conforming themselves
     to the laws of the South African Republic (_a_) will have full
     liberty, with their families, to enter, travel, or reside in any
     part of the South African Republic; (_b_) they will be entitled to
     hire or possess houses, manufactories, warehouses, shops, and
     premises; (_c_) they may carry on their commerce either in person
     or by any agents whom they may think fit to employ; (_d_) they will
     not be subject, in respect of their persons or property, or in
     respect of their commerce or industry, to any taxes, whether
     general or local, other than those which are or may be imposed upon
     Citizens of the Republic."

In Dr. Kuyper's estimation the Articles 7 and 14 are as nothing. I do
not even think he makes mention of them in his article (fifty-three
pages in length), that has appeared in the _Revue des Deux Mondes_.
Thus, nothing is easier than to argue in the vacuum he creates about his
readers. They hear nothing but words; of the facts they are kept in



1.--_Contempt of Justice._

I stated at the close of my last article that I did not think that Dr.
Kuyper had even made mention of Articles 7 and 14 of the Convention of
1884. I find that I was mistaken. He has said a few words about the
latter, to draw from it the inference that it did not give the right of
franchise to Uitlanders. He is right.

But Articles 7 and 14 guarantee to all white men, civil rights, the
protection of their persons and property, the right to enter into trade,
and equality of taxation. How did the Boers construe the application of
these conditions of the Convention of 1884? As early as 1885 Mr.
Gladstone found himself obliged to send Sir Charles Warren to prevent
the Boers from invading Bechuanaland. Mr. Krüger had already attacked
Mafeking, and annexed the territory. The Boers retreated, but brutally
murdered a man named Bethell who had been wounded by them.

That same year, the case of Mr. James Donaldson came before the House of
Commons. He held property in Lydenburg. He had been ordered by two Boers
(one of whom was in the habit of boasting that he had shot an unarmed
Englishman since the beginning of the war, and had fired on several
others) to abstain from collecting hut taxes on his own farm. On his
refusal he was attacked by them; three other Boers joined them, and he
was left in such a condition that he was thought to be dead.

Upon the representations of the English Government the aggressors were
condemned to pay a fine; but the Government of Pretoria remitted it!

An Indian, a British subject and man of education far superior to that
of the greater part of the Boers, while following a bridle path
trespassed on the farm property of a member of the Volksraad, named
Meyer. He was arrested, and accused of intent to steal. Sent before the
owner's brother, who was a "field cornet" (district judge), he was
condemned, with each of the Hottentot servants accompanying him, to
receive twenty-five lashes, and to pay a fine. Rachmann protested,
declared that the field cornet was exceeding his authority, intimated an
appeal, and offered bail of £40; notwithstanding, he received the
twenty-five lashes. George Meyer, the field cornet, knew perfectly well
that he was exceeding his authority, but thought it too good a joke to
desist. The Court, presided over by Mr. Jorissen, condemned him to pay
damages to Rachmann. This was reimbursed to Meyer by the Government,
and, despite the judgment of the Court, the President said he was in the
right, and that he would protect him.

This is the way in which Mr. Krüger understands justice towards
Europeans and European subjects; let us see how he understands it with
regard to natives.

A Kaffir, named April, having worked several years on a farm, asked for
his salary as agreed in cattle and a pass. The farmer refused him the
cattle, and wanted to force him, his wives, and children, to continue
working for him. The Kaffir appealed to the field cornet Prinsloo, who
treated him as an unruly slave. The Court condemned Prinsloo for abuse
of power. Some days later the President announced that he had reimbursed
Prinsloo his expenses and damages, remarking: "Notwithstanding the
judgment of the Court, we consider Prinsloo to have been in the right."

[Footnote 9: _Le Siècle_ 29th March, 1900.]

2.--_Confusion of Powers._

The Volksraad confuses legislative and judicial functions. Should a
judgment displease it, it arrogates to itself the right to annul it. Nor
is there any more respect shown by the Volksraad for contracts, and, on
one occasion, it solemnly accorded to the Government the right to annul
clauses which had ceased to be satisfactory. It is unnecessary to add
that the principle of the non-retrospectiveness of laws is altogether
unknown to it.

In the Dom case the Volksraad passed a resolution disabling the
aggrieved individual from taking action against the Government.

Early in the year 1897, the Government appointed for a given day, the
allocation of the Witfontein farm in "claims" (mine concessions of 150
by 400 feet). At the last moment it was announced that the claims would
be decided by lottery; several persons having made known that they
intended to sue the Government for their claims already pegged out, a
measure was passed by the Volksraad declaring all such actions null and

A Mr. Brown, an American, took proceedings. The President of the High
Court, Mr. Kotzé, pronounced that this law was unconstitutional, and
gave judgment in favor of Brown, but left the amount of damages to be
determined later after hearing further evidence.

Upon this, Mr. Krüger introduced a law known as Law I. of 1897, which
empowered him to exact assurances from the judges that they would
respect all resolutions of the Volksraad, without testing whether they
were in accord or contradiction with the Constitution; and in the event
of the President not being satisfied with the replies of the judges, it
further empowered him to dismiss them summarily. The judges protested in
a body that they would not submit to such treatment. The High Court was
suspended and all legal business adjourned.

Sir Henry de Villiers, Chief Justice of Cape Colony, came to Pretoria to
endeavour to avert the crisis. Mr. Krüger promised to refrain from
enforcing Law I. of 1897, and to introduce a new law. The judges resumed
their functions.

In February, 1898, a year later, President Krüger had not introduced a
new law; President Kotzé wrote to Krüger reminding him of his promise.
Mr. Krüger at once applied to him Law I. of 1897, and dismissed him.

Kotzé was replaced by Mr. Gregorowski, who, at the time the law was
passed had solemnly protested that no honourable man could continue to
act as a judge in the Transvaal until the law was repealed.

Now what does Dr. Kuyper think of the Volksraad's mode of legislation,
and of the manner in which Mr. Krüger, that man "of intelligence and
superior morality," interprets respect for justice?



1.--_Legal and Judicial System of the Transvaal._

In the Transvaal, law is an instrument made use of either to favor or
oppress the individual, according to circumstances. If necessary it is
made retrospective. To provide for the case of judges refusing to apply
such laws, Law I. of 1897 has been passed, which compels them to swear
obedience to the President and gives him the right to dismiss summarily
such as prove insubordinate or lukewarm. The President of the High
Court, Mr. Kotzé, fell under the action of this law, in February, 1898.

Before that law, the President annulled any judgments that displeased
him and caused the fines or damages inflicted upon the delinquents to be
paid out of the public Treasury.

Such is judicial and legal rule in the Transvaal; and there are European
lawyers of the opinion that the Uitlanders must be the most contemptible
and lowest set of adventurers for not being satisfied with it! Dr.
Kuyper declares that "the factitious discontent existed only among the
English"; and adds with contempt, "Let us look into the Edgar,
Lombaard, and Amphitheatre cases--mere police affairs."

Well; let us consider Mr. Krüger's interpretation of the duties of the

[Footnote 10: _Le Siècle,_ March 30th, 1900.]

2.--_The Police._

The chief of the departments of justice and police is called the State

In 1895, when Mr. Esselen was promoted to the post, he stipulated that
he should have full liberty of action. As chief detective officer he
appointed an officer belonging to the Cape Administration, Mr. Andrew
Trimble, who entered upon his duties with vigour and determination. The
gold thieves and receivers and the illicit canteen keepers who supplied
the natives with liquor were up in arms at once and appealed to
President Krüger. They represented Trimble as having served in the
English Army, and as being in receipt of a pension from the Cape
Government, further stating that his appointment was an insult to the
Boers, who had been thus judged unworthy to provide from among
themselves a Head of Police. Mr. Esselen, who stood his ground, was
dismissed and replaced by a Hollander, Dr. Coster. Mr. Trimble, chief of
the detective force, was replaced by a man who had previously been
dismissed, and has since been dismissed again.

As it was useless to depend upon the police for the arrest of thieves,
the directors and officials of the _City and Suburban Gold Mining
Company_ took upon themselves the risks and dangers of police work. They
caught two notorious characters, known thieves, with gold in their
possession. The thieves openly boasted that nothing would be done to
them; the next day, one was allowed to escape, the other, a notorious
criminal, was condemned to six months' imprisonment. Mr. Krüger regarded
this penalty as excessive, remitted three-fourths of the sentence, and
had him discharged unconditionally.

The police of Johannesburg, a town almost entirely inhabited by English,
do not speak English--an excellent method of ensuring order! They are
chosen from among the worst types of Boers, some of whom are the
descendants of English deserters and Kaffir women; whence comes the fact
that some bear English names. The policeman Jones, who killed Edgar, is
a case in point.

The murder of Edgar was a small matter in the same way as the Dreyfus
case was a small matter; only when a case of this nature arises, it
reveals a condition of things so grave that it excites widespread
feeling at once.

Edgar was an English workman, a boilermaker, who had been a long time in
Johannesburg; a well-conducted man and generally respected. He was going
home, one Sunday night in 1898, when three drunken men insulted and set
upon him. He knocked one of them down. The other two called the police.
Edgar, meanwhile, entered his own house. Four policemen broke open his
door, and the instant Edgar came out into the passage, Policeman Jones
shot him dead with a revolver. "A mere police row," says Dr. Kuyper.

Jones was arrested next morning, but straightway released upon a bail of
£200. The money was not even paid in, but carried over to be deducted
monthly from the future salaries of other members of the Johannesburg
police force.

Feeling was strong among the other English workmen, many of whom knew
Edgar; and this feeling was intensified by the subsequent parody of

3.--_An Ingenious Collusion._

The State Attorney, Mr. Smuts, informed the Acting British Agent, Mr.
Fraser, that it would be better to bring a charge against Policeman
Jones, for "culpable homicide" than for murder, but that he considered
the chance of his conviction by a Boer jury to be very small. The word
"culpable," says Webster (English Dictionary) is "applied to acts which
have not the gravity of crime." In this instance, it made Jones' action
excusable on the grounds that Edgar struck him with a stick, at the
moment of his entering the house.

A journalist, Mr. J.S. Dunn, Editor of _The Critic_, commented upon the
action of Dr. Krause, the First Public Prosecutor. Dr. Krause took
criminal action against Mr. Dunn for libel, and, before proceeding with
the murder trial, appeared as witness in his own case, and swore that he
did not consider that Jones had been guilty of murder; he not only made
this statement on oath, but called the Second Public Prosecutor who gave
similar evidence. Nor was this all. He brought forward the accused
himself, as witness to state that the First Public Prosecutor was right
in not committing him for murder!

When this ghastly farce had been performed, which is much on a footing
with the examination of Esterhazy by Pellieux, the murderer was free to
present himself confidently before a Boer jury. Not only was he
acquitted, but the presiding judge, Kock, who had claimed a judgeship as
a "son of the soil," in pronouncing judgment added this little speech:
"I hope that this verdict will show the police how to do their duty."
This amiable conclusion did not seem very re-assuring to the Uitlanders.

At the same time Mr. Krüger suppressed two newspapers, _The Critic_ and
_The Star_. (See Blue Book C. 9, 345.)

4.--_The Lombaard Case._

Dr. Kuyper states that Edgar was in the wrong, that Jones acted within
his rights, that the Public Prosecutor and the jury fulfilled their
duty. As for Lombaard, "he too," Dr. Kuyper tells us, "was a
Johannesburg policeman, and like Jones a little rough in his mode of
action".... "He committed no outrage; the sole reproach attaching to him
was that he conducted his search at night, and without a special
warrant." And Dr. Kuyper is very contemptuous of any who may be disposed
to question such proceedings.

The truth is, that Lombaard, at the head of sixteen or eighteen police,
had taken upon himself, without warrant, to enter the houses of coloured
British subjects, men and women, to demand their passes; to send them to
prison whether right or wrong; to ill-treat and flog them. A mere
trifle; scarce worth talking about; they were only people of colour, and
Dr. Kuyper has told us his ideas on that subject.

The Edgar case was the origin of the petition of the 21,000 Uitlanders
to the English Government, to ask the protection it had undertaken to
extend to them under the Convention of 1884.

The facts which I have given in _Le Siècle_ of the 29th March, and those
I now give here, are sufficient to prove that under Mr. Krüger's
Government, police, justice and law do not exist in the Transvaal.



1.--_The Amphitheatre Case._

Dr. Kuyper proceeds with charming serenity:

"The affair called the 'Amphitheatre Case' is more ridiculous still."

And this is his mode of telling it:--

     "One day the _South African League_ wished to hold a meeting in the
     Amphitheatre, and, through Mr. Wybergh, intimated to the State
     Attorney that they preferred not to be hampered by the presence of
     the police. In conformity with this wish, the State Attorney
     telegraphed to the Johannesburg police to keep away. But scarcely
     had the meeting commenced before the opponents of the League
     invaded the hall; and the few police stationed at the door were
     unable to separate the combatants quickly enough. There followed
     complaints to London ..."

This is Dr. Kuyper's account. I would ask him, in the first place, why
he does not give the date of this meeting, which took place on the 14th
of January, 1899, one month after the death of Edgar. Secondly, what was
the object of this meeting? Dr. Kuyper is silent on these points. He
speaks of the step taken by Mr. Wybergh, but he altogether misrepresents
it, forgetting that Mr. Wybergh has given his own account of it.

In the serious condition of affairs in Johannesburg at that time, he
went to the State Attorney and the Secretary of State, to acquaint them
with his intention to hold a meeting in a large building, called the
Amphitheatre, generally used as a circus. He informed them that the
meeting was convened for three objects: 1. To protest against the arrest
of Messrs. T.R. Dodd and C.D. Webb; 2. To protest against the law of
public meetings; 3. To obtain signatures to a petition praying for the
protection of Queen Victoria.

The State Attorney and Secretary of State replied that "although the
objects of this meeting were naturally distasteful to the Transvaal
Government, they did not forbid the meeting. Only, all persons who
should commit acts of violence, or who should make use of seditious
language, would be held personally responsible."

Ladies were invited to attend the meeting, which was held at four
o'clock in the afternoon. The members of the League were unarmed.

When they arrived, they found the hall already in possession of three or
four hundred burghers, who had been recruited by Papenfus, Acting Road
Inspector, and were acting under the orders of Mr. Broeksma, Third
Public Prosecutor, and Mr. de Villiers, Second Public Prosecutor. These
men were placed in groups about the Amphitheatre. No sooner had the
meeting begun, than, on a signal given by Mr. Broeksma, chairs were
broken, and, under the orders of Sergeant Smith, of the municipal
police, of Erasmus, of the special police, Lieutenants Murphy and Keller
of the secret police, and, with the assistance of policemen in uniform,
they commenced an assault upon the members. Lieutenant Posthuysen, on
horseback in the arena, encouraged the rioters.

Nothing could show Dr. Kuyper's manner of stating and interpreting facts
better than the following sentence:--

     "It was simply a matter of the careful protection of British
     subjects, or rather of the worthy apostles of Johannesburg, who had
     begun by saying to the magistrates of the Transvaal 'keep away your
     police!' and who, later, crawling back from this meeting, after
     being well thrashed, complained bitterly that the police had not
     protected them."

Dr. Kuyper seems to think it highly amusing that the "worthy apostles of
Johannesburg had been well thrashed."

When we find a European Dutchman, a man of letters, showing such animus
in the examination of facts, one may judge of what the Boers are
capable, ignorant and rough as they are, and inflated with the
conviction that they are the elect people.

[Footnote 11: _Le Siècle_, March 31st, 1900.]

2.--_Different modes of estimating bail._

We have seen that one of the objects of the meeting had been to protest
against the arrests of Messrs. Dodd and Webb. These two gentlemen had
been arrested as the organisers of an illegal meeting in the public
market square, a public place, where no speeches had been made, but
where the petition to the Queen had been openly read, before they had
taken it to the British Vice-Consul. To obtain their release they had
each to find sureties of £1,000, while Jones, Edgar's murderer, had been
set at liberty on bail being found for £200 unpaid.

3.--_The Uitlanders' Petition._

These proceedings only resulted in more signatures to the petition
addressed to the Queen. When Sir Alfred Milner, March 28th, 1899,
forwarded a copy to Mr. Chamberlain it contained 21,684 signatures. Sir
Alfred Milner did not undertake to guarantee the authenticity of them
all, but gave reasons for considering the greater number as _bonâ fide_.

Mr. Wybergh in a letter of April 10th, to the British Vice-Consul,
explains the measures that had been taken to collect and verify the
signatures. They were such as to inspire confidence. He states that
among the whole number, only 700 are of illiterate or coloured people;
and adds, that after the dispatch of the petition 1,300 other signatures
were sent in, thus raising the total to 23,000.

The Government of Pretoria, after a lapse of more than a month succeeded
in raising a counter-petition addressed to itself, which, at first, it
stated, contained 9,000 signatures; some time later, on the 30th of May,
the British Government was informed that it numbered 23,000 signatures.
Krüger wished to prove that he had at least the same number of

Only he had out-witted himself in the drawing up of this
counter-petition. His signatories affirmed that security of property
and individuals was assured in the Transvaal. Pangloss, himself, would
not have gone so far.

4.--_Security of the Individual according to Boer ideas._

Krüger's petitioners further asserted that the petition to the Queen was
"the work of capitalists and not of the public." As a matter of fact,
incensed at the murder of Edgar--a working man--the men who were the
first to sign that petition were working men. The principal mining
company of Johannesburg had shown an example of that prudence we see too
often among capitalists, and had dismissed Mr. Wybergh, the President of
the _South African League_, who was one of their employés. The President
of the Chamber of Mines, Mr. Rouliot, in his statement of January 26th,
1899, took pains to dissociate it from the campaign of agitation. This
display of weakness availed nothing. The Government of Pretoria took up
the attitude that has succeeded so well in deceiving public opinion:
that of a council composed of honest men, innocent victims of capitalist

5.--_The Murder of Mrs. Appelbe._

Here is a proof of the security enjoyed by the Uitlanders, at the very
time when the Government of Pretoria closed its list of signatures to
the counter-petition. On Friday April 28th, Mrs. Appelbe, the wife of a
Wesleyan minister of Johannesburg, was going to chapel accompanied by a
Mr. Wilson, a chemist. They were set upon by a band of men in the pay,
it is said, of canteen keepers, sellers of liquor to the natives. Mrs.
Appelbe received such severe injuries that she died on the Thursday
following. Mr. Wilson, who was badly wounded in the head, eventually
recovered. On May 8th, the police affected to know nothing of the
outrage; nor did they ever discover the murderers of Mrs. Appelbe, thus
proving the grand irony of the apologist petition which "emphatically"
affirmed the complete security of life and property in the Transvaal.



Dr. Kuyper, who has juggled with these facts, enumerates with a sort of
amazed frankness the reproaches addressed to the Transvaal Government:

     The relations between legislative and judicial authority give rise
     to comments which cannot be considered groundless.... It has been
     called scandalous that the Chief Justice of the High Court should
     have been deposed. But, in 1839, President Johnson, of the United
     States, met the difficulty by making a majority of nine in the High
     Court, thus assuring to himself a compliant majority.

There is a mis-print in the Article in the _Revue de Deux Mondes_. The
date should be 1869 not 1839; and truly Dr. Kuyper has lighted upon a
good example in his selection of President Johnson; the only President
of the United States who has been impeached!

I know that sort of argument generally employed by people who are in the
wrong and especially employed by people whom Dr. Kuyper can scarcely
bring forward as models. "All very well, but what of that little slip of
yours." ... Dr. Kuyper might as reasonably invoke _la loi de
dessaisissement_ voted by the French Chamber last year. Our answer to
him is that the violation of the most elementary principles of justice
in one country, does not justify it in another. He proceeds:

     "The Boer Government is said to be an oligarchy. And yet every
     citizen has his vote--Throughout the land there are juries...."

Really Dr. Kuyper affects too great _naïveté_. The Boers may have
created a democracy among themselves; with regard to natives and
Uitlanders they are an oligarchy.

"Every citizen has his vote": But Mr. Krüger's argument for refusing the
franchise to Uitlanders is that they numbered 70,000, while the Burghers
were only 30,000. Here we have a minority governing the majority; what
else is an oligarchy?

"Throughout the land there are juries"; yes, but juries made up of Boers
who try Uitlanders, treat them as enemies, and find that the policeman
Jones acted rightly in killing Edgar. That way of constituting a jury is
a certainty of injustice to the Uitlanders, and not a guarantee of

President Krüger promised to do something for the municipal organisation
of Johannesburg; this is how he keeps his promise. Each division of that
town elects two members, a Burgher and an Uitlander; according to the
last census, the burghers living in Johannesburg, numbered 1,039; the
Uitlanders 23,503; thus 1,039 burghers had as many representatives in
the municipal Corporation as the 23,503 Uitlanders. The Mayor, who was
nominated by the Government, had the right of absolute veto.

In modern law there exists a principle introduced by England, which is
the true basis of representative Government: "no representation, no
taxation." It is the right of every citizen who contributes to the taxes
to approve of them and to control the use of them.

In autocratic governments, he has no such right. In oligarchic
governments, the governing class imposes burdens upon those it governs.
This is the case in the Transvaal.

In an oligarchy, taxes are not levied with a view to the general good of
the community, but for the benefit of the ruling class; and this is the
political conception of the Boers.

Dr. Kuyper says, in speaking of the Uitlanders:

     "No one invited them here; they came of their own accord."

Therefore they possess the right to be taxed, but nothing else.

Dr. Kuyper's assertion is not strictly correct; for he forgets the
invitation addressed by Mr. Krüger, in London in 1884, to all who were
willing to take their abilities and their capital to the Transvaal, in
which he promised them rights of citizenship and assured them of his

But the matter of invitation is of little account. Let us allow that
there was no invitation. Neither did Fra Diavolo invite the travellers
he despoiled; _ergo._, according to Dr. Kuyper, he had the right to
despoil them. The Uitlanders are travellers, at whose expense the
government of Pretoria has the right to live, and to support the Boers.

Such is plainly the idea of Mr. Krüger and of the majority of the 29
members of the Volksraad, and we shall see that that idea underlies the
whole of its political economy.

Mr. Krüger was, however, in error in supposing that he could practise
this system indefinitely in these times of ours, and with respect to the
citizens of a country which represents the modern conception of
industrial civilization.

Professor Bryce, a strong opponent of the present policy of England,
says in his _Impressions of South Africa_ (p. 470):

     "A country must after all take its character from the large
     majority of its inhabitants, especially when those who form that
     majority are the wealthiest, most educated, and most enterprising
     part of the population."

Mr. Krüger has aimed at realizing this paradox: the oppression and
plunder of the most enterprising, most educated, the richest and most
numerous portion of the population by the poorest, most ignorant, most
indolent of minorities.



1.--_That Gold is Mine!_

Let us see in what terms Dr. Kuyper justifies the Boer policy of

     "The Leonards and their set are very ready to tell us that the
     taxes in Johannesburg exceed in proportion those levied in every
     other country.... As to the quota paid by Uitlanders to the State,
     we beg leave to remind the British of two points: first, that they
     are exempt from all military service; secondly, that it is a far
     more serious matter for the Boers to pay with their lives, and the
     lives of their sons, than it is for these wealthy owners of gold
     mines to pay so much per cent. upon their enormous dividends; and
     that if they do pay the Transvaal some thousands of pounds, they
     pocket their millions. Moreover, love for the Transvaal has never
     entered their metallised hearts."

This little gem merits careful analysis. Mr. Kuyper shares the belief
that one has only to go to Johannesburg to shovel in the gold. If the
working of mines were so simple a matter, Boer intelligence would be
equal to the undertaking. As they are not worked by them, it must be
because there are difficulties. These difficulties have been overcome
for them by the Uitlanders. Once overcome, the Boers present themselves
and say: "That gold is mine!"

"Why then did you not take it yourselves?"

The Boers, who pride themselves upon driving their teams of oxen, but
who consider that to in-span them is work only fit for Kaffirs, consider
gold mining beneath them, let alone that they have not the capacity for
it. They leave it to the Uitlanders: all the same, Dr. Kuyper holds it
just that it is they who should take the profit.

[Footnote 12: _Le Siècle_, 3rd April, 1900.]

2.--_The Proportion of Gold per Ton._

Gold ore is found in infinitesimal quantities in large deposits of waste
matter. In 1898 of the 77 Gold Mining Companies at work, three-fourths
reported a yield of 1/2 oz. per ton; some only 6 to 7 dwts. per ton.
Consequently we find mines worked where one ton of rock will yield 1/2
oz. of ore, or perhaps only half as much. There are other mines which
swallow up the capital, and give no return at all.

3.--_Cost of Production._

In 1892 gold producing in the Transvaal cost 35s. 6d. per ton; in 1897
the cost was reduced to 28s. 6d.; in 1898 to 27s. 6d. This reduction of
cost is in no way due to any reforms made by the Government, but to
improvements in the methods employed, and especially to the more
extensive use of compressed air drills.

Out of 8,965,960 tons of ore raised in the Witwatersrand nearly 18.2 per
cent. had to be thrown out; that is: about 1,634,500 tons of ore were
rejected as sterile. In some cases the proportion of sterile ore has
amounted to as much as 40 per cent. The cost of production from the
deep levels is 34s. 6d. Out of the profits of each month, expenses and
the cost of working material have to be met. (Speech of Mr. Rouliot,
President of _The Chamber of Mines_, January 26th, 1899.)[13]

Mr. J.H. Curle in his valuable work _The Gold Mines of the World_,
published in 1899, estimated the debts of the Rand Companies at
£5,515,000. "It is not unusual," he writes, "for the directors of a deep
level mine to spend £500,000 before one single ton has been crushed."

[Footnote 13: See the _Revue Sud-Africaine_ (Paris), February 26th,

4.--_A Gold Mine is an Industrial Undertaking._

According to the report of the Industrial Commission appointed to
inquire into the mining industry, there were, in 1896, 183 gold mines in
the Transvaal. Of these 79 had been gold-producing, while 104, still in
process of development, had as yet produced nothing. Of the 183 only 25
had paid dividends.

In 1898, a year of great progress, of the 156 mines situated in the
Rand, 40 only were paying dividends, representing, on an average, a
return of 8.7 per cent.

In reality, a gold mine is as entirely an industrial undertaking, as is
any other form of commerce; for its proper development it requires men
of the highest capacity, not a mere set of adventurers, as Dr. Kuyper
and other Pro-Boers tell the simpletons who judge without examining
facts. This is what is said on the subject by Mr. Curle, who saw the
mines at work during his extended and conscientious enquiry:

     "The average mine manager, whether in South Africa, or India, or
     Australia, or wherever I have met him, is an extremely capable man.
     Of course, there are exceptions--some managers are not capable;
     some are not even honest, but, as a rule, those in actual charge of
     our gold mines to-day are men who can be relied on, but I do not
     wish to confine my praise to the managers only. The mine captain,
     whose valuable qualities are known more to the manager than to
     outsiders, is usually a most capable man, and devoted to his work.
     Many and many a time, after his hard day's work should have been
     over, has a mine captain cheerfully started off with me on a three
     or four hours inspection of his workings, only too delighted to
     oblige, and asking merely that his visitor should show an
     intelligent interest in what he saw. To these men, and to the other
     heads of departments, to battery managers, cyanide works managers,
     assayers, samplers, surveyors, office staff; the shareholders in
     every mine owe a debt which they do not realise and which is often
     inadequately acknowledged. Amongst these men--I could give hundreds
     of examples--there is the greatest sense of duty to their
     employers, and from one year's end to another, by day and night, in
     the bush, on mountain tops, in fever swamps, in wild and deep
     places all over the world, they faithfully carry through their
     arduous work."

Such is the type of Uitlander the gold mines have attracted; add to
them, mechanics and the most highly skilled artisans: for it is to the
interest of the mines which pay high salaries to employ the most skilled

A population such as this, has nothing in common with the adventurers
who rushed to the placers of California, or with the fancy picture of
the "wealthy metal-hearted mine owners," presented to us by Dr. Kuyper.

5.--_Distribution of the Gold Production._

Dr. Kuyper speaks of "the vultures" who come to rob the country of its
gold; we would point out to him that before gold can be extracted from
the rock, a vast amount must be sunk in it. We have just seen that the
cost of production often exceeds the profits.

Dr. Kuyper, in his childish innocence, imagines that "the vultures"
carry off the gold as soon as it is extracted.

Had he taken the trouble to ascertain the facts, he would have seen that
the greater part of this gold remains in the Transvaal, and either goes
to the Government, or to defray the cost of production.

I borrow the following figures from the supplement to _The Critic_ of
July 8th, 1899.

Let us take the last five years:--

      Gross Profits.   Dividend to   Paid to Boer
                      Shareholders.   Government.

1894     £7,930,481    £1,595,963    £2,247,728
1895      8,768,942     2,329,941     2,923,648
1896      8,742,811     1,918,631     3,912,095
1897     11,514,016     2,923,574     3,956,402
1898     15,942,573     4,999,489     3,329,958
        -----------   -----------   -----------
        £52,898,823   £13,767,598   £16,370,387
        ===========   ===========   ===========

Thus upon £52,898,823 worth of gold produced between the years 1894 and
1898 only 25 per cent. of this amount went to the shareholders, 30 per
cent. was paid to the Transvaal Government, while the cost of production
absorbed 45 per cent. The two last figures show that about 75 per cent.,
that is to say, three-quarters of the entire production remained in the
Transvaal; and we have only taken the average of the last few years,
during which the cost of production has been reduced to a minimum,
thanks to the perfecting of the methods of working.

Let us add that while according to the above table in 1898 the estimate
of the revenue was £3,329,000, the expenditure rose to £3,476,000. In
1899, the estimate of the revenue was £4,087,000.

From 1894-97 the amount paid directly into the Transvaal Exchequer had
exceeded the shareholders' dividends; and when the reverse happened in
1898, the Government of Pretoria determined to put that matter right.

6.--_Cost of Production and the Transvaal._

Dr. Kuyper also complained that the entire cost of production was not
absorbed by the Transvaal. In his statement of January 26th 1899, Mr.
Rouliot proved that the greater portion was in point of fact expended
there. He gave the following figures concerning the expenditure of
fifty-six companies in 1898.

The mines had only imported direct to the amount of £369,000, paid for
machinery, which could only be constructed in Europe, and for Cyanide,
to avoid having to buy the latter from a local trust, which raised the
price 100 per cent.

Through local firms they had imported machinery and certain products to
the amount of £324,438. From local merchants they had bought machinery,
&c., to the amount of £2,487,660. They had paid £767,600 to the Dynamite
Monopoly. They had distributed £3,329,000 in salaries to their employés,
native or European. If we take it that the expenditure of the sixty
other Mining Companies, gold or coal, in the vicinity of Johannesburg,
was similar to the above, we have a total of something like nine million
pounds sterling put in circulation, _plus_ purchases of dynamite, _plus_
merchandise bought through the medium of local tradespeople. Thus we see
that the bulk of the cost of production actually remained in the

7.--_What the "Vultures" brought._

Before Dr. Kuyper's "vultures" came to despoil it, the Transvaal was in
a very shaky condition. It was heavily in debt and the Exchequer was
empty; the Boer having always had a horror of paying his taxes. In 1884
when Messrs. Krüger and Smits came to London to sign the famous
Convention, and stayed at the Albemarle Hotel, they found themselves,
after the first few weeks unable to pay their bill, and Baron Grant had
to come to their assistance. Now the "vultures" have been pouring some
millions annually into the coffers of the Transvaal; a certain
proportion of which has stuck to the fingers of Mr. Krüger, his family
and intimates. The "vultures" have brought riches, industry, and
civilisation into a wild and uncivilised country. The simile of the bird
of prey is more applicable to the Boer than to the Uitlander.



1.--_Receipt of the Boer Exchequer._

Like every true aristocrat, the Boer has always had a horror of paying
taxes; he only approves of taxes paid by others.

At the time of the annexation of the Transvaal by England in 1877, the
Government was being crushed by debt, the burghers resolutely refusing
to pay their taxes.

Some order was brought into the finances by England; but the Boer revolt
in December, 1880, was caused by the determination of Colonel Owen
Lanyon, the English Resident, to seize the bullocks and wagons of
recalcitrant tax-payers.

The Transvaal Government obtained the Convention of 1881. In 1883, the
budget showed £143,000 revenue, and £184,000 expenditure. From April
1st, 1884, to March 31st, 1885, the revenue rose to £161,000, the
expenditure remained at £184,000.

In 1886, the gold mines were discovered, and in 1889, the revenue rose
to £1,577,000. The crisis of 1890 caused it to drop below the million;
in 1892 it rose again, reaching in:--

1894             £2,247,728
1895              2,923,648
1896              3,912,095
1897              3,956,402
1898              3,329,958

In 1899, it was estimated at £4,087,000. These figures do not include
the sale of explosives from 1895 to 1898; the share of licences of
claims from 1895 to 1899; nor the Delagoa Bay customs dues paid to the
Netherlands Railway for 1898 and 1899.

[Footnote 14: _Le Siècle_, April 4th, 1900.]

2.--_Budget Assessment of the Burghers._

According to the _Staats Almanak_, the white population numbers 300,000,
of whom 175,000 are males. The number of burghers aged between sixteen
and sixty, entitled to vote, is 29,447; that of Uitlanders, between the
same ages, 81,000.

These 30,000 Boers who represent the electoral portion of the community,
do not pay one-tenth of the revenue of the state. They represent,
however, a budget of over four millions of pounds; or, £133 per head. If
our 10,800,000 electors in France had a proportionate budget at their
disposal, it would amount annually to £1,436,400,000; or considerably
more than our whole National Debt.

The burghers are thus fund-holders in receipt, per head, of a yearly
income of £133 from the Uitlanders. Never has there been an oligarchy so
favoured. It is true that all do not profit in the same proportion. "The
Transvaal Republic" says a Dutchman, Mr. C. Hutten, "is administered in
the interests of a clique of some three dozen families."[15]

[Footnote 15: _The Doom of the Boer Oligarchies_. (_North American
Review_, March, 1900.)]

3.--_Salaries of Boer Officials._

The salaries of the Transvaal officials amounted, in 1886, to £51,831;
in 1898, to £1,080,382; and in 1899, they were estimated at £1,216,394.
Salaries amounting to £1,216,394 for 30,000 electors! Such are the
figures of the Transvaal Budget.

Here we find undoubtedly a great superiority over other countries; and
the officials in receipt of such salaries would look down with
profoundest contempt on the much more modest pay of their European
colleagues if they knew anything about them. Each elector represents
more than £40 of official salaries. At the same rate the pay of the
French Government officials would amount annually to about four hundred
and thirty-two millions pounds sterling (£432,000,000)! This is not all.
In 1897, a member of the Volksraad asked what had become of some
£2,400,000 which had been paid over to Transvaal officials, in the form
of advances of salary. He received no reply.

4.--_The Debit Side of the Boer Budget._

In a pamphlet, by M. Edouard Naville, _La Question du Transvaal_, and
also in the _Revue Sud-Africaine_ of October 22nd, 1899, we find a list
showing the expenditure of the Pretoria Government, from which may be
gathered the extraordinarily rapid rate of increase: In the fourteen
years--1886-99--the budget expenditure amounted to £37,031,000, of which
nine-tenths have been defrayed by the gold industry. From information
supplied by the Government of Pretoria itself, we find that five sources
have absorbed more than half:--

Salaries, &c.               £7,003,898
Military expenditure         2,236,942
Special expenditure          2,287,559
Sundry services              1,581,042
Public works                 5,809,996
Leaving a surplus of       £18,111,601

Under the headings of "special," and "sundry services," are concealed
the secret service expenditure, remuneration to influential electors,
and the various political expedients by which Mr. Krüger has proved "his
intellectual and moral" superiority.

The official salaries of 1899, estimated at £1,216,000, included a sum
of £326,640 for the police. We have seen what kind of police it is.

The legislature is composed of two Volksraads, each consisting of
twenty-nine members; or fifty-eight in all. Now the estimate of salaries
for the legislature is £43,960, or about £758 each, more than double the
allowances of the French senators and deputies.

It is somewhat imprudent of Dr. Kuyper to refer to the educational
expenditure. The expenditure amount allocated for the education of the
children of Uitlanders in 1896, was £650, or at the rate 1s. 10d. per
head, while the gross estimate for education in the budget for that year
amounted to £63,000, which works thus out at a cost of £8 6s. 1d. per
head for the Boer children. Dr. Mansveldt, Head of the Education
Department of the Transvaal, a Hollander, seems to have but one aim: to
enforce the use of the _taal_, the Boer patois--a language spoken by no
one else--the use of which keeps them in isolated ignorance. The English
language is banned.

5.--_New Taxes._

This revenue, employed almost exclusively for the benefit of the Boers,
did not suffice for the insatiable government in Pretoria. At a meeting
of the Chamber of Mines, on November 21st, 1898, Mr. Rouliot summarized
a statement by Mr. Krüger in the Raad, as follows:--

     "But recently, Mr. Krüger had said he would give the mines the
     chance of establishing themselves before a percentage should be
     imposed upon their returns; and that no tax would be levied till
     the diggings had been completed, and the machinery set up. It
     appeared to him, however, that the government intended to
     appropriate some of their profits, although it had given no
     facilities for the preparatory works on the mines, during which it
     should be remembered that their capital had been burdened by
     exceptionally heavy indirect taxation. The moment that capital
     began to be productive, it was to be taxed." (_Blue Book_, No.
     9345, p. 48.)

In four-and-twenty hours, Mr. Krüger had unexpectedly managed to pass a
law levying a new tax of 2-1/2 per cent. of the gross production from
mynpachts (mining leases), and 5 per cent. from the gross production of
other mines. In his report of January 26th, 1899, Mr. Rouliot says: "Had
this new tax formed part of a general scheme for the readjustment of
taxation, it might have been defended, but those who are considered best
qualified to express the views of the government, content themselves by
saying that it has the right to take a share of the profits realised by
the mines and add that this tax is only a beginning."

6.--_Attempt to Raise a Loan._

Not content with increasing taxation, the government now wished to raise
a loan. The attempt failed. The Government of Pretoria blamed the mining
companies for the failure. Mr. Rouliot said, on January 26th: "It is
true that the companies did not actually support the government in its
efforts;" but he added:--

     "Neither the Chamber of Mines, nor, to my knowledge, anyone
     directly, or indirectly, connected with mining interests did
     anything to embarass the government in its financial negotiations.
     It is useless to abstain from plain speaking; on the contrary, I
     hold it to be my duty to be frank and to state to the government
     that if it failed in its negotiations, it is due to its bad
     financial policy; to its want of an efficient system of audit; to
     its costly and terribly wasteful administration; to the want of
     precise information as to the object of the loan, and the manner in
     which it was to be expended."

In fine, Law I. of 1897, and the fantastic method of legislation adopted
by the Volksraad, show that the Government of Pretoria offers no better
guarantee to people dealing with it than did the Grand Turk, some fifty
years ago.

7.--_Fleecing the Uitlanders!_

Taxation, to the Boer, means getting all he can out of the Uitlander,
the old characteristic of all oligarchies. The Boer may cheerfully
augment both the taxes and his expenditure. It is not he who will

I admire the Frenchmen, Belgians, Swiss, &c., who pretend that the
Uitlanders are a bad lot for not being delighted with such a



1.--_Article XIV. and the Monopolies._

The avowed taxes are far from representing the whole of the burden laid
upon the Uitlanders by the Government of Pretoria.

The Convention of 1881 guaranteed freedom of commerce; nevertheless,
from 1882 onwards "the triumvirate who ruled the country," says Mr.
FitzPatrick (_The Transvaal from Within_), "granted numbers of
concessions, ostensibly for the purpose of opening up industries. The
real reasons are generally considered to have been personal." In 1884,
Article XIV. renewed the guarantee of freedom of commerce; the Volksraad
itself one day passed a resolution condemning monopolies in principle:
and in December 1895 the President granted a monopoly for the
importation of products, under the guise of a government agency with a
commission to the agent!

One of the first monopolies established was for the manufacture of
spirits. The quality of liquor it supplies to the natives is atrocious.
To drunkenness is attributed a loss of 15 per cent. on the labour of
90,000 natives whose pay and food are equivalent to £40 per head, a loss
therefore of £550,000 a year.

[Footnote 16: _Le Siècle_, April 5th, 1900.]

2.--_The Dynamite Monopoly._

Two despatches, one from Mr. Chamberlain, dated January 13th, 1899, and
the other from the Transvaal Government, dated March 9th, 1899, indicate
how Mr. Krüger always meant to interpret Article XIV. of the Convention
of 1884:

On October 13th, 1893, the Transvaal Government granted a monopoly of
the dynamite trade to Mr. L.G. Vorstman for a period of 15 years. The
price of No. 1 dynamite was fixed at £4 15s. per case, of which 5s. was
to be paid to the Government.

The Transvaal Government maintains that this monopoly does not violate
the freedom of labour, as it was established in the interest of the
State, not in that of the concessionaires, and that the manufacture of
dynamite is forbidden to the Boers as much as it is to foreigners.

Mr. Chamberlain in his despatch denies that the dynamite monopoly has
been established in the interest of the State; and points out that even
according to General Joubert, Vice-President of the Republic, this is
really not a State monopoly but the monopoly of one, Lippert, because it
is he who has derived the greatest profits from it.

The monopoly company has always failed to fulfil its engagements; the
installation was to be completed in two-and-a-half years: in October,
1896, the company was only able to produce 80,000 cases, the
consumption at that time amounting to 200,000. The commission of the
Volksraad estimated that between 1897 and 1899 it would be necessary to
import 430,000 cases in addition to the quantity produced by the
company. It is more to the company's interest to import than to
manufacture, since importation affords a profit of £2 per case, and to
the State a duty of 5s. Were dynamite imported by the State itself, the
latter would realise about £860,000 instead of, as at present, £107,500,
making a difference of at least about £752,500.

The price at which dynamite is sold is from 40s. to 45s. above its real
value, from which excessive charge only certain individuals, living for
the greater part in Europe, derive the benefit. This fact is attested,
not by the English, but by Mr. Philipp, State Director of the
Manufacture of Explosives. The Commission demanded that all dynamite
should be manufactured by the State, and imposed a duty of 20s. per case
on all imported dynamite.

These resolutions were passed by the Volksraad Commission in 1897; the
monopoly has continued to exist, and in 1899 it was proposed to prolong
it for a period of fifteen years. On May 1st, 1898, it is true, the
price was reduced by 10s.; the company giving up 5s., and the State
renouncing the whole of the 5s. duty. It had therefore no interest in
maintaining the monopoly; 2s. of the net profits were still payable to
it, it is true; but there are no public accounts.

By way of compensation new taxes were imposed by the Government. Mr.
Rouliot, President of the Chamber of Mines, in his speech, January
26th, 1899, put it thus:--

"It is a burden borne by us on another shoulder, not a lightening of the

Allowing for the increased consumption of dynamite, it has been
estimated that, even with a further reduction of 5s. per case, the
annual burden imposed upon the industry by the monopoly would, at the
end of the period, amount to from £687,500 to £825,000. The Transvaal
Government in its reply of March 9th, 1899, did not dispute these
figures, but stated simply that, "the government had the right to judge
what was most advantageous to itself."

The complaints of the British Government on behalf of the mining
industry of the Transvaal, were founded solely upon the statement of the
Volksraad Commission itself. This mania of the Government for a monopoly
by which the shareholders profit greatly and the State hardly at all,
proves that there are other interests at stake than those of the public.

At its meeting on February 3rd, 1899, the Witwatersrand Chamber of Mines
decided to guarantee a Government loan of £600,000 at 5 per cent., to be
applied in buying-out the concessionaires of the dynamite monopoly.


A concession for all the State railways was granted on April 16th, 1884,
to a group of Hollander and German capitalists, and confirmed by the
Volksraad on August 23rd following. In 1887 the shares, to the number
of 2,000, representing a capital of £166,666, were held as follows:--

By Germans            819 shares carrying 30 votes.
"  Hollanders         581   "       "     76   "
"  The Republic       600   "       "      6   "

This astonishing division of votes which gave to the Transvaal
Government 6 out of 112, although it subscribed one-third of the
capital, and assured to the Hollanders twice as many votes as the other
holders put together, although they only provided one-third of the
capital, was the work of Dr. Leyds. The contract for the construction of
the first 70 miles is not less surprising. Messrs. Van Hattum & Co. were
to build the line, at a cost mutually to be agreed upon by them and the
railway company; and they were to receive as remuneration 11 per cent.
upon the amount of the specification. The 11 per cent. was to be
proportionately decreased by a sliding scale so arranged that it
disappeared by the time Van Hattum & Co. had exceeded the contract price
by 100 per cent. Beyond that the company had the right to cancel the
contract. From this it follows, that, by deciding to lose the 11 per
cent., Messrs. Van Hattum could make a gain of 89 per cent. This they
did, and whole sections of earthworks, which should not have cost £8,000
per mile, cost £23,000 instead. A thousand Hollanders were brought out
to work on the line; and sent home again at the expense of the
Government. In a country which abounded in stone, the Komati Bridge was
built of dressed stone imported from Holland, with the cost of a transit
of 7,000 miles.

4.--_The Drift Question._

The Cape Colony Free State Railway ends at the Vaal River, 50 miles from
Johannesburg. Thence goods are transmitted by the Netherlands Railway at
a charge of 8-1/2d. per ton per mile, the rate being 3d. over the rest
of the line.

In order to escape this rate manufacturers resorted to the use of
ox-wagons; Mr. Krüger forbade them the drifts in order to compel the
transit of goods by railway. This was another flagrant violation of
Article 14 of the Convention of 1884, which called forth the
intervention of Mr. Chamberlain. The indignation at the Cape was so
great, that Mr. Chamberlain having asked the Cape Government, whether,
in the event of war resulting, it would pay half the cost, and undertake
the transport of the troops by the railways, the proposal was accepted
by an Afrikander minister! Mr. Krüger yielded and re-opened the drifts.

5.--_Methods of Exaction._

A reduction of £100,000 was made on the railway tariffs; but in July,
1897, the duties on corn and food-stuffs were increased by £200,000. At
the end of 1898, a certain number of these were lessened, but not that
on flour. A comparison of the list of duties between 1897 and the end of
1898 shows that they were increased on twenty-eight products, and
decreased on four.

Coal travelling a distance of 25-1/2 miles, the charge made by the
Netherlands Railway Co. is 4s. 5d., which is 8-1/2d. per ton per mile;
while the Free State Railway only charges 5-3/4d. and the Natal line

The Company collects the customs dues for account of the State, as
security for the payment of interest on their shares and debentures.

Dr. Kuyper is quite willing to admit that the "financial administration
leaves something to be desired," but he adds that, "while at the Cape
the taxes on produce are at the rate of 15 per cent., in the Transvaal
they are only 10 per cent." But it is easy to see how, by means of
railway tariffs and various combinations, due to the cunning of Mr.
Krüger and his Hollander friends, it has been possible to enhance prices
of every description.



1.--_A War of Capitalists._

"It is a war of capitalists against a set of poor Boers who have no sort
of interest in the dispute!" Such is the general cry.

Let us look at the facts.

The other day, anent the attempt upon the Prince of Wales, I referred to
the anarchist and socialistic attacks of certain Pro-Boer and Anglophobe
journals on capitalists, financiers, and the wealthy "metal-hearted
mine-owners," as Dr. Kuyper calls them. I reminded my readers that
Professor Bryce himself treats as absurd the tale that the aim of the
Jameson Raid, as stated by those papers, was the conquest of the
Transvaal for Rhodesia. I shall now show by documentary evidence that
the war did not break out through any action on the part of gold-mine
proprietors. In the first place, the greater number of these proprietors
reside in Europe; and as much in France, Germany and Belgium, as in
England. Their representatives in the Transvaal may hold more or less
important interests in those mines, but they are imbued with a full
sense of their responsibilities.

Now, commercial men never seek to bring about a political crisis
unnecessarily; they invariably endeavour to avoid one. If they resign
themselves to such a course, it is only as a last resource.

The truth of these general assertions is verified in the case in point
by two documents which have not been fabricated after the events.

They are the reports of the Chamber of Mines, published by Mr. Rouliot,
in January 1898, and January 1899.[18]

[Footnote 17: _Le Siècle_, April 7th, 1900.]

[Footnote 18: Published in the _Revue Sud-Africaine_ (Paris).]

2.--_A Local Board._

The report made by Mr. Rouliot to the Chamber of Mines on January 20th,
1898, refers to the burdens imposed upon the gold industry by the faulty
administration of the Transvaal. It shows how the Volksraad
contemptuously rejected, in 1897, a petition signed by more than ten
thousand inhabitants of all nationalities and all professions. It
declares that "the Chamber of Mines has no desire to interfere in the
conduct of general affairs in the Transvaal"; it recalls the fact that
the Commission of Enquiry nominated after the Crisis of 1896, had
recommended the constitution of a "Local Board" which President Krüger
had contemptuously rejected; and goes on to say:--

     "It is nonsense to affirm that the creation of such a Board would
     have made a government within a government, and would have
     threatened the independence of the State. At the time that we made
     the proposal, we sincerely trusted that what had happened might be
     buried in oblivion and that we might dwell together in amity. We
     had hoped that the burghers would have recognised that want of
     experience, and their education would have made them unfitted for
     dealing with the most difficult problems that could face a young
     nation, and that they would have seen the necessity of calling men
     to their aid who could give them the benefit of their experience,
     and help them to ensure sound conditions for the State and its
     industrial development. Unfortunately, we have been deceived in our

That is all; save that Mr. Rouliot alludes cursorily to the fact that
the government had endeavoured to found a Chamber of Mines in opposition
to the old one, but that an amalgamation had taken place; he,
consequently, was speaking in the name of the entire industry.

3.--_A Deliberative Council._

In the course of the year 1898, Mr. Krüger's policy became more and more
provocative. The Chamber of Mines confined itself to the request for the
appointment of a deliberative council, to be composed of members
nominated by the government, the powers of which should be limited to
the application of the laws concerning gold-theft, the sale of
spirituous liquors, and the "pass-law" concerning native labourers.

At a meeting of the Volksraad, June, 1898, the sub-committee appointed
to enquire into this modest request, decided to recommend its rejection.
Mr. A.D. Wolmarans said that "the council would be the means of placing
over the heads of the agents of the State, a commission whose members
were not in possession of the franchise; and that the Volksraad would
practically be adopting the proposition of home rule, and autonomy, put
forward by Mr. Chamberlain in 1896."

On September 12th, the question was revived. A member of the Volksraad,
named Lombaard, said that: "Johannesburg would never be satisfied until
it had a little government of its own"; and that, as for the sale of
liquor, as far as he was concerned, he saw no reason why Kaffirs should
not drink themselves to death, if such was their taste.

The request was rejected by 14 votes to six. Four-and-twenty hours later
the government passed a measure for an additional tax upon mining
profits; then the Lombaard and Edgar cases occurred. The Chamber of
Mines remained calm, notwithstanding.

4.--_Timidity of the Chamber of Mines._

In his report of January 26th, 1899, Mr. Rouliot seems to have but one
aim, and that is to dissociate the Chamber of Mines completely from the
agitation excited among the English workmen by the murder of their
comrade, Edgar, at the hands of policeman Jones. I quote his words:--

     "The Chamber of Mines has never taken part in any political
     agitation, nor has it encouraged or organised demonstrations of a
     political nature. We take our stand solely upon an economic basis,
     endeavouring by constitutional means the alleviation of our
     burdens, and offering our advice upon questions that affect the
     State, equally with an industry, our thorough knowledge of which is
     undeniable. We ask neither for concessions, nor for monopoly. All
     that we ask is fair treatment for our business and our
     shareholders. I may here express my disappointment at seeing that
     all our efforts to bring about good feeling and union between
     ourselves and the executive, meet with nothing but contempt on the
     part of the latter."

He then goes on to allude to Hollander officials; and possibly, to
certain members of the diplomatic body:--

     "Those act in bad faith who unceasingly encourage the executive of
     this country in their retrograde policy, and constantly tell them
     that all they do is well done."

He concludes by pointing out the manner in which the Press and political
agents of the Government of Pretoria are stirring up ill-feeling against
the proprietors and managers of mines. Persons without any defined
profession, attracted by the vision of gold, have flocked to
Johannesburg; unable to find employment, they have become a discontented
proletariat. These are the true adventurers, if the word be taken in its
worst sense. Mr. Krüger and his agents choose them as colleagues and pit
them against the "wealthy metal-hearted mine owners." This is the policy
pursued by Dr. Leyds in Europe, where he has been clever enough to
excite alike the capitalist and socialist Press against the hated mine

Mr. Rouliot continues, that it is not within the province of the Chamber
of Mines to provide work for incompetent workmen. It was, no doubt,
from among these men that Mr. Krüger had raised the signatures of the
counter-petition which so "emphatically" declared the administration of
the South African Republic "to be all that could be desired."

5.--_The Petition and the Despatch of May 10th._

They were _bonâ fide_ workmen who took the initiative in the petition of
March 28th, 1899, called forth by the murder of their fellow-workman,
Edgar. We see, from Mr. Rouliot's report, that the Chamber of Mines
regarding the petition as compromising, disassociated itself from it.
Nor was that all. The President of the South African League in the
Transvaal, Mr. W. John Wybergh, a consulting engineer by profession, was
dismissed by one of the principal companies.

These undeniable facts prove that "capitalist intrigues," as Dr. Kuyper
calls them, were not the causes of the present war.

The British Government could not disregard a petition which 21,684
British subjects addressed to it; even had its responsibility not been
pledged by Articles 7 and 14 of the Convention of 1884, relying upon
which those British subjects had settled in the Transvaal. Every
civilised Government concerns itself with injuries done to its citizens
in foreign lands. The petition of March 28th, was acknowledged by Mr.
Chamberlain in a despatch to Sir A. Milner of May 10th, 1899, in which
he says that "the complaints of the Uitlanders rested on a solid basis."
From the moment that the British Government "put its hand to the
plough," and that Lord Salisbury declared it would not draw back, the
end was easy to foresee. Mr. Krüger had recourse to his habitual
expedients. I said at the time what must certainly be the result; and an
eminent French statesman may remember a conversation I then had with
him, in the course of which he declared that the English would never,
never, make up their minds to go to war. That was the dangerous idea
then spread throughout European diplomacy, and which must have been
transmitted to Krüger by Dr. Leyds, and some of the representatives of
European Governments then in Pretoria. Thus Krüger thought he need not
trouble. Hence his attitude at Bloemfontein. It was not because England
was desirous of war that it broke out, it was because she bore the
reputation of being too pacific, and because she had given too many
proofs of forbearance to the Boers.



1.--_Impossible Comparisons._

Dr. Kuyper favors us with a long dissertation upon the various laws of
naturalisation existing throughout the world. But he cannot compare a
country such as Belgium with 226 inhabitants per square kilomètre, or as
France with 72 per square kilomètre, with a country that has two
inhabitants to the square kilomètre. Had he been logical, he would have
said that the 9,712,000 square kilomètres of the United States should
always have been exclusively peopled by the 600,000 or 700,000 Sioux
Iroquois and Apaches who used to dispute them.

Dr. Kuyper will reply that they were Redskins and so do not count. Be it
so! Though the theory of inferior races has very grave consequences from
the standpoint taken up by him.

But, to be logical, he ought to regret that the Puritans of
Massachusetts opened wide the doors of the frontiers of their young
Republic to English, Irish, and German immigrants, and, having given
them equal rights with themselves, fused and made them into citizens of
the United States. My present object however is not to discuss theories,
but to state facts.

[Footnote 19: _Le Siècle_, April 9th, 1900.]

2.--_Policy of Reaction._

In the Conference which resulted in the Convention of 1881, Messrs.
Krüger and Jorissen stated to the English Commissioners that the
Franchise would be extended to whites after one year's residence. (V.
chap IV. § 3.) This period had been fixed in 1874. In 1882 it
was altered to five years' residence.

However, the Boers felt it expedient to offer a satisfaction of some
kind, and, in accordance with their usual methods, conceived in 1890 the
device of creating a Second Volksraad, deprived of all executive power,
to which naturalised aliens were eligible.

But more especially, after the deep levels began to be worked in 1892,
when vast outlays of capital were required, and a long duration to gold
mining undertakings was ensured, the Uitlanders began to feel that they
must no longer be regarded as suspicious aliens, liable to be expelled
from the country at any moment. In 1892, they accordingly formed an
Association, _The National Union_, "for the purpose of obtaining by all
Constitutional means, equal rights for all the citizens of the Republic
and the redress of grievances." Far from desiring to place the Republic
under control of the British Government, they affirmed the maintenance
of its Independence.

In his manifesto, Mr. Leonard, Chairman of the Union, demands: (1) The
establishment of the Republic as a true Republic; (2) A Constitution
which should be drawn up by competent men, to be elected by the whole
population, and which should be a guarantee against all hasty
modifications; (3) An equitable system of franchise, and honest
representation; the equality of Dutch and English languages.

The Government of Pretoria had done everything that was possible to
provoke and justify these demands.

In 1894, ignoring the three months' delay between the promulgation and
enforcing of a law required by the Constitution, it was enacted that
children born in the Transvaal of alien parents should not be recognised
as citizens, unless their fathers had taken the oath of allegiance.

One Uitlander wrote: "Thirteen years ago I entered my name on the Field
Cornet's book, in the belief that I should receive the franchise at
expiration of four years. For nine years I have been deprived of my
rights; and I may have to wait twenty years in this country without
becoming a citizen."

The Boer government, instead of becoming more and more liberal in
proportion to the wealth and power with which its alien residents have
endowed it, has grown more and more reactionary; and this state of
reaction has been marked by a series of broken pledges.

I now proceed to give an account of the varying phases of the Franchise
Question, since the beginning of the Conference at Bloemfontein.

3.--_The Bloemfontein Conference._

The Conference at Bloemfontein opened on the 31st of May and closed on
the 5th of June, 1889. Mr. Chamberlain's Despatch, of the 10th of May,
to Sir Alfred Milner, suggests that he should adopt "a spirit of
conciliation in order to arrive at an acceptable arrangement which
might be presented to the Uitlander population, as a reasonable
concession to their just demands."

The position assumed by the English Government was a very simple one; it
had declined to interfere to a large degree, and it desired to interfere
still less, in the disputes between the Uitlanders and Boers. It was of
opinion that the only way of putting an end to them was the granting of
the franchise, so as to enable them to attend to their own interests.
The English Government, far from desiring to increase its intervention
in the actions of the Transvaal Government, desired to say to the
Uitlanders: "You have your electoral rights; make use of them in your
own defence."

As was easy to foresee, President Krüger, in accordance with his custom
began on a number of side issues, instead of going straight to the
point, thus employing the method, known to most of us who have had
dealings with mistrustful and ignorant peasants. He raised among others
the following questions: (1) Swaziland, which he wanted to annex; (2)
The mobilisation of the army; (3) The payment of the Jameson Raid
indemnity (of which we will speak later); (4) The Uitlanders' petition;
(5) The Gold law; (6) The Mining law; (7) The Liquor law; (8) The Tariff
law; (9) The Independence of the Republic; (10) The Dynamite Monopoly;
(11) Arbitration on all disputed points; (12) British intervention in
the internal policy of the South African Republic. And then, added Mr.
Krüger ingeniously, when all these matters have been disposed of, we can
take up the question of Franchise.

At the very first sitting Sir Alfred Milner declined to enter upon
those subjects; at the second sitting he proposed the following
conditions for the Franchise; (_a_) A five years' residence; (_b_)
Declaration of intention to settle in the Transvaal; (_c_) Oath to obey
the laws, and to fulfil all the obligations of citizenship, military
service included; (_d_) The Franchise to be accorded only to men of good
repute, holders of a given amount of property or of a given income;
(_e_) a certain number of seats to be reserved in the Volksraad for
districts where Uitlanders were in the majority.

After keenly contesting these points, Mr. Krüger gave renewed proof of
his 'intellectual superiority' by advancing counter proposals bristling
with conditions such as sorcerers exact to enable them to accomplish
their miracles. As there is always at least one impossible of
realisation, the dupe is always in the wrong; in the same manner, it was
Krüger's aim to be able to say to the Uitlanders, who did not obtain the
Franchise: "It is your own fault. You have not carried out the

Oh! Mr. Krüger showed again at Bloemfontein how very clever he is, and
how worthy of Bismarck's admiration--but, Bismarck only entered upon a
policy which he could carry through.

According to Krüger's proposal, every new-comer must within a fortnight
of arrival have himself inscribed as a candidate for naturalisation and
the Franchise; the former would be granted after two years; the latter
after five more years; seven years in all. But should the first
formality have been neglected within the stated time, the Uitlander was
to forfeit for good and all the right of obtaining either the one or
the other! The first condition having been fulfilled, the inscribed
Uitlander was to prove "his obedience to the laws"; but President Krüger
did not signify how he was to give this negative proof.

He had, moreover, to prove that he had "committed no act contrary to the
Government, or its independence." But to vote against any candidate of
Krüger's is, in the Transvaal, an act contrary to the Government. What
Uitlander then could ever have obtained his naturalisation? "Two years
of continuous registration,"--but are the registers carefully kept in
the Transvaal? These formalities accomplished, and naturalisation
obtained, there followed five years of registration, and the obligation
of permanent residence. A stay at the Cape, a voyage to Europe, would
have sufficed to forfeit the whole benefit of the formalities observed,
including inscription during the first fourteen days after arrival.
Finally, the retrospective clause demonstrates the cunning nature of the
methods employed by Mr. Krüger.

First it deals with a nine years' residence, _plus_ two years for
naturalisation, _plus_ six months' declaration, in all eleven
years-and-a-half, at the least.

The wording of the clause is as follows:--

     "The Residents in the South African Republic before 1890, who shall
     become naturalised within six months of the promulgation of the
     proposed law, after giving six months' notice of their intention to
     apply for naturalisation, shall obtain the full franchise two years
     after naturalisation, instead of five years. Those who have not
     been naturalised within six months will have to fulfil the
     conditions applying to new comers."

Look at the trickery of this regulation. A man must apply for his
naturalisation six months beforehand, and he is bound to be naturalised
within six months of the promulgation of the law. If he does not make
his application on the very day of the promulgation, he loses all the
advantages of his residence in the Transvaal before 1890, and he must
wait another seven years. Note, that on the actual day of promulgation
the administration of the Transvaal could never, even in good faith,
have dealt with the 20,000 or 30,000 declarations that would have been
made; and Mr. Krüger calmly proceeds to adjourn to another seven years
the Uitlanders who had already put in nine years of residence, total 16
years. Yes, Mr. Krüger is very clever to have invented such a skilful
contrivance; to have had the audacity to propound it; and to hold the
opinion of Europe in such contempt that he could think it possible to
make the majority of people the dupe of such schemes; and he has

Sir Alfred Milner replied in the courteous language of diplomacy that
after the interchange of these two propositions, Mr. Krüger and himself
found themselves on exactly the same ground as before the Conference,
and that, therefore, there was no object to be gained by prolonging it.




1.--_A Krüger Trick._

The Anglophobe Pro-Boers of course blame Mr. Chamberlain for the rupture
of the Bloemfontein Conference, and extol the forbearance of Mr. Krüger,
who carried off his proposal to have it passed by the Volksraad, and
"his" burghers.

They do not reflect, that, had he honestly desired to put the matter on
the road to settlement, Mr. Krüger should first have come to an
understanding upon it. By passing it through the Volksraad as law, he
should have cut the cable, were he in reality, anything but an autocrat,
and such ratifications anything but mere formalities.

Mr. Krüger had the condescension to say to England, "So you will have
none of my proposals which compel those already in the Transvaal to an
eleven or twelve years' residence, coupled with impossible formalities,
before obtaining the franchise? Very well, I will renew my offer to you
in the name of the Volksraad and of "my" burghers, and if you are not
satisfied, leave me alone to hoodwink a large proportion of enlightened
men on the Continent into believing that I am simply the victim of Mr.
Chamberlain's animosity, and England's greed."

[Footnote 20: _Le Siècle_, April 10th, 1900.]

2.--_The Bill passed by the Volksraad._

The bill introduced into the Volksraad on July 13th was passed on July
19th, with only the addition of one amendment to Article 4, by which
residents in the Transvaal, prior to the promulgation of the law, were
entitled to obtain naturalisation after seven, instead of nine years of
residence, on condition that they had complied with the requisite
formalities, and had submitted to the delays before stated. People
admired Mr. Krüger's generosity. Nine or ten years, instead of eleven or
twelve, for the Uitlanders already settled in the Transvaal! What
sacrifices he was making to ensure peace! What magnanimity towards
Uitlanders! The first paragraph of Article 4 runs thus:

     "Article 4. All persons who shall have settled in the South African
     Republic prior to the commencement of this Act, and who shall be
     eligible according to the conditions laid down in Article 1, may
     obtain letters of naturalisation seven years after arrival in the

This article, therefore, only accorded naturalisation to former
residents; their seven years in the country counted no more than two.

Suppose them naturalised; in reality, they are deprived of all

They belong no longer to the land of their birth; if wronged, or
maltreated they have no claim upon it for redress.

They are not burghers: they have no political rights; they are, in fact,
minors who have lost their guardian.

This condition was to last for seven years in a country where changes
are made by the week.

The art of importing confusion into the simplest matters, has been most
successfully practised by Mr. Krüger and Dr. Leyds. They have even
succeeded in persuading thinking men that the Uitlanders should have
accepted with enthusiasm the law of July 19th, and that they should have
been deeply grateful to Mr. Krüger who had "reduced from nine to seven
years the term first proposed by him at Bloemfontein."

3.--_Pretended Concessions._

The changes referring to the "redistribution" of seats in the Volksraad
were numerous. Mr. Krüger posed as making a huge concession to mining
districts in raising the number of seats to twelve; but six of these
were for the second Volksraad. Now the second Volksraad must always have
the same number of members as the First; thus the apparent concession
was merely a valueless automatic arrangement, for it is well understood
that the second Volksraad is simply a show institution, devised in 1890.
The various schemes for redistribution lead one to the conclusion that
the number of members in the First Volksraad were to be in inverse ratio
to the population.

The Uitlander looked with mistrust upon a law voted one day which could
be modified the next by a simple resolution of the Volksraad; he
considered it an illusion which might vanish at any moment Mr. Krüger
and his friends thought proper.

4.--_The Joint Commission._

The British Government might have replied that it did not recognise this
law, and have confined itself to the proposals put forward by Sir Alfred
Milner at the Bloemfontein Conference. It did not take this attitude
which, in France, would have been advised by the most half-hearted of
our Nationalists, had the French Government been engaged in similar

In his despatch of July 27, Mr. Chamberlain appears to think that "the
concessions made to the Uitlanders to guarantee them something of the
equality promised them in 1881 were made in good faith; but this law of
July 19th is full of complicated details; he therefore proposes that it
should be examined by a joint commission." In the Colonial Secretary's
despatch of August 2nd to Pretoria, he adds: "It is understood that the
Commission to examine into the question of the Uitlanders' Electoral
rights shall be prepared to discuss every subject that the Government of
the South African Republic may desire to bring before it, including
arbitration, exclusive always of the intervention of Foreign Powers."


The Government of Pretoria had put the law in force without waiting to
consider these remarks.

On August 15th a despatch of Sir Alfred Milner's makes mention of a
proposal of the State Attorney to the British Government to waive their
invitation to a joint enquiry, in respect of the concession of a
retrospective Franchise of seven years being substituted for mere
naturalisation, and of an increase in the number of seats. Such a
proposition on the part of the Government of Pretoria shows plainly that
it wished to evade enquiry into a law so fettered with formalities that
its working was chimerical. And when Sir Alfred Milner referred to his
proposal at Bloemfontein, the State Attorney decreased to five years the
term of retrospective registration, gave eight seats to the Rand, and
two to other mining districts.

Upon which Pro-Boers exclaim: The Government of Pretoria has made every
possible concession!

6.--_The Conditions, and Withdrawal of Proposals._

They prove by that exclamation that they had not read Sir Alfred
Milner's despatches of the 22nd and 23rd of August.

The Government of Pretoria made these concessions, indeed but on
condition: (1) That the British Government shall withdraw its proposal
for a joint Commission to enquire into whether the law was workable; (2)
That the British Government shall renounce suzerainty; (3) That
arbitration--apart from Foreign Powers, with exception of the Orange
Free State--shall be granted immediately upon the Franchise Law being
settled. On August 28th Mr. Chamberlain replies. Concerning the
suzerainty, he refers to his despatch of July 13th; he consents to
discuss the Constitution of a Tribunal of Arbitration from which Foreign
Powers, and foreign influence, shall be excluded; he concludes by
proposing a fresh Conference.

What is the reply of the Boer Government on September 2nd? The
withdrawal of its proposals of August 19th and 21st, relative to the
five years' Franchise and increase of number of seats in the Volksraad.

Thus, at the end of three months' negotiations, no conclusion had been
arrived at.

It is to this despatch of September 2nd, that Mr. Chamberlain's despatch
of September 8th, replies; in that despatch he states, that he is still
prepared to accept the proposals of August 19th concerning the
Franchise, provided that the enquiry by a Commission, joint or
unilateral, prove that the law is workable.

The representation of Uitlanders in the Volksraad, is, of course, only
possible on condition that they had the right to make use of the English

On September 23rd, the Transvaal Government replies that the _taal_, a
language not spoken by any but Boers, is to remain the only language
used in the Volksraad, and in dilatory phraseology paves the way for the
ultimatum of October 9th. Here we have a summary of the negotiations
relating to the franchise, from the time of the Bloemfontein Conference.

7.--_The Franchise is Self-Government._

Confronted with these facts, the Pro-Boer cries: "Ah, but Mr. Krüger was
obliged to protect himself. He could not have his burghers swamped by
Uitlanders. He was perfectly right."

Good. There is the theory that honest dealing is unnecessary in public
negotiations; an apology for that system which is in direct
contradiction to the maxim of private law that you cannot give and
withhold at one and the same time.

"But why should the English insist upon obtaining the franchise for

In order that there should be no more need for the British Government to
concern itself in Transvaal affairs, Sir Alfred Milner was right when he
said to the State Attorney (despatch of August 15th):

     "I am sure that the present proposal is made _bonâ fide_ in order
     to establish the rights of British subjects once for all; and the
     Government of the South African Republic need not entertain any
     fear that we should wish to intervene in its internal affairs in

On August 28th, Mr. Chamberlain speaks the same language; at the same
time justly observing, that only a portion of the Englishmen residing in
the Transvaal would seek to become naturalised.

In point of fact when in February, 1896, the British Government demanded
autonomy for the Rand, and on this proposition being refused, demanded
at Bloemfontein the Franchise for Uitlanders, it was neither bent upon a
policy of absorption nor of conquest. They desired to place
self-government in the hands of the Uitlanders, in order to be able to
say to them: "Now manage your own affairs with the Boers, obtain respect
for your rights by constitutional measures. We are no further concerned
in the matter."

It was not the conquest of the Transvaal that was desired by the British
Government, it was the establishment of an autonomous Republic.

The Uitlanders of British, Australian, German and American extraction,
inter-mixing with the Boers, would soon have merged their national
characteristics, and have become simply citizens of the South African

The Boers might have constructed a vast, wealthy and powerful State in
which for generations to come, they would have held the supremacy. As a
conquered people they will be compelled to accept the constitution they
might have granted, and granted the more readily as they would have
reaped the largest share of the benefits.



1.--_Who raised the Question of Suzerainty?_

Nine persons out of ten, when speaking of the Transvaal question, say:
"Why did Chamberlain, at the last moment, raise the question of
suzerainty? When everything had been settled, that question ruined all."

The more thoughtful men base their opinion on an article in _Le Temps_
of September 15th, in which occurs this hypothetical paragraph:--

     "Moreover it is possible, that, in the dim recesses of his brain,
     the Colonial Minister treasures, as a supreme hope and shadowy
     idea, the half-formed design of profiting by the discussion he is
     raising in order to excite fresh disputes, such as the complex
     question of suzerainty."

This insiduous and disloyal conjecture has been reproduced and utilised;
the absolutely unfounded insinuation of _Le Temps_, has been turned into
an accusation against Mr. Chamberlain.

Some people who fancy they can gauge the motives of statesmen better
than their neighbours, add: "If he raised the question of suzerainty,
it was because he wanted to bring about a war." Facts prove, however,
that the suzerainty question was not raised by England, but by the
Government at Pretoria.

The argument against England's suzerainty over the Transvaal is well
known; the preamble to the 1881 Convention, in which the word occurs was
not reproduced in the Convention of 1884.

But it is also known, that, in the letter to Lord Derby of November
14th, 1883, the delegates from the Pretoria Government demanded
restrictions of "the right of suzerainty reserved to Her Majesty by
Articles 2 and 18 of the Convention of 1881," and claimed, that "the
relation of dependence _publici juris_ in which their country now finds
itself placed with regard to the British Crown shall be replaced by that
of two contracting parties." In his despatch of November 29th, Lord
Derby replied, that their "pretension to enter into treaty as between
two contracting powers was neither in form nor substance acceptable by
Her Majesty's Government."

The Preamble of the Convention of 1884 speaks of the representations of
the delegates of the Pretoria Government, "which Her Majesty has been
pleased to take into consideration."

Not daring to efface with a stroke of his pen the suzerainty question,
Dr. Kuyper attempts a metaphorical distinction:--

     "The suzerainty question solves itself. Suzerainty may be an
     "organic or mechanical relation"; if mechanical, it is arranged by

When Dr. Kuyper declares England's suzerainty to be of the mechanical
order, he admits that the Transvaal did not hold towards England the
position of an absolutely independent State.

Having been obliged to recognise the right of _veto_, which Article 4
confers upon England regarding the external relations of the Transvaal,
he contradicts himself when he invokes the principle of the equality "of
States among themselves."

Taking refuge in a kind of prescription, he says: "Never, before 1898,
had England breathed a word regarding suzerainty throughout all her
interminable correspondence."

On March 6th, 1897, however, Mr. Chamberlain addressed a despatch to the
South African Republic, in which he complains of several failures to
observe the Convention of 1884. The following facts are cited by him:
(1) Conclusion of a treaty of extradition with Holland, signed at the
Hague, November 14th, 1895; of an act with Portugal, signed at Lisbon,
November 3rd, 1893; of a convention with Switzerland, signed September
30th, 1896--none of these treaties had been submitted to the English
Government, in violation of Article 4 of the Convention of 1884; (2)
Laws concerning the emigration of foreigners, the expulsion of
foreigners, the Press, all in contravention of Article 14 of the 1884

Mr. Van Boeschoten, Secretary of State to the Transvaal at that time,
proposed arbitration, the arbitrator to be chosen by the President of
the Swiss Confederation.

Replying on October 16th, 1897, Mr. Chamberlain said that in making this
proposal the Pretoria Government "appears to have misunderstood the
distinction existing between two independent powers."

There we see a distinct assertion of suzerainty, the question which,
according to Dr. Kuyper, was first raised in 1898.

     "By the Pretoria Convention of 1881, Her Majesty, as Sovereign of
     the Transvaal, granted to the inhabitants of this territory
     complete self-government subject to the suzerainty of Her Majesty;
     and according to the London Convention of 1884, Her Majesty, while
     maintaining the preamble to the preceding instrument declared that
     certain other Articles would be substituted for Articles contained
     in the Convention of 1881. The Articles of the Convention of 1881
     have been accepted by the Volksraad of the Transvaal State and
     those of the Convention of 1884 by the Volksraad of the South
     African Republic.

     "According to these Conventions Her Majesty's position towards the
     South African Republic is that of a suzerain, who has granted to
     the people of this Republic self-government under certain
     conditions; and it would be incompatible with this situation to
     submit to arbitration the meaning of the conditions under which she
     has granted self-government to the Republic."

Mr. Chamberlain concluded by saying that he could not admit the
intervention of any Foreign power between the English Government and
that of the South African Republic, and that, therefore, he could not
submit the violations of the Convention of 1884 to the consideration of
such a power.

On April 11th, 1898, the new State Secretary, Mr. Reitz, returned to the
question in a long despatch described by Dr. Kuyper as "crushing"
(_foudroyante_), and which proves, at least, that the Suzerainty
Question had been raised before 1898, since it endeavours to refute Mr.
Chamberlain's despatches of March 6th, and October 16th, 1897.

To this Mr. Chamberlain replies, December 15th, 1898:--

     "The preamble to the Convention of 1881 remains the basis of the
     relations between Her Majesty and the inhabitants of the South
     African Republic. To these inhabitants Her Majesty guarantees
     internal independence, to Herself she reserves the Suzerainty. The
     concession of internal independence and the reservation of the
     Suzerainty have but one common origin--the preamble to the
     Convention of 1881."

Dr. Reitz succeeded Dr. Leyds as Secretary of State, and on May 9th,
1899, replied to the despatch of the preceding December 15th. In
forwarding this despatch Sir Alfred Milner observed that it contained a
pretension never before put forward by the Government of Pretoria, the
following words being used: "the inherent right of a Sovereign
International State."

Mr. Chamberlain replied, July 13th, 1899, summarising the Conventions of
1852, 1881, and 1884; he recalled Lord Derby's declaration in the House
of Lords, March 17th, 1884: "Whatever Suzerainty meant in the Convention
of Pretoria, the condition of things which it implies still remains.
Though the word is not actually used, we have kept the substance."

[Footnote 21: _Le Siècle_, April 11th, 1900.]

2.--_The Suzerainty and the Conference of the Hague._

How was it that the theorists, who take up the utterance of Dr. Reitz,
that: "the Transvaal has the inherent rights of a Sovereign
International State," did not ask the Queen of the Netherlands that the
South African Republic might be represented at the Conference of the
Hague? It was a grand opportunity, which they no more dreamt of seizing,
than the thought of asking that the Bey of Tunis should take part in it.

These documents referred to by us prove that the Suzerainty Question was
not raised at the last moment, as the _Temps_ of September 15th, 1899,
is affirmed to have stated; that it was not raised only in 1898, as
stated by Dr. Kuyper; that at least it was raised on March 6th, 1897;
that, since the last mentioned date, it has given rise to an important
correspondence; and, finally, that it was the first subject raised by
President Krüger at the Bloemfontein Conference.



1.--_How the Transvaal interprets Arbitration._

According to the idea prevailing throughout Europe, President Krüger had
conceded everything from the franchise point of view, when all was
ruined by Mr. Chamberlain raising the Suzerainty Question at the last
moment. We have seen the value of these two assertions.

Then, certain members of the ultra peace party ask hotly: "Why did he
not accept arbitration?" The word in itself appears to them to possess
some sovereign virtue. Dr. Kuyper seems to me to be suffering from that
terrible intellectual malady psittacism when he exclaims:--

     "Arbitration is the _mot d'ordre_ of modern civilisation."

and he adds:--

     "As if arbitration were not the rule between _masters_ and

I have often demonstrated the "illusion of such arbitration" (among
others see _Le Siècle_, October 6th, 1899), the negative effects
produced in France by the law on optional arbitration, and in England by
the Conciliation Act of 1896.

From an international point of view, the judgment passed by the
Arbitration Tribunal in the matter of the Delagoa Bay Railway, after a
lapse of ten years, is not one to induce governments to have recourse to

In the relations between England and the Transvaal, the Arbitration
Question is closely connected with the Suzerainty Question. It was
raised May 7th, 1897, by the State Secretary, Mr. Van Boeschoten, in
reply to the complaints made in Mr. Chamberlain's despatch of March 6th,
1897, relating to the violation of the 1884 Convention. Mr. Van
Boeschoten's proposal was that the President of the Swiss Confederation
should be asked to appoint an arbitrator.

On October 16th, 1897, Mr. Chamberlain replied:--

     "The Government of the South African Republic proposes that the
     contested points of the Convention shall be submitted to
     arbitration, the arbitrator to be appointed by the President of the
     Swiss Confederation. In making this proposal the Government appears
     to have misunderstood the difference existing between the
     Conventions of 1881 and 1884 and an ordinary treaty between two
     independent powers."

The conventions had been made up; they did not suit the Government of
the South African Republic. Could the British Government say: "They do
not suit you. Very well, we will ask the head of a foreign State to
appoint an arbitrator by whom they will be considered and annulled in
the event of his sympathizing with you."

In diplomatic terms Mr. Chamberlain explains that the English Government
could not carry its condescension so far as to subject to the judgment
of a foreigner the result of its policy and the negotiations of its
diplomats. On April 16th, 1898, a claim was made by Dr. Leyds for: "A
tribunal under international law for the especial purpose of deciding
differences of opinion regarding the mode of Government, and the rights
and obligations of the South African Republic towards the British
Government." Again Mr. Chamberlain replied, on December 15th, 1898, that
the English Government could admit of no intervention of a Foreign power
between the Pretoria Government and itself.

During the afternoon of the second day of the Bloemfontein Conference
the arbitration question with regard to Swazieland, was raised by Mr.
Krüger. He returned to the subject on the third day, as follows:--

     "In the event of Swazieland becoming part of my Republic; an
     agreement being arrived at with reference to the Jameson Raid
     indemnity; Her Majesty's Government agreeing to interfere no more
     with my internal government; and arriving at an acceptable solution
     of the Franchise Question; the matter of English subjects, who,
     having no need to become burghers, yet still have reason to
     complain of illegal actions, might be submitted to arbitration."

Sir Alfred Milner replied that: "the English Government could not allow
interference between itself and the South African Republic, of a foreign
power or influence; that it might, however, be possible to consider some
other way of nominating an impartial tribunal, and examining certain
questions; but that he himself was not authorised to do so."

In conclusion President Krüger said:--

     "Give me Swazieland, the indemnity for the Jameson Raid, and
     arbitration, in exchange for the Franchise, otherwise, I should
     have nothing. These points would make something worth having."

Sir Alfred Milner's reply was that President Krüger had raised the
question of arbitration, without mentioning the manner of arbitration;
that there were some questions, with regard to which it could not be
admitted by the English Government; that there were others on which it
might be admitted; that, if proposals were put forward, he would submit
them to his Government.

Mr. Krüger's closing words were:--

     "I have nothing to add, I shall submit the questions concerning the
     Franchise to the Volksraad as soon as I receive the reply that the
     English Government accepts my proposal of arbitration."

On June 9th, the proposals relating to arbitration were formulated by
Mr. Reitz, State Secretary to the Pretoria Government. He began by
proving that he could put into people's mouths words which had never
been uttered by them. He declared that "at the Bloemfontein Conference
the High Commissioner was personally favourable to the settlement by
arbitration of all the differences between the two Governments." Sir
Alfred Milner had been careful not to go so far as this.

After this inaccurate preamble the following proposals were made by Mr.

     (1) "In future, all questions arising between the two Governments,
     and relating to the interpretation of the London Convention to be
     submitted to a tribunal of arbitration, with the exception of
     questions of trifling importance."

     (2) "The tribunal to be composed of two arbitrators appointed
     respectively by each government, as for instance the Chief Justices
     of the South African Republic, Cape Colony or Natal. The power to
     be given to them of choosing as a third arbitrator, someone who
     should be a subject of neither of the disputing parties; the
     decision in all cases to rest with the majority."

     (3) "The instrument of submission to be considered in each case by
     the two governments, in order that both may have the right of
     reserving and excluding any points appearing to them too important
     to be submitted to arbitration."

Sir Alfred Milner remarked that this project was "a mere skeleton
proposal by which too many things were left undefined." For instance,
what did the words "trifling matters" mean? and what was meant by the
third article, which gives to both Governments the right of excluding
from arbitration points which may appear to them too important to be
submitted to it?

Finally, the very composition of the tribunal was in contradiction to
the reservations made by the English Government. The third arbitrator
would be a foreigner, and with this third arbitrator would rest the

[Footnote 22: _Le Siècle_, April 26th, 1900.]

2.--_Mr. Chamberlain's Conditions._

In his telegram of July 27th, however, Mr. Chamberlain did not reply by
an absolute definite refusal. He rejected the composition of the
tribunal; but he acknowledged that: "the interpretation of the
convention in detail is not exempt from difficulties, putting aside the
question of the interpretation of the preamble of the Convention of
1881, which regulates the articles substituted in the Convention of
1884." And then Mr. Chamberlain invited Sir Alfred Milner to enquire of
Mr. Krüger whether he would accept the exclusion of the Foreign element
in the settlement of disputes, arising from the interpretation of the
Convention of 1884:

     "As to how far and by what method, questions could be decided by a
     judicial authority whose independence, impartiality and capacity
     should be above suspicion."

Thus the constitution of a tribunal of arbitration was accepted by Mr.
Chamberlain, and in his despatch of August 28th he directed Sir Alfred
Milner to arrange a fresh conference with Mr. Krüger. On September 2nd
the Pretoria Government asks whether the British Government will receive
burghers of the Free State as members of the arbitration tribunal? which
are the subjects it will be competent to settle? and which will be

Sir Alfred Milner's views on this subject are stated in a lengthy
despatch to the Government, dated September 8th. The points which Sir
Alfred Milner considered should be excluded from arbitration as being
likely to re-open discussion are the following: (1) The position of the
British Indians; (2) the position of other British coloured subjects;
(3) the right of all British subjects to be treated as favourably as
those of any other country; "a right which has never been formally
admitted by the South African Republic."

Here the Arbitration Question may be said to have dropped, Sir A.
Milner's telegram of September 8th being followed by the ultimatum of
October 9th.

Hence this question was not a new one at the time of the Bloemfontein
Conference. It had been raised by the Government of Pretoria as a means
by which its "inherent rights as a Sovereign State" should be
acknowledged, a pretension which could not be admitted by the British

As we have seen, however, arbitration was not absolutely refused by Mr.
Chamberlain; he imposed two conditions; the Conventions of 1881 and 1884
were not to be questioned, foreigners were not to be chosen as
arbitrators; the points referred to arbitration should be clearly

There is a vast difference between this attitude and the arrogant tone
generally ascribed to Mr. Chamberlain. It is always advisable to refer
to the documents on a question before discussing it.



1.--_Dr. Kuyper's Logic._

Referring to the Bloemfontein Conference, Dr. Kuyper says:

     "Mr. Chamberlain opened his criminal negotiations ... Unfortunately
     for him, his opponent, of whom Bismarck said there was not a
     statesman in Europe who surpassed him for sagacity and sound
     judgment, did not fall into the trap. He prolonged the negotiations
     ... but from the moment he held in his hands undeniable proofs of
     the manner in which Mr. Chamberlain was luring him on and seeking
     to gain time, he hurled at him the reproach of "coveting Naboth's
     vineyard," and sent an ultimatum to London." (p. 502).

We are struck in this passage by the admirable logic of Dr. Kuyper. It
is Krüger who "prolongs the negotiations," and Chamberlain who "seeks to
gain time." To heighten the prestige of Mr. Krüger, Dr. Kuyper invokes
the testimony of Bismarck. I certainly think that it was Krüger's
ambition to become the Bismarck of South Africa, and President of the
"Africa for the Afrikanders, from the Zambesi to Simon's Bay."

I come to the final act:--

On September 2nd, the Government of Pretoria withdrew its proposal to
reduce the delay in granting the franchise to five years; the British
Government not having accepted the conditions imposed: (1) Refusal of
all enquiry into the condition of the Franchise Law by a Joint
Commission; (2) Abrogation of Suzerainty in conformity with the note of
the Government of Pretoria, of April 16th, 1898; (3) Refusal to submit
questions under discussion to Arbitration.

[Footnote 23: _Le Siècle_, April 13th, 1900.]

2.--_Despatches of the 8th and 22nd September._

Mr. Chamberlain replied in his despatch of September 8th. He was unable
to accept the terms of the Note of April 16th, 1898, which he had
formally refused.

He maintained that the Franchise Law was insufficient to guarantee an
immediate and effective representation of the Uitlanders.

He demanded that a joint, or unilateral, Commission should be instituted
to examine whether the law on the Franchise were not rendered
inoperative by the conditions which would make such representations

     The acceptance of these propositions by the South African Republic
     would put an end to the tension existing between the two
     Governments, and, in all probability, would render ulterior
     intervention on the part of Her Majesty's Government to ensure
     redress of the Uitlanders' grievances unnecessary, as they
     themselves would thenceforth be entitled to bring them directly to
     the cognizance of the Executive and the Raad.

Mr. Chamberlain adds that the British Government is prepared to
authorise a fresh Conference between the President of the South African
Republic and the High Commissioner in order to settle all details of a
Tribunal of Arbitration, and the questions capable of being submitted to
it on the basis of the Note of August 30th.

This very moderately worded despatch, embodying equally moderate
propositions, ended as follows:

     "Should, however--which Her Majesty's Government earnestly trusts
     may not be the case--the reply of the South African Government be
     negative, or dilatory, it reserves to itself the right to consider
     the situation _de novo_, and to formulate its own propositions for
     a final settlement."

The Government of Pretoria replied on September 16th, by referring to
its Note of September 2nd. It devotes an entire paragraph to the
statement that the English language will not be admitted in the
Volksraad. It refuses to consider at that juncture the appointment of a
fresh Conference; it accepts, however, the proposed Joint Commission.

Mr. Chamberlain replies in his despatch of September 22nd, in which he
clearly states the attitude of the British Government. It has no desire
to interfere in any way with the independence of the South African
Republic. It has not asserted any other rights of interference in the
internal affairs of the South African Republic than those derived from
the Conventions, or "which belong to every neighbouring Government for
the protection of its subjects and of its adjoining possessions. But, by
the action of the Government of the South African Republic, who have in
their Note of May 9th, asserted the right of the Republic to be a
Sovereign International State, it has been compelled to repudiate any
such claim." He repeats that the Franchise would enable the Uitlanders
to procure just treatment for themselves, and concludes by saying: "the
refusal of the South African Republic to entertain the offer thus made
coming, as it does, at the end of nearly four months of negotiations,
and of five years of agitation, makes it useless to further pursue a
discussion on the lines hitherto followed, and Her Majesty's Government
are now compelled to consider the situation afresh and to formulate
their own proposals for a final settlement."

The Transvaal Government has accused Sir Alfred Milner of not keeping
his word. Two despatches, one from Mr. Chamberlain, September 16th, the
other from Sir Alfred Milner, September 20th, refute this allegation.

3.--_The Ultimatum._

These two despatches received no reply. On September 28th, the Volksraad
of the Orange Free State proclaimed that it would "faithfully and
honorably fulfil its obligations towards the South African Republic, in
accordance with the alliance between the two States, whatever might be
the consequences." Mr. Steyn, the President, gave an account of the
negotiations from his point of view. The Cape presented a petition drawn
up by fifty-eight members of the Cape Parliament, five of whom were
Ministers and had adopted Mr. Steyn's view; on the other side,
fifty-three members of both Chambers passed a resolution approving the
policy of the British Government. President Steyn complained of troops
being sent to Africa. Later events have proved whether these complaints
were justifiable. On September 29th, the Netherlands Railway stated that
communication with Natal was interrupted. The telegraph wires were cut.
On October 2nd, President Krüger, in adjourning the Volksraad _sine
die_, stated that "War is inevitable," and on October 9th, the
Government of the South African Republic handed an Ultimatum to the
British Agent at Pretoria.

The Ultimatum demanded Arbitration on all subjects; the withdrawal of
British troops; the re-embarkation of British troops landed after June
1st; troops on the high seas not be landed.

     "The Transvaal Government requires an immediate and affirmative
     reply on these four points, before five o'clock, p.m. on Wednesday,
     October 11th, and it is added that should a satisfactory reply not
     have reached within that period, it will, to its great regret, be
     compelled to consider the action of Her Majesty's Government as a
     formal declaration of War."

Next day Mr. Chamberlain naturally replied that "henceforth all
discussion was impossible." Notification was made on the 11th of
October. Englishmen and suspected foreigners were expelled; and
President Steyn, with the special Boer skill, in misrepresenting facts,
announced that "England had committed itself to an open, and
unjustifiable attack upon the independence of the South African

We have seen from which side the attack came.



1.--_Where are the Peace Lovers?_

I have finished my criticism of Dr. Kuyper's article.

Should he not find it clear, perhaps he will be kind enough to mark the
points which he desires to have explained. I will gladly insert his
reply, on condition that he allows me to publish it, with his article,
in pamphlet form, so that readers may have both sides of the question
before them. I do not follow him in detail in his apologetic, religious,
metaphysical, and oratorical digressions where common-places stand for
facts and arguments.

"Has civilisation the right to propagate itself by means of war?" he
cries. As far as I am concerned, I think war a very bad vehicle of
civilisation, albeit it has often served the purpose; but as long as it
remains the last resource of international relations, it is impossible
to suppress it.

I return the question. "Has an inferior civilisation the right to impose
itself upon a superior civilisation, and to propagate itself by means of

Pro-Boers delight to exhibit in the shop windows a picture representing
three Transvaal soldiers; a youth of sixteen, an old man of sixty-five,
and a man in the prime of life. What does it prove? That every Boer is
a soldier. They have no other calling; to drive ox-teams; ride; shoot;
keep a sharp eye on the Kaffirs in charge of their cattle; use the
sjambok freely "in Boer fashion," to make them work; these are their
occupations. Their civilisation is one of the most characteristic types
of a military civilisation.

It is a curious thing, that so many Europeans among the lovers of peace,
should actually be the fiercest enemies of England, a country which
represents industrial civilisation in so high a degree, that she stands
alone, in all Europe, in refusing to adopt compulsory military service.
Such lovers of peace range themselves on the side of professional
fighters against peaceable citizens. They are for the Boer spoliator
against the despoiled Uitlanders. They take their stand against the
English who in 1881 and 1884 voluntarily restored autonomy to the
Transvaal, and in favor of the Boer, who in the Petition of Rights,
1881, took for programme, as in the pamphlet recently published by Dr.
Reitz, "Africa for the Afrikanders from the Zambesi to Simon's Bay."

The British Government, far from desiring fresh conquests, is drawn on
by its colonists. France colonises by sending an army, to be followed by
officials; then the government, the press, and committees of all sorts,
beg and pray refractory home lovers to go forth and settle in the
conquered territory. Englishmen go out to Australia, Borneo,
Johannesburg; and the British Government has to follow them. It is not
English trade which follows the flag, it is the flag which follows the
trade. The present crisis was not brought about by the zeal of British
statesmen, but by their weakness in 1881 and 1884; and by the habit
which they have allowed the Government of Pretoria of violating
conventions with impunity. To such a degree were these violations
carried on with regard to the Uitlanders (chiefly English) who, relying
on the guarantee of the Transvaal Government, had settled and invested
millions of capital in the country, that, dreading for their lives after
the murder of Edgar, they presented the petition of March 28th, 1899, to
the British Government. No government in the world, approached in such a
manner, could have refused to move; and where European governments have
gone wrong is that, instead of supporting the action of Great Britain,
they let President Krüger believe that they would intervene against her,
to the prejudice even of their own countrymen.

It may be mentioned that British Uitlanders only appealed to their own
government, after having, conjointly with Uitlanders of other
nationalities, addressed various petitions, since 1894, to the Pretoria
Government which petitions were received with contempt, President Krüger
replying: "Protest! protest as much as you like! I have arms, and you
have none!"

[Footnote 24: _Le Siècle_, April 14th, 1900.]

2.--_The Moral Worth of the Boers._

Dr. Kuyper affirms that "with regard to moral worth the Boers do not
fall short of any European nation." I have not wished to digress from my
argument by entering upon known cases of corruption concerning the
Volksraad in general, and Mr. Krüger in particular, but we have seen
their methods of legislation, of administering justice, and of keeping
their pledged word; let that suffice.

Dr. Kuyper collects all the calumnies against British soldiers, but he
dare not aver that the Boers have not been guilty of the abuse of the
white flag, and of the Red Cross. At the beginning of April, Lieutenant
Williams, trusting in the good faith of a party of Boers, who hoisted
the white flag, was shot dead by them.

Dr. Kuyper says "all the despatches have been garbled, defeats turned
into victories." It is not of Dr. Leyds he is speaking, but of the
English. He declares (February 1st) that "the best English regiments are
already disintegrated," that "the immensity of the cost will frighten
the English shopkeepers," that "the ministerial majority will likely
soon be dissipated." In giving these proofs of perspicacity, Dr. Kuyper
charitably adds, concerning England, "her reverses may be her
salvation." And in order to ensure her this salvation, he looks forward
to "those projected alliances, whose tendency it is unquestionably to
draw together against that insular power," of which Dr. Kuyper would
fain "be the son, were he not a Dutchman," and yet whose destruction he
so ardently desires. This far seeing politician forgets that were his
wishes realised, Holland would be the first victim.

3.--_A Lioness out of Place._

Dr. Kuyper delivers a lengthy dissertation upon "the inadequacy of the
Christian movement"; and shows himself worthy to be a collaborator of
M. Brunetière by excommunicating Schleiermacher, "the typical
representative," says the Rev. J.F. Smith, of modern effort to reconcile
science, theology and the "world of to-day with Christianity."

He inveighs against individualism, Darwinism, and the law of evolution;
he speaks of "the broad paths of human sin," and accuses the English
clergy of "betraying the God of Justice"; he places before them the God
of the Boers, declaring that "an invisible Power protects their

Dr. Kuyper who is much better acquainted with the North Sea herrings
than with African lions, concludes his articles with this daring

     "So long as the roar of the Transvaal lioness, surrounded by her
     cubs, shall be heard from the heights of the Drakensberg, so long
     shall the Boers remain unconquered."

Now, the Boers have surmounted the armorial bearings of the South
African Republic with an eagle, bird of prey beloved of conquerers. It
is true that in the left quarter of their coat of arms is a small lion
lying down with bristling mane. It is probably the lady-friend of this
ferocious quadruped which Dr. Kuyper has chosen to symbolise the people
of the Transvaal.

I would merely remark to him that the highest summit of the Drakensberg
rises to an elevation of something like 10,000 feet. It is situated away
from the frontier of the Transvaal, between Natal, Basutoland, and the
Orange Free State. I imagine it is there that Dr. Kuyper's Transvaal
lioness is to take her stand, in order to carry out Krüger's programme
"Africa for the Afrikanders, from the Zambesi to Simon's Bay." But the
poor animal would not be long on that height, before she would die of
cold and hunger. This concluding imagery well reflects the spirit of Dr.
Kuyper's essay; it demonstrates to perfection the rapacious and
megalomaniac ideal of the Boers; and in his grandiloquence the author
contrives to express exactly the reverse of what he means.

4.--_Moral Unity by Means of Unity of Method._

Here again Dr. Kuyper puts metaphor in the place of reasoning; a truly
Eastern mode of discussion.

Ever since I entered upon public life, I have always endeavoured, in the
study of social and political phenomena, to eliminate subjective
affirmations, the dogmatic and comminatory _a priori_, the antiquated
methods which consist of taking words for things, _nomina_ for _numina_,
metaphors for realities.

Physical and biological science owe to the objective method the progress
that, from the times of Bacon and Galileo, has transformed the face of
the world; social science must henceforth replace rhetoric,
scholasticism and all balderdash of that kind; affirmations, _a priori_,
and excommunications, by the rigorous scrutiny of facts: Unity of Method
will lead to Moral Unity.[25]

[Footnote 25: Yves Guyot. _Les Principes de 1789 et le Socialisme_.]


I cannot do better than reproduce at the end of this pamphlet the
analysis made by me in _Le Siècle_, March 14th, of a remarkable article
written by M. Tallichet, Editor of the _Bibliothèque Universelle de


I have good reason for believing that President Krüger was kept by Dr.
Leyds under the illusion that he could count on intervention in his
favour. However, "Who should intervene?" is the question asked by M.
Tallichet in his article, _La Guerre du Transvaal et l'Europe_,
published by _La Bibliothèque Universelle de Lausanne_.

     "President MacKinley, as was asked of him in a petition organised
     by the Peace League? He has no such intention. Of the European
     Powers, three only could have tried to do so: Russia, Germany and
     France. Russia, however, who might have induced France to act with
     her, will not trouble herself about it. Nicholas II., her
     sovereign, has but lately taken part at the Hague in a conference
     promoted by himself for the purpose of considering the means of
     insuring peace. Having taken the initiative he may be believed to
     have been actuated by philanthropic motives. But it also happens
     that peace is, for Russia, of the greatest importance, grown, as
     she is, out of all proportion, continuing to extend her tentacles
     wherever there is a chance of seizing something. To this cause of
     weakness must be added others: the need of money for her gigantic
     enterprises; the famine, now become endemic, by which her European
     provinces are ravaged, depopulated and reduced to the greatest
     misery. She is profiting now by her experiences after the Crimean
     War. As long as she remains inactive, the influence she exercises
     on general politics by her mere extent, and the mysterious power
     which seems to be the corollary of it, far exceeds her actual
     strength. On her descending into the arena, however, this optical
     illusion is dissipated, as was apparent in the recent Turkish War;
     her prestige was lessened. No steps will therefore be taken by her
     to increase England's difficulties by which she gains much without
     striking a single blow.

     "With regard to France, her only interest in the question is her
     rivalry with England and the possibility, afforded by the latter's
     difficulties, of re-opening the Egyptian Question. Public opinion
     was sounded on this subject by a few newspapers, government organs
     among them, but without obtaining the desired result. Although not
     daring to counsel a formal alliance with Germany, they would have
     liked to see her intervene. The present French Government, and
     especially M. Delcassé may be credited with too much good sense and
     good feeling to resort to the foolish, pin-pricking policy of M.
     Hanotaux to which the Fashoda incident is really due. Such blunders
     are not made a second time."

Only Germany remains to be considered. That there have been intimate
relations between the Governments at Pretoria and Berlin, is certain. At
one time the Emperor's aspiration was to unite his possessions in East
Africa to those in the West, and he counted on the Transvaal to assist
him. Mr. Stead's opinion on this subject, at the time of the Jameson
Raid, has already been quoted by us (_Le Siècle_, December 28th, 1899).
But this policy has since been renounced by him; the German Government
took fright at the influence exercised by Dr. Leyds on certain of the
Berlin newspapers; guns and Mauser rifles have been furnished by Krupp,
but that is a private firm; German officers have entered the Boer army,
to what extent have they been disavowed? The Emperor William is
certainly interested in the Transvaal War.

     "He gets others to experiment on the value of German armaments,
     rifles, guns, and all the tactical and strategetical problems
     incident to the perfection of modern arms, and which have not yet
     been solved. Experience, that is to say war, is worth everything in
     such a matter as this, and the Boers with their German officers are
     literally working for 'the King of Prussia.'"

That the Emperor should wish the Boers to succeed is logical enough, and
to all Frenchmen capable of thought, to Belgians, Swiss and Dutch too we
commend the way in which this desire is proved by M. Tallichet:

     "Should the Boers be successful, England's power would be lessened.
     She could no longer maintain the balance of power in Europe, which
     is a service of inestimable benefit to our continent, especially to
     the smaller countries, and to none more than to Holland. The
     conquest of the Netherlands is a great temptation to Germany, who
     would thereby gain exactly what she wishes: an excellent sea-board;
     a great number of sailors; colonies, at the very moment when she is
     aspiring to a first-class fleet. In a recent number of the
     semi-official _Norddeutsche Zeitung_, an article was published by
     Dr. Ed. von Hartmann, suggesting that Holland should be persuaded,
     or if necessary forced by commercial competition to become part of
     the German Empire, which would thus gain all it could possibly
     desire. Is it likely that this glorious little country will
     consent? Its charming young Queen, said to be a great sympathiser
     with the Boers, will she descend from her present position to take
     rank with the German Princes under the Emperor whose equal she is
     to-day? Assuredly not.

     "But if, on the other hand, England were to be paralysed, no
     defence of Holland would be possible; France could not undertake it
     alone, much as it would be to her interest; and what other Powers
     would be capable of resisting?

     "Of course, it may be urged, the German Emperor would never do such
     a thing. Perhaps not, he is not immortal however, and there is no
     knowing what may be done by his successors. Besides, by his
     friendship with Abdul-Hamid, he has shown himself capable of
     sacrificing everything to the greatness of his Empire. It would in
     all probability be unnecessary to resort to force; there are less
     brutal ways just as efficacious. In the event of Germany possessing
     undisputed preponderance, with no counter-weight, she will bring an
     irresistible pressure to bear upon Holland, as did Russia to poor
     Finland, and induce her to join the Germanic Confederation. When,
     therefore, Holland upholds the Transvaal, and seeks to annihilate
     England, she, like the Boers, though in a different manner, is
     working for "the King of Prussia"."

I earnestly recommend this passage in M. Ed. Tallichet's article to the
attention of my fellow-countrymen; the folly which dominates our foreign
policy, alarms me as much as that which caused the innocence of Dreyfus
to be denied for years, by Ministers, _the état-major_, and many
millions of Frenchmen. Justice was sacrificed by them to paltry
considerations, and to-day those of us who are infatuated with sympathy
for the pillaging policy of the Boers seem to have set up as their ideal
the completion of the disaster of 1870!

M. Ed. Tallichet's article should be read and carefully considered by
all who take an interest in the future of Europe. The question is
presented by him fully and clearly; there is no trace of sympathy for or
antipathy to Boers or British; the fate of France, Holland, Belgium,
Switzerland, is equally discussed. Their position is linked with
England's power; any injury to her power would weaken any of the smaller
countries above-mentioned, and be a source of danger to France.

[Footnote 26: _Le Siècle_, March 14th, 1900.]



I. Offer to Dr. Kuyper to reproduce his article.--II. Dilatory reply of
Dr. Kuyper.--III. Withdrawal of Dr. Kuyper.--IV. M. Brunetière's
refusal.--V. The Queen of Holland and Dr. Kuyper's article.


On March 25th I addressed the following registered letter to Dr. Kuyper:

     _March 25th, 1900._


     I have the honour to send you the numbers of _Le Siècle_ containing
     a criticism of your article, "La Crise Sud-Africaine," which
     appeared in the _Revue des Deux Mondes_.

     In order to present the _pros_ and _cons_ to the reader at one and
     the same time, I ask you to agree to the following proposition: _I
     offer to publish in one pamphlet your article and my reply._ I
     undertake to pay the cost and if there should be any profits to
     divide them with you.

     By accepting this proposal you will show that you are as convinced
     of the solidity of your arguments as I am of the solidity of mine.



I received the following letter, March 29th:

       _March 28th, 1900._



     Only having received one number of your paper (23,381) I do not
     know whether your criticism is finished. As soon as I have it all
     before me--with references to the documents cited, if you please,
     otherwise it is difficult to follow--I will see whether it calls
     for a detailed reply on my part, in which case I might, according
     to American precedent, republish my article, inserting, with your
     permission, your reply. This was done by the New York _Outlook_,
     when it published in the same number, "the Case of the Boers," and
     "the Case of the British."

     At the same time the copyright of my article belongs to the Editor
     of the _Revue des Deux Mondes_, without whose permission I can do
     nothing. As I shall be in Paris before long I will ask him for it,
     should your polemic attack seem to me to require a reply.

     With regard to your proposal to leave the risks of a fresh
     publication to you, while sharing the profits, although I
     appreciate the delicacy of such a suggestion, I could not accept


The following remarks on his letter were published by me in _Le Siècle_,
March 30th.

     "With regard to the first point, I regret that, at the time of
     writing, Dr. Kuyper should only have received one number of _Le
     Siècle_; each of my replies having been sent to him under
     registered cover on the day of publication. It is unfortunate for
     me that Dr. Kuyper's Article should have appeared in the _Revue des
     Deux Mondes_, for that brings me again into contact with M.
     Brunetière, and it is well-known that M. Brunetière who, last year
     for fifteen days burdened _Le Siècle_ with his prose, does not wish
     this discussion to be presented to the reader in its entirety. I am
     greatly afraid of his desiring the same isolation for Dr. Kuyper's

     "As far as I am concerned, having began my reply to Dr. Kuyper I
     shall continue it. If it is not M. Brunetière's wish that our
     articles should be published together he will thereby acknowledge
     anew the force of my replies. Were they not documented and
     convincing, he would not fear their proximity."


On April 6th I sent the following letter to Dr. Kuyper (registered).

     _April 6th, 1900._


     In a few days I shall have finished my replies to your article;
     they will then be published in pamphlet form. I have the honour to
     ask you definitely whether you accept my proposal to precede them
     with your article in the _Revue des Deux Mondes_.


In answer to this I received the following letter from Dr. Kuyper
written from the Grand Hotel, Paris:

         GRAND HOTEL,
       _April 12th, 1900._


     My last letter informed you to what extent I could meet your

     Now that, without regard to my reply, you simply ask for the
     authorisation to print my article in a pamphlet which you propose
     to publish, I can only refer you to the person who has the power to
     dispose of the copyright.


I was under the impression that I had acted in accordance with the reply
of Dr. Kuyper, who in his letter, March 28th, wrote: "The copyright of
my article belongs to the Editor of the _Revue des Deux Mondes_, without
whose permission I can do nothing. As I shall be in Paris before long I
will ask him for it should your polemics seem to me to require a reply."

But since Mr. Kuyper withdrew from the correspondence I wrote the
following letter to Mr. Brunetière, Editor of the _Revue des Deux

     _April 13th, 1900._


     In the _Revue des Deux Mondes_, February 1st, an article was
     published by Dr. Kuyper under the title of "La Crise

     I have published a criticism upon it in _Le Siècle;_ and in order
     that both sides of the question may be presented to the reader, I
     have asked Dr. Kuyper's authorisation to reproduce his article in a
     pamphlet in which I purpose to collect my own.

     On March 28th, Dr. Kuyper wrote me: "The copyright of my article
     belongs to the editor of the _Revue des Deux Mondes_, without whose
     permission I can do nothing. As I shall be in Paris before long I
     will ask him for it, should your polemic attack seem to me to
     require a reply."

     To-day Dr. Kuyper writes to me from the Grand Hotel, Paris: "I can
     only refer you to the person who has the power to dispose of the
     copyright." Since I am asked by Dr. Kuyper to make the request
     which he had undertaken to make himself, I will do so. I have the
     honour to ask you for the authorisation to publish Dr. Kuyper's
     article which appeared in the _Revue des Deux Mondes_ under the
     title of "La Crise Sud-Africaine," and to inform me of your
     conditions for the reproduction.



The next day I received the following from M. Brunetière:

     _April 14th, 1900._


     You ask me for the authorisation to publish in a pamphlet Dr.
     Kuyper's article which appeared in the _Revue des Deux Mondes_,
     under the title of "La Crise Sud-Africaine." I hasten to refuse you
     the authorisation.

     I am, Sir, etc.,

In this reply I trace M. Brunetière's habitual courtesy. If I do not
thank him for his refusal, I yet thank him for the promptness with which
it was signified by him.

It had been my desire to enable the reading public to judge for
themselves the value of the arguments put forward by Dr. Kuyper and
myself; but it was evidently M. Brunetière's wish that Dr. Kuyper's
article should be known only to the readers of the _Revue des Deux
Mondes_, and that they should remain ignorant of my reply. This is in
itself a confession; for undoubtedly had Dr. Kuyper been convinced that
it was impossible for me to refute his arguments he would have requested
M. Brunetière to give me the authorisation to reproduce his article.


On April 26th a telegram from the Havas Agency announced that the Queen
of Holland had received the journalists of Amsterdam, of whom Dr. Kuyper
is President.

I therefore wrote the following letter to Mr. W.H. de Beaufort, the
Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs:

     _April 27th, 1900._



     The Havas Agency, in a telegram, April 26, gives the following

          "Replying to a speech made by Dr. Kuyper, President of the
          Society of Journalists, the Queen said she had read with
          interest his article on the South African crisis, published in
          a Paris review. The Queen expressed the hope that the article
          would be circulated abroad, adding that she considered it
          important that it should be widely distributed in America."

     That the Queen of a constitutional government, such as that of
     Holland, should have spoken in this way, proves that the Cabinet is
     of the same mind. I trust, therefore, that I am not too bold in
     asking your assistance to carry out Her Majesty's intentions.

     I had asked Dr. Kuyper's authorisation to reproduce his article at
     the beginning of a pamphlet; he referred me to M. Brunetière, who
     with the courtesy of which he has given me so many proofs, replied:
     "I hasten to refuse your request."

     M. Brunetière's views are evidently opposed to those of the Queen
     of the Netherlands.

     It is true that the article would have been followed by my
     criticism, but if the arguments therein contained are irrefutable,
     why fear the proximity of my refutation? I beg you, therefore, to
     be kind enough to ask M. Brunetière to give me permission to second
     the views of Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands by assisting
     to circulate Dr. Kuyper's article.


I have published my pamphlet while awaiting M. Brunetière's reply to the
Dutch Government which can hardly do otherwise than make the request,
agreeing, as it does, with the views of Her Majesty. Should M.
Brunetière by any chance cease to fear the proximity to Dr. Kuyper's
assertions of the facts and documents published by me, I will issue a
new Edition.



Since the foregoing articles were written Dr. Leyds and Mr. Boer have
not been idle. M. Pierre Foncin, a General Inspector of the University,
has compiled on behalf of a Society called "Le Sou des Boers," a
manifesto ending thus: "Well then, since this lust of gold has resulted
in war, let the gold of France be poured out in floods, in aid of the
innocent victims!"

In spite of considerable influence brought to bear upon this member of
the University, the Committee, after some weeks' work, only managed to
scrape together something like four hundred pounds. Since then, no more
has been heard of it, and its place has been taken by "The Committee for
the Independence of the Boers," with M. Pauliat, a Nationalist Senator,
at its head. Its object was, in the first place, to organise a reception
for the Boer delegates on their return from America.

It was confidently expected by the promoters of the enterprise that it
would afford a good opportunity for a demonstration in opposition to the
Government on the fourteenth of July. The delegates were received at the
Hôtel-de-Ville by the Nationalist Municipal Council, whose President, M.
Grébauval, addressed them in virulent speeches, while the great square
in front remained empty. The Irish Banquet which took place this year on
the twelfth of July under the Presidency of Mr. Archdeacon, and which
had been much talked of in 1899 at the time of the Auteuil
manifestation, when President Loubet was hit with a stick by Baron
Christiani, passed off amidst complete indifference. No disturbance of
any kind occurred on the fourteenth of July.

The Congress of the Interparliamentary Union in favour of Peace and
Arbitration was to be held on the 31st of July. It was stated that the
Boer delegates were going to present a memorial, whilst M. Pauliat
intended to raise the Transvaal question. My answer was that I intended
to be there too, and considered it of interest to treat that question.
Dr. Leyds knew that the majority of the English Members of Parliament
who belonged to the Congress had declared themselves against the South
African war, and he anticipated that owing to their former declarations
they would find it difficult not to side with the pro-Boer sympathisers.

It was rather a clever idea. But on the 30th of July there was a meeting
of the executive Committee composed of two members of each of the
various nationalities, at which the English members declared that, if
contrary to its regulations, the Transvaal question was to be discussed
they were resolved to withdraw. The Committee decided to admit Mr.
Wessels, formerly Speaker of the Orange Free State Parliament, simply as
a member of the Congress; to oppose any discussion of the Transvaal
question and to rule that the communication made by the Boer delegates
was merely to be circulated among the members as individuals.

My pamphlet, _La Politique Boer_, and my answer in _Le Siècle_ of the
1st of August, were also distributed. Here are a few extracts:

     "The manifesto of Messrs. Fisher, Wessels and Wolmarans, delegates
     for the South African Republics, has been a disappointment to me. I
     expected that these gentlemen would produce some arguments; they
     have contented themselves with giving us a summary of Dr. Reitz's
     pamphlet--"A Century of Wrongs." It ends with the same incitement
     to annexation, which was already to be found in the cry for help
     sent on the 17th of February, 1881, by the Transvaal to the Orange
     Free State--"Africa for the Afrikander, from the Zambesi to Simon's
     Bay!" The delegates recognise that the time for claiming new
     territories has passed; they describe themselves as a nation of
     mild and peace-loving men, the victims of perpetual English
     persecution. I do not wish to discuss their way of dealing with
     historical facts, about which they are not so candid as was Mr.
     Krüger in his 1881 manifesto, because what we are now interested
     in, is not that which happened in times long ago, but what has
     happened since the annexation of the Transvaal by England, on the
     12th of April, 1877. They do not say a word of the state of anarchy
     then prevailing in the Transvaal, nor of its military reserves, nor
     of the threatening attitude of Sekukuni and Cetewayo. Whereas in
     the manifesto of 1881, with these facts still fresh in the memory
     of its author, it is said: "At the outset our military operations
     were not very successful. In the opinion of our opponents we were
     too weak to resist successfully an attack from the natives," Sir
     Theophilus Shepstone, unable to restore order, had finally to annex
     the Transvaal. This he did at the head of twenty-five policemen
     only. Had the Transvaal been left to itself Sekukuni's and
     Cetewayo's impis would have overrun the country and turned out the
     Boers, who, after they had been delivered from their enemies by the
     English, proclaimed "a war of independence" in December, 1880. The
     Majuba disaster, 27th of February, 1881, in which the English had
     92 killed, 134 wounded, and 59 prisoners, is of course mentioned by
     the delegates. An English army twelve thousand strong was
     advancing; but though the Queen's speech referred to the fact of
     the annexation, Mr. Gladstone, who in his Midlothian campaign, had
     protested against it, agreed to the 1881 Convention in which the
     independence of the Transvaal under England's suzerainty was

     "The Boer nation," the Boer delegates say in their Memorandum,
     "could not bring themselves to accept the Convention; from all
     parts of the country protests arose against the Suzerainty clause."
     I admit willingly that the Boers did not abide by the Convention.
     In 1884, speaking in the House of Lords,--Lord Derby said: "The
     attitude of the Boers might constitute a _casus belli_ but as the
     Government were not in the mood for war, and the position of the
     English resident in Pretoria was anomalous," he assented to the
     Convention of 27th February, 1884, "by which," say the Boer
     delegates, "the suzerainty over the Transvaal was abolished, and
     the South African Republic's complete independence acknowledged."
     This is their contention, now for the facts."

I then adverted to the events of which the XVth. and XVIth. chapters of
_La Politique Boer_ give a summary. The Jameson raid is, of course, the
mainstay of the delegates' argument. After showing what this is really
worth, and also discussing the arbitration question, I concluded as

     "The Memorandum shirks all the questions; documents are not
     referred to; there is nothing in it but assertions, which are to be
     accepted without discussion. It ends by mixing up what relates to
     the organisation and adminstration of the two Republics. But the
     adminstration of the Orange Free State and the adminstration of the
     South African Republic were quite different things. By following
     Krüger's policy Mr. Steyn has been guilty of a crime as well as a
     great political blunder. Had he remained neutral the English army
     would have been compelled to establish the basis of its operations
     much farther North, and would have been deprived of the use of the
     railway line to Bloemfontein. Moreover, when peace was restored, he
     would have remained independent. The Memorandum alludes to the
     prosperity of the Transvaal, but forgets to mention that the only
     share taken in it by the Boers has been an ever-increasing
     appropriation of the wealth created by the Uitlanders' industry,
     capital and labour.

     "The Memorandum mentions also the laws passed annually, but is
     careful to omit law No. 1 of 1897, by which Mr. Krüger was
     empowered to exact from the judges a declaration that decisions of
     the Volksraad would be enforced by them as legal enactments,
     whether they were in agreement with the constitutions or not, and
     to dismiss at a moment's notice any one of them whose response
     might seem to him unsatisfactory.

     "We have already spoken of the concluding sentences in the
     Memorandum. Messrs. A. Fischer, C.H. Wessels, A.D.W. Wolmarans
     "appeal to the _Conférence de l'Union Interparlementaire_ to take
     in hand their cause." The Executive Committee has, as has already
     been said, ruled the question out of order. This decision is not to
     be regretted considering the tendencies of the delegates'
     Memorandum; it does not help their cause any more than does Dr.
     Kuyper's article."

M. Pauliat complained bitterly of the decision. A progressive member of
the Belgian deputation, Mr. Lorand, tried to revive the question on the
2nd of August by means of the following resolution:

     "The tenth Conference of the Interparliamentary Union for
     International Arbitration now meeting in Paris being cognisant of
     acknowledging the resolutions of the Conference at the Hague, and
     being desirous to express its gratitude to all who have contributed
     towards its results; trusts, that in future the Powers will avail
     themselves of the means put at their disposal for the amicable
     settlement of international disputes and regret that "they have not
     done so" in the actual conflict between England and the South
     African Republics."

Upon this, M. Beernaert, with all authority conferred upon him by his
position as the delegate of the Belgian Government at the Hague
Conference, observed that the Transvaal was not in a position to avail
itself of the resolution arrived at by the Conference--because that
Conference was no longer in existence, and because the Boers had not
been a party to it. On his motion the words "could not do so" were
inserted instead of the words "had not done so."

Now why were the Boers not represented at the Hague Conference?

The Queen of Holland, in whose name the invitations were issued, had
undoubtedly been appealed to by them, to admit the Transvaal to the
Congress in conformity with Dr. Reitz's contention that "the Transvaal
had inherent rights to be an international state,"--but their request
had been refused, as would have been a similar demand coming from
Finland or the Bey of Tunis.

The case was on all fours with that of the Vatican. When the Italian
Government declared that they would not sit in the Conference if an
invitation were sent to the Holy See, the Vatican was omitted.

Such is the simple fact; and it is just this fact which M. Lorand and M.
Beernaert brought into relief by the resolution of 2nd August. I am
quite sure that that was not their intention; the fact remains,



The letters written by Messrs. Labouchere, Ellis and Clark, Members of
Parliament, found in Pretoria, are not of much importance to my mind.
The authors were not branded as traitors by Mr. Chamberlain, he only
wanted to place the letters before the public and their electors, who
most likely will find these three gentlemen guilty of another offence
than that of supporting Mr. Chamberlain's policy with President Krüger
while they made him believe that, as they were fighting against that
policy in England, there was no necessity for him to heed their advice.
Their attitude in Europe was bound to nullify the effect of the warnings
they were sending to Africa. It is astounding to see sedate men
contradict themselves in that way. I cannot help wondering at Dr. Clark
boasting on the 27th of September that owing to his endeavours Mr.
Stead's pamphlet was widely circulated, though, according to his words,
"Mr. Stead had to the last moment been our enemy." The fact is that Mr.
Stead had met Dr. Leyds (he went on meeting him during the war), and had
been persuaded to drop Cecil Rhodes and Jameson in spite of his former
praise of them. The publicity given to these letters does evidently not
give weight to the opinion of the writers or Mr. Stead either; the
interest of the Blue Book on "Correspondence relating to the recent
Political Situation in South Africa" does not lie that way, but it lies
in the opinion and advice of an Afrikander--to be found in Sir H. de
Villiers' letters--he being the Speaker of the House in Cape Colony,
Chief Justice, and one of the leaders of the Afrikander party. Sir
Henry de Villiers has been often taken to task for being a partisan of
the Boers, he cannot, therefore, be suspected of biassed ideas in favour
of Great Britain. Some extracts of the letters he wrote to President
Steyn on the 21st of May to Mr. Fischer and to his brother Mr. Melius de
Villiers on the 31st of July, then on the 28th September, twelve days
before the ultimatum was sent by Mr. Krüger, show to what extent he
appreciated the latter's policy. His opinion carries all the more weight
as he was one of the delegates to negotiate the 1881 Convention.

On the 21st of May, he says:

     "I am quite certain that if in 1881 it had been known to my fellow
     Commissioners that the President would adopt his retrogressive
     policy, neither President Brand nor I would ever have induced them
     to consent to sign the Convention. They would have advised the
     Secretary of State to let matters revert to the condition in which
     they were before peace was concluded; in other words, to recommence
     the war."

Here are his views on the actual situation:

     "On my recent visit to Pretoria I did not visit the President as I
     considered it hopeless to think of making any impression on him,
     but I saw Reitz, Smuts and Schalk Burger, who, I thought, would be
     amenable to argument, but I fear that either my advice had no
     effect on them, or else their opinion had no weight with the

     "I urged upon them to advise the President to open the Volksraad
     with promises of a liberal franchise and drastic reforms.

     "It would have been so much better if these had come voluntarily
     from the Government instead of being gradually forced from them. In
     the former case they would rally the greater number of the
     malcontents around them, in the latter case no gratitude will be
     felt to the Republic for any concessions made by it. Besides, there
     can be no doubt that as the alien population increases, as it
     undoubtedly will, their demands will increase with their
     discontent, and ultimately a great deal more will have to be
     conceded than will now satisfy them. The franchise proposals made
     by the President seems to be simply ridiculous.

     "I have always been a well-wisher to the Republic, and if I had any
     influence with the President I would advise him no longer to sit on
     the boiler to prevent it from bursting. Some safety-valves are
     required for the activities of the new population. In their
     irritation they abuse the Government, often unjustly, in the press,
     and send petitions to the Queen, but that was only to be expected.
     Let the Transvaal Legislature give them a liberal franchise and
     allow them local self-government for their towns and some portion
     of the discontent will be allayed."

This, I beg to observe, is exactly what I said at the time when people
in Europe who called themselves friends of the Boers yet are only Dr.
Leyds' friends or rather dupes urged upon Mr. Krüger the expediency of
going on with his mistaken and retrograde policy, and continental
diplomatists assured him that he might with impunity disregard the
claims of the Uitlanders and England's warnings.

Those who have never condescended to read the Blue Book or the short
chapter in this pamphlet, in which an analysis of this Blue Book is
given are never tired of referring to concessions and franchise schemes
proffered by Mr. Krüger.

What does Sir Henry de Villiers say about it!

     "The franchise proposal made by the President seems to be simply

To Mr. Krüger he sent the English Enactment of 1870 on Naturalisation,
and urged him to have it adopted. Is not this an answer to those who
contended that England "would not be satisfied with what she offered the

At the same time his lack of confidence in the Volksraad's promises is
shown here:

     "I fear there would always still be a danger of the Volksraad
     revoking the gift before it has come into operation."

His second letter is dated 31st of July, more than six weeks after the
Bloemfontein Conference. He writes to Mr. Fischer who acted as
go-between the Cape Afrikanders and President Krüger. Mr. Chamberlain
had requested that a mixed Commission be appointed to enquire into the
merits of the franchise law, passed in accordance with Mr. Krüger's
proposals. Here is Sir Henry de Villiers' judgment upon Mr. Krüger's and
Mr. Chamberlain's proceedings.

     "I am convinced Mr. Krüger's friends must now regret they did not
     recommend to President Krüger three months ago, as I strongly
     urged, to offer voluntarily a liberal franchise bill with such
     safeguards as would prevent the old burghers from being swamped.

     "Mr. Chamberlain's speech was more moderate than I expected it
     would be, and as he holds out an olive branch in the form of a
     joint enquiry into the franchise proposals, would it not be well to
     meet him in this matter? I know that it might be regarded as a
     _partial_ surrender."

The last sentence runs as follows:

     "I don't think that President Krüger and his friends realise the
     gravity of the situation. Even now the State Secretary is doing
     things which would be almost farcical if the times were not so

According to Sir Henry telegrams were suppressed by Dr. Reitz on the
plea that "the Government should not disseminate lies by its own wires."

Mr. de Villiers added:

     "The Transvaal will soon not have a single friend left among the
     cultivated classes."

Events have proved he had a better opinion of them than they deserved.
He goes on with the following:

     "The time really has come when the friends of the Transvaal must
     induce President Krüger to become perfectly frank and take the new
     comers into his confidence."

And ends with saying again:

     "As one who signed the Convention in 1881 I can assure you that my
     fellow Commissioners would not have signed it if they had not been
     led to believe that President Krüger's policy towards the
     Uitlanders would have been very different from what it has been."

In a letter written the same day to his brother Melius, one can see in
what fool's paradise Dr. Reitz and his colleagues were living:

     "When I was in the Transvaal three months ago, I found that Reitz
     and others had the most extraordinary notions of the powers and
     duties of a Cape Ministry in case of war. They are Ministers of the
     Crown, and it will be their duty to afford every possible
     assistance to the British Government. Under normal conditions a
     responsible Ministry is perfectly independent in matters of
     internal concern, but in case of war they are bound to place all
     the resources of the Colony at the disposal of the British Crown;
     at least, if they did not do so, they would be liable to

Here is his opinion on the proceedings in the House of Commons:

     "The debate which took place in the House of Commons since I last
     wrote to you satisfies me that the British nation is now determined
     to settle the Transvaal business in a manner satisfactory to

     "I accordingly begged of Krüger's friends to put the matter to him
     in this way: On the one side there is war with England--on the
     other side there are concessions which will avoid war or occupation
     of the country. Now decide at once how far you will ultimately go;
     adopt the English five years' franchise--offer it voluntarily to
     the Uitlanders--make them your friends, be a far-sighted statesman,
     and you will have a majority of the Uitlanders with you when they
     become Burghers. The answer I got was: 'We have done too much
     already and cannot do more.'"

One is aware of the fact that Mr. Krüger contended that the
_non_-English Uitlanders would side with him. Sir Henry Villiers writes:

     "I have never been able to understand why Krüger never attempted to
     take the Uitlanders into his confidence. He has always kept them at
     arm's length with the result that he has entirely alienated them.
     It is said that there are 21,000 Uitlanders in Johannesburg who
     support him, and yet no meeting has been held at Johannesburg to
     compare with the meetings held by his opponents.

     "Why should he not appoint as one of his nominees an Uitlander of
     position, whose integrity and judgment he has confidence in? If
     none such exists, it would only be a proof of his want of tact and
     statesmanship in not rallying such people to his side."

Mr. Melius de Villiers who was in Bloemfontein, while paying due
attention to his brother's warnings, wanted only to persuade Krüger to
yield for the time being. Forwarding his brother's letter he wrote to
Mr. Fischer:

     "Please impress upon Oom Paul what I think is an important fact,
     namely, that the present Ministry in England will not always last.

     "By giving way now, we do not do so in perpetuity; but I feel
     assured a Liberal Ministry will be willing to reconsider the
     relations of the South African Republic to England, and even to
     revoke the Convention of London."

"Africa for the Afrikander, from the Zambezi to Simon's Bay" remained
the motto, only Mr. de Villiers looked to the future for its
realization. Yet Mr. Krüger sticks to his policy of deceit taking back
what had been already granted.

Mr. de Villiers is down upon the summary and arrogant way with which
reasonable offers have been rejected, and alluded to the despatch of the
21st of August in which proposals made in the despatch of the 19th are
declared to be subordinate to the abandonment of suzeranity rights and
acceptance of the principle of arbitration for pending questions.

On the 28th of September Mr. de Villiers appeals to Mr. Fischer for the
last time:--

     "Supposing a war does take place, is there any chance of the
     Transvaal obtaining better terms when the war is over? The war will
     not cease until the Transvaal is entirely subjugated. What will the
     position of the Republics then be?

     "The very best friends of the Transvaal feel that the Bill
     providing for the seven years' franchise is not a fair or workable

     "I am assuming, of course, that the proposals are such as can be
     accepted without dishonour.

     "I confess I look with horror on a war to be fought by Afrikanders
     to bolster up President Krüger's régime. I could understand a war
     in defence of the South African Republic after it has made
     reasonable concessions to the demands of the new-comers, and after
     it has displayed the same desire to secure good government as is
     seen in the Orange Free State; but of such a desire I have not seen
     the faintest trace."

He alludes again to the doings of Dr. Reitz and Smuts:--

     "I have carefully read the latest correspondence, and I am by no
     means satisfied that the British Resident was guilty of a breach of
     faith. The utmost I would say is that there was a misunderstanding.
     The dispatch of the 21st August seems to me to have been wholly
     unnecessary, unless something happened between the 19th and 21st
     which led the Transvaal Government to think they had yielded too
     much. I have heard it said that between those dates a cablegram
     from Dr. Leyds gave hopes of European intervention...."

Does this telegram exist? It is indeed likely. At any rate the
responsibility of the war rests upon those who--be they diplomatists or
journalists--have deluded Dr. Leyds to that extent. And the blood which
is now shed is on the head of those who still try and persuade the Boers
that Russia, Germany, or France is going to interfere.

In _Le Siècle_ of the 3rd September, extracts from the "Blue Book" have
been printed. We also find there letters from the 11th of March, 1898,
up to the 8th of May, 1899, written by Mr. J.X. Merriman, the Cape
Treasurer during the Schreiner Ministry. As he is one of the leaders of
the irreconcilable Afrikander group he cannot be suspected of undue
sympathy towards England. In his first letter to Mr. Steyn a year before
the Uitlanders had petitioned for a redress, fourteen months before the
Bloemfontein Conference, eighteen months before the declaration of war,
the following passage is to be found:--

     "Yet one cannot conceal the fact that the greatest danger to the
     future lies in the attitude of President Krüger and his vain hope
     of building up a State on a foundation of a narrow unenlightened
     minority, and his obstinate rejection of all prospect of using the
     materials which lie ready to his hand to establish a true Republic
     on a broad liberal basis. The report of recent discussions in the
     Volksraad on his finances and their mismanagement fill one with
     apprehension. Such a state of affairs cannot last, it must break
     down from inherent rottenness, and it will be well if the fall does
     not sweep away the freedom of all of us.

     "I write in no hostility to the Republics: my own feelings are all
     in the opposite direction; but the foes of that form of government
     are too often those of their own household. I am quite sure that
     you have done what you can in modifying the attitude at Pretoria;
     but I entreat you, for the welfare of South Africa, to persevere,
     however unsatisfactory it may be to see your advice flouted and
     your motives so cruelly misrepresented by a section of colonists.

     "Humanly speaking, the advice and good will of the Free State is
     the only thing that stands between the South African Republic and a

Alluding to the Kotzé incident, the upshot of which was that Krüger and
the Volksraad claimed the right to overrun judicial decisions, he

     "The radical fault is the utter incapacity of the body that affects
     to issue its mandates to the Courts. In England it is a Parliament,
     but then it represents the intelligence of the country, and in
     Switzerland the same; in the Transvaal it is a narrow oligarchy."

In a letter dated 1st January, 1899, President Krüger is depicted as

     "I had the opportunity the other day of a long talk, or rather
     several talks, with Lippert about the Transvaal. He takes a very
     sane view of matters there, and is very hopeless. He represents
     Krüger--as others describe him--as more dogged and bigoted than
     ever, and surrounded by a crew of self-seekers who prevent him from
     seeing straight. He has no one to whom he turns for advice, and he
     is so inflated as to have the crazy belief that he (Krüger) is born
     to bring about peace between Germany and France!"

Mr. Merriman is confident that the Orange Free State will interfere (Mr.
Steyn was alas, so blind as to fall in with Mr. Krüger's temper instead
of smoothing it down), and says:

     "Is there no opportunity of bringing about a _rapprochement_
     between us, in which the Free State might play the part of honest

"_Us_" here means Cape Colony and Orange Free State.

Having spoken of matters of general interest for South Africa, of
uniform custom duties, etc., he ends by saying:

     "The deplorable confusion and maladministration of his financial
     arrangements still continue, and are a standing menace to the peace
     of South Africa. Yet, judging from the utterances of the leading
     men from the Rand who come down here, a very moderate reform would
     satisfy all except those who do not want to be satisfied, and, I
     believe, there is very little sympathy for the mischievous
     agitation that, rightly or wrongly, is attributed to the designs of
     Rhodes and Beit."

On the 26th of May, 1899, on the eve of the Bloemfontein Conference, he
writes to Mr. Fischer, prompter and organiser of the Conference,
foreseeing the results of the policy advocated by Dr. Leyds:

     " ... but there is, of course, an even worse prospect, namely, that
     misrepresentation may goad Great Britain into a position where,
     _with the concurrence and invitation of the other powers_, she
     might feel obliged, even at the risk of enormous military outlay,
     to cut the Gordian knot. You will probably say, as I certainly say,
     'where is the _casus belli_,' and refuse to believe it possible to
     imagine such a contingency. Unfortunately, you and I, who keep our
     heads, must not ignore the fact that an immense number of people
     seem to have lost theirs and are ready, without reflection or
     examination, to accept the highly-coloured statements of a partisan

He mentions the maladministration in the Transvaal several months before
he had written to Mr. Smuts, asking for detailed account of the money
granted by the Boer Government to Johannesburg but without getting an

     "Of course I know from previous correspondence that you and the
     President are not disposed to minimize the blots on the
     administration of the South African Republic, the weak points in
     the Constitution, and the ignorance and laxity that prevails in
     financial matters. To do so would be to fatally complicate the

     "I am sure that you will, and I most strongly urge you to use your
     utmost influence to bear on President Krüger to concede some
     colourable measure of reform, not so much in the interests of
     outsiders as in those of his own State.

     "Granted that he does nothing. What is the future? His Boers, the
     backbone of the country, are perishing off the land; hundreds have
     become impoverished loafers, landless hangers-on of the town
     population. In his own interests he should recruit his Republic
     with new blood--and the sands are running out. I say this
     irrespective of agitation about Uitlanders. The fabric will go to
     pieces of its own accord unless something is done."

Such is the opinion of Mr. Merriman, a friend of the Transvaal, yet
every day in Europe one is told that its misfortunes are due to the

Mr. Merriman thought on the contrary that it was necessary to ask them
to come forward and help the State out of its ruinous course.

     "Surely it would be better to come forward now and earn the
     gratitude of South Africa by a comprehensive and liberal measure
     than to have the State torn and distracted by constant irritation
     and bad blood. A moderate franchise reform and municipal privileges
     would go far to satisfy any reasonable people, while a maintenance
     of the oath ought to be a sufficient safeguard against the swamping
     of the old population.

     "President Krüger should reflect that nine out of ten people that
     receive the franchise will be supporters of the Republic in which
     they will have an interest, and that he will, by granting liberal
     reforms, disarm all opposition provoked.

     "Try and persuade President Krüger to confer a benefit on the whole
     of South Africa by granting a broad measure of reform, and you will
     have done the best day's work any statesman ever did in South

Two months after the declaration of war, while the Boers' military
operations were somehow successful he wrote to Mr. Piet de Wet also a
member of the Cape Parliament--"it is hopeless...."

     "If the Republics had not made the fatal mistake of sending the
     ultimatum when they did, things would have gone differently; but it
     is of no use going back on what might have been."

His letter had no effect upon Mr. de Wet, who now is under trial for
high treason along with three other Members of the House.

There are other letters, among them one written by Mr. Te Water, who
left the Schreiner Ministry. In a speech delivered at Graaff-Reinet some
time ago he has declared that the Cape Government ought not to have
allowed the railway lines to be used by English troops. Yet in a letter
to President Steyn on the 8th of May, 1899, he asked him to put pressure
upon "our friends in Pretoria" to adopt conciliatory measures. Alluding
to the impending Conference he writes:--

     "In your position you as go-between can do endless good towards
     arriving at an understanding at such Conference. I know well that
     there is a party who will do everything possible to prevent this."

Nevertheless he also is in favour of the policy advocated by Mr. Melius
de Villiers:--

     "We must now play to win time. Governments are not perpetual. It is
     honestly now the time to yield a little, however one may later
     again tighten the rope."

This shows how this former Minister at the Cape meant to abide by
Conventions. How Mr. Krüger did abide by the Conventions of 1881 and
1884 is a well-known fact. No wonder if England was suspicious of the
"ridiculous proposals," to use Mr. de Villiers' phrase, offered by
President Krüger. The letters written by Mr. Te Water and Mr. Melius de
Villiers show that there was good reason for suspicion. These letters
show also what responsibility has been assumed by the members of the
Liberal party who sided so eagerly with Mr. Krüger and by those who,
like Mr. Stead, backed at first Mr. Rhodes' policy with all their might
(so Mr. Clark wrote to General Joubert, Mr. Krüger, and President
Steyn) and were blind enough to imagine that their party was strong
enough to elbow out the Government and revert to Mr. Gladstone's policy
after Majuba. Had they been more far-sighted they would have recognised
that the Transvaal had since 1881 condemned itself, and that no
Ministry, be it Liberal or Conservative, could follow again in the steps
of Mr. Gladstone.

       *       *       *       *       *

Since President Krüger has left the Transvaal, and Botha is negotiating
for a surrender, the pacification of the Transvaal needs no more war
operation, it has become a mere question of police arrangements.
Nevertheless Dr. Leyds is still as active as ever. He reminds us of the
Spanish Ministers who when they got the news that the Spanish fleet had
been annihilated by Dewey, manufactured forthwith a report to the effect
that Americans had suffered a defeat at the hands of the Spaniards. _Le
Petit Bleu_ does the same. The announcement--English troops
retreating--appeared in a marginal note the very day that Lydenburg was
taken. On Tuesday, 11th September, _L'Eclair_ made the following
announcement: "London, 10th September, Prince Henry sails back to
Germany. From well-informed quarters I learn that the main object of the
German Emperor's brother's visit was to discuss the ways and means of
preserving Transvaal independence."

Eight days previous to this Dr. Leyds had tried to make the world
believe that he had come to an understanding with the Czar. In both
cases the object aimed at was obvious. Yet though the Dreyfus affair
has taught me the all-powerful and far-reaching influence of a lie, I
confess that Dr. Leyds is a puzzle to me.

But his work is at an end now. He may have succeeded cleverly in
deceiving Krüger and Steyn what the European Powers really meant to do,
or in giving those same Powers garbled accounts of the state of affairs
in the Transvaal, and the true bearings of the Bloemfontein negotiation,
yet the fact remains that it is mainly through him that the South
African Republics have lost their independence. He could not like Mr.
Krüger, excuse himself upon being led astray by blind and ignorant
patriotism. He knew well enough how far the very help he depicted as
forthcoming could be depended upon, he knew that England was bound to
win in the long run, but there was only one thing which he cared for; to
make people in Europe believe that he had an important part to play in
the political arena. The war came as a welcome diversion to an endurable
position. And now that his country's interests have been entirely
sacrificed to his own, he may look upon his work with satisfaction.


30TH TO OCTOBER 5TH, 1900.


In the English section of the Peace Conference the most prominent
members of which were Dr. Clarke, Mr. Moscheles and Mr. Alexander, the
following resolutions had been unanimously adopted to be proposed at the
Peace Conference:

     "That according to the report sent by the Berne International
     Bureau it has come to the knowledge of the International Peace
     Congress, that:

     (_a_) "The British Government steadily opposed various attempts
     made with the object to submit the South African difficulties to

     (_b_) "Arbitration was eagerly accepted by the South African
     Republics, who had repeatedly asked for it, therefore, the
     International Peace Congress feels compelled to arrive at the
     following conclusions:

     1st. "Of the two opponents the one who declined arbitration,
     _i.e._, the British Government is responsible for the war in South

     2nd. "As long as arbitration can possibly be resorted to the appeal
     to arms is tantamount to being guilty of a crime against
     civilisation and humanity; therefore,

     3rd. "The application of brutal force by Great Britain so as to end
     their quarrel with the South African Republics deserves an
     everlasting blame for what must be considered as an outrage
     against human conscience, and a betrayal of the cause of progress
     and humanity."

Then a lengthy discussion arose, in the course of which M. Yves Guyot
quoted facts in contradiction to the assertions which the proposed
resolution contained.

That resolution was passed in principle by the Congress Commission of
Actuality, with the proviso that some words should be left out as being
too offensive.

For instance the words: _an outrage_ or a _reprehensible attempt_
against the right of nations should be substituted for _a crime_ against
civilisation. The former version was adopted and submitted to the
Congress by the Commission, whilst soliciting its opinion on the text of
the proposition and of its bearings. After the English delegates had
exposed their views, M. Yves Guyot rose and said that he considered it
his duty, as a member of the Congress Committee of Patronage, not only
to find fault with the proposals of the Commission in their details,
_but to object also to the spirit as well as to the letter of the

     "Looking at actual facts", said Mr. Yves Guyot, "it was not true
     that arbitration had been accepted by the Governments of the South
     African Republics. The acceptance, if any, had been hedged in by
     all sorts of restrictions, for instance, in making it conditional
     that England should drop the suzerainty, a condition which Her
     British Majesty's Government could not accept. True, arbitration
     was mentioned. But arbitration of what kind? about what? Could
     England recognise the right which the Boers had given themselves,
     to violate over and over again the Conventions of 1881 and 1884?

     "Really it was astounding to see such an amount of sympathy wasted
     on people who had constantly set at naught Art. 14 of the 1884
     Convention with respect to the Uitlanders, who had come and
     brought them civilisation, energy and wealth.

     "A retrospect history of the Boers would quickly show that their
     hatred of the English was in the first place due to the protection
     which the latter had given to the natives. It is clearly apparent
     from documents dealing with the Bloemfontein Conference, that when
     Mr. Krüger brought forward the arbitration question he merely meant
     to throw dust into the public's eyes. Now he (M. Yves Guyot)
     considered it to the interest of the Congress to point out that its
     members, generous-minded as they were, were irresponsible people.
     What authority did they attribute to resolutions, blame and
     reproach, addressed to governments who are themselves responsible
     for the destinies of their countries?

     "Their resolution might be couched in words as strong as they
     liked, but what effective sanction could they give it? Was it not
     to be feared rather that by its very violence their language might
     fan the flames, or rake the embers of new conflicts instead of
     making its peaceful influence felt?"

M. Guyot's speech was listened to with silent and earnest attention,
though now and then objections were heard.

Then after Dr. Clark, Mr. Frederic Passy, Mr. Moscheles and Mr. Arnaud
had made their observations the final decision was put off till the next

On the 2nd of October the Russian delegate, Mr. Nevicow, read the text
of the resolution as it had been amended by the commission:

_Motion of the Commission._

"The Ninth International Peace Congress after hearing the report on the
events of the year sent by the Berne Bureau, though without pretending
to assume the right to pass judgment on the policy of a friendly nation
unless it should be to affirm publicly the everlasting principles of
international justice, declares that:

     1st. "The responsibility of the war which is now devastating South
     Africa lies with the Government which refused several times to
     countenance arbitration, that is with the British Government.

     2nd. "The English Government by ignoring the principles of right
     and justice, which have been the glory of the great British nation,
     _i.e._, by refusing to arbitrate and indulging in threats which
     were bound fatally to lead to war, whereas the difficulties might
     have been solved by judicial means, has committed an outrage
     against the rights of nations, of such a nature as to check the
     pacific evolutions of humanity.

     3rd. "The Congress equally regrets that, the majority of the
     Governments represented at the Hague Conference, had not taken any
     steps to assure the respect of resolutions which were to them an
     undertaking of honour.

     4th. "The Congress considers that it is advisable to appeal to
     public opinion as regards the Transvaal.

     5th. "The Congress expresses its profound sympathy and admiration
     to the English members of the Congress for the manliness of their
     declarations, and it hopes that under similar circumstances their
     example will be followed by other nations."

Mr. Jaffe, of London, alluding to public opinion in England, said that
arbitration could only be resorted to by sovereign powers, that the
Transvaal was not a sovereign power, and also that any judgment arrived
at by arbitration on the various points in dispute between England and
the Transvaal, would have been difficult to execute. Mr. Jaffe referred
to the approval, almost unanimous, with which the war was looked upon
in England and her Colonies; it had provoked great enthusiasm, and it
would be a mistake to hurt the feelings of a whole nation.

The wording of the resolution as proposed by the Commission was adopted
by all the members but one.

Mr. Lafontaine, Belgium, proposed to add another resolution which ran as

     "The congress hopes that the crime or to use the corrected phrase,
     the error of depriving the South African Republics of their
     existence and independence will not be committed definitely; it
     makes an earnest appeal to civilised governments to intervene as
     mediators in favour of the two Republics."

After various observations had been made by Mr. Giretti (Italy), Hodgson
Pratt, Frederic Passy and Moscheles (the English delegates) the
proposition was rejected by 170 votes against 60.


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