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A MONTHLY REVIEW
EDITED BY JAMES KNOWLES
SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON & COMPANY
St. Dunstan's bouse
FETTER LANE, FLEET STREET, E.C.
ARE WE TO LOSE SOUTH AFRICA? By Sir Sidney Shippard
SCHOOL CHILDREN AS WAGE-EARNERS. By Sir John Gorst
THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN IN CONGRESS. By the Countess
THE OPEN SPACES OF THE FUTURE. By Miss Octavia Hill
THE MEDIEVAL SUNDAY. By Father Thurston
THE NATIVE AUSTRALIAN FAMILY. By Miss Edith Simcox
DANTE'S GHOSTS. By D. R. Fearon.
WHILE WAITING IN A FRIEND'S ROOM. By Sir Algernon West
THE TEETH OF THE SCHOOLBOY By Edwin Collins
THE OUTLOOK AT OTTAWA. By J. G. Snead Cox
THE ENGLISH MASQUE. By Professor Edward Dowden
IS THERE REALLY A CRISIS IN THE CHURCH? By the Hon. Sir Charles Roe 112
LORD ELLENBOROUGH. By Sir Spencer Walpole
OLD-AGE PENSIONS IN FRANCE. By Arthur F. Wood
PARLIAMENTARY GOVERNMENT IN JAPAN. By H. N. G. Bushby
A SUPREME MOMENT (a Play in one Act). By Mrs. W. K. Clifford
THE EXCESSIVE ARMIES OF RUSSIA. By Sir Lintorn Simmons
THE LIMITATIONS OF NAVAL FORCE. By Sir George Sydenham Clarke
A WOMAN'S CRITICISM OF THE WOMEN'S CONGRESS. By Miss Frances H.
THE AMERICAN NEGRO AND HIS PLACE. By Miss Elizabeth L. Banks
WHAT CHURCH HAS CONTINUITY? By Dr. St. George Mivart
THE RECENT FUSS ABOUT THE IRISH LANGUAGE. By Professor Mahaffy.
THE CONNECTION OF ENGLAND WITH NEWFOUNDLAND. By Sir William
LORD ELLENBOROUGH. (A Reply.) By Lord Colchester
DID BYRON WRITE WERNER? By the Hon. Frederick Leveson Gower. 243
THE MARLBOROUGH GEMS. By Charles Newton-Robinson
WHY ARE OUR BRAINS DETERIORATING? By Colonel H. Elsdale.
LIFE ON THE NILE SOUTH OF FASHODA. By Arthur D. Milne
'THE HUMOURS OF TER-NA-NOG.' By Mrs. Orman Cooper
THE DECAMERON' AND ITS VILLAS. By W. J. Stillman
MADAME NECKER. By the Hon. Marcia C. Maxwell
THE EVOLUTION OF THE PARLIAMENTARY OATH. By Michael MacDonagh 317
THE CASUS BELLI IN SOUTH AFRICA. By Edmund Robertson
ARE WE TO LOSE SOUTH AFRICA? (A Rejoinder.) By Sir Sidney
THE IMPERIAL FUNCTION OF TRADE. By Henry Birchenough
RIFLE-SHOOTING AS A NATIONAL SPORT. By W. A. Baillie-Grohman
THE FUTURE OF THE GREAT ARMIES. By Sidney Low
A VISIT TO THE CRAIG BROOK SALMON HATCHERY. By Moreton Frewen 396
AN INDIAN PLAGUE STORY. By Cornelia Sorabji
THE FATHER OF LETTERS. By Herbert Paul
ROWTON HOUSES. (From a Resident.) By W. A. Sommerville
A WOMAN'S CRITICISM OF THE WOMEN'S CONGRESS. (A Reply.) By
THE FUTURE OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION. By the Rev. Dr. Percival. 514
AFTER THE VERDICT SEPTEMBER 1899. By Algernon Charles Swinburne 521
THE SITUATION IN SOUTH AFRICA: A VOICE FROM CAPE COLONY. By
LIBERALISM AND ITS CROSS-CURRENTS. By the Rev. Dr. J Guinness
THE GREAT UNPAID. By Sir Algernon West
THE FEAR OF OVER-EDUCATION. By Alexander Sutherland
ELECTRICITY IN INDIA. By Major C. C. Townsend
THIRTEENTH-CENTURY PERSIAN LUSTRE POTTERY. By Henry Wallis
THE HOSPITAL WHERE THE PLAGUE BROKE OUT. By Miss C. O'Conor-
NORTH CLARE: LEAVES FROM A DIARY. By the Hon. Emily Lawless
A TIBETAN POET AND MYSTIC. By the Rev. Graham Sandberg
POWDER AND PAINT. By Miss Ida Taylor.
THE CRY OF THE CONSUMPTIVES. By James Arthur Gibson
THE NEW REFORMATION. II. A CONSCIENCE CLAUSE FOR THE LAITY.
THE CHURCH CRISIS AND DISESTABLISHMENT. By the Rev. Dr. Cobb
LAMBETH AND LIBERATION.' By George W. E. Russell
AFTER THE PRESENT WAR. By Edward Dicey
NATIVE UNREST IN SOUTH AFRICA. By E. M. Green
THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR: AN UNPUBLISHED NARRATIVE.
THE FUTURE OF LORD ROSEBERY. By H. W. Massingham
THE VAN DYCK EXHIBITION AT ANTWERP. By Claude Phillips
THE INTELLECTUAL FUTURE OF CATHOLICISM. By W. H Mallock
HORTICULTURE AS A PROFESSION FOR THE EDUCATED. By Miss A. Goodrich
THE DALMENY EXPERIMENTS: MANURING WITH BRAINS.' By D. Young 782
CRICKET IN 1899. By A. C. Wootton
LITERATURE BEFORE LETTERS. By Professor Max Müller.
A DEVIL-DANCE IN CEYLON. By Mrs. Corner-Ohlmüs
CHARITY VErsus OUTDOOR RELIEF. By Canon Barnett
THE REMITTANCE MAN. By the Rev. D. Wallace Duthie
THE PLAGUE IN OPORTO. By A. Shadwell .
THE NEWSPAPERS. By Sir Wemyss Reid
SOUTH AFRICAN PROBLEMS AND LESSONS:
ENGLISH AND DUTCH IN THE PAST.
MR. STEPHEN PHILLIPS'S TRAGEDY OF PAOLO AND FRANCESCA. By Sidney
RECENT SCIENCE-METEORITES AND COMETS. By Prince Kropotkin
CROMWELL AND THE ELECTORATE. By J. Horace Round
A NEGRO ON THE POSITION OF THE NEGRO IN AMERICA. By D. E. Tobias
THE CHURCHMAN'S POLITICS: A DIALOGUE. By the Rev. Anthony C. Deane
THE WAR-CLOUD IN THE FARTHEST EAST. By Holt S. Hallett.
A HINDU HOME. By the Hon. J. D. Rees.
No. CCLXIX-JULY 1899
ARE WE TO LOSE SOUTH AFRICA?
In view of the issues at stake in South Africa at the present time, the Editor of this Review has done me the honour of asking me to write an article on the Transvaal crisis. In doing so I have to break for once the rule of silence which is generally binding on ex-officials in respect of political questions of a controversial nature—at least, in cases in which their utterances might possibly tend to embarrass the Government they formerly served. I have hitherto refused all requests of the kind with reference to South African politics, even when sorely tempted to contradict erroneous statements or to expose the fallacies underlying the sentimental tirades which apparently find such ready acceptance among well-meaning but credulous people unacquainted with the conditions of life in South Africa. The present is, however, an exceptional occasion, and I feel at liberty to speak out plainly. The result of the Bloemfontein Conference has created a new situation, and my views, based upon long personal experience, are in accordance with the present policy of Her Majesty's Government, so far as I can judge from the recently published despatches between Mr. Chamberlain and Sir Alfred Milner.
I ought, perhaps, to begin by explaining why my opinion has been asked, and how I am qualified to form an impartial judgment with regard to the present crisis in South Africa. I have been connected with South Africa by the closest personal ties from an early age, and long before I visited the country I was familiar with its history, its politics, its races, and even the characters of its leading men. I first went out to practise at the bar of the Supreme Court in Capetown in 1870. Shortly after the territory of
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