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I A DEFENCE OF THE BOERS.

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I A DEFENCE OF THE BOERS. Miss Olive Schreiner continues, in the Fort- mghtly Review, her defence of the Boers, which, whatever one may think of its palitics, is full of eloquent and impassioned writing. Is it nothing that he should rise morning after morning, in the sweet grey dawn, when the heavy brains of the card-player and the theatre- goer are still wrapped in their first heavy sleep, and watch the first touch of crimson along his hillsâa crimson fairer and more rich than that of anv sunset-skyâwhile the stars inde sfowly up above; that he should stand, dnnkhig his coffee on the stoop in the sharp exhilarating air, as the earth grows pinker, till after a whlie, as he stands at his kraal gate, and watchos his eheep file out he sees all his plain gilt in the snnlisht? Is there no charm ita those long peaceful days, when tho hours count as moments; when one may hear the flies buzz out in the sunshine, and the beat of a far-off sheep sounds loud and clear; when upon the un- taxed brain, through the untamed nerves cf sense, every sight and sound trace themselves with delicious clssmeae, and merely to live and hear the flies hum-is a pleasure? Is there no charm in those evenings when after the long still day the farm breaks into its tempo- rary life an l bustle, and the sheep stream bleating home, and the cows come hurrying to the lit la calves who put their head between the bars and over the kraal gate; and the Kaffirs ccme up to the bouse for the milking, and tlie children and dogs play about, and in the great still sky the Ftars wme out one by one; while there is still light enough from the dear west for the house-mother to finish her seam or sewing by as she gits at the back-door. Is it nothing that the competition, ambition, worry, and fret, which compose the greater part of vwn's lives is cities, are hardly known beri ?- that with nntired nerves and untaxed brain man and woman may nink to sleep at night, and in the course of long years hardly know a night of thought, broken reet, or wakeful torture ? Are this man's pleasures smaller or less rational when he breaks in his young horaas or rejoices (wei- the birth of a dozen white-noeed calves, than those of the man who finds delight in waiciiing the roll of the dice at Monte Carlo, oi no qu vera with excitement as ho deaermines whether he shall put his coin on this square or that? Is he not a more rational and respectahla object when with his wife and children beld)d him, he drives his waggon with eight horeea through his own veld, th'n tho man who sometimes with the of an empire ou bis shoulders, with ali eM culture which unlimited wealth and unlimited opportunity can bestow at tho end of the l&th century, and with an almost unlimited opportunity for the exercise of the intellect in large fields and for human benefits, yet finds life's noblest recreation in driving round and round in an enclosed park with foui horsas and a lacquey with a trumpet and a red ooat-like a four yeaxzl child ahewiig off hia J

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