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The Tniiisvaal Difficulty-I


The Tniiisvaal Difficulty- I The Transvaal question, in our opinion, is no longer a crisis. It has passed from tragedy to comedy. It is no longer peace or war. The diplomacy of the market-place is the acting spirit of to-day. The energies of both sides are being directed towards besting their opponents in the matter of terms. The evil, however, is that though the war cloud may have passed beyond our ken, our hands cannot be stayed for a while. The worst must be provided for. All this means expense, and no trifling expense,- Besides this, too, there is the injury to trade and all the disastrous incidents attendant thereto. A serious obstacle to the way of peace in South Africa is the ACTION OF SIR H. CAMPBELL-BA NN ERMAN and the Liberal party. They do an infinity of harm to the cause they pretend to serve by their speeches, in which they indicate sympathy with the Boers and their views. People in this country may discount the importance of the few politicians who oppose the government in this matter. We can hardly expect a Transvaal to do the same. He is apt to take it that the Liberals are with him and rely upon their support. There are some people, too, who pretend to ^believe that the Uitlander has no grievance. That this imbroglio is a mere stock exchange move for the benefit of the South African Millionaires. Although the number of these people is not legion, still, they affect the Uitlander, We see in them the souls of friends if the bodies of enemies. This makes not for peace. Still, in spite of the ups and down of the matter, we are of opinion I PEACE IS ASSURED. But come what will, the position .will always remain. The wail of the Uitlander is in our ears. England has promised him redress, and when she puts her hand to the plough England turns not back till the hand of the oppressor is stayed and the cry of the oppressed hushed. .Ç

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