From Candle Factory to British Cabinet; The Life Story of the Right Hon. John Burns

From Candle Factory to British Cabinet; The Life Story of the Right Hon. John Burns

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...Cecil Rhodes, and for that able financier's " pliant instrument," Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, no reproach was too keen and no onslaught too fierce. In a long interview that Mr. Burns had subsequently with Cecil Rhodes the latter said: "Well, Mr. Burns, I am surprised to find you are not a Little Englander; but I don't know what you would do with me if you held me in your power." "Oh!" replied Mr. Burns, "I can easily tell you that. I would put you with your back against a wall and fill you up with lead! " None of the opponents of that prolonged and distressing conflict were more outspoken in their criticism of the steps which had led up to it, or more insistent on the iniquity of the whole affair. The speech which Mr. Burns delivered in the House during the debate on the Address in February, 1900, was universally admitted to be his finest achievement. In it he denounced the war as unnecessary, unjust, and immoral. He declared that, if the most elementary precautions had been taken, the cause of war could have been removed; that if Mr. Chamberlain had been more tactful and conciliatory, and had known better the traditions of the old diplomacy, we might have done with the velvet glove of conciliation what he was trying to do with the iron glove of war. He lashed, with burning words, the newspapers, " owned by blackguards and edited by ruffians," which had clamoured for the war; which represented the average Boer as a cross between Charles Peace, the burglar and murderer, and a VVest African negro, with a dash of Jack the Ripper thrown in. In one famous passage for which he was pulled up by the Speaker he called the Colonial Secretary's speech "the kind of speech...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236808355
  • 9781236808356