The Penn Monthly Volume 10

The Penn Monthly Volume 10

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...has failed to do what the earlier kings nearly always did-leave the throne to a son of their own. Whether the Empire should be restored or not, Knox's curse will not be broken. it THE war itself makes no real headway. Cetywayo is evidently a leader who can use to the uttermost the advantages of his position, and that position is excee_dingly strong. There are no points in Zululand upon which it is worth while to march, for even 'the royal Kraal is no longer a basis of operations to the Zulus. And if there were any such, there are no roads by which to advance upon them, no guides to direct the course, no provisions to be obtained in the conquest. If the English choose to cut up the country into checkerboard squares by military roads, and to garrison a post at every intersection, they can conquer the Zulus; but as it is they are simply exposing a large section of their small army to slow and ignominious destruction, without accomplishing anything worthy of their efforts. An inferior, uncivilized race has some great advantages when it undertakes a defensive warfare in such a country, and this Zulu king has the wit to see them. Bishop Colenso, of Natal, who was led to doubts of the accuracy of the Pentateuch by one of these Zulus, is now very outspoken in his denunciation of the war. He says, with great truth, that the annexation of the Trans-Vaal Republic a year ago was but one step in a great scheme of South African aggrandizement, and that the Zulu war has proved the Nemesis of that scheme. The Dutch boers were deprived of their independence on the pretence that the natives were showing themselves more than a match for them. But at present the Trans-Vaal boers would have equally good ground for stepping in to annex Natal. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 396 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 703g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236795938
  • 9781236795939