WHAT THE EMPIRE OWES TO BOTHA.
The following are extracts from the letter of the sifter of an official high in the service of the Union Government of South Africa:— These are days of such uncertainty that one is (juite relieved to hear good news. 1 verily believe that you people in i'ingland are better oil' than we are. the (rennutio are so near us. and our country is in .such a divided slate that we may expect any th.iig. . . . With dear General Botha taking over the command Unrigs will he changed, and the whole campa.gn alteied. 1 cannot tell you how wo all feel for Botha. Wo fa.rly worship him. lie has been so splendid over this whole affair, and the country is solid w.tii him, with the exception of a handful of ignorant fools, who are thinking that they will have a llopiibl.c again, forgetting that they arc nob the only people to be considered. The ladies of the Tiansvual are piesenting' General Botha with a banner by “tiekey” subscriptions. One feels you cannot do enough to allow appieciation for the splendid way in which he, has come forward, and so saved this country from appealing absolutely d.spicahle in the sight of the world. Poor old general! what a time he has had since he has been Premier! Xot a hod of roses, 1 assure you, and the Transvaal, I regret to say t.iways the ‘‘seething pot.” What the country would do without him 1 don’t know. There is no other man who can take his place, for lie can, and dors so tactfully, work with both sections of the community. I hope God will ispA'ire General Botha through this camp-Vgn, and bring him safely back. We cannot lore him. . . . Kit-land has boon wonderful, I think, and I only wish I could have the confidence in the ultimate result of this war that the Knglish have. By my want of confidence one can see I was not horn British. “Die Dc.it3uher.-j is zoo breesliih sterk ” that I still fear them.
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WHAT THE EMPIRE OWES TO BOTHA., Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914