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A Capetown correspondent sends the following to the New York Journal : —

Is it the passing of Cecil Bhodes ?

The map-maker of South Africa, the diamond king, the thorn in the side of England, and the hero of the English people is threatened with paralysis. Rhodes will sail from this port for England on July 3rd. That ereot, heroic figure that dominated a wilderness and cut paths through it for the march of civilisation, is hent and decrepit. The once firm lips are agape. The one time far-seeing and fearless eyes are dull and haggard. The wrecker of many an Africander's hope is himself a wreck.

Bhodes lives at Goat Schur, a beautiful country seat near here. It was here that his sister Alice acquired the title of "The most remarkable woman in Africa." He is a woman-hater. His sister is a man-hater. She is very wealthy, of course, and has received many offers of marriage, but she always pooh-poohed the idea.

Miss Bhodes is decidedly masculine in appearance. Her face ia as typically florid as that of the English 'squire. She bas a voice to match her face and figure. Now that he is going home to England to die, it is a rebound of fate that when an Oxford undergraduate Rhodes went to South Africa to prolong his life a few years. Africa agreed with him in more ways than physically. He became its master. ' In that vast expanse of possibility ambition made that Weak schoolboy a man of iron.

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CECIL RHODES. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XVII, Issue 7285, 23 August 1901

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