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Van Zyl talked to 'em in Dutch, and one man, a big red-bearded minister, at Beaufort West, I remember, he jest wilted on the platform.Kipling had always found hypocrisy on the part of ministers of religion particularly objectionable.
"Keep your prayers for yourself," says Van Zyl, throwing back a bunch of grapes. You'll need 'em, and you'll need the fruit too, when the war comes down here. You done it," he says. You and your picayune Church that's deader than Cronje's dead horses! What sort of a God have you been unloading on us, you black aasvogels ? The British came, and we beat 'em," he says, " and you sat still and prayed. The British beat us, and you sat still," he says. " You told us to hang on, and we hung on, and our farms was burned, and you sat still--you and your God. "
'...seize every opportunity of acquiring more territory ' because 'we are the finest race in the world, and ... the more of the world we inhabit, the better it is for the human race'.Kipling, who greatly admired Rhodes, would probably have endorsed this statement, though not - perhaps - in such crude terms. It was not a view that commended itself to the Afrikaners, who were a tough pioneer people, ready to fight for their independence.
Narrowly, he had identified Britain's Liberal party as the villain of the piece (and the peace). He had already given an indication of his thinking in `The Science of Rebellion', a pamphlet written for the Imperial South African Association in February, shortly after Queen Victoria's death. There he attacked those elements in the Liberal party who, contrary to the wishes of the generals, were prepared for the stalemated guerrilla war to continue, because this would lead to an increase in domestic income tax, turning the British public more decisively against the war, and so giving succour and political voice to the Bond (the Cape Boers), who would impede the sort of Anglo-Saxon-dominated peace that Rudyard, Rhodes and their friends had in mind.Peace finally came in May 1902. The Boer armies surrendered, handed in their arms, and accepted - bitterly - the status of British colonies. Milner, effectively now the governor of South Africa, set about rebuilding the country. But in 1906 the Liberals came to power in Britain, and in less than a year gave the Transvaal democratically elected self government under the formal authority of the British Crown. The following year the Orange River Colony also receivd a constitution and self-government. Within five years of the Peace Treaty the Boers of the two Republics had succeeded in practice in securing their independence.