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A Century Of Wrong

Auhtor: F Reitz

Language: english
Published: 1900

Genres:

history,  war
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Review by M. Erb, August 2006


Rating: (****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Century Of Wrong':

Francis William Reitz Jr. (Swellendam 5 October 1844 - Cape Town 27 March 1934) was a South African lawyer politician statesman publicist and poet member of parliament of the Cape Colony Chief Justice and fifth State President of the Orange Free State State Secretary of the South African Republic at the time of the Second Boer War and the first president of the Senate of the Union of South Africa. Reitz had an extremely varied political and judicial career that lasted for over forty-five years and spanned four separate political entities: the Cape Colony the Orange Free State the South African Republic and the Union of South Africa. Trained as a lawyer in Cape Town and London Reitz started off in law practice and diamond prospecting before being appointed Chief Justice of the Orange Free State. In the Orange Free State Reitz played an important role in the modernisation of the legal system and the states administrative organisation. at the same time he was also prominent in public life getting involved in the Afrikaner language and culture movement and cultural life in general. Reitz was a popular personality both for his politics and his openness. When State President Brand suddenly died in 1888 Reitz won the presidential elections unopposed. After being re-elected in 1895 subsequently making a trip to Europe Reitz fell seriously ill and had to retire. In 1898 now recovered he was appointed State Secretary of the South African Republic and became a leading Afrikaner political figure during the Second Boer War. Reluctant to shift allegiance to the British Reitz went into voluntary exile after the war ended. Several years later he returned to South Africa and set up a law practice again in Pretoria. In the late 1900s he became involved in politics once more and upon the declaration of the Union of South Africa in 1910 Reitz was chosen the first president of the Senate. Reitz was an important figure in Afrikaner cultural life during most of his life especially through his poems and other publications.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Century Of Wrong':


... I regard it as not merely a duty but an honour to be permitted to bring it before the attention of my countrymen. Rightly or wrongly the British ...
... nine months.]. A CENTURY OF WRONG. Introduction.INTRODUCTION. BROTHER AFRICANDERS. Once more in the annals of our bloodstained history has the ...
... juries because their knowledge of English was too faulty, and their causes and actions had to be determined by Englishmen, with whom they had nothing ...
... the fact that this contention was falsified by the judgment of the English Courts. [19] There was a notion also, says Froude, that the finest ...
... in order to disperse us, and misrepresented us beyond measure. Full of hope we said to ourselves if only the Queen of England and the English people ...
... articles of that Convention endeavoured to establish a modus vivendi between such self-government and the aforesaid suzerainty. Under this bi-lateral ...
... these conditions the National Union movement originated in 1892. Its adherents were entirely composed of the creatures and parasites of the ...
... of the Convention of 1881, the South African Republic was under the suzerainty of Her Majesty, and that it was incompatible with the subordinate ...
... knowing how unpopular the Dynamite Concession was in the South African Republic, intimated to the Government of the South African Republic, in a ...
... committed acts of violence or used seditious language would be held responsible, and in proof of the peaceful objects of the meeting, those who attended ...
... have now examined the principal financial and administrative grievances of the English Uitlanders. I say English Uitlanders advisedly, because ...
... as we are, should be the first among all peoples to begin the struggle against the new-world tyranny of Capitalism, then we are ready to do so, ...
... as to their feelings about various matters, and he had obtained the conviction that there was a great deal of feeling against the British Government.. In ...
... a comparison which yields a difference of nearly 50 per cent. in favour of the Republic. When the matter is examined in detail the case is even stronger. ...
... because the laws with the administration of which that body would have had to concern itself can be carried out in a better and more efficient ...
... of justice in this Republic affords the strongest and most eloquent proof possible that, taking it in general, the administration of justice on the gold ...
... the British courts as well as those of the emigrant farmers shall be mutually open to each other for all legitimate processes, and that summonses for ...
... shall determine. After the boundaries of any location have been fixed, no fresh grant of land within such location will be made, nor will the boundaries ...
... and in prolongation thereof, as far as the road leading from Ludik's Drift, on the Molopo River, past the homestead of Mooimeisjesfontein ...
... and the Transvaal, 23. Milner, Sir Alfred, His Attitude to the Transvaal, 52, 86-88 Quoted, 85. Missionaries in S. Africa, 6. Moffat, ...