A Handbook of the Boer War eBook

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[Footnote 4:  “Kaffir” is an Arabic word meaning one who does not believe in the religion of Mahomet.  It was introduced into South Africa by the Portuguese and subsequently applied to the tribes living on the N.E. of the Cape Colony.]

[Footnote 5:  Zilikat’s Nek in the Magaliesberg is named after him.]

[Footnote 6:  In its crudest and least admirable form Patriotism may be expressed in the terms of an equation—­

  One Englishman=Two Aliens.]

[Footnote 7:  Esprit de Corps in the British Army is the predilection of the individual for the unit in which he is serving.  It creates a healthy rivalry which, on the whole, makes for efficiency; but its effects are sometimes unfortunate.  A distinguished regiment was accused of misbehaviour in one of the battles of the advance on Bloemfontein.  The charge was unfounded, but some of its hasty partisans, with the idea of removing the reproach as far as possible from Self and forgetful that the honour of the British Army is not contained in water-tight compartments, endeavoured to transfer the imputation to another regiment in the same brigade.]

[Footnote 8:  The citizens of a Republic are usually more patriotic than the subjects of a Monarchy.  This may be accounted for by the fact that a Republic is usually a new nation or a nation that has made a fresh start and has not had time to get tired of itself.]

[Footnote 9:  Lord Roberts once used the word “glorious.”]

[Footnote 10:  Except the French raid at Fishguard in 1797.]

[Footnote 11:  The Franco-German War cost France £600,000,000 exclusive of the loss from suspension of business and commerce.]

[Footnote 12:  The attaché of a Great Power noticed in the South African War an aversion to the tedious duties of outposts and reconnaissance, and he remarks that “it is often openly stated by British officers that it is better to get now and then into a really tight place by the neglect of these duties than to have to endure the constant irksomeness which they entail.”]

[Footnote 13:  Apart from the question of the relative importance of the two services, it can hardly be denied that the British Naval Officer is an asset more valuable to his country than his brother in the Army.  The social side of his character may be more rugged and less acceptable, but as a rule he has had neither the time nor the inclination to fritter away his manhood in sporting pursuits which do not make for proficiency in his profession, and he therefore excels in it; in spite of trying conditions which do not exist in any other calling, for with some rhetorical exaggeration it may be said that in the lower ranks he is an abject slave, in the higher an irresponsible despot.]

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