Rhodesia and Its Government
(London: Smith, Elder, 1898). . 8vo; original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; pp. xi + (iii) + 352, incl. index; plates; folding map. Corners bumped; backstrip sunned, somewhat frayed at extremities, with code to tail; "Mudie's Select Library" label to upper cover; pocket to front pastedown, and label remnants to free endpapers; library hand-stamps to flyleaf, frontis. recto, and another page of prelims.; penned and stamped codes to title leaf verso; occasional fox spot.; discreet archival tape reinforcing to gutter of folding map. Fair to good condition. (Mendelssohn II, p. 495, Hosken, p. 200) 'Mr. Thomson is a severe critic of the Chartered Company, which he says "as a government, has no claim to indulgence." He maintains that "it has given cause for suspicion to the Boers, to the Portuguese, and to the neighbouring native states, and it has cruelly wronged and oppressed those natives who have been placed under its control... For these things Mr. Rhodes is directly responsible." He considers that the causes of the rebellion in Matabeleland and Mashonaland were the maladministration of affairs in the country, the appointment of native police, the irritation caused by the shooting of the natives' cattle owing to rinderpest regulations, and to the reality of forced labour imposed upon the native races. It is asserted that the natives said, "Our country is gone, our cattle have gone, our people have scattered, we have nothing to live for ... we are the slaves of the white man, we are nobody, and have no rights or laws of any kind... Could there be," asks the author, "a sadder commentary upon the results of our occupation of Matabeleland?" ' - Mendelssohn.
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