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Excerpt from Evangelical Christendom, Christian Work, and the News of the Churches, 1881, Vol. 35: Also, a Monthly Record of the Transactions of the Evangelical Alliance The intelligence we continue to receive from the Cape is far from satisfactory. The war appears to be spreading, and to be involving fresh tribes and fresh districts in its meshes. The spirit of insurrection is always contagious, and the infection is not unfrequently diffused with marvellous rapidity. The colonial forces are said to be competent to deal effectively with the Basutos, or any other of the native tribes in actual conﬂict, unless overpowering numbers compel them to retreat. But i is not in their power, as in European warfare, to put an end to hostilities by one pitched battle, the result of which would be final and decisive. As matters now stand, it seems likely that the war may be prolonged indefinitely, unless some arrangement can shortly be come to with the chiefs. As regards the causes of the war, and the policy of the Government at the Cape, we gladly avail ourselves of this opportunity to insert a letter from the Rev. W. Tyson, of King William's Town, who takes exception to a statement in our October number, that no compensation was allowed the Basutos for the surrender of their arms. He assures us that this state ment is inaccurate. He also says that hostilities were commenced by the Basutos, who first attacked men of their own tribe who were sending in their arms, and carried off their property and cattle. Mr. Tyson adduces other facts which he thinks we should consider in our estimation of the Cape policy, on the wisdom or otherwise of which he ventures no opinion, affirming only that, however their judg ment may have erred, the intentions of the Colonial Government were good. We accept gratefully his corrections as to facts, and, as regards the inferences drawn, refer our readers to his letter. - Since writing the above, telegraphic information has been received of the serious fact that the Boers of the Transvaal are in open insur rection, and have proclaimed a Republic. The next mail is therefore awaited with the greatest possible anxiety. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.