General Botha: The Career and the Man

General Botha: The Career and the Man

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General Botha: The Career and the Man

General Botha: The Career and the Man

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While writing this book, I have felt all the time that it was in truth "war work." For what better work could one do in war-time than to mirror, as faithfully as one can, the actual figure and performance of a man like Louis Botha? One who is as daring and swift in battle as he is wise and merciful in victory, as skilled a craftsman of peace as he is a master of war, as cunning in cure as he is potent in punishment? For is not this the kind of ministry after which all the nations now crave -- a surgery that binds together as well as cuts asunder, a cautery that heals as well as scorches? May the gods soon give us such in the Old World as in the New!

In collecting materials I have been deeply indebted to many helpers, but chiefly to Mr. and Mrs. R. Crawford Hawkin. Mrs. Hawkin is a sister of General Botha, and she is now domiciled in England. Thus she has been able to help me continuously, and she has never grudged any time or trouble. Of Mr.

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