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Shall We Let Hell Loose in Africa?
A South African Catechism (S570a: 1899)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A full column ad appeared on page 15 of the War Against War in South Africa issue of 20 October 1899 under this title. Wallace contributed a few words to it, at the bottom. Doubtlessly these comments were sent to W. T. Stead, the editor of both Review of Reviews, and WAWiSA. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S570A.htm

    In the Review of Reviews for October 15 is published a succinct illustrated statement of the salient facts concerning the topic of the day.

Extract from Preface.

    The numerous telegrams and despatches, reports of conferences and negotiations, with their confusing demands and explanations, have confused the public mind to such an extent that I probably cannot do better service than to make the story of the Transvaal Trouble as plain and simple as possible. I throw the whole matter into the form of a catechism, and embody the facts in the shape of question and answer, with the special object of bringing into clear relief the reasons why the Boers are distrustful of our good faith in this matter.



  1. The Dutch of South Africa.
  2. The Trek to the Transvaal.
  3. How the Transvaal Was Annexed.
  4. Why It Was Given Back.
  5. The Convention of 1881.
  6. The Convention of 1884.
  7. Naboth's Vineyard.
  8. The Outlanders.
  9. The Action of Mr. Rhodes.
  10. The Complicity of Mr. Chamberlain.
  11. The Jameson Raid.
  12. Sir Alfred Milner and the Outlanders.
  13. The Concessions of Mr. Kruger.
  14. The Conditions of the Boers.
  15. The Joint Commission Accepted.
  16. Pretexts for War.
  17. The Claim for Equal Rights.

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Professor Alfred R. Wallace writes:--

    "The catechism is the best, clearest, fairest, and most forcible statement of the whole case, as I am sure it will appear to the historian of the near future, that has yet appeared."

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