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Letter Concerning Naturalization Rights of
"Outlanders" in the Transvaal (S574a: 1900)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A letter to the Editor (W. T. Stead) correcting statements made in an earlier number of War Against War in South Africa. Published on page 187 of its issue of 5 January 1900. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S574A.htm

(To the Editor of War Against War in South Africa.)

     Dear Sir,--In your "Appeal" there is a very important error which should be corrected. On p. 2 you say that President Kruger "raised the time of naturalisation from five years to fourteen." This is absolutely untrue. The time of naturalisation is, and I believe always has been, two years, on very simple and easy terms. Two years more gives a vote for the Second Chamber, equal to our House of Commons. The fourteen years you speak of (twelve after naturalisation) only applied to voting for the First Chamber, equal to our House of Lords or the American Senate, and is now seven. These facts are given in the "Statesman's Year Book" for 1897, and were therefore so in 1896 and at the time of the Raid.

     All of the Outlanders who chose could therefore have been naturalised any time this ten years, and could then (in two years more) have voted for the Second Chamber, and even have been elected to the Second Chamber, as one Englishman was elected.

     It should, I think, have been stated that the reply to Sir A. Milner's clap-trap about the Outlanders not having "the elementary rights of citizens" is, that they did not and would not become citizens; they wanted the rights of citizens of one country while remaining citizens or subjects of another.

--Yours very truly,
Alfred R. Wallace.
Parkstone, Dorset, December 19, 1899.

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