Image from page 526 of "Review of reviews and world's work" (1890)
Title: Review of reviews and world's work
Year: 1890 (1890s)
Publisher: New York Review of Reviews Corp
Contributing Library: Robarts - University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto
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, was responsible for the fact that South Africa has of late played a largepart in the worlds affairs. For a year or twohis health had been in a very precarious state,although he continued to direct affairs of greatmagnitude. lie evidently preferred that hisheallii should not be nuide a topic of discussion,even privately a?nong his friends, much less inthe public press. He died on March 26, nearCape Town, of a disease of the heart, at the ageof forty-eight. He was the son of a Church ofEngland clergyman, and on account of consump-tive tendencies had Joined an older brother inSouth Africa while in his teens. He had returnedto England year by year to spend his summers atOxford, and had thus finished his undergraduatestudies and taken the Oxford bachelors degree.Meantime, long before he had completed thisseries of summers spent at college, he had, inSouth Africa, passed through the stage of a younghealth-seeker and mining prospector, and had be-come a man of wealth and marked promise. He
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MK. KHODES ENGLISH BIUTHPI.ACE. (In this house, at Bishop Stortford, Mr. Rhodes was born onJuly 5,1853.) had early identified himself with the diamond-mining industry at Kimberley, and eventuallysucceeded in bringing about a consolidation ofthe diamond interests there under conditionswhich resulted in his becoming a large stockliolderin tlie resultant corporation, and its directingspirit. Tiiese early experiences iiad brought hin>into relations with all the racial and politicalproblems of South Africa. He liad come toknow the Dutch element well,—in Cape Colony,in the Orange fVee State, and in the Transvaal.He had been compelled to give thought to thequestion how to deal with tlie native Africantribes. He was in a position to be one of tluifirst to take advantage of the discovery of goldin the Transvaal, and he became the organizer ofprofitable gold-mining corporations in the Johan-nesburg neighborhood. Meanwhile, he had goneto the provincial parliament of Cape Colony as amember f
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