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Chicago Man Was Chicagoed

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Parent Issue
Day
22
Month
December
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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J J&3C d case within the past coujple of -nonths in which dusky tellejÉiof African descent have enticed men of Caucasian ancestry to a conveni nt place and caused a separation of vi hatever money might be lingerAng n their pockets, occurred here Sun lay evening. 5C he Chicago Symphony Orchestra sti'B .;k town Sunday afternoon." The idea , thafc they should come from the stoifm center of hold-ups,badger games 'jft flim-flams, and get done up in a itfje town like Ann Arbor, never was a actor in their calcnlations. So a -cofuple of the most "sporty" started oit to see Ann Arbor after ark. ■Jfn their wanderings they carae across tfio decided brunettes. A flirtation of sjport duration was struck up, and it jfrasn't long bef ore the Chicago musicians were comfortably quartered in r rooms of the women. Beer was drank rather freely, and when the musicians rfiturned to their hotel, shortly before midnight, the one who had had the roll of money found that his treasury was depleted. He reported the matter to the sheriff. -is "How1 mach did they touch you for?" asked the officer. , "One hundred and fifty dollars." faWü will see what we can do, but I BJ'i't give you J40 cents for what HH 1 get back," said the sheriff. V i nt out and gathered in the girl B) must have been the one to get ■ money. She was taken to the Hl and confessed to where the money Bis deposited. I ïhe sheriff visited the place again, ■ d found $1.20 was left. This was Mtturned to the musician, and he was Bi happy as the average boy will ■e next Monday morning. BWheriff ; Gillen was asked why the ■man had not been arrested and BRisecuted. Said he: "Because our Bhicago man would not make a comRlaiiüt against her. He could. not Baflford to stay here on the casé when Ihis orchestra is moving around the Bcountry, and I could not very well deBtain him against his will. Of course, Bakould have the legal authority to do v. but he might make a very unwil■ng witness on the stand." "The large lectuse room in Tappan hall was packed Monday afternoon, in spite of the rain, to listen to Prof. Richard Hudson's lecture on the Boer tuation. It was of great interest, fAd delivered in the professor's clear, concise style, which made the hour pass very quickly. He gave a brief outlin of the history of the Cape Colonies settled by the Dutch. The first great event in itshistory was the emancipation of the slaves in 1836. There arose dissatisfaotion by the colonists in not receiving adequate compensation for their slaves. Two [years later from 5,000 t'o 10,000 Boers ïfcft for the northeast. The great íueston was whether Great Britain v 'Tila claim control over them or the land they occupied. At first Great Britaiu refused to assurne the control. The Orange Free State was recognized in 1852, and two years later, the Transvaal Republic. Nothing special happened until 1877. That year the British government sent Sir Alexander Shepstone to inquire into the condition of the country and if the people desired, or he thought expedient, to annex the country. At this time the domestic condition was bordering on anarchy, and the treasury of the 'ransvaal republic was empty. It acked government. War had broken mt bet ween the blacks of the north and the Zulus of the southwest. They lid not always discriminate between !ohe Boers and the British. This caused the investigation of Sir Shepstone. He acted on his authority, and in 1877 declared that the country was annexed. The people would probably have acquiesced, but that the British promised them a legislature, which they failed to keep and also that the 'ínlus were defeated by the British so liat all danger was gone. The content grew until the parliamentary election in England in 1880. Gladstone made reinarks that embarassed him as prime minister. The question was to uphold the policy of Sir Shepstone, or to abandon it. He decided to snstain the act of 1877 in that there had been a new situation created. This decisión of the Gladstone government caused much discontent in the Transvaal, taking the form of an insurrection in the years 1880-1881. The battles and number of men engaged were smali, but the moral influence was great. It caused the Gladstone government to change its policy. It has often been called the policy of surrender. It is fair to say that Gladstone was very kind-hearted and shrank from the shedding of blood. Another thing developed - that a war would interfere with the developmenf of the country - and there was danger then as now of an uprising of the Dntch in the Cape. This led to the conten tion of Pretoria of 1881. In the convention of London three years later the word suzerainty even disappeared to please the Boers. Gold was discovered in Wittewater in 1885, which caused a great immigration. A conservative estímate today places the Boer popnlation in the Transvaal at 80,000 and the Uitlanders at 123,000, who are mostly English people. This fact must be kept in mind. As the foreigners commenced pouring in in snch large numbers, the burghers became alarmed that the Uuitlanders would control the country. Under the influence of this f ear they sought to surround themselves with a Chinese franchise wall. To gain f uil political rights it was necessary to be a resident for 14 years, and even then the candidate was not certain that he could become a citizen. A man had to register, and as the officer received very poor pay, he often pocketed the fee and forgot to place the name on the list. Two years later the candidate was allowed to vote for the second volksrad, which was called a tub fchrown to the Uitlanders whale,as the me.mbers had no power of legislation. When a man became 40 years of age ie could vote for the first volksrad and become a full citizen, if the majority of tht voters in his ward favored it. The burghers were an agricultural class of people and the Uitlanders the ndustrial. How would the people aere feel if all laws were entirely made by the agriculturists. Tteere were other gri svances, such as dynamite monopoly and railroads. The miners had to pay 600,000 pounds or i3, 000, 000 inoie than if free importa;ion was all-owed. The railroad charges were so enormous that the Wittewater men found they could eart ;heir goods 40 miles across the coun;ry f rom the Orange river cbeaper ;han transport them on the Tailroads. When President Kruger discovered this he closed the ford of the river and refused to let any goods pass. Then the liquor question made niuch ■.rouble, as the burghers would not enforce the laws, and sold liquor to the native laborers, 10 per cent. of whom were continually incapacitated frorn labor in consequence. The Uitlanders sent a petition to the British government to assist them, but not to raise the British fiag, which was not ntended. The Dr. Jamesou raid was by the doctor af ter he was told ;o postpone the same. After the various negotiations President Kruger insisted that, while certain questions be arbitrated, the British government would promise never in the future to concern itself about British citizens in ;he Transvaal. Mr. Chamberlain, of course, could not agree to this, and the Boers, having given their ultimatum, declared war. England was totally unprepared for the war. What the outcome will be cannot be said at esent. It must not be forgotten that ;axation without representatiön is contrary to the American declaration of independence. It is, of course, hard for the Boers to see that they are becoming a minority in their own country.