I tried my utmost to satisfy them and avert war. I punished thieves, and sent my son Nehemiah and others to watch the partof the country near the Boers, and thus check stealing. In this he was successful, thieving did cease. We were at peace for atime. In the commencement of the present year my people living near farmers received orders to remove from their places.This again caused the fire to burn, still we tried to keep all quiet, but the Boers went further and further day by day introubling the Basutos and threatening war. The President (Boshof) spoke of Warden's line, this was as though he had reallyfired upon us with his guns. Still I tried to avert war. It was not possible, it was commenced by the Boers in massacring my people of Beersheba, and ruining that station, againstthe people of which there was not a shadow of a complaint ever brought forward. Poor people, they thought their honestyand love for Christianity would be a shield for them, and that the white people would attack in the first place, if they attackedat all, those who they said were thieves. I ordered my people then all to retreat towards my residence, and let the fury of theBoers be spent upon an empty land; unfortunately some skirmishes took place, some Boers were killed, some of my peoplealso. We need not wonder at this, such is war! But I will speak of many Basutos who were taken prisoners by the Whites andthen killed, most cruelly. If you require me to bring forward these cases, I will do so. I will however speak of the horribleUNIT 12.2| Imperialism | SQ 10. How did Europeans and people of European descent gain, consolidate, and maintain power in South Africa?