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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?
doings of the Boers at Morija, they there burnt down the Missionary's house, carried off much goods belonging to theMission, and pillaged and shamefully defiled the Church Buildings. I had given orders that no farms should be burnt, and my orders were obeyed till my people saw village after village burnt off,and the corn destroyed, they then carried destruction among the enemy's homes. On coming to my mountain, the Boersfound I was prepared to check their progress, and they consequently retired. My intention was then to have followed themup, and to have shown them that my people could also carry on offensive operations, believing that having once experiencedthe horrors of war in their midst, I should not soon be troubled by them again. My bands were getting ready to make adescent upon them, when the Boers thought proper to make request for a cessation of hostilities. I knew what misery I shouldbring upon the country by leaving the Basutos to ravage the Boer places, and therefore I have agreed to the proposal of Mr. J.P. Hoffman. I cannot say that I do so with the consent of my people, for many of those who suffered by the enemy wereanxious to recover their losses. If they have remained quiet, it has been owing to my persuasions and my promises that they

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