The boers themselves declare solemnly that they were only 100 strong, but this I do not believe.
This was the more necessary because the boers were known to be intensely suspicious.
Still the plan, considering the boers' skill in defending strong positions, had an audacious look about it.
The boers in the Colony are good citizens and loyal subjects.
The four boers looked at one another; their breath came short and harsh.
Consequently, in the (p. 021) present hostilities they have helped the boers.
Gradually this fire was extended until the flanking positions of the boers north-east and south-east were also engaged.
Whatever the reasoning, it was to the method of 1881 that the boers resorted.
To the young boers it was a sight not less tantalising than strange, and their elders had a difficulty in restraining them.
The boers must be close up, for the advance-guard is falling back.
"Dutch colonist in South Africa," 1824, from Dutch boer "farmer," from Middle Dutch, cognate with Old English gebur "dweller, farmer, peasant," and thus related to bower, German Bauer, and the final syllable of neighbor (see boor). Boer War (1899-1902) was technically the Second Boer War, there having been a brief preview 1880-1881.