The Savage Life. A Second Series of "Camp Notes".
332pp, publisher's red cloth binding.
An entirely unopened and unread copy as the top page edges are still uncut.
Neat old bookplate of Charles Arthur Wynne Finch on the front pastedown. Small cloth abrasion at the spine tail, the book is otherwise in fine condition.
From Mendelssohn: 'Several of the chapters are illustrative of early days on the diamond fields, 1871-2, and "My Adventures at Pniel," and "The Price of my Diamonds," bring back vividly the names of the pioneers and their haunts, and the exciting life of the diggers. In "A Story of the Transvaal," the author states, "I had once occasion to look into the title of 'Vooruitzicht' - the farm now christened Kimberley, but famous through all time as New Rush Diamond Fields. That property was sold upon the strength of a registered division or settlement, which proved on later investigation to be a forgery." It is related how litigant after litigant appeared, each claiming the property, until Government stepped in and stopped all lawsuits, "paying the sum of 100,000 pounds for the estate. Each of the plaintiffs knew, and was proved to know, that his case rested on a falsehood. In spite of that evidence, I am not prepared to dispute their honesty in general, nor their profound sense of religion. Is not the Boer beyond understanding?"'