M. T. Steijn, President of the Orange Free State

M. T. Steijn, President of the Orange Free State


Source: Rompel’s Heroes of the Boer War, 115.

“President Steijn felt as much at home in the dwelling of the poorest Boer as in his own circle. When Steijn was still a judge and went on circuit, he loved to go and rest in the simple dwellings where the Boer complained to him of the drought and the locusts and the wife talked to him of the neighbours and the "folk [the Kaffirs]." To hold simple converse with these people was to him a relief from his official duties. He talked politics with them, learnt their ideas, their needs, and always showed himself the born Africander, free of all pride in his superior knowledge. ” [continued below]

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