He had an unspecified role in the 1895 Jameson Raid
, a botched attempt by British Colonials to gain the Transvaal.
Dr Harris' political career started in South Africa, where he became a member of the Cape Province House of Assembly, but it was marred by the Jameson Raid
controversy - under the instruction of businessman Cecil Rhodes, he sent a message to the Times newspaper falsely suggesting Jameson was responding to an immediate request for help.
Quiz of the Day ANSWERS: 1 Mark Taylor; 2 The dingo; 3 Surfing; 4 Michelangelo; 5 Ayrton Senna; 6 Pepper water; 7 The Jameson Raid
; 8 Derek Jacobi; 9 Oberon; 10 Liverpool FC.
Birmingham bands Voodoo Johnson, Raven Vandelle and Jameson Raid
also appear tomorrow.
Rhodes proceeded to help on God's purpose of bringing "peace, liberty and justice" through the Matabele wars, the Jameson Raid
, the Boer War, the subjection, first of the northern negroes and then of the Boers, to British domination, and the creation of a vast system of political corruption both in England and in South Africa.
The invasion and rule of Egypt (1882-1954), ostensibly to straighten out a bankrupt administration and protect the Suez Canal; the Jameson Raid
(1895), conspiratorially devised to aid the "oppressed" British incomers to Boer territory and shift control of the Transvaal from the Dutch to the British; the rule of Nigeria (1900) to protect British trade all of these proved to be laboratories for perfecting the techniques of domination.
The immediate context of Anglo-German tensions for Dracula involves the events surrounding the 'Jameson Raid
' of 1895-96.
The Fort started its life as a jail but was converted to a defensive structure at the time of the Jameson raid
at the end of 1895.
They had expected to be deployed as scouts for the British army, not as garrison troops for Rhodes and his Company, the same gang who had launched the Jameson raid
. Methuen informed Roberts, with some exaggeration, that all bushmen `look with the utmost disfavour on the Jameson Raid
and Rhodes', and that Kenneth Mackay, commanding the largest bushmen contingent, had protested at finding himself under the command of Raleigh Grey, one of Rhodes' lieutenants.
Public disgrace - Oscar Wilde's affair with Alfred Douglas being the most notable example - is an essential theme in Manly Pursuits, and Wills flees from his when Cecil Rhodes, himself disgraced by his encouragement of the 1895 Jameson Raid
, hires him to bring English birds to South Africa for the sake of their singing, which Rhodes believes will prolong his life.
The angle of the book is intriguing and makes a refreshing change from yet another rehash of Rhodes versus Kruger, Chamberlain and the Jameson Raid
, Milner versus the Boer republics, Black Week, Mafeking and all the rest.