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I Was There


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The rising in Johannesburg and the Jameson Raid
In 1895 there was great discontent among the British in the Transvaal over President Kruger's policy of excluding them from the franchise and in many other ways discriminating against them.
At last they decided to rebel, and part of the plan was that as soon as they rose in Johannesburg, Dr. Jameson, a friend of Cecil Rhodes , was to cross the border with as many men as he could raise.
Divided counsels in Johannesburg caused delay after delay, and Jameson, unable to restrain his followers, crossed the border on his famous ' Raid ' with not many more than five hundred men, on January 1, 1896. The British in Johannesburg were taken by surprise and had to rise before they were ready.
Frank Worthington was in the town at the time. a young man of twenty-one, and joined the rebellion. This evening he is to describe how he joined Colonel Bettington's Horse and rode out to meet Jameson-who never arrived.


Unknown: Jameson Raid
Unknown: Frank Worthington
Unknown: Cecil Rhodes
Unknown: Frank Worthington

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