In writing of his personal association with Rhodes on several separate occasions in the 1890's, Vere Stent reveals the many interesting facets of Rhode's character. Together with the introduction by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick this work makes a significant contribution to the Rhodes bibliography.
Of this fascinating and informative series of articles, the tensely dramatic account of the Great Indaba is outstanding and is generally rated as the best ever record of this important event. Equally dramatic in its description is Stent's coverage of Rhode's funeral and the passage of the funeral train which carried his body from Cape Town to its last resting place in the Matopo Hills near Bulawayo.
Vere Stent was a soldier and journalist. He was born in Queenstown, South Africa, in 1872 and was educated at St. Andrew's college, Grahams-town, and in England. As a young man he went to the Kimberley diamond mines where he first met Rhodes. His closest contacts with him occurred in Matabeleland during the war of 1893, and in the rebellion of 1896when Rhodes invited him, as a newspaper correspondent, to accompany him into the Matabele stronghold to parley with the rebel leaders.
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