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The great State Trial was on. The witnesses for the Crown had willingly or unwillingly told with fatal certainty the story of Jameson's raid from organization to defeat. The relentlessly exact reports of the testimony had frayed the cloak of chivalry which public opinion had hung upon the shoulders of the accused, and the suspicion was gaining ground that the raid was a bold stroke for wealth planned and carried out in detail by selfishness and greed. The Boer witnesses nightly proclaimed the wrongs of the Transvaal in the smoking-rooms of the hotels. They openly asserted their belief that Jameson and his officers could not be convicted in an English court. Their distrust provoked them, and their self-confidence permitted them, to use the boldest language in discussing the situation in mixed gatherings. The Chief of the Transvaal Mounted Police had exclaimed to a company of Englishmen: "I hope Jameson will be acquitted! I hope he will be acquitted! Then the Transvaal will abrogate the Convention, and that will mean war with England! And we can defeat any army that England can send against us!"

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