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  • ISBN: 1-59087-1871
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Page Count: 430
  • Publisher: Robinson Books

With Roberts to Pretoria: A Tale of the South African War (1900) (G. A. Henty)

$23.95 $18.50

The Boer War gives Mr. Henty an unexcelled opportunity for a thrilling story of present-day interest which the author could not fail to take advantage of. Every boy reader will find this account of the adventures of the young hero most exciting, and, at the same time a wonderfully accurate description of Lord Roberts’s campaign to Pretoria. Boys have found history in the descriptions Mr. Henty provides anything but dull, and the present book is no exception to the rule.

The young hero in this case is Yorke Harburton, who takes passage to South Africa, seeking employment after hard times with his family. When war with the Boers heats up, Yorke joins Lord Robert’s army as a sout. Being quite fluent in Dutch, he slips into Boer towns to gather intelligence. His shrewdness and bravery results in increasingly important tactical assignments!

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With Roberts to Pretoria

A Tale of the South African War

Or, A Story of the Relief of the Legations.  The Boer War gives Mr. Henty an unexcelled opportunity for a thrilling story of present-day interest which the author could not fail to take advantage of. Every boy reader will find this account of the adventures of the young hero most exciting, and, at the same time a wonderfully accurate description of Lord Roberts’s campaign to Pretoria. Boys have found history in the descriptions Mr. Henty provides anything but dull, and the present book With Roberts to Pretoria is no exception to the rule.

The young hero in this case is Yorke Harburton, who takes passage to South Africa, seeking employment after hard times with his family. When war with the Boers heats up, Yorke joins Lord Robert’s army as a sout. Being quite fluent in Dutch, he slips into Boer towns to gather intelligence. His shrewdness and bravery results in increasingly important tactical assignments!

Table of Contents

  1. A Change of Fortune
  2. On a Dutch Farm
  3. A Quarrel
  4. The Ultimatum
  5. Scouting
  6. The Advance
  7. Belmont, Graspan, and the Modder
  8. A Dangerous Mission
  9. Kimberley
  10. An Escape
  11. Magerspontein
  12. A Prisoner
  13. Friends
  14. A Band of Scoundrels
  15. Down Country
  16. An Old Enemy
  17. The Relief of Kimberley
  18. Paardeberg
  19. Mafeking
  20. Johannesburg
  21. Settled

About the Author

British writer George Alfred Henty, who came to be known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling with his own children. After the evening meal, it was his habit to spend an hour or more telling the children a story that he would resume the next day, and the next, until complete.  Some of his stories took weeks to tell!  A friend was present one day and watched the spell-bound reaction of all the children present.  He commended Mr. Henty that he had an exceptional gift, and suggested that he write down his stories for the enjoyment of others beyond his home. Henty took the counsel, began to write, and the result was over 144 books!

Besides these came shorter stories for numerous British magazines. He quickly became known as “The Prince of Story-Tellers” and “The Boy’s Own Historian.” One of Mr. Henty’s secretaries reported that he would quickly pace back and forth in his study dictating stories at a pace that the secretary could barely keep up with writing.

Henty’s stories revolve around fictional boy heroes, pictured during fascinating periods of history, amid all the true events and personalities of the times.  His heroes are smart, devoted to their country, and often find themselves in situations of great danger.  They participate in the conflict of international wars, cross oceans, conquer tyranny and bring freedom to empires, a experience a wide range of other exciting adventures.  In short, Henty’s heroes live through tumultuous historic eras meeting leaders of those times.  Every reader of Henty books will come to a greater understanding of the cultures of many nations in eras across the centuries!

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