the Free State"
Notes on the text
(by John Radcliffe)
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'By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.'loyal People who were loyal to the Orange Free State in the war against the British. Probably most of the population apart from those few of British descent.
The stick is the hand-held angled piece of metal in which the compositor arranged type before inserting it in the forme. I don’t think 'crooning' is a technical term – I guess it is just humming while making up the type by hand.President Brand The much respected President of the Orange Free State from 1864 to 1888.
The forme is the wooden frame in which a newspaper page is made up, and inside which the type can be arranged and locked. On a rotary press, an impression would then be made on a papier-maché mould which can then be curved and cast in metal as a half-circle plate which can be fixed to the presses.
For flatbed, it can be possible to insert the forme directly into the press, but I have never worked with flatbed, so can’t be sure of whether this was still done, but it probably was how Caxton did it in the fifteenth centruy, not making a separate cast-metal plate, which would be expensive and then has to be melted down for re-use. When type is made up from single letters in the font, it can be disassembled and reused, whereas linotype and monotype are cast as a line of type by the machines.
The quoins are wooden bars or wedges which were inserted in the forme to hold blocks of type and lock up the rows of type. [C.B.]
Instead of rejoicing you would do better to weep, for the gold will cause our country to be soaked in blood.Large numbers of uitlanders—foreign adventurers from many different coutries, many of them British—had crowded into Johannesburg in search of wealth. The reluctance of the Transvaal Government to give them political rights was the ostensible cause for which Britain had gone to war.
[quoted in The Great Boer War by Byron Farwell, p. 21]