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CHAPTER XIII

THE BISHOP OF ZULULAND

The Right Rev. William Marlborough Carter, D.D.

THE CHURCH AND THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA.

“O yet we trust that somehow good
Will be the final goal of ill.”—Tennyson.

 

Setting up the Church in the Home of Warriors—Century's History of Zululand—Early Religious Efforts—Formation of the See of Zululand—Bishop Mackenzie's Lasting Work—Bishop Carter: Out-and-Out Etonian—Aquatic Success at Oxford and Henley—In Charge of Eton Mission in the East End—Condition of the Diocese Eleven Years Ago—Scene of British Valour marked by a Central Church—Zulus and Ancestor Worship—Polygamy a Serious Difficulty—God never intended Blacks and Whites to Marry—Boers and Church Services—War a Hindrance to the Work of the Church—Bishop's Strange Experiences.

Among commercial folk it is not surprising that two distinct sets of opinion range round the question, “Whether war is rightly judged to be an unmitigated evil?” To some trades and professions undoubted blessings, culminating in longed-for prosperity, follow in its train; to others, war affords only the dreaded mantle of depression, seriously felt individually and collectively, it may be for many long, weary months—aye, perhaps years.

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