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'Boer irreconcilables' hitched to...

Posted by Sunjuvo on November 19, 2003

I need your helps.
First, I wish yopu read the following quotation.

Here, what I do not understand is "a truck of 'Boer irreconcilables' hitched to every locomotive". I just have an impression on that phrase that Sir Roberts suggested that the British should camouflage its trains with the words showing the trains being Boers not the British. Do you agree with my guess?

Thanks for your help.