Excerpt from Lord Roberts of Kandahar, V. C: The Life-Story of a Great Soldier
N 1881 a public speaker referred to Sir Frederick Roberts, as he then was, as the most popular man in England, and there was no exaggeration in the statement. The fame of the great soldier's triump... hant march from Kabul to Kandahar was, of course, then fresh in men's minds. To-day, when the story of that march is nearly twenty years old, it has come to be the lot of the man who was its dominating spirit to enter, at an age when he might excusably have been looking towards the quietude of retirement, upon such a task as has not fallen to any other military leader of our time. The task which Lord Roberts has undertaken in South Africa is likely to make many readers wish for some slight out line sketch of his career, that they may have, in brief compass, the record of the achieve ments which won for, and maintain Lord Roberts in, the position of one of the most popular men of his time. Such outline is all this small book pretends to be. Lord Roberts has himself, in his fascinating volume, Forty-one Years in India, given us8 preface.
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