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Scene I: War Declared. The Girl Neltze Begs to Go. At the time of the opening of the first scene all hope of a peaceful settlement had been abandoned. Actual war had begun and we see a Boer messenger dashing across the country carrying the news to the scattered farmers. At the Voorhaut farm the elder Voorhaut and his son are discussing the rumors of war. Even the Kaffir servant, Schrake, stops to listen. Now they are joined by Neltze. Voorhaut's only daughter. A shout is heard in the distance and up clashes the war messenger. In a few words he tells of the declaration of war and of the appeal to the burghers issued by the President, then rides on. Voorhaut orders his son and the Kaffir to bring their horses. Neltze begs to go with her father. She offers to show him how well she can shoot. He holds out his hat and stepping back a few paces Neltze pulls the trigger and the bullet pierces the hat exactly in the center. But still her father refuses to let her go. Now young Voorhaut and ...