. T . TOO OPTOLTSTIC. Mr. Everett P. Wheeiier, in an article in the. Independent, defends- the course of the British in South Africa, in the following enthusiastic terms: The British will triumph in the end, ind put down the oligarchy of which, krueeer is the Oread, and establish a lust government of freedom and equal r-'eMs. The Boers will not lose one f farm' Thev will find themselves well treated and possessing their just rights ' - their brethren are and do in Cape evhmv and Natal. The next generation viii "shake hands over the bloody iiv, -m " a North arfd South have done. yr rWim.v .-Ul b proud to risrhft under the British flag, as Scotch and Irish and French Canadians now are. Quebec and Edinburgh and Belfast are as loyal as London. In fifty years Pretoria Pre-toria will be as loyal, too; and the story of the mis-government of the Transvaal and of the war that the British waged to vindicate the immortal immor-tal American principle that "taxation and representation are inseparable" will seem like an evil dream. It shrikes us that Mr. Wheeler is quite too optimistic. He has no reason rea-son to assume from the present condition condi-tion of the war that England will ultimately ul-timately triumph. But even if victory should finally come to the British arms, there is no reason to suppose that the Transvaal would be other than a field of exploitation for British greed.