The Dark River Author:Sarah Gertrude Millin A fascinating story of the diamond diggings in South Africa. There on the diggings, where humanity was as mixed as a newly-shuffled pack of cards, the author found an abundance of material for this romance that complicates the love of two in the "dark river." John Oliver, came there as a soldier but remaining to seek his fortune in the diggings,... more » finds life not drawn up on the social lines existing elsewhere and this leads to difficulties of a peculiarly Afrikander type.
In no novel has South African life, both of the native Kaffirs and the European settlers, been presented so vividly, realistically and interestingly. "The Dark River" is an absorbing story told by one who is well acquainted with the life she depicts. It is original in its unusual situations and terse, vigorous and simple in style.
This first novel at once places Mrs. Millin among the great English novelists of the day.« less