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James Douglas Logan

John Douglas Logan (1857 - 1920) was a businessman and long-term proprietor of the hotel at Matjesfontein, a small village on the main railway line from Cape Town; he also went on to become a parliamentarian. He established Matjesfontein as a health resort in 1883, and Schreiner came to know him and his family well when she lived in the village during the early 1890s and then in subsequent visits. In 1892 Logan was at the centre of a major political scandal when it emerged that he had been granted a monopoly catering contract for the Cape railways by his friend, the then minister of railways, James Sivewright. Merriman, Sauer and Rose-Innes voiced their objections and the contract was declared ‘not in public interest’ and cancelled, with Logan eventually receiving a considerable compensation pay-out. The controversy and political fall-out surrounding the Logan contract is often cited as one cause of the break-up of Rhodes’s ministry in 1893. Schreiner recruited his wife and other family members to membership of the Cape Women’s Enfranchisement League.
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