"You must forgive me for saying that the noise you have just made around this table was very like to the noise made on the verge of the Boer War."

The First Anglo-Boer War was fought from 1880 to 1881, but the war mentioned here is more likely the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). Both wars were fought between the British Empire and the nation of Afrikaners, or Boers, over territory and sovereignty in South Africa.