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NOTES ON THE CABLES. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
NOTES ON THE CABLES. (By "Rhodesian.") To-day's cables bring news of some activity on the part of the British troops, but not in the locality expected. Major-General French has been en- gaged, by a series of manoeuvres, in pushing the enemy backward towards his own borders. Starting from his headquarters at Naauwpoort, he found the Boers at Rensburg, a small village on the railway line to the north of Arundel, and about half-way between it and Colesberg. The latter place lies a little to the west of the main line of railway, with which it is connected by a branch. It is a nice little town, in which there were a good many Boer and British sympathisers. On the Boers crossing the border the British left, and since then it has been the headquarters of the enemy in the western Orange district. It is com- manded by hills both to the north and the south, and those who occupied the heights controlled the town. Major General French followed up the tactical advantage he had gained by a feigne...
BOERS AT BELMONT PROMPTLY RETIRE. COMMUNICATION RESTORED. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
BOERS AT BELMONT PROMPTLY RETIRE. COMMUNICATION RESTORED. The following was officially com- municated to the "Cape Times" of De- cember 9. It is reported from Belmont that communication with Modder River was interrupted on the morning of the 7th instant near Enslin, two culverts having been blown up and a portion of the line destroyed. The Boers sur-. rounded Enslin, and shelled it with one gun from various positions, but did not venture within musketry range, and retired on the approach of cavalry from Modder River. The repairs to the line are being rapidly carried out, and are expected to be completed by this (Fri- day) evening.
GENERAL PIET CRONJE PASSES THROUGH JOHANNESBURG. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
GENERAL PIET CRONJE PASSES THROUGH JOHIANNESBURG. A small crowd had assembled at Park Station yesterday afternoon (says the "Diggers' News" of the 21st ult.), in- cluding Messrs. Dubuy and Jausen, of the Z.A.S.M., Judge Curlewis, and State Mining Engineer Munnik, when about 5 o'clock the Cronje commando from Mafeking passed through at express speed on its way to Norval's, Pont, to join, the Republican forces at and around the Orange River frontier. The long train was composed of a large number of horse trucks, containing serviceable-looking animals, a truck of "slacht ossen," and a commando of about 500 burghers, who were enthusi- astically cheered as they sped swiftly past the platform. The tanned and bearded warriors seemed in the best of health, and replied to the reception from the station with loud and confi- dent cheers. In a separate compart- ment were General and Mrs. Piet Cronje, who smiled, a contented smile; and it was noticed that our second fighting General and his good...
CHIEF CREUSOT MAN ORDERED TO LEAVE FOR THE FRONT. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
CHIEF CREUSOT MAN ORDERED TO LEAVE FOR THE FRONT. Mr. Edg., Cassan, who has played a prominent part in the bombardment of Mafeking, arrived on the Rand last evening (says the "Diggers' News" of the 21st ult.). He left Molopo last Saturday. Mr. Cassan is attached to the Creusot Battery, and was recalled upon an urgent summons from Pre- toria, and he accordingly left for the capital by goods train at 11 o'clock last evening. It is believed that Mr. Cassan will be commissioned to carry and fire vari- ous other "Long Toms," placed at the disposition of the Republican forces, upon General Buller's artillery in the De Aer-Orange River district. Interviewed last evening, Mr. Cas- san stated that it mattered very little whether Mafeking fell or not. Baden- Powell's forces were virtually prisoners and isolated from their friends. The British artillery and Maxim gun fire was, moreover, very bad indeed; while that of the Creusot showed an average fifty yards accuracy. "And what, as an artiller...
THE BORDER DISTRICTS. A FIGHT NEAR DORDRECHT. THREE REBELS KILLED. HERSCHEL, Dec. 5. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
THE BORDER DISTRICTS. A FIGHT NEAR DORDRECHT. THREE REBELS KILLED. HERSCHEL, Dec. 5. Stoffel Myburgh, who took such a prominent part in rebellious acts in Lady Grey, is now on his farm in a critical state, having been shot through both legs in an encounter between Dordrecht and Barkly East, where also Klaas Bekker and two Nels, local rebels, were killed. There are a con- siderable number of Boers now in Lady Grey. It is reported that an encounter has taken place in Barkly Pass between the C.M.R. and the Boers, the latter being defeated.
A STUBBORN FIGHT. SEVERAL HOURS' FIRE. THE LINE REOPENED. MODDER RIVER BRIDGED. MODDER RIVER, Dec. 8. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
A STUBBORN FIGHT. SEVERAL HOURS' FIRE. THE LINE REOPENED. MODDER RIVER BRIDGED. MODDER RIVER, Dec. 8. Yesterday two companies of the Northampton regiment, entrenched at Enslin Siding, were attacked by about 1000 Boers, with one field gun. The attack was gallantly resisted for several hours when, information hav- ing been given from our heliograph station, the 12th Lancers and Seaforth Highlanders were sent to reinforce, on sight of which the Boers fled. The enemy put two shells into the telegraph station. The high standard of shooting of the Northamptons stood them in good stead. The Boers have interrupted the rail- way and telegraphic communication between Enslin and Belmont, but a party of engineers has gone in the armoured train to repair the damage. Yesterday afternoon the first train crossed the Modder River by the tem- porary bridge amidst cheers from the troops. This undertaking reflects the highest credit on the engineers, and was pushed through with marvellous energy and sk...
FIGHTING AT KURUMAN. GALLANT DEFENCE OF A LONELY OUTPOST. ENEMY REPEATEDLY DRIVEN BACK. THIRTY-FIVE BOERS KILLED. A SIX DAYS' SIEGE. ("Cape Times." Dec. 9.) (Reuter's Special Service.) KURUMAN. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
FIGHTING AT KURUMAN. GALLANT DEFENCE OF A LONELY OUTPOST. ENEMY REPEATEDLY DRIVEN BACK. THIRTY-FIVE BOERS KILLED. A SIX DAYS' SIEGE. ("Cape Times," Dec. 9.) (Reuter's Special Service.) KURUMAN. When the news of the approach of the enemy was received in the camp, redoubts were built, the positions chosen being excellent. In addition to these a strong horse kraal was erected between the huts at the police camp. At 2.40 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, an ultimatum was received from Com- mandant Visser, calling upon the Re- sident Magistrate, Mr. C. H. Hilliard to surrender the town of Kuruman voluntarily, or he would take it by main force. At 5.30 a.m. on Monday an answer was sent to the Boer camp, six miles off, stating that if the Commandant at- tacked Kuruman he would have to take the consequences of his illegal act, as the Government had not instructed the Resident Magistrate to evacuate the town. A further letter in the same strain as the first was sent by Commandant Visser, saying h...
NEWS FROM COLESBERG. CAPETOWN STILL SAFE. NAAUWPOORT, Dec. 8. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
NEWS FROM COLESBERG. CAPETOWN STILL SAFE. NAAUWPOORrT. Dec. 8. A letter from Colesberg, dated the 2nd instant, states that the English inhabitants remain unmolested, with the exception of the arrests already re- ported. The unoccupied houses, in- cluding Plewman's have been ran- sacked, but none of the occupied houses are touched. There is no actual hard- ship from want of provisions. The Boers continue to patrol the district, but loyal farmers have free access to the town and are not molested. M'Far- lane's stores have been completely stripped of everything that was of use to the Boers, but they gave Mrs. M'Far- lane three bags of meal. They have now demanded the keys of Fryer's stores. The Boer force continues to occupy its old positions near Colesberg Junc- tion, and shows no disposition to pro- ceed on its way to Capetown. CRADOCK, Dec. 8. A Colesberg letter states that M'Far- lane's store has been looted, also the dwellings and stores of Plewman, Cohen, and Rickes. The occupied...
SIEGE OF LADYSMITH. BOER VERSION OF THE SIEGE. POUNDING AWAY AT CAMP. A BRITISH DIVERSION. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? (The "Diggers' News.") Head Laager, Ladysmith, Nov. 19. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
SIEGE OF LADYSMITH. BOER VERSION OF THE SIEGE. POUNDING AWAY AT CAMP. A BRITISH DIVERSION. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? (The "Diggers' News.") Head Laager, Ladysmith, Nov. 19. Yesterday, until 9 a.m., a sort of melancholy stillness reigned &nbsp; around Ladysmith, marred only by the inevitable morning salute from our boys, which, for the first time, evoked no response, thereby arousing grave suspicions that Tommy Atkins is either getting tired or becoming ill-mannered. The advent, however, heralded in a complete change in the order of things, which grew in warmth at intervals, until about midnight, when firing ceased. The angry barking of our smaller dogs of war was distinctly heard, to be interrupted by a fiercer and deeper growl of approval from the two big bosses, respectively known as "Long Tom" and Oud Sannie." A strong British outpost, stationed in the vicinity of the high broken ground, about two miles north-west of Lady- smith, but invisible during the daytime; was noticed by ...
TERRIBLE BOER TALES. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
TERRIBLE BOER TALES. These nightly bombardments are said to be telling their terrible tales on the besieged troops in Ladysmith, and a rumour, finding many supporters, has it that important negotiations are in progress, the final result of which will send a ray of light and cheer to thou- sands of hearts in our overburdened and suffering land. Yesterday our burghers were fight- ing for right and justice with all the force of a Christian soldier; to-day they are gathered round their leaders, listening to the Pslams of David with the devotion of the sturdy Puritans. It is reported from the direction of our extreme front that Estcourt has been cut off, and that severe fighting will commence to-morrow. Our loss might mount up a little above the standard, but no fears need be entertained about the result, as our general and burghers are determined to win, and are ready to face anything. Estcourt.-Estcourt, or rather the hill beyond the town, is well located for defensive purposes, and, f...
CHAT OF THE BOER CAMP. Head Laager, Ladysmith, Nov. 20. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
CHAT OF THE BOER, CAMP. Head Laager, Ladysmith, Nov. 20. All well at Pretoria. Town Laager. Saturday was pretty warm. The Bri- tish got a gun into a new position, and some of us in camp had a hot time, shells bursting all around us. Ten grape-shot went through a blanket hung in front of the sleeping place, under a bush. If it had occurred on the previous day, when the occupant was sleeping, he would have been a gone coon. Luckily this day he was absent on picket duty. We are practically without shelter still, and some of our men, used to good times and business in Pretoria, are hardly recognisable, bearded like pards, and blackened from the sun, amongst them your correspondent, who has up to the present had the sky for a roof. We had a warm nine hours on Thurs- day week, under a constant rifle fire. The coolness and bravery both then and on Saturday had to be seen to be appreciated, most of us being town men, and not accustomed to commando life, some not at all, and others not for m...
WAITING FOR THE FALL. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
WAITING FOR THE FALL. A few days more, I take it, will see the fall of Ladysmith. Our guns are keeping a splendid fire up. Our artillery could compare favourably with the best in the world. A word about that canard from Elandslaagte, in "Standard and Dig- gers' News" of the 17th. I was one of the gentlemen concerned, and the whole matter is that we left the head laager late in the evening. A heavy mist came over, and we slightly mistook our road, but struck the Pretoria com- mando all right, a part of our own men, viz., Field-cornet Uys's men, who are under the same commandant as ourselves. What a sensible burgher could want in Ladysmith beats me, un- less ambition in the grave-digging line could attract him there. A general Krysgraad was held this morning, attended both by Transvaal and Free State leaders and generals, presided over by General Schalk Ber- ger. Colonel Blake is mending slowly.
GENERAL WHITE'S NIGHT ATTACK. BRITISH ATTEMPTING. TO LEAVE LADYSMITH. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
GENERAL W?HITE'S NIGHT AT- TACK. BRITISH ATTEMPTING. TO LEAVE LADYSMITH. Head Langer, Ladysmith, November 20-Last night a determined effort was made by the English to escape from Ladysmith. Our outposts discovered a column of infantry and cavalry moving swiftly, but as quietly as possible, out of the besieged city in the direction of Lom- bard's Kop. Simultaneously a column of cavalry and field artillery was seen moving stealthily out on the other side of the city, in the direction of the Pre- toria commando. The escape was evidently most thoroughly planned. A courier reached General Erasmus's headquarters about 8.30 from the Pre- toria camp with the information that the enemy were moving out in force. Instantly couriers were despatched to the several laagers just as the moon came up, making the veldt almost as light as day. Heavy firing was heard in the di- rection of the Heidelberg commando and Lombard's Kop. In less than an hour's time it was reported from that direction that the...
HEAD LAAGER GOSSIP. RAPID MOVEMENTS PARALYSING. HORSE-SICKNESS BROKEN OUT. PREPARATIONS AT MARITZBURG. EXTENSION OF TELEGRAPHS. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
HEAD LAAGER GOSSIP. RAPID MOVEMENTS PARALYSING. HORSE-SICKNESS BROKEN OUT. PREPARATIONS AT MARITZBURG. EXTENSION OF TELEGRAPHS. Head Langer, Ladysmith, Nov. 20. Dr. A. Tren, interviewed on his return from the British MilitaryHospital Camp in Ladysmith, stated that, after handing over his charges to Surgeon-Major Curran, by whom he was treated with great courtesy, he was permitted to see our own wounded, four in number. M. A. Jacobs, of Johannesburg, whose leg was amputated below the knee, speak- ing for others and names taken by another of our doctors, had nothing but praise to bestow for the treatment re- ceived at the hands of the enemy's medical staff and nurses. Questioned about the treatment or the late General Kock, the doctor avers that, on the subject being brought up, Britishers stoutly denied the allega- tions. This matter, however, will no doubt form the subject of an en- quiry. Our friends across the picket-line will be given every opportunity of de- fending themselves, ...
WHAT HE HEARD. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
WHAT HE HEARD. Authorised by our doctor, one of his attendants strolled about the camp, and overheard a British medical officer remark that the Boers were sure to win, as their rapid movements were paralysing in effect. Some of the Bri- tish wounded, being asked for whom and what they were fighting, replied that they did not know, but would not swear it was not for the Mahdi or some such potentate, but certainly not for their Queen and country. The peace and quiet of yesterday has been unbroken to-day. All depart- ments of our service are now running smoothly, and our burghers, in splen- did spirits, are spoiling for another fight. Horse-sickness has made its appear- ance, and our enemies will have yet another foe. A prisoner gives a very interesting account of provision being made at Maritzburg for our reception. He states that a very large body of men has dis- appeared from there for pastures un- known. Efforts should be made to trace them. From the direction of Estcourt in- telli...
DESPATCH RIDER CAPTURED. ESTCOURT BEGGING HELP. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
DESPAT'CHI RIDER CAPTURED. ESTCOURT BEGGING HELP. Head Laager, Ladysmith, Nov. 21 -I learn from a reliable source that the Free Staters have caught an Eng- lish despatch rider from Estcourt. He was carrying letters from the Estcourt troops to General White in Ladysmith, asking for help. After having opened and read the interesting message the Boers gave leave to the man to take to Ladysmith his useless letter.
RAND REPORTS. TWENTY THOUSAND BOERS [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 3 January 1900
RAND REPORTS. TWENTY THOUSAND BOERS ON CAPE-FREE STATE BORDER. It was reported in town last night (says the "Diggers' News" of Novem- ber 21) that authentic news had been received from the Free State border that the British troops were concen- trating at Orange River Camp, and already numbered 15,000, with twenty cannon. General Sir Forestier-Walker was said to be in chief command. Great activity, it was added, prevails at the advanced posts of the British forces, and it was believed that Gene- ral Buller in person would initiate his forward movements early this week. The Republican army is said to be, approximately, 20,000 strong, massed at a strategic point in close proximity to the British base. The whole border from Fourteen Streams to Herschel is, it was further reported, commanded by strong patrols of burghers and northern colonials in revolt. The railway authorities received no- tification last evening that commandoes from Randfontein (Krugersdorp dis- trict) and Potchefstroo...