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SWAZILAND. TROUBLOUS TIMES AHEAD. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 8 January 1900
SWAZILAND. TROUBLOUS TIMES AHEAD. The Queen of Swaziland is dead, and the result may ha that the natives may become involved, in the present war, for at present the country is in a dis turbed state. The brother of the late king, a chieL named Necoco, has established a verit able reign of terror throughout the country, and is massacring those who oppose him wholesale. [Swaziland is near the S.E. coast of Africa, and is bounded on the east by the Lombobo Mountain, which sepa rates it from Tongaland and the southern portion of Portuguese East Africa; on the other sides it is sur rounded by the Transvaal, of which it is now a dependlency. The Swazis are a warlike Kallir race. The whole land of the country had been granted in concessions for grazing, farming, mining, and other purposes to burghers of the Transvaal and others, and tlfe Republic itself had acquired from the chief so many rights to land and other sources of revenue in the State that in 1895 the independe;nce of the potentat...
THE FEDERAL CONTINGENT. THE TASMANIAN UNIT. THEIR DEPARTURE. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 8 January 1900
THE FEDERAL CONTINGENT. THE TASMANIAN UNIT. THEIR DEPARTURE. The Minister of Defence (Hon. G. T. Collins) has handed us a copy of a tele gram he received on Saturday from the Premier of New South Wales, noti fying that the troops of that colony leave by the Moravian, which will call at Melbourne for the Tasmanian draft contingent on the 19th inst. We also learn from, the Minister of Defence that the Rev. Mr. Hunter (Church of England) has volunteered to accompany the draft contingent to South Africa, paying all his own ex penses.
IMPERIAL PATRIOTIC FUND. ITS AIMS AND OBJECTS. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 8 January 1900
IMPERIAL PATRIOTIC FUND. ITS AIMS AND OBJECTS. The idea has been sown in the north that the Imperial patrliotic fund, of which the Mayor's and the "Exami ner" funds are branches, will be used solely for the British troops, and that the colonial volunteers will not par ticipate. There is no ground for any such supposition, but as its circulation, without official contradiction, would likely prejudice the minds of people who would! otherwise be disposed to contribute to it, the matter was put before the Chief Secretary (the Hon. G. T. Collins) on Saturday. Mr. Col lins thereupon wired the Premier (Hon. N. E. Lewis)-"It is being suggested up here that the moneys now being raised. for the Mansion House fund will only be. used for the British soldiers, and that the colonial troops will not participate. -Of course the answer to this is that all colonial troops are British troops, but to re move all doubts I would suggest that you ask his Excellency the Governor to telegraph to the Secreta...
LETTER FROM A VICTORIAN. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 8 January 1900
LETTER FROM A VICTORIAN. Mr. E. A. Johnston, of this city, has received a letter from his brother, ex Lieutenant Johnston, latterly of the Garrison Artillery, Victoria, who en listed in the South Australian con tingent as a private, and was soon made corporal, then serge.ant. He has now been promoted to regimental sergeant major. The writer speaks of the Tas manians as a fine body of men, and says the island has ervery cause to be proud of them.
INSURANCE OF TROOPS. MELBOURNE, Saturday. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 8 January 1900
INSURANCE OF TROOPS. MELBOURNE, Saturday. The sub-committee of the Cabinet appointed to enquire into the question of insuring the lives of the, members of the contingent has ascertained that the terms offered by the leading insu rance companies are unsatisfactory,and under the circumstances the Govern ment will ask Parliament to make pro vision where necessary.
CAPTAIN SANFORD KILLED. EXPLOSIVE BULLETS USED. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 8 January 1900
CAPTAIN SANDFORD KILLED. EXPLOSIVE BULLETS USED. The British los,.es in killed numbered eighteen, including Captain Vernon Sandford, and 23 were wounded. The correspondent of 'The Times" states the Boers used explosive bullets 'during the fight and plundered the dead and wounded when it was over. Colonel Baden-Powell in his despatch does not mention either Lord Edward Cecil or Lord Charles Bentinck, both of whom are in Mafeking.
THE LATEST CABLES. FRENCH KEEPS THINGS MOVING. LONDON, Dec. 7. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 8 January 1900
THE LATEST CABflLES. FRENCH KEEPS 'ITHINGS MOVING.. LONDON, Dec. 7. Major-General French at the head of a strong force directed an assault against. the noesr: around Colesberg. No definite tidings of the result are yet to hand, but his sco?uts discovered the enemy had two large guns poste, five miles to the north of the town. An unconfirmed report has reached Capetown to the effe'ct that Colonel French and his trcops had victoriously entered Colesberg.
WORD FROM LADYSMITH. BOER ATTACK REPULSED. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 8 January 1900
WORD FROM LADYSMIT'H. BOER ATTACK REPULSED. General White has reported that the Boers in considerable force made an attack on an outpost some distance from Ladysmith, known as Caesar's Camp. The British sortieq from Ladysmith, Siowever, and a determined fight com menced, the enemy being ultimately re pulsed at each attack. Fighting in the Ieighbourhood con tinues.
PORTUGAL AND BRITAIN. DELAGOA BAY QUESTION. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 8 January 1900
PORTUGAL AND .BRITAI1~. DELAGOA BAY QUESTION. -Relative to the Delagoa Bay question, a semi-olticial report from" Lisbon declares the Anglo-German agreement recognised the integrity of the Portu guese colonies in South-East Africa. Britain and Germany offered, however, to guarantee on the security of the. Por tuguese colonial Customs any loan re quirod for the purpose of replenishing and reorganising the finances of Portu gal. -To this Portugal, it is alleged, has replied that the proposed loan is not needed. It is surmised in some quarters, if this be correct,that Russian and French diplomatists have been at work at the Court of Portugal. . --.
AUSTRALIAN BUSHMEN. MELBOURNE, Sunday. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 8 January 1900
AUSTRALIAN BUSHMEN. MELBOURNE, Sunday. It has been decided to form a camp for the Victorian Bushmen's Corps, which it is proposed to despatch to South Africa. Applications are invited from men accustomed to scouting, who are good riders and have a knowledge of the use of the rifle. Later. It has been decided by the Defence Department and military authorities that all volunteers for the contingent of Australian bushmen must submit themselves to the test of strength, health, and eyesight.
STRENGTH OF BOER FORCES. INTERESTING ESTIMATE OF THEIR DISTRIBUTION. [Newspaper Article] — Examiner — 8 January 1900
STRENGTH OF BOER FORCES. INTERESTING ESTIMATE OF THEIR DISTRIBUTION. The following tabular estimate of the Boer strength is given in the current issue of the "Contemporary Review" by "An Officer": Trans- Free vaal. State,. Mafeking ................ 3,000 Tull .. ........... 1,000 Khama's Land ..... ... 500 Swaziland ........... ... 600 Koomati Poort .......... 1,000 Zululand ................. 500 On the Caledon River watching the Basutos ... 1,000 On the Northern Cape frontier 4,000 Kimberley ............... 4,000 Ladysmith ... . ..... 19,000 - 10,000 Police purposes, etc ..... 1,400 27,000 19,000 These numbers are probably not far from correct; if anything, slightly under the mark. They do not, how ever, include the accessions of strength from the Cape Dutch, which number, on a very low estimate, 2000. The Koomati Poort commando has long since been withdrawn, and is now probably in Natal. Captain Mciklejohn, of the Gordon High landers, writes that he was hit no less than six times ...