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General Dewit Gains the Third
Victory Within a Week.
THE BRITISH LOSE HEAVILY
Dispatches from Hie Sent of War Stain, tlmt
Six Hundred Ilrltlsh Were Killed itml
Wounded in one Mutti? und Nino Hun?
dred Tnlcen Prisoners ? Lord Roberta
Heitel by Difficulties Owing to Scarcity
?r Water ? Fighting Tuesday aud Yes?
terday Near Wepener.
: HEAVY CANNONADING HEARD. :
: Plctcrmarllzburg, April 10.? :
: Heavy cannonading commenced :
: this morning In the vicinity of :
: Elandslaagto. :
: Ladysmlth. April 10. ? Heavy :
: firing was heard curly this morn- :
: ing in the direction of Sunday's :
: river. It continued for a few :
: hours. :
: No details of the engagement :
: have been received. :
London, April 11.?A dispatch to the
Dally Mail from Brandfoit, dated Sun?
Yesterday General Dewet inflicted the
third defeat of the British within a
?week at Mocrkatsfonteln, killing and
wounding six hundred. He captured
nine hundred, with twelve guns, losing
five Boers killed and nine wounded.
London, April 11.?The Daily Mall
publishes the following, dated April 10,
from Lorenzo Marques:
"The Netherlands Railway Company
professes to have received a telegram
reporting a. Boer victory near Kroon
stad, the Boers capturing 000 British."
Commenting upon this, the Dally
"There is a Meerkatsfonteln about
eight and a half miles southeast of
Kroonstad, but, If the report he true,
this can hardly he the place."
CONFIRMATION FROM PRETORIA.
London, Aorll 11.?The Dally News
lins the following from Pretoria, dated
Monday, by way of Delagoa. hay:
"It Is officially announced that a bat?
tle lias been fought somh of Brandfoit,
In which six hundred British troops
?were killed and wounded and S00 taken
"Lord Roberts Is declared to be find?
ing great difficulty owing to scarcity
Aliwnl North. April !).?An engage?
ment took place to-day at Wepener.
The Boers' Vlckers-Maxlm did consid?
erable execution at first, but the Brit?
ish gunners soon got the range and did
The lighting was severe and lasted
nil day long. The Boers received a
chick. The casualties were rather
heavy on both sides. Another com?
mando !s advancing toward AVepener
from Dowel's Dorr>.
The Rouxvlllo commando has gone
BATTLE B E N EW ED.
Aliwnl North. April 10? Heavy fight?
ing was continued at Wepener this
morning-. Three Boer commandoes are
attacking the town.
Pretoria, Monday, April 0.?(Via Lou
renzo Marques)?Heavy c annonading is
reported at Fourteen Streams. The
British arc using a naval gun. Lord
Methuun :s moving in the- direction of
Pretoria, April 0.?Yla Louronzo
Marques)?The British casualties in the
fight at Dewet's Dorn were one hun?
dred killed and wounded and four hun?
dred and fifty-nine captured.
The Transvaal Volksraad has been
summoned to meet in ordinary session
on May 10.
GENERAL BRABANT ATTACKED.
London, April 10.?The Boers' attack
on General Brabant's force at Wepener
w?a resumed again at dawn to-day.
The enemy's attack on two or three
sides en .Monday last until 2:30 o'clock
in the afternoon, when the firing
ceased and it waa believed that the
enemy had been beaten off, but it was
announced this morning from Aliwnl
North that the lighting had again be?
gun. General Brabant's forte, number?
ing from two to three thousand, hold
positions in n rough country. The
numerical strength of the Boers is be
Ing rapidly augmented. A body of 2.
000 Roer? is marching towards Spring
fontoin from Smithfield between Wep?
ener and Springfonteln. The detona?
tion of heavy guna wna heard at Ma
zorup on Monday. Sir Godfrey Bag
den, the British resident Commission?
er of Bosutpland has left Mazeru for
The events in the Southeast portion
of the Free State have caused the
eighth division, which had been order?
ed to Fourteen Streams to be diverted
Mysterious movements of troops at
Bloemfontein are proceeding. The
newspaper correspondents are not nl
lowed to telegraph their destinations,
and the presumption is that Lord
Roberts is making dispositions to cut
off the raiding Boer forces when they
try to withdraw northward from the
pursuing British columns.
The reappearance of the Boers in the
occupied country has caused a revival
of the warlike feeling among the Free
Staters of the Fauresmith and Phlllp
polis districts. Tho Federal agents are
busy getting details of the surrendered
Boers, anil owing to the British garrl^
rtfjfis !i 'Ina withdrawn from these dis?
trict Uio Ui'iUsh residents are uneasy,
and sent delegates to Springfontein to
ask for help. They were told that steps
for their defense would he Immediately
The Boers are reported to have ven?
tured south of the Biggarsberg and to
be posting heavy guns four miles north
of Elandslaagtc They are also said
to have fortified the vicinity of AVessels
General Sir Frederick Oarrington has
reached Cape Town and is going to
Beira, Portuguese South Africa, forth?
The War Office proposes to land at
Cape Town before the end of May 20,
001) horses, which will bo convoyed there
in twenty-three steamers sailing from
New Orleans, Buenos Ayres and Aus?
GENERAL P.HITLER AGAIN.
It is rumored that General Butler has
obtained command of one of the Drak
kensberg passes whereby ho hopes to
I take the Doers in the rear- If success?
ful General Duller has sufficient troops
to leave 20.000 men to hold Natal while
he advances by way of Harrismtth,
whence he would bo able to threaten
the Roer positions at Hethlelhem and
PRACTICALLY IN CHARGE,
Reghulio. Orange Free Stale. Mon?
day, April 0.?It is expected thai the
Doers will endeavor to retake and de?
stroy the bridge over the Orange river.
Conseoucntly extraordinary prccau t lohfl
have been taken. A force of Boers is
located twelve miles east. As a matter
or fart the Doers practically again hold
the Free State eastward to the railroad
and are greatly encouraged by their
successes at Ruddersbcrg and Korn
PRISOXEUS REACH SI1. HELENA.
Island of St. Helena. April 10.?The
Niobe and the Milwaukee have arrived
hero with the Roer prisoners. Their
health Is good with the exception of
four cases of measles, necessitating the
Milwaukee being quarantined.
The prisoners are quiet and well be
The Democrats Select Their Can?
didates for Municipal Officers.
SOMEWHAT UNIQUE FEATURE
The Result of it Very Wnt*m l"is;!it -Kmpo
ritt Wants to Orgnnfca u Military Cum
l?imy ?A Prosperous Furnier of Surry
County KllUniiimeir In Bed-Death <>r
tin Olil Citizen <?r Manchester?Attcn
tlAn Called to the l'nrkcr Kill General
(Special to Vlrgtnian-PUot.)
Richmond, April 10.?The primary !
election here to-duy has been an ex-;
citing one, and has brought out a num?
ber of voters, there being many Im?
portant offices to be filled.
A somewhat unique feature In the
I light was the action of three of the
candidates last night. One of them
shipped a keg of beer to a doubtful
precinct. The others being informed r>f 1
his action promptly followed suit,
much to the delight of the "Willing
Workers." The district mentioned was
in a Jubilant state the greater portion
of the night.
Till-: MAIN' FICHT.
The main fight was made to-day on
TO VOTE ON
THE QUAY CASE
The Senate Fixes Tuesday, Aprii
24th, as the Time.
RESOLUTIONS OF REGRET
Tributck to tlio Memory of H>o I.alo Hon.
Ittclitirit PnrliM Itland?Porto Ricnn Tar?
iff Itill Reported to tlio House With the
Kccoiltmcniltltlon that the Sen:ile
Amendment* He Concurred in-The
Agricultural Appropriation Hill ami Hie
Distribution of Seeds by Congressmen.
: (By Telegraph to Ylrglnlan-Pllot.) :
: Washington. D. C, April 10?The :
: Senate Committee on Privileges and :
: Electiona to-dny decided by a un- :
: nnimous vow to recommend the :
: adoutlon of a resolution declaring :
: that Hon. W. A. Clnrk, >>f Montana, :
: Is NOT entitled to occupy his seat :
: as a Senator from Montana- :
Washington. April 10.?Without ob
I jectlon from any source, the SenAte to
1 day, on the request of Mr. Chandler.
I agreed to take a final vote on the right
; of the lion. M. S. Quay to a seat as a
Senator from Pennsylvania on Tues
! day. April 24th, at 4 p. m. During its
session to-day the Senate paid its
HSYYA?D CHILL EGAS
BOER AMAZONS, SKETCHED BY HOWARD C. HILLEGAS AT PRETORIA.
v Pwa,S ?" ,II'."tKa!' thc 'nmous wftr correspondent and author of the book"Ooni Paul's People," has sonl the New
\ork World a sketch of two Boer women who arc fighting In Natal. He states that a. l. nst l.fjfjo Boer women are now
with the troops investing Ladysniltb They are fighting side by side with their husbands. biSdhcrs , ? , ,
Mr. Rii tcgas declares that during the fighting around Spion's kop 14 Hoc- women fought beside their i " , r !
were failed. Back women in the Roer army carries a Manse,- rifle, and strapped around her bodv is a an ?ic ? t 1 "
havcd. They will probably land to?
morrow. The Governor has been noti?
fied of the desire of the authorities that
lite prisoners be treated; with every
courtesy anil consideration.
MORTALITY AMONG HORSKS.
Blocmfontein, Monday, April 0.?Rc
mounts are continually arriving, -but
competent authorities estimate that the
wastage of horses monthly by the Brit?
ish forces in South Africa must be cal?
culated at not less than 5,000.
('Oli. PLUMER'S DEFEAT.
(Saiberoncs, Sun day, April 1.?Yesterday
Colonel Plumer with 270 mounted men
and a few infantry and one Maxim
pun, arrived nt Ramathlabama, where
he left the dismounted men and pro?
ceeded along the railroad to within
sight of Mafoking. The advance guard,
under Colonel White, encountering, u
large body of Boers and almost simul?
taneously the left and right flanks were
attacked and sharp fighting followed.
The Boers were In Crescent shaped for?
mation and outnumbered the Blrtlsh
two to one. They advanced with skill
and Rtubborhcss and persistently en?
deavored to encircle the British. After
holding his ground for tin hour Col?
onel Plumer retired, with the Poets
slowly following bim up. The fighting
continued throughout the ten miles ro
treat to Ramathlabama, where tho Bri?
tish Maxim gun was brought into play.
After a stiff light Colonel Plumer
reached his camp. The British casual?
ties were: Killed. Three officers and
seven men: wounded, :> officers and lit
men; missing 11.
The Boer loss was serious.
At the conclusion of the fight Gen?
eral Enyman informed Colonel Baden
Powell that he had some British
wov.nded and both Baden-Powoll and
Plumer sent ambulances. The Boers
were also busy Sunday collecting their
dead and wounded. Most of the ltrtish
wounded were only slightly hurt. Col?
onel Plumer was wounded but was able
to carry out his duties.
While the ambulance was still at
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three city officers?those of Clerk of the
Hustings Court, Clerk of the Chancery
Court und City Sergeant.
EMPORIA WANTS MILITARY.
The Governor to-day received a pe?
tition from Judge W. Samuel Goodwyn,
of Emporia, and about a hundred citi?
zens of that place asking permission
to form a military company.
The people evidently wish to obviate
the necessity for importing troops in
case of local riots.
SUICIDE IX SITRRY.
information was received here to-day
o( the suicide in Surry county, near
the village of Surry, of Mr. R. T. Ren?
nett, a prosperous farmer '>f that
Mrs. Bennett had risen early and
gone down stairs, leaving her husband
in bed. Shortly afterwards she was
startled by the report of a pistol in her
husband's room. Mushing hack, she
found him dead in bed, a smoking re?
volver beside him. No cause is known
for the act. as Mr. Bennett was In good
health, and had no financial troubles.
He leaves three children.
DEATH IX MANCHESTER.
Mr. T. H. liciit. one of Manchester's
widely-known citizens anil business men
died very suddenly this morning at his
home. Ninth and Hull streets; n^cd
fifty-live years. Mr. Holt was feeling
unwell, though on yesterday he nte
dinner with his family, served by his
daughter. He was taken suddenly very
ill. and Dr. T. I'. Matthews was sum?
moned and attended him,nothing seem?
ed to stimulate him and he expired at
9:.10 o'clock. He was born near Peters?
burg, anil hail heel) n resident of this
city for forty-five years, where he was
regarded as a most affable ami consid?
er.:ti- neighbor, a kind and devoted hus?
band and father. Pour children and a
loving wife are left to mourn their loss.
They are as follows: Mrs. T. E. Cers
ley, of Swansboro; Mr. William E., of
this city: Professor Wnlter T., of
Washington, D. C, and Howard L.
Continued on Page G.
tribute to the late Richard Parks
Bland, long h representative fron? Mis?
souri. The eulogies pronounced on ihn
dead statesman were notable for their
earnestness and eloquence.
Mr. Jones, of Arkansas, Introduced
and ?had adopted n resolution calling
upon the President, if not Incompatible
with the public interest, to transmit to
the Semite a detailed statement of the
expenses of the Commissioner-General
of the Paris Exposition, and also to
stale the salaries of all employees of
the commission. Mr. Jones stated that
the report already Hied does not in?
clude the detailed Items.
Mr. Cullom entered a motion that the
Senate non-concur In the House amend?
ments to-the Hawaiian civil govern?
ment bill, and that the measure he sent
to conference. The conference was
agreed to and Senators Cullom. I.ridge
and Morgan were named as conferees
on the part of the Senate.
Mr. Hoar addressed the Senate briefly
on the Quay case. The Quay resolu?
tion was laid aside for the day. Mr.
Burrows will speak on the subject to?
RESOLUTIONS OF REGRET.
At 1 o'clock resolutions expressive of
the regret of the Senate at the death
of the late Representative Richard
Parks Bland, of Missouri, were called
up by Mr. Oockrcll, of Missouri.
The principal addresses were made
by Messrs. Vest, of Missouri, and Coek
reli, of Missouri, both long-time per?
sonal and political friends of Mr. Bland,
Mr. Vest referred to the dead states?
man ns earnest, honest and modest, of
strong intellect and profound convic?
tions Of duty, the father and pioneer
of bimetallism in the United States, to
which cause he gave his life. The res?
olutions were adopted, and at OJO p. m.
the Senate adjourned.
IN THE HOUSE.
The House of Representatives de?
voted the day to the agricultural appro?
priation bill, passing it substantially as
reported. Animated discussion arose
over a series of amendments ottered by
Mr. Corliss, of Michigan, restricting the
distribution of free seeds und free vac
fine. Mr. Corliss maintained that the
government distributions invaded the
Held of private enterprise. Mis various,'
amendments Called, however, after ex?
An amendment by Mr. Eatimer, of
South Carolina, was adopted, increasing
the supply of "farmers' bulletins,"
Issued by the Agricultural Department,'
and distributed by members of Con?
PORTO RICAN TARIFF BILL.
At the opening of the session Mr.
Payne, Of New York, chairman of the
XVays and Means Committee, reported
back the Potto Klean tarin' bi',1 from
that committee with the recommenda?
tion thai the Senate amendments be
concurred In- It was ordered printed
and placed on the calendar.
A Senate resolution was adopted,
which orders the printing of a special
edition of the year book et" the Depart?
ment of Agriculture for distribution at
the Paris Exposition.
Puder the call of committees, Mr.
Powers, of Vermont, called up the bill
to create a commission i<> make a set?
tlement with the Sioux City and Pacific
railroad of its indebtedness to the
United States, which was considered
but not disposed of several weeks ago.
Mr. Williams, of Mississippi, offered
an amendment providing that the set?
tlement reached by the commission
should be referred to Congress for ap?
proval and acceptance. This amend?
ment was defeated?93 to 109?and the
bill Ilten passed.
The Senate amendments to the Indian
appropriation hill were non-concurred
in and Messrs. Sherman, Curtis aim
Little were appointed conferees.
The House then resumed the con?
sideration of the agrlculiur.il appropri?
ation bill, the pending amendment be?
ing to Increase the appropriation for
farmers' 'bulletins from $S,".00t) to $105,
The Latlnier amendment was resist?
ed by the Agricultural Committee, and
a lively debute ensued, hut the amend?
ment was agreed to si to r>5.
DiSTRlBOTION ok SEEDS.
Mr. Corliss (Michigan) offered an
amendment to the provision for the
free distribution of seeds, providing
that "dinner palla for the laboring peo?
ple" ,>.? Included in this distribution.
He said this was (lithe In good faith,
.is there was as ?much reason to i;i*-e i
dinner palls to one dnss as to give
hi i Is to another claas. He assarted nl
t i t'i t the seed trust disposed of large
(|Unntltles pf worthless seeds to the
The amendment was finally lost;
Mr. Corllsq offered an amendment de?
signed to prevent Ihe'Tree distribution
of vaccine for the cattle disease known
as "black leg." He said Ibis placed
the Government in competition with
After debate the amendment was de?
The bill was then reported to the
House and passed
At 4:15 the Hons.- adjourned.
MAPI*. TO CONGRESS BY THEAS
(By Telegraph to Vlrglnlnn-Pllot)
Washington. D. C., April 10.?The
Secretary of the Treasury to-day sent
to Congress his reply to the House re?
solution of April 2, which called for in?
fo, unit ion as to whether, in his opinion,
the present revenue laws are creating
and will com inn.- to create a surplus
in the Treasury, and it' so, lo what ex
lent u.t the end of the current fiscal
year, ami n like report as the next
fiscal year: also his estimates of the
probable receipts of the Treasury from
all sources of revenue for three years,
and also the amount of Internal reve?
nue taxes received under the war reve?
nue act ?n.?n articles not theretofore
The Secretary, in his reply, estimates
the surplus for the Hscal year ending
June ::0. 1000. at $70,000,000, as follows:
Itecclpts? Customs, (233,000.000: inter?
nal revenue. $293,000,000; miscellaneous,
$35.000,000. Total. $500,000,000.
Expenditures?Civil, $101,000,000; war.
$135,000,000; navy, $55,000,000; Indians,
$11.000.000: pensions, $143,000,000; Inter?
est. $42.000,000. Total, $490,000,000.
The surplus for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 1001, is estimated nl $82,000,000,
Receipts?Customs. $2-10,000,000; inter?
nal revenue, $300,000.000: miscellaneous,
$37,000,000; Total, $577,000,000.
Expenditures -Civil, $115,000,000: war,
$125,000,001); navy. $60,000.000; Indians,
?!0.000.000; pensions, $145.000.000; inter?
est. $40,000.000. Total. $195,000,000.
Total Internal revenue taxes received
under the war revenue net upon arti?
cles not heretofore taxed was (79,055,249.
This amount Includes $15,724,541 for
fiscal year )$99, and $33,330,708 for Hist
months of fiscal year 1900. linder
schedule "A" $3S,C1S.0SI Is give,, for
1899, and $27,439.622 for first b1\ m mths
of tlscal year 1000; tinder schedule "B"
$5.219.737 nnd S3,403.$00; j( :.?< ? -\ $1,235 -
455 and $1.060,872; excise tax. $643,44H
and SS20.010; mixed Hour. $7.SB and
A Victim of ExciBM-nonb
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
New York. April 10.?At the Republi?
can Convention held at Amityvlllc, L.
I., to-day for the election Of delegates
to the Stnlo Convention there was a
row, during which former state Sena?
tor Richard Illgble, the leading Repub?
lican of the east end of Lm>- Island,
became greatly excited. He was one of
those elected delegates and after the
Convention he returned home and was
strick.mi with heart disease, dying with?
in a few minutes.
Roaistratlon Closes To-Morrow
The registration for the coming Dem?
ocratic primary will dose to-morrow
afternoon at ." o'clock. A copy of the
registration books for each precinct
will be turned over to the primary
Electoral Board after the closing of the
There has been a. large registration
in every precinct in the city, and the
biggest primary vote ever polled here Is
OTHER TELEGRAPH PAGE 6|
The Opinion of Democratic Lead?
ers Remote from Norfolk.
ACTION OF THE COUNTIES
General Fitzlitigh Leo AVrltcs from Cuba
that if n Convention Is IIclil to Revise
(ho Constitution,It-.Work .Should be Sub?
mitted to tlio People for Rut I tlrat ion or
Rejection-Captain Cnimu Puttcron En?
dorses Ruth Propositions of Yii-ginJou
The Vlrglnlan-Pllot continues to re?
ceive answers to Inquiries made of
Democratic leaders as to their position
on the questions of holding- a conven?
tion to revise the Constitution of the
Stale, and of submitting the work of
that convention to the people for their
ratification or rejection at the polls.
Below Is reproduced two letters, and
the proceedings of several county con?
GENERAL FITZHUGII LEE. '
Headquarters Department of the
Province of Havana and Pinar Del Rio.
Commanding Oeneral'n Office.
Qucmados, Cuba, April 3, 1900.
sir.?Replying to your communication
1 write i" say that having been absent
from the Slate so much in the laut few
years i do not feel Inclined to escpress
an opinion upon toe necessity of
amending the present Constitution of
tlie stale, in response to your second
question I have no hesitancy in say?
ing that should a Constitutional Con?
vention be called Its work should' be
submitted to the people for ratification
or l ejection.
1 am, Very truly yours.
CAPTAIN GAMM PATTESON.
I favor with all my heart a Consti?
tutional Convention to make a NEW
CONSTITUTION for the State of Vir?
ginia. I also favor the policy of sub?
mitting the work of the Convention to
a vote of the people for ratification or
rejection at the polls.
We ought to have not an amended
but a "NEW CONSTITUTION" for the
FIRST ?The educational Hiatus
should be so changed that the money
of the white people should be devoted
to the education of the white children
and the money of the negroes to the
education of the negro children.
SECOND?The right of suffrage
should be no changed that no man In
Virginia can vote unless he owns TWO
HUNDRED D?LKAUS WORTH OP
PROPERTY, real or personal, or un?
less he can read and write tile English
language, but Confederate soldiers and
sailors are to be except cd from the op?
eration of this clause.
THIRD?All the Judges should be
elected by the people the Judges of the
supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia
for eight years, the Circuit Judges for
six yeans and the County Judges for
four years, and all should be retired
after they reach seventy years on half
pay provided they have nerved con?
tinuously ten years or more.
FOURTH?-No county should be per?
mitted to Impose a levy for taxes great?
er in amount than the State tax. which
should be limited to tlfty cents on the
hundred dollars, ami the State should
not be permitted to give its aid to any
FIFTH?The offices of Treasurer and
Supervisor, Register of the Land Office
and Second Auditor should be abolish?
SIXTH ?United States Senators
flhould be nominated by primaries of
tiie people, who should be allowed to
vole for their choice.
SEVENTH?The Legislature should
not meet but once in three yeajs. and
no m?ney should he appropriated ex?
cept by a two-thirds recorded vote.
EIOHTII?All restrictions as far as
possible should be tauch away from
the l^sue of notes by State Hanks.
? very stich deprivation and restriction
being to that extent an attack upon the
liberty of the people.
NINTH?A two-cent stamp tax
Should be placed upon all cheeks and
the money arising from It devoted ex?
clusively to the pensioning of Confed?
erate soldiers and their widows.
TENTH?Real estate should not be
doubly taxed, as Is now the curse, but
where a deed of trust or mortgage Is
given upon land it ought to be sub?
tracted from the appraisement of the
land and the owner of the deed of
trust or mortgage should pay the tax.
As far as I know or believe the
great mam of the people favor a J'NEW
CONSTITUTION." It vacates all offi?
ces If carried, and hence it will be bit?
terly conteste.l. Human avarice nnd
human selfishness alone can defeat It.
Continued on Page 6.
CLASSIFICATION OF NEWS.
Telegraph News?Pages t. o and II.
! Loc.il News? Pages 2, 3, 5 and tt.
: Virginia News?Page 8.
North Carolina News --Page 7
Portsmouth News?Pages to and 11.
llerKley News?Page 11.
Real Estate?Page 12.