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OFFICERS OF BURLEIGH COUNTY. Sheriff/ H. P. Bogue Treasujrer E. H. Sperry Audtfolr W. S. Moorhouse Co'unty Judge John Fort "Clerk of Court Walter Skelton States Attorney E. S. Allen Register of Deeds Chas. A. Johnson Coroner John White Superintendent of Schools C. D. Edlck Surveyor John Harold Physician C. A. Ballard County Commissioners-—George A. Welsh, Harvey Harris, Gust W. Johnsoa County Board of Health—Dr. W. A. Bent ley, E. S. Pierce. E. S. Allen. Insanity Board—J. F. Fort, Dr. W. A. Bentley, E. S. Allen. County Justices—Edgar TIbbals, Edward Rawllngs, Elvis Wood, John Clark. County Constables—Patrick McHugh, John Hubert, David Williams, Ole Sather. BISMARCK CITY OFFICIALS. Mayor Edw. G. Patterson Clerk Henry W. Rlchholt Treasurer S. M. Pye Justice J. F. Fort Attorney E. S. Allen Aldermen—First ward, John White, M. J. Halloran Second ward, H. P. Bogue, E S. Pierce Third ward, Walter Skelton, J. A. Barnes Fourth ward, S. D. Rohrer, W. H. Sanderson. Chief of Police P. McHugh Night Watchman John Hubert Chief of Fire Department Wm. Jaeger Custodian of Engine P. McHugh City Surveyor John Harold Poundmaster Chas. White PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND OFFICES. School Board—Jos. Hare, Harvey Harris, H. L. Mlchelson, Louis Larson, James McDonald. State Officials Offices at Capitol County Officials—offices at courthouse ex cept as herein otherwise Indicated. City Council—regular meetings first and third Tuesdays or each month at city hall. Chambers of W .H. Winchester, district judge. First National Bank Building. Office of County Judge Webb Block Office of States Attorney Webb Block Office of Mayor Sheridan House Office of City Treasurer.. .First Nat. Bank Office of City Clerk City Hall Oflfce of City Justice Webb Block Office of County Justice City Hall Office of Supt Schools.First Nat. Bank Blk U. S. Land Office ....First Nat. Bank Blk U. S. Surveyor General Webb Block U. S. court rooms Webb Block U. S. Commissioner, J. R. Gage, First Na tlonal Bank Block. Deputy U. S. Marshal ....E. G. Patterson United States Weather Bureau, (and state weather and crop service) B. H. Itronson, director, government reserve tlon. West Main street. Postoffice, Agatha G. Patterson, postmas ter, Webb Block. St, Alexius Hospital ....Main & Sixth Sts Acting Assistant U. S. Marine Hospital Sur geon, F. R. Smyth, First Nat. Bank Blk. United States Board of Pension Examining Surgeons—Dr. G. A. Stark, president Dr. Ballard, secretary. Board meets the first and third Mondays of each month at the office of Dr. Ballard, First National Bank Block. Western Union Telegraph office, Main and Fourth streets. Authorized Northern Pacific Surgeons—F. ft. Smyth, Bismarck G. B. Furniss, Man dan. Ofliccr in clinrco of construction of now mili tary post, Major E. B.Rohertson, V. R. A. Resident engineer, new military post, T. H. Humphreys, Bismarck Bank block. TERMS OF DISTRICT COURT—SIXTH DISTRICT. First Subdivision—At Bismarck, third Tues day in May and fourth Tuesday in No vember. Second Subdivision—At Medora, Billings County two terms, at such times as judge shall direct. Third Subdivision—At Wllllamsport, Em mons county two terms, at such time as the judge shall direct. Fourth Subdivision—At Steele, Kidder county third Tuesday In June and second Tuesday In January. Fifth Subdivision—At Stanton, Mercer county two terms, at such times as the judge shall direct Sixth Subdivision—At Washburn, McLean county two terms, at such times as the judge shall direct. Seventh Subdivision—At Mandan, Morton county third Tuesday In April and first Wednesday after the first Monday in No vember. Eighth Subdivision—At Sanger, Oliver county two terms, at such times as the judge shall direct. Ninth Subdivision—At Dickinson, Stark county first Tuesday In April and second Tuesday In September. Hon. W. H. Winchester, judge chambers in First National Bank Block. R. M. Tuttle, Stenographer. MAILS AND TRANSPORTATION. MAILS CLOSE. Eastern via N. P. No. 2—7:30 p. m. Western via N. P. No. 1—ll:4.j.a. m. Office hours of postoffice. general delivery, 8 a. m. to 7:30 p. m., dally except Sunday DOX delivery from 7 a. m. to 11 p. m. dally. On Sui.day the general delivery Is open between 1:30 p. m. and 2:30 p. m. Gen eral delivery is closed while mall is being distributed after arrival of trains each way. WEST BOUND. No. 1- Loaves St. Paul at 10:35 p. m. Fargo, 6 :K a. m. Valley City, 7 :i0 a. m. Jamestown, 8:58 a. m. *'fappen, 10:22 Dawson, 10:30 Steele 10:49: *McKenzie, 11:45 *Burleigli, 11 52 a. m. Bismarck, 12:12 p. m. EAST BOUND. No. 2—Leaves Mandan, 11:55 a. m. Bismarck, 12:10 a. m.: 'Burleigh, 12:35 a. m. *McKenzie, 11:43 a. m, Sterling, 12:53 a.m. Steele, 1:43 a.m. Dawson, 2:05 a. m. Jamestown, 3:45 a. m. Valley City, 4:45 a. m. Fargo, 4:00 a. m. St. Paul. 3 p. m. Passengers can obtain permits of agent to ride on some way freights each way. STAGE LINES. For Fort Yates, way points and connections, Including Glencoe, Llvona, Campbell, La Grace, Fort Rice, Cannon Ball, Wllllams port, Gayton, Hampton, Emmonsburg, Winona and Standing Rock stage leaves every morning except Sunday returning leaves Fort Yates at 7 a. m., arriving in Bismarck about 6 p. m. For Fort Berthold, Coal Harbor, Turtle Lake, Weller, Washburn, Painted Woods, Falconer, Elbow Woods, and way points, stage leaves every morning except Sunday returning leaves Berthold every morning, arriving in Bismarck about 5 p. m. For Slaughter, Conger, Crofte, Cromwell and Francis and way points, stage leaves at 8 a. m. Mondays and Fridays return ing arrives in Bismarck Tuesdays and Saturdays. MISSOURI RIVER PACKETS. Benton Transportation Company, I. p. Baker, general superintendent steamers leave weekly during navigation season for Standing Rock, Fort Yates, Cannon Ball and way points, and to Washburn, Coal Harbor, Mannhaven and up river points, as per special announcement. win liiviae tne Time. CHICAGO, Jan. 24.—General J. P. Wade, commander of the Department of the Lakes, left for St. Paul on official business in the Department of the Da kotas. General Wade will divide his time between St. Paul and Chicago, re turning to this city next week. ONE-FOURTH OFF Piatt of Connecticut Will Try to Amend Hawaii and Porto Rico Acts, Charging Them 80 Per Cent of Customs Tariffs Other Coun tries Pay. Would Also Abolish the Provi sions for Delegates in Congress. WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.—Senator Piatt «t Connecticut has given notice of im portant amendments he will offer to the bills providing a form of government for Hawaii and Porto Bico. One of Senator Piatt's proposed amendments to each of the bills strikes out the provision for the election of a delegate to con gress. If adopted, neither Porto Bico nor Hawaii would be represented in congrc.s. The other amendments re late to the customs regulations. In the case of Hawaii, he proposes to eliminate the Hawaiian commission and insert a clause for the continuance of the exist ing customs relations between the United States and Hawaii until further legislation by congress. The customs provisions suggested by Mr. Piatt in the caso of Porto Bico re quires the collection on Porto Bican ar ticles imported into the United States a "sum equivalent to 80 per cent of the customs duties levied upon like articles imported into the United States from foreign countries." Artioles originat ing in the United States and shipped to Porto Bico are to pay there 80 per cent of the duty imposed on importations from other countries. POPULATION OF PORTO BICO Census of the Island Shows About a Mill ion Inhabitants. SAN JUAN, Porto Bico, Jan. 25.—The official census of Porto Bico has been finished. San Juan has 82,600 inhabi tants Ponce nearly twice as many resi dents, the number boing 60,000. There are 957,000 inhabitants on the island. The municipal elections began here Monday. Excellent order prevails. The present registration shows a probable Bepublican majority. The number of voters is 3,000. The Bepublican com missioners have left for Washington by the steamship Madiana. One is former Mayor of San Juan. WESTERN PANAY OPEN. Otis Cables the Resumption of Trade In Another of the Philippines. WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.—General Otis reported to the war department that the western coast of the island of Panay is now open for trade and that the coast of Laguna de Bay and the neighboring sec tions of the country will also be opened to unrestricted traffic by the end of the week. He also reports several minoi engagements with the Filipinos in which the American arms met with the usual success. The enemy lost heavily and a large amount of arms and ammunition was captured. TWENTY-EIGHTH YEAR. BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA, FRIDAY, JAN. 2(5, HUH). New Prison on Alcatraz Island. SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 25.—A new gov ernment prison is to be erected imme diately at Alcatraz island in this harbor. Before the outbreak of the Spanish war, there was room to spare on Alcatraz for all the military prisoners from Califor nia, Oregon and Nevada, but the last lot of 150 from Manila filled the quarters to overflowing. Another consignment of 150 is now daily expected, and in or der to accommodate them, the new prison has to be erected. The prisoners have sentences of from one to five years to serve, nearly all the punishments be ing for breaches of military discipline. Iafayette Avenue It Is. NEW YORK, Jan. 25.—The proposal to change the name of Elm street and La fayette place to Dewey avenue having aroused a storm of protest from those who believed that Lafayette's name should not be superseded by Dewey's, the board of aldermen has decided to name the thoroughfare Lafayette ave nue. Roberts Debate Continued. WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.—The house re sumed the debate on the Roberts case at 11 o'clock. The galleries were again filled, most of the occupants being ladies. Some minor business preceded the resumption of the debate. Amend the Coal Miners' Aet. VICTORIA, B. C., Jan. 25.—The Brit ish Columbia government has decided to so amend the coal miners' act to pro hibit the employment of anyone under ground who cannot read and write Eng lish. Befuse a Writ for Carter. ALBANY, N. Y., Jan. 25.—Judge Wal lace in the United States court con curred with the lower court in refusing to grant a writ of habeas corpus in the case of Oberlin M. Carter, convicted conspiracy against the government. AGAINST THE MINE WORKERS Anthracite Operators Decline to Recog nize the National Miners' Union. PHILADELPHIA, Jnn. 25.—A special from Scrauton says: Officials of three of the big antluacito coal companies have announced that under no circum stances will they treat with the United Mine Workers of America. Their lead in the matter indicates that a similar position will be taken by other corpora tions, the coul carrying roads and the Individual operators. Of these com panies, the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western and the Delaware and Hudson are paramount. Their mines employ no less than 20, 000 men and boys. Contributory to these area large number of individual operators, in which several thousand workmen are engaged. The Hillside Coal and Iron company (properly the Erie Bailroad company) with mines at Forest City, Avoca and Laflin, and also several contributing individual opera tors have set themselves on record us opposed to dealing with the miners' or ganization, and say they are willing to deal with any committee of their own employes, provided such committee comes to them when not under the in fluence of any outside agency. GUEST OF THE PRESIDENT. Mr. Bryan Dines at the Democratic Club, New York City. NEW YORK, Jan. 25.—William Jen nings Bryan dined at the Democratic club during the evening with John W. Kellar, president of the club, and 12 others. The fact that Mr. Bryan was to be a guest at the club caused the seats at the tables to be at a premium. Most of the tables in the general diniugroom were taken possession of as early as 5 o'clock. Many of the club members ate two dinners and drank twice as much wine as they wanted waiting for the distinguished Nebraskan to arrive. At 7:80 Mr. Bryan appeared and was given a hearty welcome. He remained about an hour, Mayor Van Wyck joining the party shortly before the dinner was con cluded. Afterwards a reception was held in the large parlor of the club, about 2,000 persons being present, and at 10 o'clock Mr. Bryan returned to his hotel. THE REAPERS AT WORK. Flax Harvested at Graceville Under Pecu liar Conditions. GRACEVILLE, Minn., Jan. 25.—During the seeding time of last spring an im mense acreage of flax was sown in the low places on many farms throughout the county. The heavy rains of last September flooded the fields, in many places with over afoot of water, making it impossible to get on to the ground with a reaper. Later, when ice formed on the flax fields, it found the grain standing erect and in prime condition for cutting. The reapers were brought out and the har vest began on the ice. In many instances the grain saved in this manner threshed over 20 bushels to the acre and graded No. 1. The discov ery that the grain could be saved has been a source of profit to many farmers. HOOTED THE FRIARS. Filipinos Make a Demonstration at Mgr. Chappelle's Beceptiou. MANILA, Jan. 25.—Archbishop Chap- pelle, papal delegate to the Philippines, gave a reception to the Catholic clergy and laymen for the purpose of conciliat ing the opposing factions. Many promi nent Filipinos attended with a view of making a demonstration against the friars. They hooted Archbishop No sealda and every friar who appeared. On the other hand, General Otis, who attended with his staff, was cheered. Mgr. Chappelle made a speech asking for toleration and patience and promis ing a satisfactory settlement of the ques tions in dispute. WITHOUT A SHOT. Another Filipino Stronghold Falls Into American Hands. MANILA, Jan. 25.—The Americans have occupied Santa Cruz, on L-.icuna do Bay, Laguna province. It was rcixjrted that many insurgents were concentrated there, but the town was found deserted. The military regulation requiring the streets to be cleared of natives at 8:30 p. m. has been changed to 10 o'clock. Tragedy Due to Labor Troubles. CHICAGO, Jan. 25.—As the result of labor troubles of three, months' standing at Winslow Bros.' ornamental iron works, Edward A. O'Connor, secretary of the Chicago Metal Workers' union and a former employe of Winslow Bros., was stabbed to death by Julius A. Wenzel, a non-union employe. National Board of Trade. WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.—The National Board of Trade began its 30th anuual meeting here. In the absence of the president, Frederick Frailey of Philadel phia, ex-Governor E. O. Stannard of St. Louis presided. About 40 commercial bodies were represented by about 135 delegates. Veteran Burned to Death. ARMOUR, S. D., Jan. 25.—The charred remains of Barney Clark, an old soldier and a resident of the ceded portion of the Yankton reservation, were found in the ruins of his house. He had been on a protracted drunk, and was cremated when the building burned. WetUn WANT A BUREAU National Board of Trade Advo cates the Creation of a Com merce Portfolio. Industrial and Commercial Inter ests Are of Such Vast Importance As to Imperatively Demand the Establishment of Such a Department. WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.—The members of the National Board of Trade called at tho White House and paid their respects to the president. On reassembling, C. B. Murray of Cincinnati made a report on the subject of crop report by the agricultural de partment, in which it was suggested that tho department should secure in formation by cable in regurd to crops in Europe. He suggested that there might be more expedition in reaching results, and also that more attention bo given to reports on minor crops. Upon the report of Alden Smith, tho board by a large majority recommended to congress the establishment of another executive department, to bo known as the department of commerce and in dustry. The board favored the enact ment of Senate Bill 738. In making his report, Mr. Smith said that the indus trial, manufacturing and mercantile in terests of the country are of such vast importance as to imperatively demand the establishment of sucb a department. PENSION FIGURES. Number of Pensioners From Kaeli of the American Wars. WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.—Responding to an inquiry from Senator Gallinger, Commissioner of Pensions Evans has Bent to him a statement giving the num ber of pensions borne on the rolls of the office on account of each of the wars of the United States and giving a brief re view of the laws under which they were granted. The statement as to the num ber of pensioners is as follows: On ac' oount of the Revolutionary war, 4 wid ows and 7 daughters War of 1812, 1 survivor, 1,908 widows Indian wars, 1888 to 1842, 1,050 survivors and 3,88!) widows Mexican war, 9,204 survivors and 8,175 widows granted since 1861, under general law, 821,555 invalid and 92,901 widows and other dependents under the law of 1890, invalids, 420,912 widows and dependents, 130,226. BRING BACK THE ALBANY. Commander Craig Leaves for England to Take Charge of Our New Cruiser. NEW YORK, Jan. 25.—Commander Joseph E. Craig sailed on the American line steamship New York to bring back the cruiser Albany which is at the Arm strong yards, Newcastle, and will be turned over to the United States gov ernment in a few weeks. The vessel was purchased just before the war with Spain. With Commander Craig was Assistant Paymaster Philip V. Mohun, who will also be attached to the Albany. The entire crew whicli is to man the Albany, 240 men and 18 officers, will soon sail from here on the Prairie. The Albany is to come to New York. THE CLARK HEARING. Testimony of ltepresentative Fine Pleasing to the Prosecution. WASHINGTON. Jan. 25.—The senate committee on privileges and elections has adjourned until Monday in its in vestigation of charges against Senator Clark of Montana. Witnesses for the prosecution were absent and Senator Faulkner for the defense indicated a de sire that none of those who are to be called as witnesses on that side should testify until the prosecution had com* pleted its case. 'Frisco to Have a Museum. SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 25 —At a meet ing called by President Wheeler of the University of California, and attended by about 50 prominent citizens, steps were taken towards establishing in this city a permanent commercial museum. The gentlemen present were formed into a promotion committee. The idea is to exploit the resources of the Pacific coast. No More Volunteers for Manila. SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 25.—Word has been received from the war department by the officers of the casual detachment at the Presidio that no more enlisted mei# of the volunteer regiments would be sent to Manila. All those who from sickness or other causes are here await ing transportation will be discharged from the service. Lieutenant Stockley Missing. WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.-General Otis cables the war department that Lieu tenant Stockley, Twenty-first infantry, has been missing since the 12th inst. He was on reconnoitering duty at Tali say, near Santo Tomas, near Batangas. and was evidently captured. Search still being prosecuted. REA')S LIKE AN APOLOGY. British Opinion ot HuU»r*K Carefully \/orilel Message. LONDON, Jan. 25.—General Bailor's great turning movement, of which so much had been expectcd, has come to a Standstill. His carefully worded mes sage to the war office telling this, after a silence of two days, reads like an apol ogy and an explanation. General Warren holds the ridges, but •he enemy's positions are higher. The British infantry is separated by only 1,400 yards from tlift enemy, but an ap proach to the stoop slopes, across the bare open, would expose the British to a fatal rifle lire. General Buller's plans havo reached their development. He declines to send his infantry across this icone against formidable positions by daylight and discloses his purpose to assault the Spiou kop heights during the night. This appears to be the key to the Boer defenses. If he takes it and thus com mands the adjacent country an impor tant and possibly a decisive step will have been accomplished. Anticipating Worse New*. The Morning Post and The Standard touch lightly upon the unpleasaut fea tures of the dispatch and take hope from tho projected night attack, but all things considered the dispatch looks like preparation for worse news. Parliament will meet in seven days. Tho cabinet has been hoping for one rattling British success to cheer the country and command general support for fresh financial measures. One of these will probably bo an increase in the income tax to one shilling. Political conditions, both civil and military, press upon the military au thorities the necessity of accomplishing something. It is said Lord Roberts has nothing whatever to do with General Buller's operations. General Buller and the war office communicate with each other direct. Buller's scheme was con ceived before Lord Boberts reached Cape Town and its execution was begun on the day he lauded. GRANTED FURTHER TIME. Decision in the Kentucky Contests Far Distant. FRANKFORT, Jan. 25.—It will be ap proximately three weeks beforo the gu bernatorial contest boards will be able to make their report to the legislature and a vote thereon can be taken by that body. Chairman Hickman of the Goe bel-Taylor contest board announced dur ing the day that it had been determined to allow each side four days longer for tho presentation of evidence. At least two days will bo taken up by argu ments and Mr Hickman said the board would require at least one week in which to go over tho evidence and pre pare its report. Ex-Governor Bradley, for tho coutestee, asked for more time and tho Democratic attorneys gave him two days out of their four. The churches of Frankfort united in a prayer service during tho day, asking that all trouble from the political situa tion might be averted and that all dan ger of bloodshed be avoided. Hill to Take a Vacation. ST. PAUL, Jan. 25.—James J. Hill ot the Great Northern will enjoy this sum mer his first vacation since he became a railroad man 20 years ago. He will pass several months at Paris during the period the exposition will make the French capital more cosmopolitan than ever, more interesting and instructive. Mr. Hill will be accompanied by most of his family, although his sons, J. N. and L. W. Hill, will, it is said, remain here in their father's absence, and will go abroad after his return. Case of Smallpox. MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 25.—A case ol smallpox has been discovered in the heart of the residence section of Minne apolis. The victim is the 6-year-old daughter of P. E. Berrington, 1418 Vine place. There are said to be several other cases of a similar nature in the city. This particular case has been called chicken pox by the attending physician. Quarantined by Smallpox. HUTCHINSON, Kan., Jan. 25.—Travel ing men with routes into the Indian Territory are having a forced vacation on account of the smallpox quarantine there and the railroads in this city re fuse to sell railroad tickets for points further south than Harper, Kan., on the Oklahoma state line. Dawson Fire Story Confirmed. SEATTLE, Wash., Jan. 25.—Advices from the North substantiate the report of a big fire at Dawson. It occurred on Jan. 11, and destroyed buildings and merchandise to the value of *400,000 The news comes by telegraph irons Dawson to Skaguay. To Bepair the Constitution. WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.—Senator Till man, from the senate committee on na val affairs, has reported favorably the bill authorizing the secretary oi tin navy to permit the repair oi' the old United States frigate Constitution and to recommission it. Urgent Deficiency Bill Reported. WASHINGTON-, Jan. 25.—When the senate convened, Mr. Hale reported from the appropriations committee the urgent deficiency bill, and gave notice that he would call it up in the morning. FIVE CENTS STRAIN IS GREAT Britons Anxiously Await News of Buller's Success or Failure. Message Sent Previous to In tended Night Attack In creases Suspense, Because He Was Then Undoubt edly on the Eve of a Great Battle. LONDON, Jan. 25.—1:10 p. m.—As the afternoon progressed, the excitement on Pall Mall reached a high pitch. But the war office officials reiterated at 8:80 p. m., the oft-repeated statement that nothing had been roceived from Gen Buller." The suspense was increased by the belief that General Buller would never have published his intention to attack the Boers on Spion kop, unless satisfied that the assault would be car ried out before tho news could be pub lished, and it was fully anticipated that the news of his success or failure would reach London in a few hours at the most. The cabinet ministers called at the war office, after lunch, to ask for news. LONDON, Jan. 25.—2:40 p.m.—The ex treme tension caused by what may justly be designated the most anxious pause since the war began had not been re lieved up to the time of writing, by any thing save the Stock Exchange rumor, which this time happens to have been Btarted by the bulls, who assert General Warren has captured Spion kop. Anx iety in regard to news is visible on all side. The war office was besieged at an early hour and the clubs and other re Eorts liable to receive early news have been crowded with eager inquirers. It is generally recognized that the Boer position, if ever taken, can only be at a tremendous cost. A dispatch from Pretoria, dated Tues day, Jan. 23, somewhat amplifies the dispatch of Monday, Jan. 22, from the Boer Head Laager, cabled to the Asso ciated Press: It says: Four or live times during the day, the British replaced their wearied soldiers by fresh ones. The Boer cas ualties to date are one man killed and two men slightly injured. Our men are in excellent spirits. There is a large slaughter of the British. The same dispatch, apparently refer ring to the situation at Colenso, says: One of the large Boer Maxims was tem porarily disordered, but was soon re paired. The British northern camp is in con fusion. People are observed trekking aimlessly in all directions. The American Attitude. Commenting on Captain Mahau's at titude, the St. James Gazette remarks: "His advice is good and needed in America. While strict neutrality is maintained in the official world and good will for England it felt by the bet ter-inforined, it is simply misleading the public of this country to suggest, as some correspondents are doing, that an tagonism to England is confined to a negligible body of Americans. The sym pathy of America as a whole, as a matter of fact, is no more with England at this moment, than was our popular sym pathy with thviu at tho outbreak of the war with Spain, and the contrast of of ficial and popular attitudes is no less marked in the United States than it is in Germany." BULLER'S MESSAGE. Would Not Send Ills Men Against the Strong Boer Defenses by Daylight. LONDON, Jan. 25.—The following dis patch from General Buller, dated at Spearmans Camp, Jan. 28, has been posted at the war office: "Warren holds the position he gained two days ago. In front of him, at about 1,240 yards, is the enemy's position, west of Spions kop. It is on higher ground than Warren's position, so it is impossible to see into it properly. "It can be approached only over bare open slopes and the ridges held by War ren are so steep that guns cannot be placed on them. But we are Shelling the Enemy's Position with howitzers and field artillery placed on lower ground behind infantry. "The enemy is replying with creusbte and other artillery. In this duel the advantage rests with us, as we appear to be searching his trenches and his ar tillery fire i& not causing us much loss. "An attempt will be made to seize Spions kop, the salient of which forms the left of the enemy's position facing' Trichards drift and which divides it from Potgieters drift. It has consider able command over all the enemy's en trenchments."