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VOLUME LXXXVI-NO. 136.
BRITISH TROOPS IN NATAL BATTLE WITH THE BOERS General White's Forces En gage Their Relentless Foes, but the Outcome of the Con flict Is Not Known. Burghers From the Transvaal Also Attack Mafeking and Are Re ported to Have Suffered Several Temporary Repulses. LONDON, Oct. 14.— An Edinburgh paper, the Scotsman, this morning asserts that a battle has taken place between the forces of General Sir George Stewart White, commanding in Xatal, and the Boers, who entered Natal by way of Van Reenan's Pass. General White, the Scots man says, is very sanguine of the success of the British movement. The foregoing report is con sidered to be correct, as late last night the War Office had news of a British advance from Lady smith and was hourly expecting further intelligence. A dispatch to the Daily Tele graph from its correspondent at; Ladysmith, dated, at noon on i Friday, says: "A strong mobile column un der General Sir George Stewart ! White, accompanied by General ! Sir Archibald Hunter, proceeded before daylight this morning ! toward Acton Homes for the purpose of reconnoitering. Gen- MAP OF THE WESTERN FRONTIER. in is snows the boundary line between the British and Boer territories from Kimberley on the south to the Marled River on the north, with Kraal Pen Siding, Marlgobo and other points of importanoe. ' The San Francisco Call. I eral White's object was to ob serve what was going on and j also to test the mobility and effi ciency of his forces. All his men are well and the weather is now fine." According to dispatches from Ladvsmith to the Standard and the 'Daily Telegraph, dated Thursday, heavy storms have be gun and forage is scarce on the veldt. Therefore nothing is ex pected to happen for a few days unless the Boers, who were re ported to be advancing, should threaten the British line of de fense drawn from Glencoe Junc tion to Ladvsmith. In this case, according to the dispatches, no apprehension is felt as to the re sult. General White has twelve guns and the Boers eleven. The Daily Mail's Cape Town correspondent, telegraphing on Thursday evening, says: "I learn on good authority that the Boers are attacking Mafeking. They are reported to have already suf fered several repulses. It is gen SAN FRANCISCO, SATURDAY/OCTOBER 14, 1899. erally admitted that Vryburg cannot stand a strong Boer at tack." According to the Daily Mail's Cape Town correspondent, Mr. Schremer, Premier of Cape Colony, will unreservedly sup port the imperial Government. His previous reserve was dic tated by a desire not to drive the extreme Dutch residents to ex cesses. According to the same authority the Railway Depart ment had early intimation of the intention of the Boers to destroy railway bridges over fourteen streams, and sent adequate forces to protect these points. The re sult was that the Boers post poned their attempts. Evart Grobler, member of the Volksraad for Philopolis, has been elected commandant gen eral of the Free State forces. He is only 35 years of age. is well educated, and was a Free State delegate to the Chicago exhibi tion. The correspondent of the Daily SUPERINTENDENT Of RED CROSS AT MANILA SUSTAINS REPORT Of THE GOVERNMENT AGENT Met Him While He Was Investigating the Condition of Affairs in the Philippines, Furnished Him With Data and Knows That an Official Report Was Recently Made and Filed With the War Department. OSWALD H. J. SCHLOTT, who was the superintendent of the Red Cross Society at Man ila, and who recently returned to this city, made the following statement last night regarding the Government agent's report on conditions in the Philippines printed in The Call yesterday: My official position gave me exceptional opportunities for ascertaining the condition of affairs in the islands. I traveled for four months visiting all the large islands, having in my possession a pass from the insurgent government, by whom I was always received with the utmost courtesy and respect. In my travels I met the special agent of the Government, whom I know to have had a pass from President McKinley which entitled him to special consideration from General Otis. I found him to be a thorough gentleman and know he is of high standing in the United States. He was entirely unprejudiced in making his investigations, and exercised his best endeav ors to do justice to the army, the people of the United States, as well as the people in habiting the archipelago. I met the gentleman on his routes in the southern provinces of the Philippines, and a portion of the statement made by him was received through me. He carried on his in vestigations according to the instructions of the home Government and embodied the result in the official report recently filed in Washington. I know the article as published in The Call of Friday morning to be a copy of this offi cial report made by him to the Assistant Secretary of War. I do not know where The Call obtained this report, but I do know that such a report was made and is on file in the War Department." l Mail further says that the Free | State forces have completed all j preparations for the destruction | of the Bothulie bridge when that action becomes necessary. The Prince of Wales has promised to see General Redvers Duller and his staff off from the Waterloo Station to-day. A bis: , demonstration is expected. FIERCE BATTLE IS NOW SAID TO BE RAGING NEW TORK. Oct. 13.— A Journal special dated Ladysmith says: The Orange Free State force has come down, through Van View of Kraal Pan, looking frolm the Boer post near Khunwana toward the station. From Marlgobo, eight miles below, to this point the railroad runs within a few hundred yards of the boundary line, which ls marked by a heavy barbed wire fence. FIFTEEN BRITISH TROOPS MET DEATH ON THE DESTROYED TRAIN LONDON, Oct. 13.— Additional details have been received of the destruction of the armored train at Kraaipan. Concerning the first disaster to tne British troops In the present war the Evening News publishes the follow ing from Cape Town: An armored train has been destroyed south of Mafeking. Fifteen British troops were killed. The Boers shelled the wreckage after the train was destroyed. A later dispatch to the Evening News says the armored train was attempt ing to run through the Boers. An official dispatch received at the Colonial Office says: The armored train was destroyed near Kraaipan station while on the way to Mafeking with guns. Reenans Pass with eleven guns. A battle now rages. General Sir George Stewart White has eleven guns and 3000 men and is sanguine of success. General White, with a strong column, composed of infantry, cavalry and artil lery, accompanied by General Sir Archi bald Hunger, left Ladysmith before day light and moved out toward Acton-Homes to reconnoiter. Acton-Homes lies fifteen miles southwest of Ladysmith, on Vent ers Spruit, only twenty miles from Tint wa Pass. General White's object was not only to reconnoiter, but also to test the mobility and efficiency of his men. He encountered the enemy near there. , -'.-.- Mr. Dawson, station agent at Alder tena, forty-five miles from here, has ar rived. -He reports that the Boers took possession of the station and sent • him over the • border with the mesrage that the Free j State . forces were coming on and would be in Ladysmith to-night. British reinforcements- are arriving and British troops are well and In good spir its. The weather is' fine. The Boers who were on the 'southern slope of Biggarsberg have entered Natal THE SCENE OF THE BOER ATTACK. through Brandon Pass. Railway agents and all Britishers from Charlestown, New Castle and other places north have come in safely. Agents from towns on the Harrismith line also arrived. The line north of New Castle was destroyed before they left. Three trains fllleo wltn refugees passed south last night. They report seeing a large number of Boers sweeping down. Oliver Davis, just in from Ingogo, reports the Boers in great force there. AMERICAN CONSULS WILL NOW PROTECT BRITISH INTERESTS WASHINGTON, Oct. 13. — The State Department was to-day- notified of the withdrawal from Pretoria of Conyngham Greene, the British diplomatic agent to the South African Republic, and the ex istence of a state of war between Great Britain and that republic. Mr. Macrum, the American " Consul at Pretoria, has ac cordingly been Instructed to undertake The War Office has received the following dispatch |pom the general com manding the Cape forces: "CAPE TOWN, Oct. 13. 1:40 p. m.— An armored train from Mafeking, escort ing two 7-pounder guns, sent from here to Mafeking, was attacked last night at Kraaipan. Apparently a rail had been removed. The train left the track and the Boers fired Into it with artillery for half an hour and captured It. Telegraphic communication with Mafeking is interrupted at Kraaipan. The women and children have been sent to Cape Town. The guns belonged to the colony. They are light and of old pattern. We have no details as to casualties CAPE TOWN, Oct. 13, 4:05 p. m.— entire crew of the armored train, with the exception of the engine driver, were made prisoners by the Boers. the care of British Interests in that section during the war. The notification came to the State De partment in the shape of a note from Mr. Tower, In charge of the British Embassy here. The details of the transfer of Brit ish interests In case of war had been pre viously arranged, so that all that was necessary was the dispatch of a brief cablegram to Mr. Macrum at Pretoria. This officer Is the superior in rank to the other Consular representatives of the United States, not only in the Transvaal but In the Orange Free State, and he has been Instructed to give those officials the necessary directions. The only other Con sular officer besiues Mr. Macrum in the South African Republic is Mr. Gordon, who succeeded Mr. Manion as Consular agent at Johannesburg. Mr. Manion hav ing resigned a few months ago. In the Orange Free State the United States is represented by Alfred Elliott, Consular agent at Bloomfontein. He Is an English man, and therefore it is questionable whether he will remain at his post In his capacity as American agent or retire. In the latter case Mr. Macrum will probably select some suitable American to take up the duties of Consular agent. There is no present Intention at the State Department to issue a proclamation of neutrality. It Is customary to omit these proclamations ' until . some emer gency arises calling for their Issue, and such an emergency Is not expected to oc cur In South Africa. BIG INVADING FORCE FROM THE FREE STATE LONDON,' Oct. 14.— Ladysmith cor respondent of the Times, telegraphing on Thursday, says: "A subsequent recon nolsance shows that the invading force from the Free State numbers approxi mately 12,000 men." The Times explains this as evidently re ferring to a previous telegram which has not yet reached them. ONE THOUSAND CANADIAN TROOPS FOR SOUTH AFRICA OTTAWA, Ont., Oct. 13.— a meeting of the Cabinet to-day a decision was reached to send 1000 Canadian soldiers to South Africa as Canada's contribution to the British force now fighting the Boers. This is double the number of trocps asked for by the Imperial Government. At the conclusion of the Cabinet meeting an of ficial statement was handed to. the press by the 'Premier, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, as follows: "The Government has decided to send | 1000 men "to South Africa, a very much 1 larger number than any one of the other ; colonies has sent and larger than the British Government has suggested. The \ only question in the way of the Govern ment's acting more speedily in the. mat ter was as to whether or not Parliament would have to be called on to meet the expenditures. This point was got over | by the form of enlistment, the War Offlce : having stated that units of men of 125 each should be sent and that they would be attached to imperial corps. The Cana dian Government would hay» preferred to have sent a whole regiment with a Ca nadian officer in command. Good marks PRICE FIVE CENTS. men will have the preference. The t'-»v ornment will equip the contingent and pay the cost of transportation to a point on the South African coast. Enrollment will commence at once. The troops, will sail for South Africa before the 30th inst." BRITONS BEGIN TO REALIZE THAT THE WAR IS ON LONDON. Oct. 13.-The announcement that, the Boers had destroyed an armored train on the western border of the Trans vaal is. calculated to bring home to "the man in the street" the realities of war. Attempts are made to liken the occur rence to the blowing up of the United States battleship Maine in Havana har bor, but that event occurred in times of peace. The Boers are doubtless within their rights as belligerents if they are responsible for the destruction of the train. '.'="■' 'v.*. ': xlr-i:". ... . Apart from : this destruction of the .. armored, train, the most notable change | in the position of affairs is the presence of i Boers at Maribogo, forty miles south of j Mafeking, which seems to indicate that they are endeavoring . to get . Colonel i Baden-Powell between two fires. . The gravity of the Boer advance can be better estimated when it is realized that they will thereby cut railway and tele graphic communication to the north isolating several . British positions which must be speedily relieved. Despite the optimistic . reports of the ability of Mafeking to repel attack, the greatest anxiety prevails here regarding the situation . there. . as It is known that the redoubtable commandant, Cronje, who captured the Jameson raiders, has the strongest force yet put in the field with the exception of Commandant General Joubert's force. Cronje's troops now number between 9000 and 10,000 men. The position in Natal has not materially ' altered. The reported inroad of 3000 Boers by way of Tintwa Pass is probably identi cal with the inroad of the force reported yesterday as having crossed Van Reenans Pass. The Ttntwa column, according to the last advices, had reached .within twen ty miles of Ladysmith. On that showing there ought to be speedy news of fighting. Ladysmith is at present the Aldershot of Natal. A dispatch from Cape Town says that no doubt -is felt as to the loyalty of Lerothidi and other native chiefs, and the Basutos are still well in hand, but the Resident Commissioner has decided to pa trol the border in order to prevent raids. KIPLING'S VIEWS ON BOERS PLEASE WARLIKE BRITONS LONDON, Oct. 13.— At Brighton this evening a public meeting was held under the auspices of the South African Asso ciation in support of the Government. The hall was crowded, over 3000 persons being present in consequence of the report that Rudyard Kiplin ; would speak. The audi ence before the addresses began sang pa triotic songs. The chairman, Lord Tal bot, at the outset read the following let ter from Mr. Kipling: I gee the papers have generously credited me with the intention of speaking at your meet ing, but as I pointed out when the association did me the honor to invite me, public speak lu. is entirely out of my way. J need not