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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-
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
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
erally admitted that Vryburg
cannot stand a strong Boer at
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
The correspondent of the Daily
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
"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
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
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
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.
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

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