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VOLUME LXXXYI-NO. 138.
SIEGE OF KIMBERLEY BEGUN BY THE BOERS Capture of Cecil Rhodes Be lieved to Be the Main Object of the Invading Army From the Transvaal. Shots Are Exchanged Between Pa trols and Burghers Near Lady smith, but an Attack on the Town Has Not Been Attempted. Special Cable to The Call and the New York Herald. Copyrighted, 1899, by James Gordon Bennett. LONDON, Oct. ij.— The Daily Telegraph this morn ing publishes the following dispatch from its special corre spondent. "LADYSMITH, Sunday, Oct. 15. — All is quiet along the front The Boers are on the western side of our lines, but are still keeping near the passes, although within the Natal border. Fine weather and moonlight nights may induce a forward movement on their part, or at any rate, some raids. "The only shooting thus far has consisted of an interchange of shots between patrols on the Dundee side and a party of Boers who had crossed Buffalo River, but no casualties occurred. Boer scouts are out upon the Na tal side of Buffalo River. "I have learned that a number of Transvaal Boers are with the Free State Boers on the south side of Bothnas Pass. "Ladysmith Camp is in a splen did defensible situation. It is a healthy place, and our men and horses are thoroughly fit. Boer patrols have been seen occasion ally, but they were twelve miles from camp." \ The I >aily Mail's Cape Town correspondent, telegraphing Sun day evening, says: "Kimberley is besieged and the Boers are massing in force. No details, however, are obtainable. "The Boers have cut the rail way at Belmont, have seized the Spyfontein Railway station and MAP OF THE VICINITY OF MAFEKING. This shows how Colonel Baden-Powell's forces have been cut oft by the Boers, who have seized the railroad both north and south of them, aa will as' ths water supply at RooJgrond. The San Francisco Call. constructed fortified earthworks. There are strong defending forces at M odder River and the Orange River. "The object of these energetic operations is believed to be the capture of Cecil Rhodes. Kim berley is now isolated, both rail way and telegraphic communica tion being cut." The state of affairs at Maf eking can only be conjectured. The occupation of Newcastle by the Boers was prepared for and ex pected, the place having been abandoned by the British. Very heavy rains and snows are reported, which hamper the Boer movements, and they are finding that they began too late to easily obtain the. initial suc cesses counted upon.' They evi dently find the advance upon La dysmith difficult, either from the north or west, as General Sir George Stewart White's recon naissance seems sufficient to deter them for the present. The peaks of the Drakensberg Range are covered and the storms which have occurred must have caused the Boers great discomfort, which probably ex plains their failure to attack Gen eral White. Masterly inactivity characterizes the operations of both sides. Persistent rumors are in circu lation that the Schreiner Minis try to Cape Colony has been dismissed and that Rose Innes had been asked to form a Cabi SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1899. net. These rumors, however, are without foundation. Sir Alfred Milner has wired to Mr. Chamberlain the text of an inflammatory circular, which Field Cornet Viljoen circulated in Johannesburg some weeks ago with a view of incensing the Afri kanders on both sides of the Orange River against England. LONDON, Oct. 16.— Dally Mall's Glencoe correspondent under date of Sun day says: "A force under Commandant Viljoen from Spitzkap occupied Newcastle Satur day afternoon and, lt Is reported, planted their flag over the town hall. It is ru mored that the Boers have captured a po lice patrol of six men at De Jagers Drift, on the Buffalo River." Lord Salisbury has Issued a summons for a Cabinet meeting; to-morrow. The Government has secured the steamer Arawa, which was to have sailed from j Avenmouth to-morrow for Montreal with 1000 passengers. The Australian Govern ment has secured the White Star line steamer Medic, now at Melbourne, to con vey the Australian contingent to South ■ African • : J7J----'-'~"^ — «~-~--~-^*-*>-«"*'«-'-- ■*-- * Th'; Prince and Princess of Wales have each subscribed £200 to the Mansion House fund for the relief of South African refugees. . The Cape Town correspondent of the Morning Leader telegraphing Sunday night says: "It is reported that fighting began at Kimberley this morning. The railway has been cut at Belmont." A special dispatch filed at Dundee, Na tal, Sunday afternoon, reports that Com mandant Viljoen's force had left New castle for Dannhauser, where the Trans vaal flag has been hoisted over the town hall. _ INVESTMENT OF LADYSMITH NOT YET ATTEMPTED DURBAN, Oct.' 15.— following offi cial statement has been published: "The general officer commanding at Ladysmith issued forth on Friday morn ing with a strong flying column and oc cupied a position covering Ladysmith. He reconnoitered for the enemy, who showed no disposition to advance. They are reported to be inside the Berg at the foot of Tintwa Pass in force, with a sec ond command at Olivers ♦ Hock. The troops have returned to quarters." It is reported from Glencoe that a large commando, believed to be Free State Boers, under Commandant Viljoen, Is at the foot of Bothas Pass, one and one half miles on the Natal side of the bor der. The Transvaal flag has been hoisted at Charlestown and Commandant Viljoen has sent a message to Newcastle saying the Boers would hoist the Transvaal flag there on Saturday, but that the people need not be afraid, as everything the Boers take will be paid for. They want to slaughter the cattle. Many people are left in Newcastle, Including women and children. A train of wagons, five or six miles in length, was seen descending Molls Neck toward Doornkorp, north of Woolsdrlft. BOERS CAPTURE NEWCASTLE AND KAFFIRS JOIN THEM NEW YORK, Oct. 15.— A Journal cable from Dundee, Natal, says: I came here from Newcastle on Friday night, leaving that town, from which most of the inhab itants had already fled. Early in the morning two Kaffir scouts came ln and reported seeing a large body of Boers at Spiskop making into Natal. Later lt was ascertained that the enemy was only a strong reconnoitering party. But the In formation caused much anxiety among the Inhabitants remaining, and Inspector Pelley and Railway Superintendent Little john telegraphed to headquarters. They received orders to evacuate. The post office and railway station were closed quickly, while the inhabitants assembled and boarded trains. Crowds of natives begged to be taken along. Many were accommodated. Just as the train was about to leave the Kafllr scouts reported the Boers behind Signal Hill, four miles away. Three white men and their families decided to remain in Newcastle. These were Magistrate Jackson, Police Superintendent McDonald and Station Master Sims, all of whom are on friendly terms with the Dutch. Sims tetegraphed me after the train left that the Boers, numbering 300, had en tered the town and informed the pecpie that all would be well treated and that there was nothing to fear. While this force was occupying New castle a line of wagons several miles long was observed to the eastward, passing along the Transvaal side of Buffalo River. It camped last night at a farm near Buffalo oridge, fifteen miles -from Newcastle. Five thousand Kaffirs in charge of two Europeans, marching from Johannesburg arrived at Newcastle yesterday morning and stopped outside the town. The Boers and inhabitants sent them food and sup plies, and after a short rest the huge procession resumed its march, passing outside the town. . The main body of Boers, 15.000 men. left Newcastle to-day, marching south along the railway line, intending to proceed to This place has been occupied by the Boers. To the north of the town Is Signal Hill, which was useu as a heliograph station during the war of ISSO-81 and to which the news of the defeat of the BrlUsh at Majuba Hill was flashed from Prospect Hill; near the scene. NO BRITISH KILLED WHEN THE ARMORED TRAIN WAS WRECKED Special Cable to The Call and New York Herald. Copyrighted, 1899, by James Gordon Bennett. LONDON, Oct. .15.— Daily News correspondent at Cape Town has Interviewed Flowerday, driver of the armored train which was wrecked by the, Boers at Krapan. The Boers opened fire from a sluit (ravine) close by th" rail road. The party on board the train, numbering fifteen men, took shelter in the armored carriage. A heavy rifle fire was kept up all night. "When morning broke the Boers brought up artillery. The defenders hung out flags of truce. These were disre garded by the enemy, who continued firing for a quarter of an hour. Then, however, they ceased and galloped up on horseback. ,,.- ...— -<;■>- •",'. •-■- *■„■-'•■-■ :.--■• "; '• '•' --"■*-' l^Tf *-*■--, 7 ~- - • ;-;-• .*• -..■■■ _ . Several of the little British party were wounded. Flowerday believes that none were killed. - -...„ ... -^ .;.,.., J The Boers afterward directed an artilley fire on the engine, firing seven shells. "W hen the pilot engine was derailed," said Flowerday, "we spent a half hour trying to get lt back on the track. Then the Boers commenced firing and several men were wounded. The firing was kept up all night, but without effect. The Boers were careful to concentrate their fire upon the engine so as to save the armored carriage and ammunition trucks. At dawn they commenced to bombard the cars. I escaped by crawling a mile and a half on my belly in the sand. When both engines were destroyed Captain Nesbltt exhibited flags of truce, but the Boers continued their firing for another quarter of an hour. '. r .\ : yy 7j "There Is no doubt that all the others on the train are prisoners and that the carriage and ammunition intact fell Into the hands of the Boers." Dannhauser, which is only ten miles north of Glencoe and fifteen miles from Dundee, Other commands are also moving down both sides of the Natal border, threaten ing to inclose Dundee and Ladysmith. Apparently the Boer forces are march ing in three columns. Viljoen commands the center and has the artillery. Colonel Schiel, formerly of the German army and with a German contingent, accompanies him. A strong force was left to occupy and hold Newcastle, and the flag of the South African republic is now floating over the Newcastle town hall. An attack on Dundee on Monday or Tuesday is expected. The Boers will have no difficulty in capturing it, and we will retreat to Ladysmith, where the British will make their stand. 8 p. Three men, who rode all night from Ingogo, have just arrived. They say that 16,000 Boers, with twelve guns, ar rived at Ingogo, north of Newcastle, on Friday noon, looted the stores and passed southward. This force evidently is the same that occupied Newcastle. A Kaffir scout reports that the Boer army has reached Ingagane, less than ten miles south of Newcastle and about twenty-five miles north of Dundee. The advancing column probably has reached Dannhauser, fifteen miles north of Dun dee, to-night. The Boers are compelling Rand refugees to help haul their cannon. BOERS MOY NOT HAVE TRIED TO TAKE MAFEKJNG CAPE TOW Oct. 14 (delayed in trans mission).—Five hundred Boer troops oc cupy Border Siding, northward of Four teen Streams, with cannon, where they are. waiting to destroy the dne or attack Fourteen Streams. The railway telegraph officials have abandoned Maribogo. The nearest Brit ish point of communication, therefore, to Mafeking, Is understood to be at Setlago -111. sixty miles away. tide It is the general belief that the Boers are attacking Mafeking, there is still no confirmation of the reports. If the Boers had met with any success it would surely have been announced, as the only telegraphic communication is in the nanus of the burghers. The absence of news, therefore, is regarded as a good sign. _ . CENSORED NEWS TELLS OF RETREAT OF THE BOERS DURBAN, Oct. Owing to the rigor ous censorship maintained news from the front Is greatly delayed, and reaches here in disjointed dispatches. It Is learned from an authentic source that a large number of troops, Including cavalry, artillery and Infantry, left Lady smith early on Friday morning with wag ons, going in the direction of Acton Homes, where the Boers are reported to be encamped. ... The Dublin Fuslleers arrived from Glen coe by train at 11 o'clock, and proceeded in the same direction. There has been no engagement, the Boers retreating. The British troops remain at a point ten miles from Ladysmith, with the exception of the Dublin Fuslleers. who returned to Glencoe. General Sir William Symons having wired that an attack was ex pected there Saturday morning. The Boers possess Brakwal • station, twenty-flve miles west of Ladysmith, and detachments have also been seen by car bineers at Besters, two stations nearer. The carbineers retired, and the Boers re treated in the direction of Brakwal. AMERICA'S ACT DEPLORED. NEW YORK. Oct. 15.— A r Sun cable from London saya; A dispatch to the VIEW OF NEWCASTLE, UPPER NATAL Times from Odessa says that official cir cles throughout South Russian view with great disappointment and regret the ac ceptance by the United States of the care of British interests in the South African Republic. It is held that the action of the United States indicates moral sup port of Great Britain. GERMAN NEUTRALITY. CAPE TOWN, Oct. 14 (delayed in trans mission). — The German Consul-General has issued a proclamation of neutrality, commanding all Germans to hold aloof from hostilities. • m . NO BATTLE FOUGHT. CAPE TOWN, Oct. 15.— The rumor that a heavy engagement had occurred at Spytsfontein is without foundation % The railway officials have received a dis patch announcing that the railway line was torn up for two miles beyond the Modder River, but no mention was made of fighting having occurred. .J.J MARCHAND WOULD FIGHT. PARIS, Oct. 15.— Major Marchand, who commanded the French expedition into the Soudan, it is stated, wished to go and fight for the Boers as revenge for being obliged to withdraw from Fashoda, but the Government refused him permission to Join the Boer forces. *77j:7-7.V WELL TREATED BY BOERS. CAPE TOWN, Oct. 15.— Conyngham Greene, British agent at Pretoria, re ceived every civility on his journey from the Transvaal capital. Six of President VIGOROUS MEASURES PREVENT AN UPRISING IN MANILA MANILA, Oct. 15.— The authorities were informed yesterday from reliable sources that an outbreak in the poorer districts of Manila had been carefully planned for daylight on Sunday. It failed to occur, probably on account of the vigorous measures enforced. Many natives of the Tonds district left, taking their valuables. All the smaller shops, which the guards usually force to close at 8:30 P. M., were shut at sunset. A general feeling of uneasiness was apparent. The guards of the city were doubled and a strong force sta tioned at the slaughter-house, the center of the unruly section. Two guns of the Sixth Artillery were stationed near by at a point commanding the native quarters. The commanders of the reserve troops were ordered to be prepared for a call at daylight. Three native policemen have been arrested on a charge of plotting an uprising. The fact that their comrades informed the authorities of their treachery indicates that the police force is loyal. Kruger's bodyguard accompanied Mr. Greene to the border of the Free State, and he received the same treatment from the Free State. The news of fighting at Modder River is not confirmed. The station master at Modder River telegraphs that Boers from the north and south have taken Canger shat, which they are fortifying. MULES FOR SOUTH AFRICA. BONHAM. Tex., Oct. 15.— Ed Stager of this city, an extensive dealer in mules and horses, has just filled a contract with the British Government for 1500 mules for service in South Africa, NATAL SUBJECTS JOIN BOERS. DURBAN, Oct. 15.— Two extraordinary gazettes have been issued. The first pro claims martial law in Newcastle, Dundee, Klip River Unsiga and Upper Tugila di visions. The reason given is a belief that Natal subjects have joined the invading Boers and assisted the enemy. The other gazette reminds British subjects of their obligations to the Queen and warns them to abstain from intercourse and trade with the Transvaal and Orange Free State., vytfr) JOUBERT AT LAINGS NECK. i DURBAN, . Oct. 15 (evening).— The Boers who have occupied Newcastle con- sist of Transvaalers, Free Staters and 400 Hollanders. General Joubert is believed to be at Laings Neck, which he is fortifying. ♦ BOERS MARCHING SOUTH. GLENCOE CAMP, Oct. 15 (night).— Boer commands have passed Ingagane, marching south. .^Kf >»: PRICE FIVE CENTS. BOERS FAIL TO AMBUSH A TRAIN Derail the Locomotive, but :. It Is Righted and Gets Away. — — Special Dispatch to The Call. VRTBURG, Cape Colony, Oct. 15.— A hospital train that started for Maribogo has just returned after an adventurous journey. It had reached a curve on a cul vert 700 yards south of Maribogo and had just slackened speed when it was ob served that the rails ahead had been up turned. The brakes were applied but the engine passed onto one rail partly raised and was derailed. The occupants Imme diately righted the engine. At the same time it was observed that a party of Boers were galloping into line east of the railway, but well on the Cape Colony side of the border. Some of the persons on the train declare that they saw a cannon pointed at the train. The intention of the Boers was apparently hostile. The train ran back to Vryburg at full speed, the engine flying a white flag with a red cross. Picks and shovels were seen lying about, and the Boers had apparently been dis turbed while removing the rails. It is learned that previous to the start ing of the train Maribogo telenhoned Vry burg asking that a train be sent up. as all was quite safe. The operator at Vrvburg recognized the voice as that of a Euro pean store clerk. In view of the subse quent report that the Boers were remov ing the rails it is believed the Boers com pelled the clerk to speak through the tel ephone. The nearest Boer command to Vryburg is laagered north of Schweizerrenek, twenty miles distant and two miles in side the Transvaal. The command sent a message to the Vryburg railway station that if the delivery of three wagonloads of meat and two wagonloads of sugar, re ceived a week ago. were refused, the Boers would send 600 men to take them. This morning all the goods at the station were made up in two special trucks. Lieutenant Mason Dead. WASHINGTON. Oct. Word has been received here of the death at Sugurtles Depot. N. V., of Lieutenant Commander T. M. B. Mason, U. S. N., retired. Com mander Mason was a native of New York and was 51 years of age. He was Instru mental in developing the office of naval Intelligence, which proved of great value to the Government during the Spanish- American war.