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VOLUME LXXXVI— JNO. 140.
FROM BRITISH SOURCES COME REPORTS OF REPULSES OF BOERS AT MAFEKING. LONDON, Oct. 18.— The Morning Post's Ladysmith correspondent telegraphs that the Basutos have risen against the Free State. LADYSMITH, Oct 17, 5 p. m.— The foremost detachment of the enemy's northern column has ad vanced beyond Ingagane, and no definite movement has been made from the Dr.ikensburg passes. LONDON. Oct 17.— special dispatch from Cape Town says that 3* Boers and eighteen British have been killed in a bat tle at Mafeking. This dispatch, however, Is discredited by the following bulletin Issued by the "War Office to-night: "No news of any Importance has been received since yesterday's notice." COLESBURG, Oct 17.— 1t is persistently reported from widely different sources that a largo force of Boers resolutely at tacked Mafeking on Friday and after several hours' fighting were repulsed with heavy loss. , CAPE TOWN, Oct. 17. Communi cation with Belmont station, sixty miles Bouth of Kimberley, is still open. The fight with the armored train from Kimberley. in which the Boers lost more men than they did at Majuba Hill, is held to prove that their shooting is not so good as it is reputed to be. It is the general be lief he-re. from items of Intelligence re ceived, that the Boers actually attacked Mafeking and were repulsed. The re ports of continued fighting there are re garded a^ proving that the Boers failed to score a success. TERMARITZBURG. Natal, Oct. 17. —Private advices received here show that the Boers are proceeding with extreme caution. They are trying to secure strat egic defensive positions, but are afraid to attack the English camps. No definite intelligence has reached here from Kimberley or Mafeking, but in offi cial circles great confidence exists as to the British forces gallantly holding their own. LADYSMITH. Natal. Oct. 17.— Boers are quiet around Glencoe. The main body of General Joubert's column was reported last night to be near Dannhauser and moving south slowly. The Boers must have secured consider able quantities of private stores of grain and forage by the occupation of New castle. LOURENZO MARQUES, Oct. 17.-Ref ugees who have arrived here from the Transvaal report that the Boers have been repulsed at Mafeking, sustaining heavy losses. THREE THOUSAND MOUNTED BOERS NEAR LADYSMITH LONDON. Oct. 17.-No further reliable news from Mafeking has been received. Dr. Leyds, the Plenipotentiary of the Bouth African Government to European Governments, is said to be going to Ber lin shortly to confer with political per sonages. Advices from Durban announce that the Consul of The Netherlands there has is sued a warning to all subjects. The Netherlands is to remain neutral. The Hope town bridge over the Orange River which Cape Town advices to-day Bald had been blown up by the British, Pictorial Map of the Western Frontier of the Transvaal in the Vicinity of Mafeking. v. , o ,i»il^ th^Si^f * °J£ hB B ° er \ at °"°? hoo 8 ' Khutwana and other places east of the frontier, from which they raided Marigobo, Kraal Pan and other H£ X Boer the rail road and how they have ,Sola , Colonel Baden-Powell's forces at Mafeking and cut them off from the - Rooigrond reservoir. The po -B,ti°n tw nomfs Jre rfven fl™' o^^ SmaU Tr^ svaal ****• wh,le the British- flag "larks the only place held by the British. Distances to Pretoria, Cape Town and other points are given in figures, with arrows showing the direction. ' -, •;•'.•■"* The San Francisco Call. l is not the railway bridge, as before re ported, but a bridge twelve miles west of ; the railway over which the old coaching road passes. A special disptch from Pretoria says the ! Boers destroyed the Bechuanaland rail- I way during Friday night from Lobatsl to | Arvogelkop. The Standard's Dundee correspondent, i telegraphing Monday night, says: "The | Boers have brought artillery from New castle and are destroying the railway at Ingagane in order to prevent the ap proach of our armored train." The correspondent of the Dally Mail at Glencoe telegraphs that General Sir Wil liam Symons says that there are only 3000 mounted men in the Boer columns Immed diately north of Ladysmith, but that there are large numbers of men on foot. The horses of the Boers are in wretchedly poor condition and the men look worn out The Boers are robbing all natives traversing the Transvaal. The Cape Town correspondent of the Daily News says that W. P. Schreiner, the Cape Colony Premier, was only in duced to sign the decree proclaiming mar tial law in the northern parts of Cape Colony after Sir Alfred Milner gave him the option of signing or resigning. To save Mr. Schreiner's face the proclama tion so specifically mentioned the fact that the colony had been Invaded by an enemy. HEAVY FIGHTING NORTH OF MAFEKING LONDON. Oct. 17.— special dispatch from Pretoria, dated October 14, by way of Delagoa Bay, says: A cyclist dispatch was received from Ottosheep, near Mal mani, at 6 o'clock asserting that heavy fighting had been in progress all day long north of Mafeking. The British troops on board an armored train acted as a covering force for the engineers engaged in repairing the track. A Maxim on the train kept up a continuous fire. Conspicuous bravery was displayed on both sides, but it soon became apparent that the rifles of the burghers were in effective against an armored train. The latter, however, was once forced to re treat before a particularly strong assault, but it soon returned, accompanied by a British mounted contingent, and the fighting was renewed fiercely. Fighting still continues, the Boers hold ing their positions well. A dozen Boers were killed or wounded, but the British casualties cannot be ascertained. Heavy firing can be heard south of Mafeking, where General Cronje's com mando is operating. A corps of experienced continental en gineers, former officers, has left Pretoria for the southwestern borders, escorted by a commando of picked Poet shot". % It 'Js probably intended for large dynamite op erations. A big engagement Is expected shortly In the vicinity of Ladysmith. The forces of Commandant Piet Vys are encamped on a mountain overlooking Dundee, from which point they will be able to observe the movements of the British troops. AN ARMED TRAIN STANDS OFF THE BOERS KIMBERLEY. Oct. 17.— An armored train, while reconnoiterlng near Spyts fontein, engaged with Boers, killing five SAN FRANCISCO,. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1899. and wounding seven. The British had no losses. LONDON, Oct. 17.— skirmish near Spytsfontein, says a special dispatch from Cape Town, was quite lively. The armored train with a detachment of Lancashires approached unmolested until within range and then the Boers opened fire. The Maxims were strongly set to work and did good execution among the burghers. The latter also used artillery, but ineffectively. The armored train re turned to Kimberley unharmed. The crew of the armored train say the Boers fired thirteen shells,. but their aim was wretched and not a single shot struck the train, which then made bold to approach nearer and opened fire with the Maxims. The burghers replied with heavy rifles, again shooting wildly. Only three or four bullets struck the train. Subsequently the crew learned that Aye Boers and two Boer horses were killed while several Boers and horses were wounded. Not a member of the British force was so much as touched PRELIMINARY BATTLES IN THE BOER ADVANCE PRETORIA. Oct. 14 (Delayed in trans missions-Heavy fighting took place this morning north of Mafeking. An armored train sent to repair the railroad line opened fire on the Boer commando. One burgher was killed and two were wound ed. A second engagement followed, in which nine British were wounded Yesterday while General Cronje's troops were near the broken railway bridge nine miles north ° Mafeking an approaching train loaded with dynamite was fired upon and blown up. There were no casualties on the Transvaal side. Further dispatches received by the Gov ernment say that the fighting continues north of Mafeking. The British, after the second engagement, retired in the direc tion of the town, but the.v resumed the at tack shortly afterward, two burghers be ing killed and three wounded. The com mando engaged was impeded owing to the want of heavy artillery, which was sub sequently obtained from General Cronje COLESBURG, Cane Colony, Oct. 1L- Passengers arriving from Johannesburg are forced to leave the train north of Nor vals Point and to make a detour through the veldt, under escort, joining the train farther south. This is understood to be due to the fact that the Boers have under mined the bridge. LADYSMITH, Natal, Oct. 17.— threatened assault upon Glencoe is be lieved to be a feint in the hope of weaken ing the garrison here and exposing the towns to the westward. The Boers arc resting, preparatory to completing their encircling movement for an .attack upon Dundee. i*hey cannot ad vance much farther without coming Into contact with British cavalry, who screen the position. Nevertheless, the situation is such that little fighting is expected in the near future in this section apart from desultory outpost skirmishes. All the women and children have left Dundee. CAPE TOWN, Oct. 17,— A special dis patch from Mafeking says that all was Intact there up to Saturday night. At that time the Boer artillery was being brought up, but It had not been placed in position. According to these advices, the British have blown up the Hope Town Continued on Second Page. SHAMROCK CRIPPLED AND COLUMBIA HAS A "WALKOVER." TOPMAST OF THE CUP CHALLENGER CARRIED AWAY. After the Shamrock had crossed the starting line yesterday this accident caused her enormous club topsail, with its 3000 feet of canvas, to fall to the deck. This catastrophe caused the Shamrocks captain to at once abandon the race. , NEW YORK, Oct. 17.— Another vic tory for Columbia! Bat public in terest will hardly survive another triumph of the sort. It lapsed with the fall of the challenger's topmast, and though a part of the excur sion fleet followed the Columbia in her solitary ramble around the triangular course there were few to grow enthus iastic over a victory which accident had rendered certain. . Nor was there any ap plause for the Columbia when after that mishap to the Shamrock the defender con tinued upon her course. "Magnificent, but it is not war," was a soldier's comment on Balaklava. Mr. Iselin was plainly within his rights when he rounded out the run and claimed the victory, for Sir Thomas Lipton is signatory to an agree ment wherein It is stipulated that in case of accident to either yacht the other shall continue on her course and be cred ited with a race should she finish. There is a deep-seated instinct which protests against the acceptance of victory through the unsuspected weakness of a piece of rigging worn by a rival craft. The hope was freely expressed that the Columbia would not claim and would not take he rights. But when lt was seen that there was no intent of relinquishing the ad vantage gained there was a fervent hope, and one freely and frequently expressed, that the wind would die out and thus prevent the winning of a race through the mishap to a rival. -..*,;- To every one who went out the disap pointment: was keen. A fairer yachting day could hardly be imagined. Moreover, It was the sort of day that the Shamrock people have been wishing for, a J fresh wind blowing true and a lively sea run ning before it. The race Itself over the triangular course was another feature which attracted many. All : previous ef forts in this series have been fifteen miles to the windward or leeward route, but the course of to-day was to be over the tri angular run, and in the fresh winds and tumbling seas the contest promised to be as thrilling as any ever witnessed in these waters. In pure gayety of spirit the excursion ists cheered and shouted and waved handkerchiefs and hats when the two racers,; with boom and spar buckling to the strain of swollen canvas, went storm ing across the starting line. A more ani mated yachting picture was never wit nessed than that presented by these splen did yachts dashing along the course, the foam dancing in brilliant rainbows about their weather bows, while to leeward the water swept in glassy curves from the clear knife-like stems. Under mainsail, club topsails, jib, baby jib and staysails the two j clipped it along, - both pointing high and footing so fast that some of the excursion boats had difficulty in keeping pace. But all set out in pursuit of the winged racers, and all were rejoicing in the prospect of, a glorious struggle, when hopes were dashed by the accident to the Shamrock. She was then the focus for all eyes, for to the many It seemed that she. was outfooting the cup defender, and it appeared also that she had reached out far, enough to cross the Columbia's bow. A number were expecting that she would attempt that maneuver and were watch ing | the challenger with intense interest, when a cry of dismay arose. Bending to the weight -of the club topsail the Sham rock's topmast suddenly snapped and fell, precipitating -the, sail's spar into a mass of ■ wreckage, . which, suspended '■ by Its ■wire rigging, swung ?to and fro with the movement of the yacht. V . - V ' The disabled cutter was promptly head ed Into the wind, and efforts were quickly made to secure the splintered mast and bagging topsail before it had done any in jury to the mainsail. The Erin, with Sir Thomas Lipton on board, promptly stood toward her crippled consort, at the same time making signals to the Shamrock's tender, the tugboat Lawrence. That ves sel headed for the crippled yacht, and as soon as the wreckage had been secured a tow line was made fast and the two were headed back to port. The Erin followed and as the procession moved silently by the excursion fleet opened up its whistles and all the passengers cheered the unfor tunate vessel and her plucky owner. The Erin ranged near to the Shamrock, and Sir Thomas Lipton spoke encouragingly to Captain Hogarth, who seemed to feel the accident very keenly. To newspaper men Captain Hogarth would not attempt any explanation. All that he cared to say was that he was glad the broken mast had not come down on deck and that he was pleased no one was injured. '.'^ Apparently afraid that she would meet with a similar mishap, the skipper of the Columbia immediately after the breaking of the Shamrock's topmast ordered her baby jib taken in. -The Columbia, however, made a fine race of it, plucklly holding on to her club topsail throughout and setting her bal loon jib in the final reach for home. Her time was little short of marvelous. She covered the course in 3 hours 37 minutes, the beat ten miles to windward in 1 hour 39 minutes 11 seconds, the reach to the second mark In 53 minutes 59 seconds, and the last leg In I hour 3 minutes 50 seconds. As she crossed the finish line she let go her head sails and one of the Deer Isle sailors treated the spectators to an exhibition of daring as he climbed out over the peak halliards eighty feet In the air to loose the club topsail. i.;« ».*._ *c"\'".'-V Mr. Iselin, when seen after the Colum bia had run her race and reached her moorings, said that he much regretted the accident. Sir Thomas Upton de clared emphatically that the Columbia was entitled to the race, and that Mr. Iselin had a perfect right to claim it. Tne two defeats have not discouraged him, however. He has another chance and he hopes to make that one count. The ShEhnrock . was towed to Erie Basin, where necessary repairs will be made. After the new topmast has been put in place the vessel will be remeasured and will be ready for the contest Thursday. That is to be the old fifteen miles to windward or leeward and back, and if the Columbia wins the series will have been completed without* giving the Shamrock an opportunity 7 to test her merits In her favorite* point of sailing over a triangular course. ■7777 y'y TECHNICAL STORY OF THE ONE-SIDED RACE Owing to the Injury to the Shamrock the Next Contest Is Postponed .One Day. ._ NEW YORK, Oct. 17.— Clear weather and a fine whole sail breeze greeted the skippers and : crews of. the racing yachts when they turned to « this morning. An early start was the order and both yachts .were towing out past the j point of the Hook at 9 o'clock. The Shamrock's main sail was hoisted soon after, and at 9:20 she , cast off her towline, broke out her Jib and. - *.''."-< ■::'l7-.. : '. - :■ .* .: . PRICE FIVE CENTS. filled away to starboard at a point mid way between Scotland and Sandy Hook lightships. The Columbia continued In tow until well up to the Sandy Hook lightship, and at 9:25 o'clock her crew set the mainsail in eight minutes. As soon as the sail was up she cast off her towline and set what appeared to be her No. 2 club topsail, not the largest one she has. The club topsail which the Shamrock began* to set at 9:40 o'clock was appar ently her largest one, the same one which was bent on Monday to aluminum spars. To-day wooden ones were used. With a freshening breeze from the eastward and an ugly swell rolling in from the same quarter, it seemed a rather risky pro ceeding to swing such a large topsail aloft. . Subsequent events proved that with a smaller club topsail the Shamrock might have finished the race. The same persons were on board the Columbia and Shamrock as on previous race days and when the committee boat arrived and an chored northeast of the lightship at 10:20 o'clock the yachts were ready for the start. The signals for a triangular course were set at 10:30 o'clock and one of the com mittee boats was at once sent to log off the first ten-mile leg and place the first mark. The Course for the first leg was east by south, for the second southwest half south and for the third leg north northwest. The first ten miles was to windward, the second ten miles a reach with boom. to starboard and the third a reach with boom to port, thirty miles in all. r At 10:45, when the preparatory signal was given, the yachts were maneuvering for position, while the torpedo-boats and the revenue cutters were driving out a few excursion boats and yachts away from the starting line. At the warning sig nal, given at 10:55, the breeze had In creased perceptibly and there was prom ise of a good start in a few minutes. The skipper of each yacht saw to it that tho main sheets were kept well aft, so that he could quickly gybe or tack his boat. At one minute before the starting gun the Shamrock, which had been maneu vering southeast of the lightship, stood to the northwest, closing in toward it. Her boom was to port and well in board. Coming up from the northward, also with boom to port and wind abeam, the Co lumbia met the Shamrock just as Ho garth was getting ready to luff his yacht sharp around the lightship's stern. The situation at the gunfire was almost exactly the same as that between the De fender and Valkyrie 111 as they ap proached the line on the day when the Valkyrie fouled the Defender. When the Shamrock, a moment after gunfire round ed the lightship's stern and luffed sharp up on the wind, the Columbia having been unable to gain the weather berth, had now an overlap of half her length on the lee side of the Shamrock and so close were they that the Shamrock's main boom as she luffed to her course came danger ously near the Columbia's weather shrouds and masthead runner. Both yachts were close hauled on the starboard tack, cross ing the line on a diagonal course. - The Shamrock had certainly the better of the start and Columbia was placed In a position that few yachts would be able to extricate themselves from without either keeping broad off or fouling. It was with intense interest, then, that those. on the accompanying yachts and excursion boats watched the outcome* of this battle royal between the slngle-sticKers. One minute had not passed before the Columbia's bowsprit began to show out ahead of the Shamrock's. At 11:02, when the handicap gun was fired the Columbia was half a length out from under the lee of her rival, and thirty seconds later when the Shamrock tacked to port to get clear of the Columbia's backwind the latter yacht, by ; tacking five seconds later, placed herself in a commanding position on the Shamrock's weatner quarter. The official time of the start was: Sham rock, 11:00:15; Columbia, 11:00:17. The wind was east by south and fresh