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CAPE TOWN, Oct, 19.«1t is rumored here that news
has reached De Aar Junction and been communicated to
the troops there to the effect that when the Boers were
repulsed atMafeking, the defenders, seeing the enemy in
retreat, followed up their advantage and pursued them
for some distance. Then a feint was made and they
Police Retire and Boers Take Possession
of the Town— Fighting Progresses at
Several Places and the Usual
"Repulses" Are Reported.
LONDON, Oct. 20. — The
Cape Town correspondent
of the Daily Mail tele
hing at 10 o'clock Thursday
Yrybui 1 ndered Sunday.
To-night's dispatches from Kuru
man, ten miles east by south of
Vryburg, state that the police
have withdrawn from Yryburg.
town surrendered to the
Boei nhabitants fleeing in
tions, mostly toward Ku
ruman. When the police with
drew the Cape I'.oers notjtied the
fact to the enemy, thus inviting
them to tak< -ion. There
was a fearful panic.
The Daily Mail's Cape Town
pondent <ays thsd a ref:\
iched Grahamstown i
■ the Rand states that a train
arrived at Johannesburg on Mon
day from Klerksdorp with 300
wounded burghers. Every avail
able conveyance, the refugee says,
was called into requisition to take
the v I men to the hospital.
The Daily Mail suggests that
these ■■>] men were from
The Pietermaritzburg corre
spondent of the Daily Mail in a
teh dated Thursday says:
The brunt of the fighting at Best
y*( sterday was sus
tained by th< teer patrols.
The fighting was brisk. The •
This rovers the field of movement from Estconrt on the south to New
the north, ami from Tintwa and Van Reenans passes on the south-
I'rift on the northeast, with the positions of the opposing
forces and the lines of communication.
The San Francisco Call.
Boers numbered 2000. The vol
unteers at one moment were in
great peril, being nearly cut off,
but the officers handled their men
splendidly, and the Maxims ef
fectively stopped the Boers' i
rushes. The Boer shooting was
wretched. The volunteers lost
their kit, and altogether the fight
was a pretty trying one. The
men were in the saddle three days
and two nights with hardly a rest.
The Basuto natives were fighting
! with the Boers. It is reported
that sixteen Boers were killed.
Lieutenant Gallemy, who is re
ported missing, is the eldest son
of Sir M. H. Gallemy, Chief Jus
tice of Natal. He is supposed to
he in hiding and searciikig par-i
ties have been sent out to try to;
find him. The cavalry are still
bivouacking out and slight skirm
ishes are frequent. I learn offi- :
cially that Commandant General;
Joubert ha? moved his headquar-^
ters to Dannhauser.
It is reported from Delagoa
Bay that the Swa/.i King Bunu
illecting his forces, with the
object presumably of attacking
the Boers. It is stated that the
Portuguese forces at Delagoa will
be raised to war strength.
It is announced from Pretoria ]
that an eccentric person known ; 1
as Baron Deginsberg has been
court-martialed and shot as a spy.
Party of British Lancers Reconnoitering Toward Van Reenans Pass
Plans of the local forts were found
in his possession.
LONDON, Oct. 20.— The pen. -ml action
■. Ipated yesterday to the westward of
Ladyßmlth has not yei occurred. Opera
n confined to outpost sklr-
Ing, with apparently small loss of
life. It Be< ms both armies are acting- with
■ caution. Ii is said the Boers have
red several British officers traveling
by train from Lady smith to Dundee.
'i'li- Daily Telegraph publishes the fol
lowing from Ladysmith late Thui
afternoon: "The Boers have captured
a train which left ;
Ladysmith at 12:30. There were in it. sev- !
r-ral officers and a few mon, besides civil
ians, all going to Glencoe or Dundee. For
tunately the h>:'-^ up train, which con
tained one of your correspondents, pot
through. The enemy baa cut the wires,
ng telegraphic communication with
The Ladysmith correspondent of the
Times, under date of Wednesday evening,
says: "The situation on the east border
is developing a mere serious aspect. The
Vryheid and Utrecht commandos, after
lootiifg on the Zulu border, are reported
to be in the T'msinKa district, threatening
communication between here and Dundee. I
The situation at the front is reported to
be growing more acute."
LONDON, Oct. If".— Xatal again claims
a share of the attention which, during
the last tew days, baa boon focused upon
the b< leaguered garrison at Mafeking.
The combined advance of the Boer forces
on the positions held by the British gen
eral commanding Natal, Sir Oi.rfjn Stew
art Whito, has already occasioned a
sharp affair of outposts, which possibly
has since developed Into .-i pitched battle.
Th.> Boars, according to the latest in
formation at hand, do not appear to have
£ LONDON. Oct. 19.— The War Office this evening issued the following bulletin
° n,,Z° n n<!WS ° f lm P°. rtai ? C 0 nas bee " received from Natal to-day. The cavalry attached to our forces at Ladvsmith and
2 ? Dundee are engaged in observing the enemy's movements."
8 Steps have been taken . to secure Piotermaritzburg and Durban against raids on the western frontier,
n «X™ nT« reliable intelligence fromKimberley or eking, both places being cut off from railway and tele
?i S^wif. «?"£"• U iS belleved - however, that a skirmish took place on Sunday six miles south of Klmberley and
•o mat the Boars were beaten off with some loss by an armored train. There was some fighting at Maf eking on Saturday,
S ending with a repulse of the attacking force. Boers in considerable number are assembled at Aliwal North and Bethalie,
R on tne orange River. Railway communication with the Orange Free State and the Transvaal has now ceased, the re-
t * maining refugees having been warned to leave by way of Delagoa Bay.
commenced to fall back upon the town, allowing them
selves to be driven by the enemy. The Boers, eager to
retrieve their position, again advanced to the attack and
were drawn over the lyddite mines which had been laid
for the defense of the town. The invaders suffered ter
ribly. It is reported that 1500 of them were killed. The Mafe
king armored train also has been doing great execution.
been driven hack. Perhaps, however,
their movements are only part of a gen
eral plan to isolate both Ladysmith and
Glencoe from the south.
The simultaneous Boer movements
from Acton Homes >>n the west and from
Korkes Drift and Helpmakaar from the
may Indicate a proji cted attack
upon the railway below Colenso. The
movement from the east also suggests an
attack nn The railway at Waschbank, be
tween Ladysmlth and Glencoe.
Military experts are inclined to the
opinion that the troops at Glencoe are
| only to form a rear guard left to attack
the force under Commandant General
Joubcrt, while General 'Whito's full
strength is concentrated at Ladysmith
with a view of attacking the Orange Free
SI >'■ ;' rce while General Jouberl Is
still forty miles away.
Stories of British successes in the
Mafeking district are so persistent that,
In tho absence of contradiction from Boer
sources, they may be accepted as tnio In
the main, although the alleged killing of
300 Boers Is discredited.
General Cronje's troops are regarded as
the flower of the Transvaal forces and
decisive, fighting must occur on the west
ern border. If, as was intimated in last
night's dispatches, reliefs are approach
ing from Rhodesia, it will probably not
be long delayed.
Apart from their desire to gain an
Initial advantage by capturing Mafeking
and thereby attracting the. Dutch colon
ists, the object of the Boers in massing
in Bechuanaland Is doubtless due to the
fact that this splendid stock country Is
full of cattle, and as it is only sparsely
settled, would give the Transvaal a rout*
by which to Import arms and munitions
by way of AValfiseh Bay, Damaraland,
on the Western African coast.
LONDON, Oct. 20.— The Queen drove
from Bajmoral Castle to the ball at the
barracks yesterday to bid farewell to the
Gordon Highlanders, who are going to
the Cape. Aftr-r reviewing the troops the
Queen addressed them as follows:
"I am pleased to see you looking so well
and fit for duty. You are going on foreign
service, and I wish you all a godspeed. I
hop< you will return safe and well."
The officers were then presented to her
Majesty, the men cheering and the Queen
CAPE TOWN, Oct. 19.— A dispatch from
Kimberley dated October 17 says: "All is
well hero. Colonel Hore engaged the
P.. his at Mafeking on October 14 with
great sun ess. Mafeking was still safe
on • >ctober 16."
A special dispatch to the Cape Argus
reiterates th.- statement that in the fight
ing in Mafeking Colonel Hore repulsed the
Boers, inflicting a loss of 300 men.
The Cape Times publishes the following
dispatch from Kimberley: Reliable in
formation from Mafeking says that an
armored train, while reconnoitering north
of the town last Saturday engaged 600
Boers, who suffered heavily. Colonel
Fitzclarence's column foiled the Boers, in
flicting severe loss. The British casualties
were two killed and fourteen wounded,
two severely."
Complaints of Boer outrages upon the
natives continue to arrive. These serve
further to inflame the Basutos and Zuius.
Yesterday 150 Basutos from Johannesburg
arrived at Burgherdorp, Cape Colony, and
alleged that the lfoors had robbed them
wholesale and Hogged them with black
The party, which includes a son of
Lerothodi. was supplied with provisions,
and the Basutos then started homeward,
cheering the Cjucen and chanting war
CAPE TOWN, Oct. 19.-The Boers have
blown up the bridges at Fourteen Streams
and the Modder River, the former north
and the latter south of Kimnerley.
GLENCOB CAMP, Oct 18. 7:35 p. m.
(delayed in transmission).— The British
troops have been under fire. A strong
Bo< r patrol was encountered eight miles
from the camp, and was repulsed, ihe
British suffc-ring no casualties.
Secretary Chamberlain Frequently Inter
rupted While Explaining That Great
Britain Must Be the Paramount
Power in South Africa.
LONDON, Oct. Floor and gal
leries were densely crowded to
day in the House of Commons in
anticipation of a speech by the
Secretary of State for the Colon
ies, Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, on
"The Government's Policy in South
Africa." The First Lord of the Treas
ury and the Government leader, Arthur
J. Balfour, promised to answer to-mor
row a question whether the Government
had decided upon a specific course of ac
tion with reference to the recommenda
tion of the International Commission,
respecting the future administration of
The Secretary of State for India, Lord
George Hamilton, replying to a question
on the expenditure for the Indian troops
in South Africa, said the entire charge
would be defrayed out of the imperial ex
Mr. Balfour, in reply to an interpella
tion as to whether the imperial Govern
ment was now reviewing the action of
the Cape Colony Premier, Mr. Schreiner,
and other members of the Cape Govern
ment, and as to whether the Governor of
Cape Colony, Sir Alfred Milner, would
be allowed to dismiss the Schreiner Min
istry, to dissolve the Cape Legislature
and tem^orarUv to apsv na« lt>H anthority,
said: ''This question is apparently found
ed upon newspaper reports, for which, so
far as the imperial Government is aware,
there is no foundation."
Mr. Balfour announced that the present
sitting of Parliament would be regarded
as a complete session, to be terminated
by prorogation and not adjourned, until
Henry Seter-Karr, Conservative, in ac
cordance with notice given yesterday,
asked the First Lord of the Treasury
whether the attention of the Government
had been directed to certain speeches
and letters by and emanating from the
members for Kilkenny and East Clare,
Messrs. Patrick O'Brien and William Red
mond, Parnellites, advocating the cause
of the Boers, attempting to seduce Brit
ish soldiers and inciting them to actively
assist the enemies of the Queen, and
what action, if any, the Government pro
posed to take in the matter.
Mr. Redmond rose quickly and said that
before the First Lord of the Treasury re
plied he desired to ask him whether it
was not a fact that he (Mr. Redmond) in
suggesting a message of sympathy to
President Kruger, and only followed the
precedent followed by her Majesty's
grandson (the Emperor). (Laughter.)
Mr. Balfour replied as follows: "I was
not aware that the honorable member for
East Clare framed himself upon such an
august model. (Laughter.) I may point
out the difference between him and
the Emperor of Germany—that his im
perial Majesty is not a Britisher, nor a
President Kruger Gives an Account of the
Destruction of the Train
at Kraai Pan,
LONDON, Oct. 19.— According to pri
vate Information received here from
Blnemfontein, the capital of the
Orange Free State, President TCru
ger telegraphed an account to Presi
dent Bteyn of the affair at Kraai
Pan, where the Boers derailed and bom
barded the British armored train carrying
Captain Nesbitt'a party. President Kru
ger said that Nesbitt and seven men were
seriously wounded, that/io one was killed
and that all the prisoners were doing well.
According to the same advices, a Dutch
farmer living in one of the border towns
has received a letter from a friend in the
Transvaal referring to the Mafeking af
fair as "bad business."
The transports which will convey the
army corps about to start for South Af
rica will go neither to Durban nor Cape
Town, both of which are already crowded
with refugees, but to Port Elizabeth, Port
Alfred and East London, from which
points railroads converged directly upon
the Free State border, where concentra
tion will be affected somewhere in the
neighborhood of Norvalspont. The ad
vance will then begin toward Pretoria.
Almost everything is in readiness for the
departure of the troops from Southamp
ton to-morrow, when rivo transports, each
carrying a thousand men with officers,
will start for South Africa. The first will
sail at 1:30 p. m., the others following at
intervals of half an hour.
A dis-patch from Pretoria asserts that
the Transvaal Government has cabled to
Joseph B. Robinson, the millionaire gold
mine owner and chairman of the Robinson
South African Banking Company, who is
now In London, to return to Johannesburg
on pain of confiscation of his property.
Mr. Robinson characterizes the alleged
threat as ridiculous. He says ho is a
British subject, that the Transvaal Gov
ernment has no right to demand his return
member of this House. I have reason to
doubt the accuracy of the statements con
tained in the Question. So far as my
memory serves, support of a similar char
has invariably been offered by the
same quarters to those engaged in* hos
tilities with her .Majesty's Government,
quite Irrespective of race, creed or the
theater of hostilities. I have no ground
for thinking that Buch support was ever
regarded as important by those to whom
it was proffered, and I advise the House
to t j) k - • the same view now." (Peals of
Mr. Chamberlain, who was loudly
rli. ■.•rod on rising, began with a severe
criticism of the action of the opposition
at th<' previous meeting of Parliament.
Their statements, he Bald, were calculated
to encoiir- > dent ECruger's resist
ance and to emban Government
"in most difficult and critical functions."
Referring to .Mr. Stanhope's demand
yesterday for the production of his (Mr.
Chamberlain's) letter to Mr. Hawksley,
he said he would gladly produce this if
Sir William Vernofl Hareourt and John
Morley, who were members of the South
African Committee, demanded it. Sir
John Stanhope's crl character
ized as neither honesi nor honorable.
The Speaker. sir John Gul'^y, t«r
wnsd, saying that the language of the
Colonial Secretary was beyond parlia
mentary bounds.
Mr. chamberlain retorted that it was
impossible adequately to describe Mr.
Stanhope's accusation that he (Chamber
lain) and Sir Alfred Milner had fomented
war. The Government welcomed all hon
est and honorable criticism of its policy,
said Mr. Chamberlain, "and 1 wish I
could apply these epithets to the speech
of the member for Bunnley."
Mr. Stanhope, leaping to his.feet, cried:
"1 rise to order. 1 thought fit yesterday
to arraign the conduct of the Secretary of
State for the Colonies. He speaks of my
criticism as dishonorable and dishonest.
c,ai such terms be applied to members
of this House?" (Opposition cheers.)
The Speaker said: "I think the language
of the Secretary of State for the Colonies
is going somewhat beyond—" (The rest
of his words wire drowned in wild Irish
.!,.■, rs and shoots of "Withdraw.")
.Mr. Chamberlain calmly waited until the
uproar bad subsided and said: "I bow
with all respect, Mr. Speaker, to your de
cision. 1 withdraw everything' 1 have
Then amid freauent ironical cheers he
proceeded to denounce the "camapign
slander," based upon his refusal to ac
cepl .Mr. Stanhope's challenge to produce
ii. letter he wrote Hawksley, saying that
if Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman i
William Vernon Harcourt dexireil to see
the letter he would produce it with the
greatest pleasure, aa they were honor
able members and honorable men. i
and that his property has not been and
cannot be confiscated. |
Portugal, according to a dispatch from
Berlin, has given distinct assurances of
her neutrality. A continuance of com
merce with the Transvaal, by way of
Delagoa Bay. is therefore secured.
Advices from Cape Town, dated yester
day, say the Governor of the Colony, Sir
Alfred Milner, has Issued a proclamation
prohibiting the importation of all danger
ous exdoslves.

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