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VOLUME LXXXYI-NO. 147.
BRITISH FORCES NEAR LADYSMITH
ARE NOW IN DESPERATE STRAITS
Gen. Yule Has Aban
doned Both Dundee
and Gleneoe and Re
tires Protected by Ar
tillery Sent by White.
War Office at London Conceals
the True Situation, but It Is
Certain the Invading Boer
Forces Occupy the Strategic
Positions in Natal.
LONDON, Oct. 25.— The latest War Office dis
patcb seems to realize the worst fears
General Yule has abandoned not only Dun
dee, but Glencoe also, and so far as present news
would indicate, !}e has neither joined General
Wtyte nor reached Ladysrnitb- General White's
"successful action," announced in Parliament
by Mr. Wyndham, seems to resolve itself into a
mere engaging of the Free State troops, wtyle
General Yule is slipping southward.
it is evident frorr) the official dispatches that
both Corr)mandant General Joubert's column on
the north) and tY)e Orange pree State troops on
the west now occupy strong positions and that
nothing hinders the Boers fron) following up
General Yule's retirement and getting around
Ladysn)ith fron) the southeast. Until reinforce
ments arrive it seems that Generai White is
obliged to concentrate on Ladysmith.
it is believed that tfye Government fjave other
dispatches that h)ave not yet been published.
The Secretary of State for War left Mr.
Choate's residence immediately after the ban
quet to Generai Harrison and proceeded to the
War Office, where, even after midnight, there was
considerable activity, many visitors calling vo in
quire for information, among them a sister of
Sir Archibald Hunter.
Following is the dispatch from General Sir George Stewart
White to the Marquis of Lansdowne, Secretary of State for War,
which was received last evening at II o'clock and posted at the
War i )ffice soon after midnight:
"LADYSMITH, Oct 24, 9 p. m. — Information received
yesterday showed that the Boers had established themselves in
rable numbers in an exceedingly strong position west of
the main road leading from Ladysmith to Dundee. 1 also had
information that the Dundee force, formerly commanded by Gen
eral Symons, and since his wounding' commanded by General
Yule, was failing back on Ladysmith by way of the Helpmak
karr road, Beith and the valleys of the Waschbank and Sunday
rivers, and was expected to report at .Sunday River Valley to-
I therefore moved out with a strong force to cover the
movement of Yule's column. The enemy was discovered about
seven miles out of Ladysmith in a position of great natural
strength, west of the road. When he saw that preparations were
being made against him he opened fire with one gun with great
'icy.
"1 >ur artillery soon got into position and the gun was si
lenced. Our troops were ordered to occupy a strong ridge, pa
• 1 the enemy's position but nearer to the road. I confined
irts to occupying him and hitting him hard enough to pre
vent his taking action against Yule's column. Numbers of the en
emy fled to the west and the firing had practically ceased at 2
>ck.
The Cape Town correspondent of the Daily Mail, telegraphing at 9:45 p. m.
lay, says:
>ral V;:!e has performed a brilliant strategical movement. By a swift
he louth, leaving Glencoe empty, he has effected a Junction of his
; with those of Sir Stewart "VVhito, slightly to the north of Ladysmith.
-.:■ in a p"sitlon to offer battle. I bplleve the first attack will be
;.irge Free State force which entered Natal by way of Tlntwa Pass,
■ : •00 been hanussing Ladysmith. The military authorities decide !
■ ■-■ their forces the two generals would be better able to cope with
-tt a time than by having two small detachments to oppose sim-
Ig lu>er forces. Accordingly, after defeating the Free State
mid offer battle to Commandant General Joubert.
mil* now separate the two Boer forces, hence the need for
tion. The two sections of the Boer army together outnumber
■ rce three to one. Hard fighting is certain at a very early
ire confident and there is much enthusiasm.
1 . outside of Ladysmith was a mere brush. The losses on
elth>- Lg^ilflcant It was merely an artillery duel, in which the Boers
fiitf" off. d< sidedly the worse."
Map of Country Above Ladysmith, Showing General
Yule's Line of Retreat From Dundee.
The San Francisco Call.
SITUATION IN NATAL
IS YET DISQUIETING
London Papers Criticize Wolseley's Summary
and Compare It to Statements Made by the
Spanish When Santiago Fell.
LONDON, Oct. 24.— The British
military authorities hope tohavo the
wireless telegraphy In operation In
South Africa within three weeks,
when, it is hoped, the difficulties ex
perience from the cutting of wires
will be obviated, as it will only be
■ry to establish communica
tion with a point where the ordin
ary wires are intact.
LONDON. Oct. 24.— The Parliamen
tary Secretary of the Foreign Of
fice, George Wyndham, In the
House of Commons to-day an
nounced that Field Marshal 'Lord
Wolseley, the commander In chief of the
forces, sums up the situation In Natal to
day as follows:
"General Yule has fallen back to effect
a Junction with Sir George Stewart White.
He camped yesterday evening about six
teen miles south of Dundee, without see
ing anything of the enemy during the
march, and it has since been reported
that 'aH'3 well on the Waschbank
River.'
"General White fought a successful ac
tion with the Orange Free State force to
day on the road betweeen I>adysmith and
Newcastle and should join hands with
General Yule this evening. General Yule
reports that his wounded are doing well.
The Hoer wounded on our hands are
treated just as our own and I have every
reason to believe the Boers will treat any
of our wounded in their hands In a simi
larly humane manner."
Mr. Wyndham added: "I may remind
the House that the Transvaal Is a party
to the Geneva convention."
Lord Wolseley further says:
"I have also received from General
Walker at Cape Town the following mes
sage: 'The last message from Klmberley
October 22, at 2 p. m., reports all well.' " *
Replying to a quesuon as to what ar
rangements had been made to employ
civilian doctors to assist In the care of
the wounded in South Africa, Mr. Wynd
ham said he was glad to take the oppor
tunity of announcing that Sir William
MacCormack, the distinguished president
SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1899.
'The Devonshlres held the enemy In front, -while the Manchesters and Gordon Highlanders turned his left flank."— From General Sir George Stewart Whlte'sreport to the "War Office.
Railroad Bridge at Waschbank, Destroyed by Boers.
of the Royal College of Surgeons, had In
timated his readiness to accompany Gen
eral Sir Redvers Buller's force and place
his great skill and ability at the disposal
of the army medical authorities. Mr.
Wyndham said: "We have not hesitated
to accept this patriotic offer."
The War Office this morning attempted
to explain the summary of the situation
In Natal, furnished by the commander in
chief of the forces. Field Marshal Lord
Wolseley, to the House of Commons yes
terday. His statement Is now said to
have created unnecessary alarm and it is
asserted that what the official note called
General Yule's "retirement" would bo
more accurately described as a "change
of position for tactical reasons," and that
the alarm for the safety of the wounded
is not justified. It is further explained
that the wounded could not be moved,
but the fact that they had to be left to
'their fate while the British forces .made a
strategic movement to the rear shows the
suspense of the House at the absence of
subsequent news is amply justified and
that the heavy fighting on Friday and
perhaps Saturday is perhaps a prelude to
still sterner work. In some quarters the
view is taken that the second attack of
the Boers has actually occurred and was
so successful that General Yule's with
drawal was imperative and urgent to the
extent of compelling him to leave his hos
pitals in the hands of the Boers, while
the more sanguine express the opinion
that General Yule, far from retreating,
has in reality advanced to meet the at
tack threatening Glencoe, leaving Dundee
behind, safely sheltered from a Boer
assault.
In the absence o{ authentic news, there
are a number of contradictory rumors
afloat, but the most reasonable interpreta
tion of the various reports seems to indi
cate that there was some artillery prac
tice at Glencoe Saturday and Sunday, but
no fighting at close quarters.
As, however, communication between
Glencoe and Ladysmlth, which was
thought to have been restored by the Brit
ish victory at Elands Laagte, has again
been broken by the destruction of the
railway bridge at Waschbank, north of
Ladysmlth, and between Elands Laagte
and GJencoe, the difficulties of the British
commander- in Natal, General Sir George
Stewart White, in reinforcing Glencoe
have been enormously Increased, and un
THE BATTLE OF ELANDS LAAGTE.
til the British forces at Ladysmith and
Glencoe are reunited and the main body
of the Boers is brought up, the situation
must remain disquieting for the British.
The afternoon papers here sharply criti
cize Lord Wolseley's summary of the
Natal situation. They say it has a dis
tinct resemblance to the statements of the
Spanish Ministry when preparing their
countrymen for news of the disaster at
Santiago. This, however, is probably an
overstrained view. There is no denying,
however, the great suspense and anxiety
existing, which has been increased by the
report in circulation, purporting to eman
ate from official quarters, to the effect
that the Boers have secured the services
of 13,000 natives.
The vague and varied estimates of Boer
losses and the absence of any official in
formation on the subject are also arous
ing misgiving's as to whether the beaten
enemy suffered proportionately to the dis
astrous losses of the victors. One of the
most disquieting stories comes from Lady
smith. It is to the effect that an English
man, who arrived there from Dundee on
Sunday evening, after escaping through
the Boer lines on the previous night, said
the enemy was then shelling the camp
and town with heavy guns, while the
shells of the British were unable to reach
the enemy's batteries. Consequently, the
man is said to have added, the camp was
shifted a mile or so. In order to be out
of the reach of the Boers, who were firing
on the magazine in the town.
News has at length been received direct
from Colonel Baden-Powell, dated Mafe
king, October 15. It confirms the state
ment that In the armored train fight the
British had two men killed and fifteen
wounded, including- Lieutenant Lord
Charles Benedict of the Ninth Lancers,
slightly wounded. The Boer loss was es
timated at fifty-three killed and many
wounded.
The latest advices from Kimberley, un
der date of October 21, said the Boer at
tack was still pending, and that large
Boer forces in the neighborhood had de
stroyed big sections of the railroad line
north and south of the town. Many fu
gitives from neighboring villages have
been imprisoned by the Boers. Several
ladles, hearing their husbands had been
captured, visited the Boer camp and were
courteously received. Their intercession
for their husbands was successful and
STEYN SEIZES SLICE
OF BRITISH TERRITORY
The Orange Free State Annexes That Part of
Cape Colony North of the
Yaal River.
LONDON, Eng., Oct. 24.— The Colonial Office has received a cable
gram stating that President Steyn of the Orange Free State has
issued a proclamation annexing that part of Cape Colony which is north
of the Vaal River. This means Griqualand West and Bechuanaland,
and is apparently in consequence of the Free State forces having
seised the railway and all stations north of Kimberley except Mafe
king, unless Mafeking has fallen since the last news from there, which
is a week old.
the reunited families have arrived at
Kimberley. The prisoners report that
they were well treated. According 1 to
runners who have arrived at Kimberley
from Kuruman, British Bechuanaland,
the resident magistrate there has recently
presided at a council of the native chiefs.
He advised them not to participate in the
war. The natives expressed satisfaction
at the magistrate's explanations and
promised to remain quiescent.
A dispatch from Pretoria, dated Octo
ber 20. indicates that the Rhodesians, un
der Colonel Hoover, at Fort Tuli, on the
Transvaal border, are taking the offen
sive. They have attacked a Boer patrol
at Rhodes Drift, but apparently not much
damage was done on either side. The
Boers say that they lost three horses.
Germany has sent to follow the British
forces in South Africa her military at
tache In London, Captain Baron yon Lutt
witz, who married Miss Mamie Carey of
Cleveland, Ohio.
For the Wounded Boers.
CAPE TOWN, Oct. 24.— A private tele-
GENERAL GROBLER, Commander-in-Chief of the Orange
Free State Forces.
TRICE FIVE CENTS.
gram from Delagoa Bay says a man who
has just arrived there from Johannesburg
asserts that the Transvaal Government
has appropriated 850 "beds in private
houses in Johannesburg for wounded
troops from the front.
The Boer organs, according to this in
formant, are doing everything to min
imize the Boer losses, and all sorts of
misstatements and misrepresentations
are employed.
COMMANDANT CRONJE
ADVANCING ON KIMBERLEY
LONDON, Oct. 25.— The Daily Telegraph
publishes this dispatch from its special
correspondent:
DE AAR, CAPE COLONY, Oct. 23.—
Commandant Cronje, who has twice been
repulsed at Mafeking, is stated to be ad
vancing on Kimberley and to be com
manding men, stores and munitions of
war in British territory. He has left a
small command investing Mafeking. Free

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