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VOLUME LXXXYI-NO. 148.
COLORED REPORTS CONCERNING THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR While the Boers Continue to Close in on Mafeking and Ladysmith the British War Office Conceals the True Condition of Affairs. England Has Already Paid Very Dearly in Loss of Life Among Troops for Her Alleged Victories in Natal, but the Indications Are That the Greatest Battle of the War Is Now Hourly Expected NEW YORK, OoL 25. — A World special from London says: The general British situation in South Africa is far more serious, according to the World London correspondent's information, than the rigorously censored dispatches published here would indicate. The proclamation of President Steyn of the Orange Free State annexing the northern section of Cape Colony has ex cited only derision here, but the World's correspondent is in a position to state it has a very grave import The Cape Dutch In the annexed territory have already risen in arms against the British Government, and President Steyn's proclamation is intended to relieve them from the conse quences of their revolt. This is the first symptom of a race war in Cape Colony, which has been strenuously de clared impossible by Mr. Chamberlain and the jingoes, but regarded by all sane men as a sure outcome of the attack on the independence of the Transvaal. British High Commissioner Milner has issued a counter proclamation warning the Cape Dutch in the disaffected region that President Steyn's proclamation is of no effect in relieving them of their allegiance to the British crown. The War Office here has been advised that this is a se rious development, and the War Board had a prolonged sitting to-day to decide upon military measures to be adopted in case of a general rising of the Cape Dutch. The gravity of the situation here is indicated by the measures taken to suppress all news respecting it in the press here. It can easily be imagined that the Boers will be greatly encouraged by the knowledge that the men of their race in Cape Colony have begun to take up arms for their cause. The other great peril is native intervention in the war. Those familiar with the native races of South Africa are convinced the effect of Milner's proclamation to the Basutos will be to incite them to attack the Free State, and that it could have been devised for no other purpose. It is a matter of supreme importance to the British authorities in the face of a revolt within Cape Colony to secure a diversion by setting the Basutos against the Free Staters, thus preventing an effective junction between the Free Staters and the revolted Cape Dutch. LONDON, Oct. 26.— The Daily Telegraph publishes this dispatch from its special corre spondent: KIMBERLEY, Sunday (by dispatch rider to Hopetown, Tuesday).— Klifdam and Windsor town are occupied by small parties of Boers. The latter village executed formal surrender and speeches were made. Gert, a burgher and a member of the Second Transvaal Volksraad, told the inhabitants that a landrosst would be appointed. Martial law was proclaimed. Magistrate Harmsworth is a prisoner. LONDON, Oct. 26— With unconscious humor a * 'ai>e Town correspondent sterday: "The cen which is always a deli cate matter, Is working smoothly and without a hitch." This exactly hits off the state of affairs to-day. An ominous veil is still drawn over the movements of General Sir • wart White and General Yule. :.il belated Ladysmith dispatches concerning the Elands Laagte fight, which are still filtering in, the British public is left In complete darkness and to cture over "cooked" War Office dls . B is nf tht- War < tfflce Id that very few dispat arrived :'na that nothing further was to be expected until morning. Since It is practically certain that Gen eral Yule has now affected a Junction with General although this was not brought about Tuesday night, as an nounced by the Dally Mail, but some time on "Wednesday — and as both are now in a position of safety, conjecture concerns itself chiefly with the manner of General Yule's retreat. That it was hasty is evi dent. Was it disorderly? Was any con siderable camp equipment abandoned? Was there any lighting on the way? Such qutKtions and others like them the public is anxiously asking. Since the re ceipt of General White's curious first de scription < f the Ladysmlth fight, in which the British lost a hundred men, little re liance can be placed on the official dls patchos. While the concealment of the tacts regarding General Yule's retreat can be amply justified on the ground of keep ing the Intelligence from the Boers, the hiding of the news respecting the Hussars and Fuslleera, who were apparently cap tured in the battle of Glencoe, is severely criticized, no intimation even having been given that the officers were missing. The heavy losses of the British troops in facing only some 8000 Boers are com mented upon as what the rifle means to day In the hands of even undisciplined men .who can shoot fairly straight and stand their ground. Comparisons are made with the first employment of the magazine rifle in the Hispano-American war, and it Is considered that the Ameri can losses at El Canay and San Juan would have been much heavier if tho Spaniards had doggedly stood their ground like the Boers. General Sir Hedvers Buller is expected FIGHTING AS REPORTED BY LIEUTENANT GENERAL WHITE LOXDOX Oct. S.-Qeneral White telegraphed to the War Office from Rletfontein, under date of October 24 savin* that in the fighting near I^dysmlth twelve of the British force were killed and eighty-nine wounded and 'that five arf missing, the casualties being: mostly among: the Gloucester Regiment. A special dispatch from Cape Town, dated 9:10 this morning, says there has been another battle at Ladvsmith. and that the Boers were repulsed. The British casualties were placed at four killed and seven wounded, all rank and fUe this Ztltrnow- evening made public the following dispatch sent by General White from Ladysmith at" 3:50 "The advance guard of the forces sent out by me this morning to get in touch with and help General Tule^s column was within three miles of that column, which has temporarily halted at Sunday River about noon. I have occupied aU the Btrong positions on the road to Ladysmith and I have no further anxiety about them. I have received from Lleuten ant Ktndriek. signaling officer of the Queen's Regiment, who has ridden in. and also from Colonel Partnell of the Na tal police, who commanded the column, the best account of the spirits and efficiency of the troops, who are anxious to meet the enemy again. The San Francisco Call. to arj-lve at the Cape early next work, and the indications are that some troops have already arrived at the front and been in the fighting whose arrival ha? not yet been announced. There is every probability, therefore, that reinforcements are now moving up. This is calculated to hasten Commandant General Joubert's attack on Ladysmith, and news of a big battle is- daily expected. About half a complete army corps ia now afloat and a lull has occurred in ills patching the remainder of General Bul ler's forces, owing to some difficulty in obtaining troops. The mobilization and embarkation of 21.000 men, however, have proceeded with the utmost smoothness and completeness, extorting admiration from even the severest critics of War Office organization. Although Dews hns arrived that General Sir William Perm Symons is doing well, there is no indication of his whereabouts. Ir la presumed that he is at Dundee in the hands of the Boers. Speaking at Dublin yesterday to the de parting troops. General Lord Frederick Roberts of Kandahar said that however important previous campaigns in South Africa had appeared at the time, they : dwindled into insignificance when com ! pared with the gretat event in which the British troops were about to engage. Among the touching Incidents of the field is related that of Captain Peyton of the Manchester Regiment, who was wounded, at Elands Laagte. He says the wounded had to lie on the field through out the bitter cold night drenched by the rain. One man in his regiment placed his I arms around Captain Peyton through the whole night to give him the warmth of his body. It appears that the Gordon Highlanders and the Manchesters bore themselves with reckless courage. To this was due the fact that they suffered so heavily. The former wa-s keen to wipe out the in sults leveled at them after Majuba by the • . who taunted them with being Saf in in kilts. The Times publishes a dispatch from Nauwpoort, Cape Colony, saying it Is ru : mored among the Dutch there that Presl , dent Steyn received £50,000 for inducing ' the Orange Free State to join the Trans vaal. New and stringent orders were promul gated yesterday with reference to the de SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1899. ff>n<=r-s at Gibraltar. Tho privilege Eng lishmen have hitherto had of entering the gate without a pass Is temporarily sus pended. Nobody is allowed to enter or in spect the batteries. Even the famous St. Michaels Cave is closed because it is re quired for the storage of arms and am munition. For months sappers and min ers have been engaged in construction of now and powerful batteries, and It is be lieved that the garrison will be aug mented. THIRTY HUSSARS ESCAPE, LONDON. Oct. 20.— A dispatch to the Dally Telegraph from Ladysmith, dated Monday, says: '■Thirty of the Eighteenth Hussars, who were sf-nt from C.lenroe to intercept the retreat of the Boers from Elands Laagte, were cut off by the enemy. I'ndor Ser geant Baldrey they brilliantly fought their way across the Biggarsberg, the enemy pursuing and firing at them at a range of 300 yards along the passes. They arrived here at 10 o'clock this morning. Three of the troop are missing owing to the breakdown of their horses. The f. ers used a Maxim. A lieutenant of the Hussars with a party was driven back to Glencoe. The Hussars were fired at as far down as Modersprult." VILJOEN A PRISONER. LADYSMITH, Oct. 25.— Evening (de layed in transmission)— Boer artillery is shelling Dundee and the former British camp. Our troops are now occupying an entrenched camp. The Boer artillery ia filing at very long range and the shells ;.re ineffective. Communication with Dundee is severed. The Boer wounded and prisoners are still coming in and the former are receiving every attention. General Viljoen Is wounded and a pris oner. TORONTO'S CONTINGENT. TORONTO, Ontario, Oct. 25.— The mem bers of the Toronto contingent for the Transvaal, 125 strong, reinforced by a like number from the London district, left to-day for Quebec. The Mayor had pro claimed a half-holiday and the citizens turned out in force to give tho soldiers a royal send-off. They marched through the principal streets in the presence of cheering thousands to the station and expect to sail from Quebec on Tuesday next. Pictorial Map of the Scene of the War in Natal, Showing the Movements of the Boer and British Forces, as Told in General Sir George Stewart White's Latest Reports. KILLED ,WOUNDED OR CAPTURED BY BOERS Losses as Officially Reported by the British War Office Since War Began in the Transvaal. Casualties 597 Officers killed 18 Officers wounded 55 Men in ranks killed 76 Men in ranks wounded 435 Unaccounted for 13 Prisoners in hands of Boers 80 LONDON, Oct. s.— The War Office rtturns show that the total British casu alties since the beginning of hostilities reach 597, eighteen officers having been killed and fifty-five wounded, and seventy-six men killed and 435 wounded. There are thirteen unaccounted for. This lot, however, does not Include the squadron of the Eighteenth Hussars, which went astray near Dundee, and the officers of the Dublin Fuslleerß. The report of heavy losses sent from Rietfontein came as an unpleasant sur prise, as General White's telegram to the War Office yesterday gave the impres sion that there was merely a brush. The War Office this evening Issued the following: There is nothing to add to General White's description of to-day's engage ment, as given in his dispatch, except that we now learn of the following casualties: KILLED. Colonel Wilford, First Glou cester Begiment. WOUNDED. Lieutenant Hickey, Second Battery, field artillery. Lieutenant Douglass, Fifty third Battery, field artillery. Major Abdy, Lieutenant Per reau, Lieutenant Hobart, First Gloucester. Lieutenant Holford, Nine teenth Hussars. The following casualties oc curred among the non-com missioned officers and men: "We learn from official sources that the following officers, whose absence had not been previously reported to us, are in the enemy's hands: "Eighteenth Hussars— Lieutenant Colonel Moller, Major Greville and Captain Pollock. "Dublin Fusileers— Captain Tonsdale, Lieutenant Lemeaseurler, Lieutenant Garvice, Lieutenant Grimshaw, Major Endie and Lieutenant Shore. "It is presumed that the whole squadron of the Eighteenth Hussars, under command of the officers named, were taken prisoners." (A squadron of Hussars usually consist of three troops of twenty-eight men each, bo about eighty officers and men of the Eighteenth Hussars are supposed to have been captured.) Nineteenth Hussars — Killed 1, wounded 2. Fifth Lancers — Wounded 1. Artillery — Wounded 5. First Devonshire Regiment — Killed 1, wounded 5. First Gloucester Begiment — Killed 5, wounded 52, miss ing 7. Natal Volunteers— Killed 1, wounded 10. Natal Mounted Bines — Wounded 2. Border Mounted Bines — Killed 2, wounded 10. The total number of casual ties as corrected is: Killed 13, wounded 93, missing 3. REDHOT WAR TALK IN HOUSE OF COMMONS Michael Oavitt Resigns Kis Seat as a Protest and Secretary Chamber lain Makes Explanations. LONDON, Oct. 25.— During the debate on the second reading of the.appro priation bill in the House of Com mons to-day. James H. Dalzi'^l, Liberal member for Kirkcaldy, ex- pressed the opinion that one of tnu greatest difficulties in arriving ai a settle ment with President Kruger had been CAPTAIN HOLDANE OF GORDON HIGHLANDERS. This officer was wounded at Elands Laagle. (From a photogTaph fms nlshed by a friend of the captain residing in San Jose.) PRICE FIVE CENTS. that, rightly or wrongly, the President had believed Mr. Chamberlain, the Brit ish Secretary for the Colonies, and Cecil Rhodes wen- identical. He added that Mr. Chamberlain had given grounds f>>r this h.-'.ief by suppressing telegrams, whereupon the Colonial Secretary tartly Intervened, saj Ing: '•I have never suppressed telegrams. I