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METHUEN'S THIRD BATTLE WITHIN A WEEK FOUGHT ON MODDER RIVER British Forces Advancing to 1 the Relief of Kimberley Have a Ten Hours' Engagement, Which Is Styled by the Commander as "The Bloodiest Battle of the Century." LONDON. Nov. 29.— The War Office ha-> received the following dispatch from General Buller: 'CAPE TOWN. Tuesday. Nov. 28. General Me thuen reports: 1 MODDER RlVEß. Tuesday. Nov. 28. Reconnoitered at 5 A. M. enemy's position on Modder River and found them strongly entrenched and concealed. No means of outflanking, the river being Full. The action commenced at 5:30 with artillery, mounted infantry, cavalry and guards on the right. The Ninth Brigade on the left at tacked the position in widely extended formation at 6:30 and, supported by the artillery, found itself in front of the whole Boer force. 8000 strong, with two la guns, four Krupps, etc. The naval brigade rendered great assistance from the railway. ' 'After desperate, hard Meriting, which lested ten hours, our men. without water or food, and in the burn- Ing sun. made the enemy quit his position. ' 'General Pole-Carew was successful in gettinc a small party across the river, gallantly assisted by 300 Sappers. " *! speak in terms of high praise of the conduct of all who were engaged in one of the hardest and most trying sights in the annals of the British army. If I can mention one arm particularly, it is two batteries of artillery .' " This ' • . Britteb navy. and li ready for any pmo;j:rnry. oh;«.>r • . who < 'ambrian and Juno. ■11 utramlr.L- UTTtn« fnrmiua- LONDON, Nov. 3a — Lon hoek last night In the mid«t of • Met' -eat victory at Mod der River late r •• • I the crs came OUt with mith." feeling was onl". ■ Th< who eagerly bought papers soon found out that the reported sur render was contained in a very circumstantial agency dispatch from The Hague, Dr. Lcyd's headquarters. Inquiry at the War Office elicited the informa tion that no dispatch containing Fuch news ha been received. General Mcthuen's inarch from Orange River is a most no table achievement. In the course of a week he has marched his columns nearly fifty miles, fought three battles and won three vic tories. The fight at Bclmont was fierce enough with its de plorable loss to the Guards. The engagement at Enslin or ( iras Pan had a melancholy notoriety for the terrible execution wrought among the naval bri gade, but the Modder River bat THE SPECIAL SERVICE SQUADRON. tic is likely to prove the hardest and bl<x •' the three. This combat, which lasted tor ten I d was fought by men v. ho had neither food nor drink. izing sun, against a • giy entrenched enemy, pos itures which will make live military hist After Saturday's battle at I Pan General Methucn's force lon Sunday. It advai fiftce:i miles northwest «>n Mon ■ night the column found itself i • the Modder River and confronted by a Boer army of y- oo m< -!<• en trenched. I arly Tuesday morning the I tack began. The Boers must have been posted on the north side of the Modder River, which running at full flood. The British attacked from the i -ide. As the: i- was no opportun ity f«>r outflanking the enemy's position owing t<> the high v Tiin^t have made a front at and forced tho Boers to ouit their position by the superiority of their artillery and rifle fire, the retirement being accelerated by the fact that General Pole Carew probably late in the engagement had succeeded in getting a* The San Francisco Call THE MODDER RIVER BRIDGE. The bride* over th. Modder River, where Lord Methuen'i battle of Tur-sday was fought, is twenty-four miles be low Kimoerley on the wes'trn Hr,e of the railroad which runs from I Cape Town, via Da Aar. Klmberley and Mate kin*. :o Hulawayo. It was destroyed hy the Boera poor, after their :hveßtir.cnt of Klrnberlcy, but as Lord &lethuen'fl column i«* fully equipped for repalrinc fur'i railroa<l bridpos as have been destroyed on his line of advance !•. will only \>f> a qbtiuon of a few days after he forces; the |ias>ac;o of th» river before lie can take hid armored and supply train.-? Over .vi.i continue his advance. Then wlljjcome thr last stage of the tnovemoat, the advance on Spytfontein. 'thirteen miles farther on. where the Boers r.re prepared to make another stand. the river with a force. No pur- ' suit of the cnenr 5 to have been possible. There is little doubt that the s arc taking away their guns and will fight again at Scholtz Kop and Spytfontein, twelve miles to the north. A fourth battle must almost in evitably take place, but Colonel Kekewich will probably try to attack the enemy in the rear. This gement must occur to-mor row or Saturday, and if all goes well Kimberley should be re lieved by Sunday or Monday. Nothing is known yet of the casualties at Modder River, but excluding these General Meth uen has lost nearly 500 officers and men since he began march ing on Kimberley. Including prisoners now in Pretoria the Kritish losses under all heads since the war began make an a^qre^ate of 3000. The Daily Mail says it dis credits the report that Lady smith has fallen, and says it was circulated last night by I.affans" News Agency in a dispatch from The Hague, and had no founda tion. The absence of news from Wital for three days seems to point to the fact that the Boers are in force on Tugela River and that General Buller wishes to keep his dispositions absolutely SAW FRANCISCO, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1899. se< ret until lie can strike a blow. - is likely to prove a difficult task, as the river lies before him with its bridges broken down and its stream in flood. The Bri ish column now numbers IS.OOO. of which considerable force was as far north a? Frere on Sunday. No further news of ;cre's advance oil the Cape Colony invaders have been ived. WOf.oE NEWS. FROM,. METHUEN IS EXPECTED LONDON, Nov. SO.— The military expert of the I«ondon Morning Post writes for to-day's (Thursday's) Issue the following review of the situation In South Africa: "It Is >■!• ;tr that the keenest fighter In Ix»rd Mcthuen's division will have had his fill before Kimberley Is relieved. It ts difficult to comprehend the extent of the M odder Klv«>r ticht from the brief terms of Lord Melhuen'a dispatch. Certain facts nr<- glvr-n. The river was in flood and the bridge, wo presume, was the only m^ans of crossing It. "We must suppose that the Boers ?lect ed to d^f^'i'l the southern approach to the brldße and that they fought with tne river behind them, and consequently with but one, line of retreat and that they were intrenched with both flanks on the river banks. The ground at the Modder R'ver bridge Is higher on the northern Bide, it Is possible that on this hlph ground the Rots posted larpe guns and even the Krupps mentioned in Lord afethu«n's dispatch. "He d< tcrlbes the flcht ns one of thr harde«l In tho annals of the Hrlttsh army. That : repare for the cosi al which th»^ tlßht has been won. it seonis that it bas been won. though th*> dispatch not enlarge on the results of the vic tory .mil refrains scrupulously from refer ring to a victory at sIL "The Intelligence as to tho movements of th<* Boers "n the wst-rn t.nnler gives the tomewhal disquieting inference that the force which General Metbuen met at p.m was not that which he del two ds before al Belmont, bui s detach ment from the investment of Kltnberlev. "Consequently the enemy ran never be effectively beaten, since our fovro is not sufficient to outflank him In the field, and he will merely move back after each 'lay's light, Showing his teeth us hf> ciipp. "From Natal there Is a complete silence. but an echo of its necessity comes through r<-j>orts of transports diverted t«« Durban. Tha is sufficient testimony to General Butler's views on th*» situation In Natal. It may be considered as grave as one has Courage to refjard it." BOERS DRAW LINES OF INVESTMENT CLOSER LONDON, NOV. Bl— The Standard pub lishes the follr-wlnß from Ladysmith, dnt^cl Tuesday. November 21: "Lasi Saturday I had a whole sackful of mv correspondence returned to me, showing tn«' difficulty of communicating With th.- outside world. "Thi Boera cannonade continues almost bui there have been f.-w casualties. Bvidi ntly the object of the enemy i? \a rits of the British »n.. pg by Incessant barasslng- Tho procped of the Kritish advance from tho «i ( .n-ti l, t < impelled the noors to redouble th^lr ef fort?. Thoy are mounting more Rims and drawing the lines of Investment closer." CASUALTIES AT BELMONT AND BEACON HILL LONDON, Nov. 29.- A revised list of th* British casualties ;u Betmoni shows: < >f ftcers kiii>.i. 4; wounded. B; non-oommto stoned ofßcers and privates killed, ■»•*; wounded, W, <'f whlrh inimf-.-r tin- Ouards bad X killed and n wuundad. a revised Ist >t 'tv- casualtlea sus tained by General Hildjrard's forr^s at tho battlo of Reacon Hill shows: Killed, IS; wounded. 64; mlsMn*. 1. and prisoners, 1 FREE STATERS WERE OVERWHELMED BY NUMBERS PRKTnRiA. Monday, Nov. 27— Gonoral Putort reports that the Brltlnh mado a aortia from Klmberlav early Saturday morninsr snd firnl r,n the tfa :ir tlllory ?inrt Infantry in the darkness. The British sortie * * GENERAL LORD METHUF.N. I « in Command of the British . ♦ Flying: Column for the Relief ♦ ♦ of himberley. ♦ Boor force was stationed. On our (the Boer) side there were 100 men. General Dutort, who was nine miles off, hastened to the assistance of the Bloembof contin gent with 100 men. Nine burghers wore, killed, seventeen wounded and there were some missing. The British left on the field a private and a sergeant It is reported that the British attempted to leave Kimborley on the east side tn assist Hie troops from Belmont. Commandant Lubbe was slightly wound ed. The British have repaired the damage to the railroad. The Free Staters engaged with the Boers were overwhelmed by numbers, and after a brave stand until the afternoon •we were compelled to take up another position on the other side of the railroad. Delarey says it Is Impossible to Rive the number of killed and wounded Boers, but the loss is not great. The Boers had four puns to the British twenty-four. The general says the !•>• >% Staters are full of courage. (The latter part of the foregoing dis patch from "the Free Staters engaged" evidently refer* to either the battle of Belmont or the battle of Kristin or Gras Pan.) •—• — . — _ VICTORIA INSPECTS THE GRENADIER GUARDS LONDON. Nov. —Enthusiasm marked the. departure to-day of the first detach ments of the composite battalion of the Household Cavalry polnp to South Africa. Surging mas* ■ thronged Windsor, cheer ing and slnglnp. and similar scenes were witnessed in London In spite of the dense fog. Lord Wolseley bade the Horse Guards (the Blues) farewell at Knights Bridge barracks. Tie made ■ speech reminding the men of the grand military deeds of the Blues, saying he was assured they would do their utmost to add to the glory of a regiment of which they were *<-> Justly proud, and wishing them godspeed, good luck and a safe return. Struggling crowds lined the route to the station. Incessantly «tnglng and cheering until the cavalrymen were entrained for Southampton, where they embarked on board the transport Maplemore. There was an interesting ceremony at Windsor to-day, when the Queen Inspect < «i the men of the Grenadier Guards, who recently returned from Omdurman. and conversed with the wives and families of the soldiers who have gone to South Af rica from the Windsor district. The weather was beautiful.. The Queen was accompanied by Princess Henry of Bat tenbefg and Princess Christian. After an Inspection of the troops her Majesty briefly addressed Colonel Mutton, congratulating him on the splendid con duct of the guards In South Africa and expressing deep regret at the losses sus tained. Queen Victoria's words were all the more earnest Inasmuch as just before her arrival 'at the barracks she received news of General Methuen's great victory In what another telegram received at the barracks termed the bloodiest battle, of the century. . Colonel Hatton thanked the Queen for her kind words and the guards cheered re peatedly. . The. wives and families of the soldiers were then grouped In front of the royal carriage and her Majesty sympathetically addressed them, saying how much she felt for them and hoping they would have good acounts of their husbands and fa thers. The roectaclo was unique. Anx-_ LONDON, Nov. 29.-fJ special dispatch ■ 1 from Windsor says tbat Ger)eral Methuen's ■ dispatch to the Queen alter the battle of ■ 1 Modder River says: ■ B "The battle was the bloodiest of the ■ i century. The British; shelled the enemy ■ B out of the trenches and then charged. T^e ■ v result was terrib'e " B Boer and British Commanders at X mberley. lous wives with erowlnK babies In arms or In baby carriages passed In front of the Queen, who leaned forward, dropping words of sympathy and hope with true womanly tenderness. JUSTIFICATION OF GREAT BRITAIN'S POLICY LONDON, Nov. 29.— Addressing a Meet In* of 7000 people In Leicester this evening. Joseph Chamberlain devoteA th*> greater part of ii lons speech to a justification «>f th*» Government's policy In South Africa and to a refutation of the arguments of the Karl of Klmberley. Sir Henry Camp bell-f!annr rnnn and others. "According to Sir Henry Campbell-Rnn nerman." said Mr Chamberlain, "we ought to have skulked bark to our boles when Mr. Kriii.- refused to listen to our peaceful representations. That would have lost us South Africa, weakened our hold upon India and earned us the con tempt of mankind." I xb.f war was Inerltabte, althoiifjli doubtleaa Mr Krnsjer wodM have preferred to wait until Knaiand »ms invi>l\»>(i with Bone oth«r ;>•>«. r Ri ferrinß t" ttu- conditions und^r whl^h fjovernaenl Kra:it">i the convention <>f UO. be denied fh.it tn»> urant mv madi Mr. Olad feared a general i>utrh rij«injc. "The real -reason." he asserted, "was because the Gladstone Government be lieved the annexation of the Transvaal in IST7 occurred under a misapprehension of Lord PeaCQliafleM that a majority of th*» Doers de aired annexation. It was after ward proved that this was not their de sire, and the annexation was canceled." R< '■ rrlns to the basis ar.il of tnent after the war. Mr. Chamber lain said: •I do not like to divide tho nkin I have caushi th<- bear. i>ut I mn«t m':.^t thai the Boera, by their own a<ti.>n. h.i\»> d .1 clean shoot, upon which w<» ran writ.- vrhal «re pleaae. and i feel convinced that <Mir loyal feUow-mibJecta In Case Colony and Natal WOUM regard no nohj tlon as durablo which did nut provide be yond the ahadow of a doubt for the su rrfma< y «>f th#> Britl.«h flnß— th. guarantee of settled ; • d the only COLUMBIA LIGHTSHIP DRIFTS ON THE SANDS The Sea Ran Very Heavy, but ill the lien Were Finally Rescued by the Life-Saying Crew. ASTORIA. Nov. 29.— Lightship No. 50 Is ashore just Inside McKensie Head, one mile north of the mouth of the river, and It is doubtful if her crew of eight men can be saved. The lightship went adrift Tues day night, and the tugs Escort and Wai lula und, the lighthouse tender Manzanlta went out after her this morning. She was sighted ten miles off shore, heading In under sail. The Watlula reached her first and brought her nearly to the entrance, when the hawser parted. The Manzanlta then took hold of the lightship and start ed In with her. but the hawser again parted and became tangled In her propel- The lightship was in serious danger when the tug Escort went to her assist ance late In th« afternoon. The lightship was drifting toward the rocks, when the Kscort managed to get a hawser to r*<»r. The rope failed to hold In the raging sen. but It did not part until th.- H.i, .-- ves ■el was pulled around the point. When the hawser parted the last time th« tug could only watch the lightship coins In PTUCK FIVi: (MINTS. !«#>furify for th* lum tr*arm*nt of all th« ' - WITH RHODES' COMPLIMENTS. LONDON. Nov. 30.-Th» Dally T*!» jrrnph publishes lilt* dlspitch from Its >-!■*■ correspondent: KIMBERLEY. Nov. 23 -An »rmor*<t train making a r*eonnolaMinc« to-d*y wai fired upon by a Rrx»r Run. but no damage was done. Our artillery replied with thills of n#» }u-t>r* Company')* manuf >r tart, marked "With C. J. Rhode*' com pliments." Under this fin the encftiy fled. A --*•••»», tvhn was a prisoner In thn Boer camp for a fortnight and then es caped, states that In the Dromfleld fljcht. besides Commandant IJotha. four others were killed on the xpot nnd two dle«1 on th ro;id to Qochof. Many Boers have been killed in recent enticements. NEWS FROM LADYSMITH. LADYSMITH. Monday. Nov. ■.« (by mes senger to Mool Rlv«r).-AU her*, are we!l and cheerful The lioers arc not shelling to-<lay and we have no fear' that they will attack the town. Our position w« have made very strong with redoubts and breastworks, and we look forward con fidently to the ultimate result. CANADIAN TROOPS ARRIVE. CAPI :• m N n k\\at\ ateamer Sardinian. Capi from Monti 0. having contlnr-nt tot Boutk Africa I*oo strona I hred h>ere. FOUND DEAD IN BED. Sudden Ending of Former Collector Black. PORTLAND. Nov. a. -Thorn™ J. Black. who v; Collector of Custom* for this district during the second Cleveland administration, was found dead in his room In the Imperial Hotel -h,, m'.rrinit He was apparently In good health when he • tired last night. Mr. Black was an old resident of Ore gon, being a merchant at Halsey when appointed to the customs service. Death was due to heart disease. toward t . h °/ > re - During this tint* th» nn^lL tOO X »>> until 7 ' o'clock to-nltht. and , when she I. ft It looked as though th« "It,shlP" I t , shl P had Pour on the sand*. The tug :illlll '< was ready to go out when th* Kseort came to the dock to-night, but the latter reported that nothiru? could be don«» In the darkness. Tho . ,:iula will leave early In the morning.. The lightship has a steel bottom and Is exceptionally strong, and it Is thought that If there are no rocks undrr h««r she may stand the buffeting. Captain Hown of the Escort speaks hopefully of th* chances of the crew, but all seamen ijtr»« that the situation at the bret l.« dCi«prraC«>. Th" life-saving crew have gone to their assistance. •»n board the licht!<hlp are r*ar>tnln 1 - sepn 11. Marrlm llunsen and Atitore Fnbf- Qua JohnMtn Walter Wiv Jo«- ' ard a- 'All ire A*rorlan«. At 1:30 o'rlork this momlnjr .the op*, rator at the Tape report* that all the men on the lightship were rescued by the Uf> •avinK crew, only one being allghtly ia- Jurcd.