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convocation of the university in Stude baker Hall. The president hoped to an nounce that the university would be $4.- OOOffIOQ richer, but he has not been able to raise the $:U5.000 which, duplicated by John D. Rockefeller, would make up that amount. However. Mr. Rockefeller has wired that he will extend the limit three months, and in that time Dr. Harper thinks he is reasonably sure of getting the rest of the money, as he has several large, donations in prospect. Four years ago Mr. Rockefeller gave th« university a $1,000,000 present and promised to duplicate every amount donated before January 1. 1900. up to J2.000.000. One year ago Mr. Harper had secured $1,135,000 from various sources to apply on the $2.00Oj)O0. Since then this amount has been raised $550,000. It Is understood that much of thA money has come from business men of this city. Delayed by Landslide. SANTA ROSA. Jan. I.— A landslide on the California Northwestern Railroad north of Cloverdale delayed passenger traffic about one hour to-day while a tem porary track was constructed around tha obstruction*. Special Cable to the Jlev/ York Herald. Copyright, 1900, by j James ;! Gordon ; Bsnnett. Republication of this dispatch is prohibited. All . rights reserved in the TJnited States and . Great Britain. j -•* .' ; — .' ¦ ¦ ¦¦.¦¦' . ...- .¦¦ ' • .... ¦¦ ¦ • ' .'¦ ¦¦• ..- ¦ ¦ .¦ ¦ J V^^;^^\•liONpDN^,.¦Jal^/\¦'i..^•This¦^iJpatG]^ from its special cor respondent is published by the Daily -Mail; . REXSBURG. Cape Colony, Jan. i. — -By a brilliant strate gical movement General French has driven the Boers put of Colesberg. to which they had fallen back on Saturday from this place. We had occupied Rcnsburg siding in strength "Saturday and had come into touch with the enemy, who fired on our skirmishers from what appeared to be an intrenched position. We had, however, only one man slightly wounded, but the proximity of the Boers made every one eager: to advance. Yesterday afternoon a force of cavalry and infantry with ten guns, the whole under the command of General French him self, left here, and after. a detour occupied some hills three miles from Colesberg, where the Boers lay in strength, confident be cause of the natural aid afforded them by the hills around. The enemy's position extended for six miles round the entire vil lage. At daybreak to-day our artillery opened the battle. The Boers, though taken a little by surprise, replied with their guns. The duel went on for two hours without cessation. Our gunners showed marvelous accuracy and it soon told. The first enemy's Hotchkiss collapsed and then the Boers' big gun was silenced early in the action, but the other pieces of artillery held out until they gradually fell back. The Hotchkiss was aban doned and we captured it, but the other guns were removed to the north, as our cavalry closed in. As the guns were withdrawn they shelled our cavalry, but caused no damage. Our advanc ing guns speedily silenced them. The Boers appear to be retreating north, but we are har assing them and our shells are doing much damage. I can plainly see horses galloping madly away in all directions after our shells burst. ' '¦ .• • . .-' • ¦ ' Colesberg is now in our hands. "The few loyalists who re main there are jubilant. ., We. have captured many of the en emy's wagons and a considerable' quantity of stores. Our losses are quite slight, but the Boers ; must have suffered heavily. The enemy may. stop at Achtertang or cross the river alto gether at ¦Noryais Port, where the bridge is yet intact. LONDON. Jan. 2.— General French's success In Cape. Colony ngaln em phasizes what has been pointed out. In these dispatches time and time again— the absolute necessity of a strong force nf irregular cavalry and mounted infantry if the British^are to be able successfully to cope with the. Boors. French is one general who has been for tunate enough to command a force as mo bile or more mobile than the Boers. Hav ing this advantage and being a born cav alry leader, he is the one British general who has not received a check. He has beaten the Boers at their own game by outflanking them continually. His success, though It may not be a very important feat of arms, is immensely sig nificant, as showing what is possible when the British can move as quickly as the Boers. This is the first occasion in the present, war in which the Boers have been dislodged by a turning movement. General French is operating In a country which is fairly favorable to the action of cavalry, and his force is • mainly com posed of mounted men. if the other Brit ish columns had been as well provided with mounted men we should unquestion ably have heard less of frontal attacks. General French has been constantly har assing the Boers, finding out their strong positions and then working round on then flank and ever and anon threatening their communications. He has advanced, re tired, maneuvered and fought until by "successive steps he has driven the Boers eastward or northward, and Colesberg is once more in British hands. General French's successful action is not the only piece of news from this region. Further toward the east, near Dordrecht, which was recently occupied by the Brit ish, there has been some fighting, with abundant promise of more. Captain do Montmorehcy with a reronnoitering party fell in on Saturday with a largo body of Boers eight miles north of Dordrecht. For six hours he managed to keep the Boera in check, until the arrival of reinforce ments for the enemy with two guns mado him retire. The Boers advanced upon Dordrecht, and when last heard of were threatening the town. No news has yet come In whether they made* an attack. on the -town. That Qeneral Buller will -once mpr© at- tempt at an early date to force a passage of the Tugela River seems to be the. fixed opinion In Frere camp. He has been con siderably 1 strengthened by the troops of the. Fifth Division, under Warren, ard fresh artillery, including several five-inch and six-inch howitzers from the siege train. He must now muster not far short of 30.0T0 men and sixty guns; without counting; the naval complement. He is not strong in cavalry, though with the. ir regulars he should have about 4000 men. The problem before him is ono of the. most difficult that war can offer. He has to cross a river of considerable volume, all the fords of which are commanded by earthworks mounting powerful guns and lined with expert marksmen. The Boers are superior to him In mobility, and can follow his movements with such rapidity that they will probably be able to frus trate all attempts to turn their positions. They are not greatly Inferior in number, having 20.000 or 25,000 men on the Tugela River. ¦"?- i A Free State commando is on the Tu gela west of Colenso. and guns have been mounted at Potgleters Drift, evidently to defeat a turning movement from the west. Intrenching by both armies at Modder River still proceeds, but .ouside of desultory artillery duels and skirmishes between outposts there is nothing to dis turb the condition of masterly inactivity. :—: — BULLER'S DIFFICULTIES HAVE BEEN INCREASED LONDON. Jan. 2.— The Standard's cor respondent at Frere Camp, telegraphing on January 1, says: "Sir Charles Warren's division Is now nearly complete. Its headquarters will be at Estcourt. It Is rumored here that the guns which- were captured from General Buller at Colensb have been mounted in the hills commanding, the drift over the Tugela River at ; Springfield?.' The-Uoers. It appears.- captured' 62o rounds of shrap nel when they . took the guns. "General Buller's difficulties have '_ been Immeasurably-Increased, by the. enforced delay since the last engagement. He now. has before - him ¦ a . series 'of ¦: walled ! and fortified hills, running'— sixteen, 'miles Port Elizabeth, Where British Reinforcements Are Now Landing. Port Elizabeth lies on Algoa Bay, 428 miles east of Cape Town and 354 miles south of Durban. It is the ocean ter minus of the Midland Railroad system, which runs to Bloemfontein and Pretoria, and is the nearest port to General French's base of operations at Naauwpoort. General Cleary's division was destined for this port on sailing from Eng land, but was later ordered on up to Natal. A larger part of the Fifth and Sixth divisions will probably disembark at this port. STARTLING RUMORS OF A DUTCH RISING CAPE TOWN. Jan. I.— Ugly rumors are in circulation of a Dutch rising with the object of seizing Capo Town and the docks and capturing the Governor of Cape Col ony—Sir Alfred Mllner. The center of the movement is said to be Pearl, a village about thirty miles from Cape Town, where a meeting of the Afrikanderbund was held yesterday. A similar meeting was held at. Richmond on December 2S. and it la reported that 'the members of the bund in these two towns are acting In concert. The members of the bund in Willlngton and the Dutch In Clan William District are said to be armed with Mausers and to be anxious to use them in behalf of the Boers. '. Although the stories of a rising are dis credited, the police and military are tak ing ample prccautlpns. WWSSM BOER SPIES ENLIST WITH BRITISH TROOPS LONDON. Jan. I.— Alleged Boer spies, it has been discovered, have unlisted In the Yeomanry- A report of -£oTd Ches ham, who is In command of ¦ the Yeo manry forces, says that the officials of this arm of the service are being pestered by agents of Dr. " Leyds, the European plenipotentiary of the South African Government. He adds that two of them were actually accepted, but that they were afterward discovered. He declares that the same thing occurred In Thorny croft's Horse, seven spies being dis covered in that bedy. He says, continu ing: "We have given word to all our com manding offlosrs to keep a sharp lookout for- traitors." No steps hay© been taken thus far to punish the alleged spies. PORTUGUESE PEOPLE SYMPATHIZE WITH BOERS LONDON, Jan. 2.— The Lisbon corre spondent of the Standard says: "It is cur rently reported that the speech of King Carlos In the Cortes to-morrow will refer at some length to the situation In South Africa, but It Is doubtful whether any thing will be said any more friendly to England than to the Transvaal. The pub lic is with the Boers and the papers gen erally fear British designs upon Delagoa Bay. The Portuguese Government asserts that" it has done everything to preserve neutrality." VANCOUVER TO RAISE A MOUNTED CORPS -yASCOTJYER, B. C, Jan. ' L—Consid Minor Battle in Which Boers Retreat Before the Attacking British- Forces— Butter's Diffi culties Vastly Increased. MILLIONS DONATED TO CHICAGO UNIVERSITY John D. Rockefeller Duplicating All Gifts Made by Other Mem of Money. CHICAGO. Jan. I.*— The University of Chicago has received a New Year's gift of 53,370,000. President Harper •will make Lba KENTUCKY DEMOCRATS TO CAUCUS FOR SENATOR Blackburn Certain to Receive the Nomination by Ac clamation. FRANKFORT. Ky.. Jan. L— A war rant has been issued for the arrest of John H. Whalen. charging him with hav ing attempted to bribe Senator Harrold. Senator Goebel, chairman of the Demo cratic joint caucus. Issued a call for a caucus to-morrow night. He states that the caucus is for the sole purpose of nom inating a candidate for United States Sen ator. Of course Blackburn will be the only name presented and he will be nom inated by acclamation. The calling of a caucus for Senator at this early date was a mov© on the part of Goebel leaders to put an end to the stories, that, in the event that Goebel should fall In his contest, he might at tempt to wrest th© Senatt>rshJn from Blackburn. erable disappointment has been caused throughout this province by the failure of the Dominion Government to include In the second Canadian regiment for South Africa n company from British Columbia. Prominent citizens of Vancouver have de cided to raise a corps of 100 mounted in fantry, providing horses and defraying all expenses. At a -meeting called by Mayor Garden It was decided to try to induce the Gov ernment to accept this corps. Three hun dred applications have been received from young men of this city and district. All are skilled horsemen and good ritle shots, and many offer to provide their own mounts and equipments. ! -'..; Major General French, Who Recaptured Colesberg. The United States will acquire the three islands for $3,000,000 under his proposition, where thirty years ago Mr. Seward offered $7,500,000 for two islands. St. Thomas ami St. John. Denmark at that time an nounced that it could not dispose of the island of Santa Cmz without the consent of France, but it is understood that the authorities are convinced that this feature of the matter can be satisfactorily ar ranged. It is expected that within a short time a bill will be Introduced in Congress authorizing the administration to negoti- lantic oceans? 'England has her Halifax, her Bermuda and her Jamaica, where there i* not only an abundance of coal, but there are docks and all naval stores needed by the fleet, with cable communi cation between stations. It Is fortunate for us that these stations are English, but It Is our duty to see that no mora naval bases are established within strik ing distance of our coast. In this con nection the attention of the people of this country Is called to the fart that the Dan ish West Indian Islands are for sale." NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD BEGINS AT CINCINNATI Noted Musical IMrectors Participate With Their Societies in the . . Contests. CI>:OT>rNATI. Jan. I.— The National Eisteddfod attracted large crowds to this \ city to-day. The musical and literary fea | tures in competition for the annual prizes i constituted the morning, afternoon and ' evening programmes, and kept Music Hall , packed with enthusiastic audiences. Some j of the most noted musical directors of tlie i country participated with their societies ! In the contests. The preliminary examination of candi ; dates for the contests wro held early in i the morning, and the opening session be l gan promptly at 10 a. -n., with a grr.nl i organ march by George W. Webb, fol j lowed by the opening choruses. "ArrK-r j ica" and "Hen \Vlad F"y Nhadau," with Maldyn Evans as soloist. Benjamin Jones, president of the Eis : teoVlfod Association, then introduced j Judge David pavls aa the president of ; the morning session. After addresses by [President Jones and Judge Davis, Hon. H. | M. Edwards of Benin ton J Pa., was Intro j Oiiced as the conductor and literary ad ] judicator. followed by the presentation of the musical adjudicators. Professor Hroome. of Montreal, Professor T. J. Da vie* of Plttsburg and Professor O. H. Kvans of Maryp\ille, Ohio. After the bardic salutations and proclamations by "The Bards." the contests were begun. Hon. D. Webster Williams, of Jarkson, Ohio, presided In the afternoon and Colonel William B. Mclfsh of Cincinnati at night. Both delivered addresses, fol lowed by bardic salutations and proclan-.a tlons by "The Bards." George W. Webb : presided at the great organ in the after \ noon and Miss Annie Peat of Racine, Wls.. in the evening. The contests were i interspersed with solos by Malfjwyn Ev ! ans. Oscar J. Ehrgott. Miss "Annie K. j ''.rifTiths. Miss Bessie Tudor and Harry ; I^. Jones., and by selections from the Cam- I'rian Club of Cincinnati, directed by Da i vid DavlM. It wns decided to hold the National EiF ! trddfod next January at Columbus, Ohio. Th<» crowning event to-night was the i contest for $<500 and a gold medal for the ; ' best mixed chorus of not less than sev , enty-nve voices. The Ada (Ohio) Norn.al University and Lima Choral Union won, under the directorship of Hugh W. Owens. • GENERAL FRENCH HAS RECAPTURED COLESBERG AMERICAN TROOPS DRIVE FILIPINOS FROM CABUYAO Insurgents Retreat to Santa Rosa, Closely Pursued, Twenty-Four of Aguinaldos Warriors Are Among the Dead and One Hundred and Fifty Prisoners Taken. Special Dispatch to The Call. MANILA. Jnn. 1. — A^uinaklo's •wife, sisters and eighteen Fili pinos ha v? surrendered to Major £1 arch's battalion of the Third In far.try at Bontoc. in the province of that name. Three Filipino officer? also surrendered to Major March, and the Filipinos gave up two Spanish and two American prisoners. :•¦-. •-.'¦': •¦ ¦'¦• .. -; ,'--¦'-,*. • . . ... ,•' MAN IT/A. Jan. I.— The first move ment'of-'the c-rieral southern ad vance occurred this morning. x>.hen two battalions of the . Thirty-ninth Infantry landed and occupied CabuyaoL on/the south side of .JLfiKuna 'de Bai. Two Americ;uis were killed arid four were wounded. Twenty ;four of the enemy's dead- were found in one house. One hundred and fifty pris oners and four C-pounder guns were cap tured.' '"'A"':'-:.-. >r'--\v:' : '.- ,'"-:. ':''..', .'¦ ¦ The gunboat Lagiinade Bai bombarded the ' town'; before the disembarkation of the troop's : .frcm.. ; the -.cascos. which was Tr.a&e ur.der the er.emy's shrapnel fire. The enemy evacuated the place before the. charging Americans, retreating to Sar.ta Rosa, to which town they were pursued. ..•''•¦:/."¦ : . ; .- ¦:'¦'-. •.'¦¦¦¦••• Heavy fighting occurred along the. road to Santa Rosa, which was occupied by th* '-*r:purgents retreating toward Silang. T*" ''¦^nicricajis burned the country . be tf * } and around Cabuyao.' ¦:¦¦..¦¦¦.;¦¦¦¦, 'i J gunboat- returned t>>.-Calamba for T^.i.i orce-irients and .thence.' came to Ma riia- to fetch ajnmunition. She recently captured two ' of the enemy's ste;am launches, one under the flre of artillery at Calamba, and also four cascos loaded v.-lth nee. Other regiments are mobilizing to-day at San Pedro Macatl and Paslg. pre raratorj' to continuing the southern ad- r -r i t^rda>"*# capture of bombs Involved th« seizure of documents Inculpating a thousand Filipinos who intended to rise esrain«=t the AmerlcarF. Papers were also found phowir.g a distribution of the city into districts and a careful assignment rf Irair m ar'? follc«"»-rs. Tha precautions tHJtT. by tii» Americans on Saturday. It is now evident, aior.e prevented an up r:*'.r.g. The pim-ost marshal has re qv.^ste<J thet two more regiments be de tailed for the protection of Manila. Three thousand troops are now actually In the city. LIEUTENANT DUFFY AND MEN MISSING MANILA. Jan. 1. — Lieutenant Duffy and ten men of the signal corps, who were building a telegraph line south from Viran to meet the party In charge of Lieutenant Lenoir. who were building northward, failed to connect with the Le nolr party. Their non-appearance caused a search to be made, and it was found that the telegraph poles put up by Duffy had been destroyed and the wires cut. It :.- supposed the signal corps men were either captured or killed by the rebels. « MOVEMENTS OF THE ARMY TRANSPORTS WASHINGTON. Jan. L-The quarter- CEaster P'-r.eral has been advised by cable from Manila that the animal ship Garor.jie his arrived there. The Lenox mailed from Manila on the 2Cth for San Francisco an 4 will stop en route, at '^rrl on the north end of Luzon. The jam sailed from Manila Saturday for San Francis-o. The Port Stevens, ani ir.ai ship, is- :n «=ajl to-morrow- from Ma r.!la for Zairi!j'.;-.rpaL ¦ •¦. TO BREAK THE CORNER IN PHILIPPINE HEMP WASHINGTON. Jait^U-Secretary Root has tsJwer. measures to^ireak .'th-*. corner in h'-mr.. A b a rofult of the .consideration of the matter with.' the I'rc^idenV. he has cabled this instruction, to Major. General Otis: . ;i .-„•,': ¦•.¦-"•'"/¦•".-.-•• '"¦¦.':.' " Appa re nll y specu lat i ve'-cr.'rri in. h emp here. Is raising price tor" great;'' Injury legitimate consumers. ¦* Desi futile- ¦'ti>- : g : ?t south hemp ports open as sbbij: pi* 'pravptl *«*" ¦•¦ .¦¦ j,x£*&M'* This instruction is due to prGtesy<B"-niade by prominent cordage manufacturers and by farmers, calling attention to' the. -fact That the opening of ports In .Northern Luzon to-day would afford no relief to the r.em;. situation and fearnestly requesting that the southern ports be garrisoned and «P>-nr<i to trade. During the discussion of the matter I understand there was brought to the President's attention • a copy of an instruction given by General Otis to General Bates, commanding the military district. Including the Island of Mindanao and the Sulii group, directing him to open all ports except those at which hemp was stored. The explanation of General Otis" action In this particular is not fully known here, though it is gathered from fcis dispatches that in maintaining the r-mbargo of the hemp port? he believes Ik- h«s prevented and Is preventing th* insurgents from obtaining money with which to continue the insur rection. The protests presented to the President and members 'if his Cabinet assert, on the other hand, that the "hemp stored (at the variouh port?) dots not belong to the in surgents. It belongs to Knglish and American firms. Money received for pur chase will go to them and not to the In surgents." The Important hemp ports of the Philip pine* are Calbayog. La Granja, Paranas. Surigao, Barugo, Taelobam. Baybay, I>> gappi. Tabaco. Sorsogan, Gubat' and Malitbog. Cordage manufacturers are nnxlous that some of these ports shall be opened. In a letter written by Mr. Meikle- John. R-?i«=tant Secretary of "War, Mr. Root stated that if the hemp now at the several port* -of the Philip pi ues were exported It would be Immediately filsnatcned to this coua- J try by steamers at low rates of j freight anil be manufactured into binder ' twine in iufflctent time for f&nnrrf;' use. | It is known, however, that the manuf.ic . turo of the binder twine commenced In ; November, and the product of the fac ; tories which commenced work in th,u ; month is used by farmers in Texas 'and ! early harvest States, and if any hemp •;. from the Philippines reaches this coun- I try by the last of February It will not be j available for use. Appreciating the situ j ation. those of persons holding a corner j are anxious that the ports shall remain closed, and they will then be able to force ! cordage manufacturers and farmers to i pay them the price they demand. .. .. GOVERNMENT LINE TO THE PHILIPPINES WASHINGTON, Jan; I— Upon reeom i mendation of Quartermaster 'General Lud '¦¦ ington. Secretary Root has directed the establishment of a government lin*v. of ¦ steamers connecting San FranclFeo. Hono lulu and Manila, similar to that running between New York and Cuban and Porto Rlcan ports*. Vessels which will be at tached to Pacific lines are those trans' i ports, the property nf the Government i now in the Pacific ocean. All steamers ! charters! by the quartermaster's depart ment will be released immediately upon their arrival at San Francisco, and Blip ! piles, recruits and officer* intended for ; the army in the Philippines will go to : Manila by the proposed line. Discharger! j enlisted men and officers ordered home j will return in these vessel*. It Is stated by officers ofthe'eaartmnister's depart ment that the establishment of this line will be in the direction of an economical j administration. If th« Government were j compelled to rely upon private vessels It would have to pay high freight and pas page money and vessels would not be- al ways at its disposal. Very frequently the naval service deems it in the Interest of economy to send enlisted men to the Asiatic station in an auxiliary cruiser, and In th*e past it has often been found eco nomical to detach a ship from the far j eastern squadron and order it home rather I than to direct men whose terms of enlist | ment have expired to come to the United States by passenger steamer. UNCLE SAM MAY BUY DANISH WEST INDIES Good Prospect of Acquiring the Islands at a Bargain. Three Million Dollars the Present Price, Although a Much Better Offer Was Refused Thirty Years Ago. Special Dispatch to The Call. EALL. HEADQUARTERS. WELL INGTON HOTEL. WASHING TON. Jan. I.— Wnile official negoti ations have not yet been initiated looking to the acquisition of the Danish West Indies l>y the United States. , it I* nevertheless a fact that an unofficial i exchange of views has occurred., suflirl [ ently satisfactory to make it evident that ! Congress consenting the islands will soon [ belong to this Government. Because of the rejection by the Senate : of the treaty negotiated by Mr. . Seward ; when Secretary of State, the Danish Gov ; ecnment has declined to enter into official j negotiations unless assured in advance I jhat ihey will result successfully. I am I told that Captain W. Yon Christmas Dir j <linck-Holmfeld of the Danish navy was | In Washington some weeks ago and talked ! with the authorities relative to the trans ! fer of the islands to this Government. j Captain Yon Christmas dfd not represent the Danish Government officially, having no connection with the Danish legation here, and while he had no credentials from the Copenhagen Government, he sat j lsfied officials that he would be able to ar j range the sale. "The writer desires to present here the question of 'the future status and use of our fleet in the Atlantic. Our ships can barely cross the ocean without coaling, not to speak of their return. Some of them cannut do even this. Under these circumstances what influence can our fleet ever have anywhere along the east \ crn shores of the North and South At- I ate for the purchase of the fslarxls. and when this measure becomes law the Presi dent will act. A high administration official said tt> The Call correspondent: "We must either buy the island* or brush a&irfe the- Monro« doctrine and let Denmark dispose of them to some other nation. To refuse to do. cither will be pursuing a dog in the mar.ger policy. Denmark has to pay every year a deficit in the budget of the islands, and she is too poor to stand it lrniger. Un derstanding the situation and appreciat ing Denmark's desire to sell, the President has taken the matter under very serious consideration." The. proposition to buy the Danish West Indies will meet with the approval of naval experts. Secretary Long said to night that he knew of no recent action on the part of this Government to acquire the islands. "I have not asked Captain Mahan to make any report on the strate gic value of the islands." he said, "and I know of none that he has made. I recall that during the war with Spain there was some agitation regarding the purchase of the islands, but there is nothing recent that I know of." It is a matter of official record that dur ing the war with Spain Rear Admiral Bradford, chief of the Bureau of Equip ment, made a strong recommendation that the Islands be purchased by the United States, pointing out the valuable base for operations against Porto Rico that St. Thomas- would make. In an article writ ten by Admiral Bradford and published in the Korum he makes these statements re garding the advisability of establishing coaling stations in the Atlantic Ocean, referring particularly to the Danish West Indies: PRICE FIVE CENTS. VOLUME LXXXVII — XO. 33. SAIST FRANCISCO, TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 1900. The San Francisco Call. along the line of the Tugela River. These are swarming with the enemy, posted on positions of great strength and bristling with guns, while the river In front is In full flood. The coming- .battle will cer tainly be the stiffest and probably the most momentous of the entire cam paign." This town, which Is a place of some 2000 Inhabitants, was cap tured early in November by the Boers, with its garrison of mount ed Cape police. It .lies near the Midland Railroad line, twenty miles south of the Orange River, thirty-eight' north of Naauwpoort Junction and 308 miles from Port Elizabeth. It Is the center of a large population of Boer sym pathizers. COLES BERG.