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that It is dated Paardeberg, 7:05 p. m.
Monday." Paardeberg is ;thtrty miles east of Jacobsdal. The dispatch announces that the railroad to Kimberley' is open and ¦ that General " Methuen - will .proceed there, with- reinforcements for them:forth- : with and with large supplies, '.which will be ; forwarded . to . the . town. BOERS HAVE RETIRED. ; \kIMBERLEY, Feb. 18; by heliograph to Modder River, iFeb.M9.— The country is all free around . Kimberley. The ¦ Boers ' have evacuated Dronfleld,' Saltpan, Spietfontein and 5 Sholtz \ Nek. ¦:; One 5 of -' their | twel ve pounders .with ammunition was captured; as, was' also : their, laager;; at " Dronfleld, which "was ' abandoned .on ; Friday * night. Rails are being laid at Modder River, eral '. herds , of ; cuttle ; have ; been 'captured. Cecil Rhodes Is in excellent spirit. BULLER NOW REPORTS A FURTHER ADVANCE Boers Withdraw All Forces North of the Tugela, and fJfter Slight I^esistance "Hart Occupies Colenso. LONDON,- Feb. 20.— The following dispatch has been received at the ¦'War Office from General Buller: "BLOW'S;FARM.:Tuesday, Feb. 20. : 4:19 p. m.— The Fusilier Brigade yes terday took Hlangwana Hill, the right of the enemy's position and com manding Colenso,' the' rest of the'force advancing toward the Tugela. This morning the enemy has withdrawn all the troops north of the Tugela and had practically evacuated Colenso. To-day General Hart occupied Colenso after a very slight resistance by a weak rear guard, and we hold the line of the Tugela on the. south side from Colenso to Eagle's Nest. ..The enemy seem to be In full retreat and ' apparently are only holding the position they occupy across the Co lehso-Ladysmlth railway, where It is close to the angle of the Tugela, .with. % weak rear guard. Hart's advance guard Is crossing at Colenso. "Our casualties yesterday, and to-day have. I hope, been few." DURBAN, Feb. 19, evening— While General Buller is continuing his movement on the extreme right and has made every disposition for the defense of his po sition to the east and south of the Tugela by maintaining a force adequate for that purpose, Isolated parties of Boers sometimes cross the river. There Is much sniping.' . ; *j '£¦ l rs ROBERTS CONTINUES THE PURSUIT OF BOERS TOWARD BLOEMFONTEIN CASUALTIES AMONG THE BRITISH TROOPS List Demonstrates T^qt a -Number of Mere Boys Are Serving in the South African Campaign. X ONDON, Feb., 20.— The War Office announces the following ¦ casualties - among I officers during-the relief of Kimberley: ', c> ¦>< JL/ KILLED." , LIEUTENANT A. B. HESKITH, Sixteenth Lancers. LIEUTENANT THE HON. W. McCLINTOCK-BUNBERY, . Second , Dra- ¦ goons. .A/ < "WOUNDED. __ Captain E. R. Gordon and Lieutenant D. F. Brassey, Ninth Lancers. Captain G.B.Tuson, Sixteenth Lancersr .."""..' Lieutenants R. I. Fordyce and W. Long,, Second Dragoons. . , . Lieutenant 11.- M. Durand,; Ninth Lancers. ¦ . The list of casualties again demonstrates the fact .that a number of mere boys are serving in South Africa. "Lieutenant the Hon.' W. McClintock-Bunb.ery was the eldest; son. and helrof -Lord. Rathdonnel. He was .born September 15, , 1878. Lieutenant H, M. Durand was born. in 187 C. , He. is the. heir of Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, British Minister at Teheran, Persia. Lieutenant. W. Long was born in 1579. He is the heir of Right Hon. Walter Long,' president of the Board of Agriculture. ,' •; ,• - ¦ The casualties among General Buller's , forces In. the; fighting at. Hussar Hill,. Monte Cristo Hill and at other-places," fromiFebruary 15 to February 18, were: KILLED. (APTAIN T. ; H. j BURLEY and thirteen men. ' } :Vv ) . V ' WOUNDED. ' : i Six officers and 154 men. " . j ference with the ex-Consul's mall, as he made no complaint to the department* en the subject. . ' " : ' -. '¦: \ > ,: ; QUEEN HAS GOOD NEWS. LONDON, Feb.* 20.-7 The Queen, prior to leaving Osborne House this morning ' on" her return to § Windsor, ; inspected . the Fourth Battalion of.,the Lincolnshire, mU lltla. Her Majesty/ announced! with > a gratified smile ¦ that -good news I had been received this , morning, from^ the", seat Jof .war. ." ¦ . • -•¦¦¦? '-. V' -., '; .' . Another account says the . Queen j speci fied that'the good" news was from Lady smith. RAILROAD IS OPEN. ' LONDON,* Feb.* 20.— The War. Office' has Issued a dispatch ' from Lord : Roberts,' the main \lmportance\ Importance • of .which V Is. the: fact Judging the need of martial law. Fred C. Robertson, a lawyer of Spokane, told of visits to the scene of the riots. In cluding what he termed the "bull-pen." and gave a detailed description of th» mines where the trouble occurred. He ex plained the- friction growing out of the em ployment of non-union miners by the Bunker Hill mine, the gathering of 1000 miners on April 29 and the destruction caused by the dynamiting of the Bunker Hill plant. .Governor Steunenberg pro claimed ¦ that a state of insurrection ex isted, and several men were arrested and put Into the "bull-pen." Robertson applied for writs of habeas corpus for the arrested men. but the courts held that they would not Interfere with the action of the Gov ernor, which. In effect, the witness said, was a suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. Robertson was continuing his re cital when the committee adjourned until to-morrow. 'MBSM . ¦ >:>"¦: » Death of Caspar Fechteter. -NEW. YORK, Feb. 20.— Caspar Fech teter, a dealer In carriage materials, and one of the best-known German merchants In New York, died to-day, aged 53 years. He was a brother of Lieutenant August Fechteter of the Mare Island Nary Yard, WITNESSES TELL OF THE WARDNER RIOTS Merriam » lnquiry Begins Before the House Committee on Military Affairs. WASHINGTON, Feb. 20.— The hearing of witnesses. In the investigation of al leged . improper action by the United States military authorities at-Wardner. Idaho, began to-day : before the House Committee on Military Affalta. . The room was crowded and among those present were Brigadier General Merriam and Gov-. ernor Steunenberg of . Idaho. . The com mittee ' adopted a form of precedur* of fered ¦; by - Hay of -Virginia, that the • wit nesses, for the complainants be first heard, with . opportunities : for response from the other aide., ¦ , . A". •A. Fraser, a : lawyer of Shoshone County, where the trouble occurred, tes tified that the civil courts were doing busi ness at the time when martial law la naid I to'.' have been in operation. Representa tive Lent»,-,who conducted the lnqulry.ex plained ' that 'this was ' a ground work for FOLLOWING THE SHELLING MONDAY OF HLANG WANE MOUN TAIN, 1 FOUR MILES EAST OF COLENSO. BY THE BRITISH NAVAL GUNS, AND ITS ABANDONMENT BY THE BOERS. GENERAL FTTZROY HART'S BRIGADE MOVED UP AND OCCUPIED THE TOWN OF CO LENSO. THIS SAME COMMAND. KNOWN AS THE "IRISH BRIGADE." WAS THE ONE WHICH SUFFERED SO HEAVILY IN THE FIRST BAT TLE OF COLENSO. DECEMBER 15. WHEN THEY ATTEMPTED THE PASSAGE OF THE TUGELA AT THE LEFT FORD ABOVE THE TOWN, j ON THEIR APPROACH TO THE TOWN THE LAST OF THE BOERS RE TREATED ACROSS THE . RIVER. COMPLETING THE DESTRUCTION OF THE BULWER BRIDGE, THE ONLY ONE LEFT, AS THEY WENT. A PRACTICABLE FORD NEAR BY. HOWEVER. OFFERED THE OPPOR TUNITY. WHICH WAS PROMPTLY SEIZED BY GENERAL HART. AND A . STRONG FORCE WAS . THROWN ACROSS AND NOW HAS LODG MENT ON, THE LADYSMITH SIDE OF THE TUGELA. GREAT TRADE ACTIVITY. WASHINGTON, Feb. 20.— Consul Gen oral Stowe at Cape Town reports to the State Department great activity there in the way of trade. Cape Bay Is crov/ded with vessels, as many as eighty or ninety being there at one time. He urges Amer ican manufacturers to seize the opportu nity to introduce their goods, saying that goods of all sorts taken by the Boer army from the British, colonies will have to be replaced. The Consul General warns American manufacturers against accept ing orders and holding them back In the fear of non-payment, as such action may seriously affect future business. CAPTTTRE OF CONVOY. CRADDOCK, Cape Colony, Feb. 20.— Details have arrived with respect to the capture of a British convoy at Riet River. It appears that the wagons were laageied near the drift and that the convoy was attacked by 1600 Boers with four guns. The shelling continued all day. One hun dred and eighty wagons were captured, cantalnlng provisions and forage. Half the drivers and leaders were killed or are missing. AS TO MACRUM'S MAIL. WASHINGTON, Feb. 20.— The State De partment has completed preparations . for the reply to be made to the House resolu tion Inquiring into the allegations.that ex- Consul Macrum's mall had", been opened by the British cenaor at Cape Town. The answer will be sent to the House to-mor row by the President, as Is customary with communications of the kind from tho State Department. It will show in brief that the department has no official knowl edge '.whatever that there was any Inter- RETIRED TROOPS ARE ASKED TO SERVE AT HOME LONDON, Feb. 20,— The Queen, through her private secretary, has sent the fol lowing letter to the commander in chief of the forces, Field Marshal Lord Wolse ley: \ OSBORNE, Feb. 17.— My Dear Lord "Wolseley: Ah bo larsre a proportion of the army is now In South Africa the Queen fully reallres that necessary measures must be adopted for homo defense. Her Majesty in advised that it would be possible to devise for a year an efficient force from her old soldiers who have already served a» officers, non-commissioned officers or privates, and confident In their devotion to the country and loyalty to her throne the Queen appeals to them to serve her once more in place of those who for a time, together with the people of her colonies, are Yjobly reslstlnic the Invasion of her South African possessions. Her Majesty has signified her pleasure that these battalions shall be designated the Royal Re serve battalions of her army. ; '. • ARTHUR BIGGE. GERMANY'S NEUTRALITY. BERLIN, Feb. 2t».— The Foreign Office witnesses with solicitude the growing anti-German sentiment in Great Britain. The truth Is that Germany, since the outbreak of the war in South Africa, has maintained the strictest neutrality. No responsible German statesman or official has hitherto expressed antiphobe senti ments. It may also bo asserted positively that Emperor William has on several occa sions spoken in a spirit of decided friend liness toward Britain. True, the German press Is inclined to be anti-Britain, aa are also the masses of the people, but the Foreign Office points out this is a spon taneous outburst for which the German Government cannot be held responsible. The Foreign Office denies that there Is any justification for the statement in Parliament of Wm. St_ John Broderick,. British Under Secretary of State for For eign affairs, particularly for the assertion that Germany harbprs schemes against the independence of the Netherlands The Berliner Post to-night contains an inspired article setting forth the forego ing In detail. Kimberley that the anxiously awaited succor was at hand. A few hours later General French, at the head of a column, made a triumphant entry Into -the. place, the people surrounding the troops and In termingling with -them, cheering wildly, grasping the noldiers' hands, waving flags, hats and handkerchiefs and exhib iting in a. hundred ways the Intensity of their Joy. The inhabitants had been on short ra tions for some time, eating horse flesh and living in burrows under heaps of mine refuse. Diminishing rations were served daily at 11 o'clock In the market square, under the shell flre of the enemy, whose guns opened on the square whenever the inhabitants assembled. No horse food was left. Throughout the siege Cecil Rhodes pro vided the natives with work and food and thus kept them quiet. /.- ¦. The miles of convoy bearing provisions for the relief of the column and the town slowly winding its way across the plain in the direction of Kimberley was the gladdest eight which greeted the eyes of the besieged for four months. General French's march was so rapid and the heat so intense that many of his horses died of exhaustion. At the crossing of the Modder River the Boers bolted, leaving their tents, guns, oxen, -wagons and large quantities of ammunition In the hands of the Brit ish. . >-:•;, Moving northward the Boers again at tempted to stem the advance, but Gen eral French turned their flank - and reached his goal with insignificant losses —seven men killed and thlrty-flve wound ed during three days from Wednesday, February 14. to Friday, February 16. After a night's rest at Kimberley Gen eral French's column pursued the Boers to Brontveld, surrounded the kopjes on which they were camped and shelled them till nightfall, when the Boers fled, leav ing many dead. General Cronje left a gun, his tents, food and clothes at Magersfonteln. ENGLAND'S ADVERSITY RUSSIA'S OPPORTUNITY Special Dispatch to The Call. NEW YORK, Feb. 20.— A Journal special from St. Petersburg says: The Rossia has a vigorous article on the text that England's adversity is Russia's oppor tunity. It says: "England has fettered Russia by many treaties. The moment has come to break these fetters. Now Is the time to pay off old scores. Europe has many and heavy ones to settle with England. As England did not scruple to turn to her own advan tage Russia's weakness after the Turkish war, so Russia should not hesitate to avail herself of the opportunity presented by England's difficulties In South Africa, There is no time to be lost. Russia must not wait for promised reorganization of the English military system. If she does her hour will have passed and it will be too late." , '.' ,-¦; MEANING OF THE POSITION IN NATAL LONDON, Feb. 21.— Spencer Wilkinson, reviewing the military situation In the Morning Post to-day, says: "The meaning of the position in Natal is that the Boers have sent the bulk of their forces to resist Lord Roberts. Gen eral Buller's aim is to Join Sir George White and then either to push on to Laings Nek or to send back two divisions ,o reinforce Lord Roberta, retaining two b Natal to complete the recovery of the ribrthern triangle." BROKE UP IN DISORDER. LEICESTER; Eng., Feb. 20.— An at teript to hold a "stop the war" meeting her\ to-night was a fiasco. Mr. " Cron wrlitfit-Schrelner, husband of Olive Schiflner, was on the list of speakers. The Woceedlnffi broke uv In disorder. PURSUIT OF THE RETREATING BOERS LONDON. Feb. 21.— A correspondent of %he Dally Chronicle, telegraphing Sunday, thus describes General Cronje's retreat "with the Boors at Magorsfonteln on learn ing of General French's success: "On Thursday at midnight, headed by General Cronje. 6000 Boers, with their h<?avy guns and ox wagons, evacuated the Magersfontein lines. At dawn on Friday the retreating Boer army was seen from the British naval gun, stationed on Klip Drift Kopje, trekking eastward across the British front at a distance of five thou sand yards. Our guns opened upon them snd a force of mounted infantry, crossing the river, made a dashing charge In the attempt to cut off the head of the enemy's column. But In half an hour their whole ¦force had gained shelter under of a line cf kopjes. "Meanwhile two of our batteries had come up and the Oxfords, Buffs, West Hidings and Glouoesters. Our Infantry crossed the drift and for thr^e hours were engaged with the enemy, while our bat teries shelled his position. The mounted infantry kept hard at work. "Unable to withstand our galling flre, the enemy retired, disputing every Inch and took up a second position on the kopjes to the eastward. It was* a mag nificent spectacle to pee the Boer army thus at bay. Their rear gunrd, 2000 strong, fought us, while the main body trekked further cart and then brought their guns Into action while the roar Kuard retired. "The action lasted throughout the day. Our infantry fought pplendldly, but the enemy . held his ground under the con tinued bombardment Later on the Boer commander ventured on a bold stroke. Reaving 2000 of his men under cover he withdrew the rest from his main position ar.d headed for Klip Kraal Drift, six Ciiles to the east. "This movement was soon discovered. Our mounted Infantry came back across the drift and marched along the south bank to endeavor to head off the enemy. When they reached the neighborhood of Klip Kraal Drift night had fallen and the Boers were already across to the south side. Our mounted Infantry harass ed their movements. BRW "Meanwhile the Boer rear guard, hav ing covered the crossing cf the main body, retired slowly and successfully passed the drift. The rear guard fousfht desperately and as it fell back to the river It was harassed on the flank and rear by the British. "Having thus passed the Kodder under cover of darkness, the Boirs trekked through the night In the d'rectlon of Bloemfontein. General Kelly-K?nny. with the Sixth Division, pursued then at day light. General Mac Donald, with '.he High landers, following him. General Mac Do nald reached Klip Kraal Drift b/ forced marches Sunday. General Kelly-Kenny, moving from Klip Kraal Drift, was en deavoring to outflank the enemy a.nd to cut them off from Bloemfontein, so as to drive them back into General Mac Do nald's hands. When I left the front Gen eral Kelly-Kenny had not come up Tith the enemy." RELIEF OF KIMBERLEY BY FRENCH'S FORCE MODDBR RIVER, Feb. 19. -Although th» rapid march of General French's division was marked by a number of conflicts the entry to Kimberley was unopposed. When the British were still eight miles off the signaling corps Intercepted a heliograph message from the beleaguered garrison to Modder River, saying: "The Boers are shelling the town." The advance column replied; "This Is General French coming to the relief of Kimberley." The garrison was Incredulous and thoupnt the message was a Boer ruse and flashed the query. "What regiment are you?** The reply satisfled the defenders of T ONDON, Feb. 21.— With 40,000 British troops in hot pursuit of Cronje, or already surrounding Jj him, Lord Roberts' campaign in the Free State has thus early reached a critical point, and England is waiting the issue with marked impatience. Up to 2 o'clock this morning the War Office had issued no bulletin concerning the momen tous operations between Kimberley and Bloemfontein other than an unimportant one, showing that the commander-in-chief's headquarters has been established at Paardeberg, thirty miles east of Jacobsdal, close to the main road to the Free State capital, from which it is forty miles distant. Nor had any dispatches come through to the newspapers from the scene of war. Lord Kitchener, who is in command of the pursuing army, has with him all of French's cavalry, the sixth, seventh and ninth divisions, and Mac Donald's Highland brigade. Cronje has probably with him, besides his original force of 10,000, 8000 invaders of Cape Colony, some of whom were in the command that fought Clements at Colesberg, while others were at Stormberg. According to some authorities the Free Staters, who are moving from Colenso and Ladysmith, will add 10,000 more to Cronje's ranks, if indeed they are able to join him. Under the circumstances it is a great mistake to imagine that the Boer resistance has col lapsed. If foreign experts with the Boers are listened to, and Cronje succeeds in making his es cape, Bloemfontein will be evacuated and battle wilt be offered the British army in the hills before Windburg. In Natal General Buller's troops are still pressing forward. General Hart's brigade yester day took possession of Colenso, and at last reports was crossing the Tugela at that point. This advance guard is fourteen miles by road from Ladysmith. Apparently the remainder of the army of relief will soon be across the river. The Boers have thus far not shown themselves in any strength, and the invasion of the Free State by Roberts has evidently drawn away a large number of men. The chances of the early relief of Whjte's forces in Ladysmith seem to be good, but burghers have shown slimness on many previous occa sions, and may be in strong position a few miles north of the river. Some more sanguine ob servers say, however, that it would not be surprising if they removed their guns and > abandoned the siege and fell back to the northern border of Natal. As far as dealing another blow at British prestige, the capture of Ladysmith would not be of great material benefit to the Boers. General Buller Makes a Further Advance Toward Ladysmith and May- Yet Relieve That Beleaguered Garrison — After Slight Resistance Hart's Men Occupy Colenso. Free Staters Under Crorrfe to Unite Their Forces and Offer Desperate Battle to the Invading Britons. price rrvE cents. VOLUME LXXXVH— NO. 83. SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1900. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL LONDON, Feb-21— A dispatch to the Daily Mail from Mafeking, dated Friday, February 9, says : "All business here is being conducted underground. The res ident Commissioner has sumptuous apart ments in a subterranean 'bomb-proof.' The Gape police have a large hall with a piano. The Mafeking Hotel dining room seats forty. All these have been dug. out and are impervious to shells." HART'S BRIGADE (IRISH) CROSSING } THE TUGELA AT COLENSO !