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dered the shelling. I have told him that I have now established temporary prem ises i for Boer prisoners in the women's laager and hospital in order to protect them from deliberate shelling." TELEGRAMS FOR KIMBERLEY. NEW YORK. Feb. 21.— The Anglo-Amer ican Telegraph Company to-day Issued the following notice: "From London we are again informed that telegrams may now be accepted for Klmberley, but only at the sender s risk." Highland Brigade Suffered Most Seriously in FOUGHT BRITISH TO A STANDSTILL GEN E RAL HECTOR MACDONALD AMONG THE WOUNDED. UNCLE SAM WILL NOT INTERVENE TO PREVENT SHELLING OF WOMEN'S LAAGER LOURENZO MARQUES. Feb. 20.-The Official report received from Colonel Baden-Powell of the occurrences in Mafeklng up to February 5 concludes as follows: "General Enyxnan, in reply to a letter somplalnlng of the deliberate shelling of the women's and children's laager, of fered no excuse or apology, and by a DE WET REPORTS A BRILLIANT VICTORY LONDON. Feb. 22.— The Dally Mail has the following dispatch from Lourenzo Marques, dated February 21: "Boer newspapers, dated February 19. report that General De Wet won a brilliant victory over the British troops at Modder River. General Dutolt reports being de feated by the British cavalry column which got into Klmberley. He retreated to Rlverton. sixteen miles north of Klm berley. with all his guns lost and seven men killed. "According to th© same papers. General Cronje succeeded in getting "through a message to Koffyfonteln with the news that he Is holding all his positions and that the Boer cordon Is around Klmberlay again. that an attempt is likely to be made by Boer supporters in the colony to force easy terms for the Free Staters, now, or soon, by holding out a threat of a Dutch rising in the colony. •"Any idea of leaving the Free* State its independence would.be fatal to British In terests The British people must not de ceive themselves into thinking that It is now only a walkover. They have a most dangerously subtle and progressive foe to deal with in more ways lhan it would be politic to discuss publicly. "There should be no halting In sending out troops. A quarter of a million of Brit ish troops will be none too many. The more we have and the sooner they are here ,the quicker . will be the end of the war and, the. surer will be the settlement that' Is to mean Justice to every one, Dutch and British alike, and lasting peace and certain prosperity to South Africa," WAR IS NOT OVER BY ANY CALCULATION j LONDON, Feb. 22.— The- Cape Town cor respondent of the. Dally News says: "It ? is" of the, very gravest Importance that the British public be not carried away byV recent successes into . a -belief, thatthe war is practically." over.' Nothing could -be more fatal to a satisfactory prosecution of the war, and above all to a satisfactory settlement of the whole coun try after the war, than any relaxation of military activity, any stoppage- of rein forcements,": any s temporizing or bargain ing; with the Free State 'or ' the Transvaal through, mistaken ideas of magnanimity toward : an assumedly ¦ beaten ¦ foe.; i "The highest- authorities and the sound est opinion here say that • the war ¦ has" really only Just begun In earnest. : Indeed, they say that the real struggle' will only begin : when the ; present X military opera tions end. ; "I have tho best reasons for, asserting States interested in this, work with a view to ¦ forming ' a ' central association I f 6r- r ex tending' and . improving t the) organization for their work. : Communications; can- be addressed to John V.'.L.Pruyn. chairman, 16 East Tenth street, jNew. York. or. Tunis G. Bergen, treasurer,' 65 i Liberty street, New -York.- • " ¦¦'*'¦:'¦¦: ¦' • •¦' ¦"•¦•. : . ¦¦- CHEERFUL RUMORS. : LONDON, Fe,b.' Zl^— At a meeting of the Town 'Council .to-day,- it ; was . announced that news had reached *, Windsor. Castle that : Ladysmith^had' been.. relieved! . The announcement .was .received ';with i shouts of "Bravb;' Buller.'', The rumor 1 of the re lief of .Ladysmlth': has- again current oh the Berlin and -London ; bourses..; There is, » ho ' conflrmati on ,of ; , the ", Private telegrams received, here from, Berlin thl* afternoon • declare \ that > Cronje ¦is in 5 bad position, bearing -out;! yesterday's, Berlin rumor that : Cronje , was J surrounded 'and that a .time : limit had ' been ¦ given ; within which to capitulate. . . ?..., ..-.., CAPTURE OF SUPPLIES DESTINED FOR KIMBERLEY PRETORIA, Feb. 18, via Lourenzo Mar ques, Feb. 21.— A British flying column on the way to Bloemfonteln was intercepted near Roeders Rand by the I Boers. ; There is heavy, fighting along: the Modder river, between" Paardeberg and Roeders Rand. Fighting is also in progress over a. wide area to the north and "east of Kimberley. The Boers have captured a' thousand cat tle and large quantities of provisions des tined for Klmberley. TO AID RED CROSS WORK. NEW YORK, Feb. 21.— The American committee to aid the Hed Cross work in the - South African: war, with i special' ref erence, to the .wounded of both .belliger ents within the Boer lines, has issued an. othrfr appeal, for aid. -The committee ¦ in vites ; correspondence : from associations, societies and committees in the United W ONDON, Feb. 21.— The following dispatch has been received- at the War Office from Lord Roberts: ¦ > "PAARDEBERG, Tuesday, Feb. 20.— Between Feb. 16 and 19 Major Knox was wounded, Major General Hector Mac Donald severely .wounded and Lieutenant' Colonel Aldworth killed. "Other officers killed were: Captains Wardlaw and Newbury of the Duke of Cornwall's Light In fantry and Lieutenants McLure of the Seaforth Highlanders, Courtenay of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Siordel and Neave of the Yorkshire Regiment and Bright and Ballycton of the Oxford In fantry." '.-'-.¦ ' ' -' ¦ :¦'¦' ' Then follows a list of wounded officers, including Colonel Bowles of the Yorkshire Regiment, Colo nel Carthew-Yorkstoun of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), Captain H. M. • Arnold . (dangerously) and Lieutenant J. C. Mason (slightly), botn of the Canadians.. .!:?; ¦ -; - In .he Highland brigade sixteen officers .were wounded, including i General Hector Mac Donald; Major the Hon. H. X Maxwell of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), brother of Lord Farnham, and Lieutenant Ackers Douglass of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, son of the Right. Hon. Aretas Acker-Douglass; First Commissioner of Works. . i « . The War Office adjds that no details of the fighting have yet been received. These casualties oc curred in fighting near Paardeberg. r P' : V: " ","*,'';"' J, No Agreement Entered Into With Germany as to War in South Africa. WASHINGTON, Feb. 21.— 1n view of the persistent circulation of the rumor that the Government of the United States has reached an agree ment with the German Government, through Its representative. Baron yon Holleben. to intervene between the combatants in South Africa, the Associated- Press has secured from the highest authority a state ment of the present position of the Government in this matter. This is to the effect that there has been- absolutely no agreement reached between Secretary Hay and Baron yon Holleben on the subject, nor has there been any discus sion of the propriety of Joint mediation between the British and the Boers. Nor has the United States Government undertaken or contemplated any Interven tion on its own account. There has been no time, before or since th« outbreak of the present war. that the President would not have, with the greatest readiness, exercised his good offices in favor of peace if that could have been ac complished without what he regarded as an unwarrantable breach of interna tional law and the proprieties. Hl* present position is said to be precisely as stated in the following sentence, extracted from his annual message to Con gress: "We have remained faithful to the precept of avoiding entangling alliance* as to affairs not of our concern. Had circumstances suggested that the parties to the quarrel would have welcomed any kindly expression of the hope of the American people that war might be averted, good offices would have been gladly tendered." It will be noted that the keynote of the President's statement may be found in the plural, form he uses; the invitation to mediate must come from botli parties; a single invitation is not a sufficient warrant for Interference In bis ' view. - * . . • Belief Even in London That Cronje Has Been More Suc cessful Than Pursuers. LONDON. Feb. 22. 4a. m.— Lord Roberts' list of forty-nine killed and wound ed officers, including two generals, in the engagements up to Sunday even ing causes anxiety, especially as in the officers' list neither the losses of the Welsh and Essex' regiments nor those of the Mounted Infantry are includ ed. This is about the number that fell at Colenso, where the non-commis eio&ed officers and men brought the total losses to SOO. It is considered strange that when tending his casualties Lord Roberts gives no information as to the result of the fighting. If he cent such a report the War Office is withholding it. Moreover, nothing Is known as to what took place on Monday. Tuesday and yesterday. The absence of details from Lord Roberts 1 dis patch, contrasted with his rather full narratives during the first part of his op erations, produces uneasiness among military observers. All the comment In the morning newspapers, both editorial and critical, is threaded with the disturbing suggestion that despite hard fighting General Cronje has been able to beat off his pursuers, has escaped and is being reinforced by rail from Ladysmith and by forces on foot and horseback from Northern Cape Colony as well as the late beleaguered of Klmberley. As the correspondents with Lord Roberta are silent the telegrams from Boer sources receive some countenance. The latter aver that Cronje, while the British were endeavoring to surround him between Paardeberg and Koodosrand. re ceived reinforcements under De Wet and that together the Boer commanders fought the British to a standstill. . However all this may be, public opinion here will not be reassured until the War Office issues' explicit statements of successes, which, of course, would clear away the gathering doubts respecting the uninterrupted success of Lord Roberta* forward movement. No one doubts his ultimate success, but there is a fear of temporary disap pointment and that a lot of hard fighting is yet ahead of the British. The latest report regarding General Buller circulated in the House of Com mons last evening was that an agent of the De Beers Company had received a cablegram from Cape Town, which must have passed the censor, to the effect that General Barton's Fusilier Brigade had reached the hills commanding Lady emith. Quite apart from this, however, and from every other rumor, the early relief of the beleaguered garrison Is thought inevitable. Conflicting Reports From the Scenes of War in South Africa Received, but the Free State Forces Claim to Be Standing Off the- British. ROBERTS EXPECTS T O CAPTURE CRONJE. BULLER WITHIM SIGHT OF LADYSMITH. VOLUME" LIOCJitTI— X O. $ 84. SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1900. PRICE FIVE CENTS. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL [Special Cable to the New York Herald. Copyrighted. 1900. by the New York Herald Company. Republication of this dispatch Is prohibited. All rights reserved in the United States and Great Britain.] LONDON, Feb. 22.— The Dally Mail published this dispatch from its special correspondent: PIETERMARITZBURG, Feb. 2!. T The collapse of the Boers on the Tugela appears to be complete In the trenches of two captured camps large quantities of ammunition and stores were found, which points to a hurried flight. Ladysmith is now in sight of our front. The War Office has received the following from General BuIIer: "CHIEVELEY CAMP, Wednesday.— The Fifth Division crossed the Tugela to-day by pontoon and drove back the enemy's rear guard, our naval twelve-pounder silencing all the enemy's £uns." [Special Cable to the New York Hera Id. Copyrighted. 1900. by the New York Herald Company. Republicatlon of this dispatch is prohibited. All rights reserved in the United States and Great Britain.] LONDON, Feb. 22.— This dispatch fron) its special correspoodent is published by the Daily Mail : CAPE TOWN (Wednesday), Feb. 21.— T^e correspondent of the Cape Argus, telegraph ing from Paardeberg, says General Cronje is surrounded. Shelling and musketry fire are proceeding. The enemy is stubbornly re sisting. Tbe British expect to capture Cronje's wrjole force.