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LATEST NEWS OF THE WORL.D BY TELEGRAPH AND CABLE- {00 page" on ? '
THE WAR IN
SOUTH AFRICA
It Overshadows Everything Else in
the German Empire.
LIBERAL LEADER TALKS
A Btendl.iwl Frlrud or Ktisrlnnd mid
Atnrrlcn, wim Coixlrmna Clio Wnr,
ni?cui?i'? It nui? ttio Gcrmnu ?'n.
ful Ar.lienii'-opliiloiiii <>r ilio I'rrna
?Tb?1 Civil ?'o?lo-J?cvoro WoiKher
?r?rii?ii<>i? liny.
(Copyright, 1800, by Associated Press.)
Berlin, Dec. 30.?The South African
war ovorsliudows everything else here.
The correspondent oC the Associated
Press has Just had an Interview with
the Liberal lender, Dr. Barth, who is
one .if (bo mo3t steadfast friends of
Unat Britain and America, hut who al?
to condemns this war. Dr. Barth said:
"At present it looks as If England
might lose the whole of South Africa.
1 have private Information from Africa
via Holland, according to which the re?
bellious movement among the Cape
Moers has assumed much more serious
proportions than the English news?
papers admit. There never was a great?
er piece of political stupidity than that
shown by Mr. Chamberlain In provok?
ing war without having made the ne?
cessary military preparations. If Eng?
land had only waited a few years she
could have had everything without war.
It' England Is totally defeated In this
war it will be the best thing for the
world?oven for England. It will he a
lesson she will not soon forget. It will
have a wholesome Inlluencc upon the
Jingoes of all countries, Including the
German.
GERMAN NAVAL SCHEME.
Our navy scheme, wlilch is -almost
sure of adoption, must be understood
to be in connection with the war in
South Africa, all line phrases offer.d n
explanation notwithstanding. The In?
crease was decided upon b.'oause Ger
intiry has lest confidence In the men
who are shaping E gland's pclicy. The
brutal ly of the present English poli?
cy renders Germany's r:o=iii n too In?
secure. What happens in the Trans?
vaal to-day to England may happen to
Germanv upon the sea to-morrow. Dis?
trust ot" England makes it necessary
fur Germany to he so strong at sea that
the Erg Isil .ling es will think twice be?
fore attacking Germany. If the Eng?
lish statesmen of to-day were of the
type of G'adtonc and Mor'cy we should
have concern, hut with such pollt
crtl .Tick o'-LTniers as Mr. Chamb?rlaln
at the helm we do not know what to
expert, and must nun for any eventu
alties.
GERMAN PRESS OPINIONS.
The Gorman press, generally, during,
the ladt few days, has expressed the
opinion that Great Rrltaln will lose not
only the war, but also South Africa. A
military writer In the Deutsche Mages
ZeitunK nays:
"It is no longer a ciuesllon of whether
England will not ?ulijugale the Boer
Republic, but of whether she will also
lose Cape Colony. It is true England
will retain the harbors, for they lie un?
der the guns of English ships, but the
entire Interior she wilt lose, and, instead
of th2 dreamed-of cn tmitis British
South African empire, England will on?
ly keep a number of ports. This will
probably be the is.^ue of the war If
England does not hurry up and con?
clude peace."
From an excellent authority the cor?
respondent of the Associated Press
hears that Great Britain has Instructed
her minister at The Hague, Sir Henry
Howard, to sign the peace convention
with the reservation of article 10. nil
the conference powers having consented
to such reservation.
THE GERMAN CIVIL CODE.
The new German civil code goes Into
effect January 1st. The German papers
are publishing the annual and century
reviews, the general tone being satis?
faction with the turn German affairs
have taken. One of the reforms to be
carried out In 1000 will be in connec?
tion with the Berlin criminal police,
which Is grossly Inefficient. The re?
form will be thorough, comprising
the training.promotlon and distribution
of the force. Hereafter the criminal
policemen will be chosen from civil
life, nnd their number will be In?
creased.
SEVERE WEATHEtR.
While the weather here has mod?
erated, the reports from elsewhere in
Germany tell of severe cold. A letter
carrier nnmed Luedlke, was frozen to
death while on duty at Damnatz, and
another, named Anton Baumnnn. was
killed by the cold at Frankfort-on
tho-Maln. The snow lies phenomally
high in the mountains.
At the Royal Opera to-morrow night
will take place the first performance of
the fairy opera, "ICing Drosselbart." ?
the text by Delmer and the music by ,
Klenkampff.
An epidemic Of weddings has broken
out here, the number of persons mnr
rled being Fix times the ordinary num?
ber.
DELAGOA BAT.
The correspondent of the Associated
Press learns In government circles that
Germany does not believe the. report
that Great Britain intends to tnke de?
cisive steps soon at Delngoa Bny. It Is
admitted that Germany would be in
formell beforehand If any serious step
was Intended, and the reports circu?
lated arc consider to be ballons
cssal Issued by the countries interested
in preventing; Great Britain from get?
ting Delagoa Bay.
Mrs. Beehler. wife of Lieutenant Com?
mander- YV. H. Beehler, tho United
States naval attache, will be presented
at court at the next general reception.
The launching of the Hamburg
American Lino steamer Deutschland,
which was to have occurred Jnnuary 3,
at Stettin, 1ms been postponed because
of the heavy Ice In the River Oder.
Pretorin, Friday, Dec. 29. ? Three
'British prisoners from Malapo report
that Oamains Vernon and Sandford,
of Colonel Baden-Powell's staff, were
killed during the engagement in which
Lords Edward Cecil nnd Cavendish
Bentinck were wounded. The object
of the sortie was to capture Boer can?
non. The losses of tho British were
very severe. The "Long Tom," in?
jured at Ladysmilh. has been repaired,
and is being replaced.
The new contract reducing the price
of dynamite, instituted by the Raad in
August, was registered December 28th
between the Government and the
factory.
DISASTROUS SORTIE.
Lorenzo Marques, 'Dec. 29.?Advices
received here from Pretoria, under
date of 'Wcdncsdny, December 27th,
say that an officio. 1 dispatch from
Mufeking announces a sortie, which
the British made from that place De?
cember 25th. attacking one of the
Boer forts with cannon, Maxims and
armored train so persistently that the
lighting raged up to the walls of the
tort. The British lost 100 men killed
nnd wounded, while the Boers only
lost two men killed and seven wounded.
The djsnatch .adds that Captains Kirk
wood and Grenfcll were captured by
Boer scouts near Colonso nnd were
being sent lo Pretoria. Ton unloaded
shells Inscribed "The Season's Greet?
ing." have been fired at Ladysmlth.
TONS OP MEDICAL STORES.
Ton South African medical students
from Edinburgh have arrived at Pre?
toria from Dr-lagoa Bay with fifty tons
of medical stores.
A dlsnatch from the Boer camp at
the Modder River, dated Thursday, De?
cember 28, reports an artillery duel last?
ing an hour. December 27 a British
roconnoltering party made a sortie, but
did not come within the Boer range.
The British, December 2S, commenced
a steady bombardment of the Boer
position.
A FAILURE;.
Capetown, Dec. 29.?The troopa of the
British Camp of Victoria West turned
nut last night to repel an attempt of
the Boers to cut the railroad near the
station. A patrol reported early In the
evening that they had sighted the Boers
in the neighborhood. At 10 o'clock at
nigbt tho Boers opened a heavy fire
near the station. The British replied
and the Boers retired at daybreak,
their attempt having turned out a
failure.
VESSEL ASHORE.
THE LIVES OF MAINT PEOPLE IN
DANGER.
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
London, Dec. 30.?Tho Hamburg and
South American liner Pelotas, from
Santos to Rotterdam, having G29 pas?
sengers on board, struck on the sands
on the east side of Dungeness, the
southern extremity of Kent, soon after
midnight, In the midst of a terrific
gale, which raged all around the
coast. The storm was the worst of
the winter, nnd seas Immediately be?
gan breaking over the steumer. For
_8 time It nppearcd as though no one
on board of her could do savctt.
The (Dungeness coast guard, seeing
the Pelotas' signals of distress, made
desperate nnd for a long time unsuc?
cessful efforts to launch the life-boat
in the heavy surf beating on the
shore. Finally the coast guardsmen
succeeded In reaching alongside the
Pelotas. They remained alongside
tho steamer nil night, and eventually
put the rocket apparatus in operation'
During the whole time the wind blew
with hurricane force, accompanied by
heavy tfiTn and hall. The passengers
had a terrifying exeperience.
When day broke the gale slightly
moderated, enabling the llfe-bo^ts to
transfer Cne passengers, who were
safely landed at New Romnoy.
Burning of Fruit Troo?.
(By Telegraph to Vlrginlan-Pilot.)
Atlanta, Ga? Dec. ?0.?Thirty thous?
and fruit trees, comprising the entire
orchards of D. C. nnd G. M. Bacon. In
Mitchell county, will be burned Monday
by order of State Entomologist Scott,
owing to the ravages of the San Jose
scale. In the immediate neighborhood
of Dewltt, Ga., in the counties, Irewln,
Berrienworth and Mitchell are more
than 300,000 fruit-bearing peach trees,
and In justice to the owners of neigh?
boring orchards, as well as to perform a
service of the Stnte. th,e trees will be
destroyed. The work of destroying the
orchards will require several weeks'
time.
\ A Swlndlor Sentenced.
(By Telegraph to Vlrginlan-Pilot.)
Pittsburg, Pn., Dec. 30.?Robert J.
Know, nlins J. B. Bennett, who was
arrested In New York recently as a
member of a gang of swindlers operat?
ing in various parts of the country,
was sentoncad to four years nnd a half
to the Riverside penitentiary to-day, for
forgery. He Is a brother of a promi?
nent Presbyterinn. preacher and a nep?
hew of J- J. Knox, ex-Comptroller of
the Treasury. Another uncle Is presi?
dent of the Oorman Theological Semi?
nary at Bloomfleld. N. J-, and a third
is a leading business man in St. Paul.
Big Loss by Fire.
(By Telegraph to Vlrginlan-Pilot.)
New York, Dec. 30.?Fire Chief
Croker estimates the loss of last night's
fire, which destroyed the wall-paper
factory of Wm. Campbell & Co., at
$7n0,000. Between 350 and 400 employes
are thrown out of work.
.?..'?C:-;';'-:'\-V''-. - v. ' ???'?.>>'? ?'"-'?!*'*'?
PROPOSED OPEN
DOOR IN CHINA
Proposition of the United States
Favored by Europe.
THE NATIONS ASSENT
rtio NeRollntlona Opoaril by Srcre
iiiry of Niitlc liny \rttti Ilia Great
I'nTOCrn of Kuropo nnd with Jnpiin
(n HfCnrr a Common r mlc rn ? n l! -
Ins .lift with Grnlirjrlug* Renults
TUo Argreeuicmii Readied.
(By Telegraph to Vlrginlan-Pilot.)
Washington, D. C, Dec- 30.?Tho
negotiations opened by Secretary Hay
with the great powers of Europe and
with Japan towards securing a com?
mon understanding for a Kud open door
policy throughout China, have met with
most gratifying results. The State De?
partment Is unwilling at present to
mltted, and was exceptionally compre?
hensive and explicit In yielding to
every suggestion made by the United
States relative to maintaining the
freest entry to the port3 of China. The
B.- tl h answer Ib raid to emphasize the
concurrence with the U ited States by
adopting word for word, much of the
phraseology employed by Secretary
Hay when he addressed his origin ;1
note to Great Britain and the other
powers.
The wording Is such as to make
it plain that the British Government
concurs at the present and hereafter
without limitation in a policy of free
access to China. Although much
secrecy was observed In the trans?
mission of the British answer, Its
general purport soon became known at
the other European capitals, and there
was not a little Irritation at what was
regarded as a precipitate response,
purpo-tly di*signed to embarrass the
continental powers by showing that
Great Britain nnd the United S'ates
acted In concert, while the rest of the
world held aloof. But this situation
was made much more satisfactory to
the continental powers by their deter?
mination to act for themselves.
GERMANY'S ANSWER.
Germany is said to have been the
next power to answer in the affirma?
tive. According to the Information al?
ready referred to, the German answer
was rather more vague than the one
which had prectded It, but Its g.meral
tendency was favorable, the only con- !
dition being that any arrangement as
to free access to China should be uni?
versal and assented to by all of the
powers.
ANSWER OF FRANCE.
Tito French answer Is understood to
have come next, and the circumstances
attending it were rather peculiar and
not In the nature of a direct answer,
THEY WED AND
THEY PART
British Officers Marry and Leave
for the War.
THE DUKE OF NORFOLK
The Dentro to Servo the Conti iry I?
A'ot Abndus?II.iKln.iir.i l'nwier
IMtko nml PdnniiiMi-r Gollern I
Volunteer-linprcaxlAn Tltiii (;cn?
ornl R.tllor lins Hoc? Onlfinl to
Ho Nniitiosr Until lit* NnrecMqr
Arrive*.
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
London, Dec. CO.?The death of the
Duke of "Westminster, combined with
the mourning already prevalent on ac?
count of the war losses, left few of tho
titled families of Great Britain free to
celebrate Christmas week with the us?
ual festivities. The Grosvendr family
THE SPLBIT OP 1800.
make publications of the replies re?
ceived, as this information will bo cm
bodied in a special message to Congress,
But in other quarters, thought reliable
and in a position to have trustworthy
an daccurate Information, it is learned
that favorable responses have been
made by Great Britain, Germany,
France, Russia (the Russian communi?
cation coming as late as yesterday),
and Jar>an. There is no doubt. It Is
thought here, that the remaining coun?
try addressed will make favorable an?
swer, if, indeed, it has not already done
so. The position of Europe is felt to
be assured by the favorable course
adopted by the other four great powers
of Europe.
IMPORTANCE OF VERDICT.
The Importance of this unanimous
voidlct by all the first-class powers of
the world?Great Bri ain, Russia, Ger?
many, France. Italy t.nd Japan, in con?
junction with the L'n ted States, can
hnrdly be over estimated, so far as it
relale3 to the future of China, and the
comrr-erc- of the w rKi In that Empire.
The Stat; D jpift. tm.a t is 1 ath to d s
cuss the far-reaching rrsu'ts to be so
f?-'ed If the ngrtem ?> t advnnc s to the
9 ag- 6f formal eonsumma Ion for eaei
favorably res o ise s cond tonal of the
favorab e action of all the old parties,
si th.t :n each case the re^oti-tlonsj
may be regarded ns short of absolute
finality; But while the department is
silent, tho details jTcome-, from sources
believed to he fully conversant with
what has occurred.
ENGLAND THE FIRST.
According to this informntirn the
I British answer ?n? the first-to.be sub
although the results wore regarded as
most satisfactory. Secretary Hay's
note had been forwarded to General
Horace Porter, tho U. S. Ambassador to
France, who promptly called upon M.
Delcasse, Minister of Foreign Affairs In
the French Cabinet. General Porter
made known his mission, whereupon
M. Delcasse showed the most sympa?
thetic spirit, and stated that he had
already made ample answer to Just
such a communication, although, at me
time, he had not Intended it as an an?
swer to the American note. This an?
swer, M. Deicnsse explained, was given
In a speech made him on November 24,
in the French Chamber. The main
point of that speech In Its reference to
China was that France desired tho most
ample freedom of commerce. M. Del?
casso referred General Porter to this
speech nnd told him that It fully gave
the assurance which the United 3tate.i
desired. It Is said that the meeting
was gratifying on both sides, and that
the results were considered to be a fav?
orable acceptance from France.
THE) RUSSIAN BEAR.
The Russian negotiations have pro?
ceeded less briskly, so that it seemed for
a time that Russia's attltudo might not
bo favorable. This was dissipated,
however, by the Russian Ambassador,
Count Cassini, In the course of intor
Mcwb with Secretary Hay. On these
occasions Count Cassini pointed out
that a hurried answer was by no inenns
the best evidence of n ravorable atti?
tude toward tho American pooposltlon.
but that Russia was proceeding with
due deliberation in order to arrivo at
some solid ground for a permanent
understanding. The Russians were de
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has so many ramifications among
nobility nnd such a large number of
olher titled people have recently died,
tlvat one would almost think the court
was in mourning. To this condition
of affairs a pathetic pa-ad ,x I3 found 11
the society news columns, which daily
announce a long list of forthcoming
marriages, the bridegroom, in a major?
ity of cases, being soldiers. It is a sea?
son of short rng gements nnd sudden
dc.tths. Momenta 11 y rxp ctir.g or
dtrs to .va.l for Sou h Africa,']
the Brlti h officers 1 av?s appar?
ently taken the opportunity of.
"striking while the iron Is hot," and1
many a qi I t marriage is now followed]
within a lew days by a faiewcil at
Southampton. For instance, Malor
Maxsc, who took part in the recent de?
feat of the Khalifa, ro turned te Ens
land, mnrried Lord Loonfkld'.- daugh?
ter and is now on his way to th-- Cape.
MARTIAL SPIRIT.
The martial spirit and universal do
sire to serve the country nt the front
shows no signs cf abating. The action
of England's Premier Duko, the Duke
cf Norfolk, who is postmaster general
and by no means a young man (he was
born In 1S47), in volunteering for ac?
tive service, Is tho latest example of the
spirit which pervades nil classes. The
Duke of Norfolk's position in the Cabi?
net nnd his tremendous i.ualness In?
terests, to say nothing of his power as
lay head of tho Catholic Church in Eng?
land, will probably prevent the accept?
ance of his offer.
Tho Duke of Connaught. whose ardent
requests to ho allowed to go to South
Africa have been refused, Is mentioned
ns likely to succeed General Roberts in |
command of (ho Brltisii forces in Ire- i
land.
TARDY WAR OFFICE.
No little comment has been causfld hy
tho War Olllcc's tardy recognition ot
the engineers and artillery- Until Gert?
cral Warren, of the engineers, was sent
out. all the general officers lit the hold
were cavalrymen or infantryman. The
country howled for General Warren's
appointment, and, at last, the man who
knows South African topography belter
than any other general received recogni?
tion. Then followed. In quick succession,
General Roberts, an artilleryman, and
Generals Kitchener and Chemislde, en?
gineers, until tho campaign now bids
fair to be chiefly directed by the hither?
to neglected "gunners and sappers.'1
GENERAL BULLER'S ATTITUDE.
The impression continues to gain
ground thnt General Bullor and his su?
bordinates have been Instructed to un?
dertake no Important movement until
the arrival of General Roberts, and that
Roberts will amalgamate the divisions
under Generals Gatacro, Warron and
French, subsequently marching lipon
Dloemfontein, to capture that place and
draw off the Boers from Ladysmlth. To
accomplish this, it is believed that
ICImberley and Mafeklng may be sac
rlllcetl. Whether General Duller will
acquiesce in his arrangement is se?
riously doubted by many who know
him and they are rather Inclined to be?
lieve ho will attempt to emulate Gen?
eral Cough, who. under similar circum?
stances, retrieved his reverses in India,
while Sir Charles Napier was coming
out to supersede him.
AMERICAN FLOUR.
The seizures of cargoes of American
flour off Delagoa Ray fail to excite
much popular interest In England. It
Is generally looked upon as a fine point
of International law that will be ami?
cably settled. So far no official stops
in the matter have been taken, owinrr
to the non-arrival of the necessary
papers from Washington. The mili?
tary nnd International law authorities
nre almost unanimous In declaring that
Grent Britain should not declare food?
stuffs contraband of war. The Naval
nnd Military Record, under this head,
says to-day:
"Fully GO per cent, of our food comes
from America, the colonies and other
countries. We have censed to make
any effort to be self-spportlng. This
condition constitutes a danger only
bearable because of our conildence In
the strength of the British navy nnd
In the friendship and self-interest of
the United States. Tho States may
be counted on to fill our larders in
both peace and war, but so essential
have American supplies become to
our safety that we must tnke no step
likely to load to an Interruption of the
enormous supply of foodstuffs. Our
enemies on the Continent would re?
joice if we Intercepted the foodstuffs
now passing into the Transvaal via
Delagoa Bay. A dangerous precondent
would thus be ores ted, which would be
used against England at the first op?
portunity.
NOT MARCONI'S.
A representative of the Associated
p. f ss learns that iho wit el sa t legraph
lustrum, nts rocen ly capitis-.d from tho
B.;ers and d scrlb d as Marconi's, were
no. his manufactuie. Tries* were made
by a well-known German firm, whom
Marconi once empl yeJ to cxper'.matvt
with plans he afterward discarded.
Marcul declares the instrumen s cap?
tured wero'not worlcabl?. Somj Mrs
has boon caused against the young n
ventor by the first report the belief
sp-ending that he had b ok n his agree?
ment to supply only the British dur?
ing the present war.
Princess Ch Istlan of Schleswig-Hol?
stein (P inc.ss II 1 na of B-gtand), for
the first time In twenty years, is %it
tng for a portrait, and to an American
painter, W. H. Funk.
MRS. KRUGER.
During the recent visit to Windsow
of Mr. C nynghnm, Greene, Conner
British agent at Pretoria Queen Vic?
toria usk-d him a lot of questions re?
gard ng Mrs. Kruger, h-r houfCke ping
and perat nal i Itamo e Ist cs. Mr. Greene
e tertaliicd H r MoJ sty w th incidents!
showing the flnipjle ty of Mrs. Kruger'sl
h?rn? 1 f? and her person 11 attention to!
kitchen dutl s, deal ng with spoc'al z-st|
upon the excellence of a ctrtain dessert
which Mrs. Kruger makes.
SALISBURY MAY RETIRE.
Rumors recurred this week of Lord
Salisbury's retirement at the end of the
present Parliament and the succession
of the Duke of Devonshire to the Con?
servative leadership. These seem
founded on nothing stronger than de?
duction from his age and recent be?
reavement. From one of the Premier's
Intimates a representative of the Asso?
ciated Press learns he has not men?
tioned any inclination to retire.
THE THEATRES.
The usual crowd of youngsters flocked
to Drury Lane for the annual panto?
mime, thought In the stalls and boxes,
there were many sad little faces and
black frocks.
The other theatres have drawn good
galleries, but the better part of the
houses were not so well filled as usual
during holiday week. Few changes
have been made. Jerome K. Jerome's
Play. "Miss Hobbs," has taken well at
the Duke of York's. "The Bell of New
York" plnys for the last time in Lon?
don to-night. It will be succeeded by
De Wolf Hopper s "The Mystical Miss."
Madame Paul heads the list of promi?
nent artlfts who ?111 si <g at Covent
Garden February Cid. under the patron?
age of the Mnchioness of Lansdowne, in
ftld of the wives and families of officers
killed during '.ho war. On the same
occasion the Duchess e'f Marlborough
will recite a pntriotic poem.
The Duke and Duchess of Marlbor
ough entertained a large Christmas
house party at Blonhelm this week.
Wreok on tho Southern Railway.
(By Telegraph to Virglnlan-Pilot.)
Atlanta, Ga? Dec. SO.?News has just
rertched here of ft wreck on tho South?
ern railway near Spartansbhrg. S. C.j
In which five persons are reported killed
and many injured. The train wrecked
was.the veatlbulcd limited from Wash?
ington, which run into a freight train..
BRITISH TAKE
GERMAN STEAMER
Merchants of Hamburg Appeal id
Prince Hohenlohe for intervention.
ECHOES FROM THE WAR
-? . _i
Mio Price ot Dyunrnlie to Iba Boot
Onrornmenl Rodncod?Fifty Tons
of Jledlcnl Ntnrra llench Pretoria
Iroiu I?dlnbnrgb ? Duaacceaafat
Attempt l?' Cut n Rnllrond-A
Statement Doulod?Hniier Slny Ada
vntico-Jtoaancs from Klinbcrly.
(By Telegraph to Vlrginlan-Pllot.)
Durban, Dec. 29.?The British cruiser
Maglcienr.e seized the German steamer
Bundesrath in North Delagoa Bay. She-'
will be brought before a prize court.
Lourenzo Marquee. Dec. 30.?The cap?
ture of tlte Bundesrath has Increased
tho already strong antl-Brltlsh feeling
here or the Holland and German sec-*
tion of tho population.
THE CAPTURE EXPLAINED.
London. Dec. 30.?A representative of
the Associated Press has learned that
there were three German officers and
twenty men, attired In khaki and In?
tending to serve the Boers, on board the
Bundesrath, which explains her cap?
ture. Regarding ti-afllc generally on
the East coast, of Africa, the British
admiralty officiate say tho British Gov?
ernment desires that all ordinary and
legitimate trade conducted by foreign
vessels should suffer as llttlo restriction ?
as possible.
CONFIRMATION OF CAPTURE!,
Hamburg, Dec. 30.?The directors ot
the German East African Line have re?
ceived news of the arrest of the Im?
perial mall steamer Bundesrath. Tha
commander of the port of Durban re?
fused an explanation of the cause of)
tho Seizure. It is declared here that
there was no contraband of war oft
board, and when application was m?d?
to the German Foreign Office the lat?
ter Immediately promised interposition
with the British Government. Th?
seizure of the Bundesrath, was referred
to at a meeting of merchants held here
to-day. After a speech by Adolph
Woormann. president of the Hamburg
Chamber of Commerce, dealing with
the groat progress of the German Em?
pire during the closing century, R. R.
Elfte, speaking in behalf of the firms
trading with South Africa, asked
whether the chamber was doing all
that was necessary for the protection
Of Gorman trade in that part of the
world. German commerce, he asserted, .
had already suffered detriment through
the war In South Africa.
Herr Woermann replied that the
chamber had already considered the
mnttpr dip vessel's ownsrn had tele?
graphed to Prince Hohenlohe, the Im?
perial Chancellor, asking the govern?
ment's lntenvention, and It was de?
clared that nothing whatever had been
done by the compnny which could In
any way bo regarded as a breach of
neutrality.
STATEMENTS DENIED.
Hamburg. Dec. 30.? The Handersblaat
publishes reports of Interviews with Dr.
Leyds, In the course ot which tho
Transvaal representative denies the:
statements that munitions of war aro
being Imported Into the Transvaal
through Delagoa Bay, and says these
reports are spread as a pretet for
tho coming British occupation. Dr.
Leyds further saya that tho Boers are
new able to manufacture their own was
munitions.
A REPORT NOT CONFIRMED.
London. Dec. 30.?The reported sortis
from Lndysmith resulting in the cap?
ture ef a Boer position is not confirmed,
A Chierely dispatch, dated yesterday,'
shows renewed activity of the British,
apparently preparatory to some action.
The Boers' position eastward of tha
camp was thoroughly reconnoltered
Thursday. The naval guns are engaged
In dally practice, nnd It Is said on,good
authority that 30 or 40 Boers have been
killed by the firing during two days. A
dispatch from Durban predicts that
Lndysmith will be relieved on or about
January 7.
PULLER MAT ADVANCE. '
There Is some disposition to believe
Gene a' Duller Is preparing another at- .
tempt to advance-this t'me by an at?
tack on tho Boer position on Inchlavw*
Mountain. The Government has ac?
cepted 123 Ceylon volunteers, mostljj
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Society?Psges to, 11, and t2.
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