Black and White Budget, Transvaal Special, No. 2

TRANSVAAL SPECIAL 3 THE BRITISH FLAG IN SOUTH AFRICA -----------------EVENTS during the last two months have succeeded one another with breathless rapidity. Mr. Chamberlain has evidently had his hands full, for the number o f Blue- books recently published on the Transvaal negotiations makes quite a substantial heap upon one’s desk. Mr. Kruger has undoubtedly been treated with far more consideration than he deserved, and his diplomatic shufflings have met with a leniency unprecedented in history. The final ultimatum was, however, too much even for the friends o f peace, and the insolence of the Boer demands could only be faced by dignified contempt. Mr. Chamberlain has not been altogether faultless in his negotiations with the Transvaal. The famous letter o f advice despatched not very long after the Jam eson raid, with its curious advocacy o f the loyalty o f the alien, and its almost verbose grandm otherliness, brought aback curt rejoinder which was not altogether unmerited But experience has taught our Colonial Secretary wisdom, and the recent despatches can only excite admiration in the mind o f the honest reader. W e here supply a key to the correspondence and negotiations which have preceded the outbreak o f '.var :—Summary of Recent Events Sept. is t.— Portuguese Authorities at Lourenco Marques receives orders to release ammunition destined for Transvaal. Sept. 4th.— Arrest of Mr. Pakeman (Johannesburg Leader), and attempted arrest of Mr. Monv- peny (Johannesburg Star). Volksraad, which met on Sept. 2nd, declines suggested conference and rejects alternative proposals. Panic at Johannesburg. Cireat exodus to Cape Colony begins. Bloemfontein (Orange Free State) burghers have 1,000 rifles distributed to them in MarketPlace. Sept. 5th. —Mr. Pakeman released on bail. Exodus continues. Sept. 6th.— Volksraad discusses concentration of British troops on the borders of its Republic. General Sir F. Forestier-Walker arrives in CapeTown and overtakes duties of Commander-in-Chief. Sept. 7th .—Ammunition in Transvaal arrives from Lourcnco Marques. Volksraad, in consequence, adopts avery hostile intone its debate on the question of concentration of British troops on the border. Sept. 8th. —War Tribunal established at Johannesburg. Artillery Reserves called out at Bloem­fontein, and burghers ordered to hold themselves in readiness. Cabinet Council held to discuss crisis in Transvaal. (10,000 troops to be despatched from England and India to Cape and Natal.) Sept. 9th.— Transvaal Government declares itself willing to adopt a commission of delegates selected by both Governments, said to have been proposed in one of Mr Chamber­lain’s despatches. Orders received at Sim la for despatch of troops to Soum Africa. Sept. 11 til. —Imperial Government addresses communication to Transvaal Government demanding reasons for Mr. Pakeman's arrest. Exodus from Johannesburg continues. Great distress at Pretoria. Preparation for despatch of troops to Cape begins at Bombay. Sept. 12th. —British Government’s reply to last despatch of the Transvaal Government received at Pretoria, and read to both Raads amid great excitement. War preparations at Johannesburg. Transvaal issues a circular to miners promising to protect mining industry. General Sir George White appointed to command British troops in Natal. Sept. 13 th .—Transvaal publishes, through its representative at Brussels, text of Chamberlain’s last despatch to Transvaal Government. Reported dissension amongst burghers of Free State. Sept. 14th .— Raads continue discussion of British Government’s last despatch and their proposed reply. Burghers in many districts warned to hold themselves in readiness. Free State burghers declare their readiness to support Transvaal Government. Sept. 15th .—Mr. Morley speaks at Manchester, protesting against action of British Government towards Transvaal. Mr. Pakeman fails to answer his bail. Many commercial and financial houses of Johannesburg cease business. Sept. 16th. —General Sir George White and Staff, ist Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers and other troops, leave for Cape. Transvaal Government hands still another evasive reply to British Agent at Pretoria. Encounter between police and public at Johannesburg. Indian contingent begins embarking for South Africa at Calcutta and Bombay. Armed burghers leave for Volksrust and Komati Poort.
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