Black and White Budget, Transvaal Special, No. 5

6 BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET gallant men in future issues. The bombardment of Mafeking resulted, according to one telegram, in the death of one dog. Poor little Bow-wow !From Kimberley, a daring sortie was made on October 24th by Colonel Scott- Turner and 270 men, afterwards helped by Colonel Murray and a smaller detachment. These made for Macfarlane’s Farm, where a large commando of Boers had been discovered by scouts of the Cape Mounted Police. Our rifles played, and our Maxims commenced making the enemy skip and then we charged and swept the Boers before us at the point of the bayonet. The Loyal North Lancashires, the Cape Mounted Police, and the Diamond Fields Artillery came in for the fighting, and they don’t regret it. Our losses were about four killed and twenty wounded while the Boers suffered far more severely, especially from the armoured trains, which came up as supports. Mr. Rhodes, who never believed in absentee landlordism, was present at the fight, and congratulated the troops on their heroism and well-earned success. Three cheers for the lads from Lancashire !----------------->—••o —<-------------------Summary of Recent Events Oct. 2 6 th .—The death is announced of Major-General Sir William Sym ons, who was wounded mortally at Glencoe. General Y u le’s forces arrive at Ladysm ith in good order after a series of forced marches lasting two days, during which time they report that they were unmo­lested by the enemy. News reachfes the War Office that the squadron o f the iSth Hussars, captured in the action at Glencoe on the 20th inst., have been taken to Pretoria. Telegrams from Pretoria affirm that the bombardment of M afekin g commenced 011 the morning o f the 24th. A meeting, convened by the chiefs o f Basutoland, at which the British Resident, Sir Godfrey Lagden, was present, unanimously declares its loyalty to the Oueen, and decisively repudiates all connection with the enemy. Oct. 27th.— It is reported that a Boer force of 700 men was engaged by the garrison ot Kimberley on the '24th inst. In this action the enemy lost heavily, and the celebrated Commandant Botha met his end. The British losses amounted to threesome killed and twenty-one wounded. Boer forces concentrate on the banks of the River Limpopo on the 21st inst. a skirmish took place at Rhodes’ Drift between the [rival patrols. Official information is received by the War Office, stating that the Boer forces occupied the town o f Dundee in strength on the 23rd inst., and that the funeral of General Sir W . Sym ons took place the following morning. Oct. 28th. —Transvaal Free State Commandoes, variously estimated to number irom 16,000 to i<S,ooo men, under the supreme command of General Joubert, are inclosing round Ladysm ith, where an attack is hourly expected, and attempts are being made by the enemy to cutoff all communication with that place from the South. General skirmishes are said to betaking place in the neighbourhood of the Limpopo and on the North-Western Frontier o f the Transvaal. Contingents of troops from Victoria and New South Wales embark at Melbourne and Sydney for South Africa. Oct. 30th. —Boer forces.who have been threatening Ladysm ith for the past few days open fire upon the town at daybreak this morning. The whole o f the British force thereupon moves out o f the town and attacks the Boers, and a general engagement takes place. After heavy fighting lasting some hours, the British force pushes the enem y’s front back some miles, but “fail to reach his la r.”age A general retirement is then ordered, and the British troops fallback upon Ladysm ith. Sir George White telegraphs that a column sent out by him to cover the left flank of the forces has not yet returned, but is hourly expected. H e also states that during to-day’s engagement a battery of mules stampeded with the guns, and have not since been heard of. Official communication is received by the War Office stating that in a skirmish which took place three miles off Krokodil Poort on the Northern Frontier on the 22nd inst., the enemy lost heavily, whilst the British losses amounted to some eight killed and wounded. The dispatch also stated that in view o f the strength o f the enemy Colonel Plum er considered it advisable that the British troops in the Northern district should retire toT uli. More troops leave T ilbury and Birkenhead for South Africa. Oct. 31st.— Sir Redvers Buller arrives at CapeTown. A t the War Office is received a telegram from General White, stating that a column sent out by him on Sunday to guard the left flank o f the forces which took part in Monday’s engagement, has been surrounded in the hills, and after losing heavily had to capitulate. This column consisted o f Royal Irish Fusiliers, Gloucester Regiment, and No. 10 Mountain Battery. Sir George White further states that of the “truth of the report there can be no doubt.” Later in the day the War Office receive news that the capitulation of the column was due to the accidental stampede o f the ammunition mules, which formed apart o fit, but that “the security of Ladysm ith is in noway affected ”by the disaster. In view o f the late casualties ._ sustained by British troops near Ladysm ith, a Special Army Order is issued callin gout the first-class reserves of three regiments. Nov. IS t.— The Boers are reported to be closing round Ladysm ith. Sir Redvers Buller leaves CapeTown for Durban.
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