Black and White Budget, No. 21, Vol. II, March 3rd 1900

March 3,1900 BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET 3 THE GAME’S AFOOT IClM BERLEV relieved, Cronje inflight, Sir Redvers Buller within sight of Lad ysm ith !this is what the stir all along the line, which we described last week, has resulted in. Lord! Roberts has developed his plan and it has been an immediate success. It is said that the other day Lord Kitchener was asked whether he was having hard work in reorganising transport and similar services in South Africa. Me replied that he was organising them. However this maybe, his organisation or reorganisation, as was to have been expected from the conqueror of the Soudan, has proved perfect in every detail. Britain is very proud to-day of its Commander- in-Chief in South Africa and his Chief of Staff. The}- have carried out a brilliant move success­fully, the)- have chosen the right men for the right tasks, and they have taken care that no details were unsatisfactory. It will not belong now before the Boers are cleared from British territory. The moral effect of the dislodgment of Cronje from his Magersfontein strongholds will be enormous. Once our road is opened at any point it can no longer be kept closed anywhere. The great Boer hosts will flee back to their country like leaves before the wind. Once there it will be another matter. But then— we’ve Bobs! The news of Kimberley came as a welcome surprise, not only at home but also to the beleaguered city. It seemed too good to be true. “This is General French coming to the relief of Kimberley,” signalled the relieving column. The besieged could not at first believe Wit.“ hat regiment are you ?”they heliographed, fearing a Boer trick. They were soon put at their ease. The three Cavalry Brigades of General French —whom Lord Roberts had summoned from Colesberg, whither he had, as we saw last week, been tempting Boer reinforce­ments from before Kimberley— marched into the town in the early hours of February 16th, having followed the route which crossed the Riet River at Koffyfontein and the Modder at Koodoo Rand, and having successfully brushed off the Boers who made feeble attempts to stop him at the two drifts. Lord Roberts had made so certain before he ordered the advance that Cronje wisely did not stay to put the question to the issue. He fled, hoping to reach his base at Bloemfontein. But our commander knew th"it positions were nothing to victory. A flying enemy must be pursued and brought to bay. He was cutoff from the Free State capital. General French is advancing to the north of Kimberley. General Kelly-Kenny follows hotly on *the heels ol Cronje, who seems to be making for the Trans­vaal border. Let us hope he will be caught. Meanwhile positions had to be secured where the enemy had been. Jacobsdal was captured on the 16th, when the City* of London Imperial Volunteers, under the command of Colonel Cholmondeley, received their baptism of fire, and showed that the Londoner still has grit in him. They were among the first to enter the town. Lord Roberts made Paarde Berg his headquarters, and then a semicircle of defence was formed eastward of Kimberley, which makes it secure from attack from the east and the south. From being a beleaguered city, it will probably now become the base of the move­ment northward. How has this success in the West affected the position in Natal? Apparently Sir Redvers Buller’s patience and tenacity have been re­warded. Boer troops appear to have been drawn off to reinforce Cronje. Colenso has been captured. The Boers have been driven from Hlangwana Hill, on the south of the Tugela, which, for some unexplained reason, they have been occupying all the while. The accounts of this action are good reading after Spion Kop and Colenso. General H ildyard’s Brigade, on the morning of Sunday, February 18th, assaulted and took the southern end of Monte Cristo, while the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and the rest of the Brigade assaulted the enemy on the eastern flank. The work of our artillery and naval guns seems to have been very well done. The enemy were driven back, and much ammunition and stores were captured. Con­sidering what the men have gone through, their energy and dash in the tremendous heat and over bad ground seems to have been re­markable. General Buller especially notices the work of the Irregular Cavalry, the Queen’s, the Scots Fusiliers, and the Rifle Brigade. Before these lines are printed we shall probably have the welcome news that Ladysm ith has been relieved. In the Dordrecht district there has been more fighting. General Gatacre has been again attacked and been again successful. General Brabant has been pursuing his victorious course. Nothing that can happen there can now seriously affect the course of events, but it is satisfactory to observe that all is going well. The game is now afoot. Events will be crowded into the next fortnight. What will happen is on the knees of the Gods, but it can­not now be there long. The Portraits in this Budget are by as follows:—Bugler Dunne, Crib!) Col. Saltmarshe, Russell and Sons General French is drawn from a photograph by Lambert Weston and Son- All the pictures are by Our Special Correspondents, &c.
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