Black and White Budget, No. 22, Vol. II, March 10th 1900

March io, 1900 BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET BRAVO, BOBS! BRAVO, BULLER! The capitulation of General Cronje on the morning of Tuesday, February 27th, the anni­versary of the disaster of Majuba, provoked unbounded rejoicings throughout the British Empire. The dramatic coincidence will mean much to our soldiers. Their honour is now satis­fied, and we trust they will set themselves as speedily as possible to forget Majuba. It was not a pleasant memory, but it is now wiped out. This fortnight’s campaign with which Lord Roberts has opened his active conduct of affairs in South Africa has been a brilliant success. Last week we described the relief of Kimberley, and left Cronje flying with General Kelly-Kenny at his heels and General French cutting off one line of retreat. On Sunday, February 1 8th, the former had brought the Boers to bay at Klip Drift, and a most desperate rear-guard action was fought. Men could not be spared the day had to be ours. General K elly-K enny fought to win, and he succeeded. An outflanking move­ment was successful, and the Boers were forced into that strange position in the bed of the river, which a correspondent aptly described as“ a veritable death-trap.” Division after division came up into the surrounding hills. More than fifty guns were brought up against the desperate Burghers. It seemed that they must soon give in. But no :after an armistice had been asked for on the first day and rightly refused by Lord Kitchener, Cronje settled down for a sullen and hopeless defense. A week passed and half another. General French, who covered the attacking party, was easily able to offbeat the small bodies of Boers from Ladysm ith and elsewhere that tried to come to the rescue. A murderous fire was poured into the Boer laager, directed 011 ammunition carts and other vital objects by the useful captive balloon. How long would it last? Cronje had the valour of a tiger, but no one could believe that he would suffer all his men to be sacrificed to a stubborn sense of honour. At last his pride was overcome. A persuasive attack, in which the Canadians, who thus have the honour of giving the coup dcgrace, greatly distinguished themselves, brought our trenches up to within a few hundred yards of his position. He felt that his men would fight willingly no longer. He therefore sent a message to Lord Roberts and was himself summoned before the gracious victor who accepted his unconditional surrender, and granted the Boer Commander’s request that he should be accompanied wherever he was sent by his wife and secretary. The number of men captured and killed can­not represent all those who opposed Lord Methuen in the stronghold of Magersfontein. The guns captured certainly did not include the large ones that gave the Guard’s General so much anxiety. The getting of them away reflects as much credit on Cronje’s generalship as his di fence does on his credit. The victory, however, is not to be minimised. Even if four thousand prisoners, which include the General himself and Commander Albrecht, the great artillery expert, ‘were nothing, the moral effect would still be enormous. In Natal, General Buller has now after long delays joined hands with General White. He has captured the chief Boer position, Pieter’s Hill, in an attack in which the Royal Dublin Fusiliers have again distinguished themselves. Blithe has had no easy victory: stubborn fighting has taken place over every inch of the ground. Mr. Winston Churchill describes apart of the ad­vance with characteristic spirit. He does not know which to praise most, the advance of the Inniskillings, the Connaughts, the Imperial Light Infantry, 01* the defence of the Boers, but he finally sums up in favour of the attack :“If the defence was magnificent, the attack was superb.” A t last, Ladysm ith is relieved !An unimportant action near Storm berg must be mentioned for one very sad event. This is the death of the brave Captain de Montmorency, who won a V.C. with much gallantry at Omdur-man, where he charged with the 21st Lancers. Event is now following event with such start­ling rapidity, we cannot do more than give a kaleidoscopic view of what is on.going No longer room to wonder what is going to happen. What has happened is enough to please us but we want more, and we shall get it. The purtraits in this Budget are by as follows :—General Hutton, Bassano Brevet-Lieut.-Colonel Sinclair, May.ill and Co. Major Barber, Elliott and Fry Captain Goff, Corporal Aynes, Poole Lieut.-Colonel Hill, Lieut.-Colonel Slogget, Major Treble, Captain Taggart, B .11 .All the pictures ate by our Special Correspondents with the exception of the following:—Officers of the 17th Lancers, Masters Harold and Eric Eveleigh, Knight.
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