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^x PREFACE, k®. 


HE dill ending the production of tl lie their apology for 

all shortcoi from the standpoint of tin- journalist or from that of the 

I 16 technical obstacles will b I 1. toid l>y the technical critic 

when he learnt that in addition to scarcity of paper, th>! punting rollers required 
renewing at tin- very beginning of the liege, but neither roller moulds nor roller composition were 
I" ">l oilers bad to do duty throughout. The work of setting up was also, 

particularly at the con ■ 10 the frequent interruptions of alarms and 

calls to aim- g the attention of the whole staff at the outposts and forts, all, from 

tin- editor to the labour ,,f the Town Guard. In addition to those interrup- 

occasions when the warning bells made it imperative in 
the interests of life and limb that the compositors should drop the composing stick and, in a 
manner the composing, itiok themselves prone on the ground till tho hundred 

pound shell had decided when- it would fall and whom it would kill. 

BS it must lie admitted were not such as are calculated to favour 
the production of good work either literary or typographic. The "1 r" had also 

an unpleasant halm ,,[ popping through windows and tool with a "ping" that woull make 
us jump. On one occusiou a stray and almost spent bullet crashed through a 
and OM tl dust in the up liofa a man was at work. A casual j 

around failed 10 discover any damage done and tbe typo B mtinued bif \ few seconds 

after, having occasion to dip i 1 therefrom a still warm Mauser 

bullet Again, one evening when the sheet was heing printed a bullet struck the wall just 
over the head of the human steam engine. When the dust cleared away the said steam 
engine, a nan ippeared He had not waited even to put his coat on. 

Not for personal glorification hut sol, !\ to exODBfl hhs many imperfections we should 

like to mention that In the wall just at the hack of the editorial obsir no less than I 
bullets are embedded. Many of them found lodt.- while the editor was at work. 

On the 11th of November a shrapnel shell buret the office, one of the bullets from 

it, a ball ol I i a marble, came through the roof and struck his chair ; fortu- 

nate]} il was unoeonpied at tbe moment. 

On January 17th several shells came so mar the oflice that it was considered advisable 
to send the men away. About three o'clock in the afternoon the editor was submitting some 
matter to the press censor, and while so occupied a hundred pounder came in through a window. 
traversed the oflice and passed through the opposite wall, bursting in the next hou-. 
comjili l nng it. In its passage across the office the shell went right bj H h 

shoulder of the writer of these lines would have been only for his foroed visit to that 

la] : the press censor, proving In; has us,s after all. After this visitation a shell- 
proof underground composing room was constructed, and henceforth till the raising of the siege 
in On January .'list, after dark, a handled pounder exploded 
at tin i of the building smashing that end of the office, " pieing " the type and 

slinking into confusion the contents of twenty-one pans of type cases and knocking into one 
heap over a hundred standing formes and nicely mixing the letters up with bits of brick 
and oeil 1, this was accompanied with loss of life. A young man named 

Jones, a Londoner, from Stepney, a Kent] 1, good-natured fellow, was passing from his 

fort, 1» i, at the back of the Maii oitice, and came full in front of the murderous 

inissil. l m d only tie hut we were 

lumber, we are not greedy for shells and did not desire more. The 
third name in on February 28th. It entered the wall on tbe eastern sid,- about two feet from 

the front and three feet six fi the Boor. Smashing a bench into small pieces, none bigger 

than a walking-stick, it struck the foundation half way across tie- offioe, and bursting knoe 
an en< through the western wall and another through the front, shattered the last 

Izul panes of glass and piled up the stationery stock in a mound of waste that filled foui o 
in removing, The next day limn was nailed ovei the windows and busineas was carried on as 

i in the hols " Shell to enable the editor to shoot out and 

seek the .security of an adjacent " Dug-out," "when the warning bell gave notice that the big 
gun hud Bred, 

When every renin of paper was used and the Chief StnlT Officer was informed that the 
publication of the slip would have to stop, that gentleman kindly issued paper from the Govern- 
ment store upon replacement ord accounts for the quality of the paper being much 
better at the latter end ol the siege than i: I li her part. 

Not only was there the difficulty of interrupted labour to cootend with, but the scruples 
of the I'rcss Censor frequently came m between preparation and publication. This was the 
case with N ! i, whi the few lines with a mild grumble at the dearth of news were ruth- 
lessly cutout, ami in various other numbers gaps will be seen showing where his blue penoil 
has been at work. In one case a Column was cut out of the front page. It contained some 
strictures upon the management of the soup kitchen, hut in our opinion it was the gross dis- 
respect and lack of reverence " (or a Government institution " suggested bj the title, that caused 
its excision It was headed "TheStee md r.urgoo Boiling Establishment." How thi 

writer escaped execution is a puzzle. No. 1 12, containing an account of the Eloff attack, was 
-I permission to publish till the Headquartei Stat) left for the Transvaal, but why it was 
kept back it is difficult to understand, for for its general accuracy we can vouch. 

As we were in the production of these Slips met with every possible obstaols by the ti 
staff, ws regret being unable to tender thanks to anybody except the maohine printer, Mr H ' 
who stood i>\ as throughout, and Mi J, Koiiinsnn, aomposttor ; but we do most ooidially thank 
Major-General linden Powell and Lord Edward I soil, to whom we are indebted for support and 
encouragement, and also to Colonel Yyvyau, Major Godley and Major Panzera. 

Mai Joly, l'JOO. 




Every endeavour has been made to ensure accuracy in the lists of 
names of garrison and other forces inserted before the SlEGE SLIPS, but 
absolute correctness is not guaranteed. 


Nominal Roll as at May 17, 1900. Ll W Cowan 




Lieut 11 

i . etfc, Geo 



Bennett, T 11 



ll Me Krrlflil 

I (eland 





I lieul Hayes 



Q M s Hall 




Eklaj < iwyoDfl 

1 \ick 






Sergt HuUc 



Sergt Ii. II 

. \ E 


1 >oke 

11 W 


Bergt UoM-ntield 





1 n^ham 


L-Sergt Newflon 



Coi pi Ai 




Corp] Pearce-Bmith 



Swart, 1' .1 



. t, c 

C'orpl 1) BGalbraith 



Swan son 

Corpl Woolnough 




L-Corpl 1 


ian, A W 

L-Corpl P T Galbraith 



L-Corpl 1 1 



L-Corpl Putt-rson 






Van N 



■ bell 







_ itroyd 



■ nell 


Weddei burn 

Bell. 1 1 

i, Win 

l voy 


Brown, A 


Mafeking, 25th Ju 

ly, 1900. 


Comdt dipt J H More 

\\ II 
Lieut J Baohan 
'Jml l.iout V. .1 Lavton 
QMS G Simmon- 

• (Bgdo 
lnslr oi Bigl 

Sni'ct-M:i] .1 Moi rflleau 
. is Hewitt 
Ord Room Bergt W B 

( 3 A ( \i ■> made 

W An 

.1 W s Lowe (Norden- 

[ell I ■ •■ 
w Blair 
S Grossman 
J II Nicholas 
A Vioki 

| Mil* 

.1 Mnlbolland 

r Ward \ Maxim Gun- 

Q Bull (Hotohkiss 



I 1 1 (iudson 

Driver (I Waine I Armoured 



1 1'. 

A Youll 

Fireman A Moffat (Ar- 

1' M i 

i: ii - 

moured Train 1 

S Jacobs 


T K B 


M Adams 

\ N.ilson 

.1 w Bi 

E M 

■I Sutherland 

T Frj 

E M < 

T A Clow 

W Smith 

i ' i 

\ 11 Royal 

1 N Vrittenden 


W Sims 

\\ Si, 

R Cowan 

T Rose 

II, jr 

i . ! ; i 

• <y> j 1 ' 


A I. 

\ .1 Cozena 

r i ;, sen 

.1 Lawrence 

I i i Neil 

T Hampton 

A Ci 

.1 < I race 

.1 W Palmer 

M I Matham 

• assick 

w l Dooley 

(i Wilcox 

W Stephonaon 

C H Hai 

1) N van der Berg 

T Ml': 

T Bishop 


K Qaea 

1 1 1 nliain 

C W Crament 

S \u ! 

I ( h 

P Impey 

.1 Tebbut 

W M I.ouw 

.1 II J;u — II 

W Hubbard 

1. \\ I'.enecke 

I) Campbell 

HO Wei 

.1 W Howarth 

L \. i 

H von Blerk 

1 A&c 

T Sampson 


B AJlridge 


W 1 

II s Bi 

\ McDonald 

C II Allsopp 


Dresser J Young (Molopo 

W.I I Ll. 

W Murphy 

Dressing Station) 


(Excluding Railway Division) made up to October 12th, 1900. 


Inglianl, NY II 
Morrison, .Tmo 
O'Connor, P 
Wernyss, E S 
Crosbie, \V 
Froude, W 
Bollen, R J 
McMulliu, S 
Bezuidenhout, F 
Forbes, A 
Gooderseu, .1 C 
Green, G 
MoCaUnm, H 
Hulley, S E 
Soomar C a -siin 
Middleditoh, C B 
Gardner, T 
MoLeod, N 
Smith, S 
Homme!, W 
Kent, H 
Moss, H T 
Authonv. M I 
Booth, F \V 
\';in Niekerk, F 
Adam-, T F B 
Liitgvist, A 
McArthm, I H 
Chenhalls. J A 
Werner, C 
Amod, M 
Crament, J A 
Hubbard, J 
McCoikindale, J 
Slate, F B 
Heskins, J 
Kellev. M 
Baker, B C 
Mansfeldt, .1 
Elmts, J H 
Webster, W 
Godson, F H 
Gates, T M 
Smith, F 
Walker, P 
McKen/ie, A 
McKenzie. J N 
Abdulali Sheob 
Mattison. J 
Morris, W 
Wesfjand, .1 S 
Braidwood, A 
Krause, A 
Brown, W J 
Westdyk, J 
Smith, W 
Harris, S S 
Sparks, F 
Northover, H J 
Mitchell, H W 
S warts, N 
Fisher, J 
Dalziel, E 
Cordon, P F 

Section A. 
Moore, W 
Grant, J 
Proctor, J 
Tighe, G P 
Orson, W E 

Eitohie, A 
Lohmann. F 
Barnes, H B 
Beasley, P C 
Mansfield, F 
Borthwick, J J 
Pennycook, J 
Gerran9, J 
Turnbull. J 
Aldred, T 
Byrne, D J 
Tiffin, W 
Laursen, -1 
McLoughlin, F 
Van Eyssen 
Hickson, G J 
McLoughlin, .1 
Bradtield, H C 
Solomon, E 
Koss, E J B 
Beckett, H B 
Hillam, A 
Dressen, W 
Riesle, t. 
Whales, G N H 
Crosskill, F 
Beavis, L 
Friend, A H 
Gates, E M 
Whiteley, F 
Lindo, E 
Schrieber, L 
Luyt, G C 
Wraight, F G 

Section B. 
Algie. J B 
Chiddy, T J 
Musson, A 
Farquharson, N 1> 
Bullied, C 
Thomas, P H 
Sheasby. W 
Leech, J H 
McNiohol, A 
Martin, H 
Goodvear. C 
Fodisch, O 
Fincham, P M 
Thomson, E F 
Seibert, W 
Carrington, T W 
Campbell, C C 
Joyce, C 
Mahouy. W J E 
Jones, .1 E 
Hampson, W A 
Btigand, A (, 
Barrv, C J 
Clark, .1 

.!;liih'S, E E 

Arnot, .1 E 
Clucas, C W 
Brooks, II M 
Bland, W C 
Bergh, O M 
Ellercamp. A 
Gates, W M 
Montagu, F G 
Eieing, A C 

Section C. 

Arnold, A P 
Campbell, A V C 
Eraser, A C 
Gordon, J 
Masters, ( i 
Robinson, -T E 
Williams, C N 
Mosej , F 
Martin, F 1' 
Gillett. A 
Bolus, F 
Davies, D J 

Fleming, J 
Gordon, G 
Meil. G 
Eombach, J 
Walford, <; A 
Whiffler, .1 
Harvard, J 
Banks, J 
Bridger. D 
Early, H G 
Franois, 1 1 
Humphries, J 
Moore, R 
Stewart, A ES 
Winter, J 
Brown, H G 
Pitt, .1 

Cohen, Jacob 
Early, E S 
Gordon, A 
Masters, W T 

Tent, T 

Taylor, D 
Wenham, C 
Gates, L M 
Evert, A W .1 

Section' D 
Stenson, T G 
Jenkinson, J H 
Neerguard, P 
Cohen. I 
S.nit, J M 

Hunkin, E B S 
Sabtocben, R 
Green, P 
Leach, W 
Watson, V 
Ellis, T 

Rou\, <; i 

Spiel's, R 
Kidwell, C H 

Classen, R 
Stenson, I II 

, W C 
Talbot, J 
Trollope. P F 
Goldfinch, A H 
Hoffman, J 
Goddaid. F 
J agger, \V 
Loulischer, A 
Held, ,1 B 
Lee, .1 

Trollope, W A 
Dawson, A 
Talbot, A J 
Brymer, J 

Thomas, L 

Leser, F 
Trollope. O W 
Hulley, W T 
w , i, in, D 
McMoster, E H 
Jones, F W t 
Dall, J 

Blazer. R. sen. 
Muigatroyd, W T 
Oummings, P 
Talbot. P J 
[ngham, J 
Vos. J II 
Trollope. G V 
Kidwell, C A 
Classi-n, S 
Denton, O 
Bradley, 11 II 
Brazer, D 
Firth, F 
Eslerhuizeu, A 
Talbot, A B 
Long, K 

Botthomley, Alf. 
Oosthuizeii, R F 

Sworn in after the 12th Oct. 

Voss, W 

Dennison, H P 

Salmon, Harry 

Tertis, E 

Park, J S 

Wirsing. W W 

Pai'kes, .1 I 

Mitchell, W A 

Bernard, W (, 

Bouthall, E C 

Wright, E C 

Weil. C J 

Mc Laebhtn, A W 


I' Wh 
tub., G l' Tij 

Captain R II Girdwood 

(killed by bullet; 
E C Wright, 
nib,, A Musson 
nib., J W de Kock 


I Hoffman 
sub., Troll 
I awood 

I Winter 
»iil., D Taylor 
ml , tlioll 





No. 1 

Mafekinp, November 1st, 1899. 

Technical difficulties prevented 
the issue of the " Mafeking Mail " 
for Saturday last Those difficul- 
ties we hope speedily to surmount. 

In the meantime we purpose 
keeping our friends informed of, 
happenings from day to day ; 
" Oud Kraker" or "Black Maria' 
et hoc qenvx omne permitting 

** Ifhfehing ifflail. 



tional circumstances thrust upon 
us could have made possible, we 
are in a position to judge and 
recognise the steady determination 
that British blood and British pluck 
exhibit when such a crisis as the 
pr< sent arises, and we know that 
the memory of Bronkhurst Spruit, 
Majuba and Potchefstrom will 
make that determination, sup- 
ported by the knowledge of our 
grand successes of the past fort- 
night more firm, more strong and 
more united than has been before, 
and this, with the grand soldier, 
who is in command here, will ren- 
der certain the first stage* towards 
the complete crashing of the 

Boer's fitness to dominate such a 
territory as the Transvaal. Let it 
be placed, say, in the space oppo- 
site the entrance to the Kailway 
Station, raised on end, with the 
unexploded shells piled at its base, 
with a description of Colonel 
Baden-Powell's clever defence of 
the place. We hope the Colonel 
will bear the town in mind when 
the disposal of the gun is under 

We have borne the much-feared 

irdmenl tor a fortnight 
still Mafeking stands From what 
we have experienced we do not 
consider ourselves too optimistic 
in anticipating a successful ending 
to the contest For the first time 
in the history of Boer warfare 
have the Boers been defeated at 
every turn, by a force far interior 
in point of numbers. Since the 
first attack on Saturday, Oi 
14th. they fly directly our guns 
are heard. Safely out of [ange 
they lire into the town but thej 
d<> not appear to be pining for 
another attempt at storming Mate 
king In the ''general orders" 

issued hist Sunday the following 
occurs: " The Colonel Command- 
ing having made a earelul inspec- 
tion of the defences of the town 
and the Native stadt. is now of 
opinion that no lorce that the 
arc likely to bring against 

us could possible effect an en- 
trance at any point." Now, this is 
like the advertisements say a cer- 
tain cocoa is: grateful anil com- 
bating, and we feel that having 
got so far through the ordeal we 
have only to remain steadfast as 
the matter of a little time will see 

decided the first great step to 
wards the settlement of the future 
of South Africa. There is no 
doubt that the attention of Great 
Britain, the Colonies, in fact the 
whole world is now riveted upon 
tins little spot which is now play- 
ing a prominent part in the most 
important epoch of the history of 
this wonderful continent. We 
know there is no need to urge the 
claims of our country and kindred 
upon our gallant garrison. Being 
in such close touch with each 
other that nothing but the excep- 


There is no doubt that there 
was landed in South Africa by 
Sunday last a body of fifty-seven 
thousand men. including probably 
Twelve or Fourteen Regiments of 
Cavalry. Twenty or Twenty-two 
Batteries of Artillery, and Forty 
Regiments of Infantry, besides, 
most likely, a body of Mounted 
Infantry. Of this force there will 
be not less than Fifteen Thousand 
disembarked at Capetown and 
dispatched on road here Thev may 
now be settling accounts with the 
Boers outside Kimberlcy, in which 
case Vrybutg might be reached by 
Sunday, allowing for some delay 
at Fourteen Streams. When our 
troops reach Yryburg the air of 
Mafeking will not suit Cronje's 
sprinters, so by tins day week we 
may begin to wish them a pli 
journey back to the Transvaal. 
It will then be merely an inter- 
change of courtesy it we return 
the visit. 


Whin the big gun, with which 
the enemy hoped to pulverise 
us. and whioh has sent more 
shells in the neighbourhood of the 
Eospital and Women's Laager 
than in any other parts of the 
town, is taken by our troops we 
think it only tair to Mafeking that 
it, should be brought here. It will 
make a good memorial and be an 
object lesson to succeeding gene- 
rations who, reading the history of 
our bombardment, and seeing the 
weapon employed against our 
women and children, will he able 
to judge of the nineteenth century 

Major Lord E. Cecil. C.S.O., 
last evening issued the following 
under the heading of General 
Orders : — 

The detachment of B.S. A Police 
forming the garrison of Cannon 
Kopje, under command of Colonel 
Walfbrd, have this day performed 
a brilliant service by the gallant 
and determined stand made by 
them on their post in the face of a 
very hot shell fire from the enemy. 
The intention of the Boers had 
been, after getting their guns and 
attacking force, in position during 
the night, to storm Cannon Kopie 
at daybreak, and thence to bom- 
bard the S.E. portion of the town 
and to carry it with the lartce 
force they had collected in the 
Molopo Valley. 

Their whole scheme has been 
defeated by the gallant resistance 
made by the garrison of Cannon 
Kopje, who not only refused to 
budge from their position under a 
crossfire of artillery, hut succeed- 
ed in inflicting such severe losses 
on the enemy as compelled him to 
it. In this they were ably 
I d by the timely and well- 
directed fire of a 7-pounder under 
Lieut Murchison from Ellis's corner 
The Colonel Commanding de- 
plores the loss of the gallant 
* and men who fell this day. 
By the death of Captain the Hon. 
Douglas Henry Marsham and 
Captain Charles Alexander Kerr 
Pechell, Her Majesty loses two 
officers of exceptional promise 
and soldierly qualifications 

The Colonel Commanding be- 
lieves that he is giving voice to 
the feelings of the whole of the 
Mafeking garrison in expressing 
the deepest sympathy with the 
B.S. A. Police in their loss, and 
at the same time in congratulating 
Colonel Walford and his men on 
their brilliant achievement. 

Printed and publiihed by Towmkend <t Son, 
Market Square, Mafeking. Editor and 
Manager : 6. N. U. Whales. 


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No 2 

Mafeking, November 2nd, 1899. 

If the public desire the con- 
t inuanoe of these slips we 'hope 
thai desire will be signified by it 
sufficiency of subscriptions. Per- 
sonally w b quite willing to 

perform our share towards their 
production without any remunera- 
tion, but we have our duty to the 
proprietors to remembei and thai 
remembrance will not allow us to 
continue the series, if thereby loss 
is sustained. We have made the 
subscription low so as to be within 
the reach of all and hope that 

having called attention to 

position, subscribers enough will 
ml ; bo aa to enable us to 
continue the publii 

ft Blafching Pail. 



It may not be universally Known 
that an order from the' ( 

Commanding was issued to the 
i lie. i that the blowing of a born 
in the market place signifies that 
the big gun is directed on the 
town and tbat must 

immediately take shelter. The 
same signal at the lookout on the 
western height is to denote that 
the gun is directed towards the 
\\ omen' La iger. It is to be 
feared thai continued Lm unity has 
made US Careless, and unless pro- 
per shelter is at once sought more 
casualties may happen. Now. 
although anyone may risk his own 
life, if he pleases, it must be re- 
membered that every rifle is of 
value to the whole community, 
therefore, it is essential, in the 

interests of others, that the warn- 
ing be promptly obeyed, and 
everybody must Lc sure that be 
does not by foolhardiness take 
unnecessary risk. 


iGoNI'BIBI. Hi'. 

Iu England somehow one dis- 
associates the indulging m the 
harmless pastime of pyrotecbnical 
displays with the month of Ootober. 
However, in different quarters of 
the globe different habit.-, prevail. 

Our friends, the enemy, have here 
provided us with quite a pretty 
show and promise us more— so 
good of them. Well, let us hope 
that we may return the comph 

old that the 6th of Xoveiu- 

i\ be our little party and 

OoID Paul be in future associated 

with that other harmless bogy, 

<iu\ Fawkes, on that fast decaying 

national festival. Til his 

Kruger has played many parts, 
and if. us his retiring part, be 
es to tinge Up Guy Kawkes, 
his advent on the political 
will not have been in vain. As I 
said before, customs change and 
traditions alter. In my early 

youth i rabbit was regarded as a 

pletc with all animal vii I lies 

and a love lor green meat. As life 

wore on I regarded him as a lewd. 

al animal, with a faculty for 

disappearing underground when 1 
bad depended on adding him to 
somebody else's dinner (for with 

all my faults I cannot eat a rabbit). 

I roi el mv waj B and so 

indeeJ do most of my fellow- 

bcleagueredeis. With stern de- 
termination we have emulated the 
disappearing bunny and hope that 
our burrows may prove as BUC- 
1 can 

swear it lias many a time to our 
furred colleague. I hereby pro- 

\ot. of thanks to the Audi- 
rabbit, whoever he was and in 

i r locality. 


i r commanding 
the following last evening : — 

i nts.— 

The following promotions have 
id by Colonel Baden- 
Powell in recognition of the gal- 
lantry of the U.S. A. P., p 
furthei ttion: Lieutenant 

8. W. J. Sib .1. -field to be Captain, 
n the Hon. Douglas 
Henry Marsham killed in action, 
to date Irom the 1st November. 
Corporal Adrien Hope to be 
Lieutenant, vice Soholefield pro- 
moted, to dale from 1st November. 
,. Us -Forms ol Medal 
will be sent round to all 
unit commanders to be tilled in 
and returned diieet to Captain 
Wilson, A.I' i 

Damage by Shell Fire. — Refer- 
ence to orders of the .'50th October, 
when sending in notifications as to 

damage sustained by enemy's shell 
lire, a detailed list of the damage 
together with an approxima'e 
estimate showing value should 
accompany each application. 
Forms for this purpose may be 
obtained from Captain Ryan at 
Dixon's Hotel. 


In the Market Square, 

Last Night. 

Special Correspondent Dead. 

Last night Mr. Ernest (jr. Par- 
slow, the special correspondent of 
the London Chronicle and the 
South Africin News, was killed 
by a revolver shot while standing 
in the lobbv of Dixon's Hotel. 

Lieutenant Kenneth Murchison, 
whose name it will be remembered 
was mentioned in Colonel Baden- 
Powell's General Orders of Tues- 
day last, as having s > ably assisted 
in compelling the Boejs to retire; 
bv shots from a 7-pounder taken 
- irner, has been 
arrested on the capital charge. 
The event has caused a most pro- 
found sensation as both the 
accused and the deceased were 
greatly esteemed. The deceased, 
wdio has been but a year or two 
in the country, was, soon after the 
establishment of the South African 
News appointed sub-editor in 
of Mr, St. Aubyn. Acting 
under Mr. Albert Cartwright, for 
whom be had the greatest regard. 
his cheerful disposition and kindly 
in inner made him many friends, 
all of whom were most warm in 
their congratulations on his ap- 
pointment as war correspondent. 
He leaves a wife, who is now in 
Capetown, to mourn this sad 


This morning Lieutenant Ken- 
neth Murchison was charged bu- 
foreC. G. H. Bell, Esq., C.C.&B.M , 

with the murder of Ernest G. 
Parslow. The prisoner, who stands 
6 feet i ins, in height was brought 

up in custody ot Sergt. P. Stuart. 
Ill reply to the Resident Magis- 
trate he said his name was Ken- 
neib Murchison and his rank in 
the Regular Army is Major, but 
he was till yesterday holding the 
lank of Lieutenant in the Pro- 
tectorate Regiment. The first 
witness called was John Waterson 
who said be was a Trooper in the 
i; in 1 1 Horse Guards, and at pre- 
set to Capt. Wilson, R.H.S., 

u.iw ut Col. Baden. Powell's staff. 
lie deposed that he was at Dixon's 
Hotel last night about 10 o'clock. 
He saw the accused there and the 

deceased. As they passed him 
they were conversing in angry 
tones He heard both use very 
high words. They appeared to be 
very excited. Deceased was rude 
in Iris remarks to the accused. 
He (deceased) said the accused 
was no gentleman. They were 
passing towards the front door, 
walking up the passage from the 
direction of the Sitting Room. 
Witness stood on one side to 
allow them to pass by, deceased 
came through and he (witness) 
was then between the two men. 
He heard a shot fired, he did not 
see the shooting but first heard 
the report of a revolver. Iiu. 
mediately after he heard the 
accused exclaim: "By God, it's 
an accident!" at the same time 
deceased dropped forward to the 
ground. Witness at once turned 
and took the revolver from the 
hands of accused. He allowed 
the weapon to be taken quite 
quietly and appealed very dis- 
tressed. Witness did not see him 
draw the revolver and only knew 
he had one when he heard the 
shot. Further examined he said 
he had heard high words as the 
two men were crossing the square 
to the Hotel from the direction of 
Uiesle's. The) - weie neither of 
them drunk, but spoke in a rational 
manner, altho they might have 
been drinking. 

This finished witness's evidence. 
The accused said he had no ques- 
tions to ask. 

Mr. Dc Kock here entered, hav- 
ing been instructed by Colonel 
Baden-Powell to defend the pris- 

William Forsyth, Staff Clerk to 
Colonel Baden-Powell, was the 
next witness examined. He 
proved being at Dixon's Hotel 
last night He saw the accused 
and deceased come into the Hotel 
together. He heard them talking 
loudly as they came towards the 
Hotel. It was 9-30 or 10 o'clock 
Lieut. Murehison asked him for a 
copy of the day's Genera! Orders 
which he gave him. He (witness) 
returned along the passage, 
Listened his dispatch box and was 
proceeding home when he came 
upon accused in the lobby reading 
the orders. He did not see the 
deceased. The accused said some- 
thing reflecting on deceased, who 
came up at the moment, denied 
being whatever it was that accused 
had said, and added that if he, 
accused, were a gentleman or a 

man of honour he would conn out 
and fight him. Accused merelytold 
him to go away stating that what 
he just said did not refer to de- 
ceased, but deceased persisted, 
telling him that if he did not come 
out to fight him or shoot him — 
witness was not certain which 
word was used — he, accused, was 
no man. Murehison then came 
out and the next thing he heard 
was a shot and saw deceased drop 
down. Accused at once said : 
" It's an accident, the revolver 
went off accidently. He saw 
Waterson take the revolver away 
from him ; he gave it up freely and 
seemed much upset at what was 
done, repeating that it was an 
accident. Accused then went in- 
side and afterwards told witness 
that deceased had followed him 
all over the place and he could not 
get rid of him. Witness added that 
no one else was present except 
Bugler Morgau, who was asleep 
till the report awakened him. 

Mr. De Kock had no questions 
to ask the witness. 

Sergeant P. Stuart, C.P., sta- 
tioned at Mafeking, was next 
sworn. He stated that last night 
he went to Dixon's Hotel. He 
did not notice the time. He was 
called there. Acting on the in 
structions of Captain Wilson lie 
arrested Lieut. Kenneth Murehi- 
son. At the time of the arrest., 
accused was sitting in the hall of 
the hotel. He was very quiet, 
appeared dazed and seemed very 
depressed. On putting on the 
handcuff prisoner asked : " What 
have I done, what's this for ? " 
Witness replied that he was char- 
ged with shooting a man. Accused 
said : " That's right, old boy" and 
didn't speak again till alter arriv- 
ing at the jail, when he said he had 
never fired the revolver. The Resi 
dent Magistrate remanded him 
till to-morrow, by when the District 
Surgeon will have made a post 
mortem examination. 


London, Oct. 13th, Renter to 
" Mail," : How's Mafeking? 

Mafeking, Oct. 13th, " Mail " 
toReuter: First-class, everything 

Capetown, Oct 14th, Router to 
"Mail": You are surrounded 
with 'em. They are coming to 
breakfast to-morrow. 

Mafeking, Oct 14th, " Mail " to 
Reuter : Breakfast prepared. 

Capetown, Oct. 14th, Reuter to 
" Mail " : Did they come ? 

Mafeking, Oct. 11th, "Mail" to 
Reuter: Yes, and had their fill. 

Capetown, Oct. 16th, " Reuter to 
"Mail": What are you doing 
to-day ? 

Mafeking, Oct. Kith, " Mail " to 
Reuter : Dodging shells and pick- 
ing up bits to keep as curios. 

Capetown, Oct. 17th, Reuter to 
"Mail" : Any damage yesterday ? 

Mafeking, Oct. 17th, " Mail " to 
lieuter : Yes, two chickens killed, 
dog frightened, and a window 

Capetown, Oct. 18th, Reuter to 
"Mail"; Sorry you arc cut oil'; 
Anything you want '? 

Mafeking, Oct. 19th, " Mail" to 
Reuter: Yes, send some Boers 
and a newspaper. 

Capetown, < lot. 10th, Reuter to 
"Mail": Have wired for Boera 
but they don't like Mafeking, so 
won't come. 

London, Oct. 30th, Reuter to 
Mafeking: General Bulicr says 
" Hold the tort for I am coming." 

Mafeking, Oct. 30th, Mafeking 
to Reuter : Very likely ; So did 
Sankey, years ago. What does it 
mean ? 

London, Oct. 30th, Router to 
Mafeking : Means 12,000 British 
and 3,000 Basutos now at Orange 
River coming steadily to your 
assistance. More on way from 

Mafeking, Oct. 30th, Mafeking 
to Reuter : Don't interrupt again 
QnleBS something interesting. Vou 
almost made us revoke. 


Last week while the shelling 
business was at its liveliest three 
small youths were seen to issue 
from the town. " Hero ! here ! 
where are you going ? shouted 
Sentinel Pumpkin. " Please Sir, 
we're goin' fishin' " was the reply 
as he naul'd them back again. 

i,u Tewnthmd .t Sun, 
.i;,/. . Editor and 

Manager : d. .V. 11. Whales. 





No. 3. 

MafekiDg, November 3rd, 1899. 

fa Hhfchmq Stall 

M ^PEKING, 8bd NOV] 

left. The men wish they could 

go, but Cronje tells them to eon 
thine shelling 

In the Boer Camp. 



Some spies were sen! from the 
stadt on Monday to inspeot the 
laager down Molopo The) were 
to get to Moliraola first, then re- 
turn, pretending to be Same's 
people. On their arrival they 
found thai Banie had already sent 
a spy for the Bnme purpot 
therefore, told them to wail till 
liis mail returned, lest the double 
visit complicate matters. Some's 
man readied the litagei 01 
day evening and was taken to 
Cronjo's camp in the night while 
the Boers were making a square 
preparation for fist Tuesday's 
attack. They were very friendly 
to him and gave him to understand 
that the fight would last all Jay, 
if they did not take Mafeking 
sooner. To his surprise firing 
oea8i d immediately after i) o'clock 
and they returned, some of them 
crying, lie asked one who had 
been very kind to him the night 
before: "Why did the boss return 
so quickly?" My Joug, de 

vordoms knocked spots oul 

of US." A wagon lull of dead men 
arrived from Cronje's kopje while 
he was there and off-loaded on the 
other side of the camp. Just 
when it went baok again he was 
told to leave the laager. Our 
people then went yesterday to the 

laager down the Molopo and in- 
spected it. There is no trench 
except that the ground is raised 
about a foot high. The big gun 
that shoots from the west is a few 
yards this side the camp, quite 
alone. The tents were further 
away from it, and further th 
tents they sit and converse The 
people at that camp may be be- 
tween 200 ami 800, The only 
strong camp is at ECoi Koi, near 
the Railway Cottage west, where 
Cronje is. It is surrounded bj 

wagons and stones are piled as 
derueath them. Someone said 
that they arc not as many as they 
were before, some ot them having 


The signal for the ezpi i ted 

firing oi the big gun has been 

altered, the blowing of B horn not 

BBcaoious. A bell 

is now rung at Weil's, and at the 

Women's Laager, while the strik- 
ing of the railway metal at Dixon's 
will warn all to take shelter. 


The Colonel Commanding issued 

the following last night: — 

Appointments. -Mr. Ernee 
iched to * 
lion's Staff as Galloper from the 

Ocl 1 i: cut it led to 

forage for 1 horse and free rations. 
Dr. T W. Hayes is appo 

Stall Officei to the principal 

Medical Officer, to date from the 
2nd November. Dr, B.Smyth is 
placed in medical charge of the 
n omen's Laager, and is entitled 
to pay at the rate of 30s. per day, 
to date from tin- 2nd November 

Discipline. — Commanders 

of posts will not allow desultory 
individual firing at long 
In in their defence work 

wastes ammunition and • 

> , uemy They may, when 

desirable, direct individual tiring 
from advanced points or volleys 

when the enemy's sniping becomes 
too pronounced. 

Watering Horses. — All hi 
will bl i as possible 

alter dusk, or in any case at 
time as the enemy are not tiring. 

Notice, — Colonel Baden-Powell 
wishes publicly to express his 

I at the death of Mr. Par- 
slow, representative ol the " Daily 

Choniole " Mr. Vere stent is 

appointed exeoul oi I lath i in the 

be of the late Mr. Parslow. 

/ Stoi ' - A> it may be found 

necessary I i slaughter 

Of tile live Stock at present 

at Mafeking, and as doubt seems 
to exist regarding the ownership 
of some of the cuttle, owners are 
reminded that it is advisable to 
register, with as little delay as 
ble, all the live stock they 

In the Estate ot the late E G. 
Parslow, Esq., of Capetown, 
special Correspondent of the 

London " Daily Chronicle" and 
" South African News." 

I I.I. persons claiming to be 
. \ i Ireditol a in the above 
Estate are requested to file their 
claims with the undersigned at 
the shelter by Julius Weil's, not 
later than 12 o'clock noon, to- 
morrow. Saturday. November 4th, 
and tlio e Indebted thereto to pay 
their debts within the same period. 

Executor Dative. 

Mafeking, 3rd Nov., L899. 


In the Estate of the late E. U. 
Pabblovi . Esq. 


Having been duly instructed by 
the Executor Dative herein, will 
sell by Public Auction, 


November 6th, 1899, 
At 5-80 p.m., in front of the Court 
House, Mafeking, 

One Grey Horse, 

good trotter, been under tire ; also 
Saddle and Bridle, &c. 

The Market Square Fatality. 



This morning Kenneth Murohi- 

son was again brought before the 
Resident Magistrate, i '. G, II. Bell, 
Esq., C.C. & R.M. Mr. Dc Kock 
appeared for the accused. So far 
as we call learn no one was present 
to watch the case on behalf oi the 
relatives and friends of deceased 

The witness .John Waterston was 
te-swom, and pointed out, on a 
plan of the front portion of Dixon's 
Hotel, the spots occupied by the 
actors in this tradgedy, He iden- 
tified the revolver, produced, which 
he took from the aocused. It had 
remained in his possesion since 
the occurence. It is a six-chamber 
revolver, fully loaded with one 
cartridge exploded. He said that 
when the shot was fired he stood 
near the office door while the 
accused was a few feet from him 
at the step inside and on the other 
side of the passage, in line witli 
the open half of the inner glass 
doors. He did not see accuser 
raise his hand to fire but merely 
heard the shot and accuseds excla- 
mation " ByGod, it is an accident." 

Cross-examined by Mr. De Kock. 
Deceased was going out and fell 
on his face. He, witness turned the 
body over to assertain whether he 
was alive, he did not see any 
weapon upon the deceased he did 
not searoh for one. 

The Distriot Surgeon not being 
present to report upon the post- 
mortem prisoner was remanded 
till to-morrow. 

Printed and publmhtd by Townshend i Son, 
Market Square, Ma/eking. Editor and 
Manajer: Q. N. B. Whales 




No. 4 

Mafeking, November 4th, 1899. 

to SBafehing Pail. 




" Take ii quantity of coffee, some 
biltong and tobacco. Ask the 
Field-cornet where the ammuni- 
tion is to be met. If he has 
sell ctcil a place it is possible for 
the enemy s shot to peach, 'bijna 
praal ' him and say you won't go 
there, verdom. Then he will name 
another place. If this is perfectly 
secure proceed there at a 
making your Native boy 'loop' 
behind your horse. If the boy 
lags and is not ready to make 
coffee directly you off-saddle, 
sjambok him well This will make 
him more active as well as ful- 
filling the scriptures. "'Then will 
I visit the transgressions with the 

rod and their iniquity with stripes. 
Nevertheless my loving kindness 
will I not utterly take from him.'' 
When you have taken coffee, read 
two or three chapters from the 
Holy Book, pray for success, load 
your Mauser, carefully hide your 
body behind a sohanze and wait 
for your enemy to pass by. Take 

care to shoot before he knows he 
is near to you or he might come 
over and hurt you. Send your 
boy to buy some Dop, it will help 
you to sleep comfortably. The 
money for this you will, of c 
take from any kaffirs who happen 
to pass. Their clothes you had 
also better have, as they usually 

are better clad than we are, and 
it will give you a more decent 
appearance if you enter the 
enemy's town. If, after v, 
some time, it does not appeal 
likely the enemy will come out to 
bo shot, send word to him thai i on 
will come to his town and kill 
every man in it; perhaps this will 
frighten him into surrendering. 
If he will rot at once surrender, 
arrange with all the Jane and 
Dantjes to spread round the town 
and, securo behind Btonea am 
fire into the town all day long so 
that not only may you perhaps kill 
or maim women and children, hut 
yon might perchance hit a man. 
This course may bo variod by 

i togi ther, towards the 

Do this steadily and so 

frighten the enemy, lie will think 

you are coming to storm him and 

you will make him shake awfully, 

tps, lie very careful not to 

near, and above all. be quite 

I and scoot like 

if you see anything similar to 

a gun pointed at you. It you find 

aftei several trials like this, that 

tin- enemy will not let you walk 

in and loot his stores and generally 

le might do 

ill the olden limes, von must 

ascribe it to the porverseness of 

i ait, and, sadly entrenching 

yourselves, gel the men of foreign 

nations to lire Mail- big e.nnons 
cm the town, hut do not stand 
near the dangerous things while 
they are being tired Keep at a 
sale distance and lind out where 
the women and childrc , 1 1 
and Wounded are, and direct the 
big shells there. It will hurt these 
ous British more than if 
you shot at the men. Thee 
Deut. 28, 52 and wait. 

Eh! what's '.hat you say? We 
are to he shot at, cut with swords, 
driven awi Al-u-mach-tig, 

lluis toe Much gauw mach 

gauw, lluis toe. 


Last night's General Orders con- 
tained the following : — 

The Colonial Contingent under 
iii <! lodyear have to-day 
done good Si rvici in seizing a 
point in the Brickfields, from 
which they were able to stop the 
enemy's sharp-shooters from com- 
ing into action against the town 
They practically maintained their 
position in spite of a very 
musketry and artillery fire through- 
out the day. 

The Colonial Contingent 
ably assisted hy the Fingoi 
tingent under Air. Daniel Webster. 

The only misfortune was that 
in Goodyear himself was 
wounded in the course oi the day, 

Appointments.— Corpl. H. M B. 
('mile, C.P., is placed in tem- 
porary command of the Colonial 
Contingent vice Captain Good 
wounded in action. 

With reference to the appoint- 
ment of Dr. ti Smyth, placed yes- 
terday- in medical chargi ol the 
Women's Lauger, the appointment 

is cancelled, Dr. Smyth being un- 
willing to assist in medical charge 
of the garrison. 

The Market Square Fatality. 


Result of the Post Mortem. 

The hearing of this case was 
resumed this morning before G. G. 
II. Bell, Ksq. C.C. & E.M. 

Mr. Do ECock again appeared 
for the prisoner. Mr. Vere Stent, 
War Correspondent, was present 
to watch the case on behalf of 
the friends of the deceased. 

The other War Correspondent, 

Mr. Hellawcll, Cape Times, Lon- 

(Imi Daily Mail, and Maritzburg 

• ; and Mr. Hamilton, Lon- 

ind Black and White, 

also attended the examination. 

The witness, W. Forsyth, re- 
called said : " the word prisoner 
used against the deceased before 
the shot was fired, which witness 
could not remember at his first 
examination, was ' Stinker.' Al- 
though deceased was not close by 
he must have heard the word used 
as he then came forward and 
challenged accused, who denied 
having applied the term to de- 
I but tapped, with his hand, 
a card hanging in the hotel and 
said be referred to that, but de- 
1 persisted in saying he had 
been referred to and wanted to quar- 
rel. Accused told him to go away. 
I did not wish to remain present 
at the scene and was going home. 
outside the door when the 
■ hot came and Mr. Parslow fell, 
almost at my feet. I stepped 
across the body and saw Waters- 
ton taking the revolver from pris- 
oner and he asked me to watch 
accused while he went for Captain 

The Resident Magistrate asked 
witness: "Did you hear accused 
say that he (deceased) brought it 
on himself ?" 

" I cannot remember." 
Mr. Vere Stent: Will witness 
deny having said to anyone that 
accused stated he, deceased, 
brought it on himself?" 

Witness: "I would not deny 

Mr- De Kock: "When Waters- 
ton told you to watch prisoner 
while he went to Hud L'apt. Wilson, 
did prisoner seem defined ? " 

Witness: 'No, he seemed very 
dejected. When accused spoke I 
thought it was an accident " 

Dr. W. Hayes, Principal Medi- 
cal Officer to Mafeking Garrison, 
sworn, said : "I made a post 
mortem examination on the body 
of Ernest G. Parslow on the 2nd 
of November. I found a hole 2 
inches in diameter exactly on the 
occipital protuberence. The skull 
was very much damaged. The 
left lobe ot the cerebellum was much 
torn. The posterior part of the 
left sphere of the brain was also 
very much torn and a bullet was 
found lying on the base of the 
skull, against the bone. This had 
caused death." Bullet produced. 
No questions were asked this 

The charge was read over to 
prisoner, who reserved his defenoe, 
and was committed for trial. The 
Magistrate said that as Martial 
Law is in force all the papers in 
connection with the case would be 
submitted to the Chief Staff 

Printed and Published by Townsliend & Son. 
Market Square, ilafehing. Editor and 
Manager : G, N. H. Whales. 




No. 5 Mafeking, November 6th, 1899. 

ft SWelung Pail, 


We should esteem it a favour 
if any of our friends who have 
subscribed for this series of slips 
imd not yet received copied rtp l" 
No . r ), will at once send us word. 
Where possible we should prefer 
all the names in one Fort or 
Redan being sent on the same 
paper. No. 1 is out of print. 


There is no doubt that when, the 
Sunday before last, Commandant 
Cronje heard the band playing he 
must have wondered what it was 
all about. Probably it can 
deal of consternation in the Boer 
cainp. U one field glass operator 
oan be relied on, the burghers 
hurriedly stood to anus when the 
first strains of the music were 
heard. But yesterday's display of 
rockets and coloured fires must 
have sorely puzzled poor Oom 
Piet. We are sorry that it v. 
convenient to allot him his proper 
share in the exhibition and chaired 
him about the town according to 
time-honoured custom, but we 
reserve that distinction for him 
till later; his case being still tub 
judice. Nevertheless he ma] 
assured that although we dispensed 
with the public representation, we 
have in our hearts duly n 
him as the hero of this fifth of 
November entitled to till thai 
promient and warm position usually 
occupied by the- log-headed figure 
with collapsed unmentionables. 
Getting tired of his artillery prac- 
tice from the South side he 
removed some guns to the Kust'in 
front. Wise men came from the 
East many years ago. Although 
Cronje followed their example in 
coming from that quarter his wis- 
dom has still to be demonstrated. 
If you could again find yoursell 
whence you came wouldn't you be 

happy, Commandant P Only a few 
more days and we will help 


Nothing like Cheek. 

We knew a man once, a most 
industrious fellow, who was very 

particular about not working on 

Sunday, He would stick to it till 
Saturday mid-night, hut directly 
on the stroke of twelve he left his 
business and went to lied, and took 
his nine hours' sleep In the 

afternoon he took a nap. Im- 
mediately on retiring from evening 
service, off to bed he went rising 
at half-past eleven so as to 
work promptly at twelve o'clock. 
We thought that was sharp prac- 
tice, but the Boer goes one better. 
Yesterday, as usual on Sunday, 
the enemy stopped firing, presum- 
ably to fumble over the bible, but 
roh-hypnerite employed the 
day in building a protection with 
our bricks in our Brickfields, from 
which to begin fii is soon 

as dawn broke this morning. We 
said '• he employed the day so 
building " this is not quite correct, 
ould have done had not our 
Colonel Commanding sent him 
word — we don't know what — but 
it was enough to make him leave 
off brick arranging and hurry back 
to his bible and dop. 

This morning when Mr. Boer 
did his early yawn a Maxim 
volley caused him incontinently to 
retire to his trench ; and so dis- 
turbed his serenity that he has 
not troubled us with so much 
" sniping " to-day. 



<)n Saturday the Boers shot R 
woman in the Laager Remember 
tin;-', lellowruen, when you have an 
opportunity to shoot. 


Johnnie, picking up big bit ol 
shell. " If you had come into 
aontract with this, it would have 
spoiled your sup| 


Enquiratob. No ' Keating's" 

will not L r et rid oi them. Another 
application of bohtt puivtlh and 
armor trainum pungentum will 
probably drive them all away 

Had H good stock of p>. 
been prooured curlier they would 
not have beoome u nuisance the 
smell of the powder would have 

been enough to keep them away. 

As it now is, you had better get 
the place clear of the vermin as 

quickly as you can and in future 
watch all corners closely. It will 
then be easy to keep them under. 
Pretorian.— You are much mis- 
taken, "Providence" is not a 
Limited Liability nor Joint Stock 
Concern in which Mr. Kruger holds 
all the shares. Britain holds some, 
probably Founders, which rank 
for dividend in priority. 


The following has been sent to 
us and we print it on account of 
it" appropriateness, but we should 
remind our esteemed —although 
anonymous— contributor that the 
rule, which requires the name of 
the writer to be iriven, not neces- 
sarily for publication, is not 
abrogated bv the introduction of 
martial law. 


\n The Amorods Goldfish." 

A liar sat in a shell-proof trench 

\ most OJ us liars do, 
As he thought of some lie that would 

During Sunday's spell when fret; from 
And he thought of a big one too. 

('twas the first that 
Came cheerfully bursting a mile away, 
And on this shockingly mild pre- 
That liar built tor himself a text. 

Ami he an pelt- pelt- pelter 

While'Illl sale in this shell- shell- shelter 
And his lies I must state if you 
v by the weight 
; wclt-welt-welter. 

I il BOme dust on liis shoul- 
ders 1)1 1 

And splashed up his face with gore, 
For a tiekey, he bought from a Kafir 

who brought 
Some fragments of shell, and the He 

he would tell : 

These pieoee had o'er him tore. 
When Sunday came he wandered 

And told this lie to all he found, 
But even some men, far gone in 

Could see that his fragments were 
horses' shoes. 
And with all his try- try- trying 
11. [ailed in Ins ly- ly- lying 

So he climbed in his trench 
And he sat on his bench 
For the " Mauser" started flying. 

Printed and published by Toumshend <t Son, 
Market Square, Ma/eking. Editor and 
Manager. 0. S. H. W/halt*. 


JSi 1SPME2 C2 X JBL :H< 



No. 6 

Mafeking, November 7th, 1899. 

fr jgafehmg Hail. 





One of Colonel Baden-Powell's 
nice little treats for the Boers was 
successfully carried out this morn- 
ing under the direction, of 
Godlej. Between 1 and - o'clock 
this morning, under Major Pan- 
sera, two seven-pounders and a 
Hotchkiss were pushed forward 
on the west front, and with 
Captain Vernon, and C Squadron, 
Protectorate Regiment, took 
up a position commanding the 
enemy's trenches. Just before 
dawn the Boers' natives began 
preparing coffee. The light from 
their fires ahowed where shells 
were wanted, and a seven-p< 
opened the ball. It fell short, but 
No 2 gun immediately planted 
a shell right on one of the enemy's 
waggons. Beveral others followed 
on the same spot, utterly de- 
moralising the Boers who were 
seen souirying around, apparently 
unable to find their gun. A few 
men of the same Squadron, under 
Captain Sandfbrd were entri 
in a hollow to the right of 
the guns and fired several 
volleys with good effect before be- 
ing replied to. It was noticed the 
previous evening that although on 
the other sides of the town more 
Boers occupied the trendies than 

had previously been seen in them, 
those on the west were apparently 
less full than usual. A rush was 
made from their big laager to rein- 
force the entrenchments, bill this 
move wan checked by the tiring of 
about twenty men of C Squadron, 
under Lieut. Holden, who wire 
to the left of the guns, and some 
of Captain Cowan's Rifles on the 
extreme right. The Hotchkiss 
jammed after seven rounds were 
fired, and when the Boers got to 
work with some three hundred 
Mausers, a seven-pound Krupp, 
their one lb. quick-firing Maxim ; 
and another gun, a perfect hurri- 
cane of bullets and shell peppered 
round our men. A retreat was 
made, still keeping up the fire. 
Four or five ol our men got slight 
wounds, but no broken bones. 

One gunner had a narrow escape, 
a shot from the one-pound Maxim 
took the sole off his boot. 
Something got wrong with the 
limbering-up of the Hotchkiss 
and the horses sralloped away 
without the gun. The men didn't 
mean leaving that moraento of the 
occasion for the enemy to exult, 
over, so amidst a hailstorm of 
bullets and bursting shells. Gun- 
ners R. Cowan and F. H. Godson 
attached a rope and, assisted by 
Trooper Arthur Day, hauled the 
gun safely away, crossing the sky 
line, where every figure showed 
distinctly and might have been hit 
if the Boers were as good shots 
as they were supposed to be. 
Nothing daunted by the shower of 
lead, these ex-Railway men drag- 
ged the gun out of reach of the 
enemy's fire. If the Boers had in- 
tended to attack from that side 
to-day. while our attention was 
directed to the east by '"Lively 
Sarah " and the other guns, 
they altered their mind after- 
wards. Two ambulance wag- 
gons and a couple of scotch 
carts had an hour's occupation 
between their trenches and their 
ring that at. lea-t some 
two or three doren will not come 
" Mauscrinu" again just yet 


Last night's General Orders eon 
tained the following: — 

A Field Gene- 
ral Court Martial will assemble 
for the trial of Lieutenant O. M 
Murehison, on Thursday next, the 
!Hh instant, on such charge as may 
lie brought before them. 

President. — Colonel C. B. Vyvyan. 

UBUBBBS. — Major A. G. Godley, Prot. 
Regiment ; Captain G. C. Wilson, 
I 5.0 . Captain A. P. W. Wil- 
liams, B. S. A. Police ; Captain 
C. M. Ryan, A.S.C. 

In Waiting. — Captain R. J. Vernon, 
Protectorate Regiment. 

Prosecutor. — Lieutenant S. A. Min- 
ohin. " Bechuanaland Rifles." 

Judge Advocate. — Major Lord E. C. 

The Prisoner will be warned and 
all witnesses ordered to attend. 
The time and place to be fixed by 
the President, who will give due 
notice to all concerned. 

Claims: Assessment Damages.— 
Owners are requested when pre- 
ferring claims to keep the damage 
done to any houses on separate 
forms, should such houses have 
been erected on different erven. 


From the President of the S. A. 
Rebelique to Come-and-don't 
Cronje "And ye shall smite 
every fenced city and every choice 
city and shall fell every good tree 
and stop all wells of water." 

Come-and-don't Cronje to Com- 
manding Colonial. " I will camp 
against thee round about and will 
lay siege against thee with a mount 
and I will raise forts against 
thee; and he that is near shall 
fall by the sword ; and he that 
remaineth and is besieged shall 
die by the famine, thus will I 
accomplish my fury upon them." 

Commanding Colonial to Come- 
and-don't Cronje. "Pooh! like- 
wise Bah ! ! 

From Come-and-don't Cronje 
to President. '■ We have shot at 
them, Heshbon is perished even 
unto Dibon and we have laid them 
waste even unto Nophah''and still — 
they play music and let off fire- 
works on Sunday. 

From the President of the S. A. 
Rebelique to Come-and don't 
Cronje. " Therefore now flee thee 
thou to thy place. I thought to 
promote thee to great honour, but 
lo, the Lord hath kept thee back 
from honour. 


we're besieged by the blooming old Boer. 

Mr: We're off on a Jubilee Spree. 

We're besieged by the blooming old 

We're being shelled by their bloomiDg 

old gun ; 
Sometimes we go out and snipe off a few 
And wo smile when we see the brutes 

They've sent us in briefjes by scores 
And insolent messages too. 
Saying " Surrender," but the Colonel, 

he smiles 
And says to old Cronje : Pooh ! pooh ! 

They've shot a few bushes and dogs 
And played up Old Harry all round, 
But we gave them cold steel and for 

mercy they yelled. 
And grovelled like curs on the ground ; 
The red lamp is a sign that they love. 
Night attacks they adore one and all. 
But look out old Cronje, the day is 

close by 
When you'll have a hell of a fall. 

Printed and published by 

Townshend d Son, Market Square, Ma/eking. 

Editor and Manager : O. N. B. Whales. 




No. 7 Mafeking. November 9th, 1899. 

Each subscriber for the new series 
commencing to-day will be furnished 
with a numbered ticket. We shall keep 
a copy of each edition for every ticket 
thus issued so that the holders may 
know their papers arc lying here and 
can be obtained at any tune. By this 
means we hope to avoid disappointing 
our friends, as in the case of No. 1 and 
No. 2, both of which are out of print. 

■* Mafeliinc* ©ail. 



Wo are aware that during the tedious 
hours spent in the trenches by our 
little garrison innumerable amuriog 
and interesting anecdotes, both per- 
sonal and otherwise, are often heard, 
which, if circulated to other parts of 
the defend b, would amuse many of our 

otln'i ili'fi'iulcrs. We tlieielore pro- 
pose to open our columns for the 
publication of any such stories sent to 
us and to give a prize at the end of 
each week for the best story published. 
ins to I"' oonfined to titty words. 
( lontributions in the shape of pi 
rhymes or Limericks (lit for pub 
t.ion i will also be gladlj reoi ived 
Brevity in these, however, is requested 
Address: Sub-Editor, Dixon's Hotel. 



Greeting : 

Mafeking, Beleaguered, wishes Your 
Highness many happy returns of the 


We could wait twice the timo with- 
out turning a hair. 

The news we publish in another 
column may be taken as definite and 
reliable confirmation of the rumours 
brought by : various natives who have 
straggled into the town. The first 
direct information received since our 
isolation. From another source we 
learn that the investment of Kimberley 
was raised after three days' fighting. 
The Free State sent to Kimberley a 
Commando of 3,500 and four guns, 
under Major Albrecht. We suppose 
the} must have been reinforced con- 
siderably or Kimberley would not have 
been beleaguered. When Colonel 
Eekewioh reviewed the garrison before 
the disconnection, it totalled up to 
2,60(1 men, including some six or seven 
hundred North Lanoaabires, a con- 
siderable number of forks Mounted 
Infantry, Kiinbei'lc) Rifles and a 

strong Town Guard. Ife also hail the 
Garrison Artillery, the Diamond Fields 
Artillery, and a Maxim Battery. If 
we had that little lot. tor Colonel 
Baden-Powell to work with, the dead 
Boors round Mafekiug would have 
created a plague by this time. As it 
is there is only a tenth part of our 
force have done any fighting, and 
the Boers have lost a tenth part of 
their big Commando. Wait a fort- 
night? Yes! Six of them if needed. 


Tuesdays General Orders contained 
the following : — 

Notice. — 1. A surprise against the 
camp of the enemy to westward ol the 
town ' ssfully 

executed at dawn this morning, by a 
force under direction of Major Godley. 

2. Captain Vernon's Squadron of the 
Protectorate Regiment, carried out the 
operation with conspicuous coolness 
and steadiness. 

3. The gunners of the Artillery, 
under Major Panzera, fought and 
worked their guns well under very 
trying fire from en 

4 The " Beohuanaland Rifles" are 
to be congratulated on the efficient 
services rendered by them under Cap- 
tain Cowan in this their first engage- 
ment in the field. 

5. The enemy appear to have suffered 
severely, while "ur casualties were 
luckily' very light. This was largely 
due to the fact that Major Godley 
delivered bis blow suddenly and quick- 
ly and withdrew his force again in good 
time and in good order. 

() The Colonel Commanding has 
much pleasure in placing on record a 
plucky piece ol work by gunneis R. 
Cowan and F. II. Godson. The Hoteb- 
kiss gun, of which they had charge, 
was overturned and its trail hook 
broken in the course of the action. 

In spite of a very heavy fire from the 
enemy's I pd. Maxim and 7 pd. Erupp 
these men reattached the trail to the 
limber by ropes, etc., and brought the 
gun safely awaj 

Arms. — Commander of Corps are 
warned to be particularly careful as to 
the oustody of the Arms, Ammunition, 
Bandoliers, etc., of men wounded or 

killed in action. The nun should be 
instructed that in ease of it being 
necessary for them to leave their Arms 
they should disable them In the case 
of the Lee-Motford by taking out the 
bolt bo that tiny may not fall into the 
bands of the enemy. This is n< 
in view of the various forward move- 
ments whioh may be made against the 
j 's nut posts, etc. 

/>'«/vi in 'Tarn The keepers of Bars, 

Public Houses, etc, are warned that 
should excessive drinking take place 
on their premises or should they be 
found to be supplying in any way 
liquor to men to excessive quantities 

that they will be liable to a I iv fine 

and the destruction of their Btock, for 
which no compensation will be given. 
It is (dearly to be understood thai no 
man who, in the opinion of the Bat 

Keeper has had sufficient liquor, shall 

i ved. Any contravention of this 

rule will render the proprietor liable to 
the penalties above mentioned. 

The Colonel Commanding publishes 
the following for information : — 

A shell having come into our Hos- 
pital yesterday, a letter was sent to 
General Cronje, remonstrating and 
pointing out that his Artillery had 
been firing on the Women's Laager, 
Hospital and Convent, in spite of 
previous warnings to him on the sub- 
ject, and that a bitter feeling was being 
engendered which might lead to regret- 
able retribution later on. 

Cronje replied that bo had fired upon 
the Convent because ho heard we had 
a Maxim and titles firing from it 

(which is entirely untrue). He made 
no excuse for firing on the Hospital or 
Women's Laager. 


The following news has been received 
to-day : — 

The Britisli forces in Natal have had 
three big and successful engagements 
at Dundee. Glenooe, and Elamlslaagte. 

At Glencoe the British charged an 
almost inaccessible position with the 
bayonet, the enemy lied, pursued bj 

liy. Many prisoners were I 
including Commandants Kock (Jon- 
berts nephew) and Sohiel. On our 
side Coloi 1 i.S.O., was 

killed, and 31 men ; General Symmons 
and 151 men wounded. 

At Blandslaagte the British 
atiacketl over bad ground with com- 
plete success The Laooers oh 
through the retreating Boers three 
The Hues allow to 300 killed 
and 8' wonnded. British loss killed: 
Colonel Cbisholme, Major Dean, Lieu- 
tenant Monroe, Lieutenant Murra 
37 men ; wounded : 80 offioers and 
175 men 

Tin report of a successful 

where it is were killed 

and 12" wagons and 16 gnus captured 
by tin Britisli. 

The detachment oi the Cape Police 
in returning to Kimberley from Vry- 
burg, '1 the Boers and fought 

them successfully, losing l killed, in- 
cluding Elliot, and burying 17 Boers, 
who had been left on the field. 

The following men wounded on the 

pan, are in 

Hospital at Vryburg and doing well: — 

Tillard, Collins and B < iptain 

Nesbit is at Pretoria, doing well 

n in several officers and men 
there as prisoners, probably from the 
small posts on the Railway, eto. 

We shall probably have to sit out 
another fortnight of siege I'efore we 
can join the final defeat of the enemy. 


In our issue of yesterday 

" twenty men of C Squadron under 
Lieut. Holden " should read : 

" twenty men of B Squadron under 
Lieut. Welman " 

A Cricket Match 

will be played by Elevens of 

Lieut. Mnri'dj's & Lieut. Minchin's 

in the Market Square, 


at 10 a.m., resuming at 2.30 p.m. 


ALL accounts for goods or labour 
supplied on above account 
should be addressed to the Chief Pay- 
master and must be supported by the 
necessary orders and receipts. 


Chief Paymaster. 
Mafeki.ig, 9th Nov., 1899. 

Printed and Published by 

Townthcnd ct Son, Market Square, Ma/cking. 

Editor and Manager : O. N. B. Whales. 




No. 8 Mafeking, November 10th, 1899. 

■*• ffiafekino ©ail 

M PEKING LOtb Ni i\ 


[CoSTRIBl 1 I 

Every man is a liar at heart. Given 
opportunity and an audienoe, 
man will Lie. Some with difficulty, 
others with the acquired ease of Long 

practice, but all will Lie. Don't tell 
me there arc exceptions. Your young 
Washington that you have known for 
years and with whom you have chatted 
on L0 nt subject- and hat 

always talked with aa strict a regard 
lor veracity as the multiplication table, 
your young 1 Washington, I say, will fall 
when he tackles some subject or other. 
Fish lead many moderately truthful 
people from the paths of veracity, and 
yet I have known men who never worry 
about fish but become 28-carat Liars 
when they get on to dogs. Many men 
give their undivided attention to b< 

others only lie in the shooting 

or get off the track on the subject of 
parentage, and an honest grooei be 
comes a belted Earl when miles of ocean 
roll between himself and proof and a 
lick-lipping contest with a modest 
dressmaker becomes a liaison with a 
Duchess. South Africa breeds a 

dity in the ''Horn'' liar. When 
a man gets a sixpenny pair of Harte- 
beeste from a Kafir and a copy of 
Selous' book he is fully equipped for 
the fray I have always been aware 
of the many frailties of our race and 
could always tell by the look of a man 
on what subjects he was not to be 
believed. Hut 1 have never known of 
• iet i|- s liar of e\ erj 
man like a month's Bhelling. Even the 
truthful man of peaceful times has a 

I of the shells that have passed 
n bis legs, and even a parson, 
paid to inculcate morality, has bad a 
cigar knocked out of his mouth. Rich 
and poor, Jew and Gentile, all, all are 
more or less affected. This latent 
prevaricating " penchant " is rite all 
round us. The mild church-going 
youth of times of peace has bit 
his hatchet in the competition. The 
old and settled father of a family has 

ae a riotous romancer and the 

moderate prevaricator has developed 

into a lovely liar. The town liar of 

iy piping times of peace now 

gasps when lie struggles with the vast- 

thaf the situation offers to his 
prowess No one has been killed, 

hardly anyone has been wounded, but 
if the German artillerist on the other 
side knew what rough luck they had 

nid could see the number of hair- 
breadth escapes worked up from every 
fragment of shrapnel, he would resign 

bis appointment, retire to the banks of 
the Rhine, preparing for Monte Carlo, 
and having calculated : if 1000 shells, 
each containing 1000 fragments of 
shrapnel, are fired into a town possess- 
ing 1000 p >ple, resuH in 1,000,000,000 
hair-breadth escapes, i.e . I - scape per 
man, per fragment having, I contend, 
brought tin' I'll. -i.l it ion to a definite 
conclusion, ami farther reduced it to 
the Nth. power <>t /., oould he then find 
how many i ; follow in succes- 

sion iftheblai kc ime after the Croupier 
had said " Faites vos jeux " tor the 
1.0th time on a Tuesday. 


Some called Iter Black Maria and 
some Creechy, but the name that we 
loved to call her by best was the Bweet 
old name of Mary— Mary and her 
little himhs. They were christened 
lambs because they were always ip- 

ping ami jumping M re — 

illy where they w< re least h 
— in such a playful manner. We rab- 
bits used to humour them by dodging 
into our holes whenever we saw them 
coming, and then Mar) ivould try to 

catoli u>- l>\ mi ding iier littl es to 

quite at, o tie i pat t, but our sharp little 

eyes wen always too quick foi her ami 

we only laughed softly to oursi b 

her dear oh) simple devices. And so 

her end d ew i igh, and we who bad 

listened loviugly t.. her nheerful 

who hi d watchi il nil « iiti -1 for her 

from morn till eight, and who 

delighted in listening to her low 

melodious hunt I i ew her little 

shell- tor tin' children at oi derlies 

to play with, we w re sol ry. 1' 

we hardly km w whither to b 

more sorry or tin more glad for her 

untimi ly end oi 

ing relief from pain. Tt seemed to us 

that hei li 1 ' bfiti bi (mi waste I i 

way and tli a she could have done bo 

much more with it than merely to have 
spout it in sending her little lambs to 
play among our rabbit boles, and so 
we Watched and nailed for her end. 


Several esteemed residents who 
suffering great inconvenience by the 

entire closing of the Hank have sug- 
gested that arrangement might be made 
for it to bo opened a couple of hours 
on Sunday, as no shells are knocking 
about on that day. Deposits might or 
might noi 1 1 bul I bore does 

not mo in io beany reason why the Stan- 
1 1 oil, in- i !ompan\ should not 
reduce their risks by paying oul coin to 
those having accounts in credit, 

The Market Square Fatality. 

A Pii Id Gem ral Court Martial was 
assembled last evening ; n the Court 

lloiiso for the trial of I, lout. Kenneth 
Minebison. The construction of the 

Court Martial was as notified in the 
General Orders which appeared in 
columns yesterday. Mi ■' W. 
do Sock, Attorney at-law, was per- 
■ as counsel for the 

On being asked whether he objected 
to being ti ii or to 

any of the officers comrJffsing theC iurt, 
prisoner replied ii tive. 

pleaded Not ' '< uilty. 
Tin prosecutor, 1 at Minchin, 

briefly sketched the history of the i a ie, 

rs familiar with, lie 
al he bad been given to under- 
stand that prisoner or his counsel would 
ask for an adjournment to enable them 
to produce further evidence, but be 
understood it was now decided not to 

li application. The Judge 

Advocate, Lord E.Cecil, thought that 
in am case the Court >!i<>ubl bo ad- 
journed lor twenty-one days till further 

evidence is produced. The Court, 
Lord Cecil said, had a right to ad- 
join n and he thi d that 
! me. 
Mr. De K " The prisoner 
wished this Court to try 
and he i Mr De Kock) though) I 
the right when once the Conrl is con- 
stituted and no objection raised its 
constitution or jurisdiction hy the 
prisoner, he has the right to have the 
Court, to try thi Oa Keeping in 

view also the tact that a preliminary 

nation had been taken before the 
Magistrate. The Court was cleared to 

I : ." matter and on re-admis- 

f the public it was notified 

e would he proceeded with. 

The witnoss, John Waterston, was 

then called and recapitulated the 

>ven at the preliminary 

examination already published in these 

columns The Court adjourned till 


: :,l: i II D 

Shells ain't no blooming pic 

A tore I kime tcr Maferking ive 
pliyed shelljoait. and when I wus er 
guest, at Hoeland Street in Kipe Tahn 

helled peas for the bloomin' 


But thcr "* talks 

wiv is a bit"' orf the line. It isn't the 
• ther blighters does, ser much 

as the noise as is mide in doing it. 

Hut it's alius ther way. ther more 
ike the less beer yer drinks ? 
t Corporala B6Z as how 
bleeding gun was mide ii 

hats why ther shells is ther sim 

I he gunners is blighters who've done 
a voi | Vaderland, sos 

ther Hem] t an ther 

ohestt for a hit ov orlright soldiering 
on ther lihine. I rhino 

an do ther own fal 

They wears nice blue clobber wiv 
lots ov gold lice, an Oom Paul pays 
ther Mess bills, while orl ther little 
bits of Dutcli skirt mike luv ter ther 
Mooi Staats Artillerie. 

These blokes is '-died thcr Staats 

Artillerie cos they alius keeps a long 

ways orf, so its we rushes 'em they've 

got a good staat for ther Pretoria 


Afore Crun^e started his pop-guns 
I knew a chap in Maferking who wasn't 
I chap at orl, and I let him stan 
drinks when we wus hout. 

But I'm dead orf him nah, he's an 
orfnll liar. He's in, or wus in Da 
Kock's Redan, an he was sich an 
orfull twister that ther other chaps 
wanted ter subscribe for er ticket ter 
Kipe Tahn it he'd go on furlow. 

Ehed a mawser bullet in his wi 

poket, an er collection ov bits ov 
which 'E says ed just missed him. 
He'd been mopping a bit an his eyes 
wer bloodahot. 'E says if s sand in his 
is from a bursting shell which 
jist missed him after bursting jist in 
front of where V stood 

And as die Po 

" Lying in his shell-proof tr. 
Where all suoh liars lie." 
Titer's many wiys of getting rid ov 

shells. Crunge sends 'em ter our 

ir poor chips as 

: his 

Burghers beans. Some people sends 

'em ome ter ther muvvers so she'll 

know as we're orl brave. 

Anuvvergood «vy ter get rid of ther 
bits, now ther getting er bit ov 'er 
drug in ther marhet is fer the He 

Eer 'em as prizes for ther best liar 
in Maferking— open ter orl comers as 
ther e'reel i 

My Chum Hill says as 'ow ther is no 
best in Maferking, ther're the worst 
liars wot i let, an he's bin in 

Am. aicu. Bnt he hasn't seen Oru 
dispatches— 'E oarnt read Qj 
Borders nor pull Crunge's leg like ilier 
Kernel when 'B writes 'is reply. 

As fer coolness under lire tike my 
kise. I wus hawking myself past 
Weil's ther other day— ther's sum nice 
gals ther as wears white bihs and 
tuchers an look sweet — and I wus 
chuofiing a chest you bet, when sud- 
denly 1 hears a swell bloke as wears 
specs sye " That's my powder maga- 
zine " wiv er sort of pride as one likes 
ter see when one want's yer ter shiver. 

'J£ says, says 'E " Doant be alarmed" 
and thus cheered up I kept up till I got 
to my " rabbit bole " when I fainted — 
ther'Corporla alius keeps er bottle ov 
brandy fer such kises. 

Now I corls thet self control, ther 
bloke wiv their glasses kept calm an 
calmed me iike the sea ov Jerico. 

Sum people I know never slept ther 
night ov that big explosion. I did you 
bet. But I'd hard luck for ther 
Cap'tuu kime up an says I wus asleep 
on my post. An now I has to 'ang on 
ter wagon wheels oil day. 

Oil the shells cum round my wagon 
and I'm getting some narrow shives. 
No thanks ? I'm not going te give 
details. That chap at De Kock's lias 
the belt. 

I'll,- Boer blows windows to bits, 

But seldom lie anyone hits, 

Yet we hear a reporl 

That twice he's been caught 

By Bteel ami In hull. 'i- from " l-'itz." 


" Yes, they lire at, me every time I go 
out. This morning the bullets win .1 
past me SO quickly that the draught 
they created has given me this bad 
cold in the head I 

Ex-Military man : " Bullets are no- 
thing, Sir; we get used to them. A 

soldier's place is where the bullets are 

thickest." Voioe from the .lug-out : 
" Is that why you got int.) the ammuni- 
tion wagon last week when the lighting 
was on ? " 

"B'G— d, Sir, I've had a narrow 
escape. I was going me rounds an' I 
thought I'd like an' b' dad 

I'd harredly stank it in me mouth when 
a shell burst in front oi me, and its 
true as gospel what I'm savin', for the 
explosion lit me cigarette ; so I've jyest 
run in t' tell ye." 



There was an old man at Pretoria 

Who decided to tight Queen Victoria, 

So ho sent out his forces, 

Q-uns, men, an. I horses 

To Mafeking take, 

Like a breakfast heel -teak, 

Htc jaeet Patria et 6 

H mnd the Bnng little town Mafeking, 

The bullets did whistle and sing, 

But we eared not a hang 

And said let 'em go bang, 

But a boll fur " Maria " we ring. 


Attention is oalled to oui notice of yester- 
day offering b the BEST YARN, 
not ex- 11 is prop 
arrange a LOTTERY in connection with the 
date of the arrival of B . par- 
ticulars of which will he published in to- 
morrow's edition. FOUR TICKETS 2s. 6d. 
each) in the lotti rj ft I I.I. BE <.l\ EN to 
the sender "I the host yarn nerl work 
petitors are requested to write onlj on one 
side ot the paper and 
Editor, Dixon's Hotel. 

bhe was a great gun was " Maria," 

Whenever she turned her nose hia 

We all went to earth 

For all we were wearth, 

And lay low while she plugged in her fia. 

PrinUd and publislied by 

Towtuhend <t Son, 2fw Vqfthtng. 

Editor and Manager: 0. N. 11. Wtiakt. 



No. 9 

Mafekiner, November 13th, 1899. 


ffafehtim Qatl 

MAFEKING, L8tb \<>vi:mi;i:h, nag. 

K> v of the staff we are 

enabled to print a few extracts from 
''"' ■' I lotober 

27th. Although it d ontain 

■") import mi , | tl.c South 

the general tenour strengthen 
b liei thai the Boers I , ansuc- 

point. Tins, before 
our n ts have arrived, ia a 

Bubjeot lor congratulations. Wo can 
comfort ourselves with the reflection 
that tin/ the lions are not 

are evidently thoroughly 
and regard Mafeking aa a 
hornet's neat which they don't care 
about disturbing. 

♦ — 


The following items of news hav 
received to day : — 

Special Service Corps have been 

1 used in Etdodesia, and a large foroe 

under Colonel Huldst* 

into the Proteotorate. J'ii.- Natives 

also joined us for si 

against the Boers. 

Captain Llewellyn, with several 
armoured trains, is repairing the line 
The bridge at Crocodile Pools bavin* 
been destroyed will cause some delay. 
Be has had two successful engage 

metlts with the enemy. I„ the first 

11 of the enemy were buried and 13 
dead horses found alter the fight In 

the last on 

and played the Maxim imo it, causing 
them B loss of half their horses killed 
and many wounded Two ambulances 
full of wounded went away next d 
Swatfonteiu Our loss": 1 Native 

Policemen and 2 horses 

Colonel Plutner's action on the 
Limpo irfft, was bj 

a strong party of Boers. It was a 
successful fight. W, lost 1 killed and 
7 wounded. Among the killed was 
Captain Black'.. in n. ] , Boers lost 

12 killed and several wounded. 

Shepstone peformed a -./Ham 
act in bringing away ( laptain Blackburn, 
while yet alive, from under fire ; foi 
this he has been given a commission as 
an officer. 

nel Plumer's Volunteer Squad- 
ron, under Colonel lion. H. Whiti and 
Captain (ilyn, attacked some Boers 
in position near Baynes Drift ( 
October), and drove them out, getting 
4 men slightly wounded. I'ii, H 

inoe been reported retiring from 
Rhodes' Drift towards Pii ,,_. 

Mews from the Cape is very sketchy, 
Kimberley is all well. An armoured 
train fought and beat the Hoers near 
Warrenton (date not given) 

The Army Corps from England did 
not leave until the 20th October, hut the 
Militia had been called out. which 
means a big force has been sent : and 
the Guards had already landed at t lie 
Cape. The whole Army Corps is 
therefore probably now in the country. 

From Natal additional information 
comes that a battle was fought at 
Thalama on the 29th October, under 
General French, in which the ' Oth 
Rifles and Dublin Fusiliers charged the 
enemy's position with the bayonet and 
took it together with 6 guns, 

On the 21st another BuccesBful battle 
was fought at Elandsl vhich 

the -3th Laucers and I'Jth Hu 
Natal Horse, and the Manchester 
Regiment, Goi li a Highlanders, Devon- 
shire Regim int, and Royal Artillery 
all did well. They t..,,k 12 guns of the 
enemy's Artillery, his whole camp and 
wagons, and a very large numb 
prisoners. General Sir P, Symonds 
Bverely wounded and has since 

At Gl lumn undei Colonel 

Yule fought the enemy on the '-'-'ird of 

October ; the report says " buo 
fully," but the lioers captured a num- 
ber of our wounded. And there is a 
report that a Be© i 
uunt at Elandslaagte was fougl 
Sir George White on the 24th, No 
details yet t > hand. 

The only had news is that the 

" Shamrock •' has been beateu in the 
Anglo-American Yacht Race. 

The Market Square Fatality. 

On Saturday evening last the Field 
General Court Martial again assembled. 
Notice of the calling of further wit- 
nesses not included in the summary of 

evidenco given at the opening of the 
case, was put in by the prosecutor, 
Lieut. Minchin. The witness, W. 
Forsyth, was examined and rave evi- 
dence, in suhstancc similar to that he 
gavo at the preliminary enquiry, He 
had seen the prisoner and deceased 

dining together at Riesle's Hotel earlier 
in the evening, apparently on good 
terms. He saw them enter Dixon's Hot el 
about 10 o'clock and heard part of an 
altercation between them, lie could 

not -wear to the exact words used ; he 
was frightened but was positive that 

prisoner said to him after tl ccur- 

rence : " It went off against him," 
referring to the revolver. He had a 
faint remembrance that accused said . 

'• He brought it on himself." 

Asked by the Court why, if he oould 
not remember, he volunteered bo 

Witness replied that on the following 
morning several War Correspondents 

came to him an I questioned upon the 
occurrence, and one of them, Mr 
Hamilton. g{ ites, that he told him 
accused said "He brought it on him- 
self." therefore it must, have been true 
or he would not have said it. lie could 

not swear positively now to the words 
being used by prisoner, hut he could 
swear that prisoner said "he (deceased) 

had followed him all over the place." 

Questioned why he had eased 

Borrow for the prisoner, he said because 

|p believed lie had killed deceased, 
even if only by an accident, the ground 
for his belief being : there was no one 
else there; he (Witness) knew Waters- 
ton had mi pistol; and besides, they 

had already hi qu arelling. 

Court adjourned till Monday. 


Firing on the Ambulance. 

After the encounter of the '21st near 
Tuli while our wounded and dead were 
being placed in a cart the enein\ 
opened a hot fire and killed two horses. 


i )n Saturday afternoon, in defiance 
ot shells, a Football meeting was held 
in the Mark , ind much needed 

exeroi i iking 

part in the gs 

Yesterday the devotional Boer laying 
his Mauser and giving old 

" ( Y she ' a rest, enabled Lieutenant 

M .nt. rieffe P ■ 

■ nt ( Sub-Insp. ) Murray, of 
P., to take elevens to the Bame spot for a 
cricketmateh With referenoe to thcan- 
nom cement in out n Thursday 

last aiic-nt this fixture Lieut Minchin's 
name was inadvertently printed instead 
of Lieut Montcrieffe'a We regret the 
ml hope it has i mnoy- 

ance to the o I name 

Sunday is the only day on which it is 

u'r. i i h 'ii an opportunity to 

run off the stiffness which life in the 
trench o without 

considered n gardless of tl 
<if tin a of the community 

who pprove of such 

proceedings being taken on the first 
day of the week, we must express 

gratification at the fact thai advantage 

match. The follows ore : — 

'• AND 

U. Monti -rieffe li .leiikins 2 

Captain Sandford li Lamplongh i 

Capt.Fit* Clai-onio C Arnold bJenkc 

Troo] I run on( 

Corpl. Met, G rb Lmuplough 1 

.J. Moss li Haelerigg •-• -■• 1 

\V K!li.-tt li Lamplough - 1 

Troop ad b Lamplongh 19 

Tpr. Hodgson c Maliony b Lamplough 

Tpr. Hulls- .- Wunhain b Lamplough '2 

Lodge not out ... ... ... 1 

•us ... 7 

LlIUT. Mn:KA?'s XI. 

W. L. Lamplongh not out 
W, Mahonj b Monrrioffe 


! lliott 

ir not out 
at Jenkins 

\\ 11,-llawcll ) 

(' Wrllllllin 

Trooper Stevens 

A. 1). Murray 



Did not bat. 

Ext ras 


Result : Win for Lieut. Murray's 
XI. hy 10 runs and 7 wickets. 


In the Transvaal. 



Published in Pretoria, Tuesday even- 
ing. October 10th 

Wlnr. a- owing to unusual military pre- 
parations mi the li- 
the massing "f Her 
Britain and 
Ireland, the 

ami whereas a pel its has been 

extended to Her Majesty's Government, 
terminating this afternoon at 5 o'clock, for 
3onth African 
t roopa 
ivernment to 
the number present m South Africa in 
all troops from the ' 
I!. public's borders and to keep back 
i to land any of the troops already on 
the wat.-i-s, ami in default of which the 
in, -nt of the South African Republic 
would regard this manner of action 

ration of war, and whereas Her 

.,,,,! lt iteot this terri- 

torv and the people in the South A 
It, public and to bring them to a defensible 
position, ,Vc, &C. 

Nothing mentioned about going outj 
side their own territory. 

Further down occurs the following : 

And all armed troops who may rebel', 
rise or will oppose the lawful authoritj oi 
the South African Republic and who dispute 
the supremacy of that authority, are warned 
of the consequences o) their actions. 

Dues the President include the 
Mafeking Town Guard ? 

Re-printed from the 


of October 27th :— 

October 28rd, 2-3S p.m.— Newcastle 

and Lang's Nek are occupied by the 

In addition to cutting the wires 
south of Kimberley the Boers tore up 
the railway north of Modder River and 
blew up the bridge. 


'• Mr.JRiley,going to Crocodile Pools, 
met a runner with despatches and 
native* journeying firomJoh: 

They reported that the Boer- suffered 
severe loss around Mafeking They 
taw three wagon loads of dead and 
more lying on the ground. Another 
native saw four wagons arrive in 
Zeerust with the wounded 

"Commandants Dantje Botha, of 
Jacobsdal. and Louw, of Malmani, are 
dead. Mr. Louw, the Volksraad mem- 
ber, is wounded. 

" The armoured train, north, under 
Captain Llewellyn, opened fired on a 
number of Boers, (? October 23rd or 
24h) with a Maxim and poured 500 
shots in to their laager. Considerable 
damage was done to the enemy. 

" I ieut. Col'', with 21 men. was ex- 
pected to arrive at Crocodile Pools 
From Kanye on the 26th Oct iber. 

•• Maeloutsi is being strongly rein- 
forced. Lieut. Kinsman has reported 
himself there with all Ins police from 
outlying stations. 

" With regard to the Boers station, d 
there (Pont Drift} they are stated to 
be without doubt the best shots in the 
Transvaal. The Boers who were 
round Mafeking and parties "j 

whom destroyed the track and 
wires, will be Boers of the Mam,. 
and Zeerust districts. They are 
not the same skilUd shots as the 
first-named, but that does not n< 
sarily mean they are poor shots." 


[Contribi I i 

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Truth, yon an 

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\l;ui\ plaj mab ; : ' :ili 

Much more suited bo your kind, 
A- others smallei do exist 
Y,,u all ! be missed 

What I ".,"!• d al the i lephone, 
Therefore all ideas bave ,P 

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Any time you're roai 
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; rinltd and 
Tovnsktnd d Son. Marktt Saturn. Ma/tkuvi. 
Editor and Manaatr : G. N. 11. Wlmks. 




No. 1 Mafeking, November 14th, 1899. 


' Watching tthil 



The quietness of tin- Boers durintr 
the past few days docs nut surest 
increasing pugnacity od their part. 
Tliey uly weakening. The 

supposition that tiny are awaiting rein- 
forcements before they again attack, 
hardly seems feasible We qui 
the possibility of i being 

spared from any quarter to help the 
Boers, now outside this town. The 
commandos which were first told off to 
"walk into Mafeking" was supplemented 
by the Free State Boers. One of the 
refugees who had previously livt 
the Orange Free State recognised, and 
reoognised by, several of them who 
were at Louw's farm the week Inutili- 
ties broke out, and the events of the 
past four weeks have given quite 
enough occupation for every man the 
two States can find. If the enemy did 
take steps to bring forward assi 
from South so much the better lor us. 
It would weaken the opposition be- 
tween Kiniberley and this place and 
give them enough oonrage to try an- 
other attack, which would be repulsed 

with such damage a* to entirel) 
dispirit them It would have to be a 
very large accession to their numbers 
before these "sprinters" could be 
stimulated to make another attempt to 
take the town, and the quantity of 'Dop" 
red would he enormous, and such 
large numbers they have not got. We 
are not inclined to under-estimate the 
total numljt is against us. hut even at 
the fullest, calculation the Boers cannot 
now recover their position or even 
gain points We ale of opinion that 

ital force the Boers could mustei 

was no less than 70,000 We know 
that we may be in the smallest possible 
minority in this opinion but we are 
prepared to uphold it. In 180' 

had over 17,000 between 
the ages of lb' and 60, liable to he 
called upon to hear arms. A new 
country, in the ordinary course i t 
nature, doubles itseli in twenty-five 
years This we may safely take as a 
fair estimate for the natural inert 
of both the ! If it be urged 

that the natural increase depends upon 
food supply, which is deficient in parts 
of both Stat quoted 

to prove that the natural increase of 
white races is not so affected. On the 
contrary, in some continental countries 
where the food supply is abundant, the 
natural Lnci tr than in parts 

of Germany where the labouring classes 
ly get enough to keep flesh on 

their bones. Taking the natural in- 
crease at the average for new countries, 
we must add between 6,000 ami 7,000 
to the 17,000 in 1890, giving 28,000 
available I ir fighting from Hie Free 
state. In the Transvaal the number 
of men available, that is to say between 

J,, of 16 and 60, in 1890 was 
pulation of the Trans- 
vaal increased from 119,128 in IH90 t<> 
160.1 00 in 1896, Bay thirty three per 
cent \\ e may conclude the same rate 
wouLI be maintained till the present 
year, but will set off against the past 
three years' increase, which would he 
•2o, nun. those who have left the coun- 
try, and keep as a basis of calculation 
eertained figures in L896, As 
the population increase 1 by a third 
from 18H0to l«96the available fighters 
would have increased pro rata. We 
must therefore assume that the 87,878 
men in 1898 had grown to II 
adding those of the Free State, a total 
force of, say 70,000, which were dis- 

of thus: — 

Natal Border, northernmost point, 12,000 

llanismitli 8,000 

Utrecht and Vryheid 

i< Iberg, Standerton & En 
Uodder Kiver and E£nnberley dis- 
trict Border 

i to Tanngs 
ge River ... 
Pretoi i i 

Johannesburg 500 

Bloemfonti Ir 500 


drift 14,000 

If they withdraw any portion of 

their troops to help besiege Ms 

they must leave the other points 
weaker, so much the battel for us as 
there is no force they are likely to 
bring to attack here which we could 
not keep off. But they cannot expect. 
to get any help, and as they are 
apparently afraid to make an orgs 
attack, without it they will have to sit 

down and watch. In the meantime, in- 
stead of increasing their numbers, 'hey 
have already sent some away. Two guns 
and some twelve to twenty wagons 

left "ii Sunday evening, and if, as is 
must likely, they will be defeated, the 
effect «ill be further demoralisation of 
those remaining, whose oourage is 

already nearly at vanishing point, 
There is one thing the Boers may be 
assured of, that Mafeking to a man, 
will hi dy for them whenever 

they attempt to oome and till then we 
can sit tight, as we have done from the 

commencement, nd prepan d to 

do till the end. Our sentiments on 
the whole question .press 

later when the settling up cnnies. but 
for the present we will unite in firm 
defiance of the wretched herd now 
surrounding us. 



The woman smiled sadly as the man 
wdio sat beside her continued speaking. 
" You know." said she, " love covers a 
multitude of sins." " Sins of omis- 
sion." asked he with an air which 

iual c onplaoe. 

love as onrs is a false combination," 
began the woman with pretty hesi- 
dear lad)- ; fanciful, 
not false" "The term upsets you," 
she enquired. " It is an inversion of 

-que," said he. " A bad 
man would nave found consolation in 

the epithet,'' Bhe replied. '• Let U.S 

aid the oonsolati 

conjecture." enjoined the man, " I be 
intim i continue.'' " Is it too 

commonplace'" enquired her compan- 
ion. " Is not all love common '.' " she 
asked. •• Ibii the world pays homage 
to you, dear lady," said the man. 
" There is no safety in numbers," said 
she didatioally. " No safety, can there 

be no exception? " he began. " None, 
now — unless — " "Unless?" said 
the man gently. " He loved sincerely," 
said she, her voice sinking to a whisper. 

" Is it possible nowadays ? " said the 

man, "Sincerity is so very trying; 

goes only a very little way." The 

ii move. I petulantly and Bigbed. 

i the effort — is it not worth — ?" 

she broke oil'. " Dear lady," said he, 

" there is little which survives being 
thought of." " There exists infinitely 
i what is worth] i hit- 

" But tie- e are only the i 
of our philosophy 

" Hut fter our own fashion," 

said she. " And loved — why not admit 

the merely beautiful?" said the man 

being hut another basis tor 

is vi ry v.i .man 

contritely " Wiel idy, is 

the one romantii □ lite," said 

he. "We women love 80 much," said 
' I :i sine you ii takes 
plain woman to be bad," he 
said with some affectation of thought. 

" No woman is quite t she 

has i 

she. " Virtue is an anomaly. Your 
sex should he nothing it not tei 

1 \ " ! I ' Heavens how much 

We Women forgive," she cried. " Mow 
much we men forgive " he retorted. 
" Ihe i .lwa\ s the 

she, " life began with a man and a 
woman in a garden." " And ends with 

the revelations," said he. " W, 

bury it," sho murmured. " All that is 

buried is not dead," said the man; 

is a whit. 
' It is killiug inc." she end ; •■ the 

1" H ) .-i.l.;. in. , .; 

tions it makes upon us Can you not 

understand? Have you no tact at 
all ? " " I iiii.i.i stand," said he quietly, 
" hut 1 am afraid I have very little 
The woman remained silent. 
" We might — main !" said he, with 

the air of one cruoified. " Uati 

is only a /// irte d'heure — with 

supreme moments." " We have already 
enjoyed our moments," said the woman. 

ides, wdiat is the good of being a 
married woman among women who are 
already married 7 " asked the man. 
"Our hour is over," said she after some 
pause, " we must do nothing — only go 
away." "Leave you," said he, "is it 

lie? But love is a woman's 

natural source of reflection, and this 
woman had, as some women can do, 
decided. F.ach had risen and they 
sto.d silently together, the man wait- 
ing for the won) in t ) act. " The past 
nd — done with." said she 

itly. " Hut I heh v.-, said he, 
" that the future is only the past en- 
over by another gate. The 
woman in.'. atly. It 

is a horrible belief , 1. t it lie vour com- 

tion, laid - they went 

their v 

contributor having forgotten 
what it is all about, we suppose. — 


We wondei when the next post will 

We wonder wl 

police Mr. Schriener sen; to 
Uafeking from the Boers have not 
arrived yet to do BO. 

We wonder what use Mai 
would make ot 'he same Mr. Schreiner 
if he were here. 

We wonder whether the Boers know 
irus of which runs: — 
A white light's " all right, 
\ green light's " caution, 
When you see the red light there's 
danger on the line. 
We wonder wlr. ' 

body so inordinately dry; so indis- 
criminately dry. 

We wonder whether the picturesque 
expressions used in the trenches are 
also used by the artistes when at homej 

We wonder whether Cronje knows 
that his wretched old gun merely 
amuses him and does'nt hurt us. 

We wonder whether, and when, he 
will commit suicide, as the only easy 
way out of his difficulty. 




When the last brave deed is told 

Of the warriors gay and hold, 

And the Vikings in Valhalla an 

stowed awa\ . 
When the last " Mausering ' I topper 
Is carved in bronze or copper. 
And Kitchener and Baden-Powell are blown 

about in claj 

When the world is chiefly poodles, 

With some scientific noodles 

And bravery's a memory that scarcely 

a thrill, 
And the poel goes a rhyming 
With an Academic timing, 
And lashes up a frenzy en a monthly wi 


When some ballad Bulger rises. 
(In these ages oi surp 

And searches through the records for a sub- 
ject tit to sing i 
He will pass Bach stories by 
Waterloo, El-Tel>. Dargai, 
While lie braces up and tackles 
" The Defence of Maf.l .,■ 

He will paint each doughty hero 
Prom li 

\\ itii the Stout I i\ ill. in I | reaches 

week by week 
And the t "cities will gtari try tng 
To find whal he means by " lyin 
And the world «ili l- -I. mpb d in that aeon 

Of the 

Then a vel'-e will deal with "Creitje," 

In a measure somewhat screech} 

Ami Fitz-Clarence will be lauded in a verse 

all en his own. 
Although he and all the dene lit \ 

I leroes of that Thursday sorl ie 
Will he age pasl I hi nee | hal we oan 
recognise as bone. 

Let us cheer ourselves by thinking 

In the intervals of drinking 

( if the glorj thai « ill shroud us A |i 8899, 

Let us join in giving Cronje 

And his fighting men 1 hen 

And the glorj that's to come will be all yours 
niv friend and — mine. 

Till-: \ amsiiim; BOER. 

Has anyoni sei n i lie quick nee 
Oh where I li ■ hen i u In bi 
We t bought te ha\ e from 

Old Mama e h 

Hut no mere bang bom send 

The Boei < an i be well Tie Unfeking air 
\\ ith In- ■ tumurj doesn'1 agree, 
He came for Ins " breakfast," 

Ni IW dinner time's pa-t. 

Perhaps he's gone feme for Ins tea 

advice dik kop Farmers and rue 

On your farms we'll \ erj -"en be, 
Ami when, w ith 

you salute 
You shall see, — well, jusl what you'll see. 

I'nnttd and Publiitud by 

Editor and Uanagi B Whalts 




No. 11 

Mafeking, November 15th, 1899. 

(I lit 

Ptafehmg IJttaiL 



A fatal railway accident occurred 
mi October 12th, at Three bisters, a 
small station just outside Beaufort 
Wist. The passenger train for the 
North was running in duplicate and 
the second portion ran into the first, 
which was standing at the station. 
Eight passengers were killed and seven 
wounded. No Mafeking names appear 
on the list. 



Infantry turn the Boers out of 

their holes with the bayonet 

and Cavalry charge the 

" Sprinters." 

Our Troops, 5th Lancers, 1st Squad 
4th Dragoon Guards, Imperial Light 
Horse, 2 Field Batteries, Devonshire 
Regiment, halt Gordons and half Man- 
chest its, attacked small force of enemy 
in a naturally strong position which 
was also strongly entrenched, at Elands- 
laagttt. As it was late in the alter- 
ui mil the infantry attacked without 
waiting for the position to be properly 
shelled. The advance was made with 
great dash and in spite of the resist- 
ance made by the enemy, our men 
carried it at the point of the bayonet, 
capturing guns, wagons, stores, and 
camp equipments. The ground tra- 
versed by our men was rough and 
In "ken and eminently suited to the 
tactics of the enemy. The capture of 
it was a fine feat of' arms. As soon as 
the position had been carried the 
Cavalry, who had lapped well round 
the position, got well home at the 
fugitives, charging right through them 
three times and effecting severe loss. 
The Boer loss was very heavy and a 
number of prisoners were taken, among 
tin in General Kock, Commandant 
Schiel and Piet Joubert, nephew of 
the Commandant General. The 
wounded of both sides were taken to 
Ladysmith — thus in two days small 
British forces have twioe attacked the 
Boers in their chosen position and have 
utterly defeated them. 

October 20th, Battle of Glencoe. — 
British losses, killed : 1 officer, 31 men; 
wounded : 124 offioers, 151 men. Boer 
losses : 300 killed, 300 wounded. 




The following has been issued from 
the office of the C.S.O. :— 

Despatches have been received from 
Capetown to-day. They confirm in 
full the reports previously received of 
brilliant and decisive victories gained 
by our troops in Natal. The forces 
were acting in two columns at Glencoe 
and Elandslaagte respectively. The 
fighting was hard and our losses heavy 
but the enemy were thoroughly broken 
and their Artillery captured. 

Her Majesty the Queen telegraphed 
her admiration of the work done and 
her sympathies for the wounded. 
Troops have been rapidly arriving from 
England at Capetown; Sir Redvers 
Buller arriving on the 20th October. 

At Kimberley the garrison went out 
and attacked the enemy on the 24th. 
A successful battle resulted in which 
the Boers were routed with considerable 
loss. Their leader, Commandant Botha, 
of Boshoff. was killed. Our casualties 
were 4 killed and 18 wounded. The 
Hoers then retired from the neighbour- 
hood Kimberley is well supplied 
with provisions and water. 

Enthusiasm for the war in England 
is unbounded. Fourteen Batalions, 
including the Guards, have left as well 
as contingents from all the Colonies. 
The Boers had false telegrams sent to 
Europe regarding their success at 
Mafeking. Since the truth becami 
known there has been much elation t. 
our holding out alright. 


In a wire from Vryburg, dated 13th 
October, we learn that 

" Several townspeople expressed 
their willingness to take up arms, 
if invited." 


Telegrams on hand for the following 
persons may be had on application to 
Mr. Campbell at Dixon's Hotel. All 
other telegrams have been duly de- 
ivered . — 

\V. Arnold; Cole; Cohen (Fish 
Merchant); Davie; Johnson, Mrs. 
(two); A. Keen; Melesi (Saul); 
McLaughlin; Nettle; Pillay ; Pasha 
(Mahomet); Proctor; Max; Squir, Ord- 
nance Department. 

Vrxnted and Published by 

Townihend * Hon, Market Square, tlaftking. 

Editor and Manager : O. N. U. Wlialet. 




No 12 

Mafeking, November 16th, 1899. 


' Packing ttlail 




The flap* Times oi Monday, Oct 
"i.'ird, gives a detailed account of the 

buttle oi Glen< .from which wi 

the following : — 

At dawn on Friday i Juth) theenemy 
had got their guns into position on the 
top of Dundee Hill overlooking the 
town At 6 o'clock tin first -hell was 
Our No. 2 Battery took up a 
position south of the town and after a 
quarter of an hour's magnificent tire 
silenced the enemy's guts on the hill. 
The Boers by this time were swarming 
Dundee Hill, behind Smith's farm 
and on Dundee Koppie to the south. 
They crept round on the north side of 
tin BLoppie and ensconced themselves 
undercover of the Native kraals, rocks, 
hushes, &c, und our artillery fired 
direct on them. At the same time the 
Boers showed themselves iu strong 
force at thi top of Dundee Hill, our 
artillery limbered up und moved to a 
height close by. The Boers hud an 
; impregnable position Our men 

wele oool BS could be and the officers 

led them with conspicuous gallantry 
under a aeav) artiOi The 

bill behind Peter Smith's house 

was stormed by our Infantry and 
caiiied with marvellous bravery, the 
incline being steep as a house, and 

the Boer forces at the top 

tul between six thousand and 
eight thousand, while we had only two 
thousand Infantry. The Dublin Fusi- 
liers were engaged in the thickest part 
of the fight The Leicester^ protected 
the wi i The fling's Royal miles 

advanced on the hill while the Royal 
Irish Fusiliers supported then 

\\ I ii n the top was finally i 

Boers displayed a white flag at the end 

of a bamboo pole and the victory was 
won. The other force ol Boera tin a 
went in lull retnat tow irds Landman's 
Drift. We captured some prisoners 
and a quantity of shells. Numbers of 
Boers, wounded and dead, were seen : 
it is estimated their loss was quite 
three hundred killed We lost over a 
hundred. The battle lasted over eight 
hours Amongst our killed was ( :i|,l 
M II. K. I'echell, of the Km 

Rifle Corps — a brother, we are in- 
formed, oi the gallant offioer who fell 
in the attack on Cannon Koppie. 

What will be known as tile Battle 
was fought on Satur- 
day, October 21st. The Boers were 
posted at the base of a Bugar loaf hill 
almost two miles southeast from Elands 
te, in a serieR of kopjes beyond 
Modderspruit, winch is some ten miles 
north from Lady smith, on the New- 
Road, with an opening for retreat 
in tie of Wessels' Nek. They 

had three big guns posted high on the 
kopjes commanding the country. The 
Boera opened the ball bv shelling the 
armoured train. Our artillery had not 
sufficiently long range to be of any 
lit B hundred of the enemy 
were seen riding to another point some 
two miles further on. Two squadrons 
of Lancers and a squadron of Imperial 
Light Horse were escorting the find 

Battery of Artillery towards the 
They speedily opened fire on the ridge 
behind which the enemy had taken 
(over and in a few minutes drove them 
out and back to the main body. At 
half-past two our forces moved tor- 
ward About three o'clock the enemy 
began tiring from the ridges. The 
Infantry composed of the Mauchesters, 
the Devons and the Gordons, along 
with the Lancers, the Light Horse and 
the Dragoons, proceeded to march up 
the rise. The t ml and iJ 1 st Batteries 
of Artillery brought up the rear. No 
sooned did our Cavalry attain the 
summit of the rise than the enemy's 
arrilli I fire on them Our 

artillery then galloped into action and 
within twenty minutes the enemy's 
battery was silenced and our force 
proceeded to take up a position on 
the crest of the ridge immediately 
faoing the enemy. Again the Boers' 
bit; guns opened fire with shrapnel and 
Maxims on our advanciug squadrons 

uce again our artillery galloped 
forward to take up a fresh position, 
the find posting on the enemy's left 
Hank, and for two solid hours and a 
quarter an artillery duel was fought. 
( >ur shells must have beeu fearfully 
effective. The first firing was about 
five thousand yards from the first ridge 
and about three thousand yards from 
the second ridge, the rapid artillery 
movement being excellent. During 
the deadly hoarse rattle and roar of 

ins and maxims, our Light Horse 
and Lancers were advancing, and by a 
quarter to six the Gordons and Mm 
Westers and Light Horse were ready 
to storm the position from the enemy's 
front and left flank and the signal for 
the bayonet charge was made. Then 
was seen one of the most splendid 
pieces of storming possible to conceive. 
The Devons took the lead, closely fol- 
lowed by the other three regiments, 
all in the face of a tremendous and 
killiug fire- They charged and were 

checked by the awful fussilade of Boer 
rifles; undaunted they again rushed to 
the attack, again to be warded off. 
Then with a wild and ringing cheer, such 
as only British throats and lungs can 
give utterance to, the whole force 
charged and with an exultant shout, 
rushed with bayonets set, on the Boers. 
Here, as at Dundee, they had a white 
flag in the trenches ready for use and 
at once hoisted it and surrendered. 
It was too dark to ascertain the Dutch 
looses, which must have been severe, 
One of the wounded said that if he had 
known the English soldiers could shoot 
like thai he would never have come. 
Our wounded was heavy but not con- 
siderable in view of the odds, Reuter's 
correspondent in the field estimated 
it at about a hundred. Une estimate 
of the Boer losses is about four hun- 
dred, which is probably well within the 
mark. As the prisoners came into 
Ladysmith the N'atives cheered and 
asked where their passes were. Gene- 
ral Koch, who was taken prisoner by 
the Imperial troops, is a member of the 
Executive Council, of Pretoria, is 
known as " Fighting Koch " and went 
forward to the front with tremendous 
ceremony. Captain Schiel is a Ger- 
man who joined the Transvaal forces 
some years ago and is better known as 
the oppresor of natives in the north 
of the Transvaal. Piet Joubert is 
is nephew to the General. Some of 
the Boer prisoners complain that the 
artillery was their ruin and say they 
they should have kept to their old 


The Cape Times' Special Corres- 
pondent says : " It makes British blood 
boil to think that while the Gordons 
were bringing in their wounded a 
dropping fire should have been opened 
on them." 

Wools Simpson was badly wounded 
in the thigh. 

The Devons, escorting their wounded 
to Ladysmith, waved three Boer flags 
they had captured. 

From Kuruman a private communi- 
cotion states that it was Pvte. H. J. 
Elliot of the C.P. who fell at Macfar- 
lane's, not Insp. Elliot. Pvte. R. S. 
Mackenzie, formerly stationed here, 
was also killed at the same place. 

A Pretoria wire says that the Revd. 
Adriaan Hofmeyr, who was taken 
prisoner at Lobatsi with three English- 
men and four women, are to be tried 
by Court Martial, incriminating docu. 
ments having been found in their 
possession Having read of previous 
instances of Boer method and knowing 
their feelings towards the reverend 
gentleman, it is easy to appreciate at 
its true value the "incriminating docu- 
ments " statement. 


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No. 13 

Mafeking, November 17th, 1899. 

Q he 

Hhfchmq 'i\\:u\, 


The Market Square Fatality. 

The Court Martial agaJD assembled 
on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. 
I, on! c. Bentinck, Judge Advooate in 
place of Lord E. Cecil, anable to attend 

through illness. 

The witness (Forsyth) was cross- 
examined by Mr. De Kock iis to t lie 
nature of tin- disoussion between pris- 
oner and deceased, and Mr. 0. Fodisch 
gave bis opinion as a gun expert on 
the similarity of the bullet taken from 
the skull of deceased and those re- 
maining undischarged in the revolver. 

Mr. Qeyer, LB St., proved the course 

of the bullet from Dr Hayes to the 
hands of the Chief Staff Officer. 

Leonard Thomas Stevens, Protecto- 
rate Regiment, proved that accused, 
while in the passage immediately after 
the shot, used the words: " lie threa- 
tened me. It was an accident I 
didn't mean to shoot the man." 

Mr. De Kock notified to the Courl 
the lines his defence would take. He 
will submitt that from the evidence 
there is no ease before the Court. 
There may be an explanation necessary 
but that he is prepared to give 

I )r. Hayes, re-called, gave his opinion 
as to the direction from which the shot 
must have been fired, and the Court 

On re-assembling last evening the 
accused made a statement as follows : — 

"About 6 80 p.m., on the 1st of this 

month, 1 was at. the school house with 
my guns, placing them into DO 
(lor tiring) 1 suddenly turned round 
and saw the deceased standing with a 
rifle in his hands, holding it at the 
port. 1 knew him DJ sight. He told 
me that he wanted to have a shot at 
the enemy and that he had leave from 
Colonel Baden-Powell, Be asked me 
Where was the best plan' to go to and 
I told him Ellis' corner. .lust then 
someone came in sight, and he, Mr. 
Parslow. asked me if 1 would go and 
dine with him that night. 1 told him 
I was busy and he went off in the 
direction ot Jiillis' Corner. I found a 
place that suited me and fired these 
lour rounds. As I came back I walked 
with Major Pauzera and Left him at 
7 o'clock. It was dark. 1 did not see 
deceased again till a quarter to eight 
the same evening at Riesle'a Hotel. 
He was outside. I got there first. 
He came in afterwards. 1 dined with 
him and Mr. Hamilton. Mr. and Mrs. 

also came in and they sat at the 
lame table for perhaps the last half 
lioui we were there. The party broke 
up about !)-30 or 9-15 and came out on 
bo the verandah. I said good night 

1 asked jocularly if anyone was 

Coming to see me home. I had pre- 
viously dined at Riesle's with Mr. 
Hamilton and he had walked part of 
the way hack with me. On this 
occasion Mr. Parslow volunteered to 
come along with me. We walked 
across the Square towards Dr. Hayes' 
iltiug Room, next to Dixon's 
Hotel. Wo got nearly opposite Dr. 
Hayes' and then I knew why Mr. 
I'arslow had volunteered to come home 
with me. He suddenly stopped and 
accused me of having said something 
against him, I concluded, during dinner- 
I was so taken with the suddenness 
with which he challenged me to fight. 
1 practically apologised to him, telling 
him that 1 had said nothing against 
him. He persisted, said 1 was no 

gentleman, and as I am a much Stro 
man than he, I concluded he wanted 
to ruin me by getting me to strike him 
a blow. Had I done so I should have 
been up for an assault — or that he 
wanted an excuse to shoot me. So con- 
vinoed was I that he was going to 
assault me that 1 went round so as to 
gel on the other side of him, moving 
round on to deceased's right so that I 
could use my right arm, my left having 
been injured in 1892. I wanted to 
protect myself m ease he tried to 
attack me by hitting him straight out. 
I asked him to wait till the following 
morning and 1 would discuss the 
mattei with him. I said I had to go 
to Dixon's for a copy of the orders. 

He laughed at the idea of this. I got 

away by walking on in front and went 
to Dixon's. Forsyth was in the recess. 
I asked him for a copy of the orders. 
Mr gave me one. Deceased followed 
me there and also asked Forsyth for a 
copy of the orders. He imitated my 
tone. I took no notice. He went 
away out of the hotel. I walked into 
the passage and stood near the card 
rack. I was very much upset at the 
suddenness of the attack and thought 
that Forsyth bad noticed it ; that my 
manner had showed it, and to account 
for this to Forsyth I said: 'That 
man is a Stinker.' 1 said it in a very 
low tone. Immediately, almost at 
once, the deceased, I'arslow, rushed 
down the passage from the door. He 
rushed up to me, quite close to me and 
said that I had called him ' Stinker .' 
He said that he was determined to 
fight. 1 tried to pacify him by saying 
I didn't allude to him. I touched a 
card in the card rack — 1 don't know 

what card it was, there was only one 
there— and said : ' I was alluding to 
that.' He said something about shoot- 
ing and as he said this I said to him — 
to pass it off jokingly—' What do you 
want me to do ? Do you want me to 
to fight you with fists, seven-pounders 
or what ? for I won't.' I had previously 
told him to go away. As I said that, I 
moved round him, as he had practically 
shut me against the wall, and went and 
sat in a chair in the recess. Forsyth 
was just going away with his papers. 
Deceased came up to me while I sat 
on the chair, bent over me and said: 
' You are no gentleman.' I laughed 
and said : ' Oh ! yes, I am. by educa- 
tion. He went away and I thought 
he was gone. I took my revolver out 
of its case and laid it on the table, 
keeping the cord round my neck. I 
did this for two reasons; one, because 
it was my custom always to sleep with 
the lanyard round my neck. I have 
slept so every night since the siege. I 
was very tired, partly through the 
interview with Parslow, and also want- 
ing sleep. I take my revolver out 
always and put it in my great coat 
pocket, or my trousers, because when 
it is in its case it is in the way when 
I attempt to lie down. I have often 
crossed the Square in the same way 
with the revolver in my hand, pre- 
paratory to turning in, when I slept on 
the stoep at Wirsing's where my de- 
tachment was, I always slept in uniform 
either on the verandah or in the yard. 
The other reason was to protect myself 
in case the deceased, Parslow, 
should shoot at me on my way back. 
I got up from the chair, picked up the 
revolver in my hand, a few seconds 
after deceased went round the corner, 
I went along the passage a short dis- 
tance, the revolver in my hand, I was 
weary, I bumped against the wall 
through weariness and carelessness 
combined. I did not care whether 1 
bumped against the wall or not; the 
revolver exploded about that time. I 
don't know what caused it. I didn't 
see Parslow fall. I had seen him 
going towards the door, the light was 
not very good. It was a dim light, 
very poor. I continued down the 
passage to go home when Waterston 
came towards me and said something 
about . I could not give his 

exact words, which made me conclude 
that somebody was hurt. I think I 
went down to the recess. I was very 
much upset. I sat down and tried to 
think. Forsyth came up and I recol- 
lect the Sergt. of Police coming up. 
When I got near to the jail I told him 
I, never before in my life had I, fired off 
a revolver. I recollect Forsyth coming 
up and shaking me by the hand, and I 
recollect several other people coming 
up, also the witness, Stevens, rushing 
past. I have never fired a revolver 
before as 1 explained to the Sergeant 
of Police on reaching the jail. I car- 
ried one for about eighteen months, 
but I never fired one before. I don't 
even know now how it went off." 

Examined by Mr. De Kock : I did 
not render any aid to deceased there- 
fore I am not sure in my mind that the 
shot from my revolver, killed deceased 
I did not aim at him. I didn't see 
him fall, and only know now from 
hearsay that he is dead. 

By the Court ; 1 take it the intention 
he means to convey is that the revolver 
might have gone off by accident with- 
out his pulling the trigger. 

Mr. De Kock, not being well, lure 
left the Court. 

Prisoner continuing, said: "That is 
so, Sir. I should like to say that this 
explanation was reserved at the sug- 
gestion of my legal adviser. I was 
ready to give it at the preliminary 
examination but of course I could not 
have recollected the whole then." 

Accused asked that his evidence 
might he read over to him, which was 
done, lie took exception to the clause 
referring to his placing the revolver in 
bis overcoat pocket, which, he said, 
was not correct, he usually held it in 
his hand. Noted accordingly. 

The Court adjourned till this even- 


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No. 14 Mafeking, November 20th, 1899. 

(fl " jffliifching fthil. 

M.U'KKING, 20th NOVEMBER, 1890. 

Reutek'h Agency. 

commandos detached from General 
Cronje'a main body broke camp and 
swiftly sped away for the frontier." 
[We may believe this as we have seen 
them more than once "swiftly sped" 
towards the frontier]. 

London, October 11th.— The Lord 
Mayor of London opened a Relief Fund 
in aid of distressed refugees from the 
Transvaal. Large sums of money were 
already contributed. 

We learn, since that no less than 
£120,000 Was Subscribed at the Mansion 
House in a day or two. 

Lord Roseberry has written a letter 
in which he states that the ultimatum 
closed up the ranks of the nation and 
8toj)8 all party politics. 

The Second Brigade, 1st Division, of 
the Army Corps under the command 
of General Ilildyaid, will embark for 
South Afrioa on the 20th. It consists 
of the Second Devonshire*, West York- 
shire, East Surrey, Wost Surrey. 

London, October 1 2th. —Mr. Balfour, 
speaking at Dundee, said war had 
been forced upon Great Britain, not by 
men fighting foi freedom hut bi 

oligarchy who feared its hour of domi- 
nation was nearing an end, Thechoice 
of the British Government lay between 
insisting on equality for the white 
races, or Great Britain losing her claim 
to be a nation. 

Mr. Asquith, speaking at Dundee, 
upheld the right of the Government to 
intervene on behalf of British subjects 
As a pai amount power it was impos- 
sible for Great Britain to slink the 
issue raised bj the Transvaal's ill- 
inspired despatch 

The Czarewitcli Stakes was w 
Sointillant, Exoildoune second and 

Mitchad third. 

London, October 17th ( Heater). — 
The opposition in both Houses, while 
deploring war with the South African 
Republic, agreed that the extraordinary 
ultimatum loft the Government no 
option and promised hearty support, 

Lord Salisbury, referring to the 
future, declared that we must insist 
upon Great Britain being the sovereign 
and parumount powei in South Africa 
and that the white races should be 
placed on an equality, An amendment 
to the Address was defeated by 822 
to 54. 

A "Diamond Fields Advertiser,' 
dated October 28th. arrived here on 
Tuesday last. We did not got hold of 
it till today but hasten now to re- 
print some extracts. 

" On break of dawn on Thursday 
morning (12th October) 50D picked 
men of the Rustenburg and Marie,, 


" The men of the Bechuanaland 
Border Police (2), a contractor, and 
two gangers were surrounded by our 
Burghers" this was the Marico con- 
tingent which consisted of 850], "sur- 
rendered and are now prisoners of 


Intelligence has reached Capetown 
to the effect that 370 Boors wounded 
in the fighting outside Mafeking have 
been removed to the Johannesburg 
hospital for treatment." 

A man who left that town on Mon- 
day, the ltith October, said that pre- 
tons were being made for the 
reception of 450 wounded outside 
Mafeking. [Well, they'll want it]. 


This is how the Transvaal dispatch 
writer lets himself go: — 

" Our ranks were reinforced by the 
Marico contingent which had sacked 
the British camp at Bamathlabama." 
Higher up in the same dispatch we 
" The flying vanguard crossed 
the bolder at two spots, the Marico 
contingent under 'General' Snyman, 
near kamathlabama, and the Rusten- 
burg detachment, under ' General 
De la Rey at Rooigrond. Our forces 
once in the enemy's country im- 
mediately set to work to demolish his 
line of communication.'' [Safe work 
this; none of the Mafeking garrison 

" The Marico commando also met 
with no resistance at Kamathlabama." 


" Whilst General De la Rey's com. 

mando was completing the destruction 

ni tin railway line, an engine with two 

trucks was espied steaming from Mufc- 

with the. supposed intention of 

anticipating our forces in devastating 

the permanent way. It had reached 

a siding seven miles north of the town, 
when the hurghers charged out of 
cover and opened a well-directed fire 
at 300 yards range. The driver of the 
engine, perceiving his peril, uncoupled 
the locomotive from the trucks, and, 
switching off on to the down line, 
omerged unscathed through a hail of 
bullets, and returned at a furious rate 
to Mafeking. 

Tho deserted trucks, left at a stand- 
still, were riddled with shot. They 
contained dynamite, and a terrible 
explosion took place. The wagons 
were blown to pieces, but although 
many of the burghers were within 
range of the falling debris, no casualties 
occurred. The railway line was also 
destroyed for a considerable distance.' 


" We were unmolested until late in 
the evening, when shortly after 11 
o'clock an armoured train, consisting 
of a locomotive and two wagons, con- 
taining a detachment of Col. Baden- 
Powell's Mafeking column, was seen 
by our advanced line of patrols ap- 
proaching the derailed spot, The 
troops in the train opened a desultory 
fire, but their practice, despite the 
moonlight night, was reckless and in- 
effective. The train was driven over 
in the track, and ploughed its way into 
the veld, coming to a complete stand- 
still. The British troops maintained 
an irregular fusillade through the night. 

The encounter recommenced at day- 
break, but the British, after having nine 
men seriously wounded, ceased firing 
and surrendered, a captain and 31 men 
being taken prisoners. There were no 
casualties on our side. 

The burghers, who had been under 
arms and in the saddle for over 24 
hours, after a brief respite for break- 
fast resumed their advance on Mafe- 
king, destroying the railway line on 

[If it were 31 men, that number in- 
cluded some civilians, British, from the 
Marico district, who had taken refuge 
in the train and were unarmed. The 
Captain they refer to is, of course, 
Nesbitt, who had about a dozen men 
with bini and S50 against him. 


A proclamation issued on the 17th 
October by General Joubert to the 
inhabitants of Natal and Cape Colony, 
says " the Government and people of 
Republic have been forced into war by 
evil-disposed capitalists and war-like 
British Ministers, and they must now 
stand and fight in the true interests of 
their independence, and for the welfare 
and interests of the whole of South 
Africa and its people, irrespective of 
place or origin." 

" We fight for our existence as a 
nation, and we are bound to risk our 
lives and give our blood therefore. 

We will, however, carry an this war 
forced upon us according to civilised 
and humane usages and under the 
guidance of an all-directing God." 


Natives report that Commandant 
Cronje is withdrawn from Mafeking 
and goes to assist on the Natal border. 
We congratulate the Commandant on 
his advancement from the oharge of 
such a trifling undertaking as the 
capture of Mafeking to take part in 
meeting British troops. Promotion 
which his success here makes him 
deservedly entitled to. 

The Bulawayo Town Council decided 
to dispatch the following wires : — 

Hirschler, Deputy Mayor, Bulawayo, 
to Colonel Baden-Powell, Mafeking. 

" On behalf of myself and Town 
Council and inhabitants of Bulawayo 
I beg to convey to you and troops 
under your command our great admira- 
tion and pride at the magnificent and 
gallant defence of Mafeking, and our 
fervent wishes for continued success." 
Gor> Save the Queen ! 

Hirschler, Deputy Mayor, Bulawayo, 
to Mayor, Mafeking. 

" The Town Council and peoplo of 
Bulawayo greatly admire the gallantry 
and stout-heartedness of the inhabi- 
tants of Mafeking, and rejoice in its 
successful defence. Mafeking deserves 
well of the Empire and Queen." 


A cablegram dated 11th November, 
says Twenty " Thousand Boers invested 
Ladysinith from 30th October to 3rd 
of November. The British forces there 
amount to 10,000. On the 30th a big 
fight took place in which a small 
column of 800 men, under Col. Carleton, 
was sent to attack a ridge held by 
the enemy, which they successfully did 
on their way back the mules carry- 
ing their ammunition and guns -tain- 
peded and broke away. The force was 
attacked but held on to its position 
till their supply of ammunition was 
expended and they were then oaptured 
by the Boers. This loss has linn 
magnified by the Boers into two thou- 
sand. The remainder of the fight was 
a success for us. The Naval Brigade 
joined in with their big guns, which, 
after a duel with the enemy's big gun, 
called by our own men " Long Tom," 
completely knocked it out as well as 
several other guns. On the 2nd the 
Cavalry and Field Artillery were en- 
gaged under General French, and on 
the 3rd the Cavalry under Colonel 
lirocklehurst caught the Boers in the 
open. The Boers hoisted the white 
flag, but when our troops came near, 
fired volleys at them. The Lancers, 
Dragoons and Hussars charged, with- 
out waiting for orders, followed by 
others with the bayonet. They got in 
and caused great slaughter. Native 
eyc-witnessess say they went through 
the Boers like water, wiping them all 
out, the Dutchmen howling for mercy. 
The following day three regiments of 
Cavalry were sent after a column of 
the enemy, who were moving towards 

Colenso. Thoy got in with cold stool 
and cut thorn up. 

The enemy is reportod to have lost 
1,246 killed and large number of pris- 
oners. Ladysmith is reported crammed 
with prisoners. 

Bremersdorp has been burned to the 
ground and looted, which looks as 
though the Swazies have taken arms 
against the Boors. 

A strongly fortified British camp has 
been established at De Aar, undor 
General Wood. General Gatacre, with 
the 3rd Division of the Field Army 
Corps, has landed at East London. 

Naval Brigade, with <?0 guns, landed 
at Durban on the 8th instant. 


" There was an engagement at 
Colenso, also resulting to our advan- 
tage. No details to hand yet." 

Durban, Nov. 4th. — Communication 
by wire and rail with Ladysmith has 
been cut off, and General White's 
force is isolated, the Boers closely 
investing, lie is, however, entirely safe. 
Our force commanding the railway 
bridge over the Tugeli River at Colenso 
is likely to have, therefore to retire to 

Five thousand Imperial troops are 
due to arrive here (Durban) about the 
12th November, which will relieve the 

Dr. Jim is shut up in Ladysinith. 

Mr. Rhodes is dittoed in Kimberley. 
To relieve Kimberley and the North 
five thousand Imperial troops (equal to 
10,000 Boers) were sent and were 
duo to arrive during the first week in 
November, say 3rd or 4th hist., go 
Kimberley is alright now. Our turn 
is coming. Altogether we are getting 
on very nicely all round. 

Further from the " Bulawayo Chroni- 
cle " of November Hub, we learn: -It 

appears to be certain that a large force 
will be concentrated in the north of 
the Colony and to relieve Kimberley 
and Mafeking, and an advance in force 
wil be made into the Free State. 
When this takes place the position of 
the Boers opposite Ladysmith will be 
most precarious as they must of neces- 
sity then withdraw part of their forces 
from before a continually reinforced 
enemy, thereby putting themselves in 
danger of an entire rout. 

I'rmtcd and mtblulud hy 

Townthmdd Son, iiarktt Bquan, Majekmg. 

Editor mid M.magcr : a. N. U. Uhahs. 




No. 15 Mafeking, November 21st, 1899. 


We Ikivc so many applications for 
Nos. 1 , 2 and 3 of tlic Siege slips, which 
are out of print, that we would like 
to reprint thorn. Hofore doing so it 
will be necessary to make sure that the 
proprietors will not lose by the work. 
We therefore ask everybody who wishes 
for copies to kindly send their orders 
in at once, directly we have sufficient 
applications to warrant proceeding, we 
will put them in hand. 

®" c Patching Mail. 



One hundred and twenty thousand 
pounds were raised in a few 
at the Mansion House tor the relief 
of the refugees from the Transvaal. 


The Standard Bank at Capetown 
have, and will retain, possession of 
gold to the tune of £150,000, shipped 
per " Kinfauns Castle," for the Trans- 
vaal Government. Which was seized as 
soon as the vessel came into Table 
Bay on Tuesday, the 24th ult. Tin 
will help to off-set the commandeering 
of the gold from the brain by tho 
Boers, before hostilities commenc -X. 


Groat enthusiasm prevails hero 
(Capetown) at the brilliant victory at 

— ♦ 


We learn that tho state of feeling in 
Capetown at the present time is such 
that it is deemed necessary for the 
I 'i ■emior to have a body guard night and 
day, while Messrs. Merrinian and 
Bauer were recently mobbed and 
obliged to take refuge in the Grand 

S.A.R. Dr. to AMERICA Cr 

America has entered a big claim 
against the South African Republic in 
respect of lo»3 and damage sustained 
by American subjects in connection 
with recent events, 


From the Bulawayo Chronicle of 
November 10th we learn that the New 
South Wales detachment, as we have 
already stated it would do, left England 
about the middle of October. The 
Australian contingent, numbering about 
5,000, left that colony about the same 
date, i.e., 15th Oct., and is doubtless now 
in South Africa; a further 5,000 from 
India is also on its way to Durban. 
1,000 Granadier Guards left London 
on the 21st October. It is probable 
that to-day there are 52,000 troops in 
the country. " So we are getting on 
very nicely all round." 


It is stated that General White 
refuses to allow tho use of the new 
Lyddite shells. 


On the lsth the Colonel Commanding 
in General Orders fixed the maximum 
Si6gc prices, that sellers may charge as 
follows : — 

Kafir Corn and Mealies, per 200 lbs., 
•10 shillings. 

flour, per 100 lbs., 30 shillings. 

Boer Meal, best sifted, per 200 lbs., 
50 shillings. 


Honda?, Nov. 20th, 1890. 

• Major Goold-Arhnii.i ami C.G.H. 
lull, Esq., C.C. fCR.M. 

Seakeco, charged with being a sus- 
pected spy, was found not guilty. 

.1 uly and Diamond, charged with 
stealing fowl, said Johannes stole the 
fowl from an Indian's house near the 
Bulawayo Road, and handed it to them. 
All three sentenced to twelve waggles 
of the cat's tail. 

A European, John Vos, charged with 
stealing ten shillings from a Kafir, was 

Two drunks and a disturbance 
creator were discharged. 


The " D.F.A." quotes from "Spec- 
tator" inter alia: — No doubt a few 
reckless and " heady " bodies have 
talked about putting the Boers into 
their proper place, but no one seriously 

believes that if we conquer the Trans- 
vaal we shall for a moment dream of 
turning the Boers into Uitlanders. 
We shall at once introduce the most 
absolute equality between the races. 
If by that last phrase the " Spectator " 
and the "D.F.A.'' mean that we shall 
adopt the bilingual parliament upon a 
similar representation, to the one which 
has proved nearly the wreck of the 
Cape Colony, they are mistaken. We 
have seen enough of the evils resulting 
from that, and British Colonists will 
take good care not to allow a repetition 
or extension of such a failure. 



The " Leader " stopped on October 
12th. In its dignified an revoir article 
it says : " It would not be seemly to 
continue its issue after the proclama- 
tion, which would be out at 10 o'clock 
that rnorniug, even if it was permitted 
by the authorities, as it probably 
would not be, and it would be 
equally distasteful to remain in the 
new position of spy in what we must 
now feel is the enemy's camp," and it 
concludes by saying " We are content, 
no less than President Kruger, to 
leave the matter in the hands of Divine 

The Market Square Fatality. 

At the Court Martial on Friday 
evening last the accused was cross- 
examined by the prosecutor, Lieut, 
Minchin, upon the statement he made 
to the Court on the previous day. 

Accused had not been on intimate 
terms with deceased ; had dined with 
him and another war correspondent, 
Mr. Hamilton, once before. He was 
on friendly terms with deceased when 
he asked him to dinner on the evening 
of the 1st inst. 

Prosecutor : So it was only that 
evening and after dinner that he men- 
tioned this violent desire to ruin you ? 
It was then he wanted to fight me. 

Prosecutor : Yes, more than that. 
You told us he wanted to ruin you. 
Was it only on that evening and after 
dinner thai; be showed this desire to 
ruin you ? If 1 fought I should have 
been ruined. I must not fight like that. 
It was only in course of that evening 
he showed any dislike for me. 

By the Court : And not until after 
dinner ? After dinner was the time 
he challenged me. 

Prosecutor : The first intimation you 
had was when he accused you of hav- 
inn said something against him ? Yes. 

Prosecutor: What was it you said? 
He said that I had said or implied that 
he was a snake. 

Regarding his alleged reasons for 
drawing the revolver prosecutor asked : 
You say your second reason was be- 
cause he wanted to shoot you ? Yes. 

Prosecutor: Why should you sup- 
pose he wanted to shoot you ? He 
said so. 

Prosecutor: Had he a revolver? I 
don't know, I have seen him wearing 

one. Most people in Mafeking carry 
a revolver. 

Prosecutor : On this particular even- 
ing did he produce one ? Not that I 
know of. 

Prosecutor: Did you see one upon 
him ? No. 

Prosecutor : You have a clear recol- 
lection of stumbling ? Yes, a distinct 
reoollection of that. 

Prosecutor : What portion of you 
struck the wall ? My shoulder. 

Prosecutor : And where was your 
arm ? Just explain how it happened. 
I cannot explain it. 

Prosecutor: You have no distinct 
recollection of how the revolver went 
off? No. 

Prosecutor ? Were you holding the 
revolver up ? I might have hold the 
revolver up in my hand. Yes, I was 
carrying my revolver in my hand, 
lifted up. 

Prosecutor : With your finger on the 
trigger, I suppose? Not that I am 
aware of. 

Prosecutor : You had your finger out- 
side the trigger guurd ? Yes, when 
I stumbled. 

Prosecutor : Did you expect to see 
l'arslow in front of you ? No Sir, I 
didn't see him. I saw no one. 

Prosecutor : Why were you carry- 
ing the revolver at that particular time? 

(Prisoner's reply to this question was 
not distinct enough for the reporter to 
hear, although quite close beside him. 
He muttered rapidly and continually 
between questions and answers and 
rambled on with his replies in a voluble 
undertone from this question to end 
of the sitting. 

Further questions from the Court 
and from Lord C. Bentinck closed the 
cross examination and the Court 
adjourned till Saturday, Nov. 18th, 
when the prisoner's counsel called 
Major Panzera, who corroborated pre- 
vious witnesses evidence as to what 
took place from the time of the arrest 
till arriving at the jail, and also disposed 
to having noticed certain pecularities 
in prisoner's manner which might be 
expected to exhibit themselves in any 
body who had suffered sunstroke or 
from fever, but these peculiarities were 
never so great as to make him unfit 
for duty. 

On the following day the couusel tor 
defence and the prosecutor addressed 
the Court and on Monday the Judge 
Advocate summed up, giving numerous 
quotations from the " Manual of Military 
Law " to guide to Court in coming to a 
decision. The Court then retired to 
consider the verdict. 

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No. 16 

Mafeking, November 22nd, 1899. 


We have so many application)! for 
No8. 1, 2 and 3 of the Siege slips, which 
are out of print, that we would like 
to reprint them Before doing so it 
will be ake rare that the 

proprietors will not lo work. 

We th 

for copies to kii heir orders 

in at once, directly we have sufficient 
applications to warrant proceeding, we 
will put them in I 

**' SSafehincf iflail. 



The D.F. I- correspondent gays >>t 
Vryburg : - Three Boer commandoes 
entered Vry burg on M 
hoisted the Transvaal 
a proclamation tint Beohuao 
formed put of the South African 
'lie. It is now rumoured that 

the Transvi en recalled 

from Vryln. \ ill be garri 

by local Boers. The Centra] Hjtel 
and Club have been looted, also a fen 
private residences belonging to English 

I he proclamation making Beohuana- 
land Transvaal territory is n 
a clever move on the part of the 

Bi lers to join the 
Republic without incurring any risk of 
oharges of treason should the ultimate 
result go against 

A counter proclamation is urgently 
required, teaming the population that 
Bechuanaland is still British territory, 
and that Transvaal proclamations have 
: ii i lie Colony. 


The Midland News (three weeks 
ago) said of Johannesburg: — Our in- 
formants stated that id there 
was some truth ill the report of num- 
bers of Bon havi been won 

Any way, all the wounded patients 

had been removed from the hospital. 

and all the beds had Keen coinman- 
dei red !<>r the use of till Govei inuciit. 
The patients had been removed to 
private houses, and where desired, the 

nurses have been allowed to go with 
them. Some of the patients pri [< 
to come down by t] train. 

So far there has been no riot or 
disorder at Johannesburg. 

Practically all the miu 

down, und even pumping has been 

abandoned, the pumpers who had de- 
cided to remain having had their per- 
mits withdrawn. This will mean great 
delay in re-starting of the mines, as in 
some eases it will be months before 
hauling can re-coinmence. 


From the D.F. A. 

We have ascertained some further 
particulars with reference to the arrival 
of the Boers at Taungs, and the 
evacuation of the railway station by 
the officials It appears that after 

half-past 1 a.m. on Sunday it was 
discovered that something was the 

i with the telegraph wires. The 
wires from Fourteen Streams to Taungs 
Station, and Taungs Station to Taungs, 
were all right, but the others were 
apparently cut Prior to this the 
members of the Cape Police stationed 
tion and village 
had been ordered to retire on Fourteen 

us The Stationniaster (Mr. 

Rugen) and the telegraphist (Mr. 

M tiller) did not see the advisability of 

going to the police, and waited on at 

itation, sleeping on Sunday even- 

i the veld, across the Dry Harts 
River. On the Monday morning they 
received information that two armed 
and mounted Boers had visited the 
station about 10 p.m. the previous day, 
making urgent enquiries for the Station- 
master. The latter went back to the 
station, in company with others, about 
10 o'clock ou Monday morning. From 
the information which they then 
acquired, they became persuaded of 

Ivisability of coming in to Kim- 
barley, and bringing in any railway 
property of value. After procuring a 
wagon, which they had some difficulty 
in doing, owing to the dislike of the 
native proprietor to risk the loss of his 
vehicle and oxen, the party left Tauugs 
about 4 p.m. on Monday, learning, after 
they had crossed the river, that the 
Boers were already in Tauugs, and on 
their way to the station. Needless to 
say, the party did not go back to look 
into this, but made the best of their 
way to Kimberley. They were not 
interfered with, and the journey was 
devoid of incident, save that near 
Phokwani two armed Boers were seen, 

s a number of Colonial Boer- it 
other points, who treated the travellers 
to all sorts of stories as to what was 
on. Mr. C. R, Chalmers, the 
B.M. of Taungs, left the village ou the 
following day. The Boers had then 
arrived in large numbers, and had taken 
up tli> around the village 

mid station, taking possession of the 

police barracks, Magistrate's Court, the 
1700/, and other places, ami hoisting 
their flag on the Court-house spire. 
They were very anxious to see the 
local officials, the Magistrate and 
Station-master, &c, in order to get 
hold of the keys of the various build- 
ings. We understand that not much 
removable property is left at the rail- 
way station, save a couple of hundred 
bags of grain belonging to a firm in 

the district. 



From the D.F.A. 
A refugee, who had just arrived from 
Klipdam, states that the Boers there 
were at first informed that Oronje hud 
gained a great victory at Maieking, 
but, on learning the real facts, the 
greatest consternation prevailed. 

Several Transvaalers stud that the 
English were fighting ver) differently 
to what they did In 1881, and frankly 
admitted that their side had got a 
severe drubbing, estimating the num- 
ber of Boers killed at 96. 


Tuesday, Nov. 21st, lo9!>. 

Be/ore Major Goold- Adams and C.G.H 
Bell, Esq., CO. & R.M. 

John Vos, who was brought up on 
remand, was sentenced U> 1(1 days' 
hard labour for stealing ten shillings 
from a native. 

Jim Mbalo was found not guilty of 
being a spy, but was sentenced to two 
dozen lashes for endeavouring to go 
outside the lines, and w is promised that 
if he did it again he would be shot. 

Before Major Lord E. Gecil and Major 
Goold- Adams. 
William Walker, claiming to be a 
Scotchman but preferring to express 
himself in Dutch, was brought up on a 
charge of treason, but in the ab 
of a properly qualified Dutch inter- 
preter, was remanded. 

Today, Wednesday, 22nd. 

Before Major Lord K. Cecil and C.G.H. 
Bell, Esq., C.G. d R.M. 
Van Khyn and Venter, two speci- 
mens of that kind of the neat and tidy 
highly intelligent Doer, which makes 
us love the very name, were charged 
with being suspected spies. The 
Mayor, F Whiteley, Esq., said these 
two men lived at the women's laager 
camp. One morning they were seen 
cuiiing from the direction of the Boers' 
laager with a native, their movements 
being suspicious they were questioned. 
One man said the native was his boy, 
but the boy could not show where he 
slept the preceding night. An inter- 
preter was sent for and through him 
the boy said he had been working for 
some time in Mafeking, for one Silas 
Melimo. As it happened to be .Silas 
Melimo who was interpreting and the 
boy, on being asked, said he did not 
recognise him, it was safely concluded 
that jail was the best place for the 
romancing native, as well as (or the 
two "Noble lioers"who were reman- 
ded for Beven days. 

David M tiller, also charged with 
being a suspected spy, said he wasn't 
guilty. Goalcr Heale said In 
brought to his protective establishment 
011 the lltli of last month in a condition 
which showed he had drunk "not 
wisely but too well." In I Ins condition 

he oomnrunieated the fact that he had 
merely oome over the Transvaal border 

to see' what the Englishmen were doing 
here. Asked where he came from, 
said from the Boer laager, but when 
the following morning found him 
Sobered up he repudiated the over 
night's story as romance and said he 
had come to look for lost cattle only. 
Davids own statement before the 
Court was that In- came from the 
Vryburg district with Borae bullocks to 
sell, ile Inst some of them in the 
district of Maritzani and arrived here 
about 2 o'clock (presumably t.i look for 
Maritzani straying bullooks) and was 
arrested about 4 o'clock I which shows 
our officials didn't lose much time). 
Remanded for seven days. 

John Klines was charged with heigh- 
tening women at the laager and using 
seditious language. While waiting 
outside the Stall < llice at Dixon's 
the Head Gaoler proved that Blmes 
told him it was his intention to take 
his horse and get away across the lilies. 
He said he knew the Boers aid knew 
they would let him through. Prisoner, 
in his statement, denied having any 
wish to go through to the Boers. He 
was in medical practice in Zeerust. 

His friends advised him to leave the 
district till the trouble- were over, so 
he came to Mafeking for protection, to 
be under the British flag. lie has no 
sympathy with the lioeis in this matter 
and didn't use seditious language with 

intention, his sympathies being the 

other way round. lie might have Bald 
something which has been misconstrued. 
Remanded two days. 



A bold tall talking 


II.- ■■;,. ; ! 1 eaten and bullj 

Can Bjambok :i Dative, .mil grin. 

Be 1 >ld 1 erj big . bow h< 'd cli ei 
The I . si ■■■an t trough 

don'1 risk hie I even Loved 

W 1 m tempi bim from cover to t read. 

No being in wl found manliness' 

Would fire on the helpless, the women and 

Hut this contemptible half-breed baa done it, 

we know, 
While misusing the white Bag i- frequenj 

Ins triokj 

They're not all alike, ther< one we 

Bui ala ' such are only a Eew ; 
The bu I who aren't 

Fit to live, extermination's their due. 

Let us pray the " Brave Boer" o'er whom 
Miss Schriener cants 

■. ii inn reach 1 ij our men, 
And Learn thai the "Providence" Paul 

1 1 : l 1 1 1 

■ help our Mid. 

Towmliaul .t Son, Mat 

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No. 17 Mafeking, November 23rd, 1899. 


' gaMchmq glail 

By the courti s) ol tin v 
enabled to la) before our readi 

follow in;; : 



The White Flags Trick. 

Following the Enemy. 

Boer Advance Column 

Hemmed In. 

Bulawayo, via I 
Native oj e-witm sses of tho big 
battles at Lad) smith have arrivi 
Maritzburg and give the foil 
account ol the British successi 

The Times, in a li ng interview with 
the natives, sa) 
some fighting had 
Thursday afternoon, 
smiili, the Boers got right upon the 
open ground and were in for a beatinir, 
then they attempted the white 
trick and several white flags were 
raised ; (ho firing a( once 
our Bide, our men advancing without 
firing, presumably in ordei lo ■ 
the fin-Hi \ as prison 

men closing a]!, the Boers 
Bred vollt j upon volli | men at 

oomparatively close range, No 
had oui men realised the treacherous 
misuse ol the v, bite Sag, when, n ithout 
o it is 
said — three regimi I i alrj , Lan- 

cers, Hussars and I Iragoons, foil 
by Infantry, with fixed bayoi 
charged into thi Boei them 

down like grass, its the I •■ li 

went through and through them liki 
water, wiping them all off." Ed 
Kafirs' description the slaughter and 
wounding must have been t< n ifio . the 
Boers howled- -says the ECafii 
mercy. Never was there such killing 
and cutting While the Cavalry was 
i utt ing, slashing and I e In- 

fantry was at work Like furies with 
cold steel between i heir hoi i< i. The 
field was covered with bodies, The 
" men with petticoats," as I 
described the gallant Gordons, sufl 
very si reri ly, judging b) those thai 

witness >a\\ lyii 

A lot ol prisoners and loot wen- oap- 
turod and taken into Lad) imith, when 
quite a uiarkot or court sale went on, 

pii i [ so on 

is is and 

! inoi ning it ap 

penrs that t drj regiments 

we understand, some Volun 
not cleat left L wl • 
up some ol the Boers pro 

I lie column 

tei tin first lot the arrival 

ili nso we know of. 

ol this column and 

t t in with their 

k t' el. slaughter was terrific. 

I'he ■ impletci) broken 

I tin survivors fled in all direc- 

aould prove 

' hen the ad . mi - o 

i trapped, if our 
uiysmith only learn ol it in 



tin i neniy with t while 

the) were removing tin ii big 


It is uol to be It tt. in hand 

upon two days and 
b) Ihe Gordons upon a 
i which we jusl referred to, be- 
quite (dearly 
s description of 
- t li: .11 \ took place), our men did 
■ ontrary 
we feu peciall) in what 

a| |» urs to have been a splendid 

n ol the laager by 

the Gordons —must have been only too 

Nevertheless, all the 

is to show that 

Thursday and Friday last the 

tin two worst 

heatings they have evei had. 


M .i ii The situation is 

i calmly and confidently here 
Any feeling of alarm, which might have 
existed a fl i - ing now entirely 

ppeored. A number ol families 
had decided to leave for England, and 
at exodus had already set in to- 
I lurhan. i us of unrest 

are no longer evident. The city pre- 
sents a very usual appearance, there 
being little or no indications oi the 
Beriou i hundred miles 

" the I t is oonspii 

by its absence. 
The Dutch in the I uivoti country 
quite, hut it is reported tl 

party of Boci's have been seen Dear 
Jittle Tugela River; in consequence 
the farmers in Ihe neighbourhood are 
sending their stoek down country. 


A gentleman who lives under the 
berg, near Little Bushmana River, has 
arrived here and stales that the Boers 
informed him that the intention o the 
enemy is to avoid Est court and come 
into west by Ulundi. Questioned us 
to Ladysmith the liner stated thai 
Joubert's forces there had suffered 
heavily and be was not so sanguine 
that they would be able to take 
Maritzburg and Durban. 


A. South African Light II. use Corps 
is now being raised in Capetown bj 
Lieut. -Colonel t'ouit, of Sir Redvers 
Buller's staff, and Captain llillier's, of 
the R03 ul Horse Guards. 


The cable ship, ' \uglia," is now in 
Tabic Bay, and to-day commences the 

laying Ol the new cable which inns 
first to Rnbben Island, thence direct to 
St. Helena, thence to Ascension, Cape 
Verde, and subsequently across the 
Bay of Biscay to the English coast 



' Best " Contingent going 
to Dutch Dordrecht. 

BuBGHKBSDOBF, Nth —The main body 
of the Betbulie Boers are all stationary, 
waiting for strong Transvaal reinforci 
ments, which were delayed by the want 
of horses. These have been partly 
supplied at Bloemfontein and the re- 
mainder are to be commandeered here. 
Boer patrols are extensively scouring 
the district north of the town. Un- 
armed individuals fic< ly visit us and a 
constant stream of our farmers are 
visiting the Boer camp Swanepoel, 
of Smitbfield— a Stellenbosch educate I 
man, — is in chief command None of 
best contingent are known to be in 
the district ; the best are working 
towards Dordrecht. The town is 'pint 
but provisions arc practically exhausted 
in the stores. 

Latest reports from Ladysmith arc 
that all is well there and that our 
forces are harassing the Boers daily 
with little loss to British and consider- 
able loss to the enemy. 

Some difficulty has been found in 
mounting the Naval 64-pounder guns, 
they were put down on a sleeper 
foundation, but this was found to be 
insufficient and had to be replaced with 

concrete, ft is reported also thai one 
U-pounder Naval iiuii was damaged 
by a Boer shell, but it was soon re- 

London, 6th. — Three more militarj 
batteries have been called out. Two 

companies of Royal Engineers af Gib- 
raltar have been ordered to the (Jape. 

A Naval rating, including seamen and 

gunners with a number of l'.'-pounders 
and quick-firing gnus has been sent by 
the " Briton." Sir William McCormick 
was also a passenger. 


t 'U'KTown SHIl —A message has 

been s nf from the Burghersdorp Bond 
to the free State commando advising 
them not to move further into the 
district as the Imperial authorities are 
trying to lead them into a trap. There 
is no confirmation of the report that a 

c mando lias arrived at Dordrecht. 

Estcourt, 9th. —An a<-inoured train 

left this afternoon with three armoured 
trucks manned by a company of Dub- 
lin Fusiliers, under Captain Keusl, y. 
When two miles from Fieic a mounted 
-'■at rode Up and informed them that 
tin re were signs of the enemy in 
Colenso, but the big guns were still 
posted on G-robelaar's Kloof Hill at 
172 mile post. Captain Kcnslev, with 
a small party, went out ill skirmishing 
order to reconnoitre round the village. 
\lter the\ hail advanced to the brow 
of the rise overlooking Colenso the 
train moved slowly on to the level 
crossing when- the mam road to Kst- 
COUrt crosses. There the rails wore 
found torn up and more lencing des- 
troyed and telegraph cut The poles 
weie bent and insulators shot off. 
■fust as the telegraph men were restor- 
ing communication with Estcourt, shots 
..( Mausers were hoard. Six or eight 
.-hots were fired, evidently from Fort 

Wylie. Our skirmishers gradually 

retired in the direction of the train 
without being fired on again. As they 
came up to the train they poured three 
volleys into Fort Wylie without any 
response in tort. However, the enemy 
could be seen moving about and the 
heliograph could be distinctly seen at 
Work within the walls. 

Communication was being made in 
the direction of the Free State, and 
another heliograph could also be seen 
working from the hill to eastward. 
Xo attempt was made either to stop 
or to follow us. but the fact was clearly 
established that the enemy have now 
taken possession of Fort Wylie and 
command the railway line. 


Tugela bridge is still intact, and 
beyond loots and the burning of a few 
stores in the village, no great damage 

has '.ecu done, 

A column went out to-day for 11 few 
miles beyond the town, but no trace of 
the enemy was seen. Nothing more 
has been heard of the firing in the 
I- idysmith diroction. 

While a private of the Dublin Fusi- 
liers was examining a rifle to-day, 
which be thought was unloaded, it 
went off and wounded him in the left 

The Clan Liner aud Lyton lily boat 
from S outh coming in. 

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No. 18 

Mafeking, November 24th, 1899. 


Pafehing Pail. 

24th NOVEMBER, 1899 

It is wiili deep ri g rel we record the 
death on the 20th instant ol the 
Marchioness of Salisbury. The mourn- 
ful intelligence was brought here bj a 
me w ngei fron I hi Boer camp 

W e feel Bure v it i he whole 

of Mafeking garrison in expri 
must heartfelt sympathy in this 
time ol bereavement Lord 

Edward Cecil, whose kindly ooi 
has endeared bim to all in Mafeking. 


Tin R8DAJ .' ii:i. Novi UBBB, LB99. 

Before 11. U. Major Qoold- Adams, C.B., 
O.M.6 and I olonel O.B I 

William Walker, employed at the jail, 

was brought up on remand, charged 
with treasonable conduct, Tin 
deuce was not considered bj the I 
Sufficient to convict him of treasonable 
Conduct, but he was tound guilt] oi 

improper conduot Dismissed thi 

vice, hut to In- detained in jail and 
under supervision tor one month. 
Jacobus Johannes Burger pi, 
not guilty to being a Buspected spy, 
Joseph Palmer's son told his lather, 

wtio is a trooper in the Protectorate 

Regiment, that "he heard his aunty 
telling his mother that Jacobus Johan- 
nes, whoso family wagon and thai of 

were clos ethei neai the 

Women's Laagei , had bei a in town 
getting information ami was gout 
make it known to tl e Dutch.' 

Christopher Palmer, 13, son of last 
witness, knew prisoner, heard Ins 
aunty tell his mother that Mr. Burgei 
tinils out things in town and reports 
them to the Dutch. He did about the 
dj i i.i ii lit <■ . 

Cross-examined by Prisoner: 1 did 

not hear the prisoner himself say 
anything of the kind. 

Mrs. Margari I Palmer, in good Eng- 
lish, informed the Court that she didn't 

Bpeak English, hail seen prisoner on 

occasions. "1 know him to be 

a Burger My sister told me ahum 
his taking information to the Boers, 
but I didn't take much notice ot it. 

She mentioned his name and cam 

him with some dynamite alliair. My 
sister was living close to the Bui 

Alleta Sophia van Royne knew the 
prisoner. I never mentioned anyone's 

name but only asked my sister whether 
it was dynamite when T saw some 
boxes in the U.S.A. camp. Press,, I 
upon the point, she could not explain 
why it entered her bead, she had never 
mentioned dynamite to anyone before. 
Not even when the big explosion took 
place. Had spoken with no one but 
her sister upon the subject ot dynamite, 
denied connecting Burger's name with 
dynamite when sp, aking to her. 

Prisoner sworn, said " He had re ■ 
Ij come here lor his health. Was 
Only staying here for a lew days and 
ick to his farm in the 
Protectorate. Got here on the 9th of 
1 Ictober and on the 17th I was arrest- 
ed. That's all he had to say. Re- 
led till Saturday as also were two 
brothers of the accused, Carl burger 
and Christian Burger, under arrest on 
a similar cb 

Michael Could, charged with being 
drunk and strikir, is Roe) at Dixon's, 
which charge was dropped for the 
On, of attempting to cross 
the border and go beyond the military 
lines of Mafeking, pleaded not guilty 
and was remanded for enquiries to be 
F. Brown, a trooper in the Proteoto- 
Etegiment, charged with selling a 
shell which was in his charge, pi, 
not guilty. 

Dirk Albertus Nolte, at present 
living in the Refugee Laagei. said that 
prisoner came to him on Wednesday, 
the 15th, and wanted to buy a shell 
which had been picked up whole after 
having been lire, I by the Boers, for ten 

BhlllingS Witness would not sell it 

but lent it to prisoner, who told hnn 
id a similar large shell in the 
Stadt and wanted to phot,, graph it, 
hut he could not get it till the follow- 
ing Sunday. As the shell was not 
forthcoming witness applied for it and 
was surprised to learn from prisoner 
that the shell was not borrowed at all 
but had been taken away from witness 
lor fear it should burst, which was 
certainly very thoughtful on the part 
oi prisoner, but as the shell was sub- 
sequently discovered at the Gaelic Har, 
where it had been sold lo Mr. Gates 
l,,r E3 5s. the active humanity prompt- 
ing prisoner to remove the danger is 
: lite discernible. 
.1 Brennan, a trooper iu the Pro- 
teotorate Regitnent, was present on 

the liftecnth and interpreted lor 
prisoner, who speaks only English with 
Ion BO , m, and the previous 
witness, who speaks but Hutch, and cor- 
roborated last witness's evidence. Mr. 

Gates proved buying the shell of pris- 
oner for £3 -is., who said he had other 
shells to sell. 

Frederick William Stanton, also liv- 
ing in the Refugee Laager, likewise 
lent prisoner a shell "to photograph," 
but has not been able to get it back. 

Prisoner made a statement on oath 
in which he alleged that Nolte gave 
him the shell, and he was to bring 
another one, which he could get from 
the trenches by the following Sunday, 
but when the Sunday came lie was 
under arrest and could not fetch it. 
Remanded to produce the shell. 

To-daj' John Henry Klines was again 
brought up before H.H. Major Goold- 
Adams, CM?., C.M.G., and C. G. H. Bell, 
Esq., C.C. & R.M, and remanded to 
jail for fourteen days because, as the 
bench explained tohini, " his conduct in 
general was such that they could not 
let him I e at liberty. So he would bo 
confined within the precincts of the 
jail," with permission to add to the 
rations allowed for prisoners, anything 
he chose to purchase, 


Tn ih. I \l,„l : 

Sir. — There are in this town to-day 
some who are comparatively strangers 
here although they, and in some i 
their fathers also, have fought more 
than once for our dear old England. 
Amongst them are some who would 
fain help wipe out the year 18S1 from 
the British Calendar. Such years as 
18.37 and 1881 are dates to be remem- 
bered ; they are the making or breaking 
oi nations The siege of Mafeking is 
yet another link in the chain ol oui 
great nations forging, that nation on 
which the sun never sets. We are but 
a few to defend the town against over- 
whelming numbers of Boers. We are 
surrounded by guns, large and small, 
shelling us night and day, but shall 
hold our own to the enil and show 
these boastful Boers what the English 
descendants are made of Another 
date to he remembered is November 
8th, 1899, the day the Boers sb 
woman and shelled the Hospital, where 
the wounded lay, and the Women's 
l.aager. Are we fighting savages and 
not supposed Christians. I am an old 
soldier and have been through Kafir 
wars, but I never saw worse from 
Kafirs than I have seen now front the 
Boers. They boast that one Boer is 
as good as ten Englishmen. Yes. so 
thej are. at two things, psalm singing 
and running away. I always knew 
them to he cowards. Look hack to 
them in 1878, at Koogaa, when Major 
Nesbit was wounded, how they ran 
away and left seven of the Volunteers 
to carry him down the mountain. 
Again 130 of them, sent on patrol, 
came up with some Kafirs in the open 
plain, they turned hack to camp saying 
they were too many to tackle. We 
Volunteers, 80 only, went out, captured 
the lot without a "light. Another time 
we had captured 800 head of cattle 
and sent two Boers to mind them- 
Two mounted Kafirs came up and took 
them away from the Boers. For- 

tunately we happened to meet and so 
re-took them. Well, Sir, here we are 
one to five of them, but they II watch 
facing .John Bull and those they call 
the " Verdomde Kngolsch." 
Yours truly, 

W. J. Pitt. 
November 23rd, 1899. 



[Contributed. | 
Will _\mii oome into my parlour, said the 

spider to bhe H> . 
It's the trickiest little parlour that over 

you'll espy ; 
The Mv was very fly indeed, almost inclined 

to fly 
And said I think I'll stay outside ami wink 

the other oye. 

I'll bring my little popgDUB jusl to make 

v, hi r parlour warm, 
They'll keep 'us both quite well used ami 

do 3 "a little harm, 
The spider thinks he's happened no the 

quaintest Borf oi fly 

Anil tears until he sallres forth, that lly will 
never By. 

Railway Division Town Guard. 

will be held at the North End of the 

Railway Camp, 

On Sunday Evening, 

Beginning at 7-30 and ending at '.) p.m. 


Prialtd and 1-uUUIud by 
Touimhend & Son, .V" 

EdiU-r and Vanagt > B. K .''' : 




No. 19 

Monday, November 27th, 1899. 


We are sorry that we can no 1 

i suitably emblematic 
oi our purity, but we have heard so 
many things since tin Siege winch 
have i to turn red thai now 

even the very paper blushes in sym- 


k i\\ af clung HI ail. 

MONDAY, 27th NOVEMBER, 1899. 


London, Oct. 29th (Reuter). — Major 
General Carvill ami the Grenadier 

Guards have sailed from Gibraltar tor 
South Africa. 

I. "noon, 31st —The surrender of the 
Gloster Regiment EtoyaJ Irish 

Fusiliers lias produced a great shook ; 
the papers suspend judgment awaiting 
details- The loss will not affect the 
issue as Great Britain is resolved to 
effect her object. 

Capetown, November 2nd — The 
State Boers crossed the bridge at 
Ninvals I 'out. seized the Railway 
Station ami subsequently occupied 
Colesberg, but the bridge was intact in 
the afternoon. 

Capetown, 4th. — From Kimberley, 
dated 1st, Boers investing town, are 
4,000 with several nine -pounders. 
Attack expected daily. 

BsTOOUBT, Nov. 2nd. — The Colonso 
camp is broken up and troops falling 
back on Estceurt 

Ladysmith, Nov 2nd.— The Tugela^ 
Division has been proclaimed Kn , 
State territory. No troops there, no 

A fund for the widows and orphans 
has been opened in London and 
amounted on October 30th, to 150,000. 

Pretoria, November 5th. — 600 Boers 
have crossed the Bethulie Bridge and 
torn up the rails 300 more Boers are 
going to join them. 

Pretoria, Nov /5th.— The Burghers 
on November 1st were within 250 yards 
of Mafekiug. 

Bkira, Nov. !)th. — Official reports 
state that the number of our force, under 
Carleton, was 843, of whom 100 returned 
imp, Col Carleton, Major Tann 
Kincaid, and Bryant, Capt. Burrowes, 
two Surgeons, two Interpreters, and a 
Special Correspondent, and a lot of 
other officers wore taken prisoners. M 


Shells may fly all the week but when 
Sunday comes and the Boer knocks off 
sniping Mafekiug promptly resumes its 
enjoyment of life as if there wasn't a 
seven-pounder within a thousand miles, 
let alone an "Oud Grietje" over the way, 
Nobody would have believed on seeing 
the light-hearted and prosperous look- 
ing croud who were present at the 
sful I'romenaile Concert given 
rday afternoon by, the Railway 
Division, that we were undergoing the 
horrors of a siege. A Polo match, a 
Football ditto, and the just mentioned 
function, without taking into con- 
sideration the various other gatherings 
for " spiritual " enjoyment at Church 
and Hotel was not a bad day for a town 
to put in after forty days bombardment. 
Lieutenant More is to be congratulated 
upon the arrangements for the comfort 
of visitors to the Railway Camp and 
for the manner in which the whole was 
carried out. A band stand, gaily 
decorated with the Railway colours 
and provided with an awning over the 
performer, was rigged up in the 
middle of the road at the north end of 
the evenne. Plenty of chairs and seats 
were placed round about, and cups of 
tea by the hundred, were carried to the 
company. The Orchestral Society and 
vocalists, in spite of the disadvantages 
ot open air and absence of acoustic 
accessories, gave a very creditable 
performance, which was thoroughly 
appreciated by an audience of over 
three hundred, anong which it was quite 
delightful to see so many of the fair 
sex. The programme, as rendered, 
was as follows : " Orinthia " gavotte, 
and " Tom Noddy " waltz, by the 
-Orchestral Society ;" The Irish Jubilee 
by Mr. Adams; "The Lads in 
Red." and an encore, by Mr. E. J. 
Lay ton : Song, " They could not take 
the two of us, "by Mr. Ingham. Some 
excellent Ventriloquism by Mr. Lees, 
the topical humour of which was much 
enjoyed. "The Promised Land" and 
an encore, by Mr. Cooper ; ' He like a 
Soldier fell," by Mr. Crittenden, and 
another selection by the Orohestral 

As mentioned above a Polo scratch 
game was organised and several chuk- 
kors played by Major Godley, Col. Wal- 
ford, Capt. Lord C. Bentiuck, Captain 
Fitz-Olarence, Lieut. Tracey, Major 
Baillie, Captain Singleton, Captain 
Marsh, Captain Saudford, Lieutenant 
VtonciielTe, Lieutenant Maokeniie, 
Lieutenant Dunlop Smith. The ground 
was awfully rough, but considering the 
ponies were taken from the compara- 

tively peaceful occupation of scampering 
about under shell fire, to face the dan- 
gers of polo play, a very good game was 

The i n ""' 


and those present thorough!] 
the game. As we have before 
tioneVl no apology is necessary for this 
and other games being played on Sun 
day, at a time like tin' present. Con- 
sidering our loyal defenders are for 
six days in the week confined ut 
trenches, it is of the greatest import- 
ance, for hygenic reasons, that they 
should i active recreation on 

this the only available day. The game 
throughout" was conspicuous by the 
absence of any rough play or shady 
tactics. The P.R. were unfortunately 
unable to place their lull team n 
field, but substitutes were found in the 
town ranks and all gave a good account 
of themselves The Town team won 
by five goals to~ nothing. Mr. C. 
Bullied refereed to the satisfaction of 
everybody. The following were the 
teams : — 

Town Team. 

Goal: Daniels; Back: A. N Other, 
H. Gash : Halves : Gradie, Bunbary, 
Cooke; Forwards: Hazelrigg, Jenkins, 
Merry, Ashton and Bray. 
» P. R. Team. 

Goal: Nichols; Backs: Newton, 
Tugwood; Halves: Jackson, Taylot, 
Low; Forwards: McArthur, Hogan, 
Metcalfe, Moore, Carr. 

Mr Fraser, to whom the organisa- 
tion and, mainly, the success of the 
affair is due, deserves congratulation. 

Yesterday was the last Sunday of 
' the Christian year. The Rev. W. H. 
Weekes held three services, although 
there was nothing unusual about that as 
he has, with scarce an exception, 
doue'so all through the siege. 

At Dixon's and Riesle's Hotels the 
following menus were provided by 
chefs G. Masiui and Beavis respec- 
tively. We hesitate somewhat in 
printing them lest by doing so we 
enable our enemies, the Boers, to gloat 
over trie terrible privations they have 
reduced us to. 

Dixon's Hotel. 


Fillet of Beef. Braized Ox Tongue. 


Roast Fowl and Bread Sauce. 
Stuffed Roast Duck. 

Roast Beef. Roast Mutton. 

Roast Lamb and Mint Sauce. Roast Veal. 

Corned Beef and Carrots. 

Baked and Boileu . feen Peas. 

Currant Pudding. Custard. 
Tea. Cheese. Coffee. 

Riesi.k's Hotel. 
Brunois Soup. 

Ijobster Croquettes and Anchory Buttor. 

Compote of Giblets and Mushrooms. 

Forced Ox Heart. 

York Ham aud Peas. 

Boast Fowl and Ham. 


R 0:1 .;, i f and Yorkshire Pudding. 

o Peas. 

,-tatoes, Vegetable Marrow. 

! 'randy Sauoe. 


Mr. H. H. Bradley has received a 

communication from his brother, Mr. 

Bradley, of Gwelo, dated 12th 

ii which the following occurs:— 

" We are very anxious about you all 

and trust and hope that you will be 

o hold out You little know how 

i the public here are of your 

ing) pluck, and although we are 

out off from you, our hearts are with 

you all, in your plucky deeds. Should 

Bach you kindly remember us to 

all friends. Wishing you all success 

and that you will soon be relieved. 

Send us news if possible. 



. cocky commandant in district 

For his military genius he really had no 

room ; 
When war broke out, ho ohortled loud, said 
is just the thing, 

v reputation, and I'll mop up 

So I'll just collect some thousands of my gay 

and festive Boers 
Aud canter o'er to Mafeking and loot the 

pubs and stores, 

:ocks and horses, cattle — kill or drive 

the mi n away, 
And extend our great Republic, 'cos there's 

none dare say me nay. 

He n<> 1 lua Boers together, and they were a 

lrou8 sight, 
But oh ! they funked it awful when they 
found they had to fight, 

they made a start to scoop up 
Maf-king's riches 
They met such a reception that they cleared 
like sons of--witoheB. 

This made the commandant's h*art sore, full 

grieved was he, I ween, 
Said he. this is the hottest shop that I have 

ever seen ; 
His one " zakdoek " is worn out and he's 

using a bath towel 
To mop away the salt tears caused by naughty 


On back, Cronjo, you juggins, and take your 

damphool Boers, 

other things to think of than those 

useless shells of yours, 
And when you get the blues again and failure 

makes you howl 
I would recommend another dose, from Doctor 


For the medicine he administers is sure to 

cure — or kill, 
He's got a large supply on band, so you can 

have your fill ; 
The merry Maxims mete it out, and this is 

what they sing 
" We still mean you to keep outside the town 

of Mafeking. " 

Printed and Publithtd by 

Towmhtnd & Son, Market Square. Uajekma. 

Editor and Mtmaser ; 0. N. H. WiaUt. 




No. 20 Tuesday, November 28ch, 1899. 


Pafekhtg Hhiil. 

KAY, 28th NOVKMBKH, IH99. 




London, Oct. 31st. — The 1st Battalion 
of the Gordon Highlanders and Soots 
Greys have sailed. The extra battalions 
mobilised will consist of the Sussex, 
Essex and Derbyshire Regiments. 

Pretohia Oct., 23rd. — Commandant 
Bethel wires the following account of 
battle at Dundee on Friday (20th Oct.) : 
A severe fight took place from 6 in the 
morning till noon. We (the Boers) 
were about 3,000 strong, the British 
about 6,(100 Infantry and 2,000 Cavalry. 
Our positions were given up through 
Mine misunderstanding. < >ur lai 
100 and the Brit: lo-morrow. 

by the vwll of God, we hope to be in 
possession of Dundee." 

General Cronje has gone to the 
Diamond Fields, The attempt on 
Mafeldng is now left to Commandants 
Snymau, Botha and De la Key. 

General Buller, on leaving England, 
is reported to have said within a month 
from the time I land, the Union Juqk 
will be riving over Pretoria. 

America warns the other powers to 
maintain a strict neutrality. 

a hundred and twenty-five more 

men left Bulawayo on Saturday, lltb 
inst.. for Uagalapye. 

Putobu, Oct. 2:;rd.— Amongst the 

13 Maleking prisoners brought to Pre- 
toria last night was Lieut. N< 
who is recovering from a. face wound, 

The chief instruments which will 
work the downfall of the Boers and 
eventually put them to rout will not be 
the cannon or the rifle but the bayonet 
and the sabre. 

At Ladysmith, on October 30th, the 
Naval Brigade arrived with • i 7 in. 
gun, carrying a til) lb. projectile, ami in 
three shots put out the Boers' 40 lb. 
" Long Tom " 

The British have struck camp and 
returned to Histcourt. The Boers tak- 
ing Colenao on the 2nd inst. 

Dobban, Oct. 6th. — The Boers have 
invaded Zululaud. Eshowe is in 

The gun that did the trick at the 
Ladysmith battle was one lauded from 
II. MS "Powerful." In twenty hours 
the Naval Brigade carried it by train 
193 milts and got it in action. It is 
sixteen feet long, weights 4* ewt., and 
its Naval carriage 13J cwt Fires ten 
shots per minute, with a muzzle 
velocity of 2,188 feet per second, aud 
its effective range something over seven 

If we had a toy like that wouldn't 
Siiyman. Botha and De la Rey enjoy 
playing targets ? 

Capetown, Nov. 2nd. — The following 
is the latest war news since oar suc- 
cesses at Glencoe, Llandslaagte and 
Rietfout in : — 

General Penn Symons died on 25th 

On the 24th October Lieut. -Colonel 
Scott Tunnei made a successful recon- 
naisaiice from Kimberley, supported 
by an armoured train. Our loss was 
four killed. The Boers lost a con- 
siderable number and received a severe 

On the 26th our forces were concen- 
trated at the main camp at Ladysmith. 

On the 80th October the Boers 
I under General Joubert 2,(100 
i shelling Lady- 
smith with ii l-poundcr from a strong 
position. General White and a strong 
marched out from Ladysmith. 
Our artillery fire was excellent. The 
Naval Brigade from the " Powerful " 
soon silenced the enemy's 1 '.'-pounder. 
Our men fell back with great steadiness 
after holding the enemy in check for 
nine hours. 

" The fact of the matter appears to 
be that the gallant defence of Male- 
king has been to a large extent the 
saviour of Bulawayo." 

Frank (iloesser, writing in the " Daily 
Mail," says, concerning the Boers, ''he 
retains his extraordinary power of 

rapidly mobilising his waste of 

ammunition is ridiculous. His method 

of fighting is semi-barbaric A 

Boer commando will retreat in con- 
fusion if two men are killed. They 
invariably conceal the exact number of 
their loss and always underestimate 
it in subsequent reports. The seriously- 
wounded axe hurried off to the nearest 
farm house aud the dead promptly 
buried or hurried away under cover 
ol night," 


E Squadron in Action. 

the paper we are quoting from were 
taken away from us. — Ed. M. Mail. 

Tuli, 29th. — After a skirmish on 
Thursday, 26th, F Squadron took up a 
position on the northern side of the 
kopje before described as Plumer's 
camp. The sole desire of the men 
was : " Let us have another slap at 
the Kopje." Colonel Sprekley granted 
permission to Col. White to take one 
troop and Capt. Glynn to take another 
with Lieut. Hutchinson as guide. The 
total number was 42 and their inirtruc- 
tions were to reconnoitre and retire. 
In cover of darkness they advanced in 
Indian file through the hush. At dawn 
they discovered themselves within 200 
yards of the Boers' position, but the 
hush was too thick for anything to be 
seen through it Half of our small 
force was placed on the left front while 
Col. White reconnoitred to the right. _ 
Suddenly the tatter's men were seen to 
be hotly engaged, and Capt. Glynn 
ordered his men to retire. Hardly had 
he done so when about 50 Boers darted 
out, evidently with the intention out 
out-flanking Col. White's troop. Up 
sprang Capt. Glynn's twenty men and 
twenty rifles poured volley after volley 
into the Dutchmen, who turned and 
fled. The Boers' shooting was awfully 
bad and not one of our 42 men was 
bit No sooner than our men com- 
menced their retreat than more Boers 
galloped up and commenced firing at 
about 50 yards range. While in the 
kopje, about 350 yards away, there 
were nearly 200 rifles hard at work upon 
our few. Our men had to cross some 
open ground and this was the Dutch- 
men's chance while our men were thus 
exposed. Four were wounded, three 
with Mauser and one with Martini 
bullets. This was Lieut. Hutchinson, 
who got his damage while dragging one 
of the wounded into a place of safety, 
the others were Corpl Calder, Corpl. 
Bulloch and Tpr. Friedmann. Wounds 
slight; all doing well. 

The Bulawayo Chronicle, in a leading 
article on the 16th November, says; 
" Owing to the disgraceful neglect of 
the Imperial Government we should 
not be at all surprised to learn the 
news from Natal first via Kimberley 
and Mafeking. 

We also have something to say upon 
the question, but having a fearsome 
dread of the unknown terriblenesses of 
Martial Law, we are afraid to say it 
just yet, although we will be quite 
prepared to reciprocate, at some future 
time, if the B.C. will kindly swear a 
few additional cusses for the Mafeking 

Continuing, the Chronicle says : — 

We believe the plucky border town 
will be relieved ere long. General 
Buller must already be on the march, 
and when he enters the Free State we 
imagine that he will produce a panic 
or schism in the Boer forces, and they 
will fall back on their own territory. 
It will be a proud moment for Colonel 
Baden-Powell and Mr Frank White- 
ley when 

We are sorry we cannot complete 
the extract, but just at this juncture 


To the Editor of the Mafeking Mail : 

Sir, — Your correspondent, W. J. Pitt, 
is not correct Jn stating that Lieut. 
•Nesbit was wounded at Koegas. It 
was Paarde Kloof. He is also wrong 
in the implication that he (then In- 
spector Nesbit) had any Boers under 
him. They were all Volunteers, of 
which the writer was one at the time 
and saw him ride into camp, wounded 
in the thigh. At Koegas there were 
some thirty Boers who had sought 
refuge in our camp and refused to go 
out on picket duty, much to the dis- 
guBt of Inspector Nesbit, who threa- 
tened to kick them out. We had boen 
on duty many hours continuously and 
had to take picquot go because the 
Boers would not. Ic^took two hours 
to cajole and threaten them to assist 
our men by taking a turn. 

I enclose my card and remain, 

Yours truly, 



SOMEONE left various parcels of 
Tobacco on the table at the office 
of the Mail. Had the owner also left 
his address it might have been for- 
warded ; as he didn't do so we are 
afraid it will have to be called for. 






.I'm a true born railway sailor, and I sail 

upon a train, 
Our sea way's rather shortened, but we'll 

open it again, 
Our 6gurc head's a dummy, begorrah, now 

you'll laugh, 
The Boers there always hitting it, and the 

whole thing's only chaff. 

It isn't always chaff you know, (or now I tell 

you right. 
We gave them rather hello in a land-oum 

naval fight ; 
They aren't quite sure which way to look, but 

they know which way to turn, 
And that's perhaps the only way we know a 

Dutchman's "stern." 

The skipper shoutsd steam ahead, the Dutch- 
men made it so, 

Full steam ahead the other way as hard as 
they coufd go, 

They didn't think of scbieting then but only 
thought of scoot, 

There were muoh too many bullots and 
devilish little loot. 

So here's to the good old ironclad who ereaks 

along the veldt, 
We've still got a good few thousand rounds 

with which the Dutch to pelt, 
A paradox as this may seem, of this you may 

be sure 
When all our rounds are finished, yet still we 

shall have " U 

Printed and Published by 

Toumshend d Son, Market Square, Ma/eking. 

Edit"r and Manager : (V, N. U. Whales 




No. 21 Wednesday, November 29th, 1899. 

,riu gjafchmg glail. 



'No News is Good News.'' 

We axe indebted to the oourti 
tlic Stall for the followii 

Kews Erow Mochudi, 2Srd 
received this morning, 29th. 

All well along the line. 

" Lruitania " arrived at I 
on the 32nd. 


•■ I'Im B 
tl,o 1 i reaping and the 

crop* are consequently rotting. 


• ( 
,1,, i n tiring from Natal to 

id the south-western boi 


"Major Jarris had a skirmish, bel 
Tali and Rhodes' Drift, on the 18th, 

in which two of his D killoil 

and he himself nearly captured. The 

the killed ai 
Henry Perrettfynd Troopi 

Trooper Marcus Batrthropp is 
aliasing. The Boera retired.'' 

••The Crocodile River is rising rapidly 

Mid will probably soon be impassible. 

This will prevent the Bonn making 

any further reeonnaisaiiccs on tin 
of the river.'' 

"Boer commando, wishin 
the Orange River, found it iin] 

from Nervals l'oiit to /out pan Drill.'' 

T f f 

Excitement in England over the war 

is now 


•■ four transports with troop- arrived 

in Capetown on the 1 lth inst. 


" Kuubi irlej all sale." 


" r,i^ nun at Mafeking, woighii 
worked un 

oil." [i his is new- to 


" In Natal, Sir George W 


ind I ndj • 
.smiih Tl i M armoured 

train tl tbev day. The train had 

in ,i rcconuaisam-c ami the 


in the rear of it. Ou ii ourney 

kihI several men were wounded and 
remainder of tin 


v. 38m Nov., 18 

Delporte, Martbinus Dn Pros, Peter 
others, oharged 

uuh b 

'ill "after the war is i 

litis Swart/, and Frederick 

Swartz remarking that he was " quite 


the others were, whether he hud 

would iving n sketch of his 

whole life. Stw Court 

did not em ictorioal de 


A " drunk " was remanded till 
Thursday for the Court to di 

whether the sentence is "to be or not 

: sua- 
aed in jail, 

likewise two Vll who also 

they wen " quit with 


Christian J. Burger, rather oi th. 
three Burgers charged last week as 
suspected spies, was brought up this 

ng on a similar oUwge and will 
be retained in jail. . 

.1,,, Amoldus, Rudolph Brits, b rede- 
rick Minkelbek and D. Mullcr have 
also been sent to help till the prison. 

Rooyen and Venter were again 
remanded for the appearanee of the 
bov «ho, it will be remembered, said 
he was working in Mafeking but failed 
to identity his employer. 

Fatsy Carrol was brought up in 
custody charged with using language 
the reverse of complimentary to an- 
other prisoner, Green. He was caution- 
ed and returned to prison, and the same 
treatment was meted out to Green. 
— ♦ ■ 


Sir —I ean myself speuk to the 
truth of Mr. Pitts' letter. There were 
two commandoes of Boers from Frazer- 
bur" and Carnarvon Districts, and 
Colonel Bayley came from Capetown 
to take command from Major NesDll 
and nut "Inspector," as your corres- 
pondent says. 

I remain, yours truly, 

G. Mastki.s, 
Late 24th Regiment. 
Mafeking, 29th Nov., 1899. 

This apposite selection was kindly 
forwarded to us ; not recognising the 
signature we do not know whom to 
thank : 

Then spake the Consul Aulas, 

He spake a bitter jest, 
Once the Jays sent a in. 
Unto the Eagle's nest. 
Now yield thee forth thine eyrie 

Unto the Carrion Kite, 
Or come forth valiantly nnd fate 

The Jays in deadly fight. 

Forth looked, in wrath, the V.- 

And Carrion Kite and Jay, 

As soon as they saw his beak and claw 

Pled Boreammg far away. 

Vritdtd and Vublishtd by 

Toatukmdi Son, Mortal SjWM, » 

t'difc* Mid Manager : O. N. U. IW.ciff;. 




No. 22 

Thursday, November 30th, 1899. 

«* fflaf thing Pail. 



"It is suggested that all ' Old 
Andriuns,' past members of St. An- 
drew's College, Grahainstown, at pre- 
sent in Mafeking, should arrange to 
dine together next Sunday to celebrate 
the annual festival of their alma mater, 
as is customary all over South Africa. 
Old Aiuireans are requested to com- 
municate with " V.S" at the office of 
this paper, when arrangements can be 


A True Incident of the Siege. 

Drowsily I sank on to the ground 
wrapped in a kaross, whose grateful 
warmth soon restored comfort to my 
benumbed limbs, the misery of the two 
hours' picquet duty in heavy rain was 
forgotten in a sleep so sound, it more 
resembled stupor, the stupor of ex- 
treme tatigue. It only seemed to me 
that a few minutes had elapsed, al- 
though it was really some hours, when 
I heard the order given : " Stand to 
Arms." Scarcely had I gained my 
feet when the Colonel stood before me 
asking in stern tones why these stran- 
gers had been allowed to pass. Stam- 
mering some excuse that it was after 
I left the post, I looked in the direction 
of his pointing hand, to my horror saw 
in the darkness, not two hundred yards 
away, a scarcely distinguishable crowd 
which instinct more than my sense of 
sight told me were mounted Boers. 
Luckily I had carried my rifle and 
bandolier when I emerged from the 
trench where 1 had been sleeping, and 
hastily slipping in a cartridge I crouch- 
ed outside of the breast work ready to 
fire, unceremoniously asking the Col. 
to call the other men. No, said he, " you 
and 1 must do this alone." I felt that 
to be rather a tall order, but implicit 
confidence in the man who was keen 
enough to be in the dead of night at 
the very spot at the very time the 
enemy approached, prevented my 
doubting the feasibility of his carrying 
through anything he undertook, and 
when he said we were to do it alone 
I felt at once an inspiration, a capa- 
bility for heroism, which I must con- 
fess had never before manifested itself 
in my breast. Some hastily whispered 
instructions from the Colonel as he 
thrust a long Cavalry sword in my right 

hand and a lance quite twenty feet 

long in the other aorl the next instant 
I had thrust the lance right through 
two Boers, the weapon entering the 
stomaoh of the first, ooming out be- 
tween his shoulder blades, and piercing 
the chest of tho man behind him, 
the point protruling quite two feet out 
from behind his head. While with my 
sword I slashed large pieces off the 
heads of Boer after Boer. In the 
meantime the Colonel had been actively 
engaged in a most peculiar manner. 
lie had taken off his large cloak and 
waving it on high, had caught two. 
sometimes three, Boers at a time, in its 
folds immediately plunging an assegai 
through them. On we worked in this 
manner till not a single Boer was left, 
all were wounded, I turned to ask 
the Colonel what reward he thought 
my bravery would bring me, when I 
was seized by the arm, shaken me till 
my teeth rattled, and I awoke as a 
voice of thunder roared in my ear, 
" Stand to Arms, you sleepy headed 
fool," and I did. 


Before Colonel Qoold-Adams, O.B., 

CM. O., and Colonel C. B. Vyvyan, 

Mr. O. G. H. Bell, Esq. 

John Murphy, on remand for the 
Court to consider whether he should 
be flogged, charged with being drunk 
at 10-30 a.m. on the 27th ult., wa 
sentenced to fourteen days' hard 
labour, the Court remarking that they 
were loth to give any white man the lash. 

Charley, a Zambesi boy, was charged 
with stealing a vest, the property of 
Mr Jenkins, who proved finding it 
amongst prisoner's things in prisoner's 
room at Ellis's corner. Mr. Jenkins 
said that after his place was shelled 
every mortal thing he had was stolen. 

Remanded for further evidence. 
' Van Rooyen and Venter, charged 
with being suspected spies, were again 
brought up. 

Jomanyane, the boy supposed to 
have conveyed messages to the Boers, 
denied having ever done so, but also 
denied nearly everything the other 
witnesses in the case had said. Was 
sure he is a Mokwena but didn't ap- 
pear certain about anything else. Van 
liooyen and Venter are to be retained 
in prison till affairs are settled, they in 
one voice deolared, as did other three 
prisoners a day or two ago, "they 
were quite satisfied wtih the sentence." 
There must be something decidedly 
nice about jail life. 

l'rinlid and publuhtd by 

Tounsknd * Son, Marktt Squart, ilaftHn}. 

i'ditor and llanagtr : 0. «. B. WhaUt. 





No. 23 

Friday, December 1st, 1899. 

*"< Hatching i\hul. 


By the courtesy of the Colonel 
Commanding wo are enabled to print 


News from the South has hecn receivod 
this morning, through reliable native 
channels, to the effect that a InV 
took place last week between the I 
and our force proceeding to i 

Kiinberlev. The encounter took place 
;it Mo i. One of OUT 

broke the Boers' big gun in two. 
Boers suffered a heavy defeat A Boer 
describee the British i nume- 

rous as a cloud of loom 


Kuruniiin was attacked a fortnight 
ago. This place is garrisoned b 

Police, 20 I ownspeople and 120 
Natives. They fought the Boers for 
five daj a win i red, losing 

fifteen killed. Our loss one 
Police killed 

we kill. The wounded are sent to 
t, They keep very secret the 
r they lose. 
CnoNJF. had 3,000 Mkn 
in his commando when he came here. 
During bis stay 

Hi Lost 287. 
When he left last week to go South 
there only remained 2,000 to take 
with I 



What the Men of our Garrison 
have done 

The Boers bad tWO pieces i if artillery 
knocked out by us at the Waterworks 
ii October 23rd. 



Says He'll try Taking Mafeking 

Th( Boers lay they are going to have 
i Try 

I ifcklDg and are getting up 
some more guns to doit with, 

[They D the 

troublo, they would not take it even if 
they had fifty gun 

We Capture _the_Boers' Cattle WTEST MffRKET quotations- 

And General Malan's Son. 

SoldsWOrth and part, 

looted all 
nil tnm) the Boers' Laag 

They had B hundred wagons 

i oonstorE 
Malan's sun and Bon-in-Iaw have boon 

captured by our i 




Natives Bl 

in arms against the Boers. 

are up 

What our Snipers are Doing 



: i cwt. 2s. 6d 

Shells, Doexploded : 

Ninety-four pounders 
ivc pounders 

9D pounders 

The new Five pounder 

i bullets, per gto 3d 

Martini bullets, per load ... Is. 

rket firm, eellers inclined to bold 
in anticipation of a rise, as supply is 
foiling short ol demand. 

St. John's Church, Mafeking. 

Advent Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 1899. 


The Boei very 

day from our " Snipers." Natives say 
there is a big hide near McMullins, 
into which day by day they throw those 

The Bev. W. II. Weekcs will bold 
the followin : — 

Holy Communion, 7-30 aju. 

Matins ... L0-30a.m. 

msong ... "- ;;| J p.m. 

Hi' are glad to learn that in conse- 
quence of the sucoess of the concert 
given by the Railway Division last 
Sunday it has been decided to hold 

Promenade Concert 

at the North end of the Railway Camp, 

First Avenue, 
at 1-15 on 

Sunday Afternoon next 

We learn that more talent has been 
discovered in Mafeking, the inex- 
haustible ; and some important addition 
to last week's programme may be ex- 


Apropos to Sir Gen. White who is 
now taking such an active part on the 
Natal side in the adjustment of South 
African affairs, the following extract 
may be of interest : — 

General Sir George Stewart White 
gained V.C. for gallant service in Egypt 
in 1893, and was created G.C.B. for 
distinguished services in India in 1898. 
in which year he was appointed Quar- 
ter Master General to the forces. Ho 
is 64 years of age, was educated at 
Sandhurst, entered the army in 1853, 
served in the Indian Mutiny with 27th 
Royal Inniskilling Fusilier's and Sea- 
forth Highlanders. Ho received his 
captaincy in 1863, was promoted to 
the lank of Major in 1878, and five 
years later was in the Afghan war with 
the Gordon Highlanders. He was 
present at the battle of Charasia, the 
occupation of Kabul, expedition to 
Maiden, Sharpur, capture of Takti 
Shah ; march from Kabul to Candahar 
ami received the Afghan medal with 
three clasps. He was Military Secre- 
tary to the Viceroy of India in 1881, 
became Lieut.-Colonel of the Gordon 
Highlanders in 1881, Colonel in 1885, 
and commanded the Brigade in Burma)! 
in 1885-1886. He was promoted 
Major-General for distinguished service 
in field, and was thanked by the 
Government of India. He conducted 
the expedition into Zoab, and was 
Commander-in-Chief of the forces in 
India from 1893 to 1898. Ho was 
born, and still has his home, in County 
Antrim, Ireland. 

A Gymkhana Meeting will be held, 
under Siege conditions, at the Polo 
Ground, on Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 1899, 
under the patronage of Colonel R. S. 8. 
Baden-Powell, commanding the Gar- 
rison. Commencing 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Printed and I'uUMtd by 
SiiUn and Manager : O, N. 11. 




No. 24 Saturday, December 2nd, 1899. 

,rhl ithfclung Pail. 

SLIP No. 1. 

Reprints are Now Ready. 

A letl id to 

w. i; c. BODTHWOOD, 

is in tli' 1 hat 

Bell, Esq., awaiti 


Mafeking Garrison. 

Decemuki: 1st, I 

lent 91 

night, draw* the attention 
mandi fact that if w 

parties me allowed to go out indi 
rlently, without obtaining bis sanction, 
they are liable to work against 
other i" 1 '! should com 

may well d< 

int. In future 

offioers commandi 

will obtain the '• 

night. This '1" a Pply 

to tie ll out to the front of 

posts who] 
bo in the vicinity. 

Hiluf CotnmitU . It is notifii 
information that the Rebel I 
will i" arthcr 

Hi Cusl 

ment < mmittee will unlay, 

at Dixon's I Intel, lit 10 111. ( Iv 

attending al the above place and hour 
will be informed about what tim 
Committee will arrive at i 

The Court ol Bnmmary Jurisdiction 
will mi' i i t lourt 

I Louse, it in 30 a.M . for the 1 1 imina- 
tinn ol such prisoners 
brought before it. Presiding Officer: 
Major Goold-Adarns, and C. (i. J! 
Bell, Esquire. 

the notice 
uf th, 

in cattle, 

from their posts they have 

I to be strayi tho 

.', a ills 

irds for this 
nol be enterl lined as, after 
all, it is considered that in b 

they are only doing their duty 
toward the gei i tho 

tttle are i 
should be i Chief Staff 

In tl vent of ownei 

clainu v ex- 

pense incurred by the finders in keep, 
will i hie and recoverable 

- prior to the cattle 

being finally restored to them. 

By order, 

K. II. CECIL, Major, 


The rumour which lating 

- forth thai 

d, lacks, up 
aid enable us to 
piint it as reliabli 

it. But it may be regarded 
as authentic that young Piet t'ronje, 

the wound. 

One of ppearing Boers 

met on his way ho asked 

if bo were DOt afraid of I nam; 
shot for desertion. Admitting 

that possibility he said he pre 

,mg, he v, Likely he 

shot in the tier,, 

vilio have man- 

d to wait on the Boers, make their 

rry their food, ammunition, 

nine bitterly of the 

nciit they receive and run away 

the Boers will not stir out from tho 

On errands ol numerous kinds and 
and to the 
point, that they have to crawl 

on their bellies, which wears out their 


i nt the I : | will prob- 

ably not be able to take from the 

Nati\ mnd enough to cover 

tbeir nakedness when the last suits 
they stole are worn out. 

St. John's CMi f Mafeking. 

Advent Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 1899. 

The Rev. W. II. Weekes will hold 
the following services : — 

Holy Communion. 7-30 a.m. 

Matins ,.. 10-30 a.m. 

tuong ... 7-30 p.m. 

We axe glad to learn that in conse- 
quence of the Bucoesa of the concert 
given by the Eailway Division last 
Sunday it has been decided to hold 

Promenade Concert 

North end of the Railway Camp 

First Avenue, 
at 4-15 on 

Sunday Afternoon next. 


We loarn that more talent has been 
discovered in Mafeking, the inex- 
haustible ; and some important addition 
to last week's programme may be ex- 

A Gymkhana Meeting will be held, 
under Siege conditions, at the Polo 
Ground, on Sunday. Dec. 3rd, 189:', 
under the patronage of Colonel R. S. 8. 
Baden- Powell, commanding the Gar- 
rison. Commencing 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 


Friday, Deobhbib 1st, 1899. 

Before Colonel Ooold-Adame, ''./■'., 
C.Jf.Cr., and C. Q. II. Bell, Esq., 

c.c. & n.v. 

ucl Ilullev was found near Che 

Goods Shed on the Railway prei 

at 9-30 on Thursday evening. Mc Lean 

challenged him but got no answer, so 

he and C.P. Th i took him 

to the Acting Sta; Mr. 

,. who told the Court "lie could 


Prisoner's account of the affair is 

that, going to the Volunteer camp he 

took the road by the line because ho 

thought he was " going wrong," which 

must have been tl > lourt 

him three days hard. 

Willem, coloured, charged with being 

drunk in the Commissariat yard, is a 

driver and would no; yard 

when Corporal Pitcher told him to. 

He said he got the drink from a white 

man in one ol tl" i s and that 

irporal was present at the time. 

Remanded for eoquii ii 

Town* at ml ,t .'■• 




No. 25 

Monday, December 4th, 1899. 

"" tthfckmq Pail. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

ri Martial.— A Field General 
Court Uurtlal will assemble to-morrow 

lor tin trial ol such prisoners as shall 
be brought before them 

plain Marsh, Protec- 
torate Regiment. 

Members.— Lieut, the Hon. Hanbnry 
Tracy. Royal Horae Guards ; A Sub- 
ilt( in. Prott otorati Regimi 

I'll- tier will In dulj warned ami 
witnesses ordered t<> attend. The time 
and place of trial will be notified by 
tlic President. Proceedings to be 
forwarded I Staff Officer. 

rt of Summary Jurisdiction. — 

Tin' Court nt Summary Jurisdiction 

will meet to-morrow, at the Court 

House, at 10- IS a.m. Presiding Offi- 

Siujor Lord Edward Cecil, aud 

il. Bell, Beq., C.C. & B.M. 

Pruonsr*. — When any prisoners arc 

remanded by OffiVeis lor trial by the 

Court ot Summary Jurisdiction, the 

i, should submit the names of 

the witnesses and the charge, to the 

Court, in such time as to allow of the 

witnesses being duly warned to attend 

ties.— Tent Pegging, Tilting at the 
Ring, Polo, etc. Great care must be 
taken by the Senior Officer present 
that these are not carried on in any 
place sufficiently visible to the enemy 
to draw fit tally the ground 

mar the Proteetoi ate Camp, as tire 
directed by the enemy at this point is 
very liable to endanger the Women's 

Telephones. — Considerable damage 
having occurred to the lines through 
wagon drivers flicking their whips and 
striking the wires when passing beneath 
them, all wagon drivers should be 
cautioned on the subject and warned 
that severe punishment will be meted 
out to any driver who is caught injur- 
ing the lines through his. carelessness 
in tli is respi i t. 

By order, 

K. 11. CECIL, Major, 


By the courtesy of the Colonel 
landing we are enabled to print 
the following : — 

The S.8. " Reichstag " arrived at Beira 
from the North yesterday. 

The news received in Zanzibar is 
up to the 16th inst. The Boers were 
then returning to the north of Lady- 

From officiul London cables the 
correspondent says: 35 militia 
battalions were to be ready on the - 20th 

Canada will send a further contingen 
on the 7th instant. 

■ i ;il Boiler h>,s ordered the 
evacuation of Stormbcrg, Rosmead, 
and Naauwpoort, awaiting reinforce- 

The Boers have oecupied Storm berg. 
The Press states that Khama's 
Natives report that a large party of 
Boers and sixty wagons have passed 
Baine's Drift and are coming towards 
Rhodes' Drift. 

London, Nov. Srd. — Sir Geo. White 
has declared his personal responsibility 
tor the reverse near Ladysmitb, when 
K00 of our men were captured by the 
enemy. This despatch to the War 
Office has created a magnificent im- 
pression on the continent. 

Lord Roseberry, voicing his opinion 
of the nation, says : " Whatever cost, 
we mean to see the thing through." 

London, Nov. 3rd. — Canada has 
offered an entire Brigade for service 
in South Africa. 

Liberal Imperialists are supporting 
the Government, even Mr. Labouchere 
advocates the fight to finish. 

London, Nov. 4th. — The Sydney 
Premier suggested that the force to be 
called the " Australian Contingent " 
shall be formed, if necessary. 10,000 

The Loyal Berkshire Iicgimeut has 
moved from Naauwpoort to De Aar. 

The Boers have blown up the Aoh- 
tertang Railway Bridge. 

A Mounted Volunteer Corps to be 
called the " South African Light 
Horse " is in process of formation at 

Captain J. C. Knapp, "Imperial 
Light Horse," Natal, was seriously 
wounded in a skirmish with the enemy 
early in November, he was shot through 
the lungs. 

Tho English mails ex 8.S. " Lusi- 
tana," left Beira at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 
November 23rd, and were expected at 
Bulawayu on the 2.0th tilt. 

All <)uiot during the night ; (dispatch 
left 25th) at Border Station. 

" This morning. News was reoeived, 
which brines us down to last Thurs- 
day, the 30th ult. 



Kimberley Relieved 

" Kimberley ws 

on the 23rd by a force of 3,000 British 
after a severe fight at Belmont, in 
which the Boers lost hea 


"The Boers wore strongly posted in 

koppies, from which they were driven 
at point of bayonet. Our loaset 
killed, 151 wounded. Enemy's 

double (one account s;ivs 1,000)." 


Now we Shan't be Long. 

"Ten thousand men under Lord 
Methuen have been sent up to Kim- 

"A Hying column is proceeding to 
the relief of Mafeking." 


" Up North the Boers have n 
before Colonel Plumer from the neigh- 
bourhood of Tuli. 

" At Sequani Colonel Holdsworth, 
with 100 whites and Linchwe's men, 
attacked the Boer laager on the 26th. 
26 Boers were killed, 100 head of 
cattle, 13 horses. 12 Mausers and 28 
women and children were captured. 
The women and children have been 
handed back. Our loss : 15 Natives 
killed, 16 wounded. A party of Lin- 
chwe's also cut off five spans of the 
enemy's oxen near Qaberones. The 
Boers then retreated to Crocodile 
Pools, after burning their supply of 
forage, etc. 

"On the 29th the Boers shelled 
Sequani without doing any harm and 
then advanced to attack, but Linchwe's 
men lining the river bank, drove them 
back with heavy fire." 


" Fifteen thousand men have gone t. ( 
Natal under General Clery." 



A most successful Gymkhana Meet- 
ing was held yesterday under the 
patronage of the Colonel Commanding, 
It. S. 8. Baden-Powell. Major II. J. 
Godley kindly acted as Secretary and 
thanks are due to him and the. Com- 
mittee for the excellent manner in 
which the whole was carried out. The 

committee if Lieut-Colonel 

,1. \ 11 Walford, Captain Lc 
Cavendish-Bentinok, Captain II. C. 

Singleton. The Jud) Major 

Goold-Adams I the Starter l.ieut- 

Colonel ('. O. I lore. 

The dii i little 

before noon with. 

at men of the Proteotorab 
denotes the Squadron. Tilts. Total. 

Trooper Bones, C ... 10 2 
Corporal Kelly, A ... 1 2 
Trooper I 110 

■ Williams, B .'0 

10 1 

i ... I 1 

1 n 1 

Trooper Terblanche. B 1 1 

Trooper Braisher, A ... 1 1 

Trooper I .001 1 

Trooper Mattinehook, B 1 1 

llic, I) 

D ... scratched 

Corporal Robertson, D 

Trooper Humphries, Ac 

tfaher, A ... 

Trooper Silby, A ... 


'.'nd Trv Final 
Trooper Poole. Prot. ... 12 6 6 

Corporal Newton, B.S.A.P. 12 6 


Private Hodgson, CI' 

Corporal Abrams, CI'. 


Corporal Ellw. '. 6 


Private Duraiui. .6 

Privat. . 6 

Trooper Munell, 1S.S.A. P.,.. 6 

Corporal Kelland, Prot. ... 1 

Trooper i ... 1 

,, Lambert ,, ... 1 

W 1 

Terblanche, Prot. ... 1 




Troopci 2 

Lloydd, B.S.A.P. ... 2 

ante 2 

Private Kushton, Bech. Rifles 2 

Corporal Cash 

Cooke, Bech. Rifles 
., Robertson, Prot. 
L.-Corpl. Rowland, Beeh. Rifles 
Sergt.Major Bunburv (scratched) 
Sergeant Parsons, Protect.. 
,, I 


Trooper i 

,. Humphrev 

,, Mattinshaw ,, 

Beid I 

,i Swart Bech. Riles. 

We will continue tins in to-morrow's 

8U P' ' '""' done 


d by 




No. 26 

Tuesday, December 5th. 1899. 

*•» Hlafching Pail. 


Mafeking Garrison. 


Matbkoo, Dbobubbb I i m, 1899. 

Outpost*.— In future no one is allowed 

to pass thi Outposts unions thtii 

has been countersigned l>v an Offioer 

of the Headquarter Staff. 

Requisition*.— Ail persons b 

lisitions for sup 
such as Stationery, i tc. foi the 
the Heads taff, for Imperial 

purposes, should send the same in to 
Mr. P. G Beasley, Headquarter Btafl 
Office, Dixon's Hotel, by Wedn< 
ii, xt. In future these aeeounU should 

adored by him weekly on 

all rente due by the Imperial authori- 
i.,r the hire ol Offices, Building, 
i, etc., should alt i" to 

Mr. P C, Bi 

The Court "i Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet to-morrow, at the 
House, m 10-15 i. in. Presiding Offi- 
ce] : Major (loold-Adams, ami Lieut. - 
Colonel C. B, Vyvyen. 
By order, 

K. II. (Kill. Major, 



Prom ii [Mmes ' 

last to hand : — 


The gallant defence shown by she 
little garrison :it Mafeking has greatly 
impressed foreign nations. It was 

never anticipated that the town could 
hold out, and the French pre* 
peoted that the Boers would have a 
walk over 

in •■ Bulawavo Chronicle," No- 
vember 23tb, 1899 

One of the members of the Natal 
Mounted Rifles says it is to be hoped 
in future that no (|uurter will he given, 

and relates the reason for the expres- 
sion of this hope. After an officer had 
stopped his nun from shooting a Boer, 
who had bogged for mercy, the old 
villain shot his saviour dead. 

From "Bulawavo Chronicle," No- 

l 2".th. 1*99:— 

Not a single voice is raised in the 
sli press against the firm attitude 
of the Cabinet in its declared intention 
to finally erush the Boer Republics. 
Not a single despondent chord is 
80undeil. The universal note is pride 
in the unshaken courage displayed bv 
our troops and admiration of the gal- 
lant manner in which the overpowered 
forces at Nicholson's Nek fought to 
Bt overwhelming odds. 


The - that the bitter thing 

the Vryburg surrender is that it 

was plainly brought about by the 

ie of the inhabitants, 

including all those who, as volunteers, 

the oath of allegiai 
the Queen. 


menced with Section Teir Pegging, 
of tour, for a prize presented by 
Colonel Baden-Powell. <'ape Police, 
1). 2. was the winning team. The 
following is the score : — 




e thi Tug-of-War, t< 


D. 1 




inland Killes 
I, Kllit 




About Three Furloi 

Mr. Weil's " Gallia," (Mom!) 1 

Baby,' 1 i Lieut. 
Moncricff) ... '.' 

Mr. Weil's " Dick," ( George) ... I 
Lieut. Moncrieffs Bay Pony 

A Polo Matoli was played beta 
Captains of Protectorate Regiment : 
I 'apt. Lord C. Bentinck, Cupt. Marsh, 
Capt. Fitzclarence, Capt. Singleton. 
and Officers of the Garrison: l.t.-('ol. 
Walford, Major Godley, Lt. Dunlop 
Smith, Lt. Paton. The umpire beint; 
Major Baillic, whose decisions gave 
universal satisfaction. 

During the week the ground had 
been well levelled, the only thing in 
Mafeking which has been levelled, not- 
withstanding oud Grietje and her 
colleagues, and the result was greatly 
increased satisfaction to the players. 
Lord U. Bentinck and Major Godley 
were "backs" to their respective 
teams. In the first ohokker the Pro- 
tectorate made two and the Garrison 
one. In the second the 1'rotectorate 
were three to two, and after good and 
fast play the Protectorate won by five 
to four. The game throughout was 
well contested and the ponies would 
not have disgraced any Polo ground. 
It is to be hoped that, Grietje cum 
Cronje permitting, this will prove the 
first of a series of such matches. 

The Band of the Bechuanaland Rifles 
was in attendance and played during 
the afternoon various selections in an 
efficient manner. 


PERSON'S having spare Silvei 
requested to take it to the Chief 
Paymaster, who will give gol 
cheques in exchange. 


oi town (Jruell, lumberiey. At tour 
o'clock in the afternoon we gave three 
cheers and their position. 

They left sonic ten or fifteen of their 
dead for us to bury, wliioh we di I. 
The rebels were only 200 yards aw:i_\ 
in a sluit and hidden in bush. They 
certainly showed more pluck than 
Cronje's lot has as yet. We had a 
■ repast at Smith Drift, provided 
hv Mr. Smith himself; he set his house 
free to us all. This was in 1877. I 
owned then two mule wagons which 
were employed by the Government at 
that time. On one of the wagons I 
carried always a flag with a hand and 
heart upou it. From this the rebels 
took it for Col. Lanyon's wagon and 
riddled it with shot. 

Trusting I am not intruding on your 
space, I am, yours <fto., 

W. R. Ohson. 

td atul I'utliehed by 
Towns)ttiut if Son, Matkrt Square, Mofekinq. 
i'td Manager : Q. N. H. W/haltl. 

To tl„ Editor o) 

Sm,— These are the true facts of 
Major Kesbit's case. He arrived the 
day after the battle of Griquatown, 
from Koegas, with his contingent. 
He went with Warren and Lanyon to 
Paarde Klcof and was at the b 
but it was three days after the battle 
he got wounded, he being in ohai 
a small body of the D.F.H., on. 
and two star (the Kiniherley Devils 
as they were called then |. Thoj 
from Debie Nek with Colonel V. 

the Griquatown battle They 
were in the kloof reconnoitring. The 
writer of this was with them at the 
time. Six days afterwards some o0 of 
us left for Kimberley but were stopped 
at Campbell by five hundred of the 
rebels. Our orders from Col. Lanyon 
weiv: Stand firm, spare your cart- 
make targets of 

'Ives." We did so. and on], 
ol us p ot Bhl t, that was Mr. (Wll 




No. 27 Wednesday, December 6th, 1899. 


kifckmg pail. 


Mafeking Garrison. 

Mait.kiN'., Dmbubei .''in, 1899. 

The Court "I Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet to-morrow, at the i 

II,,,,-. Presiding Offi- 

l,i, ,il Edward Cecil, and 
M. Bell, Esq., <'.<'. a B.M. 

By order, 

I CECIL, Major, 
i' 3.0. 


" Dead p -, all 

drenched in mud, dro and 

turnips came tumbling down 

3wift said i 

prion of a erl We 

Buppose from his mentioning dead 
puppies and drowned cats that he 
moan) it ws 

We don't know the origin of the 
and dogs' Bhowor, bat if its i" 
•• Kutii aoxs learned writer 

we think it rai 

prinkle ol 
inches in about one hour is decidedly 

»v ai ioned that thei 

ample natural drainage to take away 
i aormons quantity of water 
which fell yesterday, hat ti 

hi them the wuter 
could not run More damage to pro- 
perty was done by i than 
thi liners hu\e accomplished in their 
" storming." Rations were destroyed, 
kits washed away, and in one ease 
a man was nearly drowned, or smother- 
ed in mud. He slipped in, fortunately 
fcot downwards, and had not two of 
his companions hecn near him and 
promptly "hauled him hack again," he 
would have been done tor. At the 
Hospital Redan the underground kit- 
chen was flooded with six feet of water, 
the dinner beef spoiled and various 
little "extras" the uion had subscribed 
to buy, were lost. The Women's 
Laager trend, was an underground 
canal. The Sisters were washed out 

their "bomb-proof" and the 
•'.I'. had an hour's diving in a 

coloured pool, for 
Maxim ammuniti in, whili 
had an experience of wetne- 
comfort, which it is to be hoped will 
remain unique, bul which 
by the whole garrison in the 
cheery manner which has been shown 
daring all the time of tin 

IT friend the enemy ei 
himself, and to help cheer him up, 
i like to tell hnn that through his 
lack of nous and pluck hi 
chance yesterday to annoy 08, which i.- 
liivi.T Likely igaiu. 


Wli. dway Division d 

tiling they do it well, and 
icert which thej 

Sunday proves it. Although the 
Gymkhana kept visitors away during the 

art, the many late arrivals I 
how the entertainment was appro 
The management was able to keep 
I to the published programme 
thin last week, and Mrs, I.' is having 
her indisposition 
nable her to appear, made an 
additional attraction. This lady, who 
— es a sweet voice and can man- 
age it well, will prove a musical 
■ition to Mafeking. We hope 

in hear her indoors without the 
disadvantage of the open air to 
tend with Our Orchestral Society 
also uquitted themselves most credit- 
ably. Mr. Laytou, we beg his pardon, 
Sergt. -Major, Lay-ton sang two songs 
and was deservedly encored. Mr. Tony 

r sang "The Promised Land'' 

■■other of his own composition: 
" Let 'em all come' (revised), in which 
allusion is made to the gallantry of 
Trooper Stevens, who curried Webb 

B Hospital when "Spider'' was 
wounded. It is unnecessary I 
this was well received. Captain Ryan 
sang artistically and well " In Friend- 
ship's Name," and showed his versa- 
tility by responding to the determined 
call for au encore with one of " Cheva- 
lier's" songs. The remainder of the 
programme comprisod " Saku Bona 
Zorrka " and " The Blathermskite " by- 
Mr. King. " Tii Old Madrid " by Mr. 
Crittenden, and " The Old Brigade " 
by Mr. Kussell, completing an excellent 
omenta were served 
and a most enjoyable entertainment 
was provided, tor which the thanks of 

oiumunity are certainly due to 
the Railway Division. 


Where Botha was Killed. 

Official Account. 
Colonial Kekewich I" Chief Staff 
Offioer, October 24th, 9 p.m.— Lieut- 
Colonel Scott Turner proceeded north- 
with about 270 mounted men 
iibout four this morning. The party 
off-«addled at MeFarlane's at about 
MO, Continued the journey tov 
Rivorton Road Station. Almost at 
once scattered parties of Boers were 
,, right flank. Turner took up a 
;l t MeFarlane's and saw 136 
south of his position about 1,200 
yards range. Turner opened 
saw Boers tailing. At 10 a.m. two 
hundred Boers were seen advaw 
from the north to reinforce the Boers 
already in position. Turner opened fire 
at 1,700 yards on this body and emptied 
several saddles. The enemy now moved 
to a sandheap and opened fin 
Turner's force at 2,000 yards, which 
we returned. Turner endeavoured to 
cut off the Boers advancing against 
Murray at 2 p.m., but was met by a 
heavy magazine fire from dam wall not 
previously noticed, about 600 yards 
from his left flank. At 11 a.m. I 
ordered Lieut.-Colonel Murray to pro- 
ceed north with 130 men of the Lan- 
cashire Regiment by train, which had 
been kept ready. The armoured train 
was already in support of Turner's 
forces. At 11-56 Murray left Kilnber. 
d at the same time two guns, 
two Maxims, with an escort of 70 
mounted men, advanced by road to- 
MeFarlancs. Murray's force 
proceeded direct to Turner's position, 
now six miles from here. The fold of 
ground hid the train from view. At 
1-10 I saw our two guns suddenly 
come into action against the Boers on 
hills north-east <>f them in a very un- 
iavourable position in low ground. 
Their artillery fire was \ ery brisk. I 
at once ordered a second train to be 
held in readiness. About 1-30 p.m. 
it was noticed through the smoke of 
guns that Murray's train had returned, 
and his men were in support of guns. 
At 2 p.m. the second train was for- 
warded with seventy of the Eimberley 
regiment and additional ammunition 
for the guns. Two coaches were also 
sent on the train to bring back the 
wounded. The North Lancashire's be- 
haved most excellently and cleared the 
Boers out of the kopjes. Turnei 
not be too highly commended for the 
lie took in to-day's engagement. 
Commandant Botha, of Boshof (com- 
mandant), and many Boers were killed. 
The estimated strength of the Boer 
forces engaged to-day were 700 men. 
Our success will have very goo'i 
in this neighbourhood. The Boers 
twice attempted to make treacherous 
oi t lie white Hag. List of our 
killed: Private II. •). Elliott, Cap< 
Police; Private li S. Mackenzie 
Police; Trooper Leopold, K.L.H. 
Wounded : Lieut. R. L. McClintoek, 
K El., slightly; Lieuts. J. G. Lowndes 
and C. H. Bingham, North Lancash ires 
both severely. Private A. Milner 

iv and Private (1. Lee slightly, 
both North Lai cashires; C H. Hoskins, 
Dye, Qow, Simpson. Peterson, and 

veil, Cape Police; Dodds, Harris, 
Chapman, McCaskial, Brady, and 
Beddy (?), K.L.H, ; M. N. Bai 
F. D. Paynes, A. F. Dickenson, A 
Baukier D 1 \.. K.L.H. is Eimber- 
ley Light Horse, raised three days ago. 


A regrettable occurrence took place 

this afternoon by which Town Coun- 
cillor Gbrrans and bis assistant, Mr 
Green, also a passer-by, named Smith, 
was injured. An unexploded shell was 
being opened for the purpose of ex- 
tracting the charge when by Borne 

liitans- the details of which have not 
yel been made clear— the thin 
ploded. The three wele removed to 
the Hospital. 


Watching and feeding cattle just 
now must cause the Boers a deal of 
anxiety, therefore we feel glad to 

natives have relieved 
them ot part of their worry by bringing 
in a lot of nice fat oxen which the 
Boi ra have been taking care of. 


oping, probably in sympathy with 
the depressed state of the big gun. 
Directly settling day arrives we may 
expect a rush for it. when, no doubt, 
a lot of other shells will go suddenly 

up. In the meantime holders ot 
ninety-four pounders are hanging fire, 
awaiting the " boom " in this stock. 
Till it comes let your maxim be : " Sit 
tight and do not be alarmed at the 
various reports" Buyers and l< 
oi live-pounders are vei The 

lurtunatc holders of paper ot this 
denomination positively declining to 


This is the latest " narrow est 
which we relate as was told us : — 

" He was on the roof looking tin 
a spy glass when the shell struck. 
The concussion sent him up 
feet in the air. While he was thus 
travelling the shell exploded under- 
neath him. He dropped back on to 
the roof just after the explosion and 
rolled into the gutter; unhurt. 1 ' 

I'ubtished by 
Toutm}t*ttd it Son, Market Square, .1/ 
KdtUnr and Itonayer : G. S. It. Ivhalta. 




No. 28 Thursday, December 7th, 1899. 


;i fching glail. 


We are sure we represent the whole 
of Ha/eking when we offer most 
hearty congratulations to Captain 
Wilson ami Lady Sara Wilson on her 
ladyship's safe arrival in our tight 
little garrison, after her experiences 
with the Boers. 

Mafeking Garrison. 


Makekino, December 6th, 1899. 

Pay. — With reference to General 
Orders of the 9th November for the 
Colonial Contingent, Capt. Goodyear 
is entitled to draw pay at the rate of 
15s. per diem from the 13th October. 

Defences. — All empty sacks in town 
must be delivered to the Town Com- 
mandant's office by to-morrow night. 

States. — Weekly States of the Pro- 
tectorate Regiment. U.S.A. Police, 
Cape Police, and Bechuanaland Rifles 
should be furnished on Saturday morn- 
ing at 9 a.m., to the C.8.O. 

Hospital.— The P.M.O. will furnish 
a return weekly of the number of 
patients in Hospital, showing those 
admitted and those discharged. Any 
deaths will be reported immediately 
to the C.S.O., they will also be shown 
on the State. 

re*. — O.C.'a and units of Corps 
are requested to send in statements as 
soon as possible showing any deficien- 
cies that may exist in their stores and 
standing equipment that may require 
to he replaced prior to troops taking 
the field. 

Qowrt "I' Summary Juriidicfion. — 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet to morrow, in the Court 
House, at 10-1") a.m. Presiding Oth- 
oer: Major Goold-Adams and Lieut- 
Colonel Vyvyan. 

By order, 

B. H. CKCIL, Major, 

The Colonel Commanding has doubt- 

oeived many peculiar messages 

from the Boers since the besiegemeut 

but none have been scut in a more 
interesting manner than was the fol- 
lowing, which came to hand in a five 
pounder common shell. It was written 
in pencil upon a scrap of thin waterlined 
letter paper. 

• Mr. Baden Powell 

Pleas excuse me for sending 
this iron messenger i have no other to 
send a Present, he is rather exentric 
but vorgive him if he does not behave 
well i wish to ask you not to let your 
men drink all the whisky as i wish to 
have a drink when we all come to see 
you. cindly tell Mrs Dunkley that her 
mother and vamily are all well. 

I remaijn 

yours trewlv 

• publican." 


mis, C.B., 
CM. O., at, I Colonel C.B. Vyvyan. 

Thomas Brown, the who 
w;is before this same Court last month 
in connection with certain dealings in 
unexploded explosives, was charged 
with assaulting Mr. Jones, chemist. 
and damaging certain property. Mr. 
Jones prove i that as Ins shop and 
office were too frequently subjected to 
the visitation of Mausers lie lcid a 
table placed in the Town Hall, on 
which he wrote. 4c Returning from 
serving a customer bu found his table, 
hooks anil papers had been placed 
outside. The accused, who was con- 
nected with one of our big guns round 
the corner, apparently felt aggrieved 
at Mr. .Icines' presence and notified 
him that he would "not allow him in 
there." Presumably, to emphasise his 
opinions, he caught Mr. Jones by the 
throat, threatened to smash his spec- 
tacles, and managed in the scuttle to 
knock the table with Mr. Jones' head, 
damaging it against the door, the table 
not the head, to the extent of five 
shillings. As the complainant has not 
yet recovered from a bullet wound in 
the shoulder he was unable to resist. 
Prisoner, who pleaded not guilty, made 
a statement in which he admitted adopt- 
ing the role of chucker-out, without 
authority, was found guilty of the as- 
sault, sentenced to have the table 
repaired at his own expense, and to 
one month's hard labour at the Colony's 


Unless the tobacco left at the office 

of the " Mail " and advertised in these 
columns more than a week agi 

i .1 within three days from this 
oked, without further 


D sath of one of the Victims. 

We are glad to learn from the 
P.M.O. that both Mr. Gerrans and 
Mr. Green are doing well. The former 
had the tips of the fingers on his left 
hand injured and a few small cuts about 
the legs. The latter had his left foot 
hurt and it was found necessary to 
amputate it at the ankle, beyond this he 
had no other injuries. The other poor 
fellow who was passing the shop at tin- 
time of the explosion died soon after 
arriving at the hospital. He. W. 
Smith, was a stranger to Mafeking, a 
native of Poplar, London ; a boiler 
maker by trade, he had worked some 
six months at the Langlaaste mines, 
B. block, in company with a Mr. Harris. 
Together with him and four others he 
came here intending to return to 
Johannesburg with the Column they, 
in common with many others, expected 
to see produced from Mafeking long ere 
this. They stayed at Kimberley for a 
day or two with Mr. Richard Greaves, 
of the Blueposts Hotel, Main Street, 
to whom, we believe, the deceased was 
known From Kimberley the party of 
six came here by the train which, it 
will be remembered, was fired upon by 
the Boers, arriving on the Monday 
before hostilities were opened. All of 
them took rifles in defence of the town, 
Deceased, with his chum Harris, being 
stationed at the Hospital Redan. 
Although not a man of education he 
was exceedingly shrewd, and took great 
interest in everything connected with 
the leading question of the day. As 
he did not lack courage he would 
probably have proved very useful had 
the Boers come within range. We 
understand the funeral is arranged to 
take place this evening, at sundown. 

An ambulance wagon went to the 
Boer lines this afternoon and brought 
in an addition to the population of 
Mafeking in the shape of Mr. Crainc-nt, 
176 Cottage, and his family. We wel- 
come the sturdy ganger and hope Mrs. 
Crament will soon recover perfect 

Printed ami jiuiluhrd by 
Editor aiul Manager : 0. *V. H. WluxUs. 




No. 29 

Friday, December 8th, 1899. 


We regret that the indisposition of 
one of our limited star) has prevented 
OH printing «0 much as we should like 
to have done No paper will he pub- 
lished to-morrow, Saturday 
will be on Monda 

Sl " Ithfching fthil. 


Mafeking Garrison. 

M.UKK1M. D* EMBER "ill. 18'.)!). 

rt of Summary Ju> 
I he Court "t Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet in the Court Bouse to-morrow 
,u 10-15 a,m Presiding Officer : Major 
Lord Edward Cecil nnd C. G II Hell. 
Esq.. C.C. * B.M. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 


Wednesday's -sad ooourrence, we 
oannot <»ll the concomitant of given 
oircumstanoi cident,'' which 

suited iu the death of one of the 
injured men points out the un- 
wisdom of taking needless rink in a 
is cause. Had the death and 
maiming been brought about through 
operations connected with the del 

ot the town we should, while colli- 
ding the victims, have had the 

satisfaction of knowing that the 
and damage was in ■ ■■ but 

we fail to ustilieatioii 

whatevei for this risk being incurred. 
Whatever the Boer.- might have done 

had they been courageous enough and 
expert enough would have been borne 
us, stoically, philosophically, 
but a wanton waste like this is foolish, 
wicked; as the work was calculated to 
serve no useful end. We have too 
much sincere regard for our respected 
townsman to find fault with him for 
undertaking what be may have re- 
garded as a matter of duty, but we 
hope that if anyone else is desirous of 
having these hideous things rendered 
harmless he will exueute the task him- 
self or employ experts whoBe technical 
knowledge will reduce the risk to 
almost nil. 



Even the well informed " Diploma- 
tics " in the Fortnightly Reoieiv con- 
fesses that he never expected the 
jvaal would o to war, but believed 
they would play the game of bluff to 
the end and then give way. 

There is one thing about this deplor- 
able war that makes us ask whether 
President Eruger has not been 
duped by his agentB. We can 
scarcely believi that he would have 
d upon this war unless he had 
the idea that the Cape Dutch would 
i strong diversion in his favour, 
it that they would rise. If this 
o he has been misled, the Cape 
Dotcb having lost the opportunity. 
Tin v will not rise now that General 
Huller's column has arrived ; we never 
thought that they would. They had 
too in lg the 

of the movement, and 
intended only to threaten the Imperial 
iiiment. Paul Kruger. like Mr. 
Gladstone, will make a big and over- 
whelming mistake at the end of a long 
and brilliant career, a mistake which 
will eclipse all his past fame, and 
stamp him in history as a fourth-rate 



London, Tuesday, 5 a.m. — The Boer 
agents in London daily announce vie- 
,,t tin Boer forces over the 
Imperial troops. 

• night they declared as a fact, 
that the Boers, under Commandant 
Cronje, had captured Mateking, and had 
taken the defenders as prisoners. 

The troops in the Cape and Natal 
ire to be deluged with luxuries of 
all kinds at Christmas tide. 

Cut from a recent Cape Times: — 

AT Newlands, on Sunday, a Dark 
Bay Horse with a white spot 
mi his forehead and on the nose ; a 
right hind leg and a white left front 

It will be easy to recognise that 
horse by a " right hind leg." 

V II. WhaUs 




No. 30 Monday, December 11th, 1899. 


Iflaf clung gail 




I" would ask any old ( w l.o 

-L may be in Mafeking to commnni- 
cate with me with a viow to holding 
a Carthusian Dinner to-morrow, 
Founder's Day. 



Mafeking, 11 Dec, 1899. 


In another column, by the courtesy 
of the Colonel Commanding, we are 
enabled to print a letter addressed to 
the Boer General now in charge out- 
side Mafeking, and we thiuk it will 
prove of great public interest. It is 
evident that whatever the intentions 
oi the Transvaal Government, at the 
outbreak of hostilities, respecting their 
international obligations and notwith- 
standing the declarations in the more 
intelligent portion of a not particularly 
high standard press, ol the desire to 
carry on their unscientific operations 
with duo regard to those principles 
approved and adopted by all civilized 
countries and subscribed to by them- 
selves at the Convention of G. 
they have been unable to control the 
horde they have called out on this 
buccaneering expedition or the leaders 
are not sufficiently advanced to under- 
stand and appreciate the guiding prin- 
ciples which govern the treatment of 
an enemy by higher and more cultivated 
races. To capture a lady and keep be 

in discomfort and what would have 
become absolute peril when our force 
advances, till one of their mall a 
in prison in delault of bail, was rail 
in exchange, does noi apparently strike 
them as incongruous with their late ar- 
rogution of equality amongst civilized 
powers. Even the wife and children of 
the ganger who came in last, week, met 
with no consideration from the Boers 
Certainly they spared their lives, th< 
children were not tolled, hut they were 
driven from their home with but four 
blankets and one pillow amongst ai 
ailing woman with four young children. 
Certainly the reckoning will he a long 

Mafeking, 8th Dec, 1899. 

I I Mineral .). P. Snyinan, 
Sin. I beg to thank you for having 
handed over Lady Sarah Wilson in 
exchange for the convict 1'. Viljoen. 

At the same time, 1 beg to point oat 
that I have onl 1 to the ex- 

as being contrary 
in of civilized warfare 
In treating this lady as a prisoner ol 
war. in various other 

you have in the present campaign, 
altered the usual conditions of war. 
This is a very serious matter ; and I 
do not know whether it has the sanc- 
tion of General Joubert or not, but I 
warn you of the consequences. 

The war was at first, and would re- 
main, as tar as Her Majesty's troops 
are concerned, a war between one 
Government and another; but you are 
making it one of people against people 
in which women are considered as 
belligerents, 1 warn you that the con- 
sequence of this may shortly be very 
serious to your own people, and you 
self will be to blame for anything 
that may happen. 

Regarding your complaint as to your 
being attacked by Natives, I beg to 
refer you to my letter dated 14th No- 
vember, addressed to your pre- 
lieneral Cronje. In this 
letter 1 went out of my way, as 
one white man to another, to warn 
you that the Natives are becoming 
extremely incensed at your stealing 
their cattle, aud the wanton burning 
of their Kraals; they argued that the 
war lay only between our two Nations, 
and that the quarrel had nothing to do 
with themselves, and they had remained 
neutral in consequence, excepting in 
isc of the Mafeking Baralongs, 
who had lo defend their homes in con- 
sequence of your unjustifiable invasion. 
Nevertheless you thought fit to carry 
on cattle thefts and raids against them, 
and you are now beginning to feel the 
quenoes; and, as I told you, I 
could not be responsible. And I fear 
from what 1 have just heard by wireless 
iph that the Natives are contem- 
plating further operations should your 
Forces continue to remain within or 
on the borders of their territories. Be- 
fore the commencement of the war 
the High Commissioner issued stringent 
orders to all Natives that they were to 
remain quiet and not to take up Arms 
unless their territory were invaded, 
(in which case, of course, they had a 
perfect right to defend themselves). 

Linchwe— of whom you complain— 

remained neutral until you brought a 
forte into his principal town and looted 
nis trailers' stores, and were making 
preparations for shelling his stadt on 
the 26th ultimo. Having obtained 
rate infmniation of these inten- 
tions of yours and, warned by what had 
happened to the Natives near Male- 
ting, he attacked your laager on the 
'.Mth in order to save his town from 
being shelled and consequent loss of 
life amongst his women and children' 
In this I consider he was quite justified, 
and you have no one but yourself to 
blame in the matter. 

While on the subject of Natives 
please do not suppose that 1 am 
ignorant of what you have been doing 
with regard to seeking the assistance 
of armed natives, nor of the use of the 
Natives by you in the destruction of 
the railway line south of Mafeking. 
However, having done my duty in 
briefly giving you warning on these 
points, I do not propose to further 
discuss them by letter. 

I have the honour to be, 
Your obedient servant, 


Mafeking Garrison. 


Mafeking, December 9th, 1899. 

Staff Duties. — During the temporary 
indisposition of Major Lord Edward 
Cecil the duties of Chief Staff Officer 
will be performed by Major F. W. 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction. — 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet on Monday, the 11th instant, 
in the Court House, at 10-15 a.m. 
"residing Officer: Major Goold-Adams, 
Member, C. G. H. Bell, Esq., C.C. 
& R.M. Mr. William Forsyth is ap- 
pointed Clerk to the above Court and 
will be responsible that all copies of 
convictions will be sent to the proper 

Proceedings of Summary Court of 
Jurisdiction. — The original copies of 
proceedings of the Court of Summary 
Jurisdiction should be returned to the 
Headquarter Office. In future certified 
extracts will be furnished to C.O.'s and 
others concerned. 

Visiting Justice.— The Visiting Jus- 
tice to the Mafeking Gaol for the 
ensuing week will be Major Goold- 

Defence Works.— All requisitions 
egarding labour and repairs in eon-.. 
nection with defence works and build- 
ings occupied under the Military 
Authorities should be addressed to the 
Base Commandant, Lieutenant-Colonel 
C.B. Vyvyan; Office: Market Square. 

Bequisitions for L a hour.— Requisi- 
tions for working parties, whether for 
the current night, or the following day, 
should reach the Base Commandant^ 

either in writing, or by telephone, not 
later than 4-80 p.m., otherwise it may 
not be possible to furnish the labour 

Straying attention is 

again directed to G< serai Order No. ;(, 

o't the 80th October, 18;l!l Any ani- 
mals found outside the Xareba on the 
eastern front will be confiscated and 
inch animals will be sent to Cflj 
Ryan, D.A.A.G.. to be used as ho 
may direct. 

liy order, 
F. W. PANZERA, Major, 
Acting C.S.O. 

Mafeking, Dkcember 10th, 1899, 

Tools. — Officers commanding units 
and sections of defence, etc., should 
return, as soon as possible, all tools 
(except, the proportion mentioned be- 
low) to the Base Commandant : '2 
picks and 4 shovels will be retained it 
each work for ordinal)' repairs and 
maintenance, and C picks and 12 
at the Headquarters of the Protectorate 
Regiment. The tools thus retained 
should be marked : " taken on charge," 
and accounted for in the usual way. 

Appointment. — Raymond Girdwood, 
Esq., late Captain 3rd Battalion Royal 
Irish Rifles, is appointed an Acting 
A.S.C. Officer, with local and tempor- 
ary rank of Captain, to date from the 
10th instant. 

Assessment Damages. — All persons 
are required to file, without further 
delay, any claims they may wish to 
prefer for damage done to their pro- 
perty in order that a total approximate 
estimate may he arrived at of the 
damage done by the enemy's shell fire, 
in and around the vicinity ol Mafeking 
Claims for any damage done during 
the week should be filed as they occur. 
Owners sending in one or more claims 
must number them consecutively in 
respect of each erf. 

By ordor, 

F. W. PANZERA, Major, 

Acting C.S.O. 


By the courtesy of the Colone' 
Commanding wo are enabled to print 
the following : — 

The following items of news were 
received to-day from Natives : 

The Boers are aware that troops are 
on the way up to Mafeking, and they 
believe them to bo under command of 
Dr. Jameson. 

They are very annoyed at what thoy 
call the Baralong troachery ou tho 
_26th October. 

It may be remembered that the 
enemy advanced to attack the w< 
position and the Native stadt. They 
say that, relying on the BaralongB in 
the Stadt to be friendly, they adv; 
in that direction to attract our atten- 
tion while they made a real attack 
further west and northward. But to 
their surprise a heavy fire was opened 
upon them from the stadt, which caused 

great havoc amongst their front line, 
as they express it: "Every man in 
advance received a bullet on the face, 
chest, oi stomach" — and they fell back 
ved. They had noi reokoned on 
finding some of tin Protectorate 

ient there. 

They say there was a big fight at tho 
end of last moon between Kimbcrley 
and the Vaal River, in which the 
British lost 500 killed and the Boers 

All the Boers south of Mafeking are 
moving their cattle northward to Rooi 
Grond as they say the English troops 
are advancing. 

The three Natives who brought this 
news also brought 14 head of Cattle 
which they had lifted from the Boers 

Printed and puhludml i,y 
ml d Sun. Market 8m 
Editor and Manager : O. N. 11. \VluUe4. 




No. 31 Tuesday, December 12th, 1899. 


iltliiclang Pail. 


By the courtesy of the Colonel Com- 
manding we are able to lay before our 
4 readers the following reproduction of a 
comniunn -atinii I anied to the Boers 
by the i idera x en leaving thi 


To the Burghers of the Z.A.R. 
at present under arms near 

1') in the Officer Commanding Her 

i/'.s Forces, Maf< 

Buroiikhs, — I address you in tin's 
manner because I have only recently 
learnt how you arc being intentionally 
kept in the dark by your offioere and 
your Government newspapers 
what is really happening in other parts 
ol Booth Africa, 
As oflicer commanding I Icr Majesty's 
ig on this bonier I think it right 
to point out to you clearly the inevit- 
able result of your remaining any 
r in arms against Great Britain. 
are all aware that the pri 
war was caused by the invasion of 

British territory by y and as 

most of you know, without any justi- 
ablo reason. 

\ ur leaders do not tell 

.i forces have met with 

nlv the advanced guard 
British forces, and that circum-1 
J iave | the past Week; 

the mam body of the British is now 
daily arriving by thousands from Eng- 

[ndia, and Australia, 
and is about to advance through your 
country, tn a few weeks the South 
African Republic will be in the I 
of the English; no sacrifice of li 

your i , lop it. Tl 

now to put to yourselves before it is 
[s it worth while losing your hvts 
in a vain attempt to stop their \n\ 
or to take a town beyond your borders 
which, if taken, would be of no Df 
you? ' (And 1 may tell you that Mafe- 
king cannot he taken by sitting down 
and looking at it, for wo have amp!" 
auppli ;:, l months to oon 

The Slant Artillery have dono us 
very little damage, and we arc now 
well protected with forts and mines. 
Your presence here, or elsewhere, un- 
der arms, cannot stop the British 
advancing into your country. 

Your lenders and newspapers are 
also trying to make you believi 
some foreign continental powi 
likely to intervene in your behalf 
against England. This is not in keep- 
ing with tbeii pretence, that your ride 
is going to be victorious, nor is it in 
accordance with facts. The S.A.R. 
havii, I war and taken the 

offensive cannot claim intervention on 
its behalf And were it not so, the 
German Emperor is at present in Eng- 
land, and fully in sympathy with us : 
the American Government have warned 
others of their intention to side with 
England should any other nation inter- 
EVance has large interests in the 
gold fields identical with those ol 
laud; and Italy is entirely in accord 
with u< ; aud Russia sees no cause to 

The war is a war of one Government 

ast another and not of people 

ople. The duty assigned to 

my troops is to sit >till hero until the 

proper time arrises and then to light 

and to kill until you give iu. You, on 

ither hand, have other interests to 

think of, in your families and farms 

and their safety. 

Your leaders have caused the des- 

ti net Ion of farms in this country and 

have fired on women and childrcm, and 

our ii ning bard to restrain 

in consequence. Your leaders have 

on of Kafir territory, 

and looting of their cattle, and have 

thus induced them to rise, and in their 

tuiu to invade your country,- and to 

kill your bui ' s one white man 

iher I warned General Cronjp on 

I ith November that this would 

and yesterday 1 heard that moro 

arc rising, and are contemplat. 

id I have warned 

Snyman accordingly. Thus 

-lied, and destruction of farms 
,11 on all sides, and I wish 
. -nance of avoiding it. 
his end my advice to you is to re- 
turn without delay to your homes and 
loefttlly till the war is 
e of you who do this before 
ih instant will be as far as pos- 
ads yoursi 
your families, and property, from con- 
iDS, looting and other penalties 
to which those who remain under aim., 

injected when the invasion 

Our uts will communicate 

of those who do and 
of the not avail t ! 

the 18th instant, of the terms 
now offered. 

To ensure their proporty being res- 
all the men of a family must be 

present at home when the troops arrive 
and be prepared to hand over a rifle 
and 150 rounds of ammunition each. 

The above terms do not apply to 
officers or to members of the Staats 
Artillery, who may surrender as pris- 
oners of war at any time ; nor do they 
apply to rebels from British territory 
or others against whom there may be 
other charges. It is probable that my 
force will shortly again take the offen- 

To those who, after this warning, 
defer their submission till too late I 
can offer no promise, and they will only 
have themselves to blame for an injury 
or loss of property that they or their 
families may afterwards suffer. 

Mafeking, 10th Dec, 1899. 



Mafeking Gymkhana Olub 


On Sunday, December 10th, 


To the Recreation Ground and under the pat. 
onago of Colonel R. 8. S. Baden-Powell. The 
ollowing gentlemen formed the Committee : — 

Major Goold-Adatns, Lieut. -Colonel Walford. 
Inspector Browne, Mr. Bell, Mr. F. Whiteley, 
Mr. G. Riesle, Mr. Gemmell ; Hon. Sec. and 
Trcas: Sub-Inspector A. D. Murray. 

were found to ba far too small for the purpose 
the domestic " Murphy " was substituted. 

1 . Miss De Kook. 

2. Miss Sabbot. 

Miss Brown and Miss Wyat also facod the 
starter, the latter would have won " hands 
down " had sho not, unfortunately for her, over- 
looked one " Murphy." 

S -TENT PEGGING (sectional). 

Pritt : Four Wiltchtl. 


Notice to Inhabitants. 

Although the weather on Sunday 
was by no means propitious, it did not 
prevent an excellent day's sport being 
well attended. Sub-Inspector Hurray, 
on whom as Hon. Sec. fell the bulk of 
the work in connection with the affair, 
was taken ill on Saturday, but the love 
of sport was, wo suppose, too strong 
to allow him to remain in the hospital, 
and we were glad to see him busy on 
the ground during the whole of the 
proceedings and hope the excitement 
will not have the effect of sending him 
again to hospital. Col Baden-Powell 
was present, also the Major part of his 
staff, although contradictory as it may 
appear the Major part could not attend, 
Lord E. Cecil unfortunately suffering 
a relapse which confined him within 
doors. Not a few ladies graced the 
scene and added interest to the con- 
tests. The programme and results 
were as follows : — 

1— 100 YARDS FLAT RACE (open). 

1. Purchase, C.P. 

2. Carr, C.P. 

2.— RING AND PEG (mounted). 

1. Armstrong, B.S.A.P. 

2. Hodgson, C.P. 

3.— RUN AND RIDE RACE (open) 

1. Abraras, C.P., and Duffy, Prot. Regt. 
1—220 YARDS FLAT RACE (open). 

1. CrosskiU, Town Guard. 

2. Carr, C.P. 

5.— LEMON CUTTING (mounted). 

1. Armstrong, B.S.A.P. 

2. Bunbury, B.S.A.P. 

6.- BOYS RACE, 100 yards (open to all boys 
under 16). 

1. Sbcesby ; 2. Gower. 

7.— BULLET RACE (for Ladies). 
As Boer bullets, which it was intended to use, 

Cpl. Gash 

. Hazlerigg ' 

P ' e ' Scall 6 "^ i C? " D ' 2 ' W0D (G3 P0i "' 8 '- 
Hodgson ' 

B.S.A.P, Seotion (Armstrong's) were second 
(59 points). The winning seotion took all four 
pegs " like one man " in their third run, making 
an exhibition well deserving the enconium of 
Colonel Baden-Powell : " Very good indeed. 
The finest tent-pegging I have ever seen." 

9.— TUG OF WAR. 

For the Cup presented by Major Goold-Adams. 
C.B., C.M.Q., to the Mafeking Gymkhana Club, 
to be the property of the team winning three 
times in succession. This was won by the Cape 
Police, Dist. 2, D. Div., the team being as fol- 
lows: Sergt. Stuart, Corpl. Gash, Pte. Hazle- 
rigg, Pte. A. Brown, Pte. S. Brown, Pte. Gradie, 
Pte. O'Brien, Pte. Clarke. 

In the first trial the B.S.A.P. gave 
the C.P. without doubt the hardest 
pull they have had in connection with 
Cup contests. The Bechuanaland 
Rifles were pulled over by the Pro- 
tectorate Team, the last named meet- 
ing the victorious team in the fiual. 

As this makes the 3rd win for the 
D. Div. of the Cape Police the Cup 
now becomes their absolute property. 
The C.P. stationed in Mafeking appear 
to be determined to carry all before 
them. This year they took the Rugby 
Football Cup for the third year in 
succession and they have also got " 2 
legs in " in the Socker Cup, both open 
to all teams in Bechuanaland. 

Miss Hill, the courageous and charm- 
ing Matron of the Victoria Hospital, 
presented the very handsome prizes at 
the conclusion of the meeting. After 
whioh three hearty cheers for Miss 
Hill and three more for Col. Baden- 
Powell ended a good day's sport. 

A voice in the crowd called for three 
cheers for the Relief Column, this was 
most heartily responded to. 

Mafeking Garrison. 


Mafeking, Dect.mbek 11th, 1899. 

Correction. — Appointment of Mr. 
Algie to the Staff of the P.M.O. 
(ieneral Order No. 6, of 21st Novem- 
ber, add after " to date " the words 
"from 21st November, 1 899." 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction. — 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will moot to-morrow, the 12th instant, 
at 10-16 a in., in the Court House. 
President ; H. H. Major Goold-Adams, 
C.B., C.M.G. Member, Lieutenant- 
Colonel C. B. Vyvyan. 

Stores. — Attention is directed to 
General Order No. 5, of 6th December. 
1899. O.C.'s of Unite or Corps who 
have not already completed are re- 
quested to send in statements without 
further delay. 

By order, 
F. W. PANZERA, Major, 
Acting C.S.O. 

NO women are to live in Town without 
Special Permit, which will only be 
I wluie they nave efficiont bomb-proof 
cover, certified as safe by tho Town Com- 

The ordinary houses in town afford no 
safety from tho enomy's shell fire, and tho 
streets are at all times unsafe-. 

The unfortunate casualties that have oc- 
curred during tho past few days from shell- 
fire have been, in most instances, duo to neg- 
lect to take adequate cover on tho alarm being 
given ; people having got into the way of 
trusting to luck to cscapo injury. 

Tho rolioe havo instructions to send to 
tho Women's Laager any familios they may 
find living in town without permit. 

Permit*, may be obtained in special cases 
from Colonel Vyvyan, Town Command. int. 
By order, 

F. W. PANZERA, Major, 
Actg. C.S.O. 
Mafeking, 9 Docember, 1899. 

NOTICE No. 1. 

THb Colonel Commanding directs 
that all persons having in their 
possession at present date any stock*, 
of the articles undershewn, viz. ; Boer 
Meal, Flour, Kafir Corn, Wealie Meal, 
Moalies, Preserved Meats, Sugar, 
Coffee, Tea, Salt, Pepper, Rico or Peas, 
Vegetables ("fresh or preserved), Limo 
Juice, Baking Powder, must notify 
possession of same, stating quantities, 
to Captain Ryan, D.A.A.G., as soon as 
possible. This declaration must bo 
sent in irrespective of whether the 
owner simply holds the stock for hit 
personal consumption or not. Particu- 
lar attention is called to declaring 
fully Meal and Flour, however small 
the quantity. 

Search warrants will he issued to 
ensure this Notice being complied 
with — nou-compliance means confisca- 
tion of all stock found. 

NOTICE No. 2. 


O person residing in the laager, 
and obtaining rations thero 
either through Mr. Whiteley or by 
private purchase, will be allowod to 
leave the laager for the purpose of 
coming to reside in the town without 
first obtaining the sanction of tho 
C.S.O. (through Mr. Whiteley). Such 

ftersons as may have already left the 
aager or who at the beginning of tlie 
siege did not proceed to the laager, are 
required to at once register their pre- 
sent address, stating whether they 
provide their own rations (if so, from 
what source), or arc in receipt of a free 
issue at the hands of the Imperial 
authorities. Number in family requir- 
ing rations to be stated, giving ages of 
children. Care should be taken in 
giving tho number, as it may be deemed 
necessary at some future time to put 
the entire population on rations. 

d and published by 
Towniliend d Son. Mttrl.ct Squart, M'ljthing. 
Editor and Manager : O. N. H. Whala. 




No. 32 

Wednesday, December 13th, 1899. 


As our (took oi paper i« running 

very low we shall In- compel! 

make \hi ions ulterati aomise 

e of thai Alter 

thin Dumber, tin shall use 

smaller tyj oi the 

.- 1 1 1 c I publish on days 

i hi I y : instead oi daily, ESveu with these 

tl lie able to 

bring out a grand 


but b i to the 

number of oopies i rdered. 

To show : 
motive but those purely philanthropic 
ones which dominate I of all 

human beings, under which head wo 
inelude but of course merely for the 

purpose of these liters, 

we do not propo 

crease in thi 

spite of the large we make 

in quantity and would hi' willi 

make in quality, if |ie price 

will Still remain Is. pel week, pi 

in advance. 


111 ;if clung §Jaii 


Mafeking Garrison. 


M \n i • i. I ii i ! 

/ of 8u in a. hi 
The Court of ' Furisdiction 

will meet to-morrow, \\ edi 

18th instant, at the I .mil I [ou 

10-15 a.m., for the examination of such 
prison. be brought before it. 

II II. M..| 
B.C., C.M.G, Member: C. CJ. II 
Ks.j., O.C. & R.M. 

Graih.- i 

forbidden to sell Mealies lor fi 
horses, as it. is necessary 
the grain until Intuit requirements arc 

By order, 
F. W. I'ANZKKA, ' 
Aoting ( '.S.< )• 


ii-l Baden- 

II in his letter to th 

distini pting the officers, has 


Snyman. lie 

denies the allegation that the Burghers 

. nnsleil by either 


The denial from such a source I 

whatever. Sad we not learned 
by oi h manner in which 

the liner b 

with reference both to his teuu 

ml the relative posi- 
tions of the [v. nients and 
more cruelly in connection with this 
pics, | mid still decline 

face value any 
men' der purporting to 


is an unfortunate trait in the i 
nature that from diffidence or moral 

ills into .silence before 

holder, or the 

blatant, often allowing gabble I 

pinion from 

sheer slowness of wit and Compt 
sion. In L881 .Sir tic". Colley, writing 
to Lord Kimberley, said : •' 1 
most mi your lordship 

that ' d( elded regard. 

ing tl 1 you should not commit, 

until you have 
opportunity of hearing the 
i] le through 
men than Joubert, B 

anil his party; i ..ante mini, 

and no loyal man, w ik so 

long as tin : i pie- 

And we certainly include Snyiuan m 
Etrugl r party. Some two 

i Joubert himself said to Sir 
Sir G.W., " must 
not he 
he had seen, had said or the expn 

s they would speak in 

■. they 

had left l.i .'' a statement 

ited to throw some light on the 

character ol the man and the people 

he represented, whether the statement 

true or not. Furthermore 

we ma) icad between the lin< 

in the fact 
ut a I. ■!■ 

shaky As 

Joubt < 

i \ ile, to Sir Garnet w 

insolent to Sir 
Bartle I tl Snyman would 

yesterday an d ho been well 


backed up by the Boers. From the 
anger shown in his letter and the 
silence of his guns we may infer that 
the circular is working its proper effect 
on the more prudent of the Burghers. 


General Snyman is cross, very cross. 
Under the circumstances it ; s excus- 
able. Even a saint would be cross, 
and we do not accuse General Snyman 
of being a saint. We tender our sym- 
pathy to General Snyman in his trying 
position. It must be a difficult one. 
In charge of a body of dissatisfied 
Boers who were deluded into taking up 
arms in a step which doomed their 
very name as a country; to obliteration, 
having to keep them in arms for 
months although thev were told it 
would be for a few days only, and were 
assured they would return "richer 
men, free and independent, with more 
land added to the Republic, and honor 
to your name, long before it will be 
needful to begin your farm work." 
Having to sit down outside the town 
it was arranged should be taken for 
the base of operations, is tryiug to one's 
temper. Provided with plenty of men. 
plenty of guns and ammunition, with 
communication open and every facility, 
to be unable to take the place or even to 
make an attempt, is vexatious. Wailing 
for the impossible to happen, praying for 
a miracle, helplessly sitting gazing 
at the place you want but cannot 
possess, makes one angry, but 
far worse thau all, 'to be taunted with 
your incompetence by the enemy, to 
have it flung at you and advertised 
amongst all the "ooms" and "neefs," 
the Piets and Jans who were promised 
such lavish reward " when Mafeking 
is taken" and the "jongjes" brought 
out to be shown the triumph over the 
"Kooinek." For them to learn that 
the vaunt and brag was but wind, and 
the tales they have been taught to 
believe of the British nation, nothing 
but lies bred by iguorance and fostered 
by stupidity. It really is enough to 
make General Snyman cross, and we 
commiserate him. 


By the courtesy of the Colonel 
Commanding we are enabled to print 
the following: — 

_ News received to-day (through the 
kindness of a Boer officer) shows that 
Lord Methuen's force, advancing from 
the south to the relief of Kimberley, 
defeated the Free Stato Boers at Gras- 
pan, near Belmont. After this, ad- 
vancing north, Lord Methuen found 
himself opposed, on 29th November, 
by the Free State Boers ami the 
under Crorjje, who had gone away from 
here to join them. The enemy had 
taken up a strong position on the 
north bank of the Modder River. The 

river is about 100 yards wide, fbrdflble 

at certain points, and lies between 
steep, bush-grown hanks. The battle 
was a very tough one and continued 
for thirteen hours. 

After some hard fighting our left 
drove back the enemy's right and 
crossed the river. The enemy then 
ted their position, leaving their 
dead on the field, and retreated to 
Jacobsdal, on the road to Bloemfontein. 
It was the Free State Boers who gave 
way. Tile Transvaal Boers, under 
Cronje, held their position on the 
enemy's left until compelled to retire 
by the retreat of the rest. This will 
not have increased tho good fellowship 
■ ii the allies. 

Our losses in officers and men have 
been very heavy owing to the open 
nature of the country. Names had not 
then ( 7tli December) been published. 

Modder River is 25 miles south of 
Kimberley, which was thus relieved. 

l'rintril and publislied by 

Towmhtnd rf Son, Market Square. Majeking. 

Editor and Manager : Q. N. H. Wltalce. 


General Snyman has written with 
regard to Colonel Baden-Powell's 
circular addressed to the Burghers. 
He is very incensed at its having been 
sent direct to them, and is apparently 
much annoyed at the remark that 
" sitting down and looking at a place 
is not the way to take it." He chal- 
lenges us to come out and drive him 
away. He also explains that, tar ftom 
the Burghers being kept iu the dark by 
their commanders and the newspapers, 
the opposite is the case. 

The hot and angry tone of the letter 
shows that sending in the circulars has 
touched a soft place and that it is a 
matter of some importance to him. 




No. 33. Friday, December 15th, 1899. 

* Pafekutjg Pail. 



Till) Base Cominandant requests th.. 
»ot ahuady submitted against the 
I Uofoucos Account " may bo furnished 
ill to the Chitf Paymaster for adjusl- 

Wbeto claims havo been already submitted 
any additional accounts should be sent in to 
the Chief Paymaster weekly, being made up to 
and for Saturday In each week- 
All aoooanl ihi uld be supported by the 
Original Onliira forj;oods supplied, as Vouchers. 
, in farniabloa those claims may oaueu 
much trouble and confusion hereafter, and It is 
thurefore important that they may bo jnt in at 
oner as roquested. 

C. B. VVVYAN, Lieut.-Col., 
Base Commandant 

lltu Daoember, 

Mafeking Garrison. 

when sick or i to the 

il. O.C.'s of I 
. ' of ratious i 

iio will 

to what Corps 


(uint; sick 

on date, Oaln 

By order, 


To-morrow, Satin 

le Boom, a 



uil State. —Officers Commanding Corps 
or Units are requested to loud into thi 
by 10 a.m. on Saturday nest, the I 
a complete State for the Corps under 
command, showing men, horses, transport, otc 
Transport. — Transport wagons on no 
account to bo allowud to go about 

to bo instructed to koop thorn under oover 
ou paii it neglool of 

to carry out these instruo- 

By or 


nons to 

. of the 

,,eat liei Uiver 


Protein ill, is appoint 

nation of 13th October and 17th N 


strict orders 
account to remain 

is possible, or on 
dutieH which 

Friday, the lith loitaot, at the Court I 
at in 

Srisonois aa may bo brought beta 
Col. Vyvyau , Member C, G, 11 
0. and R.M. 

time ot 
in au 

1 1 mte 
Mount f 

oud of, and til 
I him to Iruk 


Thoy then prewuil on towards Nataf. On 
arrival, Retief and some others proceeded io 
the hoad-qnii: mi; first , 

combimd with I0 B ok 

Chaka murdered, had himself Rot rid of 
Umhliin .-.oknowledged kin*; 

of the Zulus. . From him, in oonsideration of 
tho recovery of some cattle whioh had be"n 
carried oli from Diogaan by a ohief Iivll 
the Drakensborg, they obtained formal cession 
of the whole territory of Natal. The nest 
morning as Ratief and his party were preparing 
to leave, they were al! treacherously seised and 
most savage ly put to death. Directly after the 
massaore Dingaan sent fiat a force to surprise 
the emigrants, who, unoonsoious of danger, 
were scattered about the base of the Drakons- 
berg. They came upon them before dayhteak 
and butchered and mutilated about five hundred 
•jouls — men, womon and ohildren. The 
survivors got the English residents at tho port 
of Natal to espouse their cause and together 
they attaoked Dingaan, but unsuccessfully. 
Upon the arrival of another pirty of emigrants, 
amongst whom was Mr. Andrios Pretorius, 
from Graaff-Reinet, they elected bim leader, 
and at the end of the year 1838, crossed tho 
Tugela. On Sunday, the 16th Decomber, 
they finally routed the Zulus ; some mounted 
men, about two hundred, sallying out from the 
Laager and obarging them on both Hanks. Sub- 
sequently they engaged Panda, a younger 
brother of Dingaan, as an ally and succeeded in 
driving the Zulu king away, a fugitive. He 
was eventually killed. They still observe 
Dingaan' s Day — partly as a religious festival, 
partly as a day of rejoicing. What they will 
regard it as to-morrow remains to be soon. 


A POLO TOURNAMENT wiU be held < n 
Sunday next, on the Polo Ground, 
commencing at 2.30 p.m. The teams are as 
ollows : — 

No. I.— Colonel Baden-Powell (Capt.), 
Captain Gordon Wilson, 
Captain Singleton, 
Lieut. Hon. A. Ilanbury-Tracey. 

No. II — Captain Lord C. Cavendish Ben tine k 
Lieutenant-Colonel Walford, 
Major Anderson, 
Lieutenant Mackenzie. 

No. III.— Lieutenant-Colonel lloie (Capt), 
Captain Sandford. 
Captain Vernon, 
Lieutenant Bridges. 

No. IV— Major Godley (Captain), 

Major Uoold-Adams, C.B., CM G , 
Captain Fitzclarcnce. 

Lieutenant Moncriofic. 

No. V. Major Baillic (Captain), 

Captain Maruh, 

Captain Cowan, 

. Lieutenant Paton. 

Sunday, December 17th, 1899 

Service at 730 p.m. 

The Rev. J, Martindale Peart will preach 

St. John's Church Maf eking. 

3kd 3uno*y in Ad 

Rev, W. H. Weekes will bold'tht following 
services : — 

Holy Communion 7.30 a.m. 

Matins 10.30 a.m. 

Evensong ... 7.30 a.m. 

>.Ud and published by 
'L'ovmthrnd a Hon, Marl 
Editor and .'/,. 




No. 34 

Monday, December fttb,, 1899. 

ma fthil. 

> ..fill) » vnjrkl 

Mafeking Ganaison. 


are in 

\\' l|oiel-r 



10 hard 

of the 





.1 bavo 

From th 


liy ordor, 
V. W. 


. f*»t u 


been po 

,i bidder 

at one o'clook p.m., in Iho Murks Square, 
neir Pijon's Hod, a i tain HORSE, tbe 
rrope'l) of Mr. L. A. Vuller. 



, ,-' 


THE Base Commer.dait reo,u< ets that 
all olaims not already submitted 
against the " L oal Defence Aroount " 
may bo furnished forthwith to the Chid 
Paymaster for adjustment. 

Where claims have ecen already sub- 
mitted any ad.iitio .al accounts should be 
sent in to the Chief Paymaster wockly, 
being made up to and for Saturday In 
eaoh week. 

All aooounts should be supported by 
the Original O.dws for goods supplied, as 

Delay in furnishing these olaims may 
cause muoh tronbie aud confusion here* 
■after, and it is tlnreforo important that 
they may be sent in at once as requested. 

C. B, VYVYAN. Lieut.-Col., 

Base Commandant. 
14th December, 1BU9. 

m — — — ■ —m— M 


yesterday was a grand success in spite 
of the heat. Kach team, 'i i of names we 
published in our last i<t-mt>, played all the 
others in turn ; the following are the goals 
atorod : — 

Match Goals Scored. 

1 Colon ,1 Ilore 1 


2 Col. Baden-P well 

liodley 1 

3 Lord C H. utinok 1 


4 .'owell 


5 Majoi Godley 
Major Baillie 2 

6 Lord C. Bentinek 
Ci.l. Baden-Powell 1 

7 Major God! 1 
Colonel Horo 1 

8 Major Baillie 
Col. Badi i. Powell 1 

9 Lord C. Uintinok 1 
Major Godley 

10 Major Baillie 1 

Colonel Here 

goals scored 
Col Baden-Powell's team 2 

Capt. Lord C. Bun tinea's team 3 
Lieut-Colonel Hore'e team 8 
Major BaiUiu's team 4 

Major Gndley's team 2 

Col. Baden-Pow. ll's had • Captain 
who played an excellent game. Major 
Bsillle was decidedly the mainstay of his 
ream, not ouly by the unerring accuracy 
with which he hit tbc ball, but also on 
areount of tbe verbal assistance delivered 
unceasingly ia stentorian tones to hU 



Market Square. 
Wishes it known that ho has still on 
band a luge stock of, 

Kharki Jackets- 
All sizes and shapes, 

At very low prices. 
A big assortment of, 

Soft Shirts, 
Flannel Trousers, Boots, etc. 

G. Lippni.nn is ulways on tbe premises 
to attend to customers. 

IB. netty of Transvaal Tobaccos ail 
General Groceries, 

'i nnd publuked Ay 
Totciuhend it Htm, Market 3q*arc t Siafekimg. 
k.iUtor ami Manatjtr Q. N. H. WXak*. 




No. 35 

Wednesday, December 20th, 1899. 


glafckinjg Pail. 


Mafeking Garrison. 

:> Hunt shot was fired from the 
7-pound i-tain Sandford from 

Major Godloy's position on Saturday, and 
i augton, 
, who laid kba gun ' u8 ' a " er 
(i.30 p.m. a number of Boers were seen on 
the pa> mnd of shrapnel wan 

tired at them . it landed ■ 

mougst them, bursting close up to 
the parapet. The result was that they 
shifted their work to a new position 
thereby relieving the west end of the 8tadt 
and the Women's Laager from the con- 
tinual) sniping to wbjoh they had been 

— Certain diffiaulties 
have arisen in connection with the 

of damages owing to occupiers of 
mi for furniture within 
tho bouse, not clearly stating whether 
they are the owners of the house itself in 
which the damage ocourred. Claims for 
furniture, which nm □ detail. 

"lore invariably to l«s rendered on 
>s to claims for house pro- 

and Acting Corporal Abrni. 
will n < I pay as local Chief 

ill, at the ruto of it. 
in in addition to his Cape Police 

Railway Division, a Medical Btud 
appointed to act as a Special Assistant to 
at the 
Kailw; Station, under 

at the 
rate ol 

, from duty of 

until he met with an actio- 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow, the l'Jth instant, at the Court 
House, at 10.16 a.m., (or the examination 
of such prisoners as may be brought 

It, President : II. 11. toajoi 
AdamB, C.B., C.M.G. ; Member: Lieut. 
Colonol C. i 

By order, 
v\ PANZEBA, Me] 

Autiug C.S.O. 

No. 31, Trooper D. P, Cassidy, " B " 
Squadron, Protectorate Regiment. 

rdon Wilson, 
Koyal Horse Guards. 

Mi Miii:i;s Captain iitinok, 

Protoctorato Regiment ; Lioutcnant Daniel, 

The prisoner will be duly warned and 
all witnesses ordered to attend. Tho Pro- 
tectorate Regiment will provide an orderly 
for tbe Court. Proceedings to be for- 

Court ol l irisdiction v. 

to-morrow, tho 20th instant, at the Court 
House, at 10~11 am, (or the examination 
of aueb prisoners as may bo brought 
before it. Presiden I C. B. 

Vyvyai U, Esq., 

B M 

iai Mlownnct U> Gaoler. — Who 
! Order No. '2 of 15th 
instant, the special allowance 

13th October instead 
of from "1st November" as therein 

By order, 

vV. PANZEBA, Major, 


I Martial. — A Field I 
Martial will assemble on Thursday uext, 
i, at such time ana place 
tbe President may appoint, for the trial of 
the prisoner named d, and of 

suoh other prisoners as may bo brought 
before it. 

It is amusing to road how the Transvaal 
rogniaud organ, the 

early as November Btl 

so long to capture unfortified MeJ 

They I 

" The temptation to go on is, therefore, 
iburt is 
for the 
present coutent that Ladysmith should be 
laid low, end the Bos bed for 

the time being on tho banks of th I 
To his way of thinking tbe great thing — 
and this will be rendered possible and 
practicable win 

have fallen and their prisoners are safely 
i release men 
enough to cheek the Buller contingent 
before it makes the easier plain? of the 
■ ate, from which quarter the 
enemy's advance mav be looked for at any 

" Tho fall of Ladysmith and Mafeking 
[•rood only a tl hours. 

These oentres b d, and the posi- 

tion of the British in Natal being per- 
nearlv tbe whole 
strength of the Republican foroes uan go 
out to meet General Buller, can be burled 
he may meditate or 
have i 
It is evident that at firs 

-.age disappointment 
bad taki :i pnwnlwinn of them on 

Ian o( campaign, arranged for, and 

depend- nude its 

D base, 

had tun tee like a house of 

cards . uuautioipated reverse 

heee two places as an 
tial preliminary to successful resistance of 
General Bullcr'a forces on the South. It 

is also eviJint, to the everlasting shame of 
tho party, that tbe Bond Ministry intended 
to betray Muleking into the hands of the 
Boers. Believing it was to be left unpro- 
tected and unarmed, the Pretoria 
organizers never dreamt of having any 
more difficulty with regard to this town 
than thoy did with regard to Vryburg. 
That part of their plan having been 
the Imperial Government 
sending Baden-Powell here, the remainder 
oftheirraid sohemocollapsed.andtbey have 
now to face as a streTn reality the phantom 

nployed to frighten tho Bo 
aggression, i.e., an invasion of tin 
tory, for which thoy are not effectually^ 
prepared. A hasty scramble of all the' 
force to be spared, from outside here and 
othor places, to take up any position of 
vantage reaohable in front of Bullor's 
advance, bas doubtless been all that their 
now demoralised commandoes could 
accomplish ; with what result wo have yet, 
and daily hope, to loam. The difference 
made by tbe defonoe of Mafeking to the 
comparative relationship to-day of the 
rospootive sides must be enormous. Had 
the garrison fallen, tbe delay and neglect 
of the home authorities for the past two 
years would have cost many mere hun- 
dreds of lives, and hundreds of thousands 
of pounds, than it will now. Bulawayo 
I ha* saved her ; no doubt it 
has un-. i tuition, east, a fact 

I be duly recognized, 
and recompensed, later on. 

b •■ Btandard Mowi" 

of Novembei <• an 

account o( tho departure from Johannes- 
burg of Dr. Krause, who was going to 
olysinith front. We give a portion 
of the account in the exact 
" Elaborate arrangements had been made 

D i. Krause the "send-off" he so 
richly desorves. In tho immediate vicinity 
of tho station were assembled a 
corps consisting of an Italian harpist, a 

cornet, and a German flautist, who 
were iustruoted to strike up the " Volks- 
lied " and tho Free State Autboru at a 
given moment. But the boat laid schemes 
and tbe most elaborate arrangements of 
mioo and men " gang aft agley." Just 

Nan t, older (also of tl 
Order Commission) was about to marshal 
that patriotic band stationed at a wing, 
the news came that (owing to tho break- 
down of one of the trucks which was to 
carry Dr. Krause's field delicacies to the 
various commandoee) the popular doctor's 
departure would be delayed until 7.45 this 

[The" patriotic " band, consisting of an 
Italian harpist, a Fronch cornet, and a 
German flautist, playing a Dutch tune at 
I Hottentot Dutch 
Mulatto as a soud-ollto a Gorman doctor 
to light in a British Colony 
is about as funny as anything wo have 
seen in tho " S. ,\ D, News' " columus. . 

Mr. John V laser, of the Posttuaster- 
ntmeut, has returned from 
Mafeking, having lost throe lingers of bis 
left hand by a gun accident. 

Lord Mayor's hi 

Important Spe>ec 

Lord Salisbury oiji t 

"The Unfortunate 

London, 9th (■' Mercury " 
Speaking at the Lord Mayoi 
Lord Wolsoloy announced tha 
been issued for the mobilizS|io-, 
division. The War Office was 
necessary, to mobilize another J 

Had thoy taken measure? 
increase their forces, theyt < 
precipitated the nVtimatoni \ 

War was due to the tin lortni 
tion, which permitted a hostile 
unlimited right to accuuiulatt 
tions against them. 

hculed tbo suggestions 
intervention. They would Silo, 

When the conflict was ended 
eminent would be guided b\ 
traditions, and tbe confederate 
and justice would restore tea"* 
eminent and security so sore. 
the interests of peace and oivil 

They would consult their in 
.lieu victorious, and 8f 
for all racoi was undoubted. 

From tb ' 
November 25 

Referring to the Boers' cor 
this campaign, in a sub-Ioade 
says, " the seal of civilization ' 
their every act." 

Pretoria, 7th.— Special Oc 
says regarding Dundee: — "" 
fusillades starting at a rang.-' 
1.600 yards had a demoraTisj 
the British troops who, in non 
retreated after being eubmittf 
fire for a little I 

" Tbe British foroes are 
learn that, in comparison with 
their movements are snail- lis. 

[Our foroes oertainly are ncl 
Boers in sprinting, tho' latter 
good start directly the first n. 
is beard and are more than : 
before there is any chance of 

a heavy tire for a littl 
was certainly a surprise to m 
king to see how rapidly tl 
Boors can run directly a shot 

Sir Charles Wai 

London, November 11th (f 

Warren is to comb 

division, of which Colonel V 

London fame, and Colonc 



With the large part of r 
hands of the Afrikanders, tl 
part of Capo Colony disoffec 

i ate a virgiu Ropubli- 
to say nothing of doomed K. 
Mafeking, be may well be ask 
magnitude of the business 

is time Sit Redvers £ 
lighting Kafirs. Ue is pittei 
finest body of irregular oa 
world, against a host of pat 
shooters, who will defend the 
their homes to the last drop i 
who, rather than yield to tbe I 

lie in tbe last ditch." 
envy Sir Redvers Butler's f< 




No. 35 

Wednesday, December 20th, 1899. 


ittnfching Mlail. 


Mafeking Garrison. 

Mai-eking, 18th December, 1899. 

Cscfui work by Capt. Sandford's Gun. — 
An excellent shot was fired from the 
7-pounder under Captain Sandford from 
Major Godley's position on Saturday, and 
great credit is due to Trooper Langton, 
B.S.A.P., who laid the gun. Just after 
6.30 p.m. a number of Boers were seen on 
the parapet, and a round of shrapnel was 
fired at them ; it landed with excellent 
effect amongst them, bursting close up to 
the parapet. The result was that they 
shifted their work to a new position, 
thereby relieving the west end of the Stadt 
and the Women's Laager from the con-' 
tinualj sniping to whioh they had been 

mentVamaijcs. — Certain difficulties 
have arisen in connection with the assess- 
ment of damages owing to occupiers of 
bouses, who only claim for furniture within 
the house, not clearly stating whether 
they are the owners of the house itself in 
which the damage occurred. Claims for 
furniture, which must be given in detail, 
are therefore invariably to be rendered on 
separate forms to claims for house pro- 

l'ay— Special Duty. — First-class Private 
and Acting Corporal Abrahams, C.P. D. 2, 
will receive Imperial pay as local Chief 
Constable for the Stadt, at the rate of 4s. 
per diem in addition to his Cape Police 

porary Appointment. — Mr. Young, 
Railway Division, a Medical Student, is 
appointed to act as a Special Assistant to 
take charge of Native cases, etc., at the 
Railway Bridge Dressing Station, under 
llic P. MO. He will receive pay at the 
rate of 15s. per diem, from this date 
inclusive, during the absence from duty of 
Uotpitol Sergeant Dowling, Protectorate 
Regiment, who was performing the duty 
until he met with an accident. 
^ Court of Summary Jurisdiction.— The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow, the 19th instant, at the Court 
House, at 10.15 a.m., for the examination 
of such prisoners as may be brought 
before it. President : H. H. Major Goold- 
Adams, C.B., C.M.G. ; Member Lieut - 
Colonel C. 0. Hore. 

By order, 
F. W. l'ANZERA, Major, 

Acting C.S.O. 

M.4HSKINC, 19th Di 

Court Martial.— & Field General Couit 
Martial will assemble on Thursday next, 
the 21st instant, at such time and place 
the President may appoint, for the trial of 
the prisoner named in the margin, and of 
such other prisoners as may be brought 
before it. 

No. 21, Trooper D. P. Oi 
Squadron, Protectorate Regiment. 

President : Captain Gordon Wilson, 
Royal Horse Guards. 

Members : Captain Lord C. Bentinck, 
Protectorate Regiment ; Lieutenant Daniel, 
B.S.A.P, a . 

The prisoner will be duly warned and 
all witnesses ordered to attend. The Pro- 
tectorate Regiment will provide an orderly 
for the Court. Proceedings to be for- 
warded to the Chief Staff Officer, 

,,: mmary Jurisdiction. — The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow, the 20th instant, at trie Court 
House, at l(Ti5 a.m., for the examination 
of such prisoners as may be brought 
before it. President : Lieut. -Col. C. B. 
Vyvyan ; Member : C. G. H. Bell, Esq., 
C.C. & R.M. 

^Special Allowance, to Gaoler.— With 
reference to General Order No. 2 of loth 
instant, the special allowance to Mr. 
HeWe will date from 13th October instoad 
of from "1st November" as therein 

By order, 

F, W, PaNZERA, Major, 

Acting C.S.O. 


It is amusing to read how the Transvaal 
Government, in its recognised organ, the 
" S. & D. News," tried to explain, oven as 
early as November 8th, why it had taken 
80 long to capture unfortified Mafeking. 
They say : 

" The temptation to go on is, therefore, 
great ; but the will of General Joubcrt is 
supreme, and General Joubert is for the 
present content that Ladysmith should be 
laid low, and the Boer camp be pitched for 
the time being on the banks of the Tugcla. 
To his way of thinking the great thing — 
and this will be rendered possible and 
practicable when Ladysmith and Mafeking 
have fallen and their prisoners are safely 
quartered at Pretoria — is to release men 
enough to check the Buller contingent 
before it makes the easier plains of the 
Free State, from whioh quarter the 
enemy's advance may he looked for at any 

" The fall of Ladysmith and Mafeking 
is regarded only as a matter of hours. 
These centres being reduced, and the posi- 
tion of the British in Natal being per- 
manently weakened, nearly the whole 
strength of the Republican forces can go 
out to meet General Buller, can be hurled 
against any advance he may meditate or 
have in his mind's eye." 

It is evident that at first the gravest 
surprise add later savage disappointment 
had taken possession of them on finding 
their plan of campaign, arranged for, and 
depending on, Ladysmith being made its 
Eastern and Mafeking its Western base, 
had tumbled to pieces like a house of 
cards ; through their unanticipated reverse 
on thp Natal side, and the still more unex- 
rebuffhere. Reading between the 
lines it is easy to discern that they relied 
upon taking these two places as an 
tial preliminary to successful resistance of 
General Buller's forces on the South. It 

is also eviJint, to the everlasting shame of 
the party, that the Bond Ministry intended 
to betray Mafeking into the hands of the 
Boers. Believing it was to be left unpro- 
tected and unarmed, the Pretoria 
organizers never dreamt of having any 
more difficulty with regard to this town 
than they did with regard to Vryburg. 
That part of their plan having been 
defeated by the Imperial Cos 
sending Baden-Powell here, the romaiudor 
of their raid sohemecollapsed.audtbey have 
now to face as a sWrn reality the phantom 
they employed to frighten the Boers into 
aggression, i.e., an invasion of their terri- 
tory, for whioh they are not effectually^ 
prepared. A hasty scramble of all the' 
force to be spared, from outside here and 
other places, to take up any position of 
vantage reachable in front of Buller's 
advance, has doubtless been all thaF their 
now demoralised commandoes could 
aooompli6h ; with what result we have yet, 
and daily hope, to learn. The difference 
made by the defenoe of Mafeking to the 
comparative relationship to-day of the 
respective sides must be enormous. Had 
the garrison fallen, the delay and neglect 
of the home authorities for the past two 
years would have cost many more hun- 
dreds of lives, and hundreds of thousands 
of pounds, than it will now. Bulawayo 
says U i ■."•ed her; no doubt it 

has saved the whole situation, oast, a fact 
which wu hope will be duly recognized, 
and recompensed, later on. 

In the " Standard and Diggers' News" 
of November 23rd, 1899, there is an 
account of the departure from Johannes- 
burg of Dr. Krause, who was going to 
tlie Ladysmith front. We give a portion 
of the account in the exact words : 
" Elaborate arrangements had been made 
to give Dr. Krause the " send-off " he so 
richly deserves. In the immediate vicinity 
of the station were assembled a musical 
corps consisting of an Italian harpist, a 
French cornet, and a German flautist, who 
were instructed to strike up the " Volks- 
lied " and the Free State Anthem at a 
given moment. But the best laid schemes 
and the most elaborate arrangements of 
mice and men " gang aft agley." Just 
as Mr. Van Gelder falsoof the IV 
Order Commission) was about to marshal 
that patriotic band stationed at a wing, 
the news came that (owing to the break- 
down of one of the trucks which was to 
carry Dr. Krause's field delicacies to the 
various commandoes) the popular doctor's 
departure would be delayed until 7.10 this 

The " patriotic " band, consisting of an 
Italian harpist, a Fronch cornet, and a 
German flautist, playing a Dutch tune at 
the instigation of a Hottentot Dutch 
Mulatto as a send-off to a German doctor 
leading rebels to fight in a British Colony 
is about as funny as anything \*u have 
seen to the " S. x D. News' " columns, j 

Mr. Johu \ nisei , of the Postmaster- 
General's Department, has returned from 
Mafeking, having lost three fingerB of bis 
left hand by a gun accident. 

.yor'B ■!<- 

Lord Mayor's muet. 

Important S hes. 

Lord Salisbury he War. 

"The Unfortu ' 

( ention" 

London, 9tl 
Speaking at th 
Lord Wolseloy announa 

surveys the obstacles to the consummation 
of bis orders. We fanoy that Pretoria and 
'Johannesburg now look rather distant 
objectives to his operations. 

Colonial Traitors 

Special. j — 
';■> banquet, 
t orders had 

been issued for the roobil U?l another 

division. The War Otfi< prepared, if 

necessary, to mobilize ant \rmy Corps. 

Had they taken mei sooner to 

increase their forces, ti vtiuld have 
precipitated the ultimate 

War was due to the unl a'.o Conven- 
tion, which permitted a h community 
unlimited right to accuirnV war muni- 
tions against I 

lie ridiculod tho su^gel 
intervention. They wouf 

When tho conflict was eiitdtho Gov 
eminent would be guidod t;| Colonial 
traditions, and the confedettttolof equity 
and justice would restore^ good gov 
ernment and seem 
the interests of peace and 

They would consult the 
duties, when victorious, ai 
for all race! wa6 uudoub 

I of foreign 
k^no intcr- 

y needed in 

turosts and 

cial justice 

source that arrangements are being made 
to despatch a further infantry division, 
11,000 strong, immsdiateiy the first tran 
ports return. 



With the large part of 
bands of the Afrikanders, t! 
part of Cape Colony disaffei 
Free State a virgin Republi 
to say nothing of doomed 1\ 


B.P's Pyrotechnics 
mystified them. 

Give a Flag to the Boers. 

Bloomfontein, Nov. 22 (Special).— Com- 
mandant du Flooy, of Bethulie, has been 
presented by the ladios of Burghersdorp 
with a beautiful flag, on which is neatly 
embroidered : " In the name of God." 

Are glad when we lose. 

Lourengo Marquos, November 7th. — Tho 
news of tho surrender of Lieutenant-Colonel 
Carleton's force at Modderspruit was 
received at Capetown with consternation 

Some Cape papers, howovor, add that 
the information was bailed with satlsfao 
tion in oortain quarters. 

Rietfontein, Nov .'.7th, 6.30 am. (" Volks- 
stom " Speoiab. — This morning af half- 
past four the fight bogan, and is still 
raging with great severity. We have 
never seen such a fight here before. The 
English appear to have ventured upon an 
attack upon our horses, and to have first 
fired upon them. Many of the horses are 
coming into camp. As soon as the fight 
began all the mounted men who were still 
in tho camp were called out to reinforce 
the burghers. 

Fortunately 20 extra men were sent with 
eaoh Field-cornotoy to the fort. From* 
sunrise until now the cannon havo not 
ceased firing. 

eginmng to 
oer tactics, 

From tl 

November 1 'd. 

rring to the Boers' duct during 
this campaign, in a sub-le r this paper 
says, "tho seal of civilizati lias adorned 
their every oot." 

Pretoria, 7th. — Special ^respondent 
says regarding Dundee ;- [be Mauser 
fusillades starting at a ran ( 1,000 and 
1.600 yards had a demori Lg uiieot on 
the British troops who, in el y all oases, 
retreated after being subuwl to heavy 
fire for a little time." 

" The British forces a] 
learn that, in comparison wi 
their movements ori 

[Our forces certainly are (caul 
Boers in sprinting, the'fatter'pays get a 
good start direotly the first royt of ague 
is heard and are more than Anile away 
before there is any chance of submitting 
them to a heavy tire for a littl iiue." It 
was certainly a surprise to m f in Mafe- 
king to soo how rapidly t unwieldy 
Boors can run directly a shot irud. 

Sir Charles Waien. 

London, November 11th (filer). — Sir 

ran is to comi id a new 

division, of which Colon. . 

London fame, and Colonel Ceke 



ng, he may well be ast< led at the 
magnitude of the business ore him. 
And I his time Sir Redvors I ir is not 
fighting Kafirs. He is pittei ;ainst the 
finest body of irregular ea 
world, against a host of pat 
shooters, who will defend th« 
their homes to the last drop 
who, rather than yield to the 
will " die in the last ditoh.' 

envy Sir Redvers Buller's ft 

Hold aloof from 

On Sunday night bright lights weroseen 
in she town to tho right and left. We 
also saw a bonfire. Opinions are divided 
over these lights and their significance. 

vent ; Hifl Worship the Mayor, Rev. II. W- 
Weekes, Mr. B. Weil, Rev. Father Ogle' 
Rev. M. Peart. 

The above will take place at the Masonic 
Hall on Sunday, December 21th, from 1 
p.m. till 6 p.m. Lady Sarah Wilson has 
kindly offered to present eaoh child with 
a toy, and Mr, Weil, with his usual gener- 
osity, will provide the tea. 

All ohildren between the ages of thhke 
and thirteen are invited, and parents 
desirous of sending their children are 
requested to forward immediately their 
names, stating age and sex. In the case 
of the Women's Laager, to tho Rev. W. U . 
Weekos. Railway Division to Captain 
More, and Refugee Laager to Major God- 
ley. This invitation is extended to child- 
dren of Dutch as well as English parentage, 
and all will be equally welcome. 

Owing to the limited spaco in the 
Masonic Hall, it is regrotted that the 
children's parents cannot be included in the 
invitation ; hut the children will be well 
looked after by the committee. 

Arrangements will be made for fetohing 
the children and conveying them home 

Captain Cowan and officers of the Beoh- 
uanaland Rifles- have kindly consented to 
their band playing. 

Welcoming Buller, 

When Goneral Buller landed at Cape- 
town, amidst a scene of unparalleled 
enthusiasm, bo was received by the repre- 
sentatives of tho Governor but no member 
of tho Ministry was present and the Gov- 
ernment Buildings were not decorated 

Coal Famine at Cape. 
South-Easters in Evidence. 

Lourengo Marques, 91st (Special) — 
Owing to the [uantity of coal roquired for 
transports there is a cool famine at Cape- 

South-ousters interfero with the docking 
of transport. 

The Various FundB. 

London, Bib ("Mercury") Special. —The 
fund amounts to £161,000; the 
War Fund to £160,000, and the " Tele- 
graph " Fund to 060,371 shilling-,. 

Siege Train Ordered. 

London, Uih (" Mureury " Special!. — 
Official orders were issued yesterday for 
th<> immediate mobilization of a siege train 
to shell Pretoria. 

The Power of the Boers. 

iu the 
and the 

rley and 

London, 9th (" Cape Times " Special*. — 
Lord Wolseley, speaking last night , said 
they had found the Boers muoh more 
powerful and numerous thau they had 

[That is beoause he did not read the 
" Mafuking Moil " attentively.] 

Lourengo Marques, November 7th. — 
" Ons Land " of November 2nd says that 
the Speoial Bond Congress announced (or 
November 7th has been abandoned. The 
ciroular announcing this says " All that iB 
possible has been done for peace without 
result Now we wait a suitable oppor- 
tunity to hold out the olive branch. 

The name of Mr. Gustave Halle, of tho 
" Transvaal Critic," has, alter investiga- 
tion, not been found upon the burgher 
rolls of the Sister Republic He has been 
escorted over tho border— Mr. Leopold 
Hess (a German subject) and Mr. Allcock 
(an American subject), who make up the 
'Transvaal Critic " staff, have also boou 
invited to take their passports. 


' pi IE Base Commandant requests that 
J- all claims not already, submitted 
against the " Local Defences Aooount " 
may be furnished forthwith to the Chief 
Paymaster for adjustment. 

Whore olaims have been already sub 
mitted any additional acoounts should be 
sent in to the Chief Paymaster weekly, 
being made up to and for Saturday in 
each week. 

All acoounts should be supported by 
the Original Orders for goods supplied, as 

Delay in furnishing these claims may 
cause muoh trouble and oonfusion horeafter 
and it is thorefore important that they 
may be sent in at onoe as requested. 
C. B. VYVYAN, Lieut. -Col., 

Base Commandant. 

11th December, 1899. 

bcuy and 
icir blood 
nt's yoke, 
i'ei do not 
igs as be 

Delays in Transport. 

London, 9th ("Capo Times " Special).— 
Tempestuous weather delays transport, and 
the Admiralty warned the public that the 
newspapurs' estimates of the dates of 
arrival were too sanguine. 


A Christmas True and Tia for the Children 
of Mafeking. 

Under the patronage of Oolonel 
Baden-Powell and Officers of 

Another Infantry Division. 

London, 8th (" Mercury " Special).— 
The " Daily News " learns from an official 

The following Ladies and Gentlemen 
have also kindly offered to assist:— Lady 
Sarah Wilson, Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Adams, 
Mrs. More, Mrs. Riesle, Mrt. Winter, Mrs. 
Bradley, LadieB of the Hospital and Con- 


DIA.RIES for 1900. 
A large Assortment. 


Market Square. 


DIXON & CO. Beg to 
announce to the Belegued 
Inhabitants of Mafeking, 
that they have still a good 
General Assortment ol 
Drapery Provisions etc. 



Von Krkoius Prize Medal Tiaus- 
vaal Tobacco. 

Christmas price 'Js. per lb. 


G. UPPlrtflNN. 

Market Square. 

Wishes it known that he has still ou 
hand a large Btock of 

Kharki Jackets, 

All sizes and shapes, 
At very low prices. 
. .sortmont of, 

Soft Shirts, 
Flannel Trousers, Boots etc. 

( . Lippiuaun is always on the premises 
to attend ta customers. 

N B Plenty of Transvaal Tobaccos and 
General Groceries. 

.V. II. Whala. 



No. 36 Friday, December 22nd, 1899. 




For Ladies' and Children's Clothing ami Outfitting. 

For Gent.'e and Youths' Clothing, Boots and SI -, &o., &c. 

Children's Sailor UaU, Overalls, Pinafores, Su 

Children's Sun Bonnets and B Aprons, New Prints, 

Summer Dross Materials, Trimmed Millinery, Laces, Ribbons, 

Belts, in fact 

The Showroom is replete with NEW GOODS. 

Also in Piece for Boys' Clothing: 
Gain teas, Cottonnade, Cord, Moleakii 
Navy VYoi onaL 

Lai Line in 


When not on th I be glad to attend to at my 

house in the Mi i the Mill, promptly. 

zts r>nii. 


(Weather permitting aod under Siege Conditions ) 

SUNDAY, DECEMBEli 24th, 1899, 

Commencing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 


Judge: Major H. II. GooldAdams, C.B , CM G. 


Lt.-Col. CO. Here, Lt.-Col. J. A II Walford, Capt. J. W. Brown, Capt I 

Hon. Secretary and Treasurer: Capt. S. W. J. Scholefield, B.8.A.P 


11—1. 100 YARDS RACE (open) haudi- 

offlom lis. a. p. 

11-16— 2. HOP, SKIP AND JUMP. 


11-06-4. "LLOYD LINDSAY '• Bot- 
tles and Stones. Teams of four. 

•nut by offictn B SAP. 

12-30-5. 200 YABDS RACE (open), 


2—7. (mounted). 




(for boys 16 and under). 






IPaMtng jjjfeiJL 


Mafeking Garrison. 

Post Entkieb. — All events open except where otherwise specified. 
1st and 2ud prizes (additions for large entries). Entrance Fees Is. 

Miss Hill has kindly consented to distribute the prizes. 

r« and N.C.O.'s in charge of OiU- 
patU. — Officera and N.C.O.'s in charge of 
Outpost* aro responsible for dereliction of 
duty on the part of all men under their 
command. Superior officers visiting posts 
and finding Sentries neglecting their duties 
will hold the officers and N.C.O.'s respon- 
sible and will take steps accordingly in 
addition to making the Sentries prisoners. 
The frequent cases of Sentries Bleeping on 
their posts invariably points to negleot of 
duty on the part of the N.C.O , first in not 
having assured himself of the fitness of the 
men when they were posted, and sooondly 
in not having frequently visited the 
Sentries to ascertain that they were on 
the alert, etc. 

Brigade Signallers.— The Briga 
nailers will in future be struck of 
twice a week for practice under Captain 
Sandford, Protectorate Regiment 
tiou is directed to the great importance of 
ined in a state of 
thorough efficiency, and a weekly return 
will be die O.S.O., g 

nominal roll of men exercised and thoii 
individual progress. 

evm. — Vary consider 
able annoyance is caused in the Outpost 
lines and to officers going their rounds, 
etc., by the barking of loose dogs. This 
barking of dogs at night is not only e 
source of danger to the Garrison in that ii 
reveals to the enemy the direction 
town and its defensive works, but it pre 
Sentries from beiug able to lister 
properly for an enemy's approach and dis 
turbs the well earned rest of the men oi 
Outpost duty. If, after this order, an< 
dogs are found not properly secured, o 
constantly harking, they will be destroyer 
and no claims for compensation will b 

Court of Sw — Th 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction will 
to-morrow, Thursday, the 21st instant, a 
the Court House, at 10.15 a.m., for th 
examination of suoh prisoners as^may b 
brought before it. President : H. H. Majc 
(ioold-Adams, C.B., C.M.G. ; Member 
Lieut-Colonel C. O. Hore. 

Control of Railway, M,n 
notified for general information that. 
iog the restoration of railway oommi 
tion, Capt. J. R. Moi 
(beiug the senior Cape Government 
way Official present) is placed in 
il all railway working and 
under the Colonel Comma- 
He wiil detail such official 
necessary to assist in carrying out tL*' 
work. Any previous acting appointmeu: 
are hereby oancelled 


No. 36 


Friday, December 22nd, 1899. 




For Ladies' and Children's Clothing and Oufcritting. 

For Gent's and Youths' Clothing, Boots and Shoes, &o., &c. 

Children's Sailor Hats, Overalls, Pinafores, &c., &c. 
Children's Sun Bonnets ami Hats, Sunshades, Aprons, New Prints, 

Summer Dress Materials, Trimmed Millinery, Laces, Kihbons, 

Belts, in fact 

The Showroom is replete with NEW GOODS. 

Also in Piece for Boys' Clothing: 

Galateas, Cottonuade, Cord, Moleskin, and a Special Line in 
Navy Worsted Diagonal. 


When not on the premises, I shall be glad to attend to orders left at my 
house in the Molopole Road, near the Mill, promptly. 

ifs Da.ll. 


(Weather permitting and under Siege Conditions ) 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24th, 1899, 
Commencing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 


Judge: Major H. H. Goold-AdamB, C.B., C.M.G. 


Lt.-CoL C. 0. Hore, Lt.-Cot. J. A. II. Watford, Capt. J. W. Brown, Capt. B. W. Cowan 
Hon. Secretary and Treasurer: Capt. R. W. J. Bcholefield, B.S.A.P. 



1. 100 SARDS RACE (open) handi- 

Prize presented by officers B.S.A.P. 
1115— 2. HOP, SKIP AND JUMP. 


11-65-4. " LLOYD LINDSAY " Bot- 
tles and Stones. Teams of four. 

Prize presented by officers B.SA.P. 

12-30—5. 200 YARDS RACE (open), 




Post Entries. — All events open except where otherwise specified. 
1st and 2nd prizes (additions for large entries). Entrance Fees Is. 

Miss Hill has kindly oonsented to distribute the prizes. 

gtafthing |Iuil. 


— Cyclists.— The folowinj,' having 
npointcd Cyclial *rtcrs, 

on I ho dati' mentioned i,uow, are 

I will be paid from 

their names 

Nemnw B. 

p r diem, 11th 

I information 

II opti between the 

member. Tho 

1 , small quail- 
purchased by 

By order, 

.Acting C. 8.0. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

2—7. Y.C. RACE (mounted). 




(for boys 16 and under). 

(Officers) . 


9[hcers an i 
posts. — Offioers and N.C.O 
Outposts are responsible ior derelic 
duty on the part of all mi 
command. Superior ofiici 
and finding Si 
will hold the officers and '■ 
sible and will take steps according: . in 
addition to making 1 1 
The frequent cases o 

their posts invariably points to neglect of 
duty on the part of the N.C.O. , first in not 
having assured himself of the fitness of ihi> 
men when they were posted, and secondly 
in not having frequently visited tat 
Sentries to ascertain that they were oo 
the alert, etc 

Brigade Signallers. — The Briga 
nailers will in future be struck off duly 
twice a week for practice under Captain 
Sandford, Protectorate Regiment 

i to tho great importance of 
these men being maintained in a state ot 
thorough elhoienoy, and a weekly velum 
will be rend, red to the C.S.O., g 
nominal roll of men exercised and tbeii 
individual progress. 

Dogs Barking in Town ,— Very consider 
able annoyance is caused in the Outpost 
lines and to officers going their round-* 
etc, by the burking of loose dog* 
barking of dogs at night is not 
source of danger to the Gai 
reveals to the enemy in ot lb, 

town and its defensive works, but it pit' 
Sentries from beim,' able to lisle 
properly for an enemy's approach and dis- 
turbs the well earned rest of the men « 
Outpost duty. If, after this order, any 
dogs are found not properly secured, or 
constantly barking, 
and no claims for oompen 

Court of Summary Jul 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will uait 
to-morrow, Thursday, the 21st instant, r, 
the Court House, at 10.15 a.m., for tlj 
examination of suoh prisoners agjnayle 
brought before it. Preside! 
Goold-Adams, C.B., CM 
Lieut.-Colonel C. O. Hore. 

Control oj Railway, M 
notified for general information that, pend- 
ing the restoration of railway oommuuia. 
tion, dipt. J. R. Mo 

(being the senior Capo Government Bail- 
way Oflioial present) is plaoed in so.,: 
oharge of all railway work 

under the Colonel Coonu 
lie will detail suoh officials as may lo 
necessary to assist in carrying out tt 
work. Any previous acting appolnl 
are hereby oancelled 

Mafbkinq, 21bt DecbhuHi, 1 

Control of I- " reference to 

h December, 


, overn- 
Iway Ollicial \ 

i of on Monda;. cies of 

vice and the state of Bi 

lay as a holiday. 
1J, notice with regard to 
due course. 

Court oi S ■ — The 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow. Fri 'at the 

Court House, at 10.15 a.m. for the exami- 
nation of such prisoners as may be brought 
C. B. 
Vyvysn. Member ; C. G. B 

Appointments. — Tha following persons 
were appointed in thi 
and on i is rates men- 

respective names and 
-.cordingly : — 
1, William K rk, Coinmis- 

S;ore, engage n, 19tb 

December, 7s. (id. p. 

lib Deoember, 
10s. Gd. per diem. 3. Walter Join 
tad Mahony, Tally Clerk, Coumn 

(id. per 

- Tho Public 
Market will 

ning at 
6 a. in. Tli > 
be mads by Uis Woi -or. 

Sentence of Death. — It is published (or 
general information that Telegelo, a Kala- 
hari Barato; convicted for 

by the Court of Summary Jurisdiction to 
suffer death. 

By oi 
F. W. PANiJEUA, Major, 
Aoting C.S.O. 

drivors. Apart from thermotics there is 
the season should not be an 
[afeking. Oom 
Paul's folly even after seventy days, need 
not detract a whit from the festivity per- 
taining to the period. We still have , 
plenty of the wherewithal to provide regal 
banquets. Moat, poultry, and other food- 
stuffs, even salads are plentiful, and that 
mysterious conglomeration, the Christmas 
pudding, is being boiled by tho hundred- 
's enough " medical 
comfort " to make everybody in the garri- 
son " drunk as a boiled owl " if he obtain 
a " doctor's certified t roue. In 

utter contempt for Boers and their guns 
wo may give ourselves over to jollification 
or pious contemplation, whichever best 
tax temperament, and wish each 
be Compliments of tba 
eh a time of year we may 
even include friend Snyuian over the way, 
and his master, at Pretoria in our general 
good wishes. As expressed by the un- 
known author of " Rejected Addresses " 
we can say : — 

" God bless the Queen, God bless the 
Faith's Defender." 

t.od bless, no barm at Christmastide, 
that old pretender. 




lurry Christmas to you" isaphrase 
and nothing more, with 100 deg. In the 
shade. It certainly is not so Bug] 
of comfort and onj.; -on tho 

mercury has dropped into the thermometer's 
iluasc, not the 
mercury, hoin , m behind red 

woollen spoke, 

while faces mottled so deeply by tho cold, 
make one mistake his neighbours, respec- 
ted "somethings in tho Jity " for 'bus 

It will, we are sure, give great pleasure 
to the beleaguered ones to know that 
another gun, bigger than any of those we 
have been using, was brought into the 
town this week. How it was managed 
and wbat means were taken to r 
gauntlet of Boor sentries, qicquote, out- 
posts, cossaok posts, and all the other 
military equivalents to the nocturnal game 
of solitaire played for two hours at a 
stretch in a, more or less, upright position 
with a cold shiver down the small of one's 
back and a hot tremble on the back of 
one's tongue, oaused partly by the last 
whisky and partly by tho desire for 
another, we are not at liberty to tell. 
Naturill will know how 

to put two and two together, and remeni- 
, chute lights " 
t several even- 
ings last week, will bo able to conneot it 

inannur with the enormous held 

iieyond this hint we 

dara-not publish another word. If we did 

jural 8nyman or any other of the 
enemy's offioors, able to read, unfolds his 

Slip" at breakfast time to-morrow 
morning and hnds out how it was done and 
how he was done, he would probably be so 
cross again that some of tho Natives who 
make bis cotfee would get an awful sjam- 
boking ; those small enough. Besides this 
. Joubla-barrellod dop 
proof guards would be put on, and wo 
might have some difficulty in bringing 
aaother regiment of Lancers through with- 
out any of tho Boors seeing tho spoor. Of 
course there is the possibility that this new 
piece of ordnance has been cast hero in 
an underground bomb-proof (more extra- 
ordinary things than that have happened 
in bomb-proofs before now). The initials 
on the gun support suoh a theory, 

. Co." it is marked. Everyone in 
Mafoking knows who B.P. is, and what 
wonderful resource he possesses. Who 
knows but what ho has started a gun- 
arrangement to help him in his 
shell-casting arrant; I B never 

know ; and from late experience we are 
inclined to think we are never likely to 
know what goes on around us, but the gun 
is hero and we hope to hear It. 


On Tuesday last our artillery, under tho 
direction of Major Panzera, commenced 
operations early in the morning by chal- 
lenging the enemy's siege battery with oar 

smaller ordnance. This was applied to and 
an artillery duel following made an effective 
demonstrationof science versus brute force. 
The general idea was to discover, by open- 
ing our fire and drawing theirs, whether 
the enemy's guns still occupied their 
original positions and also to demoralize 
the enemy in the trenches, by the concen- 
tration of our artillery. In these objeots 
we were entirely successful, for after a 
prolonged duel, the enemy diverted their 
tire in the direction of Cannon Kopje. 
The operation of our Western artillery 
was likewise completely successful as the 
enemy, entrenched at Game Tree Hill, 
were obliged to retire, owing ' to the 
accurate fire from our guns. 


ON tho 20th inst., on the Recreation 
Ground, between Victoria Hospital 
and the Masonic Hall, a Gun-metal Ladies 
Watch, Brooch attaohed. Reward offered. 
—Apply R. GIRDWOOD, Esq. 


A SWORD SCABBARD (leather) be- 
tween this office and Fort Muller. 
The tinder, on kindly returning it to the 
" Mail Office " will have expenses defrayed. 

St John's Chnrch, Mafeking. 

DECEMBER 24tb, 1899. 

EEV. W. H. WEBKES will hold the 
following services : — 


Holy Communion 

7.30 a.m. 
10.30 a.m. 


.il Evensong ... 7.30 p.m. 
Christmas Carols will be sung at the 
conclusion of the service. 

CHRISTMAS DAY, 25th December, 1899. 

Notieo ot the services to be held on the 
above day will be given out on Sunday 

For General Inform^ 

NOTICE! is I ;i <■! 

Dinner at the above 

Sunday, 24th), arc requi i IK 

facilitate accommodation 

rushes, to obtain ticket 

Bar, not later than 7 p.i 

No admittance to the Dining Roon 

out tickets. 


DIARIES for 19t">e 


A large Assortment. 


Market Square. 



Market Squat- J 

Wishes it known that ho his stl 
hand a large stock of , 

Kharki Jackets, di 

All sizes and shapes,' 

At very low prices, pi 

A big assortment of, r 

Soft Shirts, aei 
Flannel Trousers, Boots 

G. Lippmann is always on the pre 

to attend to customers. 

N.B. Plenty of Transvaal Tobaccr 
General Groceries. n 

Roman Catholic Church. 
Christmas Services. 

THE Revd. Father Ogle wishes to 
iouuoe that Holy Mass will be 
celebrated 7 o'olook on Sunday morning, 
Deoember 3a\th, 1899, in iue Convent 
Chapel, and the 


at 13 p.m., also at the Convent. 


GOINij away by train at holiday time 
being likely to " boer " us, no 


will he run to 

Lobatsi, Francistown, and 
other places of interest 
during Christmas week. 

Dutch inhabitants of Trenches, Earth- 
works and other suburban localities wishing 
to visiting Mafeking need not take 


but will be invited to remain hero boarded 
and lodged 


upon produotion of a Mauser. 


DIXON & 60. Bee 
announce to the Beleagu 
Inhabitants of Mafe 
that they have still 
General Assortr „ 
Drapery Provisions ^ 



Von Erkoms Prize Medal T 
vaal Tobacco. 

Christmas price 2s. per 11 

Prinied and imblithtd by n 
Tor lukcnJ J Son, Market Square, if 
Editor and ilanaoet: O. N. 11. I' 


.u kindly 

..ce" will hat 


,c ftlafching Pail. 80ME cheering messaces. 

SATUHDAY, 23rd I );, 1899. 

NO 37. 


By tLe courtesy of the Colonel Com- 
manding we are enabled to print the 
following : — 

The following news received to-day is 
published for information, but is not very 
»iily up to 9th Deoamber. 
hi' llignCouinjiseioner telegraphed 
to Col. Nicholson at It ilawayo : — 

Up North wo have been getting on very 
well. Colonel Pluiuer reports the enemy 
have retired back from Rhodes' Drift 
towards Piete iollowed their 

spoor aa far as Uracil River but could, for 
the time, get uo further owing to wAit of 
water. Tne Crocodile River is now up, so 
there is no fear of the Boers invading the 
border, but Colonel Plumer is rouking 
rafts to transport his wagons across the 
river in order to follow up the enemy into 
their own country. 

Colonel Holdsworth has moved forward 
hi* headquarters from Magalapye to 

Captain Llewi llyn. with armoured trains, 
is at Gaberones, which has baen entirely 
abandoned by Boers. They have now 
retired on Crocodile; Pools from Gaberones 
and Raiuoutsa. A Native arrived to-day 
sayB there was 6ghting at Crocodile Poulu 
on Tuesday last, bo probably our forces 
are pressing on to them there. 

Natives on the border have received 
notice from the truthful Paul Kruger to 
say that in all the battles in Natal. 
barley, and at Bloemfontein the Boers 
have defeated the British. From this it 
looks as though Lord Metbuen had followed 
them to Bloemfontein afier his victory at 
Modder River and relief of Kimberley. 

General Gatacre is meantime coming 
up through the Eastern Province and act- 
ing in support of Lord Metbuen. 

Str Bedvera Buller is with 25,003 men 

11 burg in support of Sir (J. White 

! 1,000 at Ladysmith. At this place 

we had two suaees* ol nit with 

the Boers on Shh .i mber. 

< Marking was relieved at the end of last 

> month by a column of 3,000 man ; we lost 

1 223, the enemy losing 1,000. [This news 

was a little premature.] 

From the High Commis- 

40,000 Additional Troops. 
Half here ; Half on "Way. 

Through the courtesy of Colonel Baden" 
Powell we are enabled to prim the follow 
in£ inspiring telegram 

From High Commissioner, Cape Town, 
to CommandaT . vayo 

November 15 b. — B to you 

all Wo ara having a hard fight all round, 
but have no doubt of the i 
You have done splendid work in Rhodesia. 
Greatest credit due to you all i 
engineers for turning out those armoured 
trains so promptly and sending help so 
smartly to distressed places in the Pro- 
tectorate. We are all very proud of Mafe- 
king and Rho » 

has succeeded in holding his own aud that 
the Natives continue quiet. 

November 20:h.— Thanks lor your tele- 
grams of 10th and 12th, giving news of 
ig up to the 6tb. They have made 
a splendid defence, and I hope mat now 
they will hold out till tbe pressure on the 
enemy in other quarters compels the 
abandon i 

going to Natal and half to Orange River 
for the relief of B ' General 

Clery commands in N 
at Orange River. General Bullet is still 
on the 
way from England. There has been no 
action of importance since my la 
gram. In skirmishes at Kimberley on the 
11th and 15th the garrison held their own 
and inflicted losa on the attackers. I have 
just arranged for a tug to serve regularly 
between LourenQo Marques aud Beira. 
She will start from here immediately and 
bring tbe latest papers. I am sending 
another telegram to the Resident Commis- 
sioner at Salisbury aud asking him to 
repeat it to you. 

X .U.i . plate, 

For sale, 2 packets A 
one matt, one 
Highest offer. — X, Mail office. 

Printed and • 
Tomnilund •# Son, 4f<i> 

Editor and Manager, Q. X. B. WJiaUe. 




No. 38 

Monday, December 25th, 1899. 

8h < Pafthhtg ffllatl 



Orange Bl»«r, November 23rd I 
- An arrival from Barkly reports thai the 
li mated the Boers at 

November 27th. The polioe »t Kuru- 
man. after i> days' fighting, repul 
Doers with heavy loss. The police had odo 
killed and one wounded. 

A tall 
ton, dated November 20th, says " We 
were attacked by 500 Boors on the 13th. 
Fightin. nuously for six da\- 

and bix nights, the Boers were eveutually 
.11, 30 of them being killed and 2H 
wounded. On the evening of the 19th they 
suddenly disappeared for some reason 
unknown. Our losses one killed and one 
slightly wounded. 

[We oan supply the reason. The 500 
Boors were defeated by the plucky garrison 
of Kuruman 


(inly a few Boera entered up till ' 
ber 27th and have since retired, the place 
being again in possession of tl 


It was rumoured (November 'iHtb) that 
the Hours were on their way to Biuhirmn'a 
Hook to meet our troops thure. 


,1 Lord Men. ii, D report 
Graspan on November 25tli : — 

It ulway reported stopped, a fore 
out at an early hour. Iltli Brigade 
Naval Brlgad 

latteries Artillery. The Guard a 
Brigade following with baggage in the 
IQ into action at t> a.m. was 
opposed by a strong Boer tone, d 
one Nordenleldt, one Maxim. Our Bat- 
teries . By from heights, 
and tlie Naval Brigade and Infantry 
assaulted position Hard fighting till 10 
a.m., when Boers « .eating. 
During action a Boor commando seen 
advanoing to attaok rear, protected by 
Guards We buried bodies of 20 Boers, 
but it is known that 30 were killed and 4H 
wounded. More than 80 of their horses 
were seen dead in one place. Navals, 
Marines, Yorkshire Light Infantry and 
North Lancashire- especially distin- 
guish,.! themselves. 

Regarding Thursdays light, the battle 

moot, Lord Methuon accounts for 
81 Boers killed, (14 wagons burnt, four 
huge cylinders containing powder, 50,000 
rounds small ammunition and 750 shells 
blown up and destroyi ' Capl. Albreoht 
commanded the Boer i illory at I 
and Graapun. De la ey was in ohief 
command at Graspan. 


■• XI. -yud at Beta 

that treacherous nature which has become 
characteristic of them Several times the 
white Hag was boiatdd while firing was 
maintained. Our death roll is increased 
i this fact. The death of two offi- 
cer- is attributed tot hi* barbaroUB method 
of warfare. 


Mia Boole and family, and 
sept the 

railway offioials who were detained, arrived 
at Krunkuil on Noreniber 9th They 
rid that they eould go to the Colony 
but not enter Kiml.erley. The ji 

is. occupied 1£ ds 
TUlard'fl aon moured 

hospital, Vry- 
burg «l no looting by the 

commando, but Vry burg Boers looted 
unoccupied houses. 


;ot keys from ' ■ "d pro- 

ceeded to hoist Free State flag, rope broke. 

rope also broke. Finally lixed on 
a bamboo, half mast high [a most suit- 
able position for it now'; The magistrate 
ill loyal 
subjects of Her Majesty " when some on» 
called out " Shut up, this is now Free 
State territory and you have uo longer 

g to say " Commandant Grobbelar 

^claimed it Free Slate territory. 
Boers made a oamp at Naauwpoort 1,300 
strong, expected to have reinforcements 
1,'jOOmore. They have six Maxims and 
cannon splendidly mounted They have 
been polite to Britishers and say their 
U All 
eivanls are armed 

M who fought at ElutidsUa. 
in this 


16th) proclaimed Free 
territory and the men are being 

On November 17th a I 
ordinary proclaimed alt con 
British nu " '""' wlJ . "'"' 

that LI. loyally refus- 

be commandeered will secure full 
recognition and ample compensation for 
any aetual injury done them because of 
their all.:- 


tun BtJOT m.8Biii-'« w«b ba»l and have 
affected no damaqe. 


November IHth. Boers had stated 

November 1 7tb they would be in | 
sion the next morn tug, but they mel with 
an unexpected upposed 

they were not aware thai Estcourt had a 

luii£ rai ^o :un Juat as they were cross- 
ing the railway, thinking they had a- Vry- 
burg job, volleys from the Dublin Fusiliers 
and one shot sent bang in amongst a 
crowd of the advancing Boers by the 
Naval boys sent off the sprinters, belter 
skelter. Many riderless horses were seen. 
That one shot was enough for the Boers, 
they did not " stay on the order of going," 
but went. Their guns from the surround- 
ing hills were withdrawn and ev*-. 
was quiet again, down to ne last nev. _ 


Boers have left the Crocodile and 
south, presumably to Pietersburg. 

The pontoon above Rhodes' Drift* 
ood repair. 

From Tuli, November 30th, we -leWT 
the result of Colonel Plumer's reconoais- 
anee was the disco/ery that there were no 
Boers aloog the Crocodile River between 
Middledrift on the east and Selika ou 
the west. 

Kbama's Natives report that a body of 
Boers who crossed the Crocodile on a hunt- 
ing expedition are returning. 

Big guo firing was heard at Sequani on 
bar Nt. The Boers shellea • 
Native village belonging to Linchwe but 
did no harm. The shelling leads us to 
infer that Boer reinforcements had 
arrived or that they had withdrawn thou 
big gun from Crocodile Pools. 

Cream of Tartarfontein, Transvaal, 
lonel Plumer with a_ 
strong reoonoiteriug patrol left T 
December 1st and entered the Transvaal 
on December 3rd at the juuotion of the_ 
Crocodile and Macloutsie Rivera. Thence 
he proceeded through the veld to a point 
on the eoaoh road fifty miles north of 
i.urg. Owing to drought could not 
ther A party patrolled back to 
Rhodes' Drift. No Boers were seen 
throughout the reconoaisance 


Bjj to notify that in consequenoe of 
the scarcity of wood and water he 
pelled to discontinue for the 
manufacturing his A.l Ginger 
Beer and Hop Beer. He wishes to thank 
the inhabitants for their kind patronage 
which he hopes will be conliuued on his 
re comnieooemeDt. He also begs to warn 
his customers agaiust inferior artioles 
being offered as bis make. 

Cape Government Railways. 

rplIK Militms Authorities have autho 
L rized me "to deliver certain goods - 
which are not Foodstuffs 
different merchants ll 

Particulars can be obtaiued at my othoe 
at 9 am on Tuesday. 


Station Mister 

Station Master's Ollico, 

Mafeking, 24th Dec, 1H99. 


between this ■ Mullet 

The Under, on kindly returning " 
" Mail Oflioe" will have expenses defrayer 







lies' and Children's Clothing and Outfitting. 

I Youths' Clothing, Bootn and Shoes, &c, &c. 

No. 38 

(T ill- 

Monday, December 25th, 1899. 

afehing IJhuI. 

MONDAY. 25th DECEMBER, 1899. 


Orange River, November 23rd (Reuter). 
- Ad arrival from Barkly reports thai trio 
Captain of Police defeated the Boers at 

November 27th. — The polioe at Kuru- 
man, after 6 days' fighting, repulsed the 
Hoers with heavy loss. The police had one 
killed and one wounded. 

A telegram from Kuruman via Uping- 
ton, dated November 20th, says ' W.- 
were attacked by 500 Boors on the 13th. 
Fighting lasted continuously for six days 
and six nights, the Boers were eventually 
If, 30 of them being killed and AS 
wounded. On the evening of the 19th they 
suddenly disappeared for some reason 
unknown. Our losses one killed and one 
slightly wounded. 

[We can supply the reason. The 500 
Boers were defeated by the pluoky garrison 
of Kuruman. i 


Only a few Boors entered up till Novem- 
ber 27th and have bumm retired, the place 
being again in possession of the Cape 


It was rumoured (November 28tb) that 
the Boers were on their way to Bushman's 
Hoek to meet our troops there. 


General Lord Metiiucn reported froiu 
Graspan on November 25th ; — 

Railway reported stopped, a force moved 
out at an early hour. IJth Hrigade 
Mounted Corps, the Naval Brigade and 
two Batteries Artillery. The (iuards 
Brigade following with baggage in the 
rear. Coming into action at 6 a.m. «u 
opposed by a strong Boer force, six gaoe, 
one Nordenfeldt, one Maxim. Oar Bat- 
teries cleared enemy from heights, 
and the Naval Brigade and Infantry 
assaulted position. Hard fighting tilt 10 
a.m., when Boers were seen retreating. 
During action a Boer commando seen 
advancing to attack rear, protected by 
Guards We buried bodies of 20 Boers, 
but it is known that 30 were killed and 48 
wounded. More than 60 of their horses 
wert: aueo dead in one place. Nuvals, 
Marines, Yorkshire Light Infantry mid 
North Lancashireo especially distin- 
guished themselves. 

Regarding Thursday's tight, the buttle 
of Belmont, Lord Methuen accounts for 
81 Boers killed, 64 wagons burnt, four 
huge cylinders containing powder, 50,000 
rounds small ammunition and 750 shells 
blown up and destroyed. Capt. Albrecht 
commanded the Boer Artillery at Bulmont 
and Graspan. De la Key was in chief 
command at Graspan. 


"The Boors displayed at Belts 
that treacherouR nature which has become 
characteristic of them Several times the 
white Hag was hoisted while firing was 
maintained. Our death roll is increased 
owing to this faci. The death of two otta- 
i unbilled to thin barbarous method 
of warfare. 


Mr. Tillard, Mrs. I loolo and family, and 
treats (IS in number) except the 
railway officials who were detained, arrived 
at Kninkuil en Novembei 9ftb They 
were told that they could go to the Colony 
but not enter Kimborley. The journey, 
made in carts, occupied 10 ds> 
Tillard's son (wounded in ttie armoured 
train engagement) in still in boepilal, Vrt- 
burg. Refugees report no looting by the 
commando, but Vryburg Boers looted 
unoccupied houses. 


Boers entered early morn ing, N > 
15th, got keys from "Magistrate and pro- 
ceeded to hoist Froe State flag, rope broke, 
ope also broke. Finally liiod on 
a bamboo, half mast high [a most suit- 
able position for it now] . Tbe magistrate 
began to address tbe people : " All loyal 
subjects of Her Majesty " when someone 
called out : " Shut up, this is now Free 
State territory and you have uo longer 
anything to say " Commandant Grobbelar 
itieti proclaimed it Free State territory 
Boers made a camp at Naauwpoort 1,300 
strong, expected to have reinforcements 
1,500 more. They have six Maxims and 
cannon splendidly mounted. They have 
been polite to Britishers and say their 
destination is Cape Town via Da Aar. All 
ilmir Native servants are armed 1 
the Boers who fought at HlandslaA 
in this lorce. 


has been (November Kithi proclaimed Free 
State territory and the men are being 

On November 17th a 
ordinary proclaimed ail command. 
British subjects to be null and void, and 
that Uer Majesty's subjects loyally refus- 
ing to bo commandeered will secure full 
recognition and ample compensation for 
any actual injury done them because of 
their alb 


the Boer missiles 1 have 

effected no damage. 


November 18th. — Boers had stated 
November 17th they would be in | 
sion the next morning, but they met. With 
an unexpected 
they were not aware that Lstcourt had a 

■ ■ 
ing the railway, thinking tbi 
burg job, volleys from tbe Dublin ! 
and one shot sent hang in amongst a 
crowd of the advancing Boers 
Naval boys sent off the spriuters, belter 
skelter. Many riderless horses were seen. 
That one shot was enough for the Boers, 
they did not " stay on the order of going," 
but went. Their guns front 
ing bills were withdrawn, ■•.ml evexy,,^^ 
was quiet again, down tcAne last ney^^W 


(Iron's Sailor Hats, Overalls, Pinafores, &c, &c. 

Sun Bonnets aud Huts, Sunshades, Aprons, New Prints, 
Materials, Trimmed Millinery, Laoes, Ribbons, 
Belts, in fact 

The Showroom is reolete with NEW GOODS. 

and a Special Line in 


Li> utouant Kiusiii . 

Boers have loft tile <" J J 

south, presumably bo 

The pontoon above Bbodes' Drift (as — 
been left in good repair. 

From Tuli, November 30tb, « 
tbe result of Colonel Winner's reeonnais 
nice was the discovery that there were no 
Boers along the Crocodile River between 
Middledrift on the east and Selika on 
tbe west. 

mi's Natives report that a body of 
Boers who crossed tbe Crocodile on a hunt- 
ing expedition are returning. 

Big gun firing was heard at Se()uani ojj 
Dooemher 1st. The Be. 
Native village belonging to I.iuuhwe but 
did no harm 1 hi ds 08 to 

inter that Boer reWorceraaBta had 
arrived or that ihry had withdrawn tho»r 
big gnu from Crocodile Pools. 

m of Tartarfontein. Ti i 
December Hh. — Colonel Pluuier with a 
strong reoonoiteriug patrol left Tub £n" 
December 1st and entered tue Transvaal 
on December trd at the juuotioo of th __ 
Crocodile aud Macloutaie Rivers. Them-. ^ 
he proceeded through the void to a pom; ^ 
on the coach road fifty mile- north 
Pielerabu u 'd ° ot 

push further A party patrolled baok o 
Rhodes' Drift. No' Bo 
throughout i ' 

&lso in Piece for Boys' Clothing :, Cottonnade, Cord, Molester 
fc . < Vorated Diagonal. 


\\ i 11 tin Miiiiscs, I shall be ";lud to attend to orders loft at my 

home ■) tin Molopole Road, near the Mill, promptly. 



DIARIES for 1900. 

rge Assortment. 

Market Square. 



Market Square. 


D Ilia! he Has -111: 

stock of 


_3 to notify that in oons«<iueuce of 
ny of wood and »» 

Kharki Jackets, 
All sizes and shapes. 

At very low prices. 
ti big assortment of, 

Soft. Shirts, 
Flannel Trousers, Boots etc. 

ppmann Is always on the pn 

DIXON & eo. Beg to 
announce to the Beleaguered 
Inhabitants of Mafeking, 
that they have still a good 
General Assortment of 
Drapery Provisions etc. 



Von Erkom.s Prize Medal Trans- 
vaal Tobacco. 

Christmas price 2s. per lb. 


Towtulttnd .1 Sun, Market S>/uar< 

:.i.i l/.iiki/;«r O. N. H. Whakt. 

1 6. Plenty el Tnnmal Tome cos and 
manufacturing ins A.i. dinger General Groceries. 

Beer and Uop He. r He wishes to thank 

the inhabitants for their kind patronage 
which he hopes will be oontinued on his 
reconnn 'Warn 

his customers against inferior articles {J 
being offered as his w 

Cape Government Railways. 

rplli: Military Am 
which are tuit Foodstuffs 
different merchants in Mafeking. 

Particulars can be obtain. 
at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. 

Anting Hen 
Station Master's Otlico, 



't Mull! 
It to 4 
•■Mail Oflioe" will b defrayer! 


Gimmd, between Vlotoria Hoapital 

and the Mhbo Hall, aOuq-metal 

Watch, Brooch attached Reward .-!■ 
applj U QIBOWOOD, Kso. 



g»I 3E2€3 v EI $siL<XS>. 


oniv nm one Shu r-x. payable in loviNii 

. 39 

Wednesday. December 27th. 1899. 



lafeking Garrison. 


tbe Con 


Operations against the 
Enemy's position at Game 

QlBI lit 

by 70 
Captain I 

i to tot t ! ■ 

^iLuDD L °' **""' W ' aUOrS 




nia» celebrations by tho vari- 

irriBon would make 

U power and paper 

admitted of an account being printed bat 


i 100, 
ist beef, roast 

'.inag pudding 
-hed down 1 



: :rct continual tit next Sliji) 



An Interesting Letter. 

From a Deserted City. 

What Mafeking has done. 


Vou Dan 

i dastardly sb . 
lakes place in bro . 

iadu to 
no good run- 
Ijanddrosts R 

i be in 
or 1 ! and ohat- 

i.-- iKiiiie brave moo tfa 

Img tlllH 




: boidtod 




No. 40 

*'" glftfehmg tthil 


Thursday, December 28th, 1899. 

to coromnni, 

they v. I 
our mo 

which i 1 
akin to 

and rarely approach 

from all 

just as si 

of night. Ws 

niru. outside or in 


desire I 

an adv : 

of 0U1 i 



effcot tl 

had anc 

rer tiie 

Oui i 


;it>out a 



Details of the Modder 
River Fight. 

Extracts from the Bulawayo 

Still comes- Tales of their 

oainpiid near 

Our cavalry crossed the rivor 
was in sight, 
mpany passed a house 
second corn- 
house and found it 
full of lioers, who got their deserts for 
j and houses 
been using for shelter 
: .tind riddled hy onr shrapnel, in 
i led by 
■.ere im- 
; he Boors bad 


ro on a 
hill on ■ 

iria, although acknowledging tha 
I at Modder River. 
lost about a dozen but 

potted at 


. Ijord 





Our Thermometer of Hope. 







Vaal River 
Orango R 


Deer. 3rd. 
Nov. 23th. 





NO. 41 

*"' 'jfttiifehing Sflail. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

Saturday. December 30th 1899. 

I Major 

A Driving Competition 

will Ij on Run- 

tin Polo 

I p.m. 


liy tin 

liy on 


, . Tea' "■* '•ml Wagons, (or 


it the 


Sinule Horace ail 


Stall Uui 

The Bechuaiialand Rifles. 


|iuoo oill 

Tho author 

loi" to 

i itionoi 

may be 




It has come : 


Mafeking, 39th Dec 


unnet juld be 

put on 

following qjiir 
under ur, *uii 

such as \ 

Mafeking. 2!):: 


St- John's Church, Maleking. 

Sunday after Christmas. 
rpHE ki'.y vy ii wi.i- 





ill lend lo 

who did 
ateal 11 

l • I >■ H V 



Subscribers who haven't 

The office Cash Box 

is nearly empty. 


DIARIES for 1900. 
A large assortment. 

Market Sqi 


Market Squaro. 
'KOrtock of, 

Kharki Jackets. 

All sizes and shapes, , 

Soft Shirts, 
Flannel Trousers, Boots etc. 


N.B. Plenty of Transvaal Tobaccos and 
General Groceries. 

Editor , 




No. 42 

Monday, January 1st. 1900. 

We wish vou » Flappy Ni 

Itsn this usual complimentary 

to a most I 

ild and modorn New Years. 

; me, rind wo divod into our 

at knocked our 

whatever they are, 



* hr jgrfthmg Pail 



allv wry nn\. 
was any ohani 

a on :i royagi 
with tho raBti 

stuffs, u 

out till next ChrUimM, aa no doubt wo 


a sum of Thii ling has 

son, in aid oi Pnhlio 

addition will be of 
material assist 


All pi raona having in pow 
Oatmeal, Rice, Barley, wh« 
small quantities' are 

required to giving 

ajnount in hami on 2nd January 

0. m. in 



Al never was known in " Undo Paul's ,' 

Were talked of li I 
oorne to stay. 

B »li when history telle 

Tho talc of ' I ihard uent and 

One voice will exclaim, ono eoho will 

ring : 
" With loyal assistance, he saved Mate- 


\ I' . 
.-Iter their /nendt than opponents 
to be. 

luK outs or bombproofs or holes. 
When shells scream above, we burrow 
like m 

t ; the scheme was 

But conquests on paper are easily made. 

famous gun, " Grietje " by name, 
Shu's " boerish " in manners and mean 
at the game ; 

mi are quartered, she'd just 
I kill, 

-KIHT o'er a 
town sli 

C Is Goold 

Id war or at peace, nono moro oheery 

H Colonel Bore and his oflioers bold, 

ire well known, no names 

I " In Memorials," we sorrow for • 
I, good friend - 
their repose. 


Six months of the 20th Century had 


throueji /uorust hourd, 


Dfl their 

B C." 


S For the Staff, a well-chosen crew ; 


While Ryan does sums, and li maid 

Of the war and bis rations, of ladies 

town Guard— men trusty and true, 
safety and weal are much owing to 

U Is the Unit that makes up the whole 
What matter the hardships when juts 
the goal. 

V Vole and Band 

The\ ll part in the " 

king stand." 

W Mr Weil, pluck is all vei , 

But where should we be, without food 


X Ie for Xmas— our swift thoughts fly 

To England and dear ones, wherever 

we roam. 

roll by like a stream, 
Spring's fadod to winter ero we wake 

from our dre 

I Is the end - lite, 

■i • Boerdom," raoo- 

As a landmark of ages, this century 

Laming to all, and peaoo on 

Old scores should bo ended, old wrongs 

be made right, 
And I together for safety 


) Is th 

tit oar of Black I 

ire lest they fall nealli 

K "Oan —our strength the 

Waif' Id it 'gainst Cronjo's 

whole foroe. 

-lie ladies who stuck to this place, 
I examples as showing what women 
oan face. 

M 'a Mafokire ll word 

b a failure, that 'tis now 

N . urses and plucky Miss I lilt. 

So kind and is good to be 


Path Convent and Nuns, 

Bf, their home was destroyed 
by Bon 

P Is ProtMta ie name 

Will bo written one day in annals of 

With leaders struck down, while shot 

They walked up to. Game Tree, Boers 
stood and wondored. 

... Queen, may we merit Her praise, 
tnd preserve ller the length 

R Etsjlwaymen and i 'lore, 

As imposing a lot aa ever Boer saw. 

The traveller, who was somewhat of a 

n and 

nity of 

Vatuties, sailb the preacher, all is Vanity 

w under tho Sun." 


From Ladvsmith, November 27th, a 

letter ■»] ^till safe though the 

is wonderful 

ring the 

: iukiug ior the reliev- 


The Boers I lu advantage 

possibl' He bos- 

10 a midnight 

bombardment almost every night, and all 

have had wonderful esoapeB at one time 

and another. 



London, Ni • Mr. Massing- 

ham ha mhip of the 

Iterances with 

the proprietors on tho South Afrioan polioy. 

pubtukal by 
Towwh •fehmij 

Editor and Manager : 0. W. U. Whaiu. 




No. 43 

Tuesday, January 2nd, 1900. 

8I » Pafehmg Kail, 



A l A I 
again I 

BOOt I: 

is imo" 




i capital col- 

>wt : — 

Teams of G Mules and Carta : 

uid Carts : 

Sunday, January 7th, 1900. 

The Grand 

Siege Driving Competition. 

im and 
/ in the 

F^oh . 

i moo at 

f troupns will 
i each 


aoD«. n onjurors, box- 


Cuttings from the 

A re you not frightened now ? 
This is Tragic. 

Canard Fitotory 

case of 

Sundays, 7th and 15th. 


Entertainment Competition. 

pt pro- 

• ntnt. 

£1 for 
man or 


itqctorate Rogiment, 
Beobuaualand Rifles, Railway Division. 

iin can 

b [n ml' 'i 

old be 

in when 

such ii- 



id of " Coming 
Events Cast, 

Oar Thermometer of Hope. 

of two native runners arrived 
to be 


bo camo 

cumstiui miates the sin 

is bo- 

a mere d.u 

repvoduue some portions m to-morrow 




No. 44 

Wednesday January 3rd, 1900. 

* IJMehhm gfeul.1 

WEDNl 1900. 

Mafeking Garrison. 


•lie gun 

tain nun 

boll it means that the 
from tile town. T^ 
on the b of tlio 

All alai i 
the big . 
Look-out, wli 

pounder sheila which 
(most of tin 
ppeavra to be rag) are pronoi. 

should be buried at once in the earth, nt 

them on ' of cx - 

i .et that more 
into the town, inlml 

or boxes of sand or earth 
ready n 
that un: 
will not extingouh an incendiary 

As the enemy movi 
to Jack 
may be expected from the South w 

B, II. OEOIIi, Major, 
Mafek 1900, 


It 6i i 

expect the British mind to understand the 

has no 
but people at home still speak and act as 

LGe now fighting us 

" Natal *J4th. cabled 

forwarding of foodstuffs to ■ 

are afr&i< 

The hu' 

ity of 

with the food supplier ifl apparent^ 

1 1 ar in* 

i upon 

i in Pretoria to 

us.' 1 

The 1 readers 

efl and cannot expect to cope 
with tfa ■on. 

From the *mall body of 

Infantry can I 

walk four miles an hour, Artillery 
I ■ must not be forgotten 
that however strong other parts m 

lined force upon tho 
1 no greater than that of its slowest 


i from Dundee 

from the 

way to a 


tor orea- 


So will the 





It aa far a- 1 


nlly do for u 

water of 


under ft 

wagon (or Bulawayo. 

"'. II BtLUOOl 

'ii the ears 

matron, Mrs 

Bull You should have had moro men out 
fore you bluH 

Oh, but we 
couldn't, Sir; those dreadful Radical 

tne that— with 
vltour majority of 150, — the fact is, you 
.-fore you got your cards.' " 



i , "the 

i to work their 

Divers pointed at their 



, much 

taj just 
boon nearh 
months on the road. We note it? con- 
mly see that attention 
is given to your snggeai 


Ti 1 1 ; 
on Sunday, January 7th, from 9 to 
10 a.m., (or delivery of letters, a list of 
which is exhibited at Dixon's Hotel. 
Private Hoses open same time. 

.1 V. HOWAT, Postmaster. 
January 3rd, 1900. 

Editor and Manager . G. N. 11 Whales. 

J I 


■—J.. '«_£■*. 

■Tjbs *. JE JPA ^f. c jp r^ A. ^-j»< 


1 I 




No. 45 

Thursday. January 4th, 1900. 


;tfclunq Mail, 

ASSESSMENT OF PROPERTY. Sunday, January 7th, 1900. 

BY, 1900. 


Ith week 

it to repel 01 



md our 
none of 
bo oamo 



el bo. N 



gan it 

too (m 
took ii | 

uch (or 

I by the 
big gun fort this in 

and his men for the manner in win. 

muni jr 

do nth gi nya shock. 

List of names of on property 

will probably bo assessed on Sunday next, 
7th instant : — 

1 homed Dad 
■ , H Noacl 

. D. E. Mc( I'odisch, 

Rev. Hudson, Messrs. J. W. de Kook, 
lartin, and Mafeking Club. 


" Nol it of men more 

iewa that the 

late fight Jtoncii 

ny of thorn lo 

oe from their 

nd to wish themselves buck again, 

had a fee 

r expectation. " 


THE MlM.ii BED Ti: 

i way, 

I run not I 

' down " 



So loi 

i ship 

t>ut I know hi 
I Rtrov< 


They I lin^ton struck 

And a man is ittle, 

Undismayed I may go to destruction, 

non ou the footplate, 
I pass with my brothers in steel. 

— Edqah Wallaob. 

Siege DriYing Competition. 

original tm 


round a circular c<> 

nearest up to tl ott wins 

the racr o pace, 

)t sounds. 
I dress is per:. 

bam, or 
kept sounding 

Each passen- 

ger, to whom the prize goes \ 
the win: 

Sundays, 7th and 14th. 


Entertainment Competition. 

£1 for 
man cr 


Corps being : — Protectorate Be^ 

to pfo- 
on Sun- 

■nee at 

in eaoh 

tcrtainment " may include 
songs, m 'irons, boxing, 

theatricals, eU 

Towtuh, '-if eking, 

adit ''<.iiw. 




No. 46 (No. 45 cancelled' Friday, January 5th, 1900. 86th Day of Siege. 

Reprints of Nos. 1 , 2 and 3 
are now ready. 


'i\h{ clung Pail. 

FRIDAY, IRY, li)00. 


Last evenn, Bet oil to the 


its usual afU'i do 

pound ' 

too far, then getting tin' distance better, 
took a piece out ol the Boers' front works. 
hole crowd were so alarm, 
i I) thought OUi 
Ihem again, foi 

nn fort Imp 
'1 our small 

m and 

:ill this 

morninc not vouch for 

its truth, thai 1 by the 

big gun fort tbis morning 

i thf manner in wbic 

dei.tly given the enemy a shock. 

to the Operation : — 

o ending 
, and all ooDoei ned, on I 
ruJ Artillery action of y« 

had bc> 

■ inch to conceal ami 

and the 

morniii illay any iu 

on the enemy's main bat' 


i plied with gn 

of our 

i by the 
old ship's gun, and tfa 


unable to com being evidently 


r Maxim was silenced, and the 

pounder Krupp was withdrawn. Our 
ntinucd the tire up till dark but 
rny made no reply. They woro 
1 need. 

M forcemeats of 

i and dismounted men from both 

.ind western laagers, but 

warm reception from the " Beehuanaland 

Rifles " and a troop of the I'rotuctorate 

I up us 

, under Major I'auzera and 
i >amel, worked 

ire from 

ng. Their gun was struck 
more fcban 

This decided silencing ol 

much faith in their A ' it must 

with inferior w< 

Mafeking Garrison. 


Ml cases 

will be 

lx fore a i . Court 

lorl of 

Sum mar;, 

i — The 

to-morrow. I i 

rs as may be 


II., Major, 



will probably be assessed on Suntl 

li II Martin, and Mafeking I 

♦ — - 


Mercury still Firm. 

I Mr. Ben V 
reproduce the following from a wire he 


The date of | 

details relating to 

troops, h 

forces, after three 1 
are saooi 

enemy in front of them . many Boers have 
! Lied ami wounded. B3mberley 
garrison is now reported to 
hands with th< 

il that the time eg 
oorrobon hand] . 

Continuing, Mr, Weil Bays: Our troops in 
ard and 

inith and all 
our garrisons are safe. 

Baden- 1 

and all 
fit and pluoky defence 

king." The messag* 

< congratulations and good 
bo His Honour the Mayor and 
various other inhabitants ol 

• errans. Captain Go 

i forgot- 
up with refen i 
;^es which have evidently 


rites courage out of mi 
failoM. The news that the 
[ irtcned 

them to 
;i their 
wish themselves back again, 
dees not come as a surprise- They have 
had a taste of British metal, and British 
Uw>, which has come as i 
to them. Doubtl' 
have all along im 


has been a grave error. Then, their crops 

1 ison's work is 

which I 

ng farthest from their expectation." 



's ri^k on the \ 
lied rn 

No wl 

dling ! 

-r to table, 
I'm : 

. mine by a culvert, 
by » curve, 

A Lao 

So loi 

I pull from the town 
To spy out 

rail had boon I 

1 fail, but I kuow in the failing 

as command. 

re men who at Badajos cor i 
They were men who I struck 

And a man is the man at the throttle, 
man on the truck, 
For I know at the end F out) 
I die with tho men on the fool 
I pass with my broth 

Printed atul published by ^liaaib 

Town*h- n 
Editor o?ki M ■ II, Whole*. 




No. 47 

Saturday, January 6th, 1900. 87t)iDay of Siege. 

ilafciung iJatl 


I Tho (ith 


Boers' Big Gun Destroyed. 

Four Maxims and Howitzer 

General Gatacre reached 


A Commandv 


Ouriorcuj. h ' rooodile Pools 

and are Join,; w II 

care t. 

- which 
he oaso. 

Sundays, 7th and 14th. 


" Semper Vigilana." 

1. Fiano ar,d MouiJ; Organ U 


2. Comic Soul 

Pte. E. W. Coxwell. 

3. Sword Eiereiee, ate 

WiiiBE.N and 

4. Manii 


5. Club Swingi 

Cou-l. II. M. B. CDBiirt. 

Travelling Minstrel Troupe- 

was nci 

Variety Entertainment, 
World-vide Show 

Driving Competition. 



ii oom- 
muriioatiou south. 


. him. 


u and 

utx: , at tea- 
each bandsman or 

place t' 


Variety EnU> be Cape 

i Poliuc and liuohuonatand Bides. 

. PI. 

1. March Past 

rs Ahtillebik." 

2. Song, " Old Swanoe Ribbtr," 

3. Grand Miserable i > 

By • 

Aud a.War Unnoe by The Missing Link. 
To bo followed bj 


Siege Driving 

/ pattmgti 

round a ciraular course while the baud 

the rai 'i paoe, 

but in 

kind of animal 
or teau 
but each vehicle mast bo provided with 

somo form of alarm, such in horn, or 
whittle, etc., which must bo kept sounding 

Each nirryalady pasbon- 

tho priii' goes in the caao of 

Hidden Hollow. 

Variety Entertainment given by the 
Protectorate Rogt. and tho B.S.A. Polioo. 



1 Comic Song 

Thooi'KB Umihos. 
■ ution, " Am*' 

TjtOOl'RR Bubhe. 
3. Song ... " Nann, 

TiioaiKii Clarke. 
I. Comic Song 

Tuooi'EK Coopbk. 

0. lianjo Duet 

CoRrL. Baillik and Phivatb Gott. 

6. Laoghablo Sketch, "The Shoeblack " 

loOTBB : " Jimmy," 

Tii: Tho TolT," Tiooi-bb 



Cornet Solo ... ... Tpr. Turbridge 

Comic Song 

Clog Dance 

Song . . ... Aaeough 

Boxing Tprs. Burke and Parish. 

Club Swinging Tpr. Pa 

Trolleys tor conveyance o( IroupM will 
be provided, also a Itagu at each point. 

tmeot will be provided 

on the ,. 

noly : — 
To-morrow* v party going 

to the Rccrea' id tho Reoroa- 

tion Ground party to Uiddon Hollow. 

On the final day the Commit'. 

rformance and prizes 

in kincT permission of Capt. Cowan, 
1 1 an aland Rifles will 
porforio on both days. 

(ion BAvH Tin-: g 

ubUsltcd by 
Town- V.Nif 

Editor ami iliutujtr : G. N. II. WHaln. 



No . 48 Monday, January 8th, 1900. 

89th Day of Siege. 

rh Shfehmg Pail. 

Mafeking Garrison. 



U row inclusive 
< oflBary 

Kailw.i 1 , 

Vlilittii J as an Ordnance 

Will I* Jill: 

ra, who vrfll 

.»ll pre 
ft Stale 

J usti ee 
Qo Qaol for thi 

-It IS 

to 12 

By or 

IL. Major, 

Makbmm-, Hth Jantakv, 1900. 

— VVilh 
Order No 'J, of the 
ititii December, L899,payand alio 

do! olive 

ing tin 

may be 

<i li 

Pay, — 

the 6th 

v from 

■h : — 

1 5s 

B, N' 

H. King, Kiiinacem;tn Ififl 

Lncluaive, be 

half a Ih. for each v i 
one qui children nf i, 

yearn of age and 

B, II OBOIL, M ., 

Chief SUff Officer 

Official Time. 

Call for dinneri eril 

Major « • 

Lbis will iw the official time i 


r the auspices 
• Huoeae- 

re one and all 

with n I ilago, a disease 

is seldom taken b) I ■ 

bftd after 

it is ftaai of the 

The Bechuanalaii'i 
Kent some hah 

which it somewhat reluctantly did. The 
ftn odd 

was a rii d by a mule, ft 

tl The Huchuanaland Kifles 
light van drawn by inul. 

leader. John 

it and Wright' 
Two gentlemen, po 
in silken court suits i 

trawn about by a ungb 

in a Cape can 
full of kafirs, v i 

hand pU 
the fla\> 

ivo an exceedingly i 

and otli i, writ 


enthusiastic applause and oi 


some good banjo playing, an 

The H S. A.l* piovni 
boot to a corn- 


Ill li 

moment of (nisfortuni 

lown to him. 
Mafeking, Jan. 8th, 1900. 


King's Royal Rifles 
Royal Dublin Fusiliers. 
October 20th. 

I pratur, 
Peace to your "patriot" chatf 
brag I 

did you deem the Celt 

-li that the soldier was false to hi<* 
Hurl, if it please you, your w 

Kant of the deeds that you never will do, 

d troth) O Briens, 
Slander not men who are better 
Waiting Tor the word that would call them Uj 

'Me of faction, 
rs of Ireland far in Natal : 
Only they knew that the guns were befom 

Only they knew there was honour to 
Charged on the foe for the Island that 
bore ib 
Routed and chased hun o'er mountain 
and plain ! 
io speech is a country's sal 
Lads that can fall v, to the 

These are the men who make Ireland a 
Slainte,*0 Irish, who fought atGlencW 
Saxon and Celt tho" th 

Faction may part us and seas are be 

Soldiers of Erin who died for the Queen 
'Slaiiiiu : Irish for " Health to you." 
A. D. Godlit. 



2,000 Boers Killed. 
3,000 Taken Prisoners. 

By thi Colonel Com- 

io print the 

warding the reliel of l^ad^ 
smith * 

■ ira, and the 

1 at Colon so with a loss of 
■2,000 til HI pris 

Tie' officers of the ] 

that 1,700 Boai 

and our guns had been recaptured thi 

This news has not yet been officially 
confirm* I io be 

true. It is ii! that Joubert 

itohange of cap 

Sir Marshall Clarke telegraphs b 

and men who fell ou tta 




No. 49 

Tuesday. January 9th. 1900. 

90th Day of Sieee. 

"» gafchmg Statl. 

Mafeking Garrison. 


Mapbkino, 9th January, 1900. 

tho s&le 


hour* of sale on 

led k> 

it at their meal*. 


of drink to soldiers an 
military duty 
to further- restrict th< 
w,ck days. From tomorrow inclusive, 
ire, all Bars will 6 p.m., 

sale of liquor in Hotel Bars after 
that hour will be i 
persons who are bvna 
hotel or boarde 
The attentiou of proprietors is directed to 
the power of the authorities to punish any 
neglect to obey this order by confiscation 
of thuir stook and the permanent closing of 
their bars, and in a ease of proved offence 
the power will undoubtedly bo exeroised. 

I /SwTir/wry.'KiWicii'm.— The Court 
of Summary Jurisdiction will meet to- 
morrow, Wednesday, the 10th instant, at 
tho Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the 
examination of such prisoners a* may be 
brought bef'.i t Major Lord 

Edward Cecil, G.8.O.; Member I. 
Boll, Esq . C.C. 4 B 

By order, 

B. 11 CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff OUioor 





Hy the courtesy of the Colonel Com- 
manding we are enabled to print the 
following : — 

A reliable Native has just arrived from 
Vryburg He states that 10,000 British 
troops are now in Kimborley, and 9,000 
more at Madder River Four armoured 
trains are running between those two 

The railway between this and Vryburg 
haa not been carted away as was reported, 
it only requires relaying in a good number 
of places. 

Tbo Boers are being collected about the 
Vryburg District to eo again against the 
British at Kimberley. They are most 
unwilling to proceed and have to be forced 

[They will never do it without being 
reinforced by a different class of fighters, 
and it is more than doubtful that the 
enemy oan so reinforce them. — Ed J 

Septomber, 1870, to January 38th, 1811. 

87 Day*. 

The Siege of Luoknow commenced 1st 
July, 1867, and was relieved by Havalook 

25th September, 1857. 

10 Years. 

The siego of Troy, the most celebrated 
of sieges recorded in tho annals of ancient 
history, occupied 10 yetrs. The dale of 
tho raising of this siege was 1184 B.C. 

327 Days. 

386 Days. 

Khartoum was closely invested in April, 
1884, and on the 36th January, 1885, 
(i or don was killed ; and the town taken 

84 Days. 

Potchefstroom from 27th December, 
1880, to March 31st, 1881. 

Records of Different Sieges. 

to Lieutenant R 
Monorioffc for the following note*, from 
which it will be seen tha'. we have not yet 
hn ken the record : — 

39 Years. 
Tho Siege of Azoth, says Herodotus, 
it out for 39 years. This is at 

present the record. 

86 Day*. 

The Siege of Metr. began 23nd August. 
1870, conquered by famine October 37th, 
1870. Marshal Ba/aine surrendered with 
his army consisting of two other Marshals, 
Canrobert and Le Boeof, 66 generals, 
G.000 officers and 173,000 men, 400 pieces 
of artillery and 100 mitrailleuse. 

48 Days. 

Strasburg invested by Germans, 10th 
August, 1870. Bombardment commenced 
14th August. Capitulation Sept 37th, 

34 Days. 

Siege of Candahar, 381b July, 1880, to 
31st August, 1880. 


Sebaatopol underwent 11 months' Siege 
by the Frenoh and English from 17th 
October, 1854, to 9th September, 1856 
The French lost in one battle 140 officers 
killed and 1,600 men killed, and 6,000 
wounded and missing. 


undersigned, beg to give 
notice that on and after this oats 
the prices of Liquors will be a* follows : — 

Whisky, per glass, Is 6d 
Gin, per glass, Is 
Dop Brandy, per glass, Is. 
Cape Wities, per glass, 0d 
Beer and Stout, Quarts 4s 
Pints 2s 




W. MOORE a Co. 

Mafeking, 9tb Jan., 1900 

Printed md rmiltikri 6* 

Tcwuhend J Son, Btari 
EiUiur and Manager 

O. H. B. *Ulm. 

143 Days. 

The Siego of I'levna commenced JOlli 
July, 1877, and Osman Fasba surrendered 
itfler total defoat, 9th December, 1877. 

135 Days. 

liege of I'oris dated from 15th 

jiam amxOTAM.aHT 

. JM0M II UNfn JW m M.JIM !.■) :MMI 
tail lo Yfl '«-'0« .OOt'i .jdie ^jci'mT. 





NO. 50 

Wednesday, January 10th, 1900. 

91st Day of Siege 

,', iOtii JANUARY. 1900. 

Mafeking Garrison. 


Mapkkwo, 10th January, 1900. 

the name ol olaimant, though describing 
distinctly the nuinbor of erf and where the 
latter Is to bo found 

By ordoi. 

■ II CECIL. Major, 

I Hficor. 


.t/ipoialmrnl : Cnari .,f Summiry 
•lictia*.— Major K. W. Panzera, Brigade 
Major, P.F., la appointed a member of the 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction, under 
Proclamation of 13th October and 17th 
November, 1899- 

C'</>«. B»"«. 
On and after the 11th Inst, persons de- 
sirous of seeing Captain Ryan, DA. AG., 
are requested to call at ihe Court House 
Office botween the hours of 10 a.m. and 
19 noon (Bundeys except. d). 

r'r.nri ,/ Simaasn J tnaoYrt u*.— The 
Court of Bummsry jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow, Thursday, the 11th instant, at 
the Court Douse, at 10 15 am, for the 
examination of tuoh prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President: Leut.-Col. 
C. B. Vyvyan. Member Major F. W. 

Brigade Sif/nallrr,.— With reference to 
General Order Not 2, of 20th December, 
1899, one of the weekly practici-3 therein 
ordered will, in future, be held under the 
Brigade Major, who will superintend the 
practice and will keep a record cl 

aunlifioations, etc., for reference and for 
le information of the Colonel Command- 

Rtjmrilimt ' 

Hntpilal. — All requisitions for Supplies, 
Stores, etc., (or Hospital use, must be 
"countersigned l>> the I'M O 

Bamdliuf I "' «»* 

of yesterday's unfortunate sooidont to Mr. 
Graham, attention is again direoted to 
General Order No. 2, of 8th December, 
1899. All persons arc warned that they 
will be held liable for any damages to life,' 
limb or property of others, arising out of 
the unauthorised handling ol urn 
shells. Any person findinx an unexploded 
shell must immediately report it to tho 
oommandor of tho nearest post, who will 
be responsible that it is at once buried a 
a safe distance below the surface 
SfaJ OM to 

ral Order No. 1, of 8th November, 1899 
Bergt. Major Jolley, B.8.A.P., will receive, 
while performing the dutios of Staff Clerk 
to the Chief Paymaster, from that date 
inolusive, the sum of Ss per diem a* Im- 
perial extra duty pay. 

Lighlt Out WamtMt / —Lights 
have been observed on several occasions in 
the Women's Laager at late hours ; these 
lights are most objectionable and mislead- 
ing, and in future all lights are to bo 
extinguished at 9-30 p.m. The Laager 
Piquet will report at once any cases of 
disobedience of this order. 

/ Damage by Enemy's Shell 
and liijle Fire.— All persons submitting 
claium (or approval by the Committee of 
Assessment, must from this date dearly 
describe on the form provided, tho name 
of the landlord, and also the name of tho 
tenant. Claims for furniture may bo seut 
in, in the usual way, viz., submitting only 

of thanks to the Chairman concluded the 

(Bgd.) n. Greener, Capt. 
(Sgd.) A. Hahbuby Traoei, Lt. 
Hon. Sees. A Treas. 
(Bgd). R. 8. S. Baden-Powbll, Col. 

By the oourtesy of the Colonel Com- 
manding we are enabled to print the 
followiot :— 


A Native boy escaped from the Boers 
two nights ago. He had been ernployed 
In the big gun fort He states that he 
head tho Boers saying that we had writ 
ten protesting against their firing at the 
and thsy then fired two 
shots at it on purpose (The«< fell close 
to the Hospital on the 2nd inst). 


One day al iw Year, two 

men in the foi i by our fire aud 

one ba: nn broken. The chief 

gunner was sho, some days ago, and goes 
about en crutoh r In the bombardment 
of the 3rd inst. we knocked their parapet 
to pieces, killed five men and wounded 
many more. 


of the Memorial Committee 
]>l at Dixon's Hotel, at 9-30 pm, 
on the 29th December 

Colonel Flore, Lit uteniint-C- 
Major Panzera, Inspector 
Inspector Hrowne I 
Hon li. Trace v\ Hon. nob. A Treasurer** 
..i'H was unanimously 
oposed aii3 carried that an 
of each Corps form a working Sub-Com- 

. ! Hcriptions ana 
tain the views of tbe I 

of memorial, u Guard to be 

represented b) Major Goold-Adams and 
Colonel Vyvyan. 

8. Proposed and carriod that all those 
whose names appear on the Medal Boll be 
allowed to subscribe. 

4. Proposed and carried that subscrip- 
tions bo as follows:— N. CO. 'a and men 
limited to 10s., all other limited to £2 

5. Proposed and carried that tbe me- 
morial be a General Memorial to be placed 
opposito the New Town Hall, or some 
other convenient aud conspicuous position. 

(i. Iiie Hon. Secretaries and Treasurers 
were requested to ascertain approximately 
the cost of an obelisk, and a small plain 
oross to each grave. 

7. The Committee to meet again this 
day week (6tb January, 1899) at the same 
plaoe, at 8-30 u in , to report progress in 
collecting, etc. 

1 hat Ilis Worship thu Mayor ba 
invited to serve on tho Committee. A vote 

Reprinted from the last Cape Aryuu to 

One of the most painful incidents of 
modern times occurro 1 in August when an 
amiable and gifted young lady died under 
the following distressing circumstances: 
It seems that about a yea.- ago a family of 
Get man descent, named Boomershine, 
near Phillips County. U.S.A. Miss 
Bcomersbioe exhibited aymptoms of a 
nature so alarming as to oause serious 
anxiety to hor friends. She developed the ' 
Btrange habit of oiling clay. Unfortu- 
nately, early this summer the grasshoppers 
swarmed in the distriot where the Boomer- 
shines lived, and soon began depositing 
their oggs in the gardens, fields, and road- 
sides. It waa not long before Miss 
Boomershine began to complain of internal 
pains. Her fancy for oating day subsided, 
but she was constabtly nibbing blades of 
oorn, leaves of trees, dog fennel, and other 
weeds, and frequently said she felt as if 
sho " oould take wings and fly away." 
At last her family oalled in Dr. Le Duo, of 
Phillipsbure, who said he had never before 
seen or read of such a disease, and that in 
bis opinion Miss Boomershine must be 
labouring uodor a mental hallucination. 
Her desire to " fly " oontinued unabated 
until the other day, when the grasshoppers 
commenoed rising aud taking their flight, 
lioomorshine appeared restless that 
morning— standing at the window and 
;ng the grasshoppers', while her 
friends were as anxiously watching hor. 
inly, as though unable to control 
herself, "she rushed out of the house, 
flapped her arms as if they wure wings, 
rose about ton feet in tho alx, as 

iund dead. A post mortem 
examination by Dr. ded the 

(act that within sho was "Utterly swarm- 
ing with grasshoppers. '' The instinot of 
these inseots prompted thorn to migrate 
with other grasshoppers, aud henoo the 
eooontrio oonduot and death of thia 
unfortunate girl. 

The " le»™ tho * al ° '■ 


Special for the I^adies. 


— Melton Cloths in — 




is 6d PER YARD. 

Hard Wear for Skirts. 

Printed ami publithed by 
Townthend <f .Sow, MarketSquans, Mafekuu) 
Editor and MaiuU/er : G. X. U. WkaUa. 


'* 33 Ysz* wJC J* 1^ 

J ifJGS 




N\ 51 

Thursday. January 11th. 1900. 

92nd Day of Sie?e- 


' mafchutc, Sail. 

Urn JANCABY, 1900. 

Mafeking Garrison. 


it position of 

Ilill Bl:l 

,i out that il 

not ob- 

< lain that «om 


at to that oih 


y from com- 
bo can 
I Wh 


(8gd.) II. GlUSHNI 

Boot, and Truae. . 

guantitie they bave, whether 
..i small bo Capt. Ryan at 

AH I Milk 

: i ! i< I \l ited. 



We chant a dirge, a solemn dirge, 

So mournful 
Deepest gloom and saltest tears now urge 

A claim, lor we ha i 

That whisky's riz. 

.id tlio Boors' long siege, 

Babjeoi i,' fear 

Till whisky 

Any, any other fate wo would have seorned. 

And in i t and mourned 

War's unkind Him, hut wor.o than all 
whisky's riz. 

Boar up. tho' I v, my 

br t 

i eaob 

Health, in cold tea or 

- riz. 

Special tor the Ladies. 


— Meltou Cloths in — 

- DAI. I 

1S 6d PER YARD- 
Hard Wear for Skirts. 


Auction er and Commission Agent, 

SUNDAY, 14th instant 

on the 

ud F. B Slater, 
consisting ol llio following 

, 4f»»- 


A I, I, |,iim.hs having in thoir 
li I Milk and 

Match [uired to state 

No Reserve 






No. 52 

■*■ fflafehma tthil 

Mafeking Garrison. 




Friday, January 12th. 1900 

r, a ton 
rig pun, 

harm, all 


I ^ agreed 
in full 

93rd Day of Siege. 





the tow a will 
M opportunity 



Si-John's Church, Mafeking. 

1st Sunday niter Epiphany. 

ill hold 


Holy Couimuuiou . 



Auctioneer ani Commission Agent, 

Duly i rill Sell oil 

14th instant 

OD till 

s.m., the - 

Portmanteaus 'containing 
clothing. Mangers Mat- 
tress and Pillows Set 
Double Harness Swingle 
and Neck Bars also seve 
ral Karosses and Horns. 








.... 5s: 


it t lie UotuI on 

Sunday d to give 

Special for the Ladies. 


— Melton Cloths in 

is ed PER YSRD. 
Hard Wear lor Skirts. 

' r <*,,J Manager (!. N, 11. II 


,1131 831 WIJJilM JU i Mil! JMTM4J1 JJJiil ,T m fliUSU 




■Hm/j IIO^U" 




No. 53 

mt BJafek'ma IHail. 


Saturday. January 13th. 1900. 

1. we »ro 
vftlk in 


Mafeking Garrison. 

II Million 


>nt, at 


94th Day of Sie?e 
Sunday, JaDuary 14th, 1900. 

Variety Entertainment, 





and t led by him. 


by him. 

lid on number 

CI lor 

bandsman or 




>$0 fifty 
after two day's '-In 1 1 i i i m the whol 

10 to n 

By oi 

I!,, Major, 



C1RE8H MKA to be 

-EJ reduced to Jl b. from Mon- 
day incliiM 

Mafeking, L3th Jan., I9| 

The ' II take 

place ta : — 

Hidden Hollow. 

Variety Entertain merit 


Bechuanuland Rifles. 

Recreation Ground. 

Variety Entertainment 

Protectorate Regiment 



but on i 

sort of 

as, and a 
ry handy 

. 11. Whilst. 

Sa[£>E£Ji. ■'. 




No. 54 

Monday, January 15th, 1900. 

96th Day of Siege 



■\V. 15th .TANCARY, 1900. 


Tho last budget to hand does not contain 
very much news. In the Colonel's an- 
nouncement below, mention is made of the 
details I affiant of troops being 

Such a precaution every one 
will no doubt p wisdom of, so 

for aB intended movements are concerned, 
but we wish our friends outside would 
endeavour to get us through some informa- 
nt has been done. If Lord 
Roben bfid Decern bei 

news oi his arrival ought to have reached 
Bulawayo to-day. So probably on 
mail will contain th fact of 

troops having left India is of course good 
to know but we would \*e glad to have 
word that they were upon South African 
soil. It is high time that "enthusiasm in 
England is great"; we hope that more 
than enthusiasm exief -n at rage 

and the determination to make good, 
although so latfi, for i 
taken possession of the British public mind. 
The mobilisation of 100.000 troop 
their transport over 0,000 or 7.000 miles 
of land and sea is no soft job. It is a task 
never before attempted in the history of 
the world, thi 

lightning dispatch, but the raising of a 
corps of 1,400 men in London after such 
an important post us Mafeking ha 

d three months by hordes of land 
lollers— it were a libel on au indu 
class to call them fanners — read* like 

By the courtesy of the Colonel Com- 
manding we are enabled to print the 
following : — 

All news of movements of troops is being 
kept so secret now that none of it has 
: iy except that Lord Roberta 
land 22nd December. 1899. Four 
Battalion? and three Batteries have left 
India for South Africa. A corpw of 1,400 
Volunteers is being enrolled iu London 
for service in South A 

Men is holding the key of 
g mountains, and a patrol of 
. ■ very aaoo) er with 

the enemy. 

All .veil with Colonel Plumor's force. 
The Loers opposed t ry tired 

of the war, and aro v^ry short of shells 
for then 

Enthusiasm in England is great, and 
large numbers of additional troops can be 
eent if d 

more important work of making shells with 
which to entertain the enemy, were not 
•■ate cut out the 
Sketch they gave last Sunday, and its place 
was filled by soma five songs and a reoita 
tion by Tpr. Cooper. The Cape Police, D. 2 
liferent programme from that 
of the 7tb inat. and executed it in a manner 
that delighted the audience. In fact the per 
formance was such a good one that b 
request they repeated it at the Recreation 
Ground, driving direct from Hidden 
Hollow for the purpose. The Baod, com- 
posed of the lollowii -iid 1st 
Harmonica, P aids (conduc- 
ed Harmonica, Pte. McLean; 

Ewan . Mandoline. ! 
Auto-Harp, Corpl. H. 3d 

Tympanum, Pte. 

II, played about a dozen 

aira, winding up with " Auld Lang 


ho be congratulated upon 

I is the 

would t 

where all were excellent, so we p 

programme — 

1. Overture by Cape Police D. 2., Khaki 
3. Comic Song, " They're coming on again," 


,,1 Swinging, 

5. Com of lan- 

guage ever I 

6. The Hotter) Currie. 


Yesterday the Entertainment Competi- 
tion was concludi-d. The programmes of 
the B.S.A.P. and the Protectors 
ment were similar to that of last week, but 
the Bechuanaland Rifles having so 
many of their troupe occupied in the 

Mafeking Garrison. 


troupes who, though unsuccessful in taking 
the prize, nevertheless afforded great 
entertainment by their clever performance 

Court of Sumn. <:i will meet 

to-morrow, Tuesday, the iGth instant, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the exami- 
nation of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. Presdent : Major Lord 
D.S.O. ; Member : C. G. H. 
Bell Esq.. C.C. A KM. 

; case of persons being charged 
with an offence and brought before the 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction, If the 
proeeciu appear or to take 

the attendance of wit- 
nesses the case will be dismissed 

— In future a Coui- 

Ibs. per horse 

eeipt of 7-day 

ins, from the AS C Depot, Isaac's 


isue must be returned 

! i wing day to the Depot, as only a 

:mg the 

ration from time to time. O.C.'s of Corps 

J therefore to make 

their own ar » ng the 

.^e. All persons drawing 

tall <]Uantities 

or on J i J to provide 

their own si 

By order, 

E. H CECIL. Major 

Chief Staff Officer. 


_ gnu from its 
position on the Sonth-eaSK-i i 
safer on Race Course. The 

I icuate their 
position rrd men 

who, under In- 's orders, have 

occupit <t 
brought so all- 

by the N 

of the 
B S A. 1'oliee and " 1 

iu the advanced pos l>v Cor- 

poral Cook. < under Major 

Panzera, had also shewn them in one day's 
bombatdmenl how unsafe their position 
was if at any time on to shell 

it again. The enemy have now had to 
■ud take up one 

d opens 
up to us much ground to the South. 

t. — This com- 
petition was adjudged by the Committee 
to havo been won by the troupe of the 
Cape Police, whose performance 
was on all hands agreed to be a first 
rate one. At the same time the thanks 
of the commur-'tu «u-« due also to the other 

rate the 100th day of the Siege 



On Sunday, 21st January, 

On the Kev b i sd. • 

B ' Goold- Adams, 

C.B., O.M.G. 

assisted by a la and Judges. 

Full particul . etc., will be 

published in to-morrow's issue. 

T j. Mom, 


Meat Rations. 

WITH reference to a Notice 
the Mafeking Mad, 
dated 18th inst., re reducing the 
Freeh Meat Ration to \ lb., it is 
considered desirable not to reduce 
the Ration at present. It will 
therefore still be issued in the 
same proportion as hitherto. 




No. 55 


Tuesday. January 16th, 1900. 97tU Day of Sie#» •' 


Mafeking Garrison. 


wanted i 


No. 1, of »h( 

lain nam I 

neml Ordor 




B muoh 
overrated cha nn the 

i(i of public 
Lion anil the ' 

Id have 

i rook, 

But if, 




On Sunday, 21st January, 

Goold Adams, 
•mmittec and Judges. 

of h. 


best ex- 
hibits in the following olass. 

4. Milch broods 


a of 


9 Dor I 


10. Fowls, pen of 1 Cook and 2 Hens, any. 


13. Tu 




20. Mare and Foal , Foaled or ealvod 

21. Cot 


And a •rand Diploma of Honour 


1. Pens will be provided- for 

2 ' ''' n orates 

•■■" in baskets, dishi 

poultry | ■ to the Hoi 

19th inst., to 

>iow yard bv 
10 , a :"' ^how and all 

exhibits in otl ■> p.m 

afvcr " it the 

end of the Show. 

7 - Al ' .larked 


Phe Class in which shu 

by the 
Coram it ( ; f t j 10 

will be final. 

9. All 

•poned by the 
-lstinst; and 
il take 
place ab 

n sale at Dixon's HoWi on 
19th instant. 


Hon. Secretary. 

Special for the Ladiea. 


— Meltoo Cloths in — 




1s 6d f»ER YffRD. 

Hard Wear for Skirts. 

' :f thing 

" NO. 56." 

There was no number r )9 issued. 
The cause of this ommiiBion was 
one of tlios(> slu-lls. < >iii nun had 
prepared the heading by altering 

the date and the i iber from 55 

to 56 on the morning of Wednes- 
day January 17th, when (be aniv 

of a ninety-four pounder upset 
the typo,— and their nerves They 
decided then to take a few days 
rest; while the big gun was bo 
active. A dug-out was in 
course of construction, but not 
reaily fur occupation. On the 

Sunday following, as Greitje is far 
to pious to damage a prinl ing office 
on the Lords day, our compositors 

returned, and forgetting that the 

" Miil " had not been printed since 
the figures were altered, altered 
them again to 67. Our Editor 

whoso duty it was to keep i 
watchful eye upon these details 
and prevent such errors, was 
unfortunately, suffering also at 
that time, Irom a severe attack of 
bomhobfuscation and did not 
notice the mistake till some days 
afterwards ; when it was too late to 
insert an explanation in one of 
the slips. 






tems m. m 
January 21st. 




131st Da 


57 ' 

7 of Siege. 


li'ill, ! 











aud yet 

uml am aflcn 
fell on soore. 


ts set, upon th< 

cub ana 

k of the column in 111 

. i illy volleys. 

ng tbe 
hold nuns ami khi 

The flelfi battery was now on! 


pluokily stuck 
to their pi 

ig the hot attack right along the 

Tho hope wis still hat we 

might Ihj able to attifc 

ground oight 

attack was out of tnr qt] 

'e guns 
was still in action. 

the ilarknvKH. The 
w also, but the position v 
held by the On 

mid not do rouoh with their 

artillery in e<>' 


A lyd- 

i retreat at ni 
their base. 

Maf eking Garrison. 

. the dute of am lea/fly, 

<>welo, for the enter- 

A lei i prowing she 

for his kindness and liboialty 



200 lh»- 


iLnaant Cowie, of the lkii 1 - 
Rifles, formerly Magistrate '* Clork hero, 
was amongst tho wounded. 



mg made 




m family, 

19th Jnnuni 



By Colonel Baden - Powell, 
Commanding, Mafeking. 


ioh has tulvanoed I" 
Irom Nmuv|: 




NO. 58 

Thursday. January 25th, 1900. 

105th Day of Siege. 




to • 

"I ' r 

(yiriH • 
in ihf • 
our frii 







R M lo 

Mafeking Garrison 

1 Coni- 

Uanka outsi'l 


iiion of 

ull faoe 


K com- 

tha full 

pi, »nd 




on Soi 




O. Evans 

,. HI 





Ovfi to the demand for 
Milk for l lie sick and 
n and 
childn except only to 

' ly stopped 
from date, until further notice. 
ing, 18th .) 


Sunday, 28th Jan., 

AT HO'i M. 


-ell bj Public Auction, ou tho 

Without Reserve, 

a quantil . 
All new and in good condition. 

Gn\ rs and 

,1 anil /mbluktd by 

MHmMH ti',i¥t ,»JIM ' 




No. 59 

Friday, January 26. 1900. 

106th Day of Siege. 


L A TK 80. N ta \ > 


i Boer 

Mafeking Garrison. 

H »!■' - 


Tlic undersigned, duly instructed, 
will sell by Public Auction, on 

Sunday next the 28th tost., 

on the Market Square, at 10-30 


the whole of the effects in the 
of the following: 

Trunks, Spring Bedsteads 
Clothing, etc., etc. 

Also of other Goods. 


Govt. Auctioneer. 
Auctioneer for the PEOPLE. 
Appraiser, Valuator) etc., etc. 

'Icments im- 

after Sale. 


to sht 


. for the 

or two. 


town Mttsd thoso 

ouUitic side " aoted the goat.' 



I M 

lUi: find 





re open every Sunday from 
- :t.m. 

iii bo obtained any 
, applying to Mr. 
Greener's office, 
t, House. 


Sunday, 28th Jan., 


The undersigned, being duly 
instructed by the D.A.A.G.b, will 
sell by Public Auction, on the 

Without Reserve, 

a quantity of 
All new and in good condition. 
Govt Auctioneers and 
Sworn Appraisers. 

ltd and publuhetl by 
Townthmd 4 S •", Slnfehing. 

BMor and Manager ; U. N. H. Ythaif. 




No. 60 

Saturday. January 27th, 1900. 

107th Day of Sie?e 


WnitKma IBail. 

RDA1 . 



Our o 
up about th' 
force i 
reinfora h, on nrrival, formed 

II Camp 

work kg 

party « 
wreck I 


Mooi Bi d, from which 

that oui 

■ lendous 
up iiihI 

ocn. i 
Bridge l 

" tin- « 

unit day thi- outlook 

ported that thi 

The lin tbia two 

miles ol ailway found to 

bepntoti tb up to 

01 tin 
wbioh ■ 

day, and nf four 

not, as usual . 
two of i 

I'll guu, 

I Hurton, pi 

opposie, ii three 

of a number cf 
guns oi 

hud trains runoiug b 
and Cln 

At 7 o'clock on \\ , , 
\ morning, December 1 

I ng the 

ins for 

inform i 

Thursday to join tin- i 

and thai 

gilder bridge still intac" Information 

ulso can 

Baden i 

South of Tugela, a big i ■ 

1 shortly and that the Boors had 
8th of January 


O.P D II derly, for more 

worlds ' i,l has thrown down 


id the 

morrow. From" the 

i has a 

im, and if they work together 

spectat'" ag some good 

Bill said a! the closing 

game last season, when the Cup was handed 

same men win always even though the) 

w look to the 

to pull the laurels from 


Mafeking Garrison. 

!, Cnm- 

MutMM,. 2Trn JisiuiY, 1900. 

-hes to 
of the 
luree display 

lor shell 
r were 


K M 


II., Major, 


mg for 
Jenkins, Corpl 



B.8 A I 

Si|-ln . Tpr i, \ [■ 

By order of the COLONEL commandimg. 
Will l)o Bold by Auction on 

Siwday, 28th January, 1900, 

At 10 a.m., 

On Market Sqn rtain 

Chestnut Mare, 

with Yearling Foal, 
Captured from the Bo 




Tin- undendfrned, duly instructed, 
Will sull by Public Amotion, on 

Sunday next the 28tbinst., 

mi the Market Square, at LO-80 
a. in , absolutely 

ihe whole ut tin effeota in the 
eat ttes of the following: 

11 P. DUDLEYj 

L r Of 

Trunks, Spring Bedsteads 
Clothing, etc., etc. 

her Goods. 

( nut. Aiietiontor. 
Auctioneer lor the PEOPLE. 
Appraiser, Valuator, etc., etc. 

>y I'romp Ui im- 




Store open ever} Sunday from 

• mcil any 
other morning by applying to Mr. 

Court I ! 




No. 61 

Monday, January 29th, 1900. 108th Day of Siege. 

^ fthfchmci Jflail. 

MONDAY, 2'.>n, JANI 

Th.- ' 

iking known * 


t.j ill troops in 


pj N w 
Yeur (joii b 

Mafeking Garrison. 

Arioll ,ounA 

§ed oo Thurs- 

The Colonel Command", 
warn tl 

irry on, 
communication will 

io »o directly or ind 

,,r conviction! 
Summary Jurisdiction. This app 


infill th .lo »o at 

through the undc 
defence works. 


On .lanuai . 
guns an 


and wounded. 
Our lo lolouel 1'ilcher now 


1 1,1. . 
moro < 
had set' 

guns arrive. Ciod grant our men may 

cannot ih . augh at th.m. 

trick w "A from the am- 

he white 

behave like real 

glorying t> Mafeking's heroic defence 

. . had informa- 
tion tii Boiler was to 

. conclude t'nat 

' iwn South the 

) that the war will ho over 



Boer position 
on tin ■ lary 6th, 


William advanced outposts, 

iien advanced 

intry deployed 
mo line. 
ad on the rail- 
way, u re on the 
• binoers 
1 7 Naval guns opened on the Boer 
tired till dark. Tt 


od HUngani Hill. 

i on tho 

;ne O C. 

Brigade to a 

position. Tl 

belaars Kloof. 





On 8 

lya the Boers 

ally tho Dcvous bayo- 


is com- 

ilicial account sa\ 

i Camp 

nn d tl. Some of our 

onirenobmenta at the last named were 

i by us 

point of our ] 

ill day, but at 

point of 
!ed by Colonel 
1 [an Hamilton commandod 

r and Wiwmrr . Q. K. H. ttkalts. 

flu Alioful-imnbru Beggar. 

IKieui vas written h\ Rudyard Kipling lor the war, 

set to muaic hy Sir Arthur Sullivan and is sung and 
mceri, mu«ic hall and theatre in the 
Britill Ireds of shillings are made ever; 

it is heard, and by these performances, and sales of it, 
several hundred thousand shillings have b j en raised for tho 
•■ Wives ami I and. 

It was published in th. " (irapirc " sur.ounded by 
tommy Atkins," a "Jack T 

rig-Holsteiu, who is serving with 
in Natal, as "B n of a hundred kings," 
in of a Belted Earl " and Lord Charles 
ck as the " Duke's Son." 

When you've shouted " Rule Brittania," whon you've 
sung " God save the Queen " — 

i killing Kruger with your mouth, 
Will you kindly drop a shilling in my little tambourine 
a gentleman in kharki ordered South ? 

iit-ininded beggar and his weaknesses are groat, 
But we and l'aui must take him as we Qnd him — 
He is out on active service, wiping something oSa slate, 
And he's left a lot o' little things behind him I 

Duke's son— Cook's son— son of a hundred kings — 

(Fifty thousand horse and foot going to Table Bay !) 
Each of em doing his country's work ( and who's to look 

after their tin 
Pass the hat for your credit's sake and p»y ! pay I pay I 

There are girls he married secret, asking no permission to, 

For he knew he wouldn't get it if ho did — 
There is gas and coals and wittles and the house-rent 
falling due, 

rather likely there's a kid — 
Tnere are girls he walked with casual, they'll be sorry now 

he's gone, 
But it ain't the time for sermons with the wiuter comingon— 
We must help the girl that Tommy's left behind I , 

Cook's son— Duke's son— son of a Belted Earl — 

ol a Lambeth publican, it's all the same to-day ! 

Each of em doing his country's work (and who's to look 
after the girl?) 
Pass the hat for your credit's sake, and pay I pay '. pay 1 

Then are families by thousands, far too proud to beg or 
speak — 
And they'll put their sticks and bedding up the spout, 
And they'll live on half o' nothing paid em puuotual once a 

'Cause the roan that earned the wage is ordered out- 
He's an absent-minded beggar, but he heard his country's 
And his Reg'ment didn't need to send and nnd I 

ucked his job and joined it— so the job before us all 
Is to help the home that Tommy's loft behind him I 
Duke's job— Cook's job— gardener, baronet, groom. 
Mjws or palace, or paper-shop, there's someone gono 

Eaoh of em doing his country's work (aud who's to look 
after the room ?) 
Pass the hat for your credit's sake, and pay ! pay pay 

Let us manage so as later we can look him in the face, 

And tell him what he'd very much prefer— 
That, while he saved the Empire his employer saved his 
place „ 

And his mates (that's you and me) look out for Her— 
He's an absent-minded beggar, and he may forget it all, 

iddies to remind him. 
That wo sent em to the workhouse while iheir Daddy ham- 
mered Paul. , , 
So we'll help the homes our Tommy s left behind him ! 

Cook's home— Duko's home-Home of a millionaire— 

(Fifty thousand horse and foot going to Table Uay I) 
Eaoh of ern doing his country's work (and what have you 
cot to spar 
Pass the hat for your oredifs sake, and pay 






No 62 

Tuesday, January 30th, 1900. 110th Day of Siege. 


HJafefung i!tt;u( 






DO one. 

nd sileucud it. 
.\e did considerable 
sing now till 

bine document-* 
njlasand 6unnysidc, 
lebelB of the district 

but di*< 

Colony 'U offers of support 

to the Colony. 

.odpitals are 

Wynberg. About 
comforts have 
1 • of Cradock. 

uucoesful in ajl 
ll<j is how mov- 
from ii point North 
of Colt il 

i our retiring 
led out 

ring the 
unlcatiou with 

at 7-30 this inoniiug that the uuoiny tired 


The railway Norti Jfar as 


of that 

l^o the 

Nek between 

lile Pools. They had 

a nlno-pounder Krupp. which we strongly 

ae of our, she 

<1 according to 

account ' night. 

hot ono 

ol our Basuto Policemen and placed his 

body across the rails, this side of Gaberones. 

■grot to record the death of Mr. 
James A. McMullift, the owner of the 
farm near whioh the Boers big gun it 
bands for some little while and occasionally 
complained of a pain. To-day, after mid- 
day meal, he mentioned it again ; a few 
b afterwards he was oo more His 
age ia 38, he leaves a wife and live child- 
ren, tie was a member of the looal 
M&souio Lodge and greatly respect 

mch, wbo left Ladysmith 

after th Ulaagtc, took 

omnia Colony, 

with a force 


\orth of 

of Taibosch- 
laagte and 1. 


107 mlssi 

stopped Wagon Road. 

in force at Aobtorang, with two guns. 


While the lighting was going on, (on 
October 14th) led to a gun 

one of our railway sub-gangers 
II into 
then- hands a prisoner on Friday, the 18th 
October). Another sub-ganger. Carver, is 
said to have taken a gun and fougbt for 
the Boers. Murphey, also taken prisoner, 
was asked to do the same, but refusod. 



The friendly encounter yesterday, (the 

as not a 

je thrown on! I at their 

response to his sugge'stion for a game) 

resulted in a win for the Garrison of four 

I', cra-lks were 

cd, which no doubt weakened their 

io fault to be found 

with th of lhe ga m °, 

for it was excellent ou both sides. In the 

first half the play was pretty oven, the 

o have an advantage as they 

i territory for 


more than once to " list out." No 

then half time came, 

' but in the second portion of the game there 

lite a change, the Garrison having It 

i wa) in spite of a 

[I would be invidious 

iividual play as both sideB 

11 to upho'd the honour of 

t | u ., r ims. Mr. Bulloid 

to the satisfaction 

published by 
m-nwhcml <£Son;UarlcctS<iuare,ilafikmt 
Editor and Manager : G. N. U. Whalts. 








No. 63 

Wednesday, January 31st, 1900 11 lth Day of Siege. 


ilaffhmg Pail 

WEDNE8DA I, 1900. 


During tin 

us to r< 

owner-. having no m> 
for surplus coin than a pocket This 
■hews tho need of « akin to 

tfe De- 

Cap.. (» ister, in 

conjunction v 

of the Sund.-ud Hank, is makin, 
view lo nil Bunk 

4o enabl havu no bank- 

ing, or i for safe guard- 

ing thei ii-poait small sums till 

after th i think this likely to 

prove a bdoo to man; p mit will 

no doubt be guaranteed by tho Imperial 
Government against everything, even 


The following information, ibro 
liable Native 

to OODI 

think it over. 
The i .'. on the 

Natal si oruahed 

and do not kn< 

ley th. no away from 

River and have taken up a posi- 
tion on the Vaal River, but th,' I 
don't seein to take any no'icu of them 
They don't like the approach of 
our fon . always 

talk of it with a sigh.'' They have sent 
away some men to reinforce those at 
Crocodile Pools, but oan spare no more. 

perplexed by getting 
using him of 
arming natives against the British 

, on whioh he 
did it, ami he did not see hi 
English learned it so quickly 

The L> ry upset at tl 

of their l>e-t shot, who was killed at the 
Brickfields the day b iy ; the 

bullet wont throagh his head and out at 
the back of hi- 

During the time the big gun was on the 
Southeast heights six of its gunners were 

Mafeking Garrison. 



Mafkkino. SOrn Januakv, 19 

Tho followii,. Ingram sunt by 

tho Colonel Commnii,. to Llur 

" Gar, 

and ai- 
The Colonel Comman ling c n« 


In view o( the long pause in the progress 
of operations by the main forces in the 
a hng, as a pro- 
caution, is compelled to mske some small 
reductions in the scale of daily rations. 
'his will be taken in 
good ps orison, as they fully 

understand tl: tot the strictest 

economy in tho matter of food. Directly 
the present tension is relieved and we 
know that the general advance ba 
we shall revert to our full ration again. 
The main reduction will be one quarter of 
a lb. bread daily, hut compensation in the 
shape of Oatmeal or other veg. -tabic will, 
as far i , tutod. In the . 

adopting the new scale, it 
% on without any real 
hardship for another two or three months, 
•try, and saves us from the possi- 
bility of having to give in from want of 
food, after having successfully withstood 
- v 1 1 the efforts of the enemy against us. 

Fi'l'l A Field 

General Court Martial, composed as under, 
will assemble on Thursday next, at such 
place and time as the President may ap- 
r the trial of the prisoner named 
in the margin," and sueh other prisoners 
as may Ik* brought before it. 

1 37, Troopor Harrell, " Beohuana- 
land Kit 

I'hbsident : Captain Marsh, Protocto- 

MtUhcns : A Subaltern, Protectorate 
Subaltern, Bechuanaland 

The prisoner will be warned and all 
1 directed to attend. Proceedings 
to be forwarded to the Chief Staff Officer. 

■i —It is notified that the above 
having been established, the Transport 
Depot is under the Army Servioe Corps : 
General Transport under tho Brigade 
Transport Officer. 

j — When bo 
grazed in mobs they must be carefully 
knee-haltered to prevent stampede. 

Su//ird Prifom. — With reference to 
Order No 1, of kbi - 
notified that suspect prisoners will be con- 
fined in the vicinity of the Hospital daily 
as well as at the Women's Laager. 

Mafkkino, 31st Janu.uo, 1900. 

Cfurf m. — The 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 

iow, ThursdV, 
the Court House, at 10 15 a.m., for the 

.tion of such prison- 

GooM- Adams, C.B., CM < 
Lieut. -Colonel C. O. Horc. 

Elation of For- 

opoiluiaties offer, 

Ration as at p, educed 

to half a lb. i. 

leal per man, 


of half an oz 
increased to half an o 

By 01 
E. H.CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


THE Colonel Commanding offers prizes 
as follows ; — , 

1st prize ... £1 10 
2nd prize ... £0 15 
3rd prize ... £0 10 
4th prize ... £0 5 
for the best life-sized Dummy Figures 
representing men of Defence Force. 
will be given for thoso most life-like 
and likely to deceive an enemv. 

The figures need only he made down to 
the hips, and must be mounted on a pole 
so that they can be worked b) 

such as mechanical 
marks in the award 

The ti shown by exhibit on 

from a trench, and will be partly judged 
by their appearance from a distance. 

how of Dummies will take place at 
5-30 p.m. on Sunday next, tho 4th instant, 
Recreation Ground. 

(I). Dummies for competition should be 
sent to Major Pan/era at the Grand Stand, 
Recreation Ground, by 5 p m. 

(2). Each Dummy should have a ticket 
stitched to the back, giving the name of 
the maker. 

(3). A the Dummies whioh 

win prizes, an,i ■■ hich may be 

. over to the Brigade 

Majcr (Major Panzer*) (or use in the 



Here is something Good. 


i ■ hundreds of 

Pianoforte Pieces and Songs 



ATlBi., 17a. M., 20s.. 30s., 32s, M, 


Tounvhend d > 
Editor andManagw 






No 64 

Thursday, February 1st, 1900. 

112tb Day of Siege. 

■*■ fflftafefcmq Wail 

THUB8DA1 1900. 

Anot \ 

night. Unlike 

of it tried type-lifting with 


tions as it will employ one of that fraternity 

a solid nine months to re-W 

ing forms " v, ■ ,{. We 

had no news from the onto, world to give, 

publication of tiny iuiporum 

Mafeking Garrison. 




of I ioot, the Colonel Commanding publishes 

the follow ral information ; — 

■I to oi.i' ground 

duty of 
nil win. axe serving the Go^ rnment to 

ii It in a mutter for 

ciroum-i use for rewarding the 


; man rounds 

whioh will be | 
the owners of the cattle under Ore 

(o) Wl ■> out — with 

ion — to captir 

their own risk, the 
loot becomes their 

.mint have a claim to one 

. iyoo. 


on losse ' tf"on or 

by the i 

Kegulutions B 


■ . ; — 

nglcton, Pro- 

\ Subaltern, Proteotorate 
Regim mi, U.S. A Police 

Proci • 

C<ni> r 
Court oi 

day, the 2nd instant, at the 

i ■ a.m., for the exaini 

nation of suoh prisoners as may be 

Bell 1 '■ M 

/'"" /. 

I ight, in 

such tin 

noon on Satuiday. 

ill be no 
of the abovi < d Sunday 

next, th<- 4th inst. 

Hy order. 

E. H CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 

List of Prize Winners 




Sunday, Jan. 21st, 1900. 


flight Omii 

Johannes Billouw, 2nd 
Class 3 Mil opean breed 

W BroWD, 2nd 
Class 6 

Stallion or I 
\V Cock. 1st 

■ hue 

ii of 1 cock 

novy Ducks 

of as- 

1) Webstar, 2nd 

M, 3rd 


C Clui 

\S ii.ku A- Co, 2nd 

Huyis, Bigbly commended 
Clans I 

\V U Walmisley, 2nd 
od, 3rd 

Mi Martin, 2nd 

md Drawn Thread 

II, 1st 
. 2nd 
Mrs llayts and Mrs GcmuioU, 3rd 

Voting, horn ihirini/ S'< 

B Mlnriiin I -t 

A Bqi 
21— Cow and Call 

08, 2nd 
E \V Hand, ExtraTPrfz* 

1 1 Koal 
Class 23— Biti Ii mil Pup] 
Captain Gn 
Bieslc, G, 2nd 

Best Siege Baby. 

Horn sin,- October 13th, 1S!>!>. 
Si in, 1st 


THE Colonel Commanding offers prizes 
as follows — 
1st prize ... tl 10 

2nd prize ... £0 15 

3rd prize ... £0 10 

4th prize ... t0 5 

for the best life-sized Dummy Figures 
of Defence Force. 
Prizes will be given for those most life-like 
and lif 

The figures need only be made down to 
the hips, and must be mounted on a polo 
so that that they can be worked by men 
in trenches. 

Any contrivances, such as mechanical 
arras, etc., will receive marks in the award 
of prize-*. 

The tigures will be shown by exhibition 
from a trench, and will be partly judged 
by their appearance from a distance. 

The show of Dummies will take place at 
5-30 p. m on Sunday next, the 4th 
Recreation (i round. 

(1). i oompetition should be 

Bent to Major Panzera at the Grand Stand, 


(21 Each Dummy should have a ticket 

: to the back, giving the name of 

the maker. 

(3). After the show the Dummies which 
win prizes, and any others which may be 
given, will be handed over to the Brigade 
Major (Major Panzera) for usu in the 
defence works 


Here is something Good. 


II some hundreds o( 

Pianoforte Pieces and Songs 



AT 16s., 17s. 6d . 20s.. 30s., 32s, 6d, 

EdUar <L«d .Uaiuv" ■ 





2 saror 






No. 65 

Saturday, February 3rd, 1900 

«* iHufelung Pail. 



In last issue allusion was mad 

g olhce 

on Wednesday night. We regret to ro- 

haa since taken place 

At the 

nioiiieni it struck the ground, about the 

of the road, opposite 

I' W G Jones, formerly waiter 

urn the direction of 1 1 
and must have been full in front of the 

. \plodcd V 
to think that on hearing the n 

■ lown just at the back 
of the punting cilice or tlia*. 

_ room. At any rate a pier 

ninety-four pounder, struck 
ei scions- 

:ly and 
lim re- 
he died 
oi! Thursday afternoon. V. 
tiou of tl in the Hor 

.in, we think Jones is the only 
actual resident of MaieJring lo^t. This 
man was not at the time he was killed, a 
d the manner his deal 

ined by 
i warfare, can- 
ght-thinking men as 
aught but murder " Mori 

ructed the firing of 
thut gun by night, upon no 
hat would hi 


ppoiloftwo who depended upon 
liirn, and -ed. In an Dl 

district in London, 
his mother ami 

11 during this winter, 
rough non-arrival of 

The poor lellov 
and if one of tb 

■ring » 
A huh mom 

lnm would, 

help the 

d oouplc, his 

rs old who we may 

far-away cheerIe»o room, 

old age, who 1 m our 


at will play the Cape Police. The 
1 follows .— - 

Taylor (C), Tpr. Grant (I 1 

Tor, Ireland (B), Bgt. Lowe (D), Corpl. 
! pr, Moore (C), Tpr. Hogan 
(A) ; Lineman : Staff Sergt Elder. 

C.tit Police I), i. 

Goal: O'Bn 1 Gash, 

I'te. Dyer. I'le. Faulkner, 

Pto. Brown, 1' Foruardt : Pte. 

gg, Corpl. Asbton, Sergt Jenkins, 

le, I'te. Bray. 

Mafeking Garrison. 


hij Colonel 1! ', Com- 

ntandiiuj Frontier Force. 

BUABY, 1900. 

Btvi. — The M 
Standard Bank, at the instance of 
the Colonel Commanding, has agfl 

Bank, to receive 
deposits ol 10s. and upwards, for tlio^e 
who have no banking account at Mafeking. 
The money, excepting under most ex- 
ceptional circus paid at 
the end of the Siege in cash or Government 

Each Depositor will be supplied within 

ok, of which the counterfoil will be 

Bank Manager, and the 

by the Depositor and retained in 


I Sank will be open to reoeive dc- 

m. daily, con\- 

meneing from m 


The Colonel Com' much 

icing on recoi i 
tion of the smart and plucky piece of work 
performed on Thursday night b> Corporal 
Curric, Cape Police, and Sergeanl-Major 
Taylor, Colonial Contn 

This party, taking with them two stronu 

imitc, made their way to 

out of Corpl in the 

Brickfields to a buck kiln near the enemy's 

■ii entrenehni. hfl been 

utilised by tin - 

their dynamite 
within the kill 

the charge, blew up a mass of bricks and 
got away without oa- 

I B 

is appo 

form that duty in addition to those 
of Base Commandant. 

All i|uestions on tin fold 
will, therefon ! to him :— 

As B.isl Command 

I gun ammunition. 

appointed to oommand the Mafeking Town 
Guard and Deb 


I Summary Jurisdiction wi 

it 1 0- 1 "■ 

ilembai : 

Lieut. Colonel C. O. Hore. 

114th Day of Siege. 

Vintirtij ./,.,'.,. —The Visiting Justice 
to tin Mafeking Gaol for the ensuing week 
will 1)0 Major Lord Edward Cecil, D.S.O. 

Sales to Private Purchasers. — Mr. Lipp- 
man and Mr. Firth will be allowed to open 
their shops for sale to private purchasers 
on Sunday, 4th inst. Goods may bo pur- 
chased without a written order being pro- 
duced. Other shops will be notified for 
■ ue following Sunday. 

dr.H. O'Neill having 
been appointed second iu command of the 
" Black Watch " at the rate of 10s. per 
diem, from this day's date inclusive, is 
taken on the strength accordingly. 

Brigade Signallers. — With reference to 
i Order No 9, of 27th January, 
l'JOO, Trooper James, of " I) " Squadron, 
Protectorate Regiment, is granted the 
higher rate of Is. per diem from, 13th 
October, llO'J, anil not 3d. as therein 
shewn. Trooper James has been re-ox* 
amined and given the 1st class rate in 
consideration of his waut of praotice on 
the last occasion lieing greatly due to the 
fact of his detention in Hospital in consu- 
uf wounds received in action early 
in the Siege- 
By order, 
B. If, CECIL. Major, 

Chief Stall Ottioei . 



Mr. Lippmann and Mr. Firth 

1 to open their shops for sale 
to private purchaser's on Sunday, 1th instl 
Goods may be purchased without a written 
order being produced. Other shops will 
be notified for opening the following 



For Receipt of Deposits 



From (ill 11 o'clock, 


Here is something Good, 


ill some hundreds of 

Pianoforte Pieces and Soogs 



AT IBs., 17s. 6d , 20s., 30s., 32s. 6d, 


-' and iUirufjfr , 

H ha'iu. 

DYiL -ft » 





No. 66 

Tuesday, February 6th, 1900. 

117th Day of Siege 


ifthfckmq Pail 

TCE8DAY, 6th I 1!)00. 


Although i morning 

with a batch of con ■ 

id. The 
one III i ■ n.J with 

which we would have been thoroughly 
i though not another word 
■ Oi Lady- 
smith. Thin is now the crux ol the position, 
and tli- complishedhas 

not iw. 
extraordinary endeavours daring E 

to pour 
goods in the place, could not 1 

supply, comfortably, its large garrison for 
ut off for 

it is to be feared must be di 

matter of supply •■ 
tionally fort having 


Department through the difficulty mer- 

ma Hill Bu had no 

chance of being blocked up with goods 
here had 
rouble in can 
normal supplies on accoui 
quantity of rolling stock r 

thousand, which we 

tad by 

Ten d 


lal Lady- 

smith v. 

of the 
days, it 



1 find thai 
vicious aotivil 

Bynchronised with a success for the I 

. ith tlu whol 

met with an- 
other el deavouriog to relieve 
Ladysmith on 

not ape r'smain 

force v. al all, and thi 


truthful and without exaggeration in their 

They allow to a drawn engagemei 

shows wi 

column largely 

augmented, and will probably make its 

It is on the moves of this and General 
French's column that our 

v reason to ex- 
pect tli cements 
this time hai 


Colonel Plumer is 

duel on 31st January, neither side doing 
much damage. 

Amongst the private letters brought in" 
the followin. 
graphed communication is exceedingly 
ting : — 
'Telegraphic Address : Almost, lxmdou. 
i a money i 
amounts from £100 upon note of hand, 
but n- ,cd for 

- u under age.— Dul 


of this aid to thrift 1 
ful, proving that it 

announced the Bauk 
will hi im 10 till 11 a.m. and 

9-30 till 12 
htmn it will - 

II 12 noon. The b- 
coustrm k build- 

it of the kind all 
The Uli- 

The Standard Bank 

to 12 
noon fro 


Mafeking Garrison 


The I 

light look Ver\ 

h which Liu- 
and the men of Ni 

an hour from the enemy's Ul poundi 

looity Krupp, and the 1-pounder 
Maxim, the 94-pounder tire- 

Jose proximity to our 
placement, which was continually 
1 by splinters— fortunately 
lity among the men. 
itmentt (Correction). -With re- 
i ral Order No. 1 (i>) of the 
1900, the words " Town 
dant, Mafeking," should be sub- 
" appointed" for the 
I order. 

— Maf- 

1 W. l'anzera will in (mure, he styled 

D.A.A.G (a) instead of Brigade Major. 

merely a change of title and will 

ict the duties, which will be the 


Ivmmary JuritdieHon. The 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction will n t 

to-moiTow, Tuesday, the Gth instant, at the 
Court Uouse, at 10-lfi a.m., (or the exami- 
nation o( such prisoners 

before it. President : Major Lord 
Cecil. D. s. I G H 

Bell, Ksq., C.C. & B.M. 

—From the 7th ilist. inch 
employers of Native labour will be 
to take out a Pass for each Native em 

by them. The Passes c 
obtained between the hours of 10-30 a.m. 
and 1 p.m. at the Resided: 
otlice. and that official will k 
of all thi .-.ill be shown 

w hen required hy military or civil authori- 
i any Native found in the town 
without a Pass will be liable to be punished 
by the Court of Summary Jurisdiction. 

H. M. P. Currie to I pending 

confirmation by the propel autboi l 
recognition of his good services -. 
command of "Currie s Post " 

f pre- 

all unneoes ndenoe, 

I uiel Command- 

subject ol 
pondanoe. All matters should be 
as far as possible, by p 
. or short un 

ott of 
—In all eases of decease oi p 
ktfa is tobc at once reported to Mr. 
, at the Residcin 
office, who will issue instructions u 
disposal of tbi , of the 

1L, Major, 

HililiAH! ! 
Here is something Good- 


.11 Bome hundreds of 

Pianoforte Pieces and Songs 



AT 16s., 17s. 61, 20s., 30s., 32s. 6d, 




No 67 

Wednesday, February 7th, 1900. 

118th Day of Siege. 


' tthfelung Pail. 

KURUARY, 1900. 


ol 11 i 

VtifM of January 20th. and D 
reading we found u. Not only io1 

lull .1 dual (if comfort IB ' 

.: counc- 
il ian folly in 
i. or prompter, of the 
of the 
inbast so ollensivcly 

Ij III Nov, . libel. WBC-D it 

',.i'ini-d why Mud king had not 
iken, aud the credulous read- 
own wait 
im-i.tion of the 
now to 

task of tin patriot urob- 
ilin! always heavier ■ eonoen- 


ity army and many 

l>oint8 o'f attack— the 

ly more 

I nee on 

nil the 

it would haw 

i*0 Transvaal 
ind in- 


I.iy, 7th, 
of our 

to the 
plcntifu I '" ln ' 

unable to mi 

that although the 

nably in thei 
it any longer hear tho 
i hands 
ing nothing to distribute, 

heartrending to hear one wounded 
second for food 
third In. , then another wishing 

i another, fv.* 


Mafeking Garrison. 

M IF! I 



with thi 


G Ritsli . 

will bo 
Town Commit' 

by tin 


kit! in 
■1 works fni 

-All persons 
of private hai 

within ■ 

All bells will i 

(ion. Only lb brills will be 

ig smoke or flash of . 



be flown by those torts and detachments 
which have gained successes over the 
enemy : — 

Sarah Wilson, Mrs. Adams, Miss 
Hayes, Mrs. 
[e, and Miss \\ 
The flags will be distributed as follows : 

1 . Artillery — For shelling enemy's bat- 
3rd January, and 3rd February, and 

various actions. 

2. Armoured Train— For actions 13th 
-nil 14th Or' 

chaanaland Rifles — For driving 

' repel- 
ling enemy's attack, 21st October. 

Poat — For checking < 

attempts to gain ground in the Brickfields. 

i'i. " I) ' Squadron, Prot. Regiment — 

flor Uk' . 27th October, 

iiiitry in atftion 14th October and 

' i- mber - 

mestone Fort, 7-pounder — For 
driving enemy out of forts " Cronju " and 

irdonfelv— For driving big gun off 
B.B, height*; and other good work. 

l good 


List of name* of owners whose property 
will be assessed on Sunday next, 11th 
February — 

II II. Bradley 
. S Park 
h Boll 
..111 1 Futh 

100 Bros. 

Erf 60 ... .1 Oall 

1 A mod 
64 ... C. Williams 
D. Wi 

Notice re Extras. 



J information 

ii future 

Odd during the week. If oiroum 

will Ik; opeued 


Colonel R, S S Baden Powell ano Officers 
of the Garrison, 



On Sunday next, 11th but., 

i in. 

Reserved Seats, 2s 6d. 
Unreserved Seats, Is. 

is and 

Rickshaws at 7-30 p.m 


MUivwwim m nun m ■ «™ *»■■" "" " u " "^ 

9g9ig ic YjbQ JU8K 


<n q OE T 

W2M T8 


WHU Mill, MIU4 f UWm 


No 68 

Thursday, February 8th, 1900 

119th Day of Siege. 

** aiafehmo patL 



I from the North to 
day give vcr\ little n<-w.<4 what is Roing 
on be! 

, hut nothing 

taken i'l 

from 22nd to 24 th). 


gone up enoi mousl) , which looks as though 

good news had I 

It is reported that General V. 
! will advance dir >ct into I 
a Hanover, h« 
and Lord Mcthuen's forces, at a point 
where th< unenn have no force availahl.. 
to oppose him." But, an before stated, I 
do not expect that the Western for; 
no much till the middle of thlfl month, i.e., 
dext « 1 

Del Plumer is 
oppose m 

btroog [Kwition , our force is equally 
strongly posted, and has al 
the enemy st-rious Iobi bell tire. 

More nit i mi *o reinforce 

it. and it will I to turn the 

Boers out. 

Mafeking Garrison 

M u UhlNi. . 11KHP 

to-rnon i s tant, at the 

Court Douse, : tor the exami- 

nation of such prisoners as tn 
brought before It. Pi ijoT Lord 

I . Member C (. II 

between the I i and 1 p m 

daily At other hours only bj 
apiHjli ' 

I'ny. —With I J Order 

No. I ol 
of Mr .ding "Black 

>iu this 
day's do 

ti. Mooi Hon of 

good services performed by him during the 

nee to 

>ws : — 
On the Town ... 1 Hells 

Any Bella 

rised fro 
Bailna) I'r. 

vjourt of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 


ured into tbe 


I 'ous. On-? certainly 


.. rs the 
mying on: the Colonel's 

A full truck the lop 

■ proof shelur 
during the week, bul did nothing farther 
Colonel with dust 

tsing the sup- 
ply of fooil . i idually 

will soon be brought 

.'. ill l»' produ 
Now is i 

glad to In ing that 

up then n 


pected ol.l I I lid. 

1 W v.ragraph 1 of 

r No. - - of Ijth iristunt, on 


plained for the 

■ all concerned, thai the 
applies to nil ' 

living in the 


tion to M i I . i 

noon, for tin' ticket, which will be 

fiermanent so I icmaius 

2. Thi plies to Bech- 

I nil those belonging 
to aboriginal tribes of this country 

, Native 

,' to visit the 

lis to whloh the in- 
dividual belom also apply to 
of members of the 
liarrison at Cannon Kopj> 
Laager and all Native Servants employed 
outside tin- immediate neighbourhood of 
the town. 

labourers iu the employ of 

vernmenl will foe engaged in the 

Stadt by ntic of the Overseers, dady at 

lor day work and at 6 p in. for the 

ho will 

.it the 

town as aoon as they are 



Ellis Corner ? It is said to 


To B 
Bultt trial 

All m> 


1 notified from date o 

lupplied to persons who hai 
red their name* with Capt.n 


11 y (' M BoOMY. 

O'er many lands, o'er man 
Wi British !l\ a til 

In M i 

We Ei 
Tn. g.illm 

DeGgooe of the Dutch. 



little town ; 

an who 

holds the station 

the Bug conn. 

OlUCronje thought the rooims kcrcl 
Would quickly come 


About our I 

. they took it back 
Hut— It is still 

it be loug before tin: 

Will 6 
Before the Dutchu 

Aud ■,'. 




Of Africa 

1 -ru ico UHW WITIW »MKI ,TJ1W U9MI 



• Ma 


sxege s>n,xt>. 



No. 69 

Friday, February 9th, 1900. 

120th Day of Siege- 


FRIDAY, 9tb FEBRUARY. 1000. 


The following |,ted the 22nd 

January, is bo hand bo-day >- 

Kimberlcy is still unrelieved. Tha 7t,h 
Division is now landing at Capetown, and 
it is also ceporl 3th Division is 

expohted to ai 

Contingents from Canada, India and 
Australia are on tli.' sefl 

a Buller crossed the 
Tugela on January 27th, Sir Charles War- 
ton being on the left. and making a wide 
turning movement. 

;tl French has surrounded Coles- 
berg. General Gatacre is at Molteno, and 
Lord Methuon at Modder River. 

Tbe Boers Buffered a severe repulse at 
Ladysmith on 6th January, which appar on- 
ly has knocked all the spirit out of them. 

The following resolution 
the Borough Council of Kiuibejdey on the 
10th January : — 

"Ebat this Council begs to express its 
profound admiration tor the splendid de- 
fence of the town of Mafeking, and its 
deep sympathy with the sufferings and 
privations caused to the inhabitants by 
prolonged Siege. And the Council hopes 
and prays for the spe dy relief of Mafe- 

Mafeking Garrison. 

;;„ Co' Baden-Powell, Com- 

pel is who have not registered their 

names with Captain Ryan, 1) A.A.G. (ii). 

Oatmeal [lotion ---Tin: issue of Oatmeal 
will cease from to-day. 
By Ol 
B. O. CECIL, Major, 
Chief Staff Officer. 

Mafbkinq, Sth Feubuaby, 1900. 

ut-Major Taylor, with a I 
of tbe Colonial Contingent, completed on 
Tuesday night the blowing-up ol the 
ling place in the Brickfields. 
The explosion created alarm among the 
Boers in the advanced entrenchment, and 
a number of them hastily cleared out into 
Ua supporting trench under heavy fire 
from our men. These got away without 
casualty, having performed a very credit- 
able piece of work. 

Appointment* [Baker and Bab 
Mi. Ellitson is appointed A. S.C. Butcher 
and Baker from the 7th instant. Salary 
30s. per diem. 

Mr. Park, Assistant Issuer and Stock 
Bookkeeper. Salary : iOs. per diem. 

Two Nutive Boy Assistants, each £1 
per week. 

Mr. Spiers and Mr. Iiunkin reappointed 
fillers to the Imperial Authorities. 
Salaries respectively 30s. per diem, to dato 
from the 6th instant. 

Promotion (Correction). — General Order. 
No. 1 of (it). February, 1!)00, Corporal 
Abrams, promotion to rank of Sergeant is 
antedated to ' 

Establishment. — General 
. >. 6. of the 7th instant, is amended 
as follows:- The establishment of the 
Stadt V, . ,,, Miu 

, notified that, from this 
day's date no bread yvUl be supplied to 


Tills following Shops will be open for 
Foodstuffs, etc., on Sunday, the 11th 
instant : — 

Dixon's, Dall's, E- Solomon's 

C. M. RYAN, Capt,. 

D A.A.G. 
Mafeking, 9th Feb., 1900. 


Will be open on SUNDAY for Cash 


With the sanction of the Col, Commanding 


will be beld at thu 

Recreation Ground, 

— ON — 

Sunday, February 11th, 

Commencing at 2-30 p.m. 

Lady Sarah Wilson has kindly consented 
to distribute the prizes, which comprise : 
Watehes . a Olock : a most liawlsome kand- 
painted " Wafteau " Fan : Silver Ohs, >:»i- 
tvner: Candlestick Mirrot . Silver mounted 
Pipes ; ArnMi Cigarette HdUers ; Cigarettt 
Cases, yr. 

TENDERS are hereby invited by the 
Imperial Government for the con- 
veyance and delivery of water per ox or 
mule, teams, from and to such wells and 
- may from time to time be pointed 
out within the Defences of Mafeking. 

Tenders will state price per tank of 400 

First delivery of water to be made on 
the night of the 13th February. 

It will be distinctly understood that ox 
or mule rations cannot be given to Con- 

Sealed Tenders, marked " Water Trans- 
port," to he handed in to the office of the 
Chief Staff Officer, not later than 10 a.m., 
on the 10th of February. 

The lowest or any Tender not neces- 
sarily aoeepted. 


AT Kimberley, on the 16th January, 
the Wife of Sergt.-Major E. O. 
Butleu, B.S.A.P., of a Son. 


The undersigned, duly instructed, 
will sell by Public Auction, on 

Sunday Next, 

At 10-30 a.m., 

A quantity of Ladies and 

Mens Boots and Shoes, 

Mens Underwear, 

Trousers. Jackets. Shirts, 

And many other articles too 
numerous to mention, 

Also a lot of New and Second 
hand Novels. 

Don't fail to receive Bargains. 
Aldred & Ross, 

Auctioneers ft Sworn Appraisers. 

If. H. Major Goold-Adams. 
Jwdges : Major Godley ; Capt, Cowan 

Inspector Marsh. 
Handicappers : Lieut. Colonel Walford 

Inspector Browne 
Start..* ; C. G. H. Bell, Esq., C.C. & B.M. 
of Course i To be appointed on 
Li'/i Scorer i the Ground. 

The Totalisator 

•Will be upon the Grounds. 
Under charge of Sergt. Major Merry. 



1. One Mile Siege Cha'rnpionsb.ip 2-40 

2. Team Eace of One Mile ... 3-0 

Four members of : The Prot. 
Regiment, the B.S.A. Police, 
the Cape Police, the Bech- 
uanaland Rifles, and the 
Town Guard. 

3. Half Mile Bicycle Race in 

Fanoy Costume. 3-20 

One Prize for Winner, and mi 
prist I'm- best Fanes Dress. 

4. Half Mile Ladies Race ... 3-40 

5. Three Lap Race . ... 4-0 

Walk a lap. 
Ride 'i lap. 
/,'"„ a la/.. 

6. Oue Mile Bicycle Handicap 4-40 


Bicycles will be provided for those who 
have not their own. Lots being drawn 
for them. 

The distribution of Prises will take place 
directly after the last race. 

By the kind permission of Capt. Cowan 
the Band of the Bechuanaland Ritles will 
play during the intervals. 

Book Early for the 

5 :*»*;. 

liuus rapidly filling up. 

Only a few Reserved Heats left. 
ALDRED & ROSS, Market Square. 

1'rinttd and published by 


EdUvr ana hixmager : G. A'. H. WJtalet. 

f f ^ f M | 

1i ^ A 






No. 70 

Saturday, February 10th, I $00. 

121st Day of Siege. 

fefekirtg Sail. ^ZV'o^^ G ™ SlEGE CoNCERT 




will lie hold u,t the 

Recreation Ground, 

Although there is no definite informa- 
tion to hand about fcadysmith, one may 
adopt, with feelings of confidence, the 
assumption that its relief has already been 
ctleoted. Wc think on or about Wednes- 
day, the 24th January. Space- will not 
permit of giving the various pegs upon 
which to hang that belief, but Buller's 
advance on the 17th, the report of fighting 
at Spions Kop, on the 22nd and 23rd, the 
statement made in the paper of the 26th 
as to fighting having taken place 30 or 10 
miles North of Ladysinith, the particular 
vioiousness of the Boers here on the 27th 
to 31st. The London wire of the 2nd 
February telling of the upward bound on 
the Stock Market, all suggest that there is 
good news for us somewhere on the road. 

With deep regret we record the death 
of Mr. James Dall, Town Councillor. All 
Mafeking will join in heartfelt condolence 
with bis family in this their hour of sorrow 
and bereavement, aud none will withhold 
tribute to the sterling integrity, the intense 
devotion as husband and father, and the 
north of our late townsman. 


Wo arc desired by Mr. Feltham, who is 
acting as Secretary to the Bachelor Officers 
Banco Committee, to state that as a tributo 
of respect to the family and friends of the 
late Mr. Ball, the dance announced for 
this evening will be postponed till to- 


The undersigned, duly instructed, 
will sell by Public Auction, on 

Sunday Next, 

At 10-30 a.m., 

A quantity of Ladies and 

Mens Boots and Shoes, 

Mens Underwear, 

Trousers. Jackets. Shirts, 

Ami many other articles too 

numerous to mention. 

Also a lot of New and Second 

hand Novels. 

In addition to the above a lot of 


Don't fail to receive Bargains. 
Aldred & Ross, 

Auctioneers ft Sworn Appraisers. 


Colonel R. 8. S. Baden- Powell and 
Officers of the Garrison, 

Sonday, Miliary 11th, J™ M l e J A £ 

Commencing at 3-30 p.m. 

Lady Sarah Wilson has kindly consented 
to distribute the prizes, which comprise : 

must Itandsonu hand' 
painted " Watteau " Fan ; Silver Glovi /;»'- 
/"iter: Oandlesiick Minor; Silvei mounted 
Pipes i [inier Cigarette Holders $ QigurMtt 
Oases, .,.'. 

Referee: H. II. Major Goold-Adams. 
Judges : Major Godley ; Capt, Cowan, 

Inspector Marsh. 
Handicappert : Lieut. Colonel Watford ; 

Inspector Browne. 
Slarier : C. G. H. Bell, Esq., C.C. ,1 KM. 
Gink o) Course | To be appointed on 
L"/> Scorer \ the Ground. 

The Totalisator 

Will he upon (he Grounds. 
Under oh "ge of Sergt. Mujor Merry. 


1 . One Mile Siege Championship 

2. Team Race of One Mile 

Four members of : The Prot. 
Regiment, the B.S.A. Police, 
the Cape Police, the Bech- 
. uanaland Rifles, and the 
Town Guard. 

3. Half Mile Bicycle Race in 

Fanoy Costume. 

One Prize for Winner, ml 

fur lust Faneg Dress. 
1. Half Mile Ladies Race 
•j. Three Lap Race 

Walk a lap. 
Rids a la/). 
Him a lap. 
C. One Milo Bicycle Handioap 





February 11th, 1900, 



Commencing at 0-30 p.m. 

Proceeds to be given to the Sports and 
Prizes Funds. 



1. Cape Police, D. II., Khaki Band. 

2. Sony ... " Anchored," Mr. Campbell 

3. Pianoforte Recital. 

Signor Paderewski. 
i. Song, " At the Ferry," Miss Friend 

5. Mandoline Solo, " Mary " Waltz, 

Pte. J. P. Murray 

6. Song, " Beauty's Eyes," Mr. Bulleid 

7. Siege Song ... Pte. E. W. Coxwell 
" If it wasn't for the Masim in between." 

Interval oj 6 Minutes. 

1. Piccolo Solo ... Mr. Westland 

2. Legerdemain ... Mr. F. J. Jacobs 

3. Song, " Sunshine above," 

Capt. Ryan, D.A.A.G.B, 

4. Recitation, "Bill Tinko," 

Lieut. C. X. McKeuna. 

5. Sicgo Sketch ... Gentleman Joe 
G. Song, " The Outpost," Mr. Campbell 
7. Comic Song) ... Pte. E. W. Ooxwell 

God Save tile Quo. 

Bicycles will be provided for those who 
have not their own. Lots being drawn 
for them. 

The distribution of Prists wilt lake place 
directly after the last race. 

By the kind permission of Capt. Cowan 
the Band of the Bechuanaland Rifles will 
play during the intervals. 

Book Early for 1 the 


Plan rapidly filling up. 

Onlv a few Reserved Seats left. 
ALDRED * R0S8, Market Square. 

Owing to time no encores will be allowed. 

Here is something Good, 


Has still some hundreds of 

Pianoforte Pieces and Songs 



At 16s., 17s. 6d., 20s., 30s., 32s. 6d. 

. iY by 
; utre, Majekinf/, 
Editor and Wfunayer : G. #. H. Whaies. 


Sqrxijcei scoaisi jikkoh 

iv jw mhjjun 5ho : mn mwam 

apt**) \&(L ?KlJ.i ^iOI Yii50tdftT ^HiTwJfiB 

-. ft .joibneramo." !o3 9U lo noiiMM »H1 ilfiW j • r m 

8T»3«TC 3J8W 


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No 71 

Thursday, February 15th, 1900. 

126th Day of Siege. 


HMdiing Mail. 



our weekly holiday, was a full day. Cricket 
in the morning, Concert in the afternoon, 
and a Dance in the enening. The new 
rlags were mom e various posts, 

and the passer by on looking at theto and 
remembering the heroism they represent, 
feels anew the pride of belonging to the 
nation whose flag has the irresistable 
power of stimulating and uniting her sous 
to stand as firmly, or more firmly, together 
at the end of four months' Siege than they 
did at the beginning. One flag we looked 
for but did not ace, that was '* C " Squad- 
ron's. Present at the first fight, and actively 
so at nearly all engagements, losing two- 
thirds of its men, and at the last affair 
all officers, but one shows that it has not 
been behind hand when fighting was about. 

From the S. andD. News 
" At Inkerman the percentage of losses 
was 31, Allueva 48, at Salaruanaca one 
battalion lost 00 per cent, of its officers 
and 83 ptn cent, of its men. At Modder 
River the British lost about 7 per cent." 


The conceit given at the Masonic Hall 
on Sunday last, the 18th Sunday of the 
tainly one of the hest if not 
(fee best entertainment we : 
since the war began. There was not a 
" turn," the omission of which wool 
improved the p] Che nlaying of 

the " Khaki " Band was excellent, so was 
ndoline Solo by Mr. J. P. Murray, 
with painoforte accompaniment by Mr. 
Richards. But for pianoforte performances 
we should certainly award the palm to 
that of Signor Paderewski. We do not 
consider it au exaggeration to say that no 
.me in Mafekiug has ever heard a piano- 
forte reoltal like it before. At any rate 
it is certain that the " Signer " is an 
artiste of no mean order. Mr. Campbell 
sang twice and all who listened were 
charmed. MisB Friend sang with her 
usual ability. Mr. Bulleid, who possesses 
a tenor voioe difficult to equal, was iu 
first-class form and sang " Juanita " ex- 
quisitely. Mr. E. W. Coxwell's song, " If 
it wasn't for the maxim in botween," writ- 
ten uy the singer, was deservedly appre- 
ciated by the audience, who applauded 
vigorously Mr. Westland performed a 
Piccolo Solo. Mr. V. J. Jacobs exhibited 
some sleight of hand, very clever but not 
plentiful enough. This we believe was on 
account of the difficulty in obtaining neces- 
sary articles in town. Captain Ryan sang 
a coster song, Lieut. MoKonna r< 
skit on those declamatory pieces of the 
maudlin popular with 

in elass of Americans. " Gentleman 
ivas exoruciatingly funny in his 
coster delineation and ahOM 
making; up is done, I n fact the 

the effeot of eighteen weeks' Sieg 

wiped away from every face and it did the 
public almost as much good as the an- 
nouncement of relief would have done. 
glad to learn that the net result of 
the bookings is a sum of ten pounds four 
shillings handed over to the Sports Funds, 
a result, which we think would justify a 
repetition of the entertainment. 


at the Masonic on the same evening was 
well attended and enjoyed but, unfortu- 
nately, nearly all the hospitahle inviters, 
like the officers on the eve of Waterloo, 
were summoned from the hail room hy the 
call of duty and spent the night at their 
posts instead of sharing the pleasure they 
graciously provided. Less fortunate 
ii the historical occasion at Quatre 
Inns they had not au opportunity to take 
any part in the dancing because it was 
just about the time announced for the 
commencement of the ball that volleys 
from the enemy were heard, and the 
Protectorate, C.P., and Rifles had all to 
scurry oft' before the fun began, passing 
on their way from the Hall, the remainder 
of the guests, just arriving. Following 
are the names of hosts- and acoeptors of 
invitations, many of whom continued 
dancing till a late or rather an early hour 
of the morning. 

Hosts : 

Lieut. -Col. Walford, Lieut. -Col. Goold, 
Adams ; Chaplain Weekes, Capts. Marsh, 
Williams, Brown, Cowan, Scholeticld- 
Singleton : Drs. Holmden, Hayes ; Messrs, 
Greenfield, Moorson, Holden, Peehell. 
Swinburne, Bridges, Dunlop-Smith, Daniel, 
Hope, Martin, Murray, McKenna, Mou 
crieflu, Hanbuiy-Tracy, McKenzie. 


Capfc. and Mrs. Girdwood ; Mr. and ill 
I .Li. mi, Bradley, Buohan, 

:l, i ,w j mi,\ i tall, Ha\ i .. Minehin, 

More, Rising, Stewart, Werner, Whales 
Winter; Mrs. Lake; The Misses Becker, 
Coker, Cowan, Cramer, Crawford, Friend, 
Gamble, Moss, Sheasby, Wyafcfc. Lieu- 
tenant-Colonel Hore, Majors Andersou, 

. Hcpworth, Baillie, God ley, Lord 
Edward Cecil, Capts. FiuClarence, Marsh, 

Lord Chas. Bentinck, Greener. 
Messrs. Algie, Bell, Bolus, Brady, De 
Kock, Friend, Geyer, Graysou, Stent, 
Stigaud, Weil, Whiteley, Wirsing. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

By Colonel l! S, S.,Bovlcn-PoweU, Com- 
?nanding Frontier Force. 

EKING, 15th February, 1900. 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction. — The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow, Friday, the lfith instant, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the exami- 
nation of such prisoners as may i he 
it. President: Mil.. 
D.S.O. ; -Member : C. G. H. 
Bell Esq., C.C. &B.M. 

\ Divi- 
sion, is granted Sc-rgt's. pa> 

diem from the 12th Dei 

1899. inclusive, as being in charge of the 
Nordenfeldt gun, in recognition of his good 
services in connection with that duty ; and 
the exceptional hardships entailed thereby. 
Horse< : Dead or Woundid.—Mi horses 
killed or wounded are to be instantly 
reported immediately to Headquarters, in 
cases of horses being killed the carcases 
are to be handed over to the D.A A.G. (b) 
and on no acoount are such oarcases to be 
sold or given away without reference to 
that officer. 

By order, 

B. H. CECIL, Major, 
Chief Staff Officer. 


List of uames of owners whose property 
will be assessed on Sunday next, 18th 
February : — 

Erf No. 49 A. W. Fincham 
If. .IB. Herd 
1b W. G. Kirkpatriok 
(Agent: W.J. E.Mahony) 
15 Mafeking Club 
,, 12 N. D. Farcjiiharson 
,, 10 W. A. Hampson 
O. Fodisch 
31 J. E. Joues 
45 W. N. Cooper 
93 Townshend St Son 
21 Mrs. Ball 

(Agent: A. G. Early) 
99 G. Masters 


A FOUNTAIN' PEN on the 11th inst., at 
Dixon's Hotel. Finder is requested to 
return same to Bev. Father Oole. 

Austral " Lodge. 

No. 2534, E.C. 

BKO. REV. il'. H. WEEKES, WM. 

AN Emergency Meeting will bo held 
in the Masonic Temple, on Sunday 
evening uext, February 18th, at 8-30 p m. 
Visiting B.B. are invited to attend 

J. S. PABK, Secretary. 


IN consequence of complaints having 
been made by Post Commanders of 
living the full issue of certain of 
the rations to which their men are entitled 
and it being supposed that the cause of 
the deficit being the theft of these rations 
by Native boys who are sent to draw 
them, Post Commanders are directed 
that in future, that in all cases a respon- 
rian must be sent to supervise the 
drawing of rations. 

f-Sgd.i H. GOOLD-ADAMS, 

Town Commandant. 

i. ,'iti Square, M i 
/;. A r , ii. Ii ■. 


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No. 72 

Friday, February 16th, 1900. 

127th Day of Siege 


Patting PaU. 

FRIDAY, 16th FEBRUARY, 1900. 


The appearance of some under-cut, juicy 
and succulent, on certain breakfast tables 
made us curious in this time of Siege as to 
its origin. We learned it wu " Native 
beef," and the following account, which 
f<T to give in its own picturesque 
language, is interesting in connection with 
the subject of our meat supply ; — 

" Mathakgong, the leader of " the ex- 
pedition of 10th, whose loot was captured 
by the enemy a fortnight agn, said he 
would not have a quiet night until that 
Gasco had been blotted out ; so on Friday 
he took four men with him to go and mako 
another trial. Yesterday he and his com- 
panions were coming in with what appeared 
to be a span (12 head) of oxen they had 
captured close to Batho-Bfttbo's, near 
Maritzam, at p.m. They brought them 
down safely until they reached the Magogo 
Valley, where the Boers fired at them. 
The Boers first of all fired from their right 
■ lore they had time to reply another 
volloy came from their left. They replied 
calmly, four men went to the right 
(whore the heaviest fire was) and one to 
the left. The Boors soon shut up but not 
until they had wounded two oxen. One 
fell amongst the Boers and one just outside 
our advance trench, and 10 came in safely. 
(Saturday) 12 armed 
Barolongs left our advance trench, South 
of the Stadt, to go and annoy tho Boers. 
They crossed their lines without being 
observed and were only fired at on their 
return. As soon as they returned the fire 
the Boers ran back to their trench and 
were silent for the night." 

These people attacked the homestead 
of a Native farmer at Marit/ani and ex- 
id shots, but the farmer made a 
vigorous defence and they retired. 


When the Boers were seen fiddling 
around the big gun on Wednesday and a 
letter under the cover of a v, I 

sent in to keep us from firing while they 


i ' sign that the damned old 
Pretoria and 
that hi bi leh would no more 

twang its woeful discoid on I 1 

Of OUi 

mast these optimists have been wh 

followio u i f > log 

Bound v I lom i ■ from about four 

miles due West instead of i 

to our dug-outs were 
all the wrong Bide abqut, However, we 
comfort ourselves with the reflec- 
tion that as we havi borne bom- 
is no reason to funk anything these 
in do now. They have tried all 
the mean ricks their low ononing is cap- 
ing, and now we are nearing 
I whel hi ' they take thi u guns to 
no difference 
t:> us nor to the punishment they are soon 
sure to i ' 

The Secretary to the Sports and Prizes 
Funds desires to acknowledge receipt of 
Ten Pounds Four Shillings, being proceeds 
from the Concert of Sunday afternoon 

Mafeking Garrison. 

By Ool ! R. S. 8. Baden P //, Com- 
manding finntn I i 

Mai-eking, 16th February, L900. 

Court of Summary Jurisrfict m. — The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction ill meet 
on Saturday, the 17th February, at tho 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the 
[nation of such prisoners a* may be 
brought before it. President ; L cut. -Col. 
Vyvyan. Member": Majoj F. W. 


Officer At tucked.— Major Baillie, Reserve 
of Officers, is attached for duty (without 
pay) to the B.S.A. Police from ihe 12th 
instant inclusive. 

Assessment Committee. —The Assessment 
Committee will meet on Sunday, the ltith 
instant, at Dixon's Hotel at 10 a.m. 
Owners attending at tnu above pace and 
hour will be informed about what time the 
Committee will arrive at their respective 

By order, 
E. If. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


THE undersigned, duly in- 
structed by Mrs. (iir.nwooD, 
will sell by Public Auction on 


At 9-30 a.m. 

1 Pony, 1 Gent's Saddle 
& Bridle, 1 lady's Saddle 
and Bridle, 1 Cape Cart, 

1 Set Double Cart Harness, 

2 Shot Guns, 250 Shot 
Cartridges 1 Gent's Bicy- 
cle, 1 Carpenter's Bench 
and quantity of Tools, a 
quantity of good second- 
hand Gent.'s Clothing, etc. 

Also lBlackPony (Stallion) 

in tbe Estate of the late Gorpl. 
Armstrong, B.S.A. P. 


Government Auctioneers and 
Sworn I ; 

Don't forget the time : 
9-30 A.M. 


fpHE following hours will hold good for 
-*- issue or purchase of Bread and 
Meat : — 

5-30 a.m. 9 a.m. 

6-30 p.m. 8 p.m. 

No one will be served outside these 

Bills for Bread and Meo'. — Persons 
purchasing privately will be squired to 
pay cash down. There is not sufficient 
Staff to justify running accounts being 

C. JL RYAN. Capt, 

Mafeking, 16th Feb., l'JOO. 

With the sanction of the Col. Commanding 


(Pottpoiied m -mint of Ih. , ,,, 

of. thi Ground) 
will be held at the 

Recreation Ground, 

ON — 

Sunday February 18th, 

Commencing at 3-30 p.m. 
Lady Sarah Wilson has kindly consented 
to distribute the prizes, which comprise : 
Watchet : a Clot ■■ ; a most ■' 

■ . . But- 
Silvei mounted 

B II H, Major Goold-Adama. 

Judge*', Major Godlcy ; Capt, Cowan. 

Inspector Marsh. 
Handicapper* : Lieut. -Colonel Walford ; 

Inspector Browne. 
Starter..: C.G- H.Bell, Esq., C.C.&R.M. 
Clerk of Course \ To he appointed on 
L<i/> Scorer | the Ground. 

The Totalisator 

Will he upon the Grounds. 
Under charge of Sergt. Major Merry. 


1. One Mile Siege Championship 3-40 

2. Team Race of One Mile ... 4-0 

.Four members of : The Prot. 
Regiment, the B.S.A. Police, 
the Cape Police, the Bech- 
uanaland Rifles, and the 
Town Guard. 

3. Half Mile Bicycle Race in 

Fancy Costume. 4-20 

One Prize fbr WifUw, ami one 
I ' . 

4. Half Mile' Ladies Race .,. 4-40 

5. Three Lap Race . ... j-0 
Walk a I"/'. H ■■ a lap, 

6. One Mile Bicycle Handicap 5-30 


Bicycles will be provided for those who 
have not their own. Lots being drawn 
for them. 

distribution of Prizes will take place 
n after the last > 

By l b I owin 

the Band of the Bechuanaiand Rifles will 
play during the intervals. 




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Saturday, February 17th, 


128th Day of Siege. 


[iifclung gtotl. 




Mafekin^'s normal fecundity in rumour 
bus certainly not abated, but it anything, 
been stimulated and increased since the 
Siege. The arrival o( a " white flag " 
always heralds the birth of &ome awful yarn 
and this week " the lying jade " has been 
saying the Boers had threatened to snipe 
and bombard us on Sundays if we do not 
spend the day in besotted snifling, similar 
to their own. The following notice from 
to-day's General Orders shows there was 
no foundation for the silly rumour. 


The onemy having re-occupied their 
trench on the Hast front, from which they 
snipu constantly into the town, the inha- 
bitants arc warned that the streets and 
Market Square are unsafe. Traverses 
will be erected as soon as possible to 
make a safe thoroughfare. Meanwhile 
persons going about the town should take 
all the cover they can. 


IN future no orders will be issued for 
Matches. They can be obtained 
from Mr. Weil, who will sell a limited 
quantity daily. 

C. M. RYAN, Capt., 

Mefeklng, 17th Feb., 1900. 

Messrs. Early Bros, and Paddon's Stores 
will bo open to- morrow for sales. 

With the sanction of the Col. Commanding AUCTION SALE. 


(Postponed "» account of Iht condition 
„/ the GWwfi) 

will be held at the 

Recreation Ground, 

— ON 

Sunday ; February 18th, 

Commencing at 3-30 p.m. 

Lady Sarah Wilson has kindly consented 
to distribute the prizes, consisting of : 

WatcJm, a CI"' I i ■• met handnm hn„l- 
painted " rVaUeau " Fm . Silver Ghat But- 
tuner; Candlestick Mirror; Silver mounted 
Pipeti imbei Cw--.</« BoUert ; Cigaritti 
Calet, fc. 

A message was received from General 
Snyroan a few days ago to say that if our 
cattle, and wood-cutters, went out on 
Sundays boyond their usual ground they 
would be fired on, as also any officers or 
men reconnoitring or building works in 
advance of existing positions. 

Precautions should therefore be taken 
to avoid this. 


Rtjeret : H. II. Major Goold-Adams. 
.ht'l,i<* : Major Godley ; Capt, Cowan. 

Inspector Marsh. 
I[-m'hc<if>p'-rt< : Lieut. Colonel Walford ; 
Inspector Browne. 

C. G. H. Bell, Esq., C.C. & R.M. 
Clerk of Cour*$ \ To be appointed on 
L>i]t Scitr j the Ground. 

The Totalisator 
Will be upon the Grounds, 

Under charge of Sergt. Major Merry. 



1. One Mile Siege Championship 3-40 

2. Team Race of One Mile ... 4-0 

Four members of : The Prot. 
Regiment, the B.S.A. Police, 
the Cape Police, the Bcch- 
uanaland Rifles, and the 
Town Guard. 

3. Half Mile Bicycle Race in 

Fancy Costume. 1-20 

One Pri:e for Winner, and 
prise fir '"■•' Fancy Dregs. 

4. Half Milo Ladies Race ... 4-40 

5. Three Lap Race . ... 0-0 
Walk a lii/>. IU'1' •> la/>. Rm a top, 

6. One Milo Bicycle Handicap 5*30 


THE undersigned, duly in- 
structed by Mrs. Girdwood, 
will sell by Public Auction on 


At 9-30 a.m. 

1 Pony, 1 Gent.'s Saddle 
ft Bridle, 1 Lady's Saddle 
and Bridle, 1 Cape Cart, 

1 Set Double Cart Harness, 

2 Shot Gnns, 250 Shot 
Cartridges. 1 Gent's Bicy- 
cle, 1 Carpenter's Bench 
and quantity of Tools, a 
quantity of good second- 
hand Gent.'s Clothing, etc. 

Also 1 BlackPony CStallion) 

in the Estate of the late Corpl. 

Armstrong, B.S.A.P. 


Government Auctioneers and 
Sworn Appraisers. 

Dont forget the time : 

9-30 A.M. 

Printed and published by 

Townaherul ct Son, Market Square, Mafcking. 

Editor and Manager : Q. N. B. WItatet. 

Bicycles will be provided for those who 
have not their own. Lots being drawn 
for them. 

The distribution of Priics will take place 
directly after the last race. 

By the kind permission of Capt. Cowan 
the Band of the Bechuanaland Riiles will 
play during the intervals. 


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No 74 

Monday, February 19th, 1900. 

130th Day of Siege 


8 Hlafchuui PtaiL 


The following News has been received 
from Router, Durban : - 

January 87th Warren drove back 

enemy at Southern Cross and Spiookop 

hoavy Lo b Warren re-joined Buller on 

27th. ' 

53 killed, 120 wounded, Bullei 

righting two da detail 

supplies stated reached Bomber 1 > 

Steven •' Daily M ■>> C pondent died 

of ento tic fever 


bituatiun unchanged Sell 
at Naauwpoorfi. French has practically 
surround' - 1 ' 

in in do! Moltuno. Boers 

appeal ' ermined at rack 

oo Ladysmith on 6th, and were repulsed 
with b< i"' 1 Boer 

losses at .550 killed and 750 wounded. 
Our losses unknown. Numerous reinforce- 
ments of Colonial, Volunteer*, etc., now 
on wan i , l 'vision is disembarking 

ii Division. wW 

reinforc* men Itl illery now 




February 4th — Buller 

l>ul\>mith after a week's lighting, with 
losses on both Bides, attempt to be 
made to relieve it at once. 

Small success's in North of the Colony 
but notfa tear Colcsberg. 

Lord Roberts and Kite I 1 
leave for front in a day or two. On their 
arrival advance in force will be made from 
Modder River or Orange River. 
- -♦ 


Gaberonee, r< b I Itn I lol i Humer 

attacked Boer position on tlie 13th, The 

sides of the kopje were mined 

with obstacles, and though our men got 

right up to the wall of the fort they were 

obliged to retire. Losses : killed 

officer and six men, Nun, 

French, Bergt. Winder. Corp] .1 

wood, Tpr. Whitfield, and Tpr, F H fteid, 
Rhodesia Regiment ; and Tprs. Jones and 
Garner, B.S A Police, Wounded ( ol 
Sob II Whit.-. Majoi Sti kker, B.S.A P . 
and sixteon men. Five men taken pris- 
oners, who were afterwards handed over 
by the Boers, all wounded. 


from Colonej Niol olaon — 

" \ 1 ■ 
placed £500 to your credit for relief of 
brave men wounded in the heroie defence of 
Mafeking, and relief of immediate relatives 

of those killed, ami £'200 has also been 
went from the Mansion House Fund " 


i . i Major Taylor, in i 
works, yesterday Kot close to the Boei 
trench ing that 

Snymann had had orders urging him to 
1 I ace and to bring his 

force down to the assistance of the Free 
which is now hard pressed. 
Yesterday morning the Johannesburg 
Boer camp, and a 
orowd of them met it ; they stood 
in groups for an hour afterwards. 
All their trenches were very qui. 

It ie most probable that the British 
advance has begun and that I 
mav bear 

Bravo 1 We all must heartily congratu- 
late you and those with you on your most 
and t 'i i bi 
valuable services rendered to the old flag 

Beater's Special ' lent, Mr 

the following 
communication from Reu' 
Kimherley : — 

Kimberley, Jan. 24. 1900. 
Dear Sir, - 1 received your Xmas des- 
patches and the sad account of the sortie, 
i unable to get them away as 
all our Native runners get caught, 
Boers hooting 

them ; they are people who have exchanged 
the hearts of men for beasts. We un 
unrelieved and this morning had another 
bombardment with BOH 
us . some damage bis been done and two 
poor women were killed Ti 
directed all over the town and not at the 
forts -or at an] rate very few of them. 
Everybody is justly proud of Mafeking, 
whilst deepl] g with all the 

troubles and sorrows you are experiei 

are going on slowly but surely in 
Natal, and I thoroughly expect to hear 
-nith is on the eve of relief as yester- 
day we learnt by helio that Buller was in 
lion ■ ' pa ace leav- 
ing Southampton daily. John Kuskin is 
i- no bthet news to tell you, 
indeed we have had aO Dl WSpapera here 
for ages. Though the relief column is only 
me position as 
l ie\ have been 
b as the 1 ■ d such 

force at Spytfontein. I hope Capt Wilson 
liki collect 

me at Eton, at Cornish's house We are 
h and things are not 
by any means pleasant, though we have 
the essentials of life. There has been 
great m I | mougfi the very 

children and babies, and we h 
lot of typhoid and scurvy. Hoping you 
keep well, 

I am, yours truly, 

G. M. 0. Luard. 

Mr. Rhodes is quite well and he received 

Captain Wilson'-- ' 

Mafeking Garrison. 

Un Colonel I! S. S tiatlen-Powil, Com- 

I I ' 

Mafeking, 17th Fbbruaby, 1900. 

A — In order to put 
1 ■' 'i 1 i hi !"■ ant dog nuisance the 
ordinal . h regard td licences will 

We Introduced. Ever} person keeping a 
dog must obtain a license from the R.M., 
and any dog hoi duly registered will be 

1 idiately destrpyed. Persons will he 

required to produce their licence when 
called upon by any Policeman, Con-table, 
or other Civil Official, or by the Military- 

Mafekino, 19th February, 1900. 

I | , Ban*— The Colonel Com- 

manding having noticed several cases of 
aneSB amongst the troops yesterday 
all Burs in town will be entirely closed 
from to-morrow inolusive for seven days. 
Soti I or Bar keepers wishing for special 
■ 'iion in favour of lodgers or other 
persons must apply for permits to the 
C.S.O. or D.A.A.G. (a). 

— With reference to 
General Order No 5, of 14th instant, the 
■ i numbers of tickets 
must be forwarded to the (' 8 Q., not later 
than 6 p.m. on 20th lost. Unless these 
are rendered by the time stated 
servants will not be able to obtain rations 
either by purchase or issue. 

Doqnagpt. — All persons 
submitting claims for assessment of damage 
to bouse property must, at the same time, 
furnish a builders affidavit, as to the value 
of the property damaged 

By order, 

E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


i >ne per cent, will be paid for 
gold coin received by Chief Pay 
master iu exchange for Goveru- 
lunit Che'iues. 


;iate Cutter until I. • 


(Nest Dook to Mh. Ei.litso.nV) 


All Regimental work done on shortest 
notice ; also Cleaning. 

Printed and Published by 
Totenstuni lictfeking. 

Editor and Monagw '•■ W. B. whales. 


,fd thu river, 

From Durban, on Jan 20th Feb,, 1900. 

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No 75 

Tuesday, February , 20th, 1900- 

131st Day of Siege 

TO '»Iafchinq Hail. 



addition to th 

remarkably b pftrticte- 

larly an 

N;iV;-l and Ln th, as it 

i a l i l ,.,, to bo decided, yet 

nothing has reached Ufl beyond the balfl 
fact tlu - at Spionskon, 

the IS 

n Boors were L 
out, although it is now mora than a month 
I, is this dearth 
of information 
campaign that adds 

parakion oauaed hy our prolonged 
belettguernieut. Its OOnfcio 
even the mildest tat TigBI us 

. : making of a cut-throat in 
inni, and he wIiomj tttoS abhorrence has 
;u or anytni. to it, 

surpriscdly Dud-t himself anxious to go 
" sniping " ; join in a sortie, or do some- 
' ^ope 
heart sick" tl 
King was BUpp k nearly three 

thousand years ago, but if Mr. Solomon 
had been in Mafeking, cut off from tele- 
graphic comuiuuicati I day a he 
would have jammed that troth :o the front 
deal more force. We have been 
hoping day uftei day, week after week, to 
hear that the siege of Lady smith is raised. 
We regard that as the hub upon which the 
wheel of our fortune turns. Another 
batch < 

did not bring the uiuoli desired new*. We 
believi ' '' hrtV0 

believed H for three \ i,lt " i,v 

formation to the contrary ifl received we 
do not mean to have that fond belief 
bumped out of us by such pefa 
path as 

" Capetown, Peby. 4th. — Buller failed to 
roach Ladysmith k'a hard 


W< regret our lack of imaginative 
faculty, as nei glorious 

opportunity for ] Uttoe we 

learned a fortnight ago that Bulled . d 

tho Tugela on the Uth, with Warren 
on his left. Our forces commenced bom- 
barding the B iongly 
entrenched on the North banks on the 
iiftoenth of January, and on the 17th we 
crossed the river. From Durban, on Jan- 

■■, I " Wa 

i Uuller on 27th." This is deliciously 
Where did Did 

0! ■ be thi River " or did 

Warren Btay at Spion Sop 10 cU 
Buller came back from thirty miles North 
of LadyBmifeh to re-iuin him? Oh, for a 
clairvoyant in proper working order, wc 
■il ; he clairvoyant! we 
■know, are "hers") ou to Spion Kop and find 
out what our forces were doing there, 
fooling about with Boers when they had 
crossed the Tugela" ten days earlier. 
i limit recognis- 

ing their exhilarating presence at Help- 
makaar, two days before. These are 
tilings "no fellah < m understand 
don'cher 'no " and we would prefer spend* 
puzzle " than 
wasting it in tying our brains into knots 
offioient messages. In the 
mean ttl &s contentedly 

as ever, quite ready to receive Mr. Snyman 
and his friends if they wish to carry out 
then instructions. 

wore pleased to have a visit from our 

.'. H Councillor, Mr. Qi i 
see that he has sufficiently recovered 
is accident to be able 
to look around ire glad 

to know that Mr. (. 

[-responding stage of convalescence, 

Mr. tii ■ ■ ; . - appn - 

eiatiou of the treatment, both medical and 

Dg, that he has received and to I 

nuiks to the staff of the Victoria 

DD of Diphtheria at the Women's 
: king, on the 19th 

eldest daughter of John Henry and Maria 



A .urns against the 

of the late Captain Raymond 
ted to render 
me as soon as possible to the under- 


Mafc-king, '20th Feb., 1900. 


WOOD having become rather scarce, 
it is notified for general informa- 
tion that it may he necessary to collect 
and remove all fencings and polings round 
private properties. It will not be possible 
to notify owners prior to every removal 
made. They are at liberty, however, 
to rile claims for restoration of polings and 
fenoings at termination of operations, or 
to receive payment per 100 lbs. woight 
wood i ' b lid they prefer to do so. 

C M RYAN, Capt., 

I !»0Q. 


Colonel li. S. S. Baderi' Powell and 
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No. 76 

Wednesday, February 21st, 1900. 

132nd Day of Siege. 

a "« fflafekmg IJuil. 



In the wire Lo hand on Sunday morning, 
which came from Durban and bore date 
January 27th, we are told that Warren 
drove the Boers from Spion Kop and 
Southern Cross. We learned from the 
S. and D. W w* of the 20th that there had 
been 6ghting at Spion Kop on Monday, 
tho 22nd, and that 210 British prisoners 
had been taken. It wifl be remei 
that the number of prisoners was previously 
quoted at 2,000, but the same issue of tbia 
George Washingtony Journal of Job 
burg said that " 2,000 was a mistranslation 
of a telegram, it should have been 200, 
as a matter of fact there are 210 which 
were taken to Pretoria on Wedn 
21th." In connection with this item it is 
exceedingly funny, even though somewhat 
irritating, to DOtice how the United Order 
of Pessimists stick to any figures, even if 
shewn to be incorrectly quoted, im 
when distinctly contradicted by the paper 
whose policy the contradiction tells ;l 
it is remarkable, we bay, how the D.O.P. 
adhere to a pretended belief of anything, 
however absurdedly fallacious, if it tend to 
make our position appear worse than it is. 
This particular phase of lunacy evidenced 
itself yesterday when a respected tow 
who claims some knowledge of locale in 
Natal, where the fighting is going on, was 
asked where Spion Kop is. His reply 
was: " Why, Spion K^ is the place where 
a few weeks ago a whole Brigade of British 
were cut up and 3,000 prisoners taken by 
the Boers." As he may have told many 
people in tho garrison the same foolish 
yarn, and as the nerves of all are at such 
high tension, we think it well to mention 
that no such rcverso is recorded. There 
was lighting at Spion Kop on Monday, 
22nd of January, and according to the 
Boer official organ, we were victorious, 
although they said that they had 210 pris- 
oners to take to Pretoria. But to 
return to our subjects, the only conclusion 
we can arrive at after comparison of* 
dates and the various notes to hand, is 
that Huller crossed tho Tugela on January 
17th, on the right, hut that Warren, on 
the left, did not get over the Tugela till, 
or about, tbe 21th. The Kimberlt ■> 
corroborates our calculation of a fortnight 
•*"o, when it says: "I thoroughly expect 
Lady smith is on the eve of relief, 
jerduy (23rd) we learned by lielio 
alien is in sight of the town , and 

the message from Durban said that Warren 
re-joined Buller on 27th, probably it was 
earlier as the message is dated 27th at 
Durban. We, therefore, still expect 
the next mail to tell us that Ladysmith is 
n tiered, although in consonance with the 
Boer tactics of 80— 81, they will redouble 
their efforts to endeavour to prevent us 
learning the good news, hoping, the fools, 
that we may repeat the Potchefstroom 
chapter of history and surrender when 
victorious. Do not flatter your little self 
with the irt. Soyman St Co. 

We hold to the end. Besides, you are no 
Cronje, and what he was unable to accom- 
plish, it were ridiculous for you to attempt. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

By Colonel R. S. S E I P ', Com- 
mon* j 'orce, 

inc, 20th Fbbbuabt, 1000. 

-1/7' U 1.. Schreiber is at- 

tached to the Staff of the Chief Paymaster, 
Mafeking, as Local Auditor, at the rate of 
15s. per diem from this day's date in- 

Bar*. — With reference to 

General Order ■ U)th instant, 

attention is called to General Order No. 1, 

9th January, 1000, and Hoi 

epers are warned that on the next 

occasion of an offence of drunk I 

; out of the obtaining oi drink by 
soldiers or others serving in any military 
capacity, at run Hotel or other Bar, such 
Hotel or other Bar will be permanently 
closed, and the stock of liquors liable to 
be confiscated. 

Mtai Station*.— It is notified lor gi 

information that the A S.C. Butcher has 

been instructed to add 5 lbs ' 

lbs. of meat is U .wing 10 per 

bo make up for waste in cuttin. up 

K ,,,.... — As it. has become 

0601 ssary in the interests ct ■ Q 

to collect all wood for the purposes of 

cooking, etc., and to equal! 

: ire noticed that the 
Authorities may be obliged to cause the 
removal of palings, wood feci 
rounding private property. The exigencies 
of the Siege may render it impossible in 
all oast ious notice to <>v, 

an informed that any claim 

may make for compensation Coi buob 
,. will be duly i 
tered for consideration by the Imperial 
Authorities, as to tho amount of oompi □ 

I, if any, to which they may bo 

. , ttratt'on of). — With reference 
to General Order No, 5, of the 17ih inst., 
tho order should read as follows:— All 
Europeans owning any dogs oi any age 
the defences of Mafeking shall, 
within seven days from date hereoi, ci 

iq same with the Town Clerk, and for 
each dog pay a licence fee of 10/-. The 
Town Clerk will attend at the office of the 
Resident MLagifltrate for the purpose of 
granting such licences between the hours 
of 11 a.m. and 12 noon daily, on and be- 
tween Wednesday, the 21st instant, and 

Tuesday, the 27th instant inclusive. The 
penalty for non-registration of any dog 
will be that the dog be immediately des- 
P i sons will be required to pro- 
duce their licences when called upon by 
Policemen, Constables, or other Civil 
Officials, or by the Military Authorities. 
By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


i j 1;i.-.i an r.ui.-i _■■ ncy Meeting 
of the Austral Lodge, No. 2534, .. 
in the Masonic Temple. Although prob- 
ably the circumstances under which the 
Lodge was held is unique in the history of 
modern Freemasonry, no signs of the Siege 
were observable ; if we expect a shell hole 
at the top of the Eastern wall, through 
which the rain had washed the brick dust 
in long brown trickles, looking like tear 
stains, down the decorated plaster. Un- 
fortunately, though unobtrusive, there are 
other signs of the malignant influences 
surrounding us to be found in the roll call. 
Not only has the grave closed over more 
than one member of the Lodge since the 
last meeting, which was held before the 
Siege, but from the ranks of office bearers. 
Bro. Upton, the S.Wv, lias stopped, but in 
a manner which causes his brother masons 
and fellow soldiers to alternate their sobs 
with bursts of pride when dwelling upon 
their loss. Others who were absent we 
should happily have recorded their passing 
away rather than have the shameful re- 
membrance that they have broken their 
oaths and become traitors to their Queen. 

The following Members and Visitors 
were present ; — 

( W li. Weekea.W.M.; 

I Singleton, Highland L. Infntry. 

ol's Lodge, A.S.W. , t. 

Aldr t d. J.W ; L. ■ I. Ross, Treasurer ; J. S. 

Park, Beoretary C W. Clucas, S.D. ; J. E. 

Jones, J.D. ; J. Pennycook, D.C. ; L. 

Schreiber, Organist; \V. K. Orson, 1.6. ; 

G. Heal, Tyler; H. P. Dennison, P.M. 

B.B. E. J, Layton, W. C. Bland, D. J. 

paries, Geo. Lippmann, A. Hillam, G. 

tV T, iv, II S. Bernard, 

Ij. Beavis, E. R. Hunlun. VIslto: B. Mey- 

Veymas, St. John's, 

al, Rnal Alfred, 

ux Lodge. 270; J. 

B. Dobie, W. W. Jones, Goods Trouw ; 

A. Mackenzie. St, John's, Kilwinning 6 ; 

G.N. H. Whales, Polish National, 534; 

P. C. Cranswick, Londesborough, 734 , 

Mella. 3233 ; \ I ■ . 
British, 334; H, II. Head. Buffalo, 1824. 

Mr. P. Viokery was initiated and some 
nomination- It. was decided to 

institute a jewel commemorating the 
event, and arrangements made for photo- 
the brothers present, anon such 
and auspicious occasion. 

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No. 77 Thursday, February 22nd, 1900- 

133rd Day of Siege 

ffilje 'i 

Hlufclunq Ptari. 

Till HSDAY, 22nd FEBRUARY, 1 ( J00. 

From the ' rarrison, Bial 

To Colonel R S B Badi □ Powi U. 
Many Happy Returns of Lin Day and 

may the year now COOQU bring tha 

mi liave won. 


Wc may conclude from fehi p appear- 
anco of tin.: Sif'^r gun on fcoe I 
of the town th:i.t Snyman considers lie h i 
I lid i.'d the object on our Western front, 

for which ii waa -I'lii there, a net thai he 
thinks he has punished the Natives for 
refusing to bi ca jolt d, by his mo< 
to help the Boers, and the B 
for declaring tr Siege 

through, side hy side with the British, 
notwithstanding i off.'" At any 

rate it is more than probable that some 
lying report has been sent by him to Pre 
toria, and thence over the tforld, 
effect that the Nativi Btadi hud b ■ 
taken and the Baralongg impressed with 
deep reverence for the almighty powerful- 
■ ■■ 1 1 . ; . . i . ■ .i ■- :,. V, | 

have not yet beuM able to feel that lvver- 
ence and respect that a people who, 
according to their own claims, were 
specially banted flp b] Provid 
Bommrfnd when it starts upon a conqrj 
expedition, carried on upon somewhat 
similar lines to those bud dovi n in the 
General Orders given to Commander Joshns, 

nor are we life 

for the cowardly crea i around 

here. l'Vom the accounts of the dif 
out !bre\ i ■ these 

rebels from theil holes wo must con 
that the best brains and best courage 
amongst the enemy were sept to 
recognising that the battle would be de- 
cided there, and that an inferior 
clasa came to Mafeking. This i 
very complimentary to our fighting abilit) 
but it agrees with their oft reite 
statement that they would " jiwi tal 

place without an\ fighting, a i we coul I 

attempt to oiler opposition on account of 
the few people wo had heir to take dp 
arms." No doubt the Zi 
Malmani luiI '■ i Itered ! hi ■ 

opinion on the 1 lib of October, but if there 
an any still living wheeling to the old 
ol a I 1 - liblo I ioting ol Mafeking 
Btorefl they must be'quiok^aboufc tryi 

on as B. P. & Co. do not expect to ren 

do move 
it will be verj uncomfortable for anj 
Dutch oi recreant British found cuddling 
a Mau ei bei wei n I and Pn 

Yet another fatality caused by the 
idiotic manipulation oi uncxploded 
Miller, a gunner in the Protectorate Bi gl 
men) , J'. Squadron', was tinloading a ninetj - 
four pounder to-day (\v were I »M he yvas 
chipping out the fulminate with ■■ 
driver) when the thing exploded We 
■ i not di ■■<■■ ih the p II i wd tnon 
terribly complet than anything the I 
i<<! In ; i,, o, qui red I" i 

Mafeking Garrison. 

1 /:. 8, 8, Buden-powdi, C*mr 
manding FronU'a Force. 

Mafbkino, 21 ,i' ]■')■ brua! v, L9Q0 

The Colonel Commanding h 
with much satisfaction a. report from Col. 
■ ■! detailing i he good sen ices of I hi 
Foreman Gan 

pari io hv\ been aighl ly 

i ...i Defenc WorJ 

W Poulton I distinguished 

i. ir bis pluck and d I'olni ■■ I I 

Lee, J. vVesidyk, .!. 0, Goedereen, and 

Zulu Tom have al 10 done good work under 


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Or Con. (j | bda of 


, . ■■. i '..;•■ iel i i mandin( must 
I ply to the Stafj 
Office, stating the nature of their bu 

. hen tin j will be informed of the 

hour at which they can be received. 

q) Max. -I. —The Chief 
Paymaster, Mafeking, u authorised to 

recoil tries fiih metttbei t) of all 

Corps for transmission through the Pay 

Department, Capetown, to relatives or 

depend) nl oo thi m for support. 
Lists, accompanied by then 

be sent to the I Mafeking, 

on Tuesday of each weesjj bj O.C.'s I >rp 
giving names of these serving undei them 
.. nynii thi iselTi a pi this 

pi ivitegi . ■! pei - 

Bona w b ' to < ep< Eve the money. I ■ 

endeavo I ■■ i ide lo put thesi p 

Fnenta through correctly, hut Benders will 
have to take all risk of delay or. miscar- 

to-morrow, Friday, the 23rd instant, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the exami- 
nation of such prisoners as may be 
Major Lord 
h oil, D.I M mbei C G n 
Bell Esq., C.C & K M 

CaptfiUy UetTirna.^-ln addition to the 
return rurni ihed to the P.M 0., a 
will be i ' i j 1 1 1 .1 ,.-, j \,\ the Officer or N C.I >, 
in charge of each Dressing Station, to the 


I a- ■ ■ ! 

Lisement of Major Godley's Btadt Watch 

hereby increased to a total of 20, 

1 Ird instant inclusive. 

-!""'■■ - ■ ■ I brpa Btdchertf, — The 

allowance for cutting up will be 5 per 

cent, and not " 10 per cent a ifcated q 

1 re 1 Order No. 1, of the 20th in 

This allowance will be made all round on 
all meat requisitions. 

By oidtM 

E. H. CECIL. Major. 

GbA I BI .ii ORicer. 

■ FfcHBOARY, 1900. 

To-morrow, the 23rd February, being 
[ndi i»: ndencc Day in the Orange Free 
Stato, it ia. just possible that the i 
may me reased 

aotiyity in jhelling. Pi ecautiona should 
irdingly. Tht big gun 
■imvcJ back i. In to her 

old position due East of the town. 

i , l Shili —The attention of all 
is drown to mother fatal acoidenf to-day, 
the i ' --'iii '■■ disobedii nee ol i ii dei b ''■■ ■ '. 
of the 8th December, and No. U, of the 
LOtfa ' hat all 

shells that fall without bursting are to be 
immediately reported t<> the uea l '■■ 

and I'm ied (i i Ihe oi del " |i; " ' 'ffia i 

Commanding the Po anybody 

found ni posseasion ol an unci ploded shell 
i^ liable ti i hmenl , 

< <o < / i- ....—The 

Court furisdiotion will meet 

ASSESSMENT OF PROPERTY. of names bi owners whoso proporty 
ISed ou Suoday ni-\t, 2.)tii 

Fi I try : — 

Erf No 19 A. W . I 

In J. I; ii ti 

In \V (., Kirkpatriok 

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15 Mafeking Club 
\'2 X- D. Farquharson 
Hi W \ Hampson 

O. Foilis. -h 
31 .1. E. Jontjs 
1.5 W. N. Cooper 
93 Townslnjnil A Son 
., 121 Mrs Hull 

\ G Esrly) 
99 1 1 Mb r. . . 

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Friday, February 23rd. 1900. 

134th Day of Siege 


niafchmci flail. 

FRIDAY, 23rd FEBRUARY, 1900. 

Those Unexploded Ones! 

Yesterday attention wa« oalled in 
"General Orders" to the fatal results 
following neglect to comply with the two 
ordera, December 8th and January 10th 
" Reporting and Disposal of Unexploded 
Shells. Three lives have now been lost 
ti tho Garrisou by this pig-headed fiddling 
with the dangerous things, a danger which 
no warning seems sufficient to prevent the 
morbid desire to court. We understand 
that deoeased had opened and emptied a 
good many, perhaps twenty, of these 
shell?, successfully, receiving about a 
pound each for the operation. We cannot 
refrain from remarking that in our opinion 
anyone who offers or bargains with a man 
to risk his life and the lives of others 
about him for a sum of money, whether it 
be twenty pounds or one, without the 
collateral inducement of some high or 
worthy object, is guilty of that man's 
death and morally responsible to tho 
community for it. If some benefit to 
humanity or if adequate public advantage 
might possibly result from emptying these 
missiles, wc, as utilitarian, would not 
consider that a life should be allowed to 
stand in the way of the work being done, 
but when, as in these instances, no bene- 
ficial object is sought nor even possible to 
come from the operation, he does a des- 
picable thing who tempts his fellow crea- 
ture to his destruction. 


Last Sunday's Sports it will be remem- 
bered were confined to the Cycle Races, 
and a capital meeting was organised, 
reflecting great credit on the Committee. 
The prises ware numerous and costly. 
The Baud of the Bechuanaland Rifles 
played between the performances. The 
Totalisutoi was well patronised, and the 
afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by all 
present, The first race, the One Mile 
Siege Championship, was taken by Mit- 
chell , Dobie making a good second Both 
of these are men of the Bechuanaland 
Rifles, which corps, to their credit, be it 
said , managed to secure nearly all the 
prizes. A Ladies Race was duwn on the 
programme, but as there was no entry 
an Oflicers Race was run instead, 
This was won by Lieutenant Hope. The 
Team Race fell to tho Rifles, ;ls did tho 
Costume Race, '/u<i raw, whiob was won 
by Sergeant- Major Gwynue, while the 
Costume Prize wont to Cpt. Mackenzie for 
his excellent get-up as a Matabele warrior. 
Dobie and Mitchell came 1st and 2nd 
respectively in the Handicap, with Moss 
as a fair third. The Three Lap Race, 

walk a lap, ride a lap, run a lap, was a 
most closely contested event. The nimble 
Croaskill making the race in the last lap 
(running), having saved himself in the 
first two laps, the whole field, with Cong- 
don twenty yards in front, getting ahead 
of him at the beginning of the lap. One 
third round the course he had the field 
well in hand, half way over he tackled 
Congdon, coming in at the finish with ten 
yards to spare. 


1. Song, " Irish Jubilee," Mr. Adams 

2. Song, "The Lads in Red," Mr. Laytoi 

3. Song, " Alone on the Raft," Mrs. Leea 

4. Recitation ... Mr. Sherlock Holmes 

5. Song (selected) ... Mr. Campbell 

6. Comic Song, " It's Comin' on Again," 

Mr. Wedderburn 
Interval of 5 Minutes. 

1. 8ong, ... "The Holy City," Mr. Hall 

2. Song, "The Coster's Sister," Mr. King 

3. Song, ... " Mona," Mr. Crittenden 

4. Song, "The Song for me," Mrs, Lees 

5. Sketoh Mr. Corney Grain 

6. Ventriloquism Mr. Lees 

God Save thb Queen 1 

Megan, Grayson and Taylor have kindly 
promised to act as aeootnpanists. 


Native rumours say that the natives in 
the Transvaal are looting farms, in the 
absence of the farmers. 


B.B. are reminded that the photograph 
of all who are in the Garrison will be 
taken on Sunday, 3-30 p.m., outside the 
Masonic Hotel. Full clothing. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

By Colonel B. S. S. Batten-Powell, Com- 
manding Frontier Force. 

Mafeking, 23rd February, 1900. 

It is probable that the enemy will try 
to force natives to come into Mafeking 
as refugees, in order that we may have to 
feed them. Outposts should, thorefore, 
be warned to refuse to pass in any except 
despatch runners and armed natives who 
have gone out to get cattle. No large 
parties to be admitted. 

Court <>f Summary Jurisdiction, — The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
on Saturday, the 24th February, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the 
examination of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President : H.H. Major 
Goold-Adams, C.B., C.M.G. Member. 
Major F. W, Panzera, 

Ajsessmen t Comrm ttee. — The Assessment 
Committee will meet on Sunday, the 25th 
instant, at Dixon's Hotel at 10 a.m. 
Owners attending at the above place and 
hour will be informed about what time the 
Committee will arrive at their respective 


A HOUSE KEEPER, young, and of 
an affectionate disposition, to wait 
upon two Bachelors in the Brickfields. 
Short hours ; impartial inquiry into refer- 
ences ; none but the comely need apply, 


The Brickfields. 

for SALE 

holding 12 Slides } Plate, Best 
make and guaranteed in perlect order. 
Particulars and price from 

" PHOTO," this Office. 


THE undersigned, duly instructed by 
the Executors of the following 
Estates, viz. : 

Cai't. R. H. GIRDWOOD, 
will sell by Public Auction, 

ON SUNDAY, at 10-30 a.m., 

Utensils, Carpenter's Tools, Clothing, etc , 

etc.. also 1 Gent's Saddle, 1 M.M. Sporting 

Carbine, 303, with Cartridges, 750 Shot 



Government Auctioneers and 
Sworn Appraisers. 

During the Siege 



Bicycle Repairing Department, 

At Mr. Qerrans' Establishment, 

For and on his own account, 



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135th Day of Siege 

Cbt iHafciiinq Hhtl. Mafeking Garrison. 

SATURD r |4n I ":. ,:v, 1900 


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II temp! o wip bai ■ I smirch 
on civilisation's face, he tries to blot out 
oi Ins mind th u haunting recollection of 

I be un- 
ii v sub- 
cubing to an el ion that 

will mi 

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. biros 1 1, re 

■ ip k tchen vi can cbat 

DO ike fiin 

on flndi his tin 

big lumps of 

moat in hia Phase- soup I . 

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I not been 

produced ami i ition, and 

the mom bad at 

bhe gaunt Bpectre, baa not been snn 

for them to disl ■ scared 

at its .1 [asides are they 

not Eai millions oi ou " sub- 

would be dnly too glad to 

fare, and if the authorities can supply 

them eaah day till tin. end of the Siege 
with such a savory potfull as they arc- 
now h.i | 


A l..i own 1 1 1 pei pai oi I oi >ntainiog " Good 

■ i for the Mafeking Hotel. 

I 8 Bon would 

bi obliged i" anyone for information as to 

:' lying so that they 

mighl lend for it. 



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Mafeking, 23hd February, 1900. 

Orthenn, Shops. A. Braidwood, Assis- 
taut Moulder, w,v discharged at his own 
request on the 18th instant, and struck off 
the strength accordingly. J. Campbell to 
listant Moulder, vice A. Braidwood 
discharged, with pay at rate of 10s. per 
ib' m. from 20th instant inclusive 

Beoordt oj Servici —'When any man's 

is favourably mentioned in General 

a note of such favourable mention 

be invariably entered in the Man's 
Kecord of Service. 

I IQ, 2\ ru PbbBUABY, l'JOO- 

' ■■' j Summary Jurisdiction.— The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
on Monday, the "26th February, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the 
examination of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President H.H! Major 
Goold-Adams, C.B, C.M.G. Member 

Colonel G. O. Hore. 

Visiting Justice, — The Visiting Justice 
! king i raol I'm bhe ensuing week 
will be C. G. II. Bull, Esq., CC. A KM. 

Instnictoi . — Sergt. 
is granted the acting rank of 
Sergeant-Major while performing the 
duties of Brigade Instructor of Signalling. 

BrujatU Signalled Qg will 

take effect Leom thia day's date inclusive : 
Signaller McKean, Prot. Regiment, 
Signaller Hall, Bechuanaiand Rifles, 
are raised to the higher rate of Is. per 

Trooper Garland, B.S.A.P., 
ited 2nd class rate of 8d. per diem. 
By order, 
E. U.CECIL, Major, 

Chief Stuff Olheer. 


The i ■ ■ « ii m blood at tho 

Brickfield ■ ■ Pte Churchill, 

of the Beohusinaland Rifles, got his 

i 'i "■ ■ ■ with a 

■ e ■ pli ' ■ h i bullet. Murphy, 
Mid at 

-■ ime i" i'-i !'■(. , bja 

■■ ■ 

in tie, the credit oi be) 

who, facing them at th , have 

knocked over than ten times as 

i ban one- 
tenth of th ■ i inition 

Tl i B undersigned, duly instructed by 
the Executors of the following 

. viz. : 

Caft r. h. girdwood, 

will sell by Public Auction. 

ON SUNDAY. at 10-30 am , 


utensils. Carpenter's Tools, Clothing, etc., 

etc., also l Gent's Saddle, 1 M M. Sporting 

Carbine, 303, with Cartridges, 750 Shot 



i olonit .'.'. S. S. Badeii-t owell and 
Office) s , f th Gnrrim n. 


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Sunday, February 25th 1900, 

( Tht 20th Sunday ■>< tJu Si . 
AT 5 P.M. 

Prices of Admission, Is. 
Reserved Seats 4s. 

Prpei eds to be given to the Sports and 
Prize Funds. 

i. rl tpplicatiou tot 
of which there will be but a limit d uum- 
li'.< must be made to 



During the Siege 



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At Mr. Gerrans' Establishment, 
For and on hia own account. 


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Government Auctioneers and 

Sworn Appraisers. 

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TfltLOR & HfiBITMflKER, 

[Late C . n, 


(Nest Door to Mk. Ei.litson's.) 


All Regimental work done on shortest 
notice ; also Cleaning. 


holding 12 81 

in hk< i ad teed ordei 

Particulars an3 price from 

" PHOTO," thia Office. 

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No. 80 

Monday, February 26th, 1900- 

137th Day of Siege 




Runners who came in this morning have 
not brought us the much desired news. 
In faot, practically no news of any kind 
has come. This is accounted for by a 
break-down of the wire between Salisbury 
and Beiva. Probably the weightiness of 
the intelligence from Ladysmith proved 
too much for a lightly constructed line. 

His Honour the Mayor received this 
morning from Her Majesty the Queen the 
following reply to his wire of 1 
30th. We print both telegram and reply : 

From Whiteley, 

Mayor, Mafeking, 

To Her Majesty the Queen, 
c/o Lord Salisbury, 

January 20tb, 1900. 

Mafeking, upon the 100th day of the 
Siege, sends loyal devotion to Your Majes- 
ty, and assurances of continued resolve to 
maintain Your Majesty's supremacy in 
this town. 


Mayor of Mafeking. 

Thanks for telegram. With me the 
whole nation watch with admiration and 
confidence your cheerful and determined 

By the courtesy of the Colonel Com- 
manding we arc enabled to publish the 
following official 


News from the North to-day, dated the 
20th February, is that Colonel Plumer is 
still occupying Crocodile Pools, _ facing the 
Boers, and is also occupying Kanya. He 
has already received his first instalment of 
reinforcements, and another was just 

Btartingf Saliahury. He is perfecting 

all an;. i - us - 

News from the South is n 
the telegraph lini bi fcwi n Bei 
Salisbury is washed away, but report by 
ronnei b »< Kimberley 

was relieved by General French ( who has 
probuhi. fodder River in place 

I Mathuen, invalided). 

News from the Boer laager is that they 
have been told two or three times to come 
back to Pretoria, but they arc now afraid 
to do so, as by so doing they would li ava 
the Border open to us to invade the 
Marico. etc. 

On Thursday and Friday last three guns 

with ISO Cher, went away Northward under 

.in, and yesterday the men returned, 

apparently having left the guns somewhere 

North. From Lichtenburg it is reported 

tie English were re-constructing the 

i) North of Kimberley: some Boers 

endeavoured to cut them off, and were 

themselves surrounded and cut up. 

In a fight between Scholtz Nek and 
Koodoosdam the Boers were defeated and 
scattered. They hoisted the whi 
hut the British took no notice of II. 
Cronje was shot through the shoulders. 


Natives from Batwane state that a 
I lutpn Missionary near Kanye has received 
a notice from his son to sell everything he 
has got, as the English have defeated the 

It is denied that the 3eb 
out Eloff. 

Mi Robert Mitchell, late sub-editoi- of 

-■it, has died at Ladysmith of 
enteric fever. He leaves a wife and 
several children. 

Rumour at Beira says that Kimberley 
was relieved by General French on the 
15th inst. The statement is generally 

Generals Tucker and Nicholson have 
arrived in South Africa and take command 
of the Seventh and Eighth Divisions res- 

Constable Turner is in Bulawayo Hos- 
pital and his condition gives rise to grave 
anxiety, but BsrgJ -Mai. i Harris is making 
good progress. 

The following Wires are conied from the 
" Bulawap Chronicle " of Jan. 22nd :— 

Durban, January 13th.— According to 
an authorised statement in the Advertiser, 
our scouts found the Boers had evacuated 
all the strong positions near Colenso. It 
is believed that the enemy has retired 
towards Ladysmith. 

East Loudon, Jan. 16th.— The official 
list of the casualties of tho Ladysmith 
tight is not obtainable in the Colony, 
although it has been sent to Loudon. 

Capetown, 16th. — The casualties amongst 
the Colonial troops at Ladysmith on Jan- 
uary 16th were : Imperial Light Horse, 
killed 18, dangerously wounded, I 
der Mounted Rifles killed, 4. Volunteers 
killed, 2; Imperial Light II 
on January 6th were Lieuts, Adams, 
Peakman, killed; Major Karri-Davis 1 , 
Major Doveton, Lieut. Campb.-ll, Surgeon 
Hornabrook and Capt, Smith, wounded. 

Januaty 15th.— The Boers were reported 
to have evacuated their positions at 

January 6th.— The entrenchments at 
Modder River are I 
The Bridge has been repaired for traffic; 
All the drifts are impas 

January 16th.— Lord Methuen is re- 
ported to have received 

January 16th — The Boer li 
berg is reported, by an escaped prisoner, 
to have been very heavy. 

Colonel Eager has lost his 

General French shelled the Boor camp 
near Colesberg on Saturday (13th Jan.) 
and captured five prisoners and a quantity 
of ammunition. 

The Boris, from a strong position com- 
manding Slingerfontein, took advantage of 
a dust-storm to shell our camp. The 
Artillery replied and the enemy was 
silenced and had to seek shelter. 

Major Mackenzie has been promoted to 
the command of the Suffolks. 

General Kelly Kenny and Stall landed 
at Port Elizabeth on Jan. loth and went 
to De Aar Immediately. 

Lord Roberts is at Capetown. 

Capetown, January loth. -I ue GaiA'a 

has brought the first instalment of the 

i s gift of chocolate to the troop-. 

uary loth.-The Suuiiysida 

have been brought before the Magistrate 

and remanded. 

London, January 13th. — Rcutor learns 
that the Imperial Government has decided 
that foodstuffs in neutral vessels destined 
for neutral pmts are not 
except the manifests show that the food- 
stuffs are intended lor the enemy. 

The Yiclui i 

i , sanctioned the expense of a . 

M aut. 

The Queensland Parliament has p 

a 1 1 alian Contin- 

gent by five thousand men. New South 
Wall - Has ac a 

Weni..a Beit & Co. have subscribed 
£50,000 towards the expense of the out-fit 
of the Imperial Yeom. 

Mr. Balfour, speaking at Manchester, 
said the War Office realised that 
la antad force was req 

be provided before tl i i a! They 

also recognised that guns, between Field 
and Garrison Artillery, should form part 
of the equipmerit, 

Tin Legislative Council of Ceylon 

has voti ■ With the 

equipment of a Mounted Contingent for 

ith Africa, to he called the 

Lumsden Horse. 

India will send another 500 Volunteers 
from Upper India. The corps is rapidly 

The Imperial Government has M 
Lord Strathsou's offer to equip and 

all BalfoUl , Bp'l ailing at Mama 

orisia spelled consolida- 
ation, to the empire. 
Two-thirds I -'ht Horse have 

i South Aii'u-' 
'Che Indian Native States have offered 
1,260 ii war in South I 

The City of London Volunteers 
sai'ed for South Africa ii 

Several German, a 
ordered to Capetown from Delagoa, Ger- 
many allowing the right 

: , i, 
Krupp from i ' 

Jan 15th —The Mansion 

The . 

latteries of Field 
England before the 
tin. month. 

The Umbtiia and .' » the 

Cape on the Ul ,500 

'l'l R . { . ,,,.11 bmera have been 

withdrawn from the Delagoa trade. 
The Imperial Parliai tnmoned 

nuary 30th. 

Charters were SSs. in L 

II, .wing 

... 1 'th will show — 

Rand Mines .. £3 1 " ' 

Last Rand ... 5 5 

[Here ... 3 1 

De Beers ... -' 

Not much chance for a "bear," war or 

no war. 


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No. 81 

Tuesday, February 27th, 1900- 

138th Day oflSiege. 

5ht lIMciung gpstl 

TUESDAY, 27th FEBRUARY, 1900. 

stating they would have to make terms 
with the British if the Transvaal did not 
reinforoe theii commandos. 

Majuba Day, February, 27th, the date 
that has to bear the entire weight of those 
enormous laurels we have heard Boer 
press aud pulpit so garishly extol for 
nearly two deoades, and bragged of wher- 
ever Boers congregate, whether in market 
place or their dung-floored and flea-haunted 
family mansions, has passed without their 
valor prompting them to make one last 
effort to take Mafeking. The Boev's day 
is over. The Lion is old, perhaps fat and 
slow, and tin; length it had to stretch was 
great, but it has reached it, and the pn 
sure of its pads, which was light and 
vdvety till the Baboon tried to wriggle 
from under it, is now squeezing his life 
out and the claws are beginning to hurt 
hnn. From day to day henceforth disin- 
tegration will progress and any morning 
we awaken to find ourselves free and with 
an opportunity to strike book — then may 
Providence still he kind and nerve the 
British to give such a blow as will for ever 
stamp out all desire to rebel at the 
Supremacy of the only power entitled to 
rule South Africa. 

Although there is in the news received 
yesterday no confirmatory information 
concerning the position of Ladysmith, on 
the other hand there is nothing actually 
contradictory to the indemonstrable con- 
clusion we arrived at three weeks ago, i.e., 
that Ladysmith was relieved early in the 
last week of Jauuary. This belief we still 
adhere to as the only published information 
opposed to it is the sneer, in the truthful 
Stanrfici and Diggtr* of the 26th January, 
that if Buller wanted to relieve Ladysmith 
he did not seem in a hurry about starting. 

Unless the olass from which the City of 
London Volunteers are recruited is changed 
since we were young (a period of time 
quite sufficient to admit of enormous 
alterations we are loth to admit ) terrible 
will be the hardships they will suffer. 
That they will conduct themselves cour- 
ageously in the field there is no question 
because they come of the right old stock, 
but, apart from the wretchedness caused 
by no ballet to see, no music hall at which 
to listen, aud to stare, what will the poor 
Johannies do when they lail to find a toilet 
olub? aud what, what will happen if the 
oouimissariat omit to provide tooth-picks. 


We understand on reliable authority 
that the Boer trenches round Mafeking 
are manned mostly by Natives. Snyman 
has been obliged to send a number of his 
burghers to reinforce those opposed to 
Oolouel Pluuier, and we believe a certain 
Dumber have been sent South. 

From Native sources it is gathered that 
during the fighting round Kimberley the 
Free State Boers lost heavily. This may 
account for the rumour we heard a few 
days ago from the same source that the 
Free State Government sent to Pretoria 

The Chief Bathoen is alive to the fact 
that several of his people are pinned up in 
Mafeking. He has accordingly streng- 
thened certain posts in the neighbourhood 
of the Border ready to receive them when- 
ever they may feel disposed to break 
through the Boer oordon, which is at 
present a weak one. 

The outlook from our point of viow has 
considerably brightened, and in two or 
three weeks' time there is no doubt the 
position of the garrison will be greatly 
altered for the better. The gene- 
ral spirit of the defenders is hopeful aud 
cheery, while that outside our lines is 
gradually assuming a despondency and 
weak-hearted form which indicates the 
state of their minds as regards the future. 


By the courtesy of the Colonel Com- 
manding we are enabled to pablish the 
following official 


A man was sent to Saane's to get us 
some news, and besides the following 
items, he corroborates the statement of 
four men who arrived yesterday from the 
same place. 

Botha came from the North during last 
week and asked Snyman for men to fight 
Plumer. Snyman went up there with a 
lot of men and guns. There are now only 
a few Boers at McMulliu's with uiuety 
Natives, and at Kromdraai there are also 
a few, with thirty Natives. 

There has been an order from Pretoria 
calling all the Dutch forces on the Eastern 
Borders to Pretoria, and opinion is equally 
divided as to whether or not they should 
obey this order. 

Pobe, a Rietfontein Native, who had 
been with Crooje's Commandoes at De 
Aar, Modder River, etc., came home dur- 
ing last week and reported that there had 
been a heavy fight near Kimberle\, 
all of the Dutch forces were scattered and 
driven towards the Free State Border. 
After the bridge at Moddei Rivei tiad 
been repaired and the line constructed till 
very close to Kimberley, some Boers weul 
hehind the Euglish and destroyed it. 
Some troops from behind came up and 
surrounded these Boers and killed nearly all 
of them. After this another fight took place 
and Cronje was shot through the shoulders. 
The troops began to arrive in Kimberley 
the second week in February and the line 
is being re-constructed North of Kim- 

Balerileng came from Potchefstroom and 
gave corroborative information gleaned 
from the Boers there, who says that 6,000 
of their men were killed near Kimberley 
and many more in Natal. They speak 
fearfully of the guns used by the English. 
He also heard from a German Missionary 
at Polfonteln that the English force is 
now pressing towards Pretoria from all 

All the Dutch women and children have 
been taken away from near the place. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

By Colonel B. S, S. Badm-Powdl, Com- 
minuting Frontier Fur,;. 

Mafekuw, 27th Februar?, 1900. 

_ Court of Summary Jurisdiction. — The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
on Wednesday, the 28th February, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the 
examination of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President: Lieut.-l'ol. 
0. U. Yyvyao. Member: Major F. W. 

Office Hour* (D.A.. 4. ti.h). —Persons hav- 
ing general business with the D.A.A.G.h , 
without appointment, are requested to note 
that Captain Ryan cannot be seen, except 
between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 noon. 

Dog Licence/.— With reference to Gene- 
ral Order No G, of the 20th instant, it is 
notified that dogs, the property of persons 
serving in a military or oflicial capacity 
under the Imperial Government or Bech- 
uunaland Protectorate Administration and 
actually residing and kennelling their dogs 
within the limits of the Imperial Reserve, 
commonly known as the " Military Re- 
serve," Mafeking, are exempted from pay- 
ment of dog licences. Every person 
keeping a dog must, howi rer, have tl dull 
registered and obtain a ticket for it, hut, 
under the abovementioued exemption, such 
tickets will be issued free. 

.S'm-fo (Committariat lord).— Any per- 
sons given the use of sacks for removal of 
forage, etc., should return them, as soon 
as possible, to the Commissariat Yard. 
Thus,- persons wbo do not so return them 
will he charged with their value, as sacks 
to replace them has to he bought. 

Sale of Aldus.— It is notified that, 
pending receipt of more definite informa- 
tion regarding the probable further dura- 
tion of the Siege, no sales of extras oan be 
permitted from the 1st of March iuclusive 
until further orders. 

By order, 

E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Stall Officer. 


In re the Estate of the late 

ALL persons having claims agains. the 
above Estate are requested to for- 
ward same as suon as possible to Mi IJ i i, 
Early, who is acting for me] a Power 
of Attorney. 

All accounts owing to the same Estate 
must be paid to him immediately at B&rl] 
Bros ' store. 



Mafeking, Feb v. 27th, 1900 

Printed and Published by 

Townahrnd <t l Sun. Market Square, Mafeking. 

Editvr and Manager ; G, N. H. Whaks. 



No. 82 Wednesday, February 28th, 1900. 139th Day of Siege 

Important fieuis. 

Official Despatches received this morning- state that 


on February 9th by GENERAL FRENCH. 

COLESBERG was taken at the 



General Buller is advancing slowly but successfully 
on Ladysmith. 

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No. 83 

Thursday, March 1st, 1900. 

140th Day of Siege 


Iflafehirtg UatL 

THURSDAY, 1st MARCH, 1900. 


Beyond scratched heads — and on the part 
of Mr. Hall a bruised arm — they fortunately 
escaped injury, a fact on which we offer 
them our cordial congratulations. May 
they be safely underground the nest time 
a ninety-four pounder bursts near them, 
is our ambiguous but sincere wish. 


The Concert of Sunday last was a 
grand success, We had prepared an ex- 
haustive report for insertion in Monday's 
issue but more anxiously looked for news 
from the outer WQrld coming to hand, even 
though a month old, the Concert naturally 
gave it the floor. By the same cause it 
was crowded out of yesterday's slip and 
this morning another of those rudely hasty 
shells came into the printing oflice and— 
God knows where that " copy " is. We 
don't. Trying to write new copy we find 
that the shell Veport when it burst in the 
editorial sanctum entirely knocked the con- 
cert report out of the editorial cranium, but 
we can recollect the crowded Hall although 
the seats were four shillings each, at which 
everybody grumbled — but paid, the sweet 
singing of Mrs. Lees, and the uproarious 
laughter at the recitation of Sherlock 
Holmes, and the sketch of Corney Oxain, 
an oh ! the facial expression, that, we shall 
never forget, nor the worried physiognomy 
of the Sergt. -Major, as time passed and 
supplementary turns were put up and still 
the celebrated scientific detective had not 
appeared, and how the said face relaxed 
and resumed its usual placidity when he 
finally did appear. This is all we can 
remember about the concert except the 
programme, which was as follows 
A capital opener, "The Irish Jubilee," 
by Mr. Adams, put every one in good 
humonr, although it was twenty minutes 
after the published time before a start 
was made. The popular Sergeant-Major 
Lay ton sang " The Lads in Red." Mrs. 
Lees next gave "Alone ou the Raft'" 
and the lady got an ovation that 
shewed the audience appreciated good 
music. The Rev. W. H. Weekes sang 
" The Gallant Salamander " with his usual 
ability. Mr. Wedderburn next sang " It's 
comiu' on again," and when, referring to 
the chorus, he told the audience to " let it 
go," they just did. Mr. Taylor at the 
piano sang two comic pieces, which were 
much appieoiated, then the Ker — no, Sher- 
lock Holmes come ou and made everybody's 
sides ache. The second part went through 
with the proper swing. It was " The Holy 
City," by Mr. Hall ; " The Coster's Sister, ' 
by Mr. King ; " Mona," by Mr. Crittenden ; 
"The Song for Me," by Mrs. Lees; 
Sketch, by Mr. Corney Grain ; while Ven- 
triloquism, by Mr. Lees concluded a first- 
class entertainment. Messrs. Grayson and 
Taylor, at the piano, were excellent. The 
result of the bookings was, as before men- 
tioned, Ton Pounds Fifteen Shillings 
handed over to the Sports and Prizes 


A letter has been sent to General Sny- 
man by the Colonel Commanding to the 
following effect ; — 

That as General Snyman has used armed 
Natives for the invasion of our territory, 
and is employing them directly against us, 
the Colonel proposes to act in a similar 

If, therefore, the armed Natives are not 
withdrawn across the Border by the 3rd 
proximo, and the Chief Saani restored to 
his people, steps will be taken for carrying 
into effect an invasion of the Marico and 
Rustenburg Districts by Linchwe, Khama, 
Bathoen, etc. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

ii,i Cqionel J!. S. S. Baden-Poiuett, Com- 
manding Ft ">'*>■ i Force. 

Mafeking, 28th February, 1900. 

The Colonel Commanding has much 
pleasure in placing on record a clever and 
plucky piece of scouting performed on 
Monday night by Sergt. -Major Tayfdr and 
Private Oliphant in the Brickfields. These 
men made their way close to one of the 
Boer outposts and listened to the conver- 
sation of the men ; then, got in the Boer 
communication trench and inspected the 
rear of their work and returned through 
their outposts, having gained useful infor- 
mation as to their disposition, et&. 

It is regretted that two men were 
wounded in the Brickfields on Monday 
night mainly through their own careless- 
ness in exposing themselves above the 
parapet, and in lighting pipes in view of 
the enemy. 

in the margin, * and of such other prisoners 
as may be brought before it. 

* No. 261, Trooper W. A. Fauldsin, 
Protectorate Regiment. 

President : Captain Marsh, Protecto- 
rate Regiment. 

Members : A Subaltern, Protectorate 
Regiment,; a Subaltern, Bechuanaland 

The prisoner will be warned and all 
witnesses directed to attend. Proceedings 
to bo forwarded to the Chief Staff Officer. 

Countersign. — A Countersign will be 
used nightly in future and will be duly 
notified. As Sentries are very confused, 
apparently, as to the proper form of chal- 
lenge, gnat care should be taken to make 
the following clear to them on posting : — 
On seeing any person approaching they 
should challenge : " Halt, who goes there," 
after receiving the reply they should call 
out: " Advance one and give the Counter- 
sign" ; if this is correct they will say as 
usual : " Pass Friend " (or " Grand " or 
"Visiting Rounds" as the case may be) 
and "All's Well." 

Mai-eking, 1st March, 1900. 
Cowl <>f Summary Jurisdiction, — The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow, Friday, the 2nd March, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the exami- 
nation of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President : Major Lord 
Edward Cecil, D.S.O. , Member ; C G- U. 
Bell Esq., C.C. & R.M. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


Hold over till to-morrow for want of 

The enemy having kept their Krupp and 
one-pounder Maxim hidden away the past 
week or more, we rigged up a Dummy 
Armoured Truck with a stove-pipe gun to 
the South of the Stadt in order to tempt 
out and to see if they were still here. The 
trick was a complete success, both these 
guns and the big gun have, in the course 
of the day, wasted a large amount of 
ammunition on the Dummv. For a time 
the quick-firing guns turned on our horses 
and cattle, but these were Vrry quickly 
driven in out of danger. The cuttle and 
horso-guards are highly to be complimented 
on their coolness and good work under the 
heavy fire, notably Troopers White and 
Ekstein, Cape Police, and it is thanks to 
their efficient work that we had not a 
heavy list of casualties among the animals. 

When the shell just mentioned came 
into our oflice Mr. S. Hall, of the Railway, 
aud Paymaster to the Bechuanaland Rifles, 
with Mr. Hampson, Produce Merchant, 
were within a few feet of the explosion. 

Situation Required. 

WHEREAS MARY, a Massarwa, 16 
years, beli ved a good household 
servant, is at present confined in the 
Mafeking Gaol, and there being no suitable 
women's accommodation for the same, the 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction are pre- 
pared to indenture, for a definite period, 
the said Mary according to law, to any 
suitable person willing to take her as a 
servant. Application should be made to 
Mr. Heale, the Gaoler. 

Field General Court M.ntod.—A Field 
Gerffiral Court Martial, composed as under, 
will assemble on Friday, the 2nd prox., at 
such place and time as the President may 
appoint, for the trial of the prisoner named 


List of 


of owners whose property 

will be 

assessed on Sunday next, 4th 

March : - 

Erf No. 45 

.1 A. Hill 


Bechuanaland Rides 


St. John's Rectory 


N. D. Fanjuhuraou 



i. L. Reid 

(Agent : J. Winter) 


W. C. Bland 


E. Isaaos 


S. Cohen 4 Son 


I. Am»d 


C. Williams 


Abdul Gaffor 
D. Webster 


II. H. Bradley 


J. G. Stenson 



R. Spiers. 


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Friday, March 2nd. 1900. 

141st Day of Siege 

m ilafekmg glari. 

FRIDAY, 2nd MARCH, 1900. 

By the courtesy of Captain More, Rail- 
way Division, we are able to publish the 
following extract from a letter he received, 
dated February 19th, 953£ Miles, i.e., 85 
miles North of Mafeking. His correspon- 
dent is Mr. H. Wallis 

" Last Sunday night (Feb. 1 1th) Colonel 
Plumer made an attack on the Boer fort, 
in which I volunteered to attempt to blow 
up their 12$ pounder. We left camp at 
11 o'clock and marched all night slowly. 
We had about 200 men. I had about six 
with dynamite fuse, caps, hammers, etc. 
It was going to be a bayonet job. Wo all 
marched to within 60 yards of the fort and 
the front rank advanced, cheering, up to the 
walls of the fort, but the wily Boer was on 
the wait and gave us a perfect hailstorm 
of Mauser bullets and discharged three 
shells amongst ua. One exploded a few 
yards to my left and a big stone caught me 
on the posterior, but did no harm other 
than to cause me to lie down. Captain 
French was killed and four others, with 23 
wounded, two of whom died afterwards. 
After 20 minutes' Mauser hailstorm we were 
ordered to retire ; we did this under shell- 
ing and Mauseriog. I didn't feel funky 
but it sobered me for several days. It was 
two days after before I began to look on 
war as a big joke again. Major Straker 
was shot through the breast, but the bullet 
did not touch the lung, and he is getting on. 
Col. Harry White was shot through the 
thigh. The Boers shell us pretty frequently 
and so we do. There they have alaager with 
a biggun, three Maxims and a small Maxim, 
just between Ramoutsa and the Notwani 
River, and they occupy the hills facing 
Crocodile Pools Siding, whilst we occupy 
the hills right and left of the Metsimasuane 
100 ft. bridge. The Boers have on their 
fort a 124-pound Maxim - Nordeufcldt, 
and a 1-pound Nordenfeldt, which fires 
dear little shell*. I have any amount of 
124 pounder shells which I picked up. 
Only yesterday a shell base fell six yards 
from me and I picked it up about five 
minutes after it fell. It wasn't as hot as 
one might have expected after such a long 
serial journey. Col. Plumer is a regular 
brick, and is a first-rate soldier to my idea. 
Day before yesterday a patrol of ours 
stumbled across a big party of Boers at 
the little kopje to the West of Crocodile 
Pools Siding, who had evidently come out 
to attack us. Lieut. Blunt was wounded 
and another man shot through the shoul- 

Mafeking Garrison. 

By Cohful li. 8. S. Badm-PoHyU, Com- 

mandiiKj Fm-ntu-r Force, 

Mafbkino, 1st March, 1900. 

In continuation of yesterday's General 
Order, commending the behaviour of tin 
men in charge of horses under enemy" 
shell fire yesterday, Captain Marsh— who 
himself took a conspicuous part in helping 
to drive the horses in — highly commends 
the pluok and good work of Tpr. Webb, 

Cape Polioe, and Trooper Paxton, " B " 
Squadron, Protectorate Regiment. 

The new Howitzer, made at the Ordnance 
Foundry, under the direction of Major 
Panzera, went through most satisfactory 
trials yesterday. The Colonel Commaud- 
iog sanctions the issue of a special gratuity 
of £5 to Foreman Conolly, and other pro- 
portionate sums to the members of his 
able staff, as a mark of his appreciation of 
their good work in improvising the Foundry 
and successfully turning out both ammuni- 
tion and this useful addition to our defen- 
sive armaments. 

Foo</-si)tjl< (Ihcbirutti") of)* — As it ap- 
pears that ■ several stocks of Food-stuffs 
have been overlooked by owners in making 
their declarations, a further opportunity 
is now offered for them to declare any 
that was omitted before. The penalty for 
non -declaration will be a heavy one. 

Vegetable* (.S<ijequ">dn<</ of). — As it is 
necessary for our food supply that the 
crops of Mealies and Vegetables should be 
strictly preserved, every officer and man 
should give his help in tbe Natives to keep 
away thieves from the crops and shoot 
anyone, white or Native, who trespasses 
in a field. And, any thief or trespasser, 
white or black, will be liable on conviction 
to be flogged. 

Person* posxensniff CattU.- Persons pos- 
sessing Cattle and desirous of selling the 
same are requested to communicate with 
Capt. Ryan, D.A.A.G.(b) ; their applica- 
tion will be passed to the Government 
Buyer, who will inspect the cattle mid 
report on them. 

Mafeking, 2nd March, 1900. 

Ordnance Staff. — With reference to 
yesterday's mention of the ability of the 
Railway men working in the Ordnance 
Shops, the Colonel Commanding wishes to 
express his appreciation of the good work- 
manship ami zeal of Assistant Foreman 
Coughlan, without whose skilful and csadj 
assistance the work could not have been 
so successfully carried out. 

Court ■'/ Su),u>ta>>/ Jitriftjfction. — The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
on Saturday, the 3rd March, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the 
examination of such prisoners as maybe 
brought before it. President : Lieut. -Col. 
0. B. Vyvyan. Member: Major F. W. 

].-,.-, tsnu in i 'qmntttee. — The Assessment 
Committee will meet on Sunday, the 4th 
March, at Dixon's Hotel at 10 a.m. 
Owuers attending at the above place and 
hour will bo informed about what time the 
Committee will arrive at their respective 

Promotion. — Private Godson, Railway 
Division, is granted the acting rank of 
Corporal while in charge of the Hotchkis6 
Gun, to date from 1st instant. 
By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Ofiicor. 


Surrey Hotel, 
Mafeking, Feb. 28th, 1900. 
T.> the E<htm Mafeking Mail, 

SlK,— As a late member of the " City of 
London Voluuteers " I feci it my duty to 

take up the gauntlet which you, doubtless 
unconsciously, threw down in your leader- 
ette in last night's slip. 

I should like to point out to you that 
the term " City of London Volunteers," 
as known at home, and which was 00 
doubt meant in Reuter's telegram, com- 
prises the 1st, 2nd and 3rd City of London 
Rifles and the 1st City of London Artillery. 
The term must be taken quite separately 
from the " Metropolitan " or "London 
Volunteers," which is a term used for the 
official name, " The Home Districts Volun- 
teers." Out of the four Corps I have 
mentioned three are recruited entirely 
from the lower or working classes, and the 
other one is composed for the main part 
of young men in firBt-class City houses, 
U.' , business men) and not the sort of 
men who (volunteering for active service 
in foreign parts) would miss their toilet 
clubs (if ever they belonged to one) or 
their tooth-picks either. Of course I know 
that amongst the " London Volunteers " 
there are certain Corps which recruit 
chiefly from the " Johnny " class, but I oan, 
if necessary, recount some of the work 
done by these Corps, while at Aldershot, 
for their yearly training, which would lead 
you to alter your opinion even if you 
" enlarged " your term to " Loudon Vol- 
unteers, I trust, that out of justice, which 
is due to my old Corps and the other 
Corps comprising the " City of London 
Volunteers, " you will publish these few 
lines in your valuable columns. 

I am, Sir, yours faithfully, 

J. Hofmann, 

(Late 1st City of London Rifle Brigade.) 

[We did not know the term " City of 
London Volunteers " applied to others 
than the City of Loudon Rifles, the 1st 
Brigade of which we had particularly in 
mind at the time of writing ; indeed that 
is the only Corps we had any speoial 
acquaintance with — an acquaintance which 
was obtained through having belonged to 
the Cadets thereof. Certainly, we could 
not do other than recognise the merit 
and worth of all the London Volun- 
teers, and honour them for volunteering 
for South Africa, besides, is it not a matter 
of common knowledge that the " dandiest 
are amongst our very best soldiers '? — Ed.] 


On Sunday,4th March, 1900 


Duly instructed, will sell WITHOUT 
RESERVE, the following articles :— 

Lee-Metford Hide, with Ammunition, 

1 D.B. Shot Gun, 1 Revolver with Cartridges, 

Blankets, Tinware, Furniture, Second-hand 

Clothing, Portmanteaus, Bags, etc. 

Also Without Reserve: 

Absolutely New Shirts, Pyjamas, Trousers, 
Underclothing, Boots and Shoes, Shawls. 



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No 85 

Monday, March 5th, 1900 

144th Day of Siege 

«* IHafchtna SW. 

MONDAY, 5th MARCH. 1900. 


We 1 Mm th it shortly before the intelli- 
gence last received was sent from London, 
Mr. Labouchere called a Mass Meeting 
at Northampton to protest against the con- 
tinuance of this, war, which he terms an 
iniquitous \v;u\ In this Mr. Labouchere is 
inconsistent. He publicly announced his 
intention and the intention of the extreme 
section of tub-thumping ohjectionists he 
collahorates with, to wave internal differ- 
ences and present an united front to the 
common foe. Now the foe for which he 
had such sympathy is getting the chastising 
he so well merits. Mr. Labouchere cries : 
" Let him alone I When I said I would 
stand quiet I did not know you could hit 
so hard." However, *it is very comforting 
to know that his constituents are true 
whatever their representative may be, for 
they manifested their disapproval of his 
proceedings by preventing the meeting, 
wrecking the platform, and send Labby 
home on a stretcher where we hope he 
will remain at least till the Transvaal 
matter is settled beyond all possibility of 
his exercising baneful influence upon it. 


A boy was capturea bhia morning near 
Major Godley's post and forwarded into 
town. He told a nice little tale. We arc 
always disposed to receive the tales told 
by captured Natives coming from the Boer 
lines as deserving consideration, if uot 
credence. The following reads too much 
like what we have heard before to be en- 
titled to the latter, but in favour of it 
having some semblance to truth there 
exists the fact that, notwithstanding the 
boy being threatened with extreme punish- 
ment of the law if his statements turned 
out to be untrue, he still persisted in his 
asseveration as follows : — 

" I got a pass from the Magistrate on 
Saturday last to go to Kayna, and after 
crossing the Boer lines I thought I was 
safe when suddenly they fired on me, I 
lay flat and they came up to me and took 
me prisoner. They were eight Boers and 
ten Baburutshes. They took me to the 
laager where I was told to return to Mafe- 
king. They sent me back yesterday after- 
noon, escorted by three men. There was 
great activity in that (Wesleru Laager) 
laager all yesterday. The Boers were 
packing up their things and the Natives 
told me that the Boers are preparing to 
leave. I myself saw them disarming the 
Natives and telling them Snyman would 
come to dismiss them in the morning. 
Their rifits were packed up in five wagons 
and they told me all of them are going to 
leave. They are going to camp at the 
border in tents ; from there they will send 
all the wagons hack to the farms. I saw 
them cookiug a quantity of meat and bread 
and packing it in the wagons. They say 
that heavy battles have been fought about 
Modder River, Kiet River, Kimberley, and 
in the Free State, in all of which the Boers 
got fearful heating and were scattered 
about They spoke nothing about either 

Cronje, Natal, or of Colonel Plumer. 
From what I could see they are really to 
start to-day." 

Of course there is the possibility that he 
was stuffed to order, by the Boers, and 
this may be one of those ape-ish little 
tricks they have learned from their mater- 
nal ancestors, the Hottentots, but whether 
true or not to-day it is merely a matter of 
a little while and it will he true, so we 
might as well accept it now as a week or 
two hence. 


News received by runners to-day con- 
firms the information that Kimberley was 
relieved early in February. 

On the 11th February Generals Kelly- 
Kenny and Tucker were reported to have 
Cronje and 8,000 Boers " in a tight place 
with escape impossible," 

No fresh news from Natal except that 
Sir Eedvers Buller is successfully moving 

On the 27th Feb. the Boers evacuated 
their position at Crocodile Pools before 
Colonel Plumer. and he is now repairing 
the line down to Ramoutsa. 

Yesterday the Boers here apparently 
became alarmed at a small empty trench 
we had run out in the Brickfields as if to 
cut off their main work there. They 
brought the big gun round and shelled our 
outworks and pushed a counter trench day 
and night until they reached the end of 
ours — where they are no better off than 
they were before. Just as they were 
about to resume shelling in the afternoon 
and their Artillery Oflicer was sighting 
the gun, one of our sharp-shooters knocked 
him over. His fall has caused a great stir 
in the Boer camp. 

The gun did not attempt to fire any more, 
and has apparently been withdrawn from 
her position on the S.E. heights. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

By CohnA li, S. S. Bad, n -Powell, Com- 
manding Frontlet ForCt. 

With reference to the Order of the 28th 
Feb., pointing to men getting wounded 
owing to not availing themselves to cover, 
it was not intended to convey any re- 
reproach to Corporal Warren and Private 
Warren, and Private Elkington, who were 
unfortunately wounded in the Brickfields 
on Tuesday, but rather to warn men 
against carelessness in the matter of ex- 
posing themselves. It is a habit which 
creeps in periodically until checked by 
some unfortunate accident, such as that 
which has deprived Privato_Elkington of 
his eyesight aud Her Marasty's Service 
of a fine and plucky soldier. ^ 

Visiting Justice, — The Visiting Justice 
to the Mafeking Gaol for the ensuing week 
will be Lieut. -Colonel Hore. 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction. — The 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow, Tuesday, the 6th March, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the exami- 
nation of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President Major Lord 
Edward Cecil, D.S.O. ; Member : C. G. H. 
Bell Esq., C.C. &R.M. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


Sergt. White, D Squadron, an ex-Lon- 
don Rifleman, would like to have the 
names of any members of that Corps now 
in the garrison. Letters may be loft at 
the office of the Mafeking Mail. 


The Amount Handed Over from last 
Sunday's Concert to the Sports and Prizes 
Fund was Twelve Pounds Fifteen Shillings, 
not Ten Pounds Fiftoeu as printed in 
Thursday's slip. 


CoBPL. C.P. 1.— No, 1900 is not a leap 
year, the last year of a century although 
fourth after a leap year is an exception. If 
your birthday was a 29th of February you 
must wait eight years this time, for the 
good wishes aud presents which more 
fortunato folks receive annually. 


THE publio Jare warned that attempts 
are being made to pass 

Unsigned 2s. Coupons. 

The 3/-, 2/- and 1/- Coupons issued are all 
numbered aud must bear my signature, 
ani the impress of the Bechuanaland 
Protectorate embossed stamp. 

H. GREENER, Capt., 

Chief Paymaster. 


STALLION DONKEY, found outside 
the lines on Saturday morning, now 
in my possession ; anyone laying olaim to 
the same should apply by Thursday next 
to this office. If not claimed, will be sold 
by Auction on Sunday following. 

Town Commandant. 

DIED at the Victoria Hospital, Mafe- 
king, on Monday, March 5th, 1900, 
(from the effects of a shell wound received 
in the Brickfields on March 3rd) William 
Ashton Taylor, Sergeant-Major Colonial 
Contingent. Aged 42 years and 5 months. 

Mafeking, 5th March, 1S00. 

Southern Outposts. — Lieutenant-Colonel 
Walford, B.S.A.P., is appointed to com- 
mand the Southern Outposts; his district 
will include all the dufences lying to the 
East of the Railway line, and to the South 
of the Molopo River. 

The funeral will leave the Hospital this 
evening at 7. The attendance of all the 
friends of the deceased is kindly requested. 
W. A. TAYLOR. Jr. 

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No. 86 

Tuesday, March 6th, 1900. 

145th Day of Siege 


19 af clung fjfatl 

TUESDAY, 6th MARCH, 1900. 


It is doubtful whether there wa i 
months ago, _ one to a thousand of the 
population of Greater Loudon able to say 
off hand where on the map of South Africa 
Mafeking is to be found ; yet such is the 
advertising effect of our position, and its 
defence, that the name of the town is now 
upon every tongue. Tin: - 
in which the Protectorate, Police. Rifles, 
and Townsmen (but a mere handful, all told) 
have fought and instilled the " fear of God " 
into the breasts of Cronje's women slayers, 
has stimulated such enthusiasm in the 
breasts of our kinsmen at home, that offei I 
of largo sums of money by wealthy indivi- 
duals have been made to raise and equip a 
Special Corps for the sole purpose of re- 
lieving Mafeking. Whether the offer be 
accepted and acted upon, is immaterial, 
it BQ6.W6 that the value of our resistance 
has been recognised, that our stand has 
been appreciated. What it would have' 
cost the Imperial Tax-payer had we li I the 
Boers walk m, as all the world expected 
they would do, can scared) be gauged by 
what it will now cost, for the extra millions 
of pounds, additional thousands of lives and 
further months, if not years, of war that 
would have been necessary to retrieve such 
a calamity are incalculable. 


{Tfu Int. /■', W, G. J 

outside tin " Mail" offn 

who ma» hit-. I 
\ Jan. SUt.) 

In spontaneous response to the appeal 
in our issue of February 3rd, the following 
amounts have been received by Mr. Beavi 
and handed over to C. G. 11. Bell. E q , 
for the parents of the late F. W. G. Jam 
of the Town Guard, and formerly in the 
employ of Mr. Bradley. Mr. Bell has 
kindly undertaken to rami 6 the money to 
deceased's relatives as soon as circum- 
stances permit. 
Commercial Bar, 

per Mr. Moore ... £1 11 

Railway Division, 

per Sgt.'-Maj. Layton 7 17 G 

Early's Corner, 

per Mr. W. Birch ... 5 L9 6 
De Koek's Ooi nei , 

per Mr. C. Bishop ... 7 5 

£25 13 

Mafeking Garrison. 

By Colonel H. S. S. Baden-Powell, Com- 
H«9 F fiti Force. 

Mafeking, 5th March, 1900. 

Owing to a misapprehension of theii 

. the Colonial Contingent i 

bheii -mI\ anct d posl in the I li icefields this 

morning. The Boer di icoi ered fcb< fat 6, 

l^crccpmg up by our disused Bap- trench, 

i ed the loopholes from the 
■ command the interior of the work. 

i ' ml./i direction of Captain Pitzolai i ihe 
and Captain Williams, some detachments 
of " D" Squadron Protectorate Regiment, 
Cape Police. Beohuan land ftifl 
Colonial Contingenl . rd-oceupied this plac 
with a rush, I ■ <■■><'■ , I eltham covi ring bheii 
occupation by throwing dynamite band 
gj enados into I he enemy's I ceni h 

The whole affair was carried out most 
coolly and creditably, and Happily without 

M \i i i.i .<., 6th March, PJ00. 
Court "' Summm u 3uri*dii tion , The 
Court of Summitry Jurisdiction will meed 
on Wedhesday, the 7th March, at the 
Court I1-U-, ■, al L0-1 • p m , for the 
examination of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it President Lieul I l 
C. B. \ j i /an & mbet - Major P. W. 

By order, 

K. H. CECIL, Major, 
Chief StaB Offici r. 

A Siege Exhibition 




SUNDAY, MARCH 25th, 1900. 

Committee : 
Col. Baden-Powell ; Major H. J. Goold- 
Adams. C.B., C.M.G. ; C. G. H, Bell, Esq., 
CC. & K.M. ; Capt. J. S. More ; F. White- 

lry, Esq. (Mayor). 
Managing Dibbctoh J. W. De Koi ; 
Hon. Secbetaky: J. R. AJgie, Esq, 



1. Prize, £5, presented by Col. Baden- 
Powell, for the Best Model of any locally 
manufactured Siege Weapon or Armament, 
or of any Fort or Redan. 

2. Prize, G5, presented by Messrs. 
Wirsiog Bros., for the 'Quaintest or Most 
Original Curio, ornamental or useful, con- 
structed of any shells or bullets which 
have been fired into the town bj the 
enemy during the siege. 

3. Prize, £5, for the best piece of Fancy 
Work made during the Siege. 

I Prize, B5, for the best piece of Lace 
worked during the Siege. 

6. Prize, 6fij presented bj ( ; Rie le, 
Esq., Foi fchi b I ' lolleotion of i 
i lii< ii Forty Siege Photos. All copies 
i bib ted i" !■■ Long to the Mafeking 
Municipality (the objeql being to form a 
mi. li lib Eot :i. Municipal collection). Ex 
hibitors need not neceBsai ily di liver 
competing collections; until such time as 

libera .'i s m a poail to pi iut others. Thi j 

will", however, be required bo give a sufficient 

guarantee t3 topii i oj uo,h photos will 

be h tnded over 

6, Prize, £6\ pre ■ I I ■ bhe M ■ 

BfaU for the be; Musical Composition, 
either Waltz or March, To be written for 

Piano only, or for Orchestra. The succe 
ful composition to be known as the 

" Mafeking Siege Waltz, or March." 

7. Prize, £2 '3s., presented by Major 
II. J. (i oold -Adams, for the best Essay 
on Siege Life. Open to girls under the 
age of 15. 

8. Prize, £2 2s., presented by Major 
H. .1. Goold-Adams, for the best Essay 
on Siege Life. Open to boys under the 

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With reference to Prizes 7 and 8, all 
competitors must present tht 
examination at the Masonic Hall, on 
March 20th iust., at '(a.m., for the purpose 
of writing their Essay. They will be 
allowed until noon to complete their work 
in the presence of a Commissioner, who 
will be i" attendance and who will supply 
the necessary writing materials. 

9. Prize, £2 . presented by C. W. 
Clucas, Esq., for the best Dressed Doll. 

10. Prize, £5, presented by P, R I 
Esq., for the best Tainting (oil or water 
colour), or Pen and Ink Sketch, portray- 
ing any scene, incident, or character, con- 
nected with the Siege. 

11. Prize, £2 2s., presented by A. II. 
Friend, Esq., for the best original Poem 

ig ■ must 
be recited or sung (as the case may be) bj 
the competitors (or any person appointed 
by them) on the afternoon of the Exhibi- 

12. Piize, £o, presented by B. B, Weil, 
Psq., for the best Siege Anecdote, of not 
more than 500 words. 


1. The Committee, in due course, will 
arrange and appoint Judges for each 

2. All exhibits may be marked " For 
Sale," except Class 5. 

3. All exhibits must be handed in to the 
Committee or their Nominee, at the Masonic 
Hall, between the hours of i) a.m. and 1] 

a.m. on the morning of the Exhibition. 

1. All entries free. 

5. In no class will prize be given unless 
at least two entries are received. 

Note.— The Committee will be glad i 

receive any additional prizes and any sug- 

gi stions from the Garrison as to the 
enlargement of the Exhibition. 

The Committee will gladly receive a 
Second Prize fen Class 5. 


Sets of these Slips. 

The destruction of a large quantity oi 
back numbers Will prevent the delivery of 
all except a few sets of slips, As "Oud 
Greitje is back again in the old place, 
East, wo should like to reduce risk by 
hmding over thoae still intact. Any of 
our friends who have paid for or on account 
of " Slip,*" will greatly oblige by sending or 
calling for them. While those who still 
require certain numbers to make up their 
nets are requested to send a list of such 
numbers at once. 

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No. 87 

Wednesday, March 7th. 1900. 


iilafehmg Pail. 

WEDNESDAY, 7th MARCH, 1900. 


From numerous remarks made concern- 
ing the advertisement that appeared in 
last Monday's slip re the stolen Unsigned 
and Unstamped Bank Notes, it is evident 
that some of the public were under the 
impression thnt an employee or some em- 
ployees of Messrs. Townshend & Son were 
to blame. To remove suspicion from men 
who, whatever their opinion upon the sub- 
ject of shell tire, are most trustworthy and 
deserving, .and have kept manfully at their 
work, we publish a report of the case : 

At the Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
Jim Phuthego was brought before H. il 
Major Goold-Adams, C.B., C.M.G., and 
Lieut. -Colonel C. 0. Hore, charged with 
theft in obtaining goods by means of false 
The prisoner pleaded not guilty. 
Solomon, duly sworn, stated : I know 
the prisoner. He bought the goods, pro- 
duced before the Court, on Saturday. He 
paid me with paper money. He got goods 
to the value of £3 2s. with paper 
money. (Paper money produced unnum- 
bered, unstamped, and unsigned). I was 
sitting in the shop ; another man came 
across and took 30/- change from this 
money. Then I told the other man I did 
see any signature on it. I noticed it when 
I had to give change, when the other man 
drew my attention to it. I sent to Amod 
the owner of the shop ; he went round and 
told the Sergeant about this. I told him 
(prisoner) these notes were not signed, and 
he said : "My master will sign them to- 
morrow." He did not say who his master 

Sallie Mahomed also proved receiving 
some unsigned, unnumbered notes from 

Pillay, duly sworn, stated ; This boy 
oame bringing a note for 2/- on Saturday. 
He asked me for 6d. worth of tobacco 
I said I had no change. I gave him 6d, 
and a packet of tobacco. I did not notice 
that the paper was unsigned until later on. 
I am prepared to take this tobacco back. 

The Gaoler proved to finding a few 
loose shillings in the prisoner's possession. 
Peter Stuart, duty sworn, stated: In 
consquenee of a report made to me on Satur 
day evening about spurious papers being 
in circulation, I arrested the prisoner and 
found the notes (produced) in his possession. 
They were the value of £4 8/-, if signed and 
stamped. After being cautioned he (pris- 
oner) said he picked them up on the 
Market Square. He did not state at what 
time. I cautioned him that he need not 
make any statement. The boy has been 
working for Sgt. -Major Jollie — his private 
boy . 

Sergeant-Major Jollie proved that there 
was a stock of unfinished notes kept in the 
underground office, to which accused had 
unwatohed access, for clearing up, every 

Captain Greener, sworn, stated he is 
Chief Paymaster at Mafeking. These 
notes are printed by Townshend & Son 
and issued by the Government. He re- 
membered receiving these particular notes 
in a parcel from a representative of the 

Mafeking Garrison. 

tip Colpnal U. S. 8. BatUn-BoumU, Oom- 
mantling Frontier B'on ■ 

>Ufi-k[\(,, 6th March, 1900. 
Whereas the following persons have 
broken through the lines and have left the 
defensive area of Mafeking without leave 
under the circumstances hereinafter men- 
tioned namely — 

Sergeant H. \Y. Bolton, Protectorate 
Kegiment, deserted from Her Majesty's 
Service while his Regiment was on active 
service on the 29th of October, 1899. 

Peter Evert and Rudolph Reek broke 
through the lines without a pass on or 
about the 25th day of February, 1900 

It is, therefore, now hereby proclaimed 
and notified that if am person shall give 
such information to the Authorities as 
shall lead to the arrest of any or eithei of 
the abovementioued absentees, or shall 
produce the body or bodies of any or 
either of such absentees, or shall give in- 
formation which shall lead to the identifi- 
cation of such body or bodies, then the 
person giving the information abovemen- 
liall, provided always such informa- 
tion prove to be sufficient, receive the 
following reward, that is to say, the sum of 

Gkange in position of Medical Stqfi-r 
Mr. Young, Medical Student, is trans- 
ferred, from this date, from the Railway 
Bridge Dressing Station to the Brickfields. 
Pag (l'uxt'il and telegraph Stuff).— The 
following members of the Postal and Tele- 
graph Staff will draw the special allowance 
mentioned below, from the commencement 
of the Siege, namely the 13th October, 
L899, inclusive : — 

Mr. Howat, Trench Allowance at rate 
of 2/6 per diem, and in consideration of 
the very valuable work he has done under 
fire and under considerable strain, a 
special allowance of 10/- pei diem 

Messrs. Campbell, Kearney, Simpson, 
Stewart and McLeod, Trench Allowance 
at rate of 2/G per diem. 

The following are also granted a special 
allowance, under the same circuni-t I 
as Mr. Howat, at the rate of 2/- per diem 
Mr. Campbell, Mr. Simpson, Mr. McLeod. 
In consideration of the valuable work 
done by Mr. McLeod, as Linesman, under 
fire and under exceptionally trying circum- 
stances, he will receive, in addition, special 
extra duty pay at the rate of 5/- per diem. 
Dog v (Registration oj) — In pursuance of 
General Orders of 26th and 27th ultimo, 
all unlicensed dogs found within the De- 
fences, will be oaptured and impounded at 
the Dog House (by Mr. Wenham's resi- 
dence, Molopo River Bridge ) for a space 
of twelve hours, at the expiration of which 
time (provided the owner, in the interval, 
d es not claim and prove the dog to he 
properly licensed) dogs so captured will bo 
destroyed. No unlicensed dog so captured 

146th Day of Siege- 

printers. They could not have been lost 
in transit, as if any were dropped the whole 
parcel must have been dropped 

The accused made a statement to the 
effect that he picked up the notes in the 
Market Square. 

Tin- Court Bentenoi .1 prisoner to 20 lashes 
and three months' imprisonment with hard 

will be released (unless the Authorities 
see fit, because of special circumatanoes, 
lo make an exception) under a fine of Five 
Pounlas. Any communication on this sub 
ject must be addressed to the Town Clerk. 
Cdmt of Kit, ./,-, 'I'll,, attention of 
Corps Commanders is called to the loss of 
Kit, Arms, etc., of men going into Hos- 
pital. The strictest measures should be 
taken to see that no loss of Kit, Arms, etc., 
occurs on those occasions. A responsible 
Officer or N.C O. should be sant from the 
Corps to take over any effects. 

Extras, Bxtras will not bo issued under 
any pretence whatever unless a Medical 
Certificate is produced, signed by the fol- 
lowing : — 

For Women's Laagei Dr. T. Hayes. 

For any other part of the Town, etc., 
Dr. Ha>es, P.M.O. 

Do/> or Brandy, — It is found neoessary 
to call for returns of available stock of the 
above spirit. All persons having any in 
possession must therefore declare at once 
the amount of their present stock in gal- 
lons, to the D.A.A.G. (n), Captain Ryan. 
Tin, return must be made whether stock 
previously declared or not. 

A/Wrf. «.-As the stock of matches is 
running low the greatest care should he 
exercised in using thorn. Am persons. 
having a stock of matches iu possession 
are at once to declare the same to Captain 
Ryan, whether previously declared or not. 
By order, 
K II civil, Major, 

Chief Stuff Offioer. 

It is with regret that the Colonel Com- 
manding has to record the death, from 
wounds, of Sergeant-Major Taylor, of the 
Colonial Contingent. This Non-commis- 
sioned Officer had earned the admiration 
of all rauks by his daring and zeal, and 
had he survived, he would have been 
recommended for the Medal for Distin- 
guished Service. His loss will be greatly 
felt by the Corps in which he was so good 
a leader. 


Tkpk. Hay.— Recruiting for the B.S A I'. 
took place in 1H90, bat whether the Corps 
was really formed during that year or in 
the early part of 1891 we have no means 
at hand of ascertaining. There were 
various Mount d Corps existing befure 
thai 'late whosr members enrolled in this 
force, which must not be oonfounded in 
any wa\ with i|,e li.S.A P. of the Pro- 

'• Imitation is the Sincerest Flattery." 


Sergeant black, of X Squad on, formerly 
a member of London Corps Salvation 
Army, would like any members of above 
to forward their names to him. Letters 
may be addressed lo the office of the 

Lfajfc ing Mail. 


LOST, on the 6th inst , Broad Plal Ring 
set with single Diamond. Elude] will 
receive the above reward by returning 
Batne to Captain Marsh, South-weBtern 


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No. 88 

Thursday, March 8th, 1900. 


fUafckmg Pail. 

THURSDAY. Stii MARCH, 1900. 


General .Sir Redvers Buller, 
after three days' fighting, f 15th, 
16th, 17th ults., occupied Kusso 
Hill, took Cingolo and Monte 
Christo, where the Boers were 
strongly encamped ; captured 
stores, ammunition, and a few 
prisoners, sending the Boers in 
full retreat across the North 
Tugela. From his first crossing 
of the Tugela his total casualties, 
including the Spions Kop affair, 
were 30 1 killed and 215 missing. 
The list of wounded was heavy : 
1,584. When Hart occupied 
Colenso he found the Boer tren- 
ches filled with their dead. There 
is no immediate want in Lady- 
smith, General Buller has miles of 
wagons loaded with provisions and 
can advance whenever it is politic 
to do so. 

A British Force is reported on 
on the Swzie Border. 


On February 19th General Kelly- 
Kenny was out Boer hunting, the 
quarry turning every now and 
again to fight. Ovor 100 wagons 
had been captured. The High- 
land Brigade had joined in the 
chase. Cronje made for Bloem- 
fontein, starting one night from 
Magersfontfin, but Kitchy cor- 
nered him. The cunning old fox 
asked for three days' armistice 
but Kitchener declined, and gave 
him instead, one hour to lay down 
arms. As the sprinters did not 
feel like " last ditch and last 
drop," when it came to business, 

Surrendered Unconditionally 
on Majuda Day, Feb. 27th. 
After nineteen years, thank God, 
that blot has been wiped over. 
Young Cronje (John ?) tried to 
make a stand at the Vaal River, 
but, like liis father, thought it 
better to scoot. The Native re- 
port says that Jacobsdal has been 
burnt down by the English. Ac- 
cording to Capetown Reuter, 
Lord Roberts occupied the place 
on Feb. 15th, and on the 19th was 
advancing- Iroui there Bloemfon- 


As we reported some time ago, 
the President of the O.F.S. bolted 
to Pretoria; according to the 
Bulawayo Chronicle Special Cor- 
respondent the Commandants 
want to know what terms we will 
give them if they desert the Tran- 
vaal. Lord Roberts issued a pro- 
clamation to the Free State Bur- 
ghers calling upon them to lay 
down their arms, pointing out that 
they have been misled by their 


News received from the North 
is that Col. I'lumer has driven the 
Boers away from Lobatsi with his 
force from Kanya, and is within a 
mile of Ootsi with his force from 
Crocodile Pools. The railway is 
repaired as far as Ootsi. It is re- 
ported that the Boers have sent 
lor transport and intend taking up 
a position on the Border. Com- 
mandant Malan has rejoined Sny- 
man here. 

< >n Monday evening last Gene- 
ral Snyman was at Rietfontein, 
"he re he had an indaba with all 
the armed Natives, which included 
many rebels who took Saani pris- 
oner. He told them : hat he was 
going to disarm them and that 
they were to hand up t/ieir rifles 
on Thursday. Ik- complained 
bitterly at their behaviour, saying 

147th Day of Siege 

temwards. Native report also 
says that Joubert is takeu prisoner 
and his next in command has 
flown to the Magaliesberg, prob- 
ably to buy tobacco, at any rate 
he has not been heard of since. 
Sir Frederick Carrington is said to 
have been within two hours' ride 
of Bloemfontein a week or more 
ago. Our people are busy making 
the line good to Kimberlcy— the 
relief of which by General French 
is confirmed from Capetown on 
the 20th ultimo. 


Colonial Troops under General 
Brabant (Qy. Member for King,) 
cleared the rebels from 1'enhoek, 
fighting for three days, finally 
drove them out of their positions 
with the bayonet. It is said some 
forty rebels have been executed. 
General Brabant entirely cleared 
the Boers out of Dordrecht. 

that they had killed many innocent 
people instead of only runners and 
cattle looters. 

It is reported that to-morrow 
the Bons will attack Mafeking in 
o»d« to stop us from following 
the wagons when they ret ho. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

B " c "< ' '■' r .//, c „,„. 

mantling Frontier !' 

Mafeking, Sth Maboh. 


Native reports Bay that the Boers pro 
pose to withdraw from Mafeking to-moi row 
and next day, and that to cover the retire- 
ment of their wagons to-morrow and to 
prevent us coming out aftci then, thev 
will keep up ,i heavy tire on the place, and 
it they see a weak spot, they may try an 
attack on it. This may be only Native 
rumour, hut should it turn out to be true 
the Garrison should lie low and try to 
encourage the enemy to come within range 
and then give him a further inducement 
for going. As the enemy have grossly 
abused the privileges of the Red Cross flac 
we must not be too ready to allow am 
bulances, etc., to come into good positions 
as they too often bring machine go 
ammunition or cause firing to cease which 
their troops take advantage of for moving 
Therefore when the Bed Cross flag is 
shewn, mon should goon firing, thou 
at the flag or ambulance itself, until they 
sec whether it is there for i 
bulance work or not. 

Garrison Board:— A Board, composed 
as under, will assemble at such tin: 
plaoes as the President may appoint to 
enquire into and report upon the working 
of the various Soup Kitohi 
paration and cooking of food at all the 
recognised institutions ; and to make such 
suggestions as they . Il0 „ I01 . 

improvements or alterations, to me. 

President : Major Anderson, R.A M C 
Members : j ^P'- Wilson, A.D.C. 

( Afred Musson, Esq. 
Proceedings, in duplicate, to be for- 
warded to the Chief Stall Officer. 
By order, 

E. H. CECIL, Major, 
Chief Stall' Officer. 

Cape Government Railways 

THE Railway Department have oertain 
Soft Goods on hand which are not 
required by the Military Authorities, and 
being anxious to assist " Besieged Mafe- 
king," are prepared to dispose of whole 
consignments to Merchants— not private 
people— on oertain conditions, particulars 
of which can be ascertained on application 
at my office. 

Acting Statioumaster. 
Stationmaster's Offioe, 

Mafeking, 7th March, 1900. 

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Boers Bolting- Before Buller. 

Dordrecht Taken at point of Bayonet. 
_j Colesberg's Capture Confirmed. 

G-lorious Slaughter of Women-slayers. 
ONE THOUSAND Boers Killed. 

SEVEN THOUSAND Surrendered. 

Cronje a Prisoner. Snyman to be Hanged. 



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Friday, March 9th, 1900. 

148th Day of Siege 

Mafehmg Bail. 

FRIDAY, 9th MARCH, 1900. 

one pound, and ten shilling, notes instant inclusive, with Extra Duty Pay at 

is contemplated, so those fortunate "je r e a d te of 12 / 6 P er diem whUe «° em - 

possessors of large parcels of P ° ye ' By order 

the present-day God had better 

dispose of them forthwith. E - U - ^j^'office, 

WHERE WAS THAT Mafeking Garrison. 


Many people are exhibiting an 
intense thirst for knowledge. 
They desire, principally, to know 
where Cronje gave up his S.000 
invincibles. It appears useless to 
assure them that we were not 
there so do not know ; that so 
long as it did happen we no not 
care an Oom Paul's tickey where 
it was. They resent our absence 
from the scene of the surrender 
and our inability to give a moving 
description of the manner in which, 
with tears in his eyes and a quid 
in his mouth, he handed his sword 
to Lord Roberts and asked him to 
pause a few moments while he 
offered up a prayer. We believe 
the fight took place some 10 or 
15 miles from Kimberley, towards 
the Free State, say Elast by South- 
east, where he was probably 
driven by General French, hemmed 
in by General Kelly Kenny, op- 
posed by General Tucker and 
tackled by General Lord Kitchener. 
If the place we have designated 
proves to be geographically incor- 
rect we will write another par. as 
it would not be fair to ask Lord 
Roberts and Cronje to repeat the 
performance to make the locality 
agree with our supposition con- 
cerning it. 

House-breaking seems to be 
rife and inhabitants will do well 
to look closely to the bolting up 
before retiring at night. Mr. 
Werner's house, Mr. Musson's, and 
various others have been entered, 
on the hunt for foodstuffs ap- 
parently, but anything portable 
vanishes likewise. Anybody who 
keeps a few thousand sovereigns 
at home during the present in- 
teresting times, is much to blame. 
By the way, no one can even 
charge us with such -a crime. It is 
a thing we never do. Such temp 
tation to priggery should be re- 
moved to the Bank or, under 
existing arrangements, handed to 
the Paymaster, and the one per 
cent, commission taken. Thin, by 
the way, may not run much longer 
as it is rumoured that an issue of 


Colonel R. S. S. Baden-Powell, 
rAanding Frontier Force. 

Mafeking, 7th March, 1900. 

B.P.A.P.— The reply to Trooper Hay in 
issue of 7th inst. was, by a typographical 
error, made to read " Recruiting for the 
B.S.A.P. took place in '90." It was, of 
course, the B.S.A. C.P. referred to, as the 
context shewed. 

Working Pay to Military Working 
Parties. — The Colonel Commanding has 
approved the issue of Working Pay at the 
rate of 3d. per hour, to men belonging to 
any unit in the Garrison who are employed 
under proper authorities on Military Works, 
Men working merely to improve the com- 
fort, etc., of their own quarters will not be 
entitled to this Extra Duty Pay. AU 
claims for Working Pay must be certified 
as correct by the Commanding Engineer. 

Mafeking, 8th March, 1900. 

Claims against Imperial Government. — 
All persons having accounts against the 
Imperial Government, up to and including 
the 28th February, 1900, are requested to 
render the same at once. 

Sale of Extras. — It is notified for the 
information of the Garrison that Mr. Weil's 
Store will be open on Sunday, the 11th 
inst., for the sale of certain Food-stuffs. 

Mafeking, 9th March, 1900. 

The following extract from a despatch 
(delayed in transmission) received yester- 
day and dated Capetown, Gtb December, 
1899, is published for general information : 

" High Commissioner sends good wishes 
and highly appreciates gallant Bbow by 
plucky Garrison Mafeking." 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction. — The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow, Saturday, the 10th March, at 
the Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the 
examination of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President: Lieut. -Col. 
C. B. Vyvyan. Member : Major F. W. 

A**esstwnt Committc . — The Assessment 
Committee will meet on Sunday, the 11th 
March, at Dixon's Hotel at 10 a.m. 
Owners attending at the above place and 
hour will be informed about what time the 
Committee will arrive at their respective 

Appointments. — With reference to Gene- 
ral Order No. 2, of 29th January, 1900, 
Mr. Friend's appointment as Examiner of 
Accounts is hereby antedated to 21st 
December, 1899, inclusive. 

Private Walker, Bechuaualand Hi ties, is 
appointed to take charge of all Acetylene 
Lamps and arrangements from the 7th 


List of names of owners whose property 
will be assessed on Sunday next, 11th 
March ; — 



Major Baillie 

S. Sergt. Dowling 

H. Outridge 

A. Littlewood 

W. Jugo 

A. Bottoinley 

J. Nixon 

W. Sheasby 

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D. Webster 


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J. G. Stenson 


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From 6-30 to 8, and 9 to 12 a.m. 

For the sale of 

Foodstuff Extras. 

Customers are requested to bring their 
own servants and utensils for carrying 
away their purchases, and are respectfully 
informed that sales will be for Cash only. 

Cape Government Railways. 

THE Railway Department respectfully 
inform the Merchants of Mafeking 
that all the Soft Goods are disposed of. 


Acting Station master ■ 

Stationmaster's Otiiee, 

Mafeking, 9th March, 1900. 

Printed and Published by 

Townshend <& Son, Market Square, Mafeking. 

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No. 90 

Saturday, March 10th, 1900. 


iHufchmg Ulail. 



The"' will he, without a shadow of 
doubt, one g jod effect result from this war, 
which, outside the question of the settle- 
ment of British Supremacy in South Africa, 
is not to be lightly esteemed. This is the 
drawing closer than ever, the bonds of 
mutual respect, confidence, and affection 
hetween Great Britain and her Colonies. 
A result that will, as sure as the sun rises 
end sooner or later in the entire 
domination of the world by the English 
Speaking Races. The manner in which 
the Colonies have rallied round the old 
country, and from every corner of the 
earth, spontaneously showered upon her 
their enthusiastic assistance, must have 
struck with astonishment aud admiration 
any who, from insufficient acquaintance, 
might not have hesitated to disparage 
"those Colonials." A true mother does 
not jealously under-prize her offspring on 
account of his strength and developing 
manhood, neither can Great Britain do 
other than glory in the vigor and nobleness 
displayed by her progeny. The relation 
in the last news to hand, of the success at 
Dordrecht of a Colonial force commanded 
by a Colonial General has created intense 
gratification in every breast. In that of 
the Colonial born, naturally ; the Colonial 
from adoption, again naturally, because a 
man takes pride in the progress of the 
land he lives in ; and in the Home born 
still more naturally, as to him comes the 
reflection; exultant: "These sprang from 
the stock to which it is my proud boast to 
belong." It is also a matter of congratula- 
tion that a Colonial General had the honor 
of leading the victorious Colonials, We 
know that pipe clay and red tape does not 
harmonize with the unrestrained freedom 
rejoiced in by the sons of a continent, 
numbering fewer individuals to the square 
mile than the old land does to an acre, 
and a Colonial such as General Brabant, 
knowing preoisely where the curb galls 
could, to bis own satisfaction, and his 
men's so adjust it that it oarried easily, 
though none the less effective. Working 
shoulder to shoulder and like one flesh and 
bloodshoulddo, mutually helpingeaeb others 
burden ; ignoring each other's failings — 
for, if one ridiculed the other's want of 
oertaiu kinds of knowledge the other 
could, if he were less kindly natured, mock 
the one, for shutting his eyes to other 
kinds — and respecting each other's prejudice 

what heights could not Buoh a combination 
attain. As one Colonial rivetted that 
jewel, India, in the Imperial crown, how 
much greater lustre may the diadem attain 

with Britain aud all her Colo ■ i indni • 

united as one. 

A Siege Exhibition 




SUNDAY, MARCH 25th, 1900, 

Committee : 
Col. Baden-Powell; Major H. J, Goold- 
Adams, C.B., CM.G. ; C. G. H. Bell, Esq., 
C.C. & R.M. ; Capt. J. R. More ; F. White- 
ley, Esq. (Mayor). 
Managing Dibectok ; J. W. De Kock, Esq, 
Hon. Seckeitaky : J. R. Algie, Esq. 


1. Prize, £o, presented by Col. Baden- 
Powell, for the Best Model of any loealh 
manufactured Siege Weapon or Armament] 
or of any Fort or Redan. 

2. Prize. £5, presented by Messrs. 
Wirsing Bros., for the Quaintest or Most 
Original Curio, ornamental or useful, con- 
structed of any shells or bullets which 
have been fired into the town by the 
enemy during the siege. 

3. Prize, £5, for the best piece of Fancy 
Work made during the Siege. 

4. Prize, £5, for the best piece of Lace 
worked during the Siege. 

5. Prize, £5, presented by G. Riesle, 
Esq., for the best Collection of not less 
than Forty Siege Photos. All copies 
exhibited to belong to the Mafeking 
Municipality (the object being to form a 
nucleus for a Municipal collection). Ex- 
hibitors need not necessarily deliver 
competing collections until such time as 
they are in a position to print others. They 
will, however, be required to give a sufficient 
guarantee that copies of such photos will 
be handed over. 

6. Prize, £5, presented by the Mafeking 
Mail for the best Musical Composition, 
either Waltz or March To be written for 
Piano only, or for Orchestra. The 91 

ful composition to be known as the 
" Mafeking Siege Waltz, or March." 

7. Prize, £2 2s. , presented by Major 
H. J. Goold-Adams, for the best Essay 
on Siege Life. Open to girls under the 
age of 16. 

8. Prize, £2 2s., presented by Major 
H. J. Goold-Adams, for the best Essay 
on Siege Life. Open to boys under the 
age of 1", 

With reference to Prizes 7 and 8, all 
competitors must present themselves for 
examination at the Masonic Hall, on 
March 25th inst., at !) a.m., for tin 1 purpose 
of writing their Essay. They will be 
allowed until noon to complete their work 
in the presence of a Commissioner, who 
will he in attendance and who will supply 
the necessary writing materials. 

149th Day of Siege 

*). Prize. E2 2s, presented by C. \Y. 
Clucas, Esq., for the best Dressed Doll. 

10. Prize, £5, presented by F. Whiteley, 
Esq., for the best Painting {oil or water 
colour), or Pen and Ink Sketch, portray- 
ing any scene, incident, or character, con- 
nected with the Siege. 

11. Prize, £2 2s., presented by A. II. 
Friend, Esq., for the best original Poem 
or Siui^. Competing poems or songs must 
be recited or sung (as (be case may be) b\ 
the competitors (or any person appoiutcd 
by them) on the afternoon of the Exhibi- 

12. Prize, £5, presented by B. B. Weil, 
Esq., for the best Siege Anecdote, of not 
more than 500 words. 


1. The Committee, in due course, will 
arrange and appoint Judges for each class. 

2. All exhibits may be marked " For 
Sale," except Class 5. 

3. All exhibits must he handed in to tho 
Committee or their Nominee, at the Masonic 
Hall, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 
a.m. on the morning of tho Exhibition. 

4. All entries free. 

5. In no class will prize be given unlosa 
at least two entries are received. 

Note. — The Committee will be glad to 
receive any additional prizes and any sug- 
gestions from the Garrison as to the 
enlargement of the Exhibition. 

The Committee will gladly receive a 
Second Prize for Class 5. 


" Austral " Lodge. 

No. 2534, E.C. 

AN Emorgency Meeting will lie held at 

Masonic Hall, 

On Sunday, March 11th, 1900, 

AT 8-80 P.M. 
W'nrhuig in the Third. 

Visiting B.B. are cordially invited. 



HE undersigned will hold their usual 
Sale on SUNDAY, commencing afi 

9 30 A.M., 

and among other Goods will sell 
Shot Guns, Bicycles. Watches, 

A Good Lady's Saddle, 
Second-hand and New Clothing, etc, etc. 

Aldred & Ross, 

Sworn Appraisers and 
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No. 91 

Tuesday, March 13th, 1900- 

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HJafehttig ill ail. 

TUESDAY, 13th MARCH, 1900. 


We may congratulate oui 
in the phrase now classical. " Wc 
aregetl ing on \ erj nicolyftU round." 
Ladygmith effectually relieved is 

by far the most Welcome piece of" 
intelligence we could have. Had 
it been possible for the Boers to 

lake Ladysmith and the force we 
had there, as the\ BO lippily ex- 
plained in Nov., that they were 

bout to do, the outlook would 

Ben much more serious for 

duration of the campaign 

lave been greatly prolonged 

uld have had much 

The news of to-day 

Termination of this war 

fthin estimatable distance. The 
final outcome none but the mis- 
guided fools who started it, failed 
to discern, but its duration could 
not be measured and that exceed- 
ingly momentous matter for us 
depended greatly upon our success 
or unsuccess on the Eastern side. 
Our position now :— with the Boers 
in Natal, practically smashed ; the 
key to the Western Border having 
been, and still being, held by us; 
while the principal Southern force 
of the enemy has been overthrown 
and our troops advancing in to the 
enemy's country from the Gcutral 
Southern points, — is so greatly im- 
proved that the most lugubrious 
can but rejoice. A most satisfac- 
tory feature of our sueeesse.s, is 
that the}' have taken place in our 
own territory Our friends at 
home, who with cheers for us 
drowned the hysterical squeaks of 
the " Little Englander," have an 
answer to objectors who prate of 
the " injustice of this war " in the 
fact that it was our own homes, 
the lives and limbs of our woman- 
kind and their babes, at their own 
hearths, that our troops were called 
here to battle for and defend. 
Where (he injustice of this war 
will arise is if Britain in its far too 
humane remembrance of her own 
mightiness, will stay her hand he- 
fore the coup 'It 'grace is given and 
in too merciful consideration of a 
fallen foe, not proceed to those 
extremities which any other power 
would regard as just retribution 
and which we would rejoice to see. 

Mafoking Garrison. 

1-PoWell, Cum- 

< .oilier Force. 

M.U'KM "... Hll II M \l.l II. I'.iu.i 

The Colonel Commanding wishes to 

place on reaord his .In.]-, refi 'et Ebt the 

dentli of Private Sydney Webb, I ape 
Police. D. 2, for a long time ■ 
Ins Orderh ill Headquarters. 

Private Webb left Headquarters at his 

own reque as in- preferred to tight in the 

Brickfields with his comrades. By Ins 

death a gallant and plucky soldier has 
heen lost to Her Majesty's Service. 

Promotion, SiiLi ( i'.ie to ho Local 
and Provisional Lieutenant while ill com- 
mand of the Colonial Contingent. 

Pay— Postal mid Telegraph Staj) (Cor- 
rection). — With reference to General Order 
No. 4, of the 6th March, Mr. A. Thorn 
name should have appeared as entitled to 
Trench Allowance at the rate of 2/6 per 
diem from the 13th October, 1899, in 

Makeking, 12th Makch, 1900. 

Notice. — The Col. Commanding wishes 
to warn the inhabitants of Mafeking that 
although the water is now flowing through 
the pipes from the Waterworks, it should 
not be used at present for cooking or 
drinking purposes. 

Visiting Justice. — The Visiting Justice 
to the Mafeking Gaol for the ensuing week 
is Major Lord Edward Cecil, D.S.O. 

Hospital Assistant. — Ferdinand Jacobs, 
Town Guard, is appointed Extra Hospital 
nt for temporary duty in the Brick- 
fields ; while actually employed outside 
the limits of the Town Defences he will 
receive an allowance of 5/- per diem in 
addition to his Trench Allowance of 2/fi, 

Signallers.— No. 49, Trooper E. A. Daw- 
son, Protectorate Regiment, is granted 
Extra Duty Pay at the rate of 8d. per 
diem from the 13th October, 1899, inclu- 
sive to the date he was wounded, namely, 
the 26th December, 1899" No. 41, Trpr. 
E. Bones, Prot. Regiment, is granted First 
Class Rate of 1/- per diem from the 1st 
March, 1900, inclusive. 

Worses on Duty. — Seven pounds of Oats 
will be issued daily for the followin 
portiou of horses from this days date 
inclusive : 

Protectorate Kogiraent 100 

B.S.A.P. 10 

Cape Police 10 

Stall' 6 

These horses are to be kept as tit as cir- 
inoes will allow; to be shod ""I 
regularly exercised under the saddle ready 
for service. 

Sal of Spirits, Beer, etc.— No further 
orders for private persons, merchants, 
hotel-keepers, etc., to purchase S] 
Beer, etc., in cases or bulk, wall, in future 
he issued, as the present stock in town 
does not admit of suoh authority being 
given for the present. 

Matcl 'us requiring to pur- 

iv requested to apply to A.S.C. 
Depot, Isaacs' Store, and not Court House 
Oflice. By order, 

E. I ; UOr, 

Chief Stall Otlioer. 

152nd Day of Siege 


A despatch confirming a previous 
one, which has not come to hand, 
was received this morning. It tells 
ni Ladysmith bcinsr relioved after 
[reat slaughter. No less than two 
thousand Boers being destroyed 
and three thousand taken prisoners. 
The total of our casualties were 
1,100. It was reported that the 
Boers were massing at. Bloemfon- 
tetn and expected to make a stand 

President Kruger has gone In 
the Natal Front. 

Colonel Plumer is reported at 
Lobatsi Siding with the armoured 
train. About three hundred Boers 
are lying in wait for him at Rama- 

Some of our local boys, under 
Scrgt. Alliums, went out last. Fri- 
day night and turned the Boers 
from the trench out West, beyond 
Fort. Cronje, On Sunday uighf 
we occupied Jackall Troc and 
attacked Fort Snyman but were 
repulsed, although not before 
several Boers were shot. On the 
same night, beyond the Brickfields, 
some Boers were observed in the 
moonlight, crawling under the 
shelter of the bush and trees to- 
wards our most advanced trench 
occupied by Cape Boys, under 
Corpl. Diepenaar. Coolly abstain- 
ing from firing till they got well 
up, he let them hay,e a volley. Of 
course, as usual they tvied to bolt 
while their friends at the fort 
turned on a Maxim and a 5-pdr. 
as fast as it could be loaded. 
Diepenaar withdrew his men from 
the fort, five each side, in open 
order and got a volley or two into 
the retreating Boers, with the 
happy result of seeing them carry 
away two men wounded. 

Some Baralongs went out for 
cattle last night ; not being able 
to agree as to the best road, they 
divided into two parties; one 
found themselves observed by some 
Boers who fired upon them. They 
returned the fire and selecting a 
suitable place, flattened down the 
grass so that they could see any 
body approaching and lay down 
waiting lor the Boers, who were 
following their spoor, to come upou 
hem, When they arrived the 
Natives let fire with such good 
result that they disabled seven 
goers, capturing two horses, rifles 
and ammunition bandoliers. 

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No. 92 

Thursday, March 15th, 1900. 

154th Day of Siege 


Hhfekmg HI ail. 

through the country, murdering the de- 
fenceless ut will. The action of the 
Boralonga has, however, put a stop to this. 

THURSDAY, 15th MARCH, 1900. 

The late Duncan Mac Donald 






Last week there passed away oue of those 
unnoticed and faithful soldiers of the 
Queen, who have done so much to build 
up the Empire on which the sun never 
sets. Working on in such an unassuming 
manner, regarding it so much a matter of 
course that it is only in moments of reflec- 
tion caused by some such happening as the 
death of one of them, that we give enough 
thought to the meaning of the life and 
work of these staunch supporters of the 
nation, as to enable us to realise their value. 
Duncan MacDonald — Scotch, as the name 
implies — died of cancer at the Victoria 
Hospital, on Thursday, the 8th instant. 
Sixty-six years of age, of good stamina, he 
was still an active man and could try many 
younger ones at walking, He has been a 
soldier all his life ; fought at Alma ; served 
under Colin Campbell ; was one of the 
"thin red line"; actively present at the 
Siege of Sebastopol ; had served in the 
Police Force in New Zealand, aud Aus- 
tralia; was under Sir Frederick Carring- 
ton ; joined the Bechuanaland Border 
Police, and, at the Annexation, was trans- 
ferred to the Cape Police. For some time 
he was stationed at Ramathlabama, with- 
drawing with the remainder of the detach- 
ment to Mafeking, just before the com- 
mencement of hostilities. He was an 
excellent shot, an enthusiastic sportsman 
and "knew a dog" when he saw one; 
while his genial disposition and straight- 
forward sturdiness made him respected by 
all who knew him. 



The big gun way damaged so that it 
could not fire much last week. It is 
mended now, and is firing a new class of 
projectile, the fore part being a common 
shell and the latter shrapnel. This accounts 
for the increased power ; hitherto shrapnel 
has done no particular damage. For the 
preservation of life and limb we must use 
greater caution. 


A party of women went out, round by 
the railway line, to their gardens. When 
they reached their land they were stopped 
by some Boers' Natives, who told them 
the rule now was to capture the young 
women and let the old ones stay upon the 
land, but not allow them to return to 
Mafeking lest they should take food to 
their husbands. It was through their 
persistence in coming to the gardens, in 
contempt of the Boers' bullets and the risk 
of being killed, that made the Boers alter 
thiii minds and not leave, as they had 
intended to do a fortnight ago, because, 
they argued. "The people in Mafeking 
must be nearly starving or they would not 
take such riBk to get food." 


Two new Generals have arrived at the 
laager, they brought with thetn all the 
spare men they could get from the Trans- 
vaal, some of them will go North to oppose 
the re-construction of the railway line and 
delay our relief as much as they can, while 
others wilt remain here to "attack the 
place " and do their best to " take or at 
least harrass and annoy us." 

Our informant told them they might be 
able to stop Plumer, she does not know 
him, but this place they will never be able 
to take, and if they bother us till Judgment 
Day, MafekiDg will never surrender. 

Connolly, Hiokson, and Ni 
Mr. Noilly was appointed Seo and 
Treasurer, and with him Messrs. 
Campbell and McKenna were 
selected fc > sol as a Concert Com- 
mittee. Alter a discussion con- 
ducted with the usual harmony 
that marks Irish debates, it was 
decided that a Smoking Conceit 
should he held at Riesle's Hotel, 
Mafeking, on Sunday evening, not \ 
for the purpose of breaking the 
Sabbath, but because that is the 
only evening on which our Irish 
defenders can bo induced to leave 
the comforts of their trem 
even to toast their patron Saint, 
and to hear nice things sung of 
their Green Isle. 

It was arranged, having regard 
to the limited seating accommoda- 
tion, that only Irishmen should 
have the privilege of purchasing 
tickets, the price of which was 
fixed at 10s. Each ticket-holder 
will be entitled to bring a guest, 
no restriction being placed on the 
matter of sex. Messrs. Connolly 
and Byrne graciously consented 
to look alter the seating arrange' 

It was unanimously resolved 
give the surplus proceeds to 
Superioress of the Convent. 

A genuino Bumper Night h;. 
been provided for, aud to save 
disappointment, those who wish 
to be present should purchaso 
their tickets early. They can do 
this by applying to Mr. Campbell, 
Dixon's Hotel; Mr. McKenna, 
Volunteer Barracks, Town Hall ; 
or J. E. Neilly, No. 1, Kiesle's 

shillelaghs at 9; Stretchers at 
L 0-30 p.m. 

'rom reliable Native -unices 
that the Boors held a n« emu on Monday, 
at Polloritcin. Message- were sent on Sun- 
day night to summon all to attend 


The Boers' account of last Sunday night's 

attack by the Buralorj i>.ut\ of 

Boers were out scouting and came unun 

The Natives 

tied to return 

for reinforcen 

(all night) bul w< re beat, n 
killed and others woun b 

hout horses or 
rifles, ii Boere have 

THider-estimated then I 

I about! alone 

now; hitherto they have travelled freeiy 


Imshmen's Smoking Concert. 

l;Ou Tuesday a meeting of Irish- 
men was held at Hiesle's Hotel to 
determine the most fitting way in 
which St. Patrick's Night might 
be celebrated in Siege conditions. 
A committee was formed consist- 
i .Major Goold- Adams, (Chair- 
tnd Messrs. Byrne. Stokes, 


Yesterday two Boers returned from the 
North of Pitsani, wounded by Plumer's 
scouts . 

Mafeking Garrison. 

By <'„/,„„/ S, S. Si BadmtPoweU, Com- 
mantling Fronts i I '< 1 1 

MiPBiimo, 15th March, 1900. 

Cotut oj Summary Jurisdiction. — The 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow, the 16th instant, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the 
nation of such prisoners as may 1)0 
brought before it. President . Major Lord 
Edward Cecil, D.B.O, . Member: C. C. If. 
Bell Esq., C.C. & R.M. 

By order, 
B. fl. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Stall' Officer. 

Printed tutd published by 

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" i Manager: U. M. B. WtaUa. 


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No. 93 

Friday, March 16th, 1900. 

155th Day of Siege 

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FRIDAY, 16th MARCH, 1900. 


The Exhibition announced for 
Sunday 25th should prove a most 
interesting our, and we hope that 
the Committee will he able to 
make some alteration in the mat- 
ter of photographs that will tempt 
everyone who has a collection to 
show it. Several owners of choice 
sets appear to have determined 
not to exhibit, imagining that the 
handing over of a set to the Town 
Council, according lo the terms of 
the prize conditions, might pre- 
judice their copyright in some 
mysterious manner. Of course it 
is needless to say they are quite 
mistaken in supposing that their 
rights would be affected in any 
way, and as the set could be de- 
livered at a future date the present 
scarcity of paper need not be 
considered. If intending exhibi- 
tors think there should be some 
further payment for the intrinsic 
value of the articles handed over, 
beyond the prize lor the best, they 
should meet and confer with the 
gentlemen engineering the exhibi- 
tion, rather than prevent the public 
being gratified with a sight of 
many excellent photographs. 


The Committee appointed to carry out 
the arrangements for the Memorial to those 
who fell in the defence of Mafeking, want 
broken shell and pieces of the ninety-four 
pounder with which to construct or adorn 
the base of the monument. Any one who 
has, or can have collected, a quantity of 
this metal should communicate with Lieut, 
the Hon. A. 11 an bury Tracy, who will 
arrange for them to bo paid at the rate of 
live ibillinga per hundred pounds (sixpence 
".I i ■ ■ i, pounds weight of old shells, 
bhrapnul or any other kind). 


By Colonel R. S. S. Baden- Powell, Co, 
tnandi'ng Frontier %'Qrce. 

Mafuking, 16th MAiiCH, 1900. 

( 'owt of Summatjf Jul i*dtc.(o/i.— The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow, Saturday, the 17th March, at 
the Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the 
examination of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President: Lieut. -Col. 
C B. Vyvyan. Member: Major F, W. 

i -■■ wmetit Committee. — The Assessment 
Committee will meet on Sunday, the 18th 
instant, at Dixon's Hotel at 10 a.m. 
Owners attending at the above place arid 
hour will be informed about what time tine 
Committee will arrive at their respective 
houses. / 

Extra Duty Pay.— The following rates 
of Extra Duty Pay have been sanctioned : 

Trooper Webb, C.P. D. II., to be Ac-ting 
Corporal, with Imperial Extra Duty Pay 
at rate of 2/6 per diem (in addition to his 
C.P. pay,) while assisting Sergt. Abrams 
with Major Godley's Stadt Guard. 

Five Headmen at the rate of 1/- per 
diem Extra Duty Pay each, as assistants 
to Sergt. Abrams. 

Lance-Corporal Eowland, Bechuanaland 
Rifles, to reoeive Extra Duty Pay at the 
rate of 2/6 per diem while in charge of 
Natives, Western Location, to date from 
26th October, 1899, inclusive. 

Dog Licences. — With reference to Gene- 
ral Order No. 5, of 6th March, 1900, 
persons owning licensed dogs are reminded 
that it is necessary, according to the 
Municipal Bye-Laws, to attaoh the tickets 
issued to them, in respect of licences, to 
their dogs' collars. Neglect of this regu- 
lation leads to considerable trouble, as 
dogs found without tickets are impounded 
and have to be redeemed. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL. Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 

List of names of owners whose property 
will be assessed on Sunday next, 18th 
March :— 

Dixon's Hotel W. Dowling 

,, .1. Chenhalls 

Erf No. 67 D. Bollewrs 

(Agent : E. Platnauer) 

50 G. Lippmann 

27 J. Poole 

Is W. G. Kirkpatrick 

( igent: W.J E. Mahony) 

Lb J. B. Herd 

(1 F. Whiteley 

17 J. Winter 

91 Whiteley, Walker & Co 

,, 81 W. T. Murgatroyd 

122 D. Brazer 


THE Undersigned will held their usual 
Sale on SUNDAY NEXT, com- 
mencing at 

9-30 A.M., 

and among other Goods will sell, WITH- 
OUT RESERVE, the personal effects of 
the late Duncan McDonald, oonsisting of : 

1 Open-faced 18-Carat Gold English Lever 
Watch ; 1 Gold Chain ; 1 New Gladstone Bag. 

Etc., Etc 

Aldred & Ross, 

Government Auctioneers and 
Sworn Appraisers. 

Roll upfor New &Good Second-hand Clothing 


1 Combined Shot and Ball Sporting Gun, 

By Tollby. 




No. 2534, E.C. 

AN adjourned meeting of above Lodge 
will Ijo held at the Masonic Hall, 
at 8-30 p.m. Sunday. Working in the 1st 
Degree. B.B. are oordially invited. 

WE WANT PAPER. '•»•»<■•' ••"<< *•*«»*«< »» 

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Editor and Manatjor : G. N. U. Whales. 

If any merchants or others have 
stock of papor similar to that 
on which this Slip is printed, or 
any suitable for printing it ou, 
we shall be obliged if they will 
communicate with. 



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Monday, March 19th, 1900. 


afching jjjatl 

MONDAY, 19th MARCH, 1900. 


By the courtesy of the Colonel Com 
manding we are enabled to publish the 


The party of cattle -looters who left here 
on Monday last, returned yesterday. They 
state that the Boers are very much vexed 
at the way that they have been treated by 
cattle-looters. They (the Natives) were 
unable to capture any cattle owing to the 
Boers making trenches round their cattle 
kraals. On their way back to Mafeking 
they were followed by a party of Boers, 
who overtook them near the Kail way 
Siding near Madibi. The Baralongs made 
a stand and killed and wounded 10 of the 
Boers, and most of their horses. The 
Boers have now got the funks and are 
afraid to travel about the country in small 
numbers. They have informed the Natives 
that there is an army of about 1,000 Bara- 
longs scattered about the country, and 
that there are hundreds of them near 
Madibi under British officers, with two 
Maxims ; also that they were going to 
move their Western laager to the Border. 
The Natives were also told, what we have 
already heard, about Plumer at Lohatsi, 
efco. The Boers would have taken all the 
Natives prisoners but for the protests of 
one Hartmann, a Zarp, who said that if 
they took away the Natives they would 
have to fight the Baralongs as well as the 
English, and that would mean "fighting an 
iron combined with a rock." 

Four runners came in from Kimberley. 
They left Mafeking on divers dates and 
have been in Kimberley all the time wait- 
ing for the troops to arrive. They found 
the condition of the inhabitants of Kim- 
berley much worse than ours, and they 
thought that the place was never going to 
hold out, as nearly everybody there was 
starving. It was very pitiful to see ladies 
and a lot of children running to the bottom 
of the diamond mines to take shelter 
against shell fire, and there were so many 
people that it made things worse. 

Their relief came on February 14th, on 
which date the troops arrived. The 
Natives have no words to describe the 
number of the troops ; they think that the 
man who wrote the Bible referred to British 
troops when he said that there were many 
tribes among the Israelites and each num- 
bered twelve thousand. 

On the 15th the troops brought in thou- 
a mis of Boers they had captured close to 

Macfarlanes, and later on they brought in 
Cronje and his army. On that day they 
ate ox meat for the first time. 

They came back via Barkly West. The 
troops came via Fourteen Streams, and 
another lot went round via Barkly on the 
18th February. They left this column at 
Pniel Mission Station. The Missionary 
there, together with four others, were 
taken prisoners and sent to Kimberley for 
stopping despatch runners. When the 
Boers heard that a column was advancii 
on Barkly, they waited three days, and 
then tied to Klipdam. 

When they left Barkly they beard that 
troops were at Warren ton. and the Boers 
encamped at Fourteen Streams. The 
Natives say they cannot understand our 
troops ; when they find a number of wagons 
all tbey care about are rifles, forage, horses 
and cattle. They pour paraffin on every- 
thing else and burn it, including ammuni- 
tion and foodstuffs. Before reaching 
Taungs they heard a heavy cannonade in 
they direction of Fourteen Streams, and 
they saw Boers who came from there 
hurrying back to their farms ; these Boers 
said they had given the light to the Eng- 
lish, but that they were still at the river. 

At Maritzani they heard from one 
Dekooker, who went down last month to 
reinforce Jan Cronje, that Cronje himself 
was expected at his farm on Friday, and 
that the Boers were all crossing the Border. 

A member of a cattle raiding party who 
left here last Saturday, also returned yes- 
terday ; they were informed by Natives 
that the Boers had told them that Colonel 
Plumer had fought the Dutch, North of 
Pitsani, and defeated them with loss. 
The English had a fearful gun on the 
armoured train, which they used with great 
effect. Snyman's men left to reinforce the 
North on Tuesday, but the armoured train 
got to Lobatsi before them. The Boers 
informed the Native women that if they 
wanted to leave Mafeking they had better 
do so before Sunday as no people would be 
allowed to leave after that date. The 
Natives say they expect the Boers would 
be leaving before them, as Pitsani is not so 
far away from here. 

The Native women (who told the Boers 
they were Gopani's people, stopped here 
by the war) have got messages from their 
Chief saying that the English had a laager 
near Gopani's, in the Transvaal, and the}' 
must be prepared to fly to the English with 
their arms as soon as there is an oppor- 
tunity, for they had been armed against 
his wish. 

158th Day of Siege 

the holders of collections of photographs 
from exhibiting them. Now those terms 
at which so many objections were raised, 
have been withdrawn, we are sure none of 
those holders will he so selfish as to keep 
the garrison from viewing the most in- 
teresting record of events that modern 
science enables us to secure. 

A Siege Exhibition 




SUNDAY, MARCH 25th, 1900. 

Committee : 

Col. Baden-Powell ; Major H. J. Goold- 

Adams, C.B., CM.G. ; C G. H. Bell, Esq., 

CC & R.M. ; Capt. J. R. More ; F. White. 

ley, Esq. (Mayor). 

Managing Director : J.W. De Kock, Esq . 

Hon. Secretary : J. R. Algie, Esq. 


Photographs for the Siege Exhibition. 

We are glad to see that the Committee 
have eliminated all conditions in connection 
with Class 5, which were likely to prevent 

1. Prize, £5, presented by Col, Baden- 
Powell, for the Best Model of any locally 
manufactured Siege Weapon or Armament, 
or of any Fort or Redan. 

2. Prize, £5, presented by Messrs- 
Wirsing Bros., for the Quaintest or Most 
Original Curio, ornamental or useful, con- 
structed of any shells or bullets which 
have been fired into the town by the 
enemy during the Siege. 

3. Prize, £5, for the best piece of Fancy 
Work made during the Siege. 

4. Prize, £5, for the best piece of Lace 
worked during the Siege. 

5. Prize, £•">, presented by G. Riesle, 
Esq., for the best collection of not less 
than Forty Siege Photos. 

And a Second Prize of £2 10s. 

6. Prize, £.0, presented by the 'Mafeking 
Mail, for the bust .Musical Composition, 
either Waltz or March. To be written for 
Piano only, or for Orchestra. The success- 
ful composition to be known as the 
" Mafeking Siege Waltz, or March." 

7. Prize, £2 2s., presented by Major 
H. J. Goold-Adams, for the best Essay 
on Siege Life. Open to girls under the 
age of 15. 

8. Pri>.e, £2 2s., presented by Major 
H. .1. Goold-Adams. for the best Essay 
on Siege Life. Open to boys under the 
age of lo. 

With reference to Prizes 7 and 8, all 
competitors must present themselves for 
examination at the Masonic Hall, on 
March 25th inst., at 9 a.m., for the purpose 
of writing their Essay. They will be 
allowed until noon to complete their work i 
in the presence of a Commissioner, wlioi 
will he in attendance and who will supply 
the necessary writing materials. 

9. Prize, £2 2s., presented by C. SV.| 
Clucas, Esq., for the best Dressed Doll. 

10. Prize, £5, presented by F. Whiteley.j 
Esq., for the best Painting (oil or water] 
colour), or Pen and Ink Sketch, portray-! 
ing any scene, incident, or character, con- 
nected with the Siege. 

11. Prize, £2 2s., presented by A. H. 
Friend, Esq., for the best original Poem 
or Song. Competing poems or songs must 
be recited or sung (as the case may be) by 
the competitors (or any person appointed 
by them) on the afternoon of the Exhibi- 

12. Prize, £5, presented by B. B. Weil, 
Esq., for the best Siege Anecdote, of not 
more than 500 words. 

13. Prize, £5, presented by Lady's Sarah 
Wilson, for the best Trimmed Lady's Hat. 
The hat and material to have been pur- 
chased in Mafeking during the Siege. 
The unsuccessful hats to be sold by auction 
after Exhibition, if so desired. 


1. The Committee, in due course, will 
arrange and appoint Judges for each class 

2. AH exhibits may be marked " For 
Sale," except Class 5. 

3. All exhibits must be handed in to the 
Committee or their Nominee, at the Masonic 
Hall, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 
a.m., on the morning of the Exhibition. 

4. All entries are received. 

5. In no class will prize be given un ess 
at least two entries are received. 

Note. — The Committee will be glad to 
receive any additional prizes and any sug- 
gestions from the Garrison as to the 
enlargement of the Exhibithn. 

The Committee will gladly receive a 
Second Prize for Class 5. 

Mafeking Garrison. 


PERSONS having any stock of Starch 
are requested to communicate 
with me. 

C. M.'RYAN, Capt., 


Mafeking, 19th March, 1900. 


By Colonel R. S. S. Baden-Powell, Co, 
mamihi-i Frontier Force, 

Mafeking, 19th March, 1900. 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction, — The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow, the 20th instant, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the exami- 
nation of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President : Major Lord 
Edward Cecil, D.S.O. ; Member :C. G. H. 
Bell Esq., C.C. & R.M. 

Pay. — With reference to General Order 
No. 2, of the 10th March, 1900, the Pay 
and Allowances of Lieut. Currie will be 
equivalent to those of a Colonial Officer 
serving as Lieutenant in the Protectorate 

Casualty Returns. — During the absence 
in Hospital of Lieut, Moncrietfe, A.D.C., 
all Casualty Returns should be addressed 
to Lieut. McKenzie. Headquarter Office, 
who is temporarily keeping the records. 

Diseases (Animals). — Contagious or in- 
fectious diseases might easily be introduced 
into our camp through animals captured 
from the enemy ; all captured animals will, 
therefore, with the least possible delay, be 
inspected by Vet. Lieut. Dunlop-Smith, 
A.V.D., and will not be disposed of until 
his report has been considered 

By order, 

E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Stan- Officer 

Printed and jiubhshtd hi/ 

Tovmshend £ Son, Market Square, Mafeking. 

Editor and Manager ; G. tf. H. WltaUs. 




No. 95 

Tuesday, March 20th, 1900. 

«*3Baf clung Pail. 

TUESDAY, 20th MARCH, 1900. 


By the courtesy of the Colonel Com- 
manding we are enabled to publish the 



Colonel Plumer reports that on Friday 
last an advanced patrol, under Col. Bodel, 
met a strong force of Boers advancing from 
South against Lobatsi. which they then 
shelled. Colonel Plumer maintained his 
position there and sent back for his artil- 
lery. The following day the enemy only 
sent a few shells at the position and held a 
conference amongst themselves. Since 
then a force of the enemy with three guns 
have returned here, which may probably 
be the same that opposed Col. Plumer. 

The runners who brought the despatches 
state that the previous runners were cap- 
tured by Boers, but hid their letters in 
time ; and that they met two young Boers 
■whose father had sent them to surrender to 
Plumer, as he knew that the English would 
soon be victorious everywhere. 

and made thirty Boers prisoners, Captain 
Scott Turner found in three days' time 
that the place was again occupied. He 
went out with seventy men, of whom only 
twenty crawled back. 

It is estimated that when overtaken 
Cronje had eleven thousand men. That 
the number killed at Paardeberg was 
3,214, and the number wounded 1.156; 
4,820 were made prisoners, and about 
2,000 stole away. 

The Times makes the suggestion in 
regard to the disposal of Cronje's force, 
that they should be sent to St. Helena. 


General Brabant scored a complete vic- 
tory over the Boers, who retreated with 
their guns and wagons, and our men in 
pursuit. It is officially stated that be 
attacked the Boers beyond Dordrecht and 
took their position after a night's march. 
The enemy brought two guns into action, 
making a determined fight. Genera! 
Brabant is now (March 4th) near James- 
town, at Labusehagne's Nek. 

159th Day of Siege 

8,000 of the Garrison 111. 

Boers left by train and for- 
got to take their supplies 



News from the South is that Lord 
Robert';, with Generals Tucker, Kelly- 
Kenny, Colvill's Division, and French's 
Cavalry, have surrounded 14,000 Boers 
and got between them and Bloemfontein. 

From the "Bulawayo Chronicle" :— 

We account for 9,000 out 
of Cronje's 11,000. 

In the course of a speech at the Annual 
Meeting of the De Beers Company, Mr, 
Rhodes referred to the defence of lumber- 
ley. The citizen soldiers, he said, num- 
bered only five hundred, and the regulars 
1,000 men. The true history of Captain 
Scott Turner's exploit, Mr. Rhodes now 
gave to the world for the first time. He 
narrated bow, having taken the redoubts 

On the recent successes becoming known 
at Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, 
Hobartand Perth, the populations assem- 
bled, sang the National Anthem and 
cheered Her Majesty, Lord Roberts and 
General Buller. The Australian Contin- 
gent of Bushmen has sailed. The Aus- 
tralians have been asked for another 2,000 
men, and 220 guns have been ordered. 


From London we learn that the Marquis 
of Lansdowne announced that the efforts 
of the Government will not be relaxed. 
During week ending March 4th, 4,700 men 
would sail for the Cape. The following 
week 11,800 would depart, and by the end 
of March the total will be 38,800 for the 
month. For April 17,800 will leave, mak- 
ing a total of 50,600 for the two months. 
There will thus he a quarter of a million of 
men in the field. 


Match 3rd. — Mr. Melton Prim 
details of the relief of Lady smith. 1 1 
says : On the sound of the firing General 
Bullet's force seemed to recede ; the effect 
was the lowering of our spirits ; then our 
Naval guns started Bhelling Bulwana Hill, 
it being observed that an attempt was 
being made to remove the Boer big gun. 
Something extraordinary was impending, 
the derrick was smashed, and the attempt 
was abandoned. The Boers then left in 
full retreat. It was thought they had 
descried our cavalry. An hour later I 
party of British horsemen was seen crossing 
he flat at the foot of Bulwana, and soon 
after a squadron of the Imperial Liglic 
Horse rode in. The same day the reliev- 
ing force, headed by General Buller, parad- 
ed the town. The men looked tit, but 
ragged after their fourteen days' march. 
Of the garrison of 11,000,8,000 had passed 
through the hospital with sickness and 
Wounds. General Buller wired that the 
enemy had left a vast quantity of supplieSj 
ammunition, tools, and camp individual 
necessaries, hut got away with all their 
guns except two big ones, which we cap- 
tured. The troops, he says, want a week's 
rest and new clothes and boots. The 
Governors of Cauada and New South 
Wales have sent congratulations to Lady- 
smith on the relief of the town. The first 
English mail from Ladysmith left yester- 
day ; many of the Boers left by train. 
The retreat must have been precipitate, as 
enormous supplies of ammunition, tobacco, 
cigars, meat and provisions were Left be- 
hind. Official Boer documents which were 
found shew that over three thousand sheila 
have been fired from Pepworth's Hill and 

Great Britain must do as 
she pleases with her own- 

The latest pro-Boer proposal is : A perma- 
nent treaty, the Surrender of the Boer 
Artillery, and the Resignation of President 

By the courtesy of Mr. Jones, Chemist, 
we were favoured by the sight of a letter 
he received yesterday, from a friend at 
Kimberley, and we extract the followiuy 
therefrom. The letter was dated Feb- 
ruary Gth : — 

"I am getting pretty anxious about you 
and the place. I was sorry to see in the 
papers that you were wounded, but glad 
to see that it was not serious. Who ever 
dreamt of such a siege? Here we can 
almost see our (relief) troops and yet there 
they have been for over two months, and 

likely to remain another two and cannot 
get in. We have been reduced to horse 
flesh, or nothing at all, for some time. 
Children have suffered severely ; I lost my 
little one, 1 year and 19 days old. from 
diarrhoea, &o. Mr. Allen Hall lost his 
eldest girl (4 years) from diphtheria. 
There have been more deaths in Kimberley 
the last four months than any previous 
twelve months. A decisive battle ought 
soon to be fought in Natal, close to Lady- 
smith, while here one may not come off 
for another month yet, and your relief may 
not be for double that time. All here ex- 
press their deepest sympathy with you 
being in so much worse a situation than 
we are here, as we have not to hide our- 
selves all day, although we all have our 
underground redoubts. We are fairly safe 
here (West End), most of the shells go 
into the town. We have not lost a man 
through any of the thousand, or more, 
shells that the Boers have put into the 
town, but only a few women and children, 
and they of Dutoh descent. The Boers 
have never dared try to attack Kimberley, 
simply shelling us. but luckily no hundred- 
pounder, as you have. De Beers have 
made a gun, a 25 or 28-pounder, and it 
has turned out a fair success." 



A PRIZE of £5 will be given by the 
Colonel Commanding to the maker 
of the best Petroleum Stove. 

The Stove will have to produce sufficient 
heat to do the work required at a Soup 

All information can be obtained from 
Captain Mere, Commanding Railway Divi- 
sion, .it Railway Headquarters, between 
9 a.m. and 10 a.m. daily. 

Stoves 10 b, submitted for inspection by 
March 30th. 

Mafeking, 18th March, 1900. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

By Colonel B. S. S. Baden-Powell, Com- 
manding Frontier Force. 

Mafekino, 20th Maiich, 1900. 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction. — The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
oo Wednesday, the 21st March, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the 
examination ol sueli prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President: Lieut. -Col. 
C. B. Yyvyan. Member : Major F. W. 

Hy ordi i . 

E. H.CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 

Print* • ■ ■■' I '"■•! l>y 

Square, Mafeking. 
Editor and Manager: a. X H. Whales. 


No. 96 


Wednesday, March 21st, 1900. 

160th Day of Siege 


Ulaft lung Mail 

WEDNESDAY, 21st MARCH, 1900. 


St. Patrick's night in Mafeking 

There was what the pote called sounds 
of revelry by night in Riesle'sdinin' room last 
Sunday night, and when ouldSnyman sent in 
to ax what all the row was about an" if the 
relief column had slipped by his outposts 
unbeknownst, we tonld his shpy to tell him 
that it was only the Irish Brigade (Baden- 
Powell's Irish Brigade, you know) houldin' 
a bit iv divarshin bekase it was the birth- 
day iv their Pathrin* Saint — rest his soul. 
Our crack Bhpy wint out at the tail iv 
Snyman's man widout bein' seen, an' whin 
he gits to the camp he sees great prepara- 
tions for a big attack that was to be de- 
livered from a mile or two out, which, be 
the same token, is the usual tightin' range 
iv ould Krooger's mileeshia-men. Whin 
the shpy delivered bis message Snyman 
was readin' the Psalms, an' he dhropped 
the book ; an' his jaw. Thin he calls for 
all his ginerals an' fightin' ginerals an' 
field marshals, an', whin they was all 
gethered together in their cocked hats an' 
spurs, " Wan Eye " ups an' sez : " Be the 
powers, boys, ye may put up the big gun 
an' other things, bekase the gossoon here's 
been over to the town an' tells me that all 
thim Irish fellows is celebratin' Saint 
Pathvick's Night, an' always whin they 
does that tbey's a ragin' dangeris lot. He 
sez he looked in through the windy we 
bruk wid our seven-poundher in October, 
an' sees Goold-Adams in tbechairshmokin' 
a seegar, an' beside him the boss Curnel, 
dhressed in black, an' also shmokin' a 
seegar to keep his timper conl. He's a 
divilish dangeris man at his coolest, an' be 
jabers, if he has to keep his dandher 
smowldherin', ould Nick himself must be 
in bis head an' he'll take a lot iv watchin' 
an' batin'. He also sez, sez he, the sojer 
fellows is lickerin' up, an' mother iv Moses 
if they git on the run out here whin 
they're dhrunk wid the Curnel at the head 
an' thim fellows FitzClarence an' Btmtinck 
an' the Dublin Fugileer chap Godley, an' 
the little fellow that throws the dynamite 
at me men, all yellin' an' bawlin' an' shou- 
tin' ' faugh-a-ballagh' it'll be time todhraw 
up stakes an' git out iv this, an' the saints 

presarve us, amin. Remimber, boys, in 
case I'm somewheres else in the battle- 
field or perhaps taken away wid a Buddint 
call to look afther that divil Pluuier whui 
the shindy's on, yer instructions is only to 
hould the town where it is — not to come 
to close quarthers mind ye, or play the 
quare boy pretind bein' to be brave an' 
comin' widin houldin' distance iv thim pig- 
shtickers they've got. Boor range does it, 
bhoys, an' remimber the raisin we gev ye 
these four-mile rifles is to keep you out iv 
danger, an' if ye wanst get widin a thou- 
sand yards iv that shpalpeen Powell yiz is 
dun for. Thin up gits a fellow named 
Dhrake or Snake, or some sich name, an' 
sez : " Tbrue for ye. If I wasn't a thrue- 
born renegader I'd say he knocked the 
bottom out iv our pluck the first time he 
seen us afther hoshtilities busted out, sez 
he. I'm towld be a friend that knew him 
whin he was a Hoozar man, that he'd 
knock shpots out iv even the Rooshins or 
Frinch, or the Jarmans if the Queen'd 
only let him have a shlap at thim. He's 
done more'n most, an' the Queen med him 
a Dhragoon, an' that's the kind iv chap 
that wears a brass hat wid a lot iv horse- 
hair shtickin' out iv it as a kind iv mark 
that they're the bist kind iv horsemen an' 
kin lick the world. If yiz take the com- 
bination, gintlemen, iv a Dhragoon wid 
the divil's own name as a tightin' man at 
the head iva gang iv Irishmen full iv Saint 
Pathrick's Night, yiv somethin' worse nor 
a smowldherin' burnin' mountain to dale 
wid. Thiin's my words, I'm done," sez he. 
Thin all the shuparior officers got white 
about the gills, bekase they didn't like to 
hear that man spake that way, an' as they 
was all too much upset to howld any far- 
thercolloginan' blatherin'ould" Wan-Eye" 
waves his hand and sez : " Very well, gin- 
tilmen, dismiss the p'rade, sez he, I'm 
justgoin'to dhrop over as far as Rama- 
thalabama, sez he, an' see if the bhoys has 
blown up the line properly." 

As the gineral an' others filed out, ould 
Dhrake sez undher his breath : " Aye, me 
fine bucco, it's a say thrip on Table Bay in 
a gunboat wid Mr. Cronje ye're not han- 
kerin' afther." 

Wid that Mr. Snyman blew out his 
candle an' mounted an' rode off, havin' 
locked the dure iv his tint, bekase he knew 
his bhoys was the slickest hands at lootin' 
that was ever seen by creation, an' a 
tint that can't fire a shot is as handy to 
rob as a wounded man that has a ball 
through his shpleen an' can't tire bekase 
he's unconscious an' as good as dead for 
the time bein'. Snyman got over the 

bordheras soon as he was far enough away 
not to be shpotted, an' whin he was en- 
joyin' a power iv a walkin' nightmare an' 
Hstenin* for the sounds of firin' an' the 
funny noise the baynits make whin they 
inthrude in a mortial man's ribs, the Irish 
bhoys was siogm' an' palaverin' an' tellin' 
shtories, an' remimberin' their Pathrin 
Saint as every good man sliud, an' why 
shudn't the Irishman, be raisin iv the sar- 
cumstance that Paddy, — the saints be ^ud 
to him — put the curse on all the sn;ik. « 
an' toads an' sich things that the poor 
Englishman has to put up wid still, an' 
left his word that the best anecdote against 
snakebite is Irish whishky, an' all thrue 
bhoys iv the sod should dhriuk plenty iv it 
on the Seventeenth, just to keep up the 
thrade iv manufacturer it, bekase bain' a 
far-seein' man an' knowin' that most min 
iv the ould counthry is teetotallers he was 
afraid that the disbtilleries 'id die out like 
the shpuds whin the blight's about. 

There was atin' an' dhrinkin', but very 
little in both, but the bhoys was satisfied 
to think that little Plumer's got lashins" 
an' lavin's over at Kanya, an' the day'll 
come when the Curnel '11 sind it aroun' an" 
say : " Dhrink, bhoys. Ye desarve a 
dhrop for houldin' the town an' keepiu' the 
scallywags out." 

" Sober ? Is it sober, ye ax ? No man 
got more'n would dhrop into a thimble, an' 
barrin' a little thumpin iv the table an' 
shoutin'an' chourisin" there wasn't enough 
noise to waken a baby, an' as every man 
had to lave his walkin' shtick at the dure 
goin' in, an" the chap that brought the leg 
iv an iron bed up his sleeve was turned 
back as bein" dangeris there was no row, 
an' as the bhoys had the ehancst of plenty 
iv tight lather "on they saved up their pas- 
sion like Captain Ryan saves up the grub, 
an' everything passed off quietly, an' the 
min wint back to their snug thrinches an' 
other holes as paceably as any peeler would 
be inclined to ax thim to do it. 

Reuter's Special Correspondent in Mafe- 
king received letters from Kimberley by 
the last runners, acknowledging the receipt 
of his despatches, and containing several 
interesting items of news. The letters 
were dated upon the eighth of February, 
that is to say, upon the eve of the relief of 
Kimberley. The runners who brought 
them, witnessing the entry of the troops. 

Mr. C. M. Luard. Reuter's Agent in 
Kimberley, says : " We now have 
belio communication by day aud search 
li"ht by night with the relief column ; 

■when it is ooming in is quite a matter of 
uncertainty, as the enemy are in great 
numbers, and have a most strongly fortified 
position at Spytfontein. We go on much 
Ebe same here as usual, and lately have 
been sitting tight without much in the way 
of sorties 

At Amain, in Italy, near Naples, they 
have had a bid landsbip, the whole of the 
Hotel arc! adjoining Convent falling right 
down suddenly into the sea, 

There is not much European news of 
interest. All the nations are keeping 
quiet, with an occasional bark at England. 
Sir James Pagel is dead, 
Everybody is admiring Mafeking, and 
we all hope now that the Boer pressure 
around you has been loosened. 

Mr. li. A L Green, the well known 
editor of the Diamond Fields Advertiser, 
who was such a staunch upholder of the 
rights of the Uitlander, writes as follows : 
" The British forces for the relief of Kim- 
berley are still at Modder River ; no one 
knows when the advance will be made, but 
we are quite confident that ibis time things 
will he alright. Roberts and Kitchener 
between them should see the business 
through. We have had a warm time here, 
but you are heroes in Mafeking and no 
mistake. Good luck to you all, and a safe 
return " 

It 1- interesting to notice how absolutely 
secret the intended advance of the British 
troops was kept, even upon the eve of their 
relief the inhabitants of Kimberley seemed 
to have had no idea that the next day 
would see the town " shot clean," as the 
Dutchmen themselves would say. 

Court >i Summary Jurisdiction.— The 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
on Thursday, the 22nd March, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the 
examination of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President: H. H. 
Major Goold-Adams, C.B., C.M.G. Mem- 
ber: Lieut -Colonel C. 0. Hore. 

Malieal Comfort*.— Issue on Payment. — 
Such persons as are authorised to draw 
medical comforts from the Victoria Hos- 
pital Issuing Store, on payment, are re- 
quired to provide themselves with baskets 
or bags to remove the articles issued. As 
these issues of medical comforts are only 
made on payment, no change is available 
it the Hospital. Purchasers are also 
warned that they must provide themselves 
with sufficient cash to pay on receipt of 
their purchases. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL. Major, 

Chief Staff Officer 



Mafeking Garrison. 

By Colonel li. S. H. Baden-Powell, Cum- 
mantling Fro i,i„ r Force. 

Mafekiso, 21st Mabch, 1900. 

4 PRIZE of £0 will be given by the 
**■ Colonel Commanding to the maker 
of the best Petroleum Stove. 

The Stove will have to produce sufficient 
heat to do the work required at a Soup 

All information can be obtained from 
Captain More, Commanding Railway Divi- 
sion, at Railway Headquarters, between 
9 a.m. and 10 a.m. daily. 

Stoves to be submitted for inspection bv 
March 30th. ' 

Mafeking, 18th March, 1900. 

Printed and published oij 

Townshend ,t Son, Market Square, Mafeking. 

Editor and Manager : O. N. H. WtiaUs 

Reconnoitring.— The Colonel Command- 
ing has received, with much satisfaction, 
from Major Godley, a report on the smart 
hit of scouting performed last night bv 
Lieut. Moorsom and Sergt. McDowell, of 
the Protectorate Regiment, by which one 
of the enemy's works was well reconnoitred 
and useful information was gained. 

Signalling. — The Colonel Commanding 
is much plea6ed with the very satisfactory 
progress which is being made by the Sig- 
nallers in signalling practice ; there is a 
very marked improvement all round, which 
will be of great value when we go into the 

CewrtfsR.— Another case of desertion 
occurred this morning through the fault of 
the sentry, who saw the man go. He 
should not have hesitated one moment 
about shooting him down when he saw his 
intention. Sentries are warned that they 
are themselves liable to suffer death as a 
punishment for neglect of duty of thie 




No. 97 

Thursday, March 22nd, 1900- 

«*glafchmg Pail. 

THURSDAY, 22nd MARCH, 1900. 


Now our troubles are Bearing an end, 
folks thoughts naturally turn towards the 
reduced condition of their pockets, conse- 
quent on the Siege, and in connection 
therewith it is gratifying to learn that His 
Honour the Mayor is turning his attention 
to the important question of compensation. 
We are glad it is being taken up thus 
promptly. Knowing how slowly these 
matters generally move it might be feared 
the Bankruptcy Court would claim as vic- 
tims some whose deficit has been caused 
solely by this war, before their just claims 
were settled unless they were promptly 
brought forward. It has been suggested 
that the Chamber of Commerce aud the 
Town Council should form a Joint Com- 
mittee to examine, arrive at an estima- 
tion and discuss the matter and compensa- 
tion necessary, then petition the High 
Commissioner upon the subject. Doubt- 
less it will be possible to obtain for the 
cause the support and recommendation of 
Colonel Baden-Powell, who already has 
considerately communicated with the 
authorities thereon. 


The following news has been received 
to-day : — 

Colonel Plumer is advancing steadily 
and the Boers are retiring before him. 
He has been reinforced from Salisbury, 
and further men and supplies are being 
pushed on to him. 

A Reuter's wire received from Capetown 
states that a force has been despatched 
North of Kimberley to clear the country 
to Mafeking, keeping straight along the 
line and opening lines of communication. 
This force will arrive at Mafeking early 
next month. Natives reported that they 
have reached Phokwani, 150 miles from 

The Boers Western laager has been con- 
siderably reduced, and it is rumoured that 
a number of wagons have retired in the 
direction of Polfontein. 


Lord Iveah has given an entire Hos- 
pital Corps for the Irish Yeomanry Volun- 
teers and will maintain it in the held as 
long as required, at his own expense. 

At the Boer attack on Ladysmith, ou 
January 6th, the British In^se* Were : — 

Rilled : 13 officers, 135 rank and file 

Wounded : 28 officers, 244 rank and hie. 
And deaths from disease, up to that date, 
were 60. Of the Imperial Light Horse 
Lieuts. Adams and Pakeman were killed, 
and Major Edwards (5th Dragoon Guards), 
Commanding, Lieuts. Codrington and 
Richardson (11th Hussars) attached, Maj. 
Kanie-Davies, Major Doveton, Lieut. 
Masterson and Lieutenant Campbell were 

John Buskin and Lord Queensbury are 

Several of the different County Yeoman- 
ry Corps have been given Maxim guns, by 
private individuals. 

A regular society has been formed by 
the owners of hotels and villas aloug the 
Kiviera to take, free of expense, Otlicers 
and others who are invalided home from 
the Transvaal, and want a warm climate. 

Some of the Insurance offices have come 
forward and said they will not charge the 
ruinous high extra premiums for men in 
the Reserve or Volunteers wishing to come 
out hei-L- ; this had, they say, stopped a 
lot of men who had offered to come. 

Poole, the great London tailor, has 
offered to provide 100 of the Volunteer 
Yeomanry with a complete outfit of khaki 
breeches, tunic, helmet, water-bottle, and 
putties, free of expense. 

General Gatacre has occupied Stormberg 
and the Boers have gone from Arundel. 

Col. Hon. II. White had gone back to 
Col. Plumer to Lobatsi, quite cured of his 


He fought well at the last. 

Fearful Carnage. 
The following are the telegrams 
as thev were despatched 

161st Day of Siege 

from Paardebefg describing the 
victory over Cronje : — 

Feb. 18th.— Gen. Kelly-Kenny, 
in pursuit ot Cronje, caught up 
his rear-guard at Klipdrift and 
followed it to the Boer laager at 
Paardeberg. Two drifts were 
seized. Kelly-Kenny enclosed 
the enemy aud commenced a gen- 
eral attack. The battle was a 
replica of Modder River, the sol- 
diers under tire all day. The 
Boers confess the)' lost 800 
killed. Cronje continued a grim 
resistance from Feb, loth. The 
British brought 110 guns to bear. 
Impossible not to admire Cronje's 
grim resistance. 

Feb. 22nd. — Cordon round the 
enemy been closed. Highland 
Brigade worked sternly. During 
last night enemy drifted into out- 
lines in couples, saying they were 
sick of the struggle and had been 
asking Cronje to surrender. Gen. 
Macdonald's wound in the foot 
not severe. Lord Kitchener has 
refused an armistic. Repairs to 
railway, north of Kimberley, be- 
ing pushed forward with utmost 

Feb. 23rd. — Gen. Cronje still 
surrounded. His night march 
from Magersfontein was splendid, 
but ended in a death trap, Mod- 
der river being enfiladed by the 
Howitzers and 4-7 inch Naval 
field-guns at 1000 yards range. 
The Boer camp is only one mile 
Bquare, and the carnage is fearful. 

Feb. 24th.— Desperate fighting 
still proceeding at Paardeberg, 
Cronje's position hopeless. Troops 
gradually closing in. Gen. French 
has captured a position which 
prevents ru-inforcements joining 
Cronje, who has again refused to 
surrender. Gen. French has cap- 
tured 82 prisoners and the Buffs, 
who got within 150 yards ol the 

enemy, took 80 prisoners. Cronje 
has curtly refused offer of safe 
conduct to women and children. 
4.50 prisoners taken altogether. 

Feb. 27tli. — Cronje surrendered 
unconditionally to Lord Roberta 
with all his force this morning. 
He was forced out by the bom- 
bardment, his family with him. 
He is to he treated with great re- 
spect in consequence of his brave 
defence. It is believed 3,000 
more Boer prisoners taken, the 
rest of his forces were killed or 
deserted. Gen. French, with the 
cavalry brigade and artillery, was 
despatched to Springfontein. 25 
miles N. of Bethulie. They have 
siezed a position which will stop 
the junction of any force between 
the Stonnberg and Colesberg 
Boers. The Boers have made a 
new drift over the Orange River 
and arc ictreating directly east. 
The Boer prisoners call Cronje a 
murderer. The Free State Govern- 
ment are removing to Winhurg, 
60 miles from Blocmfontein. The 
Boersiare concentrating 30 miles 
from Bloemfontein. President 
Kruger went from Pretoria to 
center with the Generals. Jou- 
bert is to go to take command in 
the Free State, and Kruger him- 
self in Natal. 

— ♦ 


your son gave his life in devoted 
and selfsacrificing service to 
Queen and country. The Queen 
would much like to have a photo- 
graph of him if vou will kindly 
send one." 


The following extracl from Eng- 
lish papers is published for genei 
al information : — 

"The Queen has sent the fol- 
lowing gracious message through 
Sir A. Bigge to the Hon. G R. 
Vernon and the Hon. Mrs. Ver- 
non, on the death of their son, 
Capt. Konald Vernon, 60th Rifles, 
who was killed in the heroic sor- 
tie from Mafelring Dee. 26th 

"Her Majesty had hpard high 
praise of your gallant son, and felt 
proud oi' him and all who have so 
nobly resisted the siege of Mafe- 
kiiiij;. The Queen desires me to 
say how sincerely she sympathizes 
with Mrs. Vernon and you in tins 
crushing blow. Her Majesty 
knows that in such moments 
words can do little to hrin^ real 
comtoit, but Her Majesty feels 
that in your sadness there will he 
the lasting bright thought that 

Some Natives who returned last week 
with captured cattle, killed three Boers at 
Jackal Tree. One of the Native boys fell, 
wounded in the leg. The Boers asked him 
a lot of questions and then, — cut his throat. 

One of the party strayed and was cap- 
tured by Lottering, of Maritzani, who said 
he would not kill him but keep him as a 
servant. One of Lettering's sons took the 
hoy outside and shot him dead. Provi- 
dence, however, was soon on the murderer's 
track, for the following day when he started 
to capture a wagon at Madibi, some Bara- 
longs met and killed both him and his 
horse. i 

Native scouts reporting the Boers' in- 
tention to clear and remove their Western 
laager near to where the Transvaal border 
used id be, said that ilie rebel Boers 
wanted their wives and daughters to go 
with them, but the women declined. Baying 
our troops would treat them fairly if they 
found them on British territory, but ■ 
aevi rely if they caught them in the Trans- 
\ aal. 

Native report of the relief of Kimberley 
says : " One could almost think the people 
were going to die of joy. They cheered 

and shouted as loudly as the Native w en 

do at the singing and dancing ceremonies." 

With reference to the bringing in of 
Cronje and his men, they say: "It was 
very marvellous for them to Eee *o many 
men being driven in, like a lot of boya, by 
other waiiioi 3." 

The Lying i \di: rumour has been 
busy again. This time she tells of the 
death of a wealthy old man in London, by 
whose will the whole of his enormous per- 
sonal estate is to be divided amongst the 
Defenders of Mafeking. The amount is 
so large that every man jack of them will 
get about £80. Any speculator wishing to 
buy our share for cash down had better 
bring the "spondulicks" to the office at 
once. No offer, reasonable or otherwise, 


Overheard -d Ellis' Comer. 

1st Toper: "I sp,y, Bill, Lord Roberts 
must be an old boozer." 

2nd Topsr : Well, I hear ' he's got 'em 
again,' somewheres near Bloemfontein." 

Piuvatk letter^ will in future be sent by 
the Intelligence Department, by runners, 
in hatches of 30 (letters, not runners) at a 
time. First come, first served, the com- 
munications will be despatched in the order 
they are received. Don't all speak at 

Yesterday; a coach was seen to drive up 
to the Boer laager. An individual who, 
from his shiny topper and brief hag, might 
have been an attorney, got out, and hastily 
made bis way to the Headquarter's tent, 
followed by several men from the camp. 
After about ten minutes the men were 
seen to rush out, three hurriedly mounted 
horses and scampered off, one North, one 
South, and another in the direction of the 

Dit. W. A. Hayes returns thanks to the 
persons v, ho having cleared bis panl i j . 
left his dishes, &c., in the front garden. 

Cricket. — Last Sunday morning a good 
even match was plaj ed hi I 

ties and twelve of D 
Squadron, Protectorate ftegiment, resulting 

in a win i< ■> the I iei by L19 b gainst LOS 

all out. The top scores of the Rifli - 
42 by Bergt Bell, and 36 by Pte. Walker, 
and foi the Protectorate Regiment 20 by 
Captain Fitz-( Ilarence 

CoLLEt tobs "i Boer Bcrap iron are re- 
minded that shrapnel is not required, but 
:ui\ amount of common shell pieces will he 
,1 l.\ Captain More, at the Railway 
Department, in the morning between ( J and 
10 o'clock. 

The Western laager shrunk considerably 
yesterday. The Boers are fading away. 

Fort Ayr does not do much to encour- 
age them to stay. For instance, from this 
fort, vesterday a seven-pounder, directed 
at thi " Standard & Diggers" Trench, the 
last one made by the enemy in their en- 
croachment on our Western front is 
situated 1,000 yards from Fort Ayr, the 
pious Boers in avoidance of personal dis« 
comfort, constructed it during the Sundays 
of January— landed right into the em- 
brasure from which the live-pound high 
velocity had been making itself a nuisance. 
This shut it up. Bravo, Fort Ayr! 

Printed < hshed by 

Square, Mafaking. 
Editor and Wamgtr ■ G. N. II. Hhale*. 

By special runners Mr. Ben Weil, on 
Monday, received the pleasing intelligence 
that he is another father, aud, by the same 
token, us a hoy. 




No. 98 

Friday, March 23rd, 1900. 

162nd Day of Siege 

afching glml 

FRIDAY, 23bd MARCH, 1900. 


(From the Bulawayo Chronicle.) 

On the night before the attack 
two hundred men were told off to 
go forward in two columns, their 
orders being to use the bayonet 
only. The march was made in 
dead silence, and at about i a.m. 
the men deployed into line and 
moved forward When we were 
within a few yards of the top of 
the kopje, the enemy commenced 
firing, and with a wild cheer we 
rushed forward. The firing was 
tremendously heavy and the top 
of the kopje was covered with 
wire entanglements, trees, thorn 
bushes, and stone schanzes, pits, 
etc., while the hill itself, with 
its huge boulders, was one of the 
hardest we have climbed. By 
this time the moon was down and 
it was pitch dark. Three dyna- 
mite mines were exploded, and 
the Dutch kept on firing at point 
blank range, with case shot, into 
friend and foe alike. We gained 
the top of the kopje, went through 
their position without firing a 
shot, and then, after a slight 
pause, down the other side. The 
darkness was intense, it being im- 
possible to see more than a few 
yards. The Boers were cute 
enough to keep still, as we passed 
through and over them, lying 
quietly among the rocks, and then 
getting up and filing into our 
backs. We marched hack to camp 
by a circuitous route, oar casual- 
ties being five killed and twenty- 
four wounded, three of whom died. 
The enemy, imagining we had. 
retired the way we came, kept up 

a heavy fire in that directon 
whereas only about thirty men 
who were in reserve and did not 
go up the kopje, retired that way, 
The loss of the enemy is not 
known ; but it is estimated to be 
more than ours. 

The Argus says : " The military 
authorities are determined to 
avail themselves of all the Colo- 
nial assistance that may offer. 
The Commander-in-chief, recog- 
nising the services rendered by 
the Colonial troops, authorised 
the formation of a division. Col. 
Brabant, M.L.A., C.M.G., was 
given the local and temporary 
rank of Brigadier General, and is 
in command. Brabant's horse, 
with several other irregular corps 
and mounted contingents from 
the infantry volunteer regiments, 
will form the first portion of this 
force, and its first object will be 
to drive the enemy out of the 
Colony.'' It has been decided to 
raise a further 1,500 mounted 
irregulars. Recruiting stations will 
be open in all parts of the Colony, 
and it is proposed to elect the 
officers from Colonial gentlemen, 
or those with Colonial experience. 




The Boers* letter says : " That British 
troops are contrary to the usage of civilized 
warfare, Mowing up and burning farms, 
and devastating, making unprotected 
women and children homeless and starving, 
This happens not only in place* where 
barbarians are encouraged by British 
officers, but even in Cape Colony and tins 
State, where white brigands come out for 
the theatre of war, with the evident in- 
tention of carrying on general davastation, 
without any reason recognised by the 
customs of war, and without furthering 

operations. We wish to protest against 
such acts." 

Lord Roberts' reply says: "I acknow- 
ledge Your Honours telegram charging 
British troops with the destruction of pro- 
perty contrary to the recognised usages of 
war, and with brigandage and devastation* 
These charges are made in vague general 
terms, no specific cases being mentioned 
or evidence given. I have seen such 
charges made before in the press, but in 
no case, that has come under my notice, 
have they been substantiated. 

" Most stringent instructions have been 
issued to British troops to respect private 
property as far as compatible with the 
conduct of military operations. All wan- 
ton destruction or injury to peaceful 
inhabitants is contrary to British practice 
and tradition, and will, if necessary, be 
rigorously repressed by me. 

" I regret Your Honours should have 
seen fit to repeat untrue statements that 
barbarians have been encouraged by British 
officers to commit depredations. In the 
only case in which a raid has been per- 
petrated by Native subjects of the Queen, 
the act was contrary to the instructions of 
the British officers nearest the spot, and 
entirely disconcerted his operations. 

"The women and children taken pris- 
oners by Natives was restored to their 
homes by the agency of the British officer 
before mentioned. 

'• I regret to say that it is the Republican 
forces which have in some cases been 
guilty of carrying on war in a manner not 
in accordance with civilized usage. 1 
refer especially to the expulsion of loyal 
subjects of Her Majesty from their homes 
in the invaded districts of this Colony, 
because they refused to be commandeered 
by the invaders. 

" It is barbarous to attempt to force men 
to take a side against their own bovi 
and country by threat of Spoliation and 
expulsion. Many women and children 
have had to leave their homes owing to 
such compulsion, and many of those who 
were formerly in comfortable circumstances 
are now living on charity. 

" That war should inflict hardships and 
injury on peaceful inhabitants is inevitable, 
but it is desired by Her Majesty s Govern- 
ment, and it is my intention, that this war 
shall be conducted with as little injury as 
possible to peaceful inhabitants and to 
private property, and I hope Your Honours 
will exercise your authority to ensure it 
being conducted in a similar spirit on 
your side." 


Mafeking, March 22nd, 1900. 
Sir, — What, have I evei done to 
cause you to do your best, in whic 
bav< suoceeded wonderfully, espeei 

I hi se times when liquor is bci 

ice inundated with till. ,, clamouring 
me, to congratulate me, and 
anxious eyes and longing months waiting 

for me to open a bottle or two of the good 
old wine to drink to the health of the 
ni wly bora son, I would not mind if the 
news were correct, but as suoh is not the 
I '.-.ill feel obliged il you will kindly 
insert in your next issue asking the in- 
formant to cull on Mr. B. W( il, wl 
will be received with open arn 
closed I 

Yours faithfully, 

B. Wl ii 

[Apparently our jubilation was too pre- 
vious. We cannot understand how we 
could have been so misinformed except upon 
'he hypothesis that " coming events cast 

them.'.'— Ed.] 

W.T.II,— ThuoU for the kind oil,' you 
•i back of the M.S.S. We feel sure 
is high-olass, but would be 
i" tter able to judge if we 

n J" written. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

' B S. S. Bad ■/■ I 

Mafeking, 23bd Mai:, a, 1900. 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
on Saturday, the 24th Muni,, at the 
Court House, at 10-10 a.m., for the 
examination of such prisoners as maj be 
brought before it. Lieut.'-Col. 
C. B. Vyvyan. Member: Major F W 

Committee.— The Asses 

Committee will meet on Sunday 25th 
instant, at Dixon's Hotel at 10 a ... 
Owners attending at the above place and 

hour will be informed about what time the 

Committee will arrive at their respective 

r ' ,| ?- T I ll P"! of l'>'- H. P. Deni 
Chief Clerk to the D.A.A.G.(n), is in- 
creased from 12/- to 10/- per diem. Such 
to date from 15th inst. in,' 
By order, 

E. H. CECIL, Major. 

Chief Stall Offioer. 

A Siege Exhibition 



— ON — 

SUNDAY, MARCH 2511], 191 

Committee : 
Col. Baden-Powell ; Major H. J. Goold- 
Adams, C.B., C.M.G. ; C. G. H. Bell. Esq . 
G.I CM. . Capt. J. E. More ; F I 

ley, Esq. (Mayor). 

Managing Director: J.W. DeKock, Esq 

Hon. Secretaby. : J. R. Algie, Esq. 


1. Prize, £5, presented by Col. Baden- 
Powell, for the Best Model of any locally 
manufactured Siege Weapon or Armament, 
or of any Fort or Eedan. 

Second Prize, w J. . presented In' Major 
r \Y Pa 

2. Prize, to, presented by Messrs. 
Wirsing Bros , for the Quaintest or Most 

Original Curio, ornamental or useful, eon- 
structed ol any shells or bullets which 
have been Bred into the town 
enemy dining the Siege. 

3. Prizi , 65, for the best piece of Fancy 
Work made during the Siege. 

1 Prize, 65, for the best piece of Lace 
worked duriug the Siege. 

5. Ph..' . 65, presi cti d bj 1 1, Riesle, 

11 the best collection of not less 
than Forty Siege Photos. 
And a Second Prize of £2 10s. 

6. Prize, 65, presented bj the Mafeking 
Mm I, for the best Musical Composition, 
either Waltz or March. To be written for 
Piano only, or for Orchestra. The success- 
ful composition to be known as the 

M« ' Ui ■ B ege Waltz, or March.'" 

V. Prize, 62 2s., presented bj Major 

"• •' ' foi the best Essay 

-: Life. Open to gii 

Ogi oi 15. 

■■ 62 2s., presented bj Major 
"■ ■'■ Goold-Adams, foi the best Essay 
"ii Siege Life. Open to boys under the 
agi .-i 15 

" " ll ■ '' '"ce to Prizes 7 and 8, all 
<a must present themselves for 
examination at the Masonic Hall on 
March 25th inst., at 9 a.m., for the purpose 
of writing their Essay. They will bo 
allowed until noon to complete their work 
i" the presence of a Commissioner, who 
will be in attendance an.l who will Bupplj 
the necessary writing materials. 

;) ' Prizi , 62 j.. presented bj C. W 
Cluoas, Esq., for the best Dressed Doll, 

10. Prize, ,£0, presented by V. Whiteley, 
Esq.. foi the best Painting (oil or water 
colour), or Pen and Ink Sketch, portray- 
ing any scene, incident, or character, con- 
nected With the Siege. 

_ 11. Prize, £2 2s., presented by A. H. 
Friend, Esq., for the best original Poem 
or Song, Competing poems oi songs must 
be recited or sung (as the case nit . 
the competitors (or any person appointed 
by them) on the afternoon of the I 

12. Prize, 65, presented by B. B. Weil, 
Esq., for the best Siege Anecdote, of not 
more than .500 words. 

13. Prize, £3, presented by Lady's Sarah 
Wilson, for the best Trimmed Lady's Hat. 
The hat and material to have been pur- 
chased in Mafeking during the Si. g 
The unsuccessful hats to he sold by auction 
after Exhibition, if so desired. 


1. The Committee, in due course, will 
arrange and appoint Judges for each class. 

2. All exhibits may be marked " For 

^ 3. All exhibits must be handed in to the 
Committee or their Nominee, at the Masonic 
Hall, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 
a.m., on the morniug of the Exhibition. 

4. All entries free. 

■J. In no class will prize be given unless 
at least two entries are received. 

The Exhibition will open at 3 p.m. 

Admission is. Competition Free. 

During tin all.,,;, i/„ .1/.,. | 

Orchestral Society will play selections. 


London Tailor, Mafeking. 

WISHES to acquaint the Public of 
Mafeking and District tHat he has 
no connection with any other Tailor in 
Mafeking. He is still acting as Cutter 
himself personally, the same as be has 
been doing for the last I years, never having 
lei ; in workmen for the cutting, and 
intends to continue doing in the future as 
he has done in the past. 

Aldred & Ross' Usual Sunday 


The above, duly instructed, will sell : 

Effects of the late Capt. Hon. D. H. Marsham, 
ii .. „ E. G. Parsiow, 
» „ „ Trooper Webb, C.P. 

Also 18-carat Gold Watch : 2 Double- 
barrelled Shot Guns : Bicycles ; Second- 
hand Clothing ; Double Set Mule Harness , 
Underclothing; Boot-. Shoes, etc., eto. 

No Reserve. 9-30 AM- 




No. 99 

Saturday, March 24th, 1900. 

m gtafchmg Stat] 

SATURDAY, 24th MARCH, 1900. 


When we read the letter from lumber- 
ley, published in these columns last Tues- 
day, relating the excessive mortality in 
that town during four months of the 
siege, which was three times higher than the 
normal rate, and also the despatch from Ladi- 
smith, telling of eight thousand of a gar- 
rison of 11,000 having been under Hospi- 
tal treatment during a similar period, we 
ought to congratulate ourselves upon our 
great good fortune regarding hygenic con- 
ditions. If we take the Victoria Hospital 
returns of the number of patients treated 
since October 12th, the day we were cut oft, 
i.e., 382 Europeans, although acknowledg- 
ing in justice to the Hospital staff, that 
this number of oaees has been a severe 
strain upon its powers, the proportion to 
the garrison, a little over 14 p.c, is most 
remarkably low, while the daily awnie;e 
of 48 patients, or barely '2\ per cent of 
the Europeans, is also a subject for con- 
gratulation. In this daily average we 
have not included the convalescents, but 
their number is scarcely worth while in- 
cluding, as it would not make the average 
of those unavailable for duty exceed the 
low per centage just mentioned. There 
has been, in addition to the patients in- 
cluded, in the Victoria Hospital returns, 
an average of live or six in the Women's 
Laager Hospital, which has been establish- 
ed some three months, and there are also 
various Dressing Stations, at the Bridge, 
the Brickfields, Maj. Godley's Ac, which we 
have not included as their ministrations 
men confined almost entirely to natives. 
With reference to these remarks n the 
Hospital, we do not wish it to be imagined 
that we are tacitly approving the work 
done, or its methods, which is a subject 
we reserve our right to call public at- 
tention to directly circumstances reader 
it possible, we simply quote these figures, 
which include our wounded, to show how 
hygenically fortunate we have been, com- 
pared with Ladismith and Kirnberley. 
Witli regard to Native statistics they 
show an equally low proportion of sickness 
and mortality. Any one, who has given 
but a little attention to this subject, knows 
that the Natives, particularly our local races, 
succumb sooner to disease than whites, 
and moreover their mode of living makes 

mortality amongst them more easily affect 
cd by any fluctuation of the food 
supply. Given a few plentiful years and 
their numbers increase enormously, while 
on the contrary, one seasons drought Bends 
their death rate up to extraordinary 
height. There have been several years 
drought and the consequent distret 
considerably increased by the loss of cat- 
tle through rinderpest. Without doubt, 
had there been no war, the fine rain I 
would have rendered this year a much 
bettor one for them than they have had 
for nearly a decade, hut the war stopped 
cultivation of the land, and the result is that 
this season proved no better for them, in the 
matter of food supply, than past years and 
it might have been expected that sickness 
and mortality would have been abnormally 
high amongst them. Such, however, has 
not been the case. That there have been 
instances of weakly ones, succombing to 
the privations which all have to share, 
whether white or black, no one would 
dispute, but to suppose that these cases 
were sufficient, or sufficiently important, 
to form in excuse for the most Quixotic 
negrophile to rampage over, is utterly 
absurd. Even supposing it were true, 
which it certainly is not, that 
any had died for need of foi id 
which had been uselessly locked up 
from them ; in plain language: had they 
been starved to death, anyone who has 
witnessed the daily starvation of whites, 
and the sacrifice of those lives in the 
principal towns of (heat Britain, would 
feel but a very slight pang on hearing of 
a few losses amongst a syphillitic 
and leprous -stricken black race. But no 
such preventable mortality has occurred, 
and what we desire particularly to point 
out is : that even were the Natives includ- 
ed in our calculation of those subjected 
to medical treatment during the siege, 
the health of Mafeking would still compare 
favourably with that of other besieged 
towns. A fact which we have reason to 
be most thankful for. 

Extract from Official Telegrams copied 
from the London Times, of January 5th :— 


Lieutenant Montmorency, 21st Lancers, 
reinforced by 100 Cape Mounted .Rifles and 
4 guns, went to relieve a Dordrecht detach- 
ment of 28, fell in with the enemy at Labus- 
chagne's Nek, seven miles from Dordrecht, 
drove Boers from their position and relieved 
the missing party, except fourCape Mounted 

163rd Day of Siege 

Rifles and three Cape Police; oui casualty 
was one severely wounded I 
enemy's.loss thirty. At, 1.40 Captain Golds- 
worthy with 50 C ipe Mounted Police ai rived 
on the scene in support of the party ; our 
men retired in a south-westerly direction to- 
wards the camp. The detachment were out 
off by the enemy the previous night, ow me, to 
theii refusal to leave a wounded officer,Lieut. 
Warren, Brabant's Horse. These ( 10) men, 
under LieutenantsMiltonandTurner defend- 
ed themselves most gallantly against the 
repeated attacks of some Sill) Bon-. The 
enemy resorted to sniping during the Bight, 
renewing a heavy lueal daylight, whi-n tle-y 

were again repulsed with Loss Lieutenant 
Montmorency and the scouts, loaded with 
quantities of ammunition, mounted fchi i 
on the South side in the nick of time, as 
Lieut. Milford's ammunition was running 
short. The Boer- fled hastily, contenting 
themselves with firingfrom the hills at long 
ranges That out loss was so slight is in In- 
explained only by the had shooting and poor 
courage shown by the enemy. The enemy 
tried the white flag triok with Lieut. Milford, 
butwithouteffec-t, while. hii reply to thi I 

volley accompanying their white Sag, killed 
two of them. The enemy crept down and 
shot Milford's horses, tor w hicb tli u < w a a no 
room in the position he had taken up. They 
dared not, however, come to close lighting 
w ith his men, 

On or about Decembei 30th th rebels at- 
tacked Dordrecht in considerable force, but 
were repulsed with a loss of s men and I 3 
h. ■[ - skilled, ourcasualtieswerefourwounded 
From a conversation] had with a Lieutenant 
I learn that 33 Boer horses were found de id 
round the position. The 13 beingonh 
counted in one spot. Lieut. Milford describes 
the white flag incident as follow- llarge 
party of Boers came trotting quietly forward 
having Kaffirs in front dressed 1 ke black 
police, and naturally were mistaken, as it was 
was intended, forfriends coming to the relief 
of our men; when the Boers drew close, two 
moved to the right and hoisted a white 9 ig, 
upon which the remainder galloped swiftly to 
a near position undercover. The trick was 
discovered too late to check the Boers, but 
the two men with the flag were shot. The 
Beers had express cartridges with a copper 
tube in the nose of the bullet. 1 have also 
seen Mauser cartridges with soft nose bullets 
picked up near Dordrecht."' Swanelef, the 
Commandant at Storm berg, has died of 
his wounds. On January 2nd Gatacre re- 
ported seven Mounted Police still missing. 

The rebels in Barkly district were re- 
ported to be demoralised by the occupation of 
Dordrech t.and immediately armed theN;it i \es 
of Barkly East. Itwas, however, considered 
that the latter would remain loyal. 


The Union Jack flying over 
the Presidency- 

and cavalry, it is difficult to see 
how it can keep pace with the 
other columns. 


Mr. Rhodes ill. 

(Bauter) Capetown, March 14th. 

mfontein was oooupied by the British 

without opposition. The officials met 
Bobsrts two miles outside the town, and 
handed over the keys The Union Jack 
i« now flying over the Presidency. 

It is believed that the wagon bridge at 
Colesberg has been further damaged. 

The transport " Manila " with Boer pris- 
on) is on hoard has sailed for St. Helena 

The Boers have evacuated Van Wijk's 
Vlei, and h ^ occupied Vo6burg. 

Rhodes is suffering from influenza 

It has been discovered that the Dutch 
held communication with the Boer pris- 
oners at Simonstown by placing letters in 
l l Ions. 

culmination of Roberts' strategy 
and splendid generalship was reached to- 
day, when the British entered Bloemfon- 

actioall} unopposed, 

Gerti 1:1! In nch, having eul the railwa) 
and telegraph lines, experienced a Blight 
skirmish with the enemy, who were hold- 
ing some kopjes to the south-east of the 
town. Early in the morning the first 
cavalry brigade moved forward, andocou- 
pii -I 51 vera! kopjes • •■1st of the tow 1. and 
which commanded it. The enem; 
remained in the kopjes to the south of 
town. Inn a few Bbells drove them off, 
i" 1 the t .'.mi .1,, rendered. Lord Rob rts 
icorted to the town by the Acting 

State Seo j , ami was enthusic 

chi ered l>\ .1 large number of residents. 
When th.. Commander-in-Chief entered 
the Presidency, the crowd outside sang 
" God save the Queen," which was repeat- 
ed after the Onion Jack was hoisted, amid 
deafening cheers. 

The mitotan correspondent of 

the Press Association, writing re 
General Gatacre, says, inter alia: 
•'That officer has already shown 
himself to he one of the most 
capable generals in the field. In 
previous campaigns lie has 
carried out operations of which 
many military commanders of a 
similar rank arc not unnaturally 
envious. In the present instance 
the difficulties of the task before 
him arc augmented by having un- 
der Ins command a force winch 
is totally unsuited to the work 
which it is expected to perform. 
Until General Gatacre's column 
is reinforced with more urtillei \ 

Mr. Selous, interviewed by a 
home paper, said in reference to 
the remark, " Apparently after 
getting into the Kree State, our 
troops will have a flat country to 
traverse : no more kopjes 1" " It 
is a mistake," he replied " to sup- 
pose that any large area of that 
country is cpiite flat; instead of 
kopjes there are ridges which, 
although they may not lend them- 
selves to gun mounting, make ex- 
cellent cover for marksmen" 
" Then you think we have a tough 
job?" " A very tough one indeed, 
I am afraid." ' Do you imagine 
that the Boers can be pacified 
later on by any conciliatory meas- 
ures?'-' "I am afraid not. Now 
that it has gone so far, we shall 
have to carry it right through. 
Half measures will probably re- 
sult in more and worse trouble 
later on." 


By the considerate courtesy of Lieut, 
the Hon. A. Hanbury Tracey, a number of 
newspapers received by the Intelligence 

a "ill he plaeed in the " Mail " 

olhce to-morrow, Sunday, for the con- 
veoience of any who would like to peruse 

The liners have retir .1 bi yond rifle 
'I tlie Bast. 

To-morr. w's attracl are the Exhibi- 
tion, ihe Newspapers at this office, nd 
lasl hut ni t least, Aldred & Hoss' Sale. 

Aldred & Ross' Usual Sunday 


The above, duly instructed, will sell: 

Effects of the late Cant- Hon. H. D. Marsham, 
.. o E. G. Parslow, 
o ., Trooper Webb, C.P. 

Also lij-carat Gold Watch ; -2 Double- 
d Shot Guns ; Bicycles , Second- 
hand Clothing ; Double Set Mule Harness ; 
Underclothing; Loots; Shoes, etc., etc. 

New Arrangements for the Transmission of 
Telegrams and Dealing with Letter!!. 

No Reserve. 9-30 AM. 

Till-: Bombproof at the end of Minehin's 
yard, at Headquarters, will be open 
daily to receive Letters and Telegrams for 
North and South, between the hours of 
9 a.m. and 10 a.m. (Sundays excepted). 
The following are the rates for Telegrams : 
Via the North, lid. jar word, plus a fee of 
1/- for a receipt, duly stamped ; Telegrams 
for Cape Colony and Natal will be accepted 
by this route. 

Telegrams via the South for Cape Colony 
and Natal will also be accepted, the rate 
being 1/- for 12 words, plus a fee of 1/- for 
a duly stamped receipt. 

Cablegrams 4/0 per word, via the North 
-I/- ,. ,, ,, the South 
plus 1/- receipt fee. 

The sale of stamps for letters for local 
delivery will be restricted. 

Letters for Northern and Southern routes 
must be handed to the Postal Official on 
duty, and stamps cannot on any account 
be sold. 

Bates op Postage— Letters. 

Local delivery (within town limits., Id. 
per \ oz. 

Delivery at (imposts and Forts, 3d. 
per $ oz. 

Letters for United Kingdom, Cape 
Colony and Natal via the South, lid. 
per i oz. 

Letters for United Kingdom, Cape 
Colony, Natal ami Rhodesia, via the North 
1/- per 4 oz. 

Newspapers for local delivery Id. per 
paper. Book Post Id. per once. 


Pillar or Wall Letter receivers are ereeted 
at the following places in Mafeking and 
are cleared at the times mentioned: 

Latest time for posting letters, 
Ax., for each collection. 

Pillar A Wall Don.,. Morning. Afternoon. 

Dixon's Hotel 9-55 a.m. 3-55~p^n 

De Kock's Corner 9-40 ,, 3-40 
Victoria Hospital 9-30 „ 3-30 ' 
Post OHice u-.'j.j (| 3.35 " 

Railwaj Division 9-30 ,. 3-30 
Whiteley,Walker&Co 9-45 „ 3-45 ' 

The following l; ,bl e shows the hours at 
which the Letter Box is dose.l for the 
different Suburban Offices, and the hours 
at which mails are due to arrive at this 
Olhce ; — 

Letter Boxes close Letters due at 

at Mafeking at For Mafeking at 

5-0 p.m. Brickfields 9-0 a.m. 

.■ Baralung Stadt 

B.S.A.P. Fort '„ 

Cannon Kopje 
Native Location ,, 
Western Outposts ,, 

J. V. HOWAT, Postmaster. 

Mafeking, i>o nd A.r arc h, jynn. 




No. 100 

Monday, March 26th, 1900. 

* bt jjflafelung gfatl. 

MONDAY, 26th MARCH, 1900. 


About midnight on Friday sleepless ones 
were much agitated in their minds by hear- 
ing cheering, more cheers, and " God save 
the Queen " coming from the direction of 
the Brickfields. The cause of the " sound 
of revelry by night" was discovered to be 
the jubilation of the C.P. and the Colonial 
■Contingent upon learning from Sub-Insp. 
Murray, who with Tpr. Mullalue, had 
visited the Boer trench, just evacuated, 
and brought with them a batch of pap-rs, 
including a S. $ D. News, which told of the 
fjill of Bloemfontein, hence the nocurnal 
outburst of musical loyalty. Insp. Brown 
then took out a detachment of C.P. and 
Colonial Contingent to dismantle the 
trenches, there he sighted some wives. 
Calling Sergt. Page to inspect, that officer, 
followed them up and discovered they led 
to a mine of two hundred and fifty pounds 
of nitro glycerine. The wires he promptly 
disconnected and unearthed the little plan 
of fifty packets of five pounds each. 


On Saturday evening a meeting com- 
posed of Town Councillors, members of 
the Chamber of Commerce, and some of 
the general public was, held in the Court 
House to consider the question of com- 
pensation. There was a good attendance, 
the chair was taken by his Worship, the 
Mayor, P. Whiteley, Esq. After the 
Chairman had explained the purpose of 
the meeting, which was shortly, that in 
view of the fact that so many of the 
townspeople have suffered loss by the 
siege, it was necessary that some steps 
should be taken towards seeing that 
claims for compensation should be brought 
before the Imperial Government. The 
military authorities, so far, do not admit 
any legal liability, but from what he can 
learn, there is no reason to suppose the 
town's requirements would not be met in 
an amicable and fair spirit. As, no doubt, 
many of ihose present are aware, the first 
thing Lord Roberts did after entering 
Kimberley, was to form a commission to 
enquire into the town's damages and his 
action was endorsed bv Mr. Chamberlain 

in the House- of Commons, who publicly 
stated that lie had no doubt the Cabinet 
would take upon themselves the responsi- 
bility of supporting tli-- claim, and he, the 
Mayor, believed if an application were made 
to the High Commissioner on the subject, 
Colonel Baden-Powell would be quite will- 
ing to send it on. with a covering letter 
strongly supporting the town's case. He 
suggested that a joint committee be ap- 
pointed of members of each of the bodies 
represented, i.e. the Town Council and the 
Chamber of Commerce, to frame a peti- 
and forward it. 

Mr. Musson spoke in favour of this plan 
being adopted. 

Mr. Riesle considered that a public 
meeting should be called, but withdrew 
his motion on that subject, in favour of 
one by Mr. Early, seconded by Mi Winter, 
that " a joint committee should be formed 
with the object of framing a Petition upon 
the subject of Compensation for Losses sus- 
tained by townspeople in consequence of 
the siege to His Excellency, the Governor, 
to be transmitted through the Colonel 

A resolution of Mr. Weil, supported by 
Mr. Firth, that the avoidance of any future 
objection on the part of claimants who 
could not be consulted, would be overcome 
by a personal canvas for their signatures, 
was negatived. 

Ultimately the following were elected 
to act as the Joint Committee : The May- 
or, Messrs. H. H. Bradley, H. G. Early, 
H. Martin and B. B. Weil 

Maf eking Garrison. 


Colonel 11. S. S. Baden-Powell, Ooi 
matvlnvg Frontit i Foi < ■ - 

Mafkkino, 2Gth Mabch, 1900. 

The Colonel Commanding desires il to 
be noted that in Saturday's Order (24th) 
calling attention to the good work done in 
the Brickfields, the name of Capt. A. W. P. 
Williams, B.S.A.P., was, by a clerical 
error, omitted from the list of successive 
Commanders. Further, in connection with 
the occupation of the Boers' work at the 
Brickfields, on the night of the 23rd, the 
Colonel Commanding desires to place on 
record thr good service performed by Sub- 

165th Day of Siege 

Inspector Murray and Trooper Mullalue, 
D. 2, Cape Police, in reconnoitring the 
position during the retirement of the 
enemy. Their action enabled the work to 
be occupied without delay by our men, and 
to be practically dismantled and the thine 
to be removed under cover of darkness 
during the remainder of the night. 

Court of Summary Juruttietion, — The 
Court of Summary .Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow, the 27th instant, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the exami- 
nation of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President : Major Lord 
Edward Cecil, D.S.O. ; Member: C. G. H, 
Bell Esq., C.C. .v R.M. 

Pay, — With reference to General Order 
No. 4 of the 19th November, 1899, and 
No. 3 of 29th January, 1900, the appoint- 
ment and pav of Silas Molema are both to 
date- from 13th October, 1899, inclusive. 

Ordnance Shops. — No. 200, Lance Cor- 
poral H. Metcalfe, Prot. Begt., is appointed 
to the Ordnance Shops as a Turner, with 
Extra Duty Pay at the rate of 2/6 per 
diem, to date from the 20th instant in- 

Meat Ration*.— Tinned Meats will in 
future be issued twice a week from the 
A.8.C. Butchery, namely, on Tuesdays and 

By order, 
E H. CECIL, Major, 
Chief Staff Officer. 


Now they never mention it. 

A letter published in the Sketch, which 
was found by the C.P. in the trench 
evacuated by the Boers, written by a 
Surgeon who went with the armoured 
train from Molteno, includes the following : 

" I am an Englishman and have lived 
for twenty-five years in the Free State, the 
greater part of the time at Smithtield. 
The greater number of the burghers were 
against war, and never wished for closer 
union with the Transvaal, but they were 
a.11 in a state of dread as to what their 
Government could do to them." [Happy 
Republicans."] .... A few nights 
before I left (Qy. November) we were 
officially told that Ladysmith had fallen, 

two thousand British soldiers were slain, 
and all the rest were prisoners. We heard 
of no Boer disasters with the exception of 
the cutting-up of the German corps. A 
man came into our camp one day and said 
he had seen the Lancers charge four times 
through the corps, and at the fourth charge 
tin Germans Burrender&d. He said they 
lost six hundred killed. . . . * The 
burghers were disgusted that Mafeking had 
not yet been taken. They heard that 
Cronje said he had ' attacked fourteen 
times, and had as many times been re- 
pulsed, and that when he met Baden-Powell 
he would shake hands with him for a gen- 
tleman.' I lately heard nothing said about 
Mafeking : it was a sore subject. V\e 
were constantly to'd of the great successes 
of the Boer anus, unci how the British 
were being gradually driven into the sea 

The difficulty in maintaining 

discipline isven great. Nearly every man 
is a ' baas." The night before I left, the 
Commandant wanted to send out a part\ 
of 1/iO men. It took him two hours to gel 
them together, because when the burghers 
heard of it they ' stuck themselves awa\ ," 
not wanting to he sent." 

The VoikstUm of Wednesday. March 
14th, says: " Yesterday, the capital of tin- 
Free State was evacuated by the Govern- 
ment of that country, and it is at the pre- 
sent moment in the hands of the enemy. 
The most important State documents and 
the archives have been removed in safety 
to Eroonstad, winch town will become the 
temporary seat of the Government for the 
Sister Republic. . . We sympathise 

keenly with President Steyn, who has been 
driven from the capital of his State and 
compelled to leave the town to the tender 
mercies of the enemy. It is probable that 
the fortunes of war may yet bring brighter 
days to us, and in that case neither Presi- 
dent Steyn nor his burghers will be for- 
gotten by their brethren of the Transvaal. 

Crying for Peace. 

The same paper says : The despatch of a 
deputation to Europe, representing the 
Orange Free State and the South African 
Republic, shows that both in Pretoria and 
Kroonstad the opinion is that the hour has 
arrived when the question in dispute be- 
tween England and the Republics in South 
Africa should be settled by other means 
than a further appeal to arms. 

On March 5th the two Republics sent a 
joint despatch to Lord Salisbury, suggesting 
that the time had come to preserve South 
Africa from further bloodshed and devas- 
tation and emphasizing the fact that the 
Republics are only fighting for the defence 
of their threatened independence, with no 
idea at any time of ousting the British 
Government from South Africa. Further, 
they consider that recent British victories 
have brought us to the moment when 
peace negotiations could be arranged to 
mutual satisfaction. 

To this His Lordship replied in a court- 
eous but firm despatch (the text of which 
we hope to print to-morrow) that Her 

Majesty's Government can onlj say they 
are not prepared to assent to the Inde- 
pendence of either the South African 
Republic or the Orange Free State. 

The plenipotentiary in Eng'and of the 
late Transvaal Republic, Mr. Montague 
White, went to America in February in 
the interests of peace and to ascertain the 
public feeling in America. He admits 
possessing no diplomatic status because, he 
says, Great Britain controls the cables." 


On Sunda) evening, March 11th, Messrs. 
Abraham Fischer, member of the Executive 
Council of the Free State, A. l>. W. Wol- 
marans, member of the Transvaal Executive 
Council, and Mr Wessels, chairman of tbe 
Free State Volksraad, left Pretoria on their 
way to Europe, via Delagoa Bay. Tin- 
party left the Bay on Tuesday, 13th, in a 
German steamship. 

Pretoria, March 6th (S. .r D. Special). — 
The Federal cordon round Mafeking is 
being drawn tighter every day. All out- 
side forts manned by the garrison have 
now been taken except one. All Natives 
driven out are sent back to the town and 
a crisis seems imminent 


Dealing with the fight and surrender of 
Cronje at Paardeberg, the S. 4' &• on 
March 8th euphemistically says it " mo- 
mentarily disturbed the long line of victories 
they enjoyed, hut Cronje is only one among 
many " (of the generalsj. ..." His, 
the Boers' humour, is to drive the enemy 
off Republican soil." Ha! Hoi 

What they told the Boers. 

S, M D.— Feb. 19th.— '« The opinion held 
on the continent of Europe is that the 
relief of Lady smith has practically been 
given up." 

Bloemfontein Rejoicing at 
Roberts' Advance. 

"There was great jubilation in certain 
circles at Bloemfontein when the news 
was received that 2,000 British had reached 
Kimberley, but, added the 8. «J- D., 'two 
thousand cavalry will not last long.' " 

The London correspondent of the Liver- 
pool Post says :— The War Office have in 
their possession a letter written by Gener- 
al Wauchope the night before the battle 
[of Magersfontein] , stating that " he had 
been asked to perform an impossible task, 
that he bad remonstrated in vain, and 
that he had either to obey or surrender 
his sword." It is stated that the Scotch 
M.P.'s are determined that the whole facts 
shall be investigated, this they believe due. 
not only to the memory of the gallant 
officer, hut to vindicate the character and 
reputation of the Highland Brig ule. 


Dec. 31. — French reports Boers gene 
from Rensburg to Colesberg. 

On January 1st General French helio- 
graphed fiom Coleskop : Leaving at Rens- 
burg, holding enemy in front, half 1st 
Suffolk and section of Royal Horse Artillery, 
I started from there 5 o'clock afternoon, 
Dec. 31st, taking with me five squadrons, 
half of the 2nd Berkshire, HO mounted in- 
fantry, carriage and wagous and ten guns ; 
halted four hours at Maeder's farm, and at 
3-30 this morning occupied kopje overlook- 
ing and west of Colesberg. Enemy's out- 
posts taken completely by surprise. At 
daylight shelled laager, and enfiladed right 
of enemy's position. Artillery fire, in repiy, 
very hot from fifteen pounder, with royal 
laboratory ammunition ; and other guns. 
Silenced guns on enemy's right flan k. 
Demonstrating with cavalry and guns to 
North of Colesberg, towards junction, 
where strong laager of enemy holding hill 
and position South-east of Colesberg, as 
far as junction. Our position cuts line of 
retreat via road bridge. Someone thousand 
Boers, with two guns, reported returning 
to Norval's. All Remington scouts pro- 
ceeded towards Achtertang yesterday 
morning. Casualties : three killed and a 
few wounded : no officers among numh t\ 
Emmy's strength is about 5,000 to 7,000 

On January 2nd, the War Office received 
the following : -French's position same a > 
yesterday, says that with small reinforce- 
ments could dislodge enemy from Coles- 

Advancing on Saturday French found 
that the enemy bad damaged the railway 
beyond Arundel. On Monday tbe enemy 
held firmly to their positions, but were 
persistently shelled by two batteries of 
Royal Horse Artillery, supported by Cavalry 
and Berkshires. Fighting went on all day, 
and the enemy were driven from hill to hill. 
In this the Berkshires did good work, 
occupying successive positions on the high 
ground, and seizing every opportunity to 
pour a hot fire on the enemy. The enemy 
retired in a westerly direction, and were 
again followed by our force. Last night they 
had reached Vanderwaltsfontein, by way of 
north, and fighting took place in that direc- 
tion. An unfortunate accident has oocuri ed 
on the railway. 2G trucks, laden with 
provisions, standing at Rensburg, escaped 
down incline towards Colesberg junction, 
and attaining a great speed, ran as far as a 
broken culvert, beyond Plew tnan. The 
trucks were wrecked, and tbe enemy began 
looting the freight. Another train was 
despatched from Rensburg with a company 
of the Suffolk Regiment and a number of 
Cape boys to recover the provisions. The 
enemy opened fire on the Suffolks from 
Vanderwaltsfontein with cannon, obliging 
the Suffolks to take shelter in a neighbour- 
ing water course. The enemy's fire was then 
directed on the two trains, aud several 
Natives were killed. Twenty shells in all 
were fired, and the relief train then returned 
to Rensburg. The number of our casual- 
ties is not known, but 16 wounded arrived at 

According to advices fromNauwpoort, the 
camp has been moved forward toTaaibosch- 
laagte. The Boers left hurriedly, leaving 
their saddles and provisions in laager. The 
cause of their departure is unknown. They 
are reported to have retreated towards the 
Free State, However, they hold Colesberg 
and Vanderwaltsfontein. Our scouts were 
within a mile of Colesberg. 





No. 101 

Tuesday, March 27th, 1900. 

166th Day of Siege 


Hfefelimg flail. 

TUESDAY, 27th MARCH, 1900. 


In another column will be found 
the text of Lord Salisbury's reply 
to the dispatch from Presidents 
Kruger and Steyn, in which they 
offer to stop the war if Great 
Britain guarantee the indepen- 
dence of the two Republics. In 
the opinion of any right-minded 
man the suggestion is an imper- 
tinence and it is a source of grati- 
fication that Lord Salisbury, 
backed up by a unitedly firm 
Cabinet, takes the only view of 
this proposal likely to be appre- 
ciated by those it affects, i.e. the 
present and future colonists of the 
whole of South Africa. The most 
corrupt autocracy and its hideous 
abuse of trust and the disgusting 
duplicity with which it has plotted 
the overthrew of the power on 
which its existence depended, 
must have been for the past, fifteen 
years an object lesson for those 
would-be Republicans whose vision- 
ary ideal should, supposedly, effect 
an improvement upon the constitu- 
tion we are proud to exist under. 
His Lordship's declaration that the 
great calamity we have suffered is 
the penalty for having hitherto 
acquiesced in the existence of 
these "Republics" will strike a 
unisonant chord in the breast of 
every loyal subject of the Empire ; 
and the logically following state- 
ment that " Her Majesty's Govern- 
ment are not prepared to assent 
t i the independence of either of 
the Republics " will cause profound 
gratification throughout that Em- 
pire and especially in this portion 
of it. 

By the courtesy of Capt. More 

we are enabled to publish the 

following communication which he 

received from Mr. H. Wallis : — 

Goode Siding, 

Sunday, 11th March, 1900. 

I received yours of the 6th inst. 
and was awfully glad to hear about 
you again. On the night of 
the 25th February the wily Boer 
evacuated his strong position on 
the hills round Crocodile Pools 
and consequently did not reply to 
our Monday morning's shelling 
from a brand new bomb proof I 
er°cted on Forther's Kopje. We 
have since moved on steadily, leav- 
ing the Johnnies in charge of their 
positions. The 20 ft. South of 
Crocodile Pools was messed up in 
their usual hearty manner and they 
took out about sixteen pairs of 
rails between that point and lla- 
moutsa, and dragged the material 
with oxen to different places, vary- 
ing from fifty yards to a mile and 
half away. From there to 923 
miles no damage was done by 
Boers, but the weeds and grass 
have grown enormously all along 
right up to as far as we have got. 
I do only five miles a day, weeding. 
The stuff is quite three feet high 
and it is impossible to see the 
road. At 923 miles several pairs of 
rails were artistically removed and 
the culvert at Kruger's cottage — 
just North of Ootsi— was destroyed 
and a oattle truck of wood tipped 
into it. Ootsi bridge was all right 
and so was the road up to a few 
miles of Lobatsi, where some more 
rails were taken out and two cul- 
verts destroyed. The double cul- 
vert at 918 was messed up and 
seventeen pairs of rails taken out 
and two sheep trucks buried in the 
permanent way and filled with 
muck. Then we came to Lobatsi, 
which was untouched as far as the 
road and pumps were concerned ; 

but the double 20 ft. South of the 
Siding was blown up and the gir- 
ders damaged. Singularly enough 
they did not touch the pier. In 
the gorge the miserable offenders 
had irretrievably damaged and 
blown up three pairs of rails and 
blown two holes, five feet deep, 
into the rock formation. This we 
overcamo and proceeded here 
without further inconvenience, 
other than the weed nuisance. 
The Colonel still makes me stable 
at Lobatsi for the night. He sent 
out a strong patrol yesterday to 
Pitsani l'othlugo, when two Boers 
saw them and bunked like mad. 
We are told by Natives that the 
Boers from Crocodile Pools are 
divided. Some are at Korwe, 
some at Swatz's farm ; some were 
said to be at Gopani, but we sent 
two squadrons there and didn't 
find any. About Natal and Colony 
nothing but good and heart-in- 
spiring news bas arrived. Buller 
has relieved Ladysmith and killed 
about 2,000 IJoers, but this is not 
confirmed by the High Commis- 
sioner as yet. Lord Roberts is 
moving on Bloemtontein and has 
received Cionje's surrender with 
nearly 10,000 Boers. The old d — 
surrendered unconditionally, and 
nil ., inlying Boers are being en- 
treated to fall hack on Bloem- 
fonteiu where they are going to 
make a stand under Gen. Joubert, 
of the Transvaal. Kruger has 
gone to Natal to inspire his forces 
there with the smug countenance 
and classical oratory. I fancy 
they are beginning to pray for the 
earth to open and swallow them 
up. Native reports state that they 
intend clearing across the Kala 
hari to the German Colony at Wal- 
fish Bay. 

We are now 36 miles from you 
and are .straining our ears to hear 
the bellow of the 94-pdr. ; we have 

not been successful as yet, The 
two niggers you sent me turned 
up as hungry as blazes, and spake 
darkly about xnup and the Mesh of 
the noble companion of man, as 
food. You people seem to get a 
heap of news and photos through, 
for the illustrated papers teem 
with photos of all you celebrities 
and your doings. Mr. T is coming 
down here in a day or two, and I 
will give him your latest despatch. 
(i. might have written to me as he 
is doing no travelling at present 
and one can duck for a shell just 
as well sitting as standing. 1 do 
hope the Colonel will make a 
speedy move and bunk into Mafe- 
king with a crowd of good scoff 
for you people, and we can stand 
by and see you feeding once again. 


London, March 11, L900. 
From Lord Salisbury to the Presi- 
dents of the South African 
Republic and the Orange 
Free State 
I have the honour to acknow- 
ledge Your Honours' telegram 
dated the 5th of March, from 
Bloenifontein, of which the pur- 
port is principally to demand that 
Her Majesty's Government shall 
recognise the incontestable inde- 
pendence of the South African 
Republic and Orange Free State 
as Sovereign International States, 
and to offer on those terms to 
bring the war to a conclusion. In 
the beginning of October last, 
peace existed between Her Majes- 
ty and the two Republics under 
the Conventions which then were 
in existence ; a discussion had 
been proceeding for some months 
between Her Majesty's Govern- 
ment and the South African Re- 
public, of which the object was to 
obtain redress for certain very 
serious grievances under which 
British residents in the South 
African Republic were suffering. 
In the course of these negotiations 
the South African Republic had, 
to the knowledge of Her Majesty's 
Government, made considerable 
armaments, and the latter had 
consequently taken steps to pro- 
vide corresponding reinforcements 
to the British garrisons of Cape- 
town and Natal. No infringement 

of the rights guaranteed by the 
Conventions bad up to that point 
taken place on the British side. 
Suddenly, at two days' notice, the 
South African Republic, after 
issuing an insulting ultimatum, 
declared war against Her Majesty ; 
and the Orange Free State, with 
whom there had not even been any 
discussion, took a similar step. Her 
Majesty's dominions were immedi- 
ately invaded by the two Republics ; 
siege was laid to three towns within 
the British frontier, a large portion 
of the two Colonies was overrun, 
with great destruction to property 
and life, and the Republics claimed 
to treat the inhabitants of exten- 
sive portions of Her Majesty's 
dominions as if those dominions 
had been annexed to one or other 
of them. 

In anticipation of these opera- 
tions the South African Republic 
had been accumulating, for many 
years past, military stores on an 
enormous scale which by their 
character could only have been 
intended for use against Great 
Britain. Your Honours make 
some observations of a negative 
character upon the object with 
which these preparations were 
made. I do not think it necessary 
to discuss these questions you 
have raised but the result of these 
preparations carried on with great 
secrecy has been that the British 
Empire has been compelled to 
confront an invasion which has 
entailed upon the Empire a costly- 
war and the loss of thousands of 
precious lives. This great calamity 
has been the penalty which Great 
Britain has suffered for having in 
recent years acquiesced in the 
existence of the two Republics. 
In view of the use to which the 
two Republics have put the posi- 
tion whicli was given to them, and 
the calamities which their unpro- 
voked attack has inflicted upon 
Her Majesty's dominions, Her 
Majesty's Government can only 
answer Your Honours' telegram 
by saying that they are not pre- 
pared to assent to the independence 
either of the South African Re- 
public or of the Orange Free 

Mr. Eseombe, ex-premier of 
Natal is dead. 


Corroboration has been received 
from several sources that our re- 
lief, from the South, is now well 
this side of Vryburg. Some boys 
who came in last night with letters 
for Mr. Weil, reported having seen 
British soldiers at Vryburg last 
Tuesday. They are accompanied 
he states, by many wagons of 

Our Thermometer of Hope. 

Miles from 

0. Mafeking. 
















March 20th 






Vaal River. 



Feb. 9th 


Modder Evr.j 

Nov. 29th 



Nov. 23rd 


Orange Kvr. 




A S a register is desired of all 
"^^ horses in Mafeking broken 
to the saddle and fit for immediate 
work, in case extra horses should 
be required by Government for a 
few hours at a time, all persons 
having any coming up to the 
necessary standard, are requested 
to communicate at once, with the 
Brigade Transport Officer. 

The rate paid by the authorities 
will be 8s. per diem, an .. tne owner 
must state the price he wants for 
his horse if killed whilst in Govern- 
ment employ. 




No. 102 

Wednesday, March 28th, 1900. 

167th Day of Siege 

«*Slaftkmg Pail. 

WEDNESDAY, 28th MARCH, 1900. 


Sunday's Show would have heen 
a credit to the town in ordinary 
times, but being held during a 
Siege, that had already lasted over 
five months, it was a most remark- 
able Exhibition. The ladies, in 
whose interest the idea was origi- 
nally promoted by Mr. De Koek, to 
whom we are indebted for its 
inception, responded most readily 
no less than forty-seven contribut- 
ing specimens of most exquisite 
work in cotton, silk or wool. The 
prizes for Models were also well 
competed, and either of these 
classes formed in themselves an 
entertaining exhibition. Another 
most interesting feature was the 
photographs, although there were 
but two competitors in this class 
— Mr. Nicholas shewed some good 
ones but could not make up the 
requisite minimum, 40, on account 
of the scarcity of paper, — they 
showed an admirable collection. 
Those of the Rev. Weekes were 
preferred for variety of subject and 
scenic selection, but Mr, Taylor's 
deservedly took the first prize on 
account of their superior technical 
finish, showing in this class as in 
the " Model " classes, how the 
amateur starts heavily handicap- 
ped in open competitions. In the 
" Sketches '' the versatility ot Col. 
Baden-Powell's genius showed in 
his excellent and crisp water 
colors of siege incidents ; draw- 
ings which would grace the pages 
of the best publications. The 
Musical Competition produced a 
Waltz and a March, the latter, 
with slight alteration to strengthen 
it at certain parts, will, we think, 

become highly popular. That the 
Exhibition was appreciated may 
be judged from the fact that 
over live hundred people paid 
for admission during Suuday 
afternoon. Great credit is due 
to the stewards for the admira- 
ble manner in which the whole 
was arranged, and the compliment- 
ary terms in which the Colonel 
referred to Mr. De Kock, will be 
echoed by all. Mr. Algie, the 
indefatigable, added to bis multi- 
farious duties by undertaking the 
sectarial work, by no means light 
either, which was performed to 
the satisfaction of all. The Stew- 
ards were Messrs. Aldred, Clucas, 
Early, Layton, Schreiber, Tighe 
and Weir. The list of prize-win- 
ners and the text of the prize 
essay, a remarkable production 
nor a lad under fifteen, we hope to 
print to-morrow. 

Mafeking, March 23, 1900. 

Mr. A. C. Rising, 


Dear Sir, — With reference to 
your letter of the 15th inst. I have 
to inform you that the Colonel 
Commanding, while he thinks that 
from the evidence adduced in your 
case the Court could have come to 
but one decision, he is of opinion 
that you erred through ignorance 
of the law rather than through any 
dishonesty of purpose, and in order 
to mark his opinion hot will, as 
soon as possible, employ you on 
Government work showing, that 
in his opinion, though you most 
distinctly broke the law, no stain 
rests upon your character as an 
honest man. 

Yours faithfully, 

E. H. CECIL, Major, 
Chief Staff Officer. 


The two despatch runners who 
were reported caught, turned up 
on Friday. They say their lives 
were saved by friendly Bahurutses, 
who, when asked by the Boer-* if 
they belonged to their race, said 
they were friends. Young Evert 
was also brought to identify them, 
but stated he did not recognise 
them as Mafeking boys, although 
they feel sure he knew them per- 
fectly well. Asked whether it 
were true that we are living on 
horse flesh and oats, replied that 
the inhabitants lived on os meat 
and all kinds of food. 

The Boers, who last week 
went to reinforce the Northern 
force against Col. Plumer, took 
one of our runners up as a guide. 
They reached there, 3 miles north 
of Pitsani, on Thursday week last, 
but no firing commenced till Fri- 
day, when an artillery duel took 
place lasting till Saturday after- 
noon. One of the Boer's cannon 
was completely smashed up, and 
they immediately came back here 
again. They thought they had 
broken an English gun, but the 
native does not think that is true. 
30 wagons and 300 men were 
there, and all came back here on 
Saturday, reporting that Plumer's 
position was too strong. 

It was the intention of the 
Boers to leave Mafeking, but a 
number were against it and wisli 
to surrender here. Many have 
asked permission to go back to 
their farms and plough. Already 
20 wagons have left their Western 
Laager, others go in twos and 
threes every day. There are 
about 200 left there now. 

A mule wagon with fifteen 
Boers came from Bloemfontein 
last week. Directly they arrived 
they advised their friends to go 

iiway at once, as it is no use try- 
ing any longer to fight the English. 
They say that the Boers round 
Bloemfontein were entirely scat- 
tered by the British, what and took 
place after they left, they can 
form no idea of. 'lhese Boers es- 
caped by the good nature of a 
Native they met on the road and 
who shared his supply of food 
with them and so helped them till 
they got far enongh to obtain 
what they required for themselves. 

All the Native women who left 
Mafeking last week, were allowed 
to go unmolested. 

A party of cattle raiders that 
went away en Wednesday, came 
in again on Saturday morning, 
with two of our runners. They 
relate that they spent Thursday, 
the day after leaving here, at 
a farm, near Rooigrond, about 
twelve miles distant. During the 
morning they saw three mounted 
Boers coming along the road to- 
wards them, but they decided not 
to shoot as it might rouse all the 
Boers in the neighbourhood. Next 
day they were on the other side of 
Rooigrond and spied two lots of 
cattle belonging to two farms 
there, some five Boers appeared 
following their track, the Natives 
prepared to receive them, but the 
Boers retired. In the evening it 
was arranged for the Baralongs to 
attack one of the farms and the 
Fingoes the other, but the Bara- 
longs were to wait till the Fingoes 
had carried out their attack so 
that they may unite afterwards, 
the latter being less familiar with 
the country thereabouts. The 
Fingoes found that the cattle 
kraal was unpleasantly close to 
the homestead, from which a voice 
shouted in Kaffir " Come along, 
we knew you were in the neigh- 
bourhood," and fire was opened 
on them, which they promptly re- 
turned. One of their number then 
shouted in Kaffir " Don't waste 
time firing at Boers, get up and 
catcb them by hand." This proved 
too much for the Boers, who 
flew away and escaped in the dark- 
ness. They took fifteen head of 
cattle and two horses, but left the 
farmer his sheep, goats, and the 
calves. The Baralongs had a very- 
pleasant time, they found there 
had been four cows tied to the 
posts at the farm, but the reiins 

had just been cut and the animals 
had cleared. There were some 
people also clearing, as a voice 
was heard. They found a table 
already spread and at once began 
eating, while others helped them- 
selves to the fresh bated bread. 
They found a mule in the stable 
which they loaded up with fine, 
sifted Boer meal, and, pocketing 
the knives and forks, they came 

The runners from the North 
said they met Col. Plumer and his 
party at Post Station, Machting. 
His men are " very sad " at our 
state here and are anxious to come 
and relieve us. The runners saw- 
no Boers going or coming. 

Two messengers returned this 
morning said: When they started 
from here the}- heard heavy firing 
at odd times in intervals in the 
direction of the ridges South West 
of here. On enquiry they discov- 
ered that it was a number of 
Boers, who came from the Laager. 
They were shooting into the hush- 
es as they thought some of our 
raiders or despatch runners may 
be hidden in them, 

Many of the Boers were intend- 
ing to leave, but they have 
changed their minds on account of 
some one (a European) who came 
from Mafeking on Friday, and 
told them that the inhabitants 
were starving and that they would 
have no difficulty in taking the 
place if they only came in. Many 
of the Boers are disinclined to 
believe his story and are afraid 
he may be a spy, but some of them 
believe he is speaking the truth. 

All the Boers in the Western 
Laager were away to the North 
last week and only Natives re- 
mained to look after the place. 

Seven wagons came round from 
the Laager to camp where Cronje's 
Laager used to be. The Boers 
themselves say that these wagons 
belong to fresh Dutch people, just 
arrived from Pretoria, but the 
Natives say they are from the 
Western Laager. They do not 
appear to be diminishing. When 
they returned from the North they 
said they had driven the English 
all back to Bulawayo. 

A despatch runner arrived from 
South this (Tuesday) morning, he 
came from Kimberley on a railway 
engine, leaving on the 17th, as far 

as Warrenton. A temporary 
bridge was being constructed at 
the Vaal River, and a large num- 
ber of Europeans and Natives 
were repairing the line as far 
north as between Phokwani and 
Taungs. They have no difficulty 
in doing so, as the Boers have 
not carried the rails away. The 
end of the telegraph was at Vaal 
River. He found the relief column 
at Vryburg on Wednesday last 
(21st). They are pushing on as 
fast as possible, but they can only- 
get along very slowly owing to 
the weightiness of the wagons. 
All the Boers who were in Vry- 
burg cleared in the direction of 
the Transvaal border, where Jan 
Cronje is supposed to be. He 
saw no Boers, except three, who 
spoke to him the day before he 
left Vryburg, they did not even 
ask if he were a despatch rider, 
and when they left him they also 
went towards the Transvaal. He 
saw about 50 at Maritzani, they had 
blankets with them and appeared 
to be coming from Mafeking, they 
were mounted but carried no 

Imperial authorities desire to 
make purchase of. Any persons 
having stocks in possession are 
required to declare same, (irres- 
pective of any previous declara- 
tions made.) 

C. M. RYAN, Capt, 

Mafeking, 28th March, 1900, 


I the Undersigned, beg to announce to 
, my numerous Customers that I have 
opened my business in Main Street, 
opposite Mr. Riesle's Bar, and I trust to lie 
favoured with your kind patronage, and I 
can assure the Customers that they will be 
served now as in the past, with Neatness, 
Cleanliness and Civility. 

The well-known Practical Hairdresser. 
Mafeking, 28th March, 1900. 


ABOUT 60,000 Best Stock 
Bricks.— Apply to J. R. 


1'rinUd and publuhed by 

Townahmd <t Son, Market Square, Mafeking 

Editor and Manager : G. N. H. Wltales ' ' 


No. 103 


Thursday, March 29th, 1900. 168th Day of Siege 



THURSDAY. 29th MARCH, 1900. 


Slewing and News "Burking." 

I hear that again wiseacres are 
busy in town, informing people as 
to what I am doing and what I 
am leaving undone. As their de- 
ductions are somewhat inaccurate 
I wish to state that the condition 
of affairs is in no way altered since 
my last general notice, which 
stated we must be prepared to 
remain besieged up to the middle 
of May, but I do not therefore 
mean to assert that we are going 
to remain besieged all that time. 
Indeed I hope that we may be free 
within the next fortnight or three 
weeks, but it would be folly on our 
part not fo be prepared against 
possible unforseen delays. Had 
we not been thus prepared in the 
first instance we should all have 
been prisoners in Pretoria by the 
beginning of January, and the 
Boers would have now been enjoy- 
ing the use of our property in 
Maf eking. 

I am, I suppose, the most anxious 
of anybody in Mafeking to see a 
Relief Column here and the siege at 
an end ; all that can be done for 
our relief, from both North and 
South, is being done, but the moves 
of troops in the face of the enemy 
must necessarily be slow, and we 
have to sit in patience until they 

As regards the smallness of our 
rations, we could, of course, live 
well on full rations for a week or 
two and then give in to the " women 
slaughterers " and let them taKe 
their vengeance on the town, 

whereas by limiting our amount of 
daily food we c in make certain of 
outlasting all their efforts against 
us. The present ration, properly 
utilised, is a fairly full one as com- 
pared with those issued in other 
sieges — in fact I and my staff have, 
during the past few days, been 
living on a far smaller ration with- 
out any kind of extras to improve 
it — and we still live. 

There are, by the way, two hints 
I should like to give for malting 
small rations go further — hints 
derived from personal experience 
of previous hungry times —and 
these are : — 

1. To lump your rations together 
as much as possible for cooking, 
and not every man to have his 
little amount cooked separately. 

2. To make the whole into a big 
thick stew, from which, even three 
quarter lbs. of ingredients per man, 
three good meals can be got per 
day. _ 

It is just possible that we may 
have to take '2 ozs. off the bread 
stuffs, but otherwise our supplies 
will last well over the period in- 
dicated. It has been objected 
that we are feeding horses on oats, 
but the oats so used are a lot (of 
Colonial oats) that have been found 
quite useless for making flour from 
for human consumption. 

I am told that I keep back news 
from the public. This is not in 
accordance with facts, for I make 
a point of publishing all news of 
general interest as soon as possible 
after receipt, first by telephone, 
then by notices posted about, and 
lastly through Mr. Whales, in the 
Mafeking Mail Slips; I have no 
object whatever in keeping news 
back. Occasionally, of course, 
items of military information have 
to be kept quiet because, as we 
all know, their publication in Mafe- 
king means their transmission 

within a few hours, to the enemy's 

Although it may have been 
somewhat out of my province, I 
have been writing to the High 
Commissioner as .strongly as I 
could put them, the claims which 
the citizens and refugees have for 
consideration in the matter of 
compensation, pressing for very 
early settlement on some more 
satisfactory basis than was the 
case on a former occasion. And 
there is no doubt that the good 
part they have borne intha defence 
of the place will add great force 
to their claims. 

I have no feeling of doubt what- 
ever that the large majority of the 
townspeople have sufficient con- 
fidence in me to know that I am 
working, as far as possible, for 
their good, but there are always 
busybodies in every assemblage to 
cavil at whatever is done, and I 
should litte just to remind these 
gentlemen of the order issued 
early in the siege about ' grousing." 

7. am always, not only willing, 
but anxious to personally hear any 
reasonable complaints or sugges- 
tions, and those who have them to 
make, need only bring their griev- 
ances to me to get what redress is 
in my power, but veiled hints and 
growhngs cannot be permitted ; 
at such times as these they are 
apt to put people " on edge " and 
to alarm the ladies, and for those 
reasons they must be suppressed. 
" Grousing'' is generally the out- 
come of funk on the part of the 
indvidual who grouses, and 1 hope 
that every right-minded man who 
hears any of it will shut it up with 
an appropriate remark, or the toe 
of his boot. Cavillers should keep 
quiet until the siege is over and 
then they are welcome to write or 
talk until they are blue in the face. 

By these remarks I do not wish 

far one instant to suggest that tliis 
" grousing" is widespread. On 
the contrary the patience and loyal 
obedience of the main body ofthe 
inhabitants under the restrictions 
of Martial Law, form one of the 
conspicuous features of the siege. 
But there are a few individual 
grumblers — most of whom are 
known to me (as they will find 
when their claims for compensation 
come up for adjudication) — and it 
is these gentlemen that I desire to 
warn to keep quiet as otherwise I 
shall have to take more stringent 
steps against them, but I 
should be ashamed if the fame of 
Mafeking and its heroic defence 
should be marred by any whisper 
among envious outsiders, that 
there was any want of harmony or 
unitv of purpose among us. 

R. S. S. Baden-Powell, 


Class 1, first prize £5, presented by 
Colonel Baden-Powell was taken by Mr. 
J. Hoffman for a model of Ellitson's 
Kraal Redan, while the second prize, 
£2 2s, presented by Major Panzera, 
went to Serjeant White for a well finished 
model of a Maxim gun and shield. By 
a remarkable coincidence both these 
prize winners are ex-First City of London 
Riflemen, and met for the first time at 
the Exhibition. 

A supplementary prize was awarded to 
Mr. Clucas for a Crossbolt to throw a 
Dynamite arrow. 

Judges : Major Panzera, Captain More 
and Lieutenant Gemuiell. 

Class 2, prize of £5, presented by Messrs 
Wirsing Bros., was awarded to Mr. L. 
Coghlan for a Clock-stand, constructed 
fnm the base of a ninety-four pounder, 
the driving hand oruauientally encircling 
the face of the clock, with a 1 lb Maxim 
shell on either side and Mauser bullets 
tastefully decorating the whole. 

Judges : Colonel Baden-Powell, Major 
Uoold-Adams and F. Whiteley, Esq. 

Class 3, for the best Fancy Work, 
produced a splendid assortment of 
all kinds of beautiful things com- 
prising no less than 47 articles 
of graceful design and exquisite work, 
The first prize of £5, presented by Mr. 
De Kock, went to Miss Campbell. The 
second, £2 2s., presented by Lieut. -Col. 
C. B. Vyvyan, to the Sisters of Mercy, 
in each case for Tea-covers, and a supple- 
mentary piize of £1 Is, presented by Rev. 
Weekes, was awarded to Mrs. J. R. More. 
Class 4, for Irish Lace, was a success- 
ful show of 23 exhibits, the prize of £5, 
also by Mr. De Kock, going to the Sisters 
of Mercy. 

Mesdames Hayes, Riesle. Werner and 
Miss Cowan were judges in these two 

Class 5, Siege Photographs. A most 
interesting collection, which we hope will 
adorn the walls of the new Town Hall. 1st 
prize, £5. presented by Mr. Riesle, was 
awarded to Mr. Taylor, the second prize 
of £2 10s going to the Rev. Mr Weekes. 
The judges being Messrs Eady, Ross and 

Class G, Musical composition. There 
were but two pieces submitted, and Mr 
Turbridge not having complied with the 
conditions laid down, the prize £5, pre- 
sented by the Majt king Mail, was awarded 
to Mrs Cook for a Waltz The Committee 
giving a special prize of £2 10s to Mr 
Turbridge, Bandmaster of the Local 
Volunteers, for a stirring March. 

The judges in this class were Captain 
Singleton and Mr. Hampson. 

Class 7, Essay : for girls under fifteen ; 
no entries. 

Class 8, prize of £2 2s. presented by 
Major Goold-Adams for the best Sieae 
Essay, was taken by A. L. Chiddy. His 
production, printed in another column, 
being marked by the Commissioners " An 
excellent Essay for a lad under 15." 

The judges were Father Ogle and Messrs 
Stent and Whales. 

Class 9, a prize of £2 2s, presented by 
Mr Clucas for the best Dressed Doll, was 
awarded to Mrs, G. M. Gates for a kharki 
suited trooper. Mrs. Hayes exhibit being 
highly commended. The judges were the 
Mother Superior and Mesdames Riesle 
and Werner. 

Class 10, prize of £5, presented by Mr 
Whiteley for the best painting, was taken 
by Colonel Baden-Powell, the humour 
of whose sketches " Find the Policeman," 
" Making Disparaging Remarks Ac," 
" The Market Square when the bell rings," 
" Siege Fed," Ac, was much appreciated 
by the visitors. 

In this class was also exhibited a care- 
fully executed oil painting by Mrs, Gem- 
mell. " John Bull on the 100th day of the 

Judges : Mrs. Nicholas, Miss Friend and 
Captain Goodyear. 

Class 11, prize of £2 2s, presented by 
Mr Friend for the Best Original Poem or 
Song, was awarded to Mr Coxwell. 

Judges : Lady Sarah Wilson, Colonel 
Baden-Powell, and Rev Weekes. 

Class 12, prize of £5, presented by Mr 
Weil for the Best Siege Anecdote, brought 
forth but a poor collection. The award 
went to Mr. Forsyth for the Anecdote, 
printed elsewhere. 

Judges : Lieut. Minchin, and Messrs 
Friend and Peart. 

Class 13, prize £5, presented by Lady 
Sarah Wilson for the Best Lady s Hat, 
awarded to Mrs. Talbot, and a second prize 
by the same donor of £2 2s, to Miss 
Whales, while Miss Wyatt showed a taste- 
ful creation in superior style. 

Judges: Mrs. Hayes, Miss Cowan, and 
Mr. Bell. 

Colonel Baden-Powell, in a few well- 
chosen words, opened the Exhibition and 
gracefully complimented the ladies and 
gentlemen who so successfully arranged 
everything, and the Mafeking Orchestral 

Society played during the a'ternoon ; 
Havdn's Symphony in C, Selections from 
" Martha," and " The Caliph of Bagdad." 

Mafeking Garrison. 

By Colon. I B. S. S. Baden-Powell, Com 
manding Frontier Force. 

Mafeking, 29th March, 1900. 

Begietrution fir Employment. — Officers 
commanding Corps or Units are to submit, 
without delay, the names of any Officers, 
N.C.O.'s or men serving under their com- 
mand who are desirous of having their 
names registered for employment in any 
Imperial Police Forces which may be 
raised in the Transvaal or Free State, sub- 
ject to the terms and conditions of service 
being agreeable to them then published. 
Forms are in course of preparation and 
will be issued as soon as possible to those 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction.— The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morow, the 30th instant, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the exami- 
nation of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President : Major Lord 
Edward Cecil, D.S O ; Member : C. G. H. 
Bell, Esq., O.C. A R.M. 

Casualty Return*. — Lieut. Moncrieffe, 
A.D.C., having resumed duty, Casualty 
Returns are to be addressed to that officer 
as usual. 

Out Porridge.—" Sowen " (a kind of 
porridge made from Oats, and used in 
Scotland) can be purchased in small quan- 
tities from Lippmann's Yard. Purchasers 
must be provided with cash, and must have 
receptacles with them in which to remove 
their porridge. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL. Major, 

Chief Staff Officer 



I the Undersigned, beg to announce to 
* my numerous Customers that I have 
opened my business in Main Street, 
opposite Mr. Riesle's Bar, and I trust to be 
favoured with your kind patronage, and I 
can assure the Customers that they will te 
served now as in the past, with Neatness, 
Cleanliness and Civility. 

The well-known Practical Hairdresser. 
Mafeking, 28th March, 1900. 

Game Preservation Society 

A MEETING of the above 
■**■ Society, for urgent busi- 
ness, is convened by the President, 
at the Court House, Saturday 
evening, at tf.30. 

Printed and published by 
Toumshend it Bon, Market Square, Mafeking, 

Editor and Manager: O. N. H. \V hales. 




No. 104 

Friday, March 30th, 1900- 

«*glafchmg Sail. 

FRIDAY, 30th MARCH, 1900. 


The following information is 
received from the High Commis- 
sioner, dated March 11th. 

''The situation is as follows: — 
Lord Roberts lias occupied Bloem- 
foutein and established communi- 
cation by Railway aud Telegraph 
with Generals Clements and Gat- 
acre, who have crossed the Orange 
River at Norvals Pont and Bethu- 
lie. The Colonial Division has 
cleared the Wodehouse and Ali- 
wal North districts, the rebels in 
the North East of the Cape Colony 
are all laying down their arms. 
We have practically conquered 
all the Southern Orange Free 
State and the burghers there 
seem disposed to desist from 
further fighting. 

Lord Methuen is in occupation 
of Boshoff; the railway North of 
Kimberley is open to Windsor- 
ion. There is a troublesome rebel- 
lion in the West of the Colony 
embracing the Prieska and Ken- 
hardt Districts, but Lord Kitchener 
is marching against the rebels 
with a considerable force, and 
we hope soon to see order com- 
pletely reestablished in tlie Cape 

The worst feature of the whole 
of this war is the terrible manner 
in which treason has permeated 
the Colony. Even now the subju- 
gation of the rebellion on our own 
territory is apparently giving 
more trouble than the operations 
against the enemy in the Trans- 
vaal and Free State. It is to be 
'hoped that the instigators and 
formenters of disaffection will be 
brought to trial, and we yet trust 
to see included amongst them 

Mr. Merriman and the puppets 
whose jerks he manipulated. 

A batch of newspapers received 
this morning will be sent to the 
" Mail " on Sunday, for the con- 
venience of any of the public who 
desire to peruse them. 


Boers wouldn't Stop 
at Mafeking. 


Going to " Bail out'' Cronje. 

One of a party of Boer Beef 
Abstractors hurt. his foot and could 
not keep up with the rest. As he 
was returning, through Malmaui 
district, a Boer took him prisoner, 
but he " escaped successfully," as 
the interpreter puts it. During 
his journey he came across a 
Mafeking man who had been taken 
from the Protectorate, and is look- 
ing after a Dutchman's farm, 
Schoonspruit. This man told him 
that a number of Boers had been 
concentrating at Malmani and 
have now come up to Mafeking. 
It is not their intention to stop 
long here, they might fight one 
day only. On "Wednesday he saw 
17 wagons, coming from Mafeking 
towards Malmani. They were 
followed by a large number of 
mounted men. He heard that the 
Boers at Malmani are going about 
the country collecting cattle with 
which to " bail out " Cronje. 
The herds have been, during last 
week, collecting at a place near 

Another native captured yester- 
day morning states he was in the 
employ of the Boers, and present 
when Col. Plumer had a skirmish 
with them near Lobatsi. He states 
that there were no casualties 

169th Day of Siege 

amongst the Boers, but five horses 
were killed and one big gun 
damaged. This corroborates the 
tale brought in last week by an- 
other boy. When the Boers re- 
turned they announced to their 
Native servants the proud fact (?) 
that they had driven all tho Eng- 
lish back to Bulawayo. 

Last Sunday some Natives camn 
from Gopane's stadt (this boy's 
home) to relieve others from the 
Boer camp. His boss would not 
allow him to return so he decided 
to escape, which he did last night, 
with the intention of making his 
way home, but losing himself in 
the night, ho came upon a fort 
from which volleys were fired at 
him. He cannot say whether it 
was a Dutch or an English fort. 
At daybreak ho saw this town 
and st.idt and thought it was 
Ventersdorp, till a woman told 
him he was in Mafeking. He 
states that on Monday some men 
arrived from the Transvaal with 
big guns and fired into the place 
all day and then went off again 
to meet the English at Lobatsi, 
a great many ot them have come 
up. On Tuesday afternoon four 
Boers were carried past on 
stretchers, there are always two 
or three wounded, every time 
their forts aro shelled. Very few 
Boers are guarding round Mafe- 
king now. They make the Natives 
do it. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

By Colonel R. S. S. Badm-Powtll, Com- 
manding Frontier ivrot. 

Mafeking, 30th Makch, 1900. 

Brickfields Comiwiml— Inspector Marsh. 
C.P. D.I., assumed command of the Brick- 
fields on the 26th instant during the tem- 
porary ahsence of Inspector Browne, C.P. 

D.2., on account of wound received during 
artill'ery duel on the morning of that day. 

Court of Summary J,,ri«lietw».— The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
to-morrow, Saturday, the 31st March, at 
the Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the 
examination of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President : Lieut.-Col. 
C. B. Vyvyan. Member : Major F. W. 

Auummt Committee.— The Assessment 
Committee will meet on Sunday, the 1st 
instant, at Dixon's Hotel at 10 a.m. 
Owners attending at the above place and 
hour will be informed about what time the 
Committee will arrive at their respective 

A. S. C. Eitablithmmt.— Mr. Grayson, 
Acting Officer in charge of Supplies, hav- 
ing been permitted to resign his appoint- 
ment, is struck off the strength from the 
26th inst. inclusive. His duties having 
been distributed amongst the remaining 
staff, the following will receive the increase 
of pay noted against their names from the 
26th instant inclusive : — 

Sergeant-Mujor Hodgson, in charge, 3/- 
per diem, increase. 

Mr. Campbell, Stock-book Clerk, 2/6 
per diem, increase. 

Corpl. Nixon. Ration Checker and Clerk 
for Issues, 2/6 per diem, increase. 
By order, 
E. H. CECIL. Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 

The London correspondent of 
the New York Herald says : Por- 
tuguese officials in Delagoa Port 
are the most corrupt in the country. 
When the war commenced, they, 
like everyone else in the world, 
considered victory to be a dead 
certainty for the English, there- 
fore, they at first put a certain 
curb upon the Boer importation 
of arms, recruits, etc. But when 
the English bad reverses, all that 
changed ; they turned round and 
were entirely against us. Instead 
of helping the English in Delagoa 
Bay, they made that port a base 
of Boer supply. 

" But do not the English war- 
ships stop contraband of war ? " 
" Yes, but what is a control exer. 
cised outside the three mile limit ? 
Arms are concealed in the lowest 
part of the ship, covered with 
tons of stuff, the bills of lading 
are all cooked, and the recruits 
come as passengers, waiters and 
sailors. It does not matter how ; 
they are landed, received with 
ovations and enthusiasm, and after 
an open-arm reception are expe- 
ditiously sent to Pretoria, arms 
and all. They come as civilians, 
they leave as soldiers. All Europe 
is a recruiting ground for the 

Boers. Germany, Belgium, Rus- 
sia, Sweden, Holland and Ireland 
are all contributing. It is Dr. 
Leyds, with almost unlimited se- 
cret money, who is engineering 
all this. It is he that has inspired 
and bribed the French press. 


Mafeking, March 30, 1900. 
r„ the Editor utafeking Mail. 

Sir, — You will oblige me, by 
making known, that Major Goold- 
Adams has handed to the Mother 
Superior, of the Sisters of Mercy, 
the sum of Nineteen Pounds, some 
odd shillings, as being the net 
proceeds of the St. Patrick's cele- 
bration which was held on the 
18th inst. 

I have been asked by Mother 
Teresa to express her own, and 
the Sisters' thanks to Major-Goold- 
Adams and the other gentlemen 
who so thoughtfully arranged to 
benefit them as they have done. 
I remain, Sir, 

Yours faithfully, 
George Ogle, 
Chaplain to the Sisters. 

Siege Auction Sale. 

Essay and Poem crowded out. 
Will appear to-morrow. 



I the Undersigned, beg to announce to 
a my numerous customers that I have 
opened my business in Main Street, 
opposite Mr. Riesle's Bar, and I trust to be 
favoured with your kind patronage, and I 
can assure the Customers that they will be 
served now as in the past, with Neatness, 
Cleanliness and Civility. 

The well-known Practical Hairdresser. 
Mafeking, 28th March, 1900. 


THE Undersigned, duly instructed, will 
sell by Public Auction, on 

Sunday Next, at 9-30 a.m., 


Sebot.-Ma.ior UPTON, B.S.A.P. 
Among which are a good Saddle (by 
Souter) Shot Guns in case, .380 Revolver 
with Cartridges, and two Cameras. 
Also 1 18-carat English Lever Gold Watch, 
New and Second-hand Clothing, etc., etc. 

Aldred & Ross, 

Government Auctioneers and 
Sworn Appraisers. 


Answer to Correspondents. 

" Crib " : A played 8 

b ;; *t\ iun 

A „ *6 
* * • 6 5 6 is not a run. 

List of names of owners whose property 

will be assessed on Sunday next, 1st 
April : — 

Erven 65 A 66 Wirsing Bros 

Erf No. 48 Aldred & Ross 

„ 48 Mrs. Girdwood 

F. Jacobs 

„ 16 Mrs. A. Moore 

15 Mafeking Club 

7 H. M. Smyth 

,, 8c Mrs. Girdwood 

9o Mrs. R. H. Martin 

123 H. J. Purchase 

122 H. Cohen 

121 Mrs. C. H. Dall 




will take place on Saturday even- 
ing-, at 8 o'clock. 

Subscribers will please accept 
this intimation. 

A Book entitled : 
"On the Irrawaddy." 
Finder rewarded £1 on returning; 
the same to X, this office. 


W ! 

ABOUT 60,000 Best 
Bricks. — Apply to 


J. E. 

One-pound Maxim Shells. 
Advertiser will give £4 apiece for 
good specimens. — Address A. B.C., 
this office. 

Printed and Published by 

Townsliend t£ Son, Market Square, Mafeking. 

Editor and Manager : O. N. H. Vi hales. 



No. 105 

Saturday, March 31st, 1900 


170th Day of Siege 


IJMekwg IHail. 

SATURDAY, 31st MARCH, 1900. 


Tlie following letter was sent by 
the Joint Committee in accordance 
with the decision arrived at, at the 
meeting last Saturday : — 

Town Office, Mafeking, 

March 27th, DOU. 

Sib, — A meeting of the Mafe- 
king Town Council and Chamber 
of Commerce was held on Saturday 
evening last to consider the ques- 
tion of damage and losses substained 
by the inhabitants of Mafeking, as 
a result of the Siege. At this 
meeting we, the undersigned, were 
appointed a Joint Committee of 
the two bodies referred to, to com- 
municate with you upon the mat- 
ter of compensation. 

We therefore respectfully beg to 
point out that the town has been 
besieged for a period of 16G days, 
during which time about 1,400 
94-pounders and several thousands 
of smaller shells have been thrown 
into the town by the enemy, caus- 
ing great destruction of property 
and considerable loss of life. 

During the whole of such time 
business has been practically sus- 
pended. The inhabitants enrolled 
themselves as a Town Guard and 
served under the Imperial authori- 
ties, submitting themselves to mili- 
tary discipline and have throughout 
borne arms, and in every way 
assisted in the defence of the town. 

In the early part of the Siege an 
Assessment Committee was ap- 
pointed by you to assess damage, 
and many claims have already been 
submitted to and considered by 
them. The townspeople have 
every confidence that compensa- 
tion for their losses and damages 

will be fairly and equitably arrived 
at, and paid by the Imperial 
Authorities, but they are anxious 
to receive from you an express 
assurance to this effect. We would 
also respectfully urge upon you tlie 
desirability of an early considera- 
tion and adjustment of claims; and 
would point out that unless the 
matter is dealt with promptly the 
sufferings of the inhabitants oc- 
casioned by tlioir hardships and 
losses, will be considerably aggra- 

With regard to damaged pro- 
perties, many people will be unable 
to repair or build until compensa- 
tion has been awarded, and any 
delay would consequently result 
in further loss because of exposure 
to weather, absence of rent, cessa- 
tion of business, &c. An official 
intimation to the effect that com- 
pensation would be awarded would 
be a sufficient guarantee for the 
raising of the necessary loans. 

We think it necessary to remind 
you that there are a number of 
refugees from the Transvaal and 
surrounding districts, who have, 
with the inhabitants, borne arms, 
and whose properties have been 
destroyed and who have otherwise 
suffered. As these people are in 
man)' cases almost destitute we 
would, on their account, also ven- 
ture to urge upon you the necessity 
of dealing with this matter at an 
early date. 

We are, Sir, 
Your obedient Servants, 
F. Whiteley, Mayor. 
H. H. Bradley, I Town 
H. G. Early, J Councillors. 
Members of 
Chamber of 

H. Martin, 
B. B. Weil, 


To Col. B, S. S. Baden-Powell, 
Officer Comdg. Her Majesty's 
Forces in Mafeking. 

Mafeking, 27th March, 1900. 
Gentlemen, — I have the honour 
to acknowledge receipt of your 
letter of to-day, requesting that the 
claims of the inhabitants of Mafe- 
king to compensation for damages 
through shell tire, etc., may re- 
ceive consideration with as little 
delay as possible. 

I am happy to forward the 
same with full recommendation to 
the favourable consideration of 
the Authorities (copy of which is 
enclosed for your perusal). 

I may add that I had already 
written to the Military Secretary 
to II. E. the High Commissioner 
to pave the way for the subject 
being considered ; and, in order 
to hasten matters, I had also sent, 
to-day, enclosed telegram to Lord 

So that I trust a favourable 
reply may bo received at an early 

I am, Gentlemen, 

Yours faithfully. 
B. S. S. Baden-Powell, 
To Joint Committee of the Mafe- 
king Town Councillors and Cham- 
ber of Commerce, Mafeking. 

Mafeking, March 27th, 1900. 

To the Chief Staff Officer to 

H. E. the Commander in Chief, 
South Africa, 

My Lord, — I have tlie honour 
to forward herewith a request 
from the inhabitants of Mafeking 
that compensation may be granted 
to them for loss and damage sus- 
tained by them through shell fire, 
during the siege. 

The townspeople of this place 
have taken up arms in its defence 
and have shown the fullest Joyal- 
ty and devotion to duty ; they have 
submitted themselves uncomplain- 
ingly to the restrictions of Martial 

Law, and have undergone the 
hardships and dangers incidental 
to a close siege of six months in 
a manner beyond praise. 

All have suffered losses many 
ot them are almost ruined. 

From the first commencement 
of the siege I have had careful 
account kept and the amount of 
damage assessed by a Committee, 
in order to assist any compensa- 
tion Committee that may here- 
after be detailed to sit. 

If assurance could officially be 
given that compensation will be 
hereafter gTanted, it would be a 
sufficient guarantee to enable peo- 
ple to raise loans and to proceed 
forthwith to repair damages and 
to make an immediate start with 
business and trade. 

I venture therefore strongly to 
recommend the application to the 
favourable consideration of II. E. 
the Commander in Chief. 

I have the honor to be, 

My Lord, 
Your most obedient servant, 
Sgd. R. S. S. Baden Po well 

Colonel Commanding, 

Frontier Force. 

Utdical C..«/;.<f<. — Medical Com- 
forts issued from the Victoria Hospital 
cannot be obtained after the hour of 
1 p.m. daily. 

Bread Ration. — The i-ssue of "A. S. 
Biscuits " will be made on Monday and 
Taesday next, the 2nd and 3rd April. 

Match**. — As only a limited stock of 
Matches now remain ou hand, Command- 
ers of Corps and Units will note that, on 
application being made to the A.S.C., Isaac's 
Store, two lamps will be furnished to each 
Fort (together with two bottles of para- 
line,) which can be kept burning for the 
purpose of lighting anything required. 

By order, 

E. H.CECrL, Major, 
Chief Staff Officer. 


" Austral " Lodge. 

No. 2534, E.C. 


A Emergency meeting will be held 
on SUNDAY EVENING at 8.30 
p.m. in the Masonic Hall. 

Working 2nd and 3rd Degrees. 
Visiting B.B. are cordially invited. 

Game Preservation Society 


J. E. 

THE Meeting of the above announced 
for to-night at 8.30 is postponed 
until the present troubles are over. 

Mafeking Garrison, siege hairdressing & shaving saloon. 


By Colonel R. S. S. Baden-Powell, Co, 
manding Frontier Force. 

Mafekino, 31st March, 1900. 

^ Court of Sum,,,,,,,/ Jurisdiction. — The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
on Monday, Ihe 2nd April, at the 
I lourt House, at 10-15 a m., for the exami- 
nation of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President: H. H. 
Major Goold-Adams, C.B., C M.G. Mem- 
ber : Lieut. -Colonel C. O. Hore. 

Vitiiing Justice.— Ihe Visiting Justice 
to the Mafeking Gaol for the ensuing week 
will be C. G. H. Bell, Esq., C.C. & R.M. 

Eitailithmeots.— The establishment of 
the Mafeking Cadet Corps is hereby in- 
creased to 16 Privates instead of 14. 

Colonial Contingent.— Sergt. Matthews, 
C.P. D. 2, is attached for duty to the 
Colonial Contingent from the 26th March 
inclusive, with Extra Duty Pay from Im- 
perial Funds, at the rate of 4/- per diem. 

Praervation of Gam, : Mafeking 
Commonage.— It, i s hereby notified that 
the regulations respecting the preserva- 
tion of game on the Mafeking Commonage 
imposed by Cape Government Notice are 
to be strictly observed whilst this country- 
is under Martial Law. 

I the Undersigned, beg to announce to 
. my numerous customers that I have 
opened my business in Main Street, 
opposite Mr. Riesle's Bar, and I trust to be 
favoured with your kind patronage, and I 
can assure the Customers that they will be 
served now as in the past, with Neatness, 
Cleanliness and Civility. 

The well-known Practical Hairdresser- 
Mafeking, 2Hth March, 1900. 

Siege Auction Sale. 

HE Undersigned, duly instructed, will 
sell by Public Auction, on 


Sunday Next, at 9-30 a.m., 


Sehot.-Ma.ior UPTON, B.S.A.P. 
Among which are a good Saddle (by 
Souter) Shot Guns in case, 380 Revolver 
with Cartridges, and two Cameras. 
Also 1 18-carat English Lever Gold Watch, 
New and Second-hand Clothing, etc., etc. 

Aldred & Ross, 

Government Auctioneers and 
Sworn Appraisers. 

Bricks. — Apply to 


By A. L, Chiddv. 
The Siege of Mafeking commenced on 
Saturday, 14th October, 1^99. On this day 
the first fight took place between the Ar- 
moured Train, under the command of Capt. 
Williams, B.S.A.P., and a commando of 
Boers under Commandants Cronje and 
Botha. The fight turned out successful 
for the Armoured Train, wich was assisted 
by a detachment of U Squadron Protec- 
torate Regiment, under Capt. Fitzclarence ; 
three of whom were killed and eight 
wounded. The next day, Sunday, was 
very quiet, no demonstration being madeon 
either side, and it was agreed between 
Colonel Baden-Powell and Commandant. 
Cronje to keep all Sundays quiet (namely, 
not to fight). Tliis truce gave the women 
and children a chance to coma up into the 
town from the laager, which was formed 
round Mr. Rowland's house to the West of 
the town and near the Native Stadt. On 
Monday, the lf>th, the first shelling took 
place from Signal Hill, to the North of the 
town. The gun used by the Boers, which 
was a 2-5 in. breech-loader, did very little 
damage ; Riesle's Hotel was hit once. 
After this occurred, dug-outs were con- 
structed all over the town. These are 
holes dug in the ground, with roofs made 
of rails and galvanised iron, the whole 
being covered over with a thick layer of 
earth. A small entrance is left so that you 
can get in and out. After finding that they 
could not take Mafeking with a 7-pounder, 
the Boers brought a 6 in B.L. Le Creusot 
gun from Pretoria. This gun has done 
enormous damage to property, and up to 
now has killed many whites and Native?. 
In the town we have six different bodies of 
men, viz., Protectorate Regiment, B.S.A. 
Police, Bechuanaland Rifles, Railway 
Division, and Town Guard. The last con- 
sists of townsmen, who were served out 
with rifles and bandoliers just before the 
war started. The Protectorate Regiment 
was raised some time before the war, from 
recruits enlisted at Capetown, East London 
and other places. The Cape Government 
was averse to forming this corps on their 
own territory, so the recruits were sent on 
to Ramathlabama, in the Bechuanaland 
Protectorate, 1G miles North of Mafeking. 
The B.S.A. and Cape Police have head- 
quarters at Mafeking, which accounts for 
them being here, and the Bechuanaland 
Rifles is the local Volunteer force. It was 
largely increased at the commencement of 
the war by refugees from the Transvaal. 
The B.S.A.P. are used to garrison Cannon 
Kopje, a small hill South of the town. At. 
the end of October the Boers made an 
attempt to storm the Kopje, but they were 
repulsed with heavy loss. Liter on, the 
enemy made an attempt to enter the Native 
Stadt, but met witli such a warm reception 
that they have not tried again. News of 
the progress of the war in other parts is 
brought in by Native runners, who are well 
paid if they succeed in passing the Boer 
lines. During the week days the Boers 
are continually sniping into town, which 
makes it very unpleasant to walk about the 

[Will be continued in next Slip.) 

The ffiafek ing mail. 


No. 106 

Sunday, April 1st, 1900. 171st Day of Siege 


Free Staters Collapsed. 

Boers Surrendering with 

The following telegram has been 
received from Reuter, Capetown, 
March 19th : — 

The enemy has disappeared from 
Norval's Pont. 

Four hundred Free Staters have 
surrendered and a general collapse 
has taken place of the Free State 
forces in the South. 

General Carew has returned to 
Bloemlontein from Springfontein, 
having effeoted junction with Gen. 
Gatacre at Norval's Pont, and 
heliographed to Gen. Clements. 

The rebellion in the North-East 
of the Colony has collapsed, 

Belmont reports that Boer 
deserters have come in, bringing a 
Maxim and two nine-pounders. 

drawn on the Brickfields by our 
guns. This kept the enemy's 
artillery hesitating as to which 
direction it should go, while a 
large number of Boers were occu- 
pied in supporting Game Tree 
against our, supposed, attack. 

The runners who came in this 
morning state they were in hiding 
between this and Ramatblabama 
when they heard a few shots at 
Oaklands ; the firing gradually 
increased until Ramathlabama was 
reached, when it became heavy 
and continued vigorously until 
dusk, the rattle of the Maxims 
being distinctly heard. The 
runners appear to think the Boers 
retired towards evening ; they saw 
one or two riding off in the 


Last Thursday Col. Plumer made 
a reconnaissance from Sofilele, via 
Lobatsi and Kalafin to near Zee- 
rust. Yesterday he reconnoitred 
to Ramathlabama, to demonstrate 
and discover the enemy's position. 
During the afternoon his guns 
were heard from here, and when 
the Boers moved their guns out 
against him a feigned attack was 
made by our garrison on Game 
Tree, while at the same time the 
attention of their big gun was 


Two messengers arrived from 
Saane's. He told them he had 
heard no news since last week, 
when he sent io. Native drivers 
went to Mamusa to fetch young 
Cronje's wagons. As they were 
passing his farm young Cronje's 
wife told them to go back as Cronje 
was in a tight fix, and she did not 
think they would be able to reach 
him, so they returned. When they 
got to Rietfontein they heard that 
news had been received there that 
young Cronje had been captured 
by our troops in the Transvaal, 
opposite Vryburg. 

Some Boers came from the 
South during the week, but Mok- 
hothu not being at home, the 
Natives have not yet heard corro- 
boratively about young Cronje's 
capture. Tliere are fourteen 
Boers at Rietfontein and about 
twenty at Buku's farm. They 
give out that they are there guard- 
ing against cattle looters, but 
Saane thinks they are a lot of 
cowards, who, being too much 
afraid to join the fighting, think it 
better to stay in the veld and pre- 
tend they are watching for cattle 

Both these parties belong to 
young Cronje's commando, but 
they do not tell where he is. 

The rebels are gradually leav- 
ing their homes and. trekking into 
the Transvaal, and there will soon 
be more Loyalists thau Rebels at 

Since taking Bloemfontein the 
British have taken many other 
plaoes North and East of that 
town, from Boshofi up to Rhen- 
oster Spruit. 

The Free State Government is 
said to be at Vereeniging. 



5£9 JL^JL. Jcr^m 




No. 107 

Monday, April ! 

2nd, 1900. 

172nd Day of Siege 

m < g fafehm g gatl. 

MONDAY, 2nd APRIL, 1900. 


From the Bulawayo Chronicle: 

Paardeberg, Fob. 24th. — It is 
said that, in the middle of the 6th 
day of the siege of his laager, 
Cronje was willing to surrender, 
but the young Transvaalers re- 

Commandant De Wet, with '200 
men, made a determined attempt 
to break our lines and get through, 
but the Scottish Borderers cut 
them off. 

The enemy are now disregard- 
ing all the rules of civilised war- 
fare. While an ambulance was 
passing, they poured the contents 
of a Vicksbury Maxim into it, with 
fatal effects. 

No news is published [Pretoria 
and Johannesburg] with regard 
to Cronie, except that a burgher 
named Brinck, who spread a 
report of their surrender, at Bos- 
hoff, was promptly prosecuted by 
the Government for disseminating 
false information. 


enco Marques, Feb. 27th.— 
Large Boer reinforcements, in re- 
spouse to an urgent appeal from 
President Steyn, have been des-' 
patched Bloemfontein. 


The Saturday Review of Janu- 
ary 13th said with reference to 
Kimberley and Mafeking: "For 
the gallantry with which our be- 
leagured garrisons are holding 
their own no praise can be too 
high, no award of credit unde- 
served. They at least — like all 
our other troops — have worthily 
upheld the best traditions of the 
British Army." 


" Both in (he East and in the 
West the Boers seem to be extend- 
ing their positions unduly. There 
is nothing more tempting, when 
occupying a defensive position, 
than to go on taking in points on 
the flanks — a tendency which 
should always be guarded against. 
Unconsciously it often leads a 
commander to occupy a longer 
line than the strength of his force 

Bloemfontein, March 1st. — Pre- 
sident Steyn is visiting the burgh- 
ers at Koodoosrant, where a big 
fight is imminent. 

By the courtesy of Mr Weil we 
publish the following extracts of 
public interest from a letter he 
received from his brother at Cape- 
town, 5th March, 1900 :— 

Your are doubtless aware of the 
magnificent marob of Lord Roberts, 
which led to the relief of Kimber- 
ley, the smashing up of Cronje's 
forces, and the capture of about 
4,0u0 prisoners, besides the re- 
doubtable Cronje himself. Com- 
mandant Cronje and t lie majority 
of these prisoners have all 
ai lived in Capetown (as pie 
of war). 

On the Natal side Her Majesty's 
forces have also been successful in 
raising the siege of Ladysmil h 
driving the 1 ;ers out if the tern 
'it Natal. 

I presume the Doers will noy 
concentrate within their own bor- 
ders to defend them. This will, T 
hope, lead to a speed}' relief of 

Mafeking— if not, other means are 
being taken to effect it. 

The British forces at present in 
trie field number over 200,000, and 
further large reinforcements are 
on the water, so that you will see 
it is the intention of Her Majesty's 
Government to make a clean and 
thorough job of it, and the aspira- 
tions of the two Republics and the 
disloyals in the Cape Colony will, 
1 hope, be wiped out for ever. 

Give my best and kindest wishes 
to all friends in Mafeking, and tell 
them that the whole world is filled 
with admiration for the plucky 
stand they havo made. Please in- 
form Rieslo that his children are 
quite well. Inform Mahony that 
I have seen Mrs. Mahony, also 
Hampson that I have seen Mrs. 
Hampson, and Goodyear that I 
have seen his wife, — all of whom 
are well and whose wants have 
been attended to. Mrs. and Miss 
Francis are in Grahamstown. I 
have written to them and asked 
them to apply to me freely in caso 
they want anything. I understand 
that they are quite well. Remem- 
ber me to Capt. Cowan, who is to 
be complimented on his brilliant 
work, and whose services will, I 
hope, he rewarded as they are 
appreciated. Mso give my kindest 
regards to Col. Baden-Powell and 
Lord Edward Cecil, and you might 
mention to Lord Edward that Lady 
is staying at i rroot Schuur 
with Lady Bentick, and both are 
quite well. Give my regards to 
Major i loold-Adai 

A iater wire, d town, 

March 19th, says: Large sup- 
plies are now on the road. Mr. 
Sam Weil is with the relief force 
now marching from Kimberle 


Eggs 3Gs per dozen; a small 
fowl lis-. 6d. ; a pumpkin 1 ' 

small marrow 6s.; a bi 
12s. 6d.; a tin of milk H 

II, - whilo a case of wl 
I lor 1.145. 


8. <( !■'■ March 7lli. 

No el '"' of 

the whereabouts of tho Krugers- 
dorp, Ward 1 and Jl I 
oommandoea. It is belii ved that 
a portion of these forces have 
fallen into the hands of the 
enemy. [The live "portion" we 
presume our contemporary al- 
ludes to.] 


. i Hail, 

Sin,—!]! your "Special Siege 
Slip" of March 31st, 1900, there 
wen- three Letters re oompi □ 

Upon that subject I tins, you 
will not think it an impertinence 
on my part for just drawing atten- 
tion lo the following : — 

1. The men of all Corps in Mafe- 
king (as nearly everyone is, no 
doubt, well aware) for some con- 
siderable time have been on short 
rations. Now whether tho autho- 
rities at home will compensate 
them in any way is quite an open 
question, if their claims are not 
backed up by some one in autho- 

2. I hear that some of the Vol- 
unteer Corps in the Colony and 
Natal are drawing 10s. per diem; 
if that is correct, do you think it 
would he asking too min h for us 
to be put down for the same rate 
of pay ? 

Of course the men would not 
think ot approaching 
<;.( i.e. onthesnbjecl bi I 

that through your coin b liing 

might be suggested. 

Tru:-.i it; j i. ii will inserl these 
few lines, and thanking you in 

I am, &c, 

" Ex-Tommy A. 



Store open daily from 7 to 8 a.m. 
and 3 to 6 

Mafeking Garrison. 

Mafeking, 2nd April, 1900. 
. nour.— The ( i 

laffo) I u is being m u3 

itation to i» 2, 
Oaj i Pi lioe I ' b b plucl | md i 
scouting early in the war, and [oi l ; 
prominent part taken by them in driving 
the Boers out of the Briokfie! 

, Turiidi — Thi 

Court o! Bummarj Jurisdlotion will meet 
on Tuesday, the 3rd April, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 a.m., for the 
examination of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President: Major Lord 
I Cecil. D.8.O.; Member: C. G.H. 
Bell, Esq., C.C. a I, Id 

Medical S<:l«ji<l-«"t< s, etc.— With refer- 
ence to General Order No. G, of the 24th 
ultimo, all Nurses and Medical Subordi- 
nates connected with the Hospital, the 
Convent Hospital, tho Laager Hospital, 
the Town Gib B ilway Division 

will be ander the orders of Dr. Hayes as 
Base P.M.O. The Medical Subordinates 
of the Military and Police Forces will be 
ander Major Anderson, B.A.M.C. as P.M.O. 
of the Forces, assisted by Surgeon Captain 
Holmden, B.S.A.P. 

Town Police. — 1. Sergeant P. Stuart. 
C.P. II., is appointed Chief Constable, 
Mafeking ; all the Civil Police being under 
his control. 

2. Sergt. P. Stuart, Chief Constable, 
Mafeking, is entitled to draw Extra Duty- 
Pay from Imperial Funds at the rate of 
7/6 per diem from the 13th October in- 

Horses : Extra Bastions.— With reference 
to General Order No. 4, of the 12th ult., 
the Extra Ration therein authorised will 
consist of 

Whole Oats ... 2 lbs. per horse. 
Oat Bran ... 5 ,, ,, 

By Order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major. 
Chief Stall Officer. 


By A. L. Chiddv. 

smaller ones, although thoy know th 
Red Cro ' 

iio. It 

i more 

. helpless 

One one occasion 

wounded the 

A white Bag ha : > here. 


. . , / good work. 
The night before last the enemy evacuated 
a very strong trench on the South-east 
near the Brickfields. The cause of the 
evacuation was the Cape Boys, who had 
entrenched themselves not 200 yards from 
the Boer trench. Aquantilyof explosive 
and an old newspaper was discovered in it. 
The Boers have retired further up the 
nh a 5-pounder which they had in 
the Brickfields trench. We are expecting 
ii li.f 3000, either from tho force which is 
advancing from Kimheiley northwards, or 
from Colonel Plumer, who is not very far 
away, between us and Bulawayo. He has 
with him a force, of Volunteers similar to 
the Protectorate Regiment, and an Ar- 
moured train. In town the whole 
population is on short ratious. The women 
receive half of -what the men get. The 
Natives have a Soup Kitchen, where they 
obtain a ration of soup at a certain price. 
Life is getting very monotonous lately, 
and all are eagerly waiting for relief. The 
war will soon be at an end, so we will not 
have to wait very long. When the war is 
over, all who took up arms will receive a 
medal from the Queen, and we all hope 
that there will be a happy ending to the 
Siege of Mafeking. 


WILL be paid to anyone 
giving such information 
that will lead to the detection of 
the individual who tore out a 
portrait from the " Daily Graphic" 
at the Mail office on Sunday. 


Is now in regular attendance at 
his Store to servo his customers 
and receive settlement of accounts. 



(Continued from Slip No, 105) 
They arc very erratic with the big 

gun, some dayi I il I g at all, while 

other days as many as 30 shells are put 
into town. Tfa been exceeded 

two 01 I The first posi- 

tion which the big gun occupied was at 
South of the 
town ; the second and third on the rise to 
: of Cannon Kopje; the fourth on 
fifth WeBt of the 
< U to the 

Bells Ii,. re bei ,, pi w 8 dlovei the town to 
the inhabitant n ben the gun is 

■■ 3 ■ ' ■ ■. bed ' also when she 

■;. d th< )■ ■ ei 
two or three I 

I the Undersigned, beg to announce to 
. my numerous Customers thai I have 
opened my business in Main Street, 
opposite Mr. Riesle's Bar, and I trust to he 
^ favoured with your kind patronagi 
"can assure the Customers that they will be 
sei red now as in the past, with Neatness, 
Cleanliness and Civility. 

V. T. MAMC, 
The well-known Practical Hairdresser. 
■ .;. 38th March, L900, 





60,000 Best Stock 
.—Apply to J. B. 



Tuesday, April 3rd, 1900. 173rd day of Siege 

No. 108 

f, » Jihfchmg SUtl. 

TUESDAY. 3rd APRIL, 1900. 


By the courtesy of the Colonel 
Commanding we arc enabled to 
print the following : — 

" It is reported thatGen. Carring- 
ton is to enter Rhodesia via Lieira 
with 5,000 mounted men. Horses 
have been bought in Hungary, the 
idea being to prevent possible 
trekking northwards of Boers who 
will not live under Biitish 
rule, when the Transvaal is 
taken over. This force is 
proposed to have a proportion of 
Imperial officers to be disposed at 
Salisbury, Victoiia, Gwelo, Bula- 
wayo and Palapye. Force to be 
raised to be raised in the Colonies. 
Meanwhile officers have arrived 
from Uganda. 

Foreign complications are ex- 
pected as the Market has hardly 
risen at all, even after the relief 
of Ladysmith. The Russians are 
mobilising in the East and are 
desirous of grabbing another Port 
in China. 

Vicksbury Maxim Co. have been 
ordered by us to keep on making 
guns until further orders. Very 
large orders have also been placed 
with the firm of Armstrong. 

A party of Native scouts who 
returned yesterday reported an 
advanced column at Vryburg, the 
main body being at Taungs and 
repairing the railway as they 

The following account of the 
engagement which took place on 
Saturday has been received from 
Col. Plumer : 

"I was out yesterday with 
mounted troops between Ramath- 
labama and Mafeking, and became 

engaged with the enemy about •! 
p.m., when about 6 miles from 
Mafeking. The Boers came out 
from Mafeking in considerable 
force. After holding out for about 
half an hour on the ground, the 
Boers began to work round both 
our flaoks, and we then returned 
gradually on Ramathlnbama and 
subsequently on our base camp. 
The action lasted till 6 p.m , the 
Boers pressing us closely as far 
as Ramaihlabama. The retire- 
ment was well carried out, the 
Squadrons falling back in succes- 
sion in good order under very 
heavy fire : B Squadron, under 
Major Bird was particularly no- 

Killed : Officers, Capt. F. Crewe, 
S.K.V., Lieut. F. Milligan, Kho- 
desian Regiment. Missing, and 
known to be severely (I am afraid 
dangerously) wounded : Captain 
McLaren, loth Hussars; wounded 
Blightly : Self, Rolt, and Weston 
Jarvis. N.C.O.'s and men killed, 
7 ; wounded, 26 : missing, 11. 
Ambulance is out now with search 
party for missing men. 

Poor McLaren was hit first in 
the knee and was being brought 
all right when he was hit again — 
this time, 1 am told, in the chest. 
The man who was with him is 
missing too. I am writing this 
under difficulties, as I was wound- 
ed in the right arm, but it is 
nothing serious. 

Capt. McLaren is now in Hos- 
pital at McMulIen's Laager. News 
received to-day that he is pro- 
gressing favourably, and all the 
other wounded HgSloing well.'' 

Foreign complications may prob- 
ably arise, particularly if such 

a prolific germ were developed 

as our use of, ami per. 
haps, later, enforced protection 
to, Delagoa Bay, but we fail to 

see that the Stock Market not 
having risen on receipt of intelli- 
gi noe of Ladysmith's relief, is any 
indication of thoso complications 
being expected. The Market could 
hardly rise more because there was 
no further margin lelt. it to rise. It 
will be remembered that all through 
our reverses, the Market, although 
low, was not so depressed as might 
have been expected aud that as 
far back as January we had word 
of its increasing firmness. Th9 
news of reaction on the Market, 
which regularly follows any rise, 
would probably have reached us in 
the form of 'an awful slump" or 
some such scaring description, but 
if a drop were prevented by the 
announcement of Ladysmith's re- 
lief, we may be sure that the Home 
Market has the buoyancy of thor- 
ough belief and conviction of final 
success and that not so long de- 
ferred. "™ 

" The enemy received an alarm 
about i o'clock in consequence of 
which a commando of aliout 100 
of them moved off Northwar' * 

with three guns and several \ ^ 

In order to divert some of their 
force we made a hurried turn out 
and a demonstration from the 
Western defence as it to attack 
Fort " Standard A I liggei 8." The 
ruse was completely successfu 
and drew a large party of Boers 
and two guns out against. Our 
show being carried out at a dis- . 
tanco we bad no casualties, but \ 
the enemy were not. so lucky as \ 
their ambulance was seen at work \ 
after the mock battle was over.' 

We are indebted to Major God- 
ley for the following interesting 
items : 

Col. French, (temporary Major 
General, who has commanded the 

cavalry so brilliantly during the 
campaign), has been pn 
Major General. 

Tlie first contingent of Imperial 
Yeomanry arrived on Feb. 21sf at 
Capetown, and 1,000 of then 
proceeded to Kimberley. Gen. 
Brabazon i< to command all the 
Yeomanry in South Africa, with 
Col. Babington »a his A.A.G., and 
Lord Henry Bentinck (Lord 
Charles' lirother) as bis A.D.C. 

A telegram of March 14th from 
Loreneo Marquee says that the 
Biers in the neighbourhood of 
Bloeinfontein have wheeled in a 
westerly direction and are now 
beading to the North-west in a 
scattered line. Fighting going on, 
results unknown. It is believed, 
unless overtaken, the enemy will 
not make a stand on the South 
side of the Vaal, but our efforts to 
i.e them and cut them off 
arc appari utly proceeding success- 

On March 11th, before the oc- 
cupation of Bloemfontein, by our 
troi pa on March 13th, Col. Hroad- 
wood'a cavalry came up with a, 
I Be ers at Driefontein and 
then wailed till Kcllv-henny's 

Division joined him. Hard fight- 
ing followed, the cavalry turned 
the position and the Boers retired 

in the night. 40 prisoners were 
taken and a number of Boer dead 
were li !;. on the held. 

600 women and children died 
in Ladysmith during the siege. 

*i. I I typhoid lever 


The i sun for the fight at 

teas that, by occupy- 

I'uIIt r was i nabled to 

send 2 il provisions 

into Ladysmith. Having done so 

i use of Spii 
Kop and n i it. 

Ihi: latter 
the Con- 

.1 Royal Inniskilling 
Fusilii i>. The 
ment i th the ba 

and in i (I minutes had 41n men 
ill ol i in 

i the 
bi red & 0. 

On Monday 26th, there was Lin 
armistice asked for by the Boers 
to bury the dead. 

On the '27th Gen. Barton with 
the 6th Brigade and 2nd Royal 
Dublin Fusiliers crept down the 
river, to a new crossing — discov- 
ered and pontoon thrown across 
by Col. Sandbach R.F. — and by 
climbing a very steep hill assault- 
ted and captured I'ieter's Hill, 
and turned the enemy's flank. 
The rest of Gen. Warren's division 
then assailed the enemy's main 
position which was magnificently 
carried by the South Lancashire 
Regiment just before sunset, and 
the Boers were immediately in 
full retreat. 

On the 28th Lord Dundonald 
marched into Ladysmith with the 
Imperial Light Horse and other 
Natal Colonial troops, they having 
been specially selected for this 
compliment by General Buller, to 
mark his high appreciation of the 
gallant part they had taken in the 
fighting in Natal. 


All over Africa up to February 
1st are : — 

Died of disease : 393 ; Missing : 
2,765; Wounded: 4,9iiii; Killed: 

Mafeking Garrison. 


By Colonel U. - Powell, Com- 


i kino, 2nd April, 1900. 

It is with great regret that the Colonel 
Commanding has to announce the death 
yestenl pital, of Capt. 

died of 
■wounds received in action on the 31st 

1 At our 

bis body has 1 ■ over to 

us for inti 

Colonel Phi 

ious for 

■ I l!l;it 

they are 

i bava 
replied - 
highly ■ 

the good 

officers and men of Ui Column 

have gone through in our bvhalf. 

Brickfields : Command . — Insp. Browne, 
Cape Police D 2, having sufficiently re- 
covered to return to duty, resumes com- 
mand of the Brickfields from this date 
inclusive, vice Insp. Marsh, Cape Police 
D 1, who returns to the South-eastern 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction, — The 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
on Wednesday , the 4th instant, at the 
Court House, at 10-15 am., for the 
examination of such prisoners as may be 
brought before it. President : Lieut. -Col. 
C. B. Vyvyan. Member : Major F. W. 

Chief Paymaster : Office /fours, etc. — 
The Chief Paymaster's office will be closed 
at 1 p.m. daily after this date. All per- 
sons having unpaid accounts against the 
Government are requested to present their 
claims as soon as possible. 

Military Wtk tits for. — 

All arrangements in sonnection with fune- 
rals will he carried out by Lieut. McKenzie, 
Transport Officer, and all communications, 
on the subject should be addressed to him. 
The report of any deaths, in Hospital or 
elsewhere, will he sent directly to Lieutenant 
McKenzie, Headquarter Office, as early as 

Stamps or Notes : Photographs of, etc. — 
Persons are warned that they render them- 
selves liable to heavy punishment should 
they be convicted of forging by copying, 
reproducing, or imitating by photography, 
or any such means, any Note or Stamp, 
or surcharge thereon, whether for purposes 
of passing or not, which may have been, 
or which may be brought out by the 
authority of the Colonel Commanding the 

Gaol Constables. — The Civil Commis- 
sioner is hereby authorised to enrol four 
additional Native Gaol Constables at the 
rate of 1/6 each per diem pay, and rations. 

Fencin by Government. — Per- 

sons at present holding acknowledgments 
from the Imperial Authorities to replace 
fencings removed for purposes of firewood, 
I to communicate with Capt. 
Ryan. Also any persons who have not 
. acknowledgment and require 
same are requested to make application. 
The following information is required in 
i : No. of Erf orKrven 
and the length and breadth of the area 
which closed by the 

fencing remo\ 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


Is now in regular attendance at 

his Store to serve his customers 
mint of accounts. 


ABOUT 60;<)00 Best Sto;k 
Uriels.— Apply to J. R, 


The mafeking mail. 


Wednesday, April 4th, 1900. 174th Day of Siege 

iHaftking UlatL 

WEDNESDAY, 4th APRIL, 1900. 


The difficulty of finding paper 
for these slips has become greater 
than ever and we must cut down 
their superficial measurement as 
well as limit the editions to the 
number required by present list of 
subscribers. Paper does not appear 
to be so easily obtained as even 
breadstuff's. We have it on the 
highest scientific authority (local) 
that the bristliness of our break- 
fast roll increased as the stock of 
tooth brushes decreased ; and we 
know that the day after Corpl. 
Rosenfeld captured some old sacks, 
in the Boer trenches, we had an al- 
teration in the consistency of our 
bread. It is also equally true 
that two days after Capt. E — n 
advertised for a large quantity of 
matches, the bread was much 
whiter than before. But we have 
no energetic and resourceful 
D.A.A.G. on our staff and there- 
fore admit frankly that we are al- 
most beaten, and if the slips are 
soon reduced to six words each 
instead of six columns, it will be 
because we cannot help it. At any 
rate for the present the sine must be 
reduced to foolscap. The only 
item we can promise shall not be 
reduced, is the subscription. 


By the courtesy of the Colonel 
Commanding we are enabled to 
print the following : — 

The following telegram has been 
received from Lieut.-Col. Plumer, 
dated 2nd April, 1900. 

" Telegrams received from Col. 
Nicholson, Bulawayo, 29th March, 
1800 :— 

" Please inform Lieut.-Colonel 
Plumer that the Mafeking Belief 
Force from the South is said to 
have cleared road 40 miles north 
of Kimberley on the 19th of 
March. Boers destroyed piers of 
temporary and permanent bridges 
at Fourteen Streams. 

March 29th.— Steamship Salis- 
htnj arrived at Beira yesterday. 

Krnget has issued order for all 
Boers to assemble at Kroonstad 
on pain of death. 

Business at Bloemfontein is be- 
ing resumed. 

' Goods train service at Capetown 
is reestablished. 

Boers continue crossing into 
Basutoland, and surrendering. 

Mafeking Relief Force is 46 
miles from Kimberley. 

Kitchener occupied Prieska on 
the 19th of March. 

Brabant is arresting many rebels. 

Transvaal prisoners are going to 
St. Helena." 


His Worship the Mayor has received a 
communication from Mrs. Whiteley, who is 
at present staying in the North of England, 
informing him that Mrs. Whiteley has 
had numerous applications and shoals of 
letters from friends and relatives of people 
in Mafeking. In reply, Mrs. Whiteley 
gave them ail the information she possibly 
could. The message sent by the Mayor on 
ttie 100th day of the Siege, to Her Majesty 
the Queen, was graciously acknowledged 
by telegram, wbieh appeared in the Cape- 
town papers of Feb. 22nd. The Queen's 
reply contained the expression : " Her 
Majesty was touched and gratified by the 
message and trusted that we would con- 
tinue to keep ' all well.' " The newspapers 
over the whole of Great Britain expressed 
the greatest enthusiasm concerning 
the Mayor's telegram, which was sent 
by Her Majesty to the House of Commons 
and read out by Mr. Balfour, midst a scene 
of unparalleled excitement. 

According to a statement in the Daily 
Chronicle, Colonel Baden-Powell's book on 
scouting— one of the most admirable 
manuals of its kind ever published, and 
most interesting leading even to a civilian 
— has been translated into German and 
issued free of cost to sverj soldier in the 
German Army. II this istrue. it shows 
that the soldier, hke the prophet, has to 
look outside his own country for honour ; 
and whether it is true or not, it affords a 
hint which our War Office might well act 

u| There is more than one article 

in the present field kit which might prove 
less useful than this little manual, and 
those troops who have yet to sail could 
not be provided with better reading un 
the voyage to the Cape. — Truth. 

Mafeking Garrison. 

Powell, Com- 

Mafeking, 4th April, 1900. 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction. — The 
Courl o\ Summary Jurisdiction will meet 
on Thurad r, the 5th April, at the 
L0 L5 a in., for the exarai- 
of such prisoners as may be 
I), fori it. President : H. H. 
Major Goold-Adama, C.B., C.M.G. Mem- 
ber : Lieut. -Colonel C 0. Hore. 

Paper Money. — Persons arc warned that 
no One Pound or Ten Shilling Siege Notes 
Quine unless they bear the aignatures 
of the Chief Pa> mastei , Mafeking, and the 
B Managei (Mr. Orrj ], ana also the 
of the Beohuanaland embossed 
Penny Stamp. These Notes arc all num- 

Qaol ( reneral Order No. 6, 

■ lit'' is hereby cancelled and 

the following substituted: The Civil Com- 

h sreby authorised to pay three 

< taol Constables Extra Duty Pay at 

be of 1/6 per diem from 13th Oct., 

L899, inclusive, in consideration of the 

duties devolving upon them through 

the exigencies of the Siege. 

Soweii Porridge. — A bonus of £5 has 
i authorised to be paid to Private 

Sims, Railway Division, for introducing 
" Sowen " Porridge as an article of food. 
Two Kitchens for the manufacture of this 
porridge are being prepared so that it may 
be available Eor the troops and inhabitants. 
uisitions . — Any oflicials signing re- 
quisitions for articles required from store- 
. etc , should specify on such requi- 
sitions the Department through which 
I will be made. 
Paraffin Lamps. — With reference to 
General Order No. 8, of the 3 1st ultimo, 
being supplied to forts) it is hereby 
nol ified that the proportion of paraffin 
allowed will be : 1 bottle per lamp for 14 


By Order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 
Chief Staff Officer. 


Though valour unrewarded die, 

Not every field be won, 
We'll bate no jot of courage high 

Before our task be done. 

Souls of our best I whose bodies fill 

Their unforgotteu grave, 
By Magersfontein's murderous hill, 

Or dark Tugela's wave, 
Nobly ye stood, ye gallant dead, 

For England's honour slain ! ^ i; ao 
' Tis ours to prove the blood ye shed 

Has not been shed in vain. 

A. D. Godlet 

Magdalen College, Oxford. 

Published in the " Spectator." 


Charles Alexander, Durban Advertise- 
ment, Six Shillings. 


IT is proposed to take a photograph ou 
Sunday next, 8th inst., of all past 
and present officers and men of Infantry 
Regiments in the British Army who are 
now forming part of the Garrison of Mafe- 
king, as a memento of the Siege, which 
will be of interest not only to those in- 
cluded in the group but also to their 
respective regiments. 

Commanding Officers are requested to 
afford to those under their command the 
necessary facilities for attending for the 
purpose at the new Railway Workshops at 
7-30 a.m. on Sunday, and to forward to 
Lieut. -Colonel Vyvyau, Base Commandant, 
a list of names showing the Corps served 
in, rank, or discharge, and period of 


it, the hour of parting's o'er, 
The troopship's on the main, 
Ami some have looked on England's shore 
That ne'er shall look again. 

I adieux come faint and low, 
Borne on the wintry wind, 
God's mercy on the men that go, 
And those they leave behind! 

them" the strife — for "us" the fears, 

That grow with hope's delay, 
The daily dread, the mightly tears, 

For loved ones far away ; 
Vet oh ! though loss be hard to bear. 

And sense of threatening harm, 
Let not the thought of private care 

Unnerve a nation's arm ! 

For sternly must the soldiers fight, 
Whose country stakes her all; 

Now is the day when England's might 
Must conquer, or must fall. 

I the Undersigned, beg to announce to 
- my numerous Customers that I have 
opened my business in Main Street, 
opposite Mr. Kieslw's Bar, and I trust to be 
favoured with your kind patronage, and I 
can assure the Customers that they will be 
served now as in the past, with Neatness, 
Cleanliness and Civility. 

The well-known Practical Hairdresser. 
Mafeking, 28th March, 1900. 


Is now in regular attendance at 
his Store to serve his customers 
and receive settlement of accounts. 




BOUT 60,000 Beat Stock 
Bricks. — Apply to J. R. 

Printed and published by 

Towjishend £ Son, Market Square, Mafeking. 

Editor and Manager : O. N. H. Wliales. 


gBj»«ec3ic&!. Sie^e Slip* 



No. 110 

Thursday, April 5th, 1900. 175th Day of Siege 

tt 1 

jjnfcluiuj mail. 

THURSDAY, 5th APRIL, 1900. 


quiet in Natal " with 50,000 Tommies 
there. M'yes ! but one would hardly 
expect such pacific calmness. " Cape 
advises restoration of communication, 
&o." Good advice too, just what we 
should recommend. There is no 
doubt, the news is splendid, but how 
we wish we could guess what it is all 

By the courtesy of the Colonel 
Commanding we are enabled to 
print the following: 

South of Orange Free State is 
now completely subjugated, and 
wherever our troop3 go, arms are 
surrendered. Our troops hold Mod- 
der River Bridge, North of Bloem- 
fontein, and cavalry has occupied 
Iho country as far East as Thaba 
Nchu. Temporary railway from 
Bridge at Norval's Pont will be 
finished in a week. All quiet in 

Cape advises restoration of com- 
munication with following places :— 
Riverton Road, Windsorton, Dor- 
drecht, Jamestown, Indwe and 

Military authorities notify that 
they cannot accept any more private 
telegrams for Bloemfontein at pre- 
sent. Advise public. 

This mornirg's news is exceedingly 
good. We are not " possessed with 
a spirit of divination " and never 
would bring " our master much gain 
by soothsaying," in fact, we always 
"give it up" directly anyone asks: 
" what's the difference between, &c," 
— consequently we may be excused 
for wondering what on earth it means. 
We have read, and re-read, till our 
brain whirled like it does the morn- 
ing after , never mind what. 

Examining the " news " once again 
we find dated March 25th, " South 
of Orange Free State now completely 
subjugated." That's all right. Six 
days earlier, March 19th, it had 
" generally collapsed," while a week 
before then, March 11th, it was 
" practically conquered." The next 
phrase is ambiguous, " wherever our 
troops go, arms are surrendered." 
We believe it refers to the arms of 
the enemy. Another terrible con- 
nundrum is the meaning of that 
mysterious sentence, " All quiet in 
Natal." Is eveiybcdy, Boer and 
Briton, annihilated, or have all out- 
troops left the Colony and the Boers 
returned to the Transvaal ? " All 


Herbert P. Jones, whose sentence 
of death for the crime of murder, at 
Mafeking, was commuted for one of 
life long imprisonment, app 
the Central Criminal Court, Cape 
town, in February, charged with 
assaulting Mr. Foster, the Superin- 
tendent of the Breakwater Convict 
Station, with a piece of iron about 
fifteen inches long. In Court he 
expressed his intention to murder 
Mr. Foster when sent back to prison, 
and was remanded in custody. 

Yesterday the Court of Summary 
Jurisdiction sat for the 100th time. 

The quality of the " Sowen " now 
being made is a great improvement 
upon that first issued, and those who 
decline to eat it cannot be very 

A housewife with aesthetic yearning 
has the walls of her sitting room 
tastefully decorated with round brown 
placques, tied with salmon-coloured 
ribbon. We were curiously examin- 
ing them, and, not being able to 
decide whether they were of Etruscan 
origin, asked the question. The 
reply, interesting and surprising, was : 
"Oh, no I They are only last week's 
bread ration, which were too hard 
for my husband's teeth ; poor fellow." 

A balloon arrived between mid- 
night of Tuesday and Wednesday 
morning, with a batch of illustrated 
papers. Among others is a Graphic 
with an excellent full-page picture 
of the " Bell scoot in the Market 
Square," and other views of local 

We cannot apply again for the loan 
of papers for next'Sunday unless we 
receive the information advertised 
for, i.e., the name of the individual 
who last Sunday tore a portrait from 
the Daily Graphic. We had hoped 
that whoever it was, on recognising 
the selfishness of the act, would have 
regretted giving way to a momentary 
impulse and have personally returned 
it. It is a pity that four hundred 
readers (we had that number in our 
office during Sunday and Monday) 
should be deprived of an advantage — 
which they had respected by exercis- 
ing the greatest care — through the 
selfishness of some one who, it is 
possible, may hold a position that 
ought to place him beyond the sus- 
picion of an ungeutlemanlike action. 

An enthusiastic and enterprising 
stamp collector has managed to get 
a letter through to our Postmaster 
asking him to reserve a supply of the 
si amps surcharged "Mafeking Siege.'* 

" I shall be glad when this is over, 
I am tired of beiDg treated like peas." 

" What d'you mean, " treated like 
peas ? " 

" Arn't the Boers always shelling 
us."— and the fiend still lives. 



By Colonel R. S. S. Baien-Powell, 

Commanding Frontier Farce. 

Mafeking, 5th April, 1900. 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction — 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet on Friday, the Gth April, 
at the examination of such pris- 
oners as may be brought before it. 
President : Lord Edward Cecil, 
D SO. ; Member : C. G. H. Bell Esq . 
C.C. &B.M. 

Pay Lists.— With reference to 
General Order, No. 4 of 1st Feb. 
1900, weekly pay lists of all corps 
and employees, paid through the 
Chief Paymaster's Department, must 
in future be sent iu so as to reach 
his office not later than 10 a.m. on 
Saturdays. The money will be paid 
out at 3 p.m. on Saturdays. 

Loot.— With reference to General 
No. 1, of the 31st January 1900, the 
following is the scale of award ap- 
proved of by the Colonel Command- 

ing for recovering or taking from 
the enemy, cattle, horse', donkeys, 
sheep and goats : 

('/) For simply rounding up animals 
straying from our own lines 
without coming under fire, 5s. 
per animal. 

(b) Recovering under fire animals 
that have strayed from our lines 
a reward of £ L to £1, according 
to circumstances. 

(c) Where animals belonging to 
enemy are brought in to our 
lines, one quarter belongs to the 
Government ; the authorities 
reserving to themselves the 
option of purchasing the re- 
mainder at full value. 

Payments due under the above regu- 
lations will be made by the Chief 
Paymaster on the certificate of Capt. 
Ryan, D.A.A.G. {!>). 

Signatures to Requisitions. — All 
persons concerned are requested to 
note that Mr. Myers, the Superinten- 
dent of Soup Kitchens, has authority 
to sign orders and requisitions for 
articles required in the Department 
under his charge, and his signature 
to such requisitions or orders is to be 
accepted as equivalent to that of the 
D.A.A.G. (b). 

Copying Order*. — As no more 
paper is obtainable, it will be impos- 
sible, after to-day, to issue orders. 
All Corps and Units will, therefore, 
in future detail an orderly to attend 
at the Headquarter Office daily, at 
5 p.m., to copy orders. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


The Motor Manufacturing 
Co., Ltd., have an order for 
some motor trycioles for use 
at the seat of war, mainly, it 
is believed, for despatch rid- 
ing, while Mr. John Moffat, of 
Somerby House, Oakham, un- 
der the regis of the War Office, 
is to bring to South Africa, 
for trial, an armed and arm- 
oured motor car, constructed 
to run on the railway track, 
or on road, 20 or 30 miles 
per hour ; and fire 450 shots 
per minute. 

Pretoria, March 13th (Reu- 
ter). — The Charge d'Affaires 
i)f Portugal has advised the 
Government of the Secret 
Treaty of 18yl, which was 
not published. In effect it 
gives the right to send troops 
and war material through 
Beira to the British Protecto- 
rate. The Transvaal Govern- 
ment is protesting, and holds 
that the Secret Treaty is not 
in operation, just the same as 
Article 6 of the Republic's 
treaty with Portugal gives 
the Republic privileges which 
are now in abeyance, and 
considers the act a breach of 

An Irishman at Dover ran 
"amok," made the announce- 
ment that he was Kruger, 
and meant to kill the English ; 
pelted the Mayor's drawing 
room with flower pots ; kept 
the police at bay for one hour 
and went to prison for nine 

President Kruger was at 
Bloemfontein as a guest of 
President Steyn on Tuesday, 
March 6th. On the 13th 
Steyn had flown and Lord 
Roberts entered the town. 

In a despatch from Lady- 
smith, the writer, Mr. Reid, 
special correspondent for the 
Daily Mail, said : " On Christ- 
mas Day and New Year's Day 
the Boers exhibited an un- 
wonted and surprising sense 
of humour. On both days 
shells came from their guns 
bearing seasonable greetings, 
One of them had chiselled 
on it " With Compliments " 
and on the fuse being re- 
moved it was found to con- 
tain plum pudding, liquorice 
and peppermints. 

It is calculated that up to 
the end of last year, 8,000 
shells were thrown into Lady- 

astute war correspondent of 
the Westminster (Jjzette doubts 
whether the Doers have giv- 
en proof of actual valour at 
all. This may bo rather an 
ethical question but it has a 
distinct bearing upon the 
political one." 

Our contemporary then 
goes on to argue the question 
of the treatment of rebels, 
and advocates, in the interests 
of statesmanship, that rope or 
shot should not be used. We 
do not think our esteemed 
contemporary quite appre- 
ciates tho nature of the sav- 
age animal ; now endeavour- 
ing to rend the bosom of 
its protector. Carrying oat 
the full penalty that strict 
justice demands, would have 
a better moral effect upon 
the race, than any steps in 
the direction of magnanimity ; 
which the Boer, utterly de- 
ficient in imagination, would 
grimly accept as a proof of 
weakness. His continental 
friends, if any be left him 
after recent performances, 
can but recognise that had 
theirs been the power dealt 
with, the death penalty would 
scarcely be considered by 
them adequate. 

Capetown, Feb. 26th.— It 
is stated that Kimberley 
could have held out another 
six weeks. [So might Mafe- 
king, but she doesn't hanker 
after it.] 


A BOUT 60,000 Best Stock 

Bricks. Apply to 

J. R. Algie. 

A Saturday Review saya : — 
"The right treatment of the 
actively disloyal Dutch is a 
serious problem which threat- 
ens to grow in magnitude 
unless properly handled at 

first This war is 

not one which is being con- 
ducted by our opponents on 
the principles of chivalrous 
nations. In almost all their 
successes treachery plays a 
part, or there ate incidents 
connected with them in which 
treachery is involved. The 










Friday, April 6th, 1900. 

176th Day of Siege 


IBafehmg Ulail. 

FRIDAY, 6th APRIL. 1900. 


By the courtesy of a gen- 
tleman cooped up with the 
rest of us, we were favoured 
with the sight of a book con- 
taining a description of the 
" heliograph " as used over 
five thousand years ago. Per- 
haps it is incorrect to call it 
a heliograph as tire was used, 
instead of the sun, and we 
have so many and such severe 
critics ready to point out our 
daily errors, — whether they 
consist of merely an upturned 
letter, the spelling of balloon 
with one "1," the use of a 
familiar singular instead of 
the substitution of the correct 
but unfamiliar plural, or the 
more reprehensive offence of 
a s' | written paragraph 

which conveys no more mean- 
ing than some " latest news '' 
messages, — that we are forced 
to be particular — when we 
can. The following is roughly 
Mr. Polybius's description of 
what may have been used 
goodness knows how long 
before his time: — 

" The 24 letters of the al- 
phabet must be divided into 
five parts, these must be fixed 
on a board from top to bot- 
tom in their natural order in 
five columns. The alphabet 
being disposed in this manner 
the man who is to make the 
signal must begin by showing 
two torches or lights ; these 
he must hold aloft till the 
other party has also shown 
two lights ; this is only to 
show that both parties are 
ready. Then the signaller 

must shew as many lights to 
the left hand as the number 
of the column in which the 
letter he wants will be found, 
and as many lights on the 
right hand as will shew the 
number of the letter down 
that column.'' 


sends Supplies to Mafeklng- 

The following circular was 
sent out, during January, by 
the Master of Charterhouse 
and a committee, and by this 
time the presents are well on 
the way here : — 

We are anxious to send out 
to South Africa, in the second 
week of February, some use- 
ful things for old Baden- 
Powell and his gallant band, 
ready for use when the siege 
of Maleking is raised. We 
appeal to Old and Present 
Carthusians for such things 
as Caps, Comforters, Shirts, 
Slippers, Socks, Sweaters, 
of warm material, and Boots 
— Pipes, Tobacco, Cigarettes, 
and Cigars — Jams, Tablets of 
Chocolate, Soup, Vegetables, 
&c. — Brandy, Whiskey and 
Champagne — and Money to 
pay the carriage and packing. 
Heavy goods labelled ' Mafe- 
king Relief Fund ' should be 
sent to ' The Square, Godal- 
ming,' and should have the 
donor's name on label, if 
Cheques or light goods will 
be gratefully acknowledged 
by any one of us." 


"Khaki"isPersianand means 
earth-colored, "khak"' earth or 
dirt. The name was first ap- 
plied to a fabric, in India, 
where the manufacture of the 
dye, giving it its special 

color, was regarded as a valu- 
able secret. 

We are told that a blanc- 
mange, or pudding, made 
from starch and jelly powder, 
is delicious. 

Papers will be on viewj at 
the Court House on Sunday. 
Particulars in to-morrow's 

Mr. C. Mettam, of the 
Refugee Laager, whose poem, 
"Game Tree Fight," was read 
at the Competition, is going 
to publish it at a shilling per 
copy ; the proceeds to be 
given to the Hospital. 

Scene : The Court of Sum- 
mary Jurisdiction, Mafeking. 

Time : During the progress 
of the Siege, 10 a.m., a wet 

A refugee having had a 
summons for assault served 
upon him by the Chief Con- 
stable, has not turned up. The 
President of the Court has 
already taken his seat. 

Clerk of the Court — (to 
Chief Constable — growing 
alarmed) " Are you sure you 
served that summons proper- 
ly? Had you not better go 
&nd see about it ? 

Chief Constable (indignant- 
ly) : " Go awa up to the Re- 
fugee Laager through aw this 
mud and may be sniped at 
in the bargain — No me, I ken 
the mon weel — if it's ony- 
thing like a fine day he'll be 

What about his Aunt ? 
— O.C. : (filling in Nationality 
List) " Where were you 
born ? " 

" Oh ! London ; although 
really my mother was away 
in the country for a holiday 
when I was born." 

We like nothing better than 
Tea. Two cups of tea in the 
morning on being awakened, 
two with breakfast, two dur- 
ing the middle of the morning, 
two at luncheon, two about 
4 o'clock, two at dinner and 
two with the ante-bed pipe, 
is all we require. We de- 
light in tobacco also. We 
would like someone to light 
our pipe and insert it be- 
tween where our teeth used 
to be, before being called, so 
that we should not miss the 
flavour of the weed on wak- 
ing, but we like the two 
flavours kept distinct. We 
prefer taking them separate- 
ly, and unless the Ration- 
issuer-in-cbiei requisitions for 
another pair of scales, so that 
our tea allowance does not 
arrive mixed with remnants 
of tobacco left in the scale 
from the previous weigh up, 
there will be a disturbance 
in his epigastrium ; equal to 
that caused in ours by the 
objectionable compound of 

A correspondent of the 
Penny Mail reckons up the 
Boer losses at 10,000, of 
which number he credits 
Mafeking and Kuruman with 

niture must, at the time, furnish the 
undermentioned Affidavits respect- 
ively : 

Hodse Property. — Affidavit of 
competent Builder, giving full 
particulars and details, as to the 
amount of damage : also Affida- 
vit of Owner or Agent as to 
cause of damage. 
Furniture.— Affidavit of Owner 
or Agent as to amount and cause 
of damage. 
Beiluction of Eitablithment. — The 
four Native Watchmen, authorised 
by General Order No. 4, of 30th 
December, being no longer required, 
are discharged from this date, and 
the establishment reduced accord- 

Bounty ti> A.S.C. Baker. — A bonus 
of £5 has been awarded to Mr. 
Blliston for inventing a ration bis- 
ouit made out of Oat Flour. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 
Chief Staff Officer. 



By Colonel R. S. S. Baden-Powell, 
Commam/inij Frontier Force. 

Mafeking, 6tb April, 1900. 

Court oj Summary Jurisdiction. — 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet on f aturday, the 7th April, 
at the Court House, at 10-15 a.m., 
for the examination of such prisoners 
as may he brought before it. Presi- 
dent : Lieut. -Colonel C. B. Vyvyan. 
Member: Major P. W. Panzera. 

Asitcxsmcnt Committee.— The As- 
sessment Committee, under the 
Chairman, Mr. C. G. H. Bell, 
C.C. A RM., will meet on Sun- 
day, the 8th instant, at Dixon's 
Hotel at 10 a.m. Owners attending 
at the above place and hour will be 
informed about what time the Com- 
mittee will arrive at their respective 

Assessment of Damages. — With 
reference to General Order No. 7, of 
the 19th of February, all persons 
submitting claims for assessment of 
damage to house property and fur- 


[Contributed, — by a Latly] . 

Our Colonel's a jolly good fellow, 
An out and out stunner is he, 

And this you may bet, that we'll 
never forget 
Our gallant Commander B-P. 

Do you mind how the Boer that first 
Thought to walk in our town with 
But from Dixon's look-out, they were 
soon put to rout, 
They found 'twas no joke with B-P. 

Then they brought their great 94- 
A blustering person is she, 
But soon o'er the town, there were 
holes to run down 
And again they were sold by B-P. 

Snyman fired at our women and 


Nine shells in the Laager sent he, 

So Dutch spies straightaway, were 

sent there all day, 

That was wondrous cute of B-P. 

They think that wa'r eatiDg each 
But that is because they can't see, 
The wonderful way, we are fed on 
" ground hay " 
Through the forethought and care 
of B-P. 

And when in the general rejoicing. 
When troops have arrived and 
we'r free, 
I feel there'll be sighs and tears in 
our eyes, 
When bidding farewell to B-P. 


List of names of owners whose 
property will be assessed on Sunday 
next, 8th April : — 

Erf No. 83 P. J. Trollope 
,, 83 J. Hofmann 
,, 83 C. A. Kidwell 
,. 74 I. Amod 
,, 45 W. N. Cooper 
„ 46 J. H. Elmes 
,, 47 W. A. Hampson 
,,63 I. Amod 
„ 64 

52 Eev. W. H. Weekes 
27 J. O. Evans 
„ 27 E. Gates 
27 E. Soloman 



ABOUT 60,000 Best Stock 
Bricks. — Apply to 
J. R. Algie. 

Blankets & Rugs 


" Non-Siege " Prices : 5/-, 8/-, 10/- 

EARLYBros., Molopo Road. 




Siege Auction Sale. 

THE above, duly instructed, will 
sell on SUNDAY NEXT, 

At 9-30 a.m., WITHOUT RESERVE, 

Balance of Kit of late Trooper Armst- 
rong B.S. A. P., including 1 Double 
Barrel Shot Gun, in case, and 

Household Effects of Mrs. Girdwood, 
consisting of Kitchen Utensils, 
Ornaments, Tables, Chairs, Car- 
penters Tools, etc., etc. 

Also 1 Double Barrel Express Eifle, 
in case, by Purdy, and 150 rounds 
of Ammunition. 

New and Second-hand Clothing, Re- 
volver, Bicycle, Watch, Novels, 
Chair Bedstead, Galvanized Iron, 
and a large selection of other goods. 

A Rare Chance for Good Bargains 1 

For Private Sale. 

1 Set Second-hand Colonial 
made Mule Harness (Wheeler) 
1 set Colonial made Horse 
Harness (Wheeler). 
Apply to 

Office Mafeking Mail. 

The Raffle for a Shot Gun 

Will take place at 

Bradley's Hotel at 7.30 p.m. Saturday evening 

E. Platnauer, Com. Agent. 

A few Tickets still to be obtained. 

Printed and pnbluhcd bij 
Towmhcnd & Son, Martlet Sq., Mafeking. 
Editor it Manager : (I. N. E. Whales. 





No. 112 

Saturday. April 7th, 1900. 177th Day of Siege 



ffiafelung glaii. 

SATURDAY. 7th APRIL, 1900. 


A splendid opportunity now 
presents itself for some of 
those ''know-it-alls" to de- 
monstrate tliat superior mili- 
tary skill, — which they must 
possess or they would never 
have expatiated so learnedly 
upon what the British troops 
ought or ought not to have 
done, — to offer themselves as 
Commander-in-Chief to the 
enemy. Undoubtedly anyone 
who can rally the Buer.s and 
make a successful stand would 
deserve an extra large laurel 
wreath. Cronje hors de com- 
bat ; Joubert d?ad : Kruger 
always mistrusted by a con- 
siderable minority ; Louis 
Botha fully occupied, either 
retiring his forces from the 
Harrismith Frontier or bar- 
ring the way by Van Reenen's 
Pass ; Lukas Meyer similarly 
engaged with the Vryheid and 
Utrecht's contingents; Fer- 
reira at Helpmakaar, or pos- 
sibly already retired on Glenco 
to concentrate for attempted 
resistance to British advance, 
or to join Lukas Meyer. Each 
of these positions requires the 
best generalship, they have 
no suitable men to take the 
place of those at present in 
command, an alteration, by 
the way, that would most 
likely be followed by immedi- 
ate disintegration of the com- 
mandos, whose leaders were 
removed. When Mr. Kruger 
comes as he very soon will, 
10 one ot those oft recurring 
impasses when all his coun- 
sellors and advisers have to 
waive their opinions and 
oppojition under threat of 

resignation, he will find that 
the Volksraad with regular 
income, bossing, in ima- 
gination, the whole of South 
Africt, were more complaisant 
than its individual members 
will be in the field, with 
20 1,000 Rooincks slowly but 
unstayingly advancing in front 
and ruin gbastily stalking be- 
hind. The probable answer to 
a threat of consequences, to 
follow the non-adoption of his 
proposals will be the " Taal " 
equivalent for " Resign and be 

." Should he iesign 

the military command, there 
is none but Erasmus, now di- 
recting Pretoria, town and 
district division, who could 
fill the gap, for Schalk Burger- 
now in control of the Lyden, 
burg and Carolina divisions, 
could not be thought of, and 
Erasmus would never hold 
the Boers together, even had 
he skill to direct the campaign 
or pluck sufficient to lead them 
on a forlorn hope. It is a 
pity we cannot promote some 
of our local critics of British 
war tactics to take charge. 
It would save a few rations. 

We regret having to record 
the death, which occurred 
yesterday, at the Victoria 
Hospital, from typhoid fever, 
complicated by acute conges- 
tion of the liver, of Pvte. John 
McCorkindale, of the Bechu- 
analand Rifles, the first mem- 
ber the corps has lost since 
the siege. Deceased, who 
was but 27 years of age, came 
to South Africa in January 
1899 for reasons of health. 
After occupying a position 
with De Beers Co., he, on the 
anticipated outbreak of the 
war came here and joined the 
Volunteers, his connection 
with the force having lasted 
exactly six months the day lie 
died. He was a reserved and 

gentlemanly young fellow, 
liked by everyone in the Corps, 
hi: good qudltias being great 
ly appreciated by those who 
knew him most. A regular 
Scotchman, he did not com- 
plain in the least, but con- 
tinued iiis duty even when he 
looked anything but well. 
He was son of the Rev. John 
McCorkindale, Parish Minis- 
ter of Lochgoilhead, one of 
the loveliest, spots on the 
West Coast of Scotland. A 
few hours trip, by steamer, 
from it is much 
frequented in the summer 
months. A photograph be- 
fore us shows an inlet from 
the sea, fringed by bouses : 
in the centre, the church and 
commodious manse. Behind 
the houses a thick belt 
of high trees and a back- 
ground of mountains, with 
a steamer at the pier in the 
foreground, forms an ideal 
picture of the homes and sur- 
roundings amid which Scot- 
land rears those hard-headed 
sons whose idomitahle pluck 
so and perseverence help 
materially the progress of 
our colonial expansion 


By the kind permission of 
Mr. Bell, the Resident Magis- 
trate, the Court House will 
henceforth be available for 
townspeople and garrison, as 
a Reading Room, and al 
papers received, will be de- 
posited there. It will be 
opened for the general public 
all day en Sundays, and from 
3 to 6 on other afternoons. 
For Officers only : 1 1 -30 to 2 
p.m. daily : and Ladies only: 
2 to 3 p.m. daily. It is to be 
hoped that everyone availing 
themselves of this arrange- 
ment will remember that it is 
intended for the convenience 

of the whole public, and 
that it would he an inexcusa- 
bly selfish action for anybody 
to remove a ."ingle paper 
from the room. 

A shell from " Otid Greitje" 
smashed up the U.U.'s ofh'co- 
etcetras which he had just 
caused to be removed into 
the house formerly occupied 
by the late Capt. Girdwood. 

Wo think that when medals 
are struck for this garrison, 
if one too many is made, it 
should be presented to the 
grey long haired Irish hound, 
culled "Mafeking," belongi ig 
to Mr. Hamilton, the "spe- 
cial " war corn sp indent of 
the London Times. The poor 
animal lias been thn e times 
wounded, twice with bullets, 
and once by a piece of shell. 



.. Ba ten-Powell^ 
Co ■ tier I <<> <■.-. 

Mai • ■ ■ " i ' 1900 

rhe Court ol S immo ■ 

the 9th i pril, 
LO-15 a.m., 
uch pris- 

p I- Adams, 

C.B.,1 I Col 

C.O Q 

I lor the 

. ■ I I 

C. <> M . 


■ i Lha R<->- 

■ i L0 per diom from 

L899 i. Mr. Millar is not 

' dlowance i- 

■ pa; ■ 

w nil i e'ei enoe to 
Genera] ( trdei N i 3 ■■ 3J it March, 
190 l, Lhe eel Mi ihmi til ol the Mafi - 

Let Corps is borebj ti e 
to 21 privai i from tha 

U Suppi \:< conse- 

quence of th i number of fever pa- 
tients, convalescents, etc., for 
whom a sufficiency of milk is an 
absolute necessity, it lias become 
■ .i! \ to prohibit t ntirely the 

sale of milk to private persons with- 
out Lhe written authority of the 

D. l.A.G. (1)1 Any persons found 
Bel ingor buying milk in future with- 
out such permit will be brought 
i" I ire the Court of Summary Juris- 
diction, and will be liable for pun- 
ishment for ooutravetiing this order. 

By order, 
E II. ('ECU,, Major, 

Ch ; ef Staff Officer. 

Oolonel R. S. S. Baden • Powell 

and Officers of the GarriS0n t 


Orgamted by Col. J A. I!. Walford, 


Sundiy, April 8th, 1900, 



AT 2 F.M. 


Judqe : — Maj ii- II. J. Goold-Adatns, 
C.B.. C.M.G. 

Effehee OG II. Bell, Esq., C.C. 

■i: ,1 B M 

Stibters:— Lt -Col. C.O. Ilore, P.B. 
: B. W. Cowan, B.R. 

Time Keeper •— Insp. J. W. Browne, 
C P , D. II. 

Handicappdr: — Col. J. A. II. Walford, 
B 3 A P. 

La hj S iruh Wilson hat I in 

' th r< < 

THE now issue of stamp 
bearing tlie Colonel's 
photograph, will be produced 
on Monday, the 9th instant. 
These stamps can only be 
issued on production of letter 
addressed locally (Mafeking 
or forts). No person can for 
the present be allowed to 
hand to the officer in charge 
of Siege Post Office more 
than one letter per diem. 

J. V. HO WAT, 


April 7th, 1900. 



1 — 100 Yards Open Hand cap ; 
1st pri,. M 2nd prize 10/- 

2 Saob Race, Cadei I iorpa ; 1st 
pi :., 10/-, 2nd prize 5 -, 3rd 
prizi 1/6 

3— J Mile Flai Race, Open Han- 
dicap; 1 st priz ■ £1, 2nd piize 

i— Thri i Leooi d Race : 1st prize 
10/-, 2nd do. 5 - 

i ■ ,\ Race let prize 
lu -. 2nd do 5 - 

B— Bici ' the Needle 

Pi i. a pn seated by 

the Offioi ra ol the B.S.A.P., 

Lady's Writing Case, Lady's 

:il Ivory Scissors 

and Papei Knife. 

7 — Moi nted ! .inn Lindsay, at 
1 1 ill les . Teams of four from 
Protectorate Regiment, Cape 
Polio . B.S.A P. and Beohu- 
land Rifles . prize t"2 


Teams of eight from Protecto, 

ra'te Regi t, Cape l'olice- 

B.S A P. and Bechuanaland 

l; n 
U — In i Sards Fui Race, Cidet 

Corps ; 1st prize 10/-, 2nd 

do. 5/-, 3rd do. 2/6 
10— Pillow on Pole Fight ; 1st 

prize 10/-. 2nd do. 5 -. 


ABOUT i 0,000 Best Stock 
Bricks. — Apply to 
J. R. Algie. 




Monday } g bort Se ,. vice at 


Wednesday I 8 P m - 

Thursday. — Holy Communion at 
7.30 a.m. Sliort Service 8 p.m. 

Good Friday. — Devotion of the 
Three Hours Agony, from noon 
till 3 p.m. (The congregation 
can enter or leave the Church 
during the singing of any of 
the hyinns). 

Easter Eve. — First Service of Eas- 
ter, 8 p.m. 

Easter Day. — Holy Communion 
7.30 and 11,30. 
Mattins and Sermon 10.30. 
Children's Service 3 p m. 
Evensong and Sermon 7.30. 



Siege Auction Sale. 

FT^HE ahove, duly instructed, will 
-L sell on SATURDAY NEXT, 

At 9.30 a. m , WITHOUT RESERVE, 

Balance of Kit of late Tpr Armstrong, 
B.S.A, P., including 1 Double Bar- 
rel Shot Gun, in case, & Cartridges. 

Household Effects of Mrs. Girdwood, 
consisting of Kitchen Utensils, 
Ornaments, Tables, Chairs, Car- 
penters Tools, etc. etc. 

Also 1 Double Barrel Express Rifle, 
in case, by Purdy, and 150 rounds 
of Ammunition. 

New and Second-hand Clothing, Re- 
volver, Bicycle, Watch, Novels, 
Chair Bedstead, Galvanized Iron, 
and a large selection of other goods. 

A Rare Chance for Good Bargains! 


Specs JLstl. 









April 9th, 1900. 

179th Day of Siege 

Sfafchmg Pail. 

MO NDAY, 9th APEIL, 1900. 


By the courtesy of the 
Colonel Commanding we are 
enabled to print the follow- 

Telegram from A. T>. E., 
Bulawavo, dated 2nd April, 
1900 :— Rouxville and Thaba 
Nchu are occupied by British. 
Bebels eleared from Prieska 
by British troops. Comman- 
dant General Joubert died at 
Kroonstad on 27th March. 
Government announces that 
50,00 troops and six batteries 
of artillery, under General 
Carrington, are coming to 
occupy Rhodesia. 

Telegram from A.D.E. Bul- 
awayo, dated 3rd April : — 
Joubert's deatli confirmed. 
A fight is reported to have 
taken place at Brandfort. 
Boers admit 113 casualties. 
A British column is now 
marching on Van Wyk's Vlei 
to deal with Colonial rebels. 

Universal celebrations are 
projected in connection with 
impending relief of Mafeking. 

A Telegram from Cape 
Town received to-day states 
that the boys of Charter 
House, past and present, have 
subscribed £1,000 for Mafe- 
king sick, wounded, widows 
and orphans. 

Adelaide (Australia) cables 
" Congratulations on heroic 
defence, self and brave gar- 

It is rumoured that a 
column under Lord Metheun 
met with a reverse at Four- 
teen Streams, but no official 
information to this effect has 
been received. 

Lord Roberts entered 
Bloemfontein on March 13th 
with Generals French, Kelly- 
Kenny and Coville (with tho 
Guard's Brigade). They were 
received with great signs of 
joy from the Free Staters, 
who sang " God Save the 
Queen " and hoisted the Union 
Jack. There was a grand 

Capetown, March 16th, 
(Reuter).— 800 Free Staters 
surrendered. Edenburg sur- 
rounded. Cavalry found no 
Boers between Modder River 
and Bloemfontein. Three 
quarters of the Free Staters 
in the South have returned 
to their farms. General Cle- 
ments has occupied Spring- 
fontein. Gen. Gatacre, with 
a mounted force, entered 
Bethulie. Gen. Pole-Carew 
has established a j uncture 
with Gen. Gatacre. 

Bloemfontein, March 17th. 
— The Boers have blown up 
all the culverts and bridges 
north of Brandfort. Lord 
Metheun has returned to Kim- 
berley, after occupying Bos- 
hof, where he captured 1 70,000 
rounds of ammunition. The 
Diamond Fields Horse has 
been left at Boshoff as part 
of the garrison. Lord Me- 
theun has started to relieve 
Mafeking and has got to 

Bloemfontein, March 19th 
— Lord Metheun was in time 
to prevent the deviation 
bridge at Warrenton being 
completely destroyed and has 
secured a pont on the Vaal. 
It is said that the Transvaal 
officials have evacuated Vry- 
burg and Taungs. 

A smart artillery duel took 
place on the banks of the 
Vaal yesterday, the enemy 
had four guns and they were 
all silenced. The river can 
only be crossed by swimming. 
The Boers North of Kimber- 
ley have fled to Christiana. 
Gen. Brabant is arresting 
prominent rebels at Herschel. 
.Lord Kitchner occupied Pries- 
ka on the 19th and all the 
rebels gave up their arms. 
He has now gone to Ken- 

Sir George White was at 
Capetown on March 1 9th, and 
is probably going to England 
as he is very delicate and 

General Warren and his 
division are on their way to 
join Lord Roberts' advance and 
Buller, except patrolling all 
the Drakensburg passes, will 
not go further at present. 

Sir W. Lockhart, Com- 
mander-in chief in India is 

Mr. Rhodes has sailed for 
England in the Norman. 

Sir A. Miiner and the At- 
torney-General left Capetown 
on March 19th, evidently for 


To-morrow, at the Court 
House, there will be more 
Daily Graphics, and another 
Cape Times fcr February, 
also a later Btdaivayo Chron- 

Notices to Subscribers. 

Kimberley, March 1 9th. — 
A sharp engagement took 
place at Fourteen Streams. 

243, Brown, 61 to 109 are 
ready packed up if you will 
kindly send for them. 


(For the use of Commanding 

Officers at the front. Framed 

after the latest pattern.) 

(From Punch) 

From General A., investing 
town of X., to General B., in 
command of defending force. 

My dear B.,— What delight- 
ful weather this is. to he sure ! 
I hardly ever remember to 
have seen the crops looking 
better at this time of year. 
You and your men are in the 
best of health, I trust ? Pos- 
sibly the mosquitoes may be 
troubling you ; in this case I 
would recommend the appli- 
cation of a little ammonia. 
As your game-larder may be 
not particularly full just now, 
I am sending you five brace 
of ostriches ; please accept 
them with my warmest com. 
pliments, and believe me, 
most sincerely yours, A. 

P.S. — t almost forgot to 
mention that some of my fel- 
lows mean to drop a few shells 
in your direction about 5 p.m. 
to-day. Would that hour suit 
yon ? I do hope the noise 
will not disturb you, but you 
will understand that I am 
bound to give my men a little 
occupation now and then. 


My dear A., — Our best 
thanks for the ostriches, safely 
to hand. Thanks also for 
your kind enquiries; all of us 
are in the best of health. 
Would you think me very rude 
it 1 asked you to put the 
shelling an hour earlier? 
The fact is, that five o'clock is 
our tea-time, so that we might 
miss seeing your performance, 
which would be a real pity. 
There's nothing we enjoy so 
much as to watch your guns 
ploughing up the earth half- 
a-mile or more away — it's as 
good as a play, and simply 
convulses us all with laughter. 
So do begin a bit earlier, and 
oblige, yours very sincerely, B. 
P.S. — Some of my chaps 
complain that they're getting 
a bit bored here. So, just to 
humour them, we shall make 
a little sortie to-night, if you've 
no objection. Unless I hear 

from you before then, you may 
expect us about ten o'clock. 

From General A. to General B- 

Dear Sin, — As you are 
aware, I have carried on this 
siege with the utmost regard 
to etiquette, and so far my 
courtesy has been reciprocated 
The fact increases my regret 
at the grave breach of this 
principle which was committed 
by your force in last night's 
attack. In a word, Sir, some 
of the ruffians under your 
command actually employed 
the bayonet, with the result 
that no less than five of my 
men were severely injured ! 
I cling to the belief that this 
outrage was committed with- 
out your cognisance; but none 
the less you must be held in 
some degree responsible. My 
Government, at my request, 
is telegraphing a formal com- 
plaint to each of the European 
Powers. And I must insist 
on a full and immediate 
apology from yourself. Yours 
faithfully, A. 

P.S. — It would simplify 
matters if you would surren- 
der at once. 


Sib, — If your fellows ohoose 
to get in front of my men's 
bayonets, they must take the 

Yours truly, B. 

P.S.— Why don't you all 
run away at once. You'll 
have to, sooner or later. 


General A. begs to inform 
General B. that, in spite of his 
protest, another outrage was 
committed yesterday by Gene- 
ral B.'s force. A shell was 
fired by them which actually 
hurst. None of the ammuni- 
tion employed by General A. 
behaves in this way. The 
time for apologies is past, and 
General A. must now insist on 
a prompt and unconditional 


Go to blazes. 

(At this point the correspon- 
dence terminates.) 



By Colonel B. S. S. 
Commanding Frontier Force. 

Mifeking, 9th April, 1900. 

Cencrt of Summary Jurisdiction. — 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet on Tuesday, the 10th April, 
at the Court House, at 10-15 a.m., 
for the examination of such pris- 
oners as may be brought before it. 
President: L)rd Edward Cecil, 
DS.O.; Member: C. G.H. Bell Esq., 
C.C. & R.M. 

Signallers at Citnnon Kopje. — 
Wh le doing duty at Cannon Kopje 
No. 54, Signaller 1. Flaherty, Prot. 
Regt., and No. 57, Signaller C. Hall, 
Beehd. Rifles, arc attached to the 
B.S.A.P. for discipline and field 

Horses : Oat Rations. — With re- 
ference to General Order No. 6, of 
12th March, 1900. no further Oat 
issue will be made, for the present, 
for horses. The horses lately fed up 
are to be kept up as far as possible 
by an issue of Cut Grass at night. 
O.C.'s are authorised to employ 
natives to cut grass at the rate of 9d. 
per horse of those authorised to be 

As more horses will shortly be 
required for food, O.C. Corps are 
requested to state how many horses 
they desire to cast as unlikely to be 
tit for further service. 

Horses : Contagions Diseases. — As 
certain contagious diseases of the 
horse are transmissible to man, all 
horses killed for human food must be 
inspected by Veterinary Lieut. W. D. 
Smith, A.V.D., Protectorate Regt., 
and must be certified by that officer 
as " fit for consumption" before be- 
ing issued to the Soup Kitchen. 

Copying Orders. — General Order 

No. 5, of the 5th inst., will be in 

abeyance for the present, a further 

supply of paper having been obtained. 

By order, 

E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


Donkeys Brought in. 

FIFTEEN Donkeys have been 
brought in to-day by Colonial 
Contingent whioh may belong to 
people in town, but have strayed 
towards the enemy's lines. 

Claimants must produce satisfac- 
tory proof of ownership to Captain 
Ryan, D.A.A.G.(b), before 12 (noon) 
on Wednesday next, otherwise, no- 
tice is hereby given, that any ani- 
mals, the claims to which are not 
thus substantiated, will be slaught- 
ered for soup kitchen purposes. 

Printed and published by 
Vownsiiend & Son, Market Sq. Ma/eking 
Editor tt Manager : G. N. E. Whales. 





No. 114 

Tuesday, April 10th, 1900. 180th Day of Siege 


SWcIYmg glail. 



Some Baralongs report com- 
ing across a party of thirty 
Bahuiutshes, who attacked 
them; theBaralongs (eighteen) 
say they defeated them and 
next struck ten mounted Boers, 
of whom they killed eight. 
In the two rights they lots 
ten, four were wounded and 
are now in Colonel Plumer's 
hospital; the other four ar- 
rived here sound. 

Motseoakhumo, at Pitsani, 
is still in league with the 

Two messengers returned 
from the moon yesterday 
morning and report, while 
looking down in a direction 
North of Brandford, they saw 
a strong force of Boers, sur- 
rounded by the British, and 
that was the only body of 
Boers to be seen fighting in 
the South. 

A second-sight medium has 
been thrown into a trance and 
her sensations directed this 
side of Vrybnrg to find where 
the relief column is ; probably 
she will emerge from her 
trance during the night and 
tell us all about it. 

By heliograph subterraneous 
communication we learn that 
some Boers who were South 
have gone back to the Trans- 
vaal, others have joined Suy- 
man and intend giving us 
" another thorough shaking 
the next few days."— ['' An- 
other," Eh ! What was the 
data of the first ?] 

Some folks say young Cronje 
escaped, others say the troops 
caught him. 

Some native women were 
captured by the Boers last 
Friday and taken to the 
laager. On Saturday morn- 
ing they saw two hack wagons 
come in. They were sent, 
away, and the native sent to 
guide them out of the laager 
said " the wajron was full of 
dead B( ers." 

Two Beohuanaa, who said 
they had deserted the Boers 
and knew whore some fat 
cattle could be found, per- 
suaded a party of 31 Fingoea 
to placo themselves under 
their guidance to capture 
beet. They left hereon Thurs- 
day last, "at daybreak they 
were close to .vlalmaui, 
the romancing guides had 
disappeared, ami the Fin^ocs 
found themselves surrounded 
by Boers, who had Na- 
tives with them. Firing 
was opened by the Boers 
and the Maxim and 1-pound 
Maxim were turned on, 
with volleys of musketry. 
About half got through, but 
the only survivor who returned 
does not know what became of 
them. He escaped by hiding 
in a tree till night. While 
there he heard Boer wo- 
men, in the row of flat 
houses along tin- Molo- 
po, bemoaning the dead. He 
knew of six Boers and nine 
natives being killed, but be- 
lieves there were more. The 
.Maxim returned to the laager 
here about 4 o'clock on Fri- 
day afternoon but went back 
early on Saturday, and firing 
again commenced at sunrise 
and lasted till the middle of 
the morning. 

The following is the official 
list of those wounded in Col. 
Plumer's reoonnaisance at 
Ramathlabama and now in 

Hospital at the Liner laager : 

Captain Kenneth McLaren, 
13th Hussars. 

Captain Frederick Crewe, 
ol i Irewe's Scouts. Since 

Duncan Robertson, Crewe's 

Scouts. Since Dead. 

George-Wilwin, " 1! " Squa- 

Michael Joseph Murray, 
"K" Troop, U.S.A. P. Div. 2. 

John Bentley, " C " Squa- 

James Pi^'ot Shuckburgh, 
" A " Squadron, 

Alfred A. Baldwin, " E " 

Harry Bridge, " B " Squad- 

Also the following were 
taken prisoners ot war : — ■ 

Cecil Granville, Staff Ar- 

J.H.Turleton," B" Sqdrn, 

John Scott, " C " ,, 

Henry Riley, " A " „ 

William Budd "O" „ 



General Ironmongers anil Furnishers 
Market Square. 

Store open daily from 7 to 8 a.m. 
and 3 to 5 p.m. 

Look out for particulars of 
Platnauer's Gigantic Siege 
Lottery, to take place shortly. 

Mrs. Howat, wife of our 
Postmaster, was this morning 
safely delivered of a daughter. 
Both doing well. 

Lieut. Smithennan, of the 
Rhodesian Regiment, who ar- 
rived las. Tuisda-j , la a dm, 
specimen of South African 
produce from young trans- 
plants. Born at Witney, Oxou, 

the native town of Messrs Ear- 
ly, he came out under some 
kind of agreement or appren- 
ticeship to those gentlemen, 
when lie was fourteen years o( 
age : at the expiration of his 
service, then nol eighteen, he 
joined someother adventurous 

spirits on a hunting expedition 
into the interior During the 
Matabele war he did (food 
Bervice as Bcout, and at its 
close made a journey home. 
While there, he made arrange- 
ments which resulted in his 
coming out again in the dual 
; 1[( i, ity as pioneer or guide 
to a party of wealthy sports- 
men and the representative of 
the interests of certain Gold 
Mining Companies. At the 
out break of present hostilities, 
it stands to reason, young 
Smitherman was speedily on 
the strength of the nearest 
force. Tall, wiry and athletic, 
with the appearance of great 
latent power, he looks every 
inch the hunter and scout. 


From " Times," January 
26th 1900 :— 

1. Settlement of Madagas- 
car question. 

2. Settlement of New- 
foundland question. 

3. Freedom to agree with 
Sultan of Morocco without 
being hampered by any third 

4. Neutrality of the Meh- 
nam Valley (m Siam) to avoid 
cause of constant quarrels. 

5. Independence of Egypt, 
giving all Europe access to 
htr territory, which should 
belong to nobody but herself. 

r>. New Hebrides, essen- 
tial to the maintenance of 
France's New Caledonia pos- 


/ Colonel H. S. S. Baden-Powell, 
Covwuniding Frontier Force. 

Mafeking, 10th April, 1900. 

dent: Lieut-Colonel C. B. Vyvyan. 
Member : Major F. W. Pauzera. 

//.., ten : Oat Rations.— With re- 
ference to General Order No. 3, of 
yesterday's date, it should be noted 
ili .I the issue of Oat Bran as well as 
\\ i: ile Oats is stopped. The words 
" per 3iem " should ho added after 
the words " 9d. per horse." 

■ igkt in. — Fifteen Don- 

have heeu brought in to-day 

by Colonial Contingent which may 

belong to people in town, hut have 

strayed towards the enemy's lines. 

Claimants must produce satisfac- 
tory proof of ownership to Captain 
Ryan, D.A.A.G. (b), before 12 (noon) 
to-morrow, otherwise, notice is here- 
by given, thftt any animals, the claims 
to which are not thus substantiated, 
will be slaughtered for soup kitchen 

Photograph.— Old N.C.O.'S and 
men of the C.M.R. and F.A RI.P. are 
desirous of being photographed to- 
gether. It is notified, therefore, that 
a group will be taken at 7-30 a. in. 
next Sunday. Any late members of 
these Corps should communicate with 
Sergt. White, late C.M.R. , Protecto- 
rate Regiment. 

Bv order, 

lv II. CECIL, Major, 
Chief Staff Officer. 

Court of Summary Juris liction. — 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet on Wednesday, 11th Apt il, 
at the Court House, at 10-15 a.m., 
for the examination of such prisoners 
as may be brought before it. Presi- 




(From the Cape Times.) 
One ot the prisoners re- 
cently released from Pretoria 
states that while there he met 
Mr. A. Bellawell, the Special 
Correspondent of the Cape 
Tan's and Daily Mail, whose 
rapid ride to Kuruman with 
the graphic account of the 
hi. t Entish viotci'5 it I'l lic- 
king in October last, will be 
remembered bv all our rea- 
ders. Mr. Heilawell returned 
at once to Mafeking, and sent 
us various despatches until 
the close siege of the plucky 
little town made it impossible 
to get anyone to "run the 
gauntlet." As time was pass- 
ing by, and the anxiety of the 
world at large to hear some- 
thing of Mafeking was only 
equalled by the desire of Ma- 
feking to learn something of 
the world at large, Mr. Hei- 
lawell determined to make 
the effort himself to get 
through the Boer lines. 

In this gallant effort he was 
successful, but was unfortu- 

nately captured before he 
reached Kuruman, for which 
place he was aiming. 4s a 
matter of fact, although not 
known in the North, Kuru- 
man was itself closely sur- 
rounded by the Boers, at this 
date, and our correspondent 
would have had to cover 
something like 350 miles of 
country — from Mafeking via 
Kuruman district, in a round- 
about way to Hope Town — 
before he could have been in 
touch with the telegraph 


It appears that the authori- 
ties refused permission to 
our correspondent to leave 
the town, it being considered 
too dangerous an enterprise to 
be sanctioned. However, to- 
wards the middle of Novem- 
ber he determined to risk it, 
and taking two horses ami a 
pony, and accompanied by 
his Cape boy " Mackenize," 
he left the town at night, and, 
under cover of darkness, 
travelled cautiously north- 
east, and then southwards, 
through the Boers without 
detection. When day broke, 
however, he was discovered 
by a strong patrol of the 
enemy, who immediately 
opened tire in full strength. 
To be contiiiiu:<! in tQ-monoiv'a Slip. 


Blankets & Rugs 


" No.n-Siege " Pkices : 5/-, 8/-, 10/- 

EA.RLY Bros., Molopo Road. 



21 Years Old, EXTRA SPECIAL 

THE undersigned, having 
obtained the kind per- 
mission ol the C.8.O., will 
raffle on account of B. Weil, 
Ksq., one case of Whisky. 
Proceeds will be handed to 
the Mother Superior, for the 
benefit of herself and Sisters. 

Commission Agent, 


gJ53»<©<5A»J. ©lege Slip* 



No. 115 

Wednesday, April 11th, 1900. 181st Day of Siege 


sJafektng Iflail. 

WEDNESDAY, 11th APRIL, 1900. 


According to the Cape Times 
240 wagons and 2,400 mules 
are required to convey two 
days' supplies for a division. 

The same article, Jan. 24, 
says : " How utterly unpre- 
pared we were is evident from 
an article in The Times upon 
the question of transport; diffi- 
culties at the front. It is all 
very well to send out division 
after division, and to perform 
feats in mobilisation of Army 
Corps which are declared to 
be an object-lesson to the 
world; but unless the army 
on its arrival in South Africa 
is provided with the means 
of moving independently." 


By Colonel R. S. S. Baden-Powell, 
Commanding Frontier Force. 

Mafeking-, 11th April, 1900. 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction. — 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet on Thursday, the 1 2th April, 
at the Court House, at 10-1$ a.m., 
lor tho examination of such pris- 
oners as may he brought hefore it. 
President : 1 1. 1 1 Maj. Goold- Adams, 
C.B., O.M.G. M< mber: Lieut. -Col. 
C. O. Hore. 

Appointments.— IA&Xib, McKenzie, 
B.T.O. to he extra A.D.C. to the 
Colonel Com mac 

J. H. Elmes, Esq., M.E.R., C.8. to 
he Assistant Surgeon, Victoria 
Hospital, with pay at the rate of 
30s per diem from the 10th inst. 

Pay. — Increase of— Sergeant P. 
Pitt, in charge of the Guard, Isaac's 

Yard, to receive increase of pay at 
the rate of 2/6 per diem, to date 
from the 12th February, inclusive. 

Rations. — From to-morrow inclu- 
sive " Sowens " will he issued free as 
part of the ration to the troops in 
proportion to one i\ uart per man . 
It may be found necessary to reduce 
the bread ration from 8 oz. to 6 oz., 
and the Sowens is intended to com- 
i for that reduction. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


Last Sunday's Sports. 

1—100 Yards Flat Handicap : 
1st, McLoughlin 
2nd, Carr 

2— Sack Race (Cadet Corps) : 
1st, Gower 
2nd, Wolhuter 
3rd, Hairy 

3 — Quarter-Mile Flat Race. 

1st, Low 

2nd, Crosskill 

4 — Three-Leoged Race : 
1st. Swart 
2nd, Newton 

5— House and Man Race : 
1st, Crosskill 
2nd, Kennedy 

6— Bicycle Thread the Needle 
Race : 

1st, Mitchell 

2nd Lieut. McKenzie 

3rd, Moss 

7 — Lloyd Lindsay : 

I lechuanaland Rifles 
]i ,!, Cape Police, I). 2 

8 WBBSTL1 -'. ox HoBSEBACK : 

I tpe Police, D 2 
2nd. Protectorate Regiment 

9—100 Yards Flat (Cadet Cobps) . 
let, Stenson 

2nd. I I 
3rd, Howies 

10 — Bolster Fight on Pole : 
1st, Rosenrield 
2nd, Kennedy 


Colonel R. 8. S. Baden-Powell 
and Officers of the Garrison, 


Organised by Ca/d. B. W. Cowan and 

Oflicei* of the Bechuanaland Rifles, 


Sunday, April 15, 1900, 



AT 2-30 P.M 

Judges : — Col. Hore. Majoi Godley, 
Col. Walford, Insp. Browne. 

Reperee:— C. G. II. Bell, Esq., C.C. 
and RM. 

Stabteb: — Capt. B. W. Cowan. 

Hakdioappeb: Capt. Scbolefield. 

Miss //ill has kindly constnted to 

give away the Pnzi*. 


1 — Bicycle Race; 1 Mile Sandi 
c;ip (open). 1st prize ; 2nd 
prize (Sports Fund). 

2-440 Yards Plat Raob; Open 
1 [andicap. 1st prize ; 2nd prize 
(Sports Fund). 

3— M01 % Ibbtai Race LbI 

prize ; 2nd pri (Sp 1 I fund). 

4 — Water Hi. (Sports 


5 — Mounted Fancy Dress Race. 

1st pi ize given to Brat in ; 2nd 

prize given lad} who dresses 

gentleman in ac cos 

I i by Officers 

id Rifles). 

II Co< I. I : 

Open to P s.A.I'., 

C.P., Bed d ' lilway 

i 1st 

j. e (Sporta Fund). 
7 \ :." 1st prize 

(Sports Fur,.. J. 
8— Bolster Fight. Open to Colo- 

111:, I Contini ■ Watoh, 

Abram's Soou 1 Pin- 

Rowland's Laager Boys. 

Let I 3rd prize 

(Sports Fund). 
1 1 >,,-,, iv 1;, . mem- 

of Cad 11 pa. Riders to 

be hi mil ' " "seated 

by Officers Becbd. Rifles}, 


" Authob."— No! you are 

. .. correct in referring 

itivea who subsist on 

'■dog fanciers." 

It would be certainly more 

to say, " those who are 

undergoing a course "t bark.' 

(From the Cape I "••■ <■) 




There was nothing tor it nou' 
but to try tin' horses, and oft 

thn went at lull gallop, the 
Boers following pell-mell, in 
a straight lino across the 
veldt. At the start it was 
touch-and-go whether or not 
the pursuers would get near 
enough to stop the hunt sum- 
marily, hut the superior met- 
tle of our correspondent's 
horse soon began to show 
itself and he gradually out- 
distanced the Boers. The 
race, however, lasted a good 
time, and Hellawell estimates 
that he kept up the gallop for 
about 15 miles before it was 
sale fco draw rein. The horses 
were then suffering consider- 
ably, and, equally as had. lie 
had lost the knowledge of his 
exact locality, and only knew 
tor certain that he was in the 
Transvaal, and had to make a 
big turn before striking any 
place in Bechuanaland which 

would enable him to decide 
on the right direction. After 
an " off-saddle " in a seques- 
tered spot in the veld, lie 
travelled slowly across the 
open country, fortunately 
without meeting any more 
Boers. One of the horses, 
however, was now lame, and 
the others tired, and it was 
necessary to avoid every house 
tlit- y might see, as it was 
practically certain to be the 
abode of an enemy. 


The locality of Maribogn 
was reached and recognised, 
and aided by a heavy storm, 
which refreshed the horses, 
the party went cautiously on 

Is Vryburg, travailing 
mostly in the night. A far- 
mer's' dwelling was stumbled 
on so unexpectedly hero that 
our correspondent was ob- 
served, ami seeing there was 
no help for it, he went to the 
.■eived with 
apparent kin. in,---. While he 
and his horses were resting 
there, however, the farmer's 
wife despatched her boy on 
horseback — nominally to 
" look for the cattle,'' hut in 
reality to rouse, the country 
ahead. Mr Hellawell eluded 
everyone, nevertheless, until 
passing to the west ol Vry- 
burg, when two Boers galloped 
up from behind and two more 
in front, and as our party 
were off-saddled at the time 
there was nothing to do but 
surrender. Mr. Hellawell's 
reports were rolled up in 
small packets, and he threw 
these into the veld unobserved, 
only one packet being found. 


Prisoner with the Boers 
He' was taken to tiie Vryburg 
laager, examined by Field- 
cornet Visser, and then sent 
to the Court-house and con- 
fined in the lock-up, in a cell 
which had been vacated only 
the same morning by some 
coloured offenders, and which 
was furnished solely with a 
plank bed anil some ra.L;s of 
clothing which the former 
tenants bad abandoned there. 


Next day he was allowed 
to come into the yard, and 
after a couple more nights in 
the cell, now provided with 
good bedding, was moved to 
a haired room formerly occu- 
pied by the Registrar of Deeds, 
and now used by some of the 
Transvaal Police. He was 
treated kindly and was allowed 
to walk in the spacious yard, 
where was already promenad- 
ing another pressman — Mr. 
P. Townsiiend, of the "Bech- 
uanaland News," who had 
been arrested some days be- 
fore for printing the procla- 
mation cautioning Her Majes- 
ty's subjects of the penalties 
they would incur if they joined 
the enemy. 
Will I'C continued in to-morroic'« Slip 




ATTENTION is called to 
■&■ the regulation for the 
hour from 2 till 3 being re- 
served for 


Officers 11-30 to 2 ; N.C.O.'s 
and men 3 to 6 p.m. 


THE Standard Bank will 
not be open for busi- 
ness on Sundays. 

The Garrison Deposit Bank 
will be open on Sunday morn- 
ings as usual from 9.3' > to 12. 

H. GREENER, Capt. 
chief Paymaster. 
Mafeking, 10 April, 1 900. 


(AIR 15 lb., singly or together. 
Absolutely perfect specimens ' 


Fort Cardigan. 

Blankets & Rugs ll::;,:!, 


" Non-Siege" Pkices : 8/-, 8/-, 10/- 

EARLY Bros., Molopo Road. 



21 Years Old, EXTRA SPEGIAL 

THE undersigned, having 
obtained the kind per- 
mission of the C S.O., will 
raffle on account of 15. Weil, 
Esq., one case of Whiskey. 
Proceeds will be handed to 
the Mother Superior, tor the 
benefit of herself and Sisteis. 

Commission Agent. 

Printed and published by 
Toivnshcnd d Son, Market Si/ . it 
Editor & Manager (■. .v H. What 


iE»eo2.stJL Siege iSUs?. 


No. 116 

Thursday, April 12th, 1900. 182nd Day of Siege 


Hfctciimg mail. 

THURSDAY, 12tu APEIL, 1900. 


Hull a year's beleaguermi nt 
was not precisely what we 
anticipated when that " mea- 
sure of folly," the historic 
ultimatum, was issued by 
Ooui Paul ; of the swollen- 
head. Nor do we suppose 
that Croiije had the faintest 
idea of the task before him 
when, undertaking command 
on this border, he an 
for our town to be the base of 
his operations ; our forage 
to feed his horses; and our 
whisky to give his ragged 
rascals courage. In fact 
everything connected with 
the siege, that our limited 
range permitted to be visible, 
was a succession of surprises. 
The opening attack, after 
being watched for during a 
month, was, at the last, in 
its suddeness, a surprise. The 
first fight was a surprise- 
especially the result of it ; 
and our complete isolation 
for so many weeks was a sur- 
prise, as well as an eye- 
opener to many, not only- 
civilians; while certainly not 
one of the least surprises, 
was the discovery of such 
enormous stores of foodstuffs. 
Nobody, not even excepting 
the defence authorities them- 
selves, we feel sure, suspected 
the extent of stores subse- 
quently brought to light. 
Fortunately for us they ex- 
isted, and now, at the end of 
six months, it is a surprise to 
find that we have pulled 
through without any severe 
deprivation, and have still 
enough to last another half 
dozen weeks, if necessary, 
which God and B.P. forbid. 


Yesterday afternoon the 
playful Boers thought they 
would have some fun, as an 
offset to their exertions of the 
morning, so they started ring 
and peg, hop-scotch, and 
other sylvan amusements. To 
increase their enjoyment three 
rounds from our Hotchkiss 
dropped right amongst them. 
The Boers tumbled over one 
another in their eagerness to 
take cover and not a head 
was visible again that evening. 
We sent them three pounds of 
metal, they returned three 
hundred pounds, dropping it 
fortunately, in the veld. 

Wabnino. — To-morrow, 
Good Friday, hawkers of Hot 
Cross Huns will not be al- 
lowed to ring bells to announce 
their wares. 

Mr. H. A. Bradley, writing 
from Gwelo to his brother 
here, under date of March 
30th, winds up his letter 
thus : — " Remember me to all 
friends and tell them that wo 
are anxiously awaiting to hear 
of the relief of Mafeking, as 
Methuen is expected to relieve 
you at any moment now. I 
have got a large flag staff 
erected awaiting the news of 
your relief, when I mean to 
cell brate the occasion with a 
banquet, and only wish I 
could do the same in Mafeking. 

Simultaneous demonstra- 
tions throughout the whole of 
South Africa in favour of an- 
nexation of the two Republics 
are being held. Sir Gordon 
Sprigg, as chairman of the 
Vigilance Committee, at Cape 
Town, has written to the 
Mayors inviting their co-oper- 
ation in securing the incor- 
poration of the two Republics 
with the British Empire. 


The following wire has been 
received by the Colonel Com- 
manding from Her Majesty 
the Queen : — 

V.R.I. Col. Baden-Powell- 
London, 1st April. — I con- 
tinue watching with confi- 
dence and admiration the 
patient and resolute defence 
which is so gallantly main- 
tained under your ever re- 
sourceful command. 

Capetown, March 23rd. — 
An influental meeting of 
clergymen, convened by the 
Mayor of Capetown, was held 
in the Town House. It was 
decided by the meeting to 
hold simultaneous thanks- 
giving services on receipt of 
the news of the relief of 

London, March 23. — In the 
House of Commons Mr. A. J. 
Balfour said that the initiative 
of the providing of Mafeking 
with stores and provisions 
were due to Lord Edward 
Cecil and not to Messrs. Weil. 

Replying to a suggestion to 
present Colonel Baden-Powell 
with some mark of gratitude 
and esteem from the people 
of Matabeleland, the Bula- 
wayo Chronicle says : " We 
are but dimly aware what we 
owe to the gallant defence of 

Capetown, March 27.— All 
the Peninsular papers are full 
of schemes for the celebration 
of the relief of Mafeking and 
the elaboration of the many 
programmes will make the 
affair one before which the 
rejoicing on the relief of Lady- 
smith will be comparatively 


By Colonel R. S. S. Badcn-Povell, 
Commanding Frontier Force. 

Mafekinq, 12th April, 1900. 

The enemy, after shelling the place 
heavily yesterday, made an advance 
against Port Abrams, evidently sup- 
posing that the garrisons had evacua- 
ted it under the shell 6re to which it 
had been subjected. But the defen- 
ders—under Corpl. Webb, C.P. D. 2, 
—had stuck to their post, and re- 
serving their firo till the enemy came 
within range, they then put in some 
telling volleys, which knocked over 
five Boers. The remainder then re- 
tired. The steadiness of the sfarri 
sons of the S.W. forts during their 
heavy shelling is to be high] 
mended, and especially their reserv- 
ing their fire till the enemy gave a 
good target within effective range. 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction. 

The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet on Friday, the 13th April, 
at the Court Hoiw. if 10-16 a.m.' 
for the examination of such pris- 
oners as may bo brought before it 
President: Lord Edward Cecil, 
D.S.O.; Member: C. G. H. Bell Esq., 
C.C. &E.M. ' 

_ Passes through Ouqmsts.—No one 
is authorized to sign passes for per- 
sons to proceed beyond li, outpost 
lines except the C.S.O. or Mr. Hell, 
or for natives belonging to the Btadt 
— Lokoko. All passes must be taken 
from persons authorized to pass 
through the lines before they are 
allowed to proceed by the outposts. 

Imperial A'.C.O.'s Frontier Forec 
General Order No. 6, of the 27th 
Jan., 1900, is hereby cancelled aud 
the following substituted - 

In view of the expenses to which 
the Imperial N.C.O.'s attached to the 
Frontier Forces have subjected dur- 
ing the campaign, the Colonel Com- 
manding authorizes the grant of an 
allowance of 2/6 per diem to each 
N.O.O. from the 13th October, 1899, 

It is to be clearly understood that 
this allowance is in no sense pay, nor 
18 it in lieu of pay, but is hereby 
granted for the causes stated above. 

Pay.— Mx. J. Turnhull, Assistant 
Issuer, Victoria Hospital, k granted 
pay at the rate of 7/6 per diem to 
date from the 16th March, 1900, in- 

Mr. Mahony, Issuer, Victoria Hos- 
pital, is granted an increase on pre- 
sent rate of pay of 2 6 per diem from 
the 18th January, 1900, inclusive. 

8 Ira Duty Pay.— Extra Duty Pav 
at the rate of 1/- per diem, to each 
N.O.O. and man of the Colonial Con- 
tingent has be=n authorized from the 
date following that on which the 
payment of sniping pay ceased 

(From the Cape Times.) 




Continued from yesterday's Slip, 
The two brothers of the 
pen were well looked after 
'luring their stay in Vrv- 
burg, which lasted until 27th 
November. They had their 
own meals sent in by friends 
as well us books and to 
and the police were c 
ate, .-is was nlso Mr. Ashford, 
the Justice of the Peace, re- 
presenting the Boers. The 
treatment appeared especially 
good when contrasted with 
what they received on arrival 
at Pretoria. 

Early on Monday, the 27th, 
they started in a cart, guarded 
by two policemen, for l'i. ., , , 
the boy •' Mackenzie " follow- 
ing behind on a hired horse, 
Hellawell's horse being kept 
by (he Boers. There was 
nothing against Mackenzie, 

who was informed he could 
have his liberty, hut he pre- 
ferred to stick to his " baas," 
and is now in Pretoria gaol. ' 


By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 

Hie journey was to Klerks- 
dorp by cart— three days— 
thence by rail to Pretoria, and 
was une entful. On arri 
the oapital the natives were 
thrown into the common pri- 
son, reoeiving the treatment 
of untried criminals— just like 
convicts, in fact, except that 
they had no work to do, did 
not wear prison clothes, and 
did not have such good fond 
as the convicts. After about 
two weeks our correspondent 
was, in response to a letter to 
the State Attorney removed 
from the prison, where lie 
had become very popular 
with the other inmates, and is 
now with the military prison- 
ers at the course, where 
the treatment is good, and 
where he is in the best of 
health, and in as good spirits 
as can be expected in one 
who, as his Cape friends well 
know, finds his keenest en- 
joyment in liberty and open- 
air sport. 

Ex-Mai's Pliotograph. 

It is proposed to take a 
photograph of all the ex- 
Naval officers and men in the 

Those wishing to be in- 
cluded should send their 
names to Mb. Moore, Com- 
mercial Hotel, who will let 
them know time and place. 


On Sunday morning next will 
be taken at 7-30, at Railway 
Machine Shops. 


Sergt. Prot. Kegt. 


NOTICE is hereby given that no 
further orders of any descrip- 
tion will be issued on Mr. Weil. 

C. M. RYAN, Capt., 

Mafeking, 12th April, 1900. 

Blankets k Rags r& as) 


" Non-Siegh Prices : 5/., 8/-, lo/- 

-SARLY Bros., Molopo Road. 


21 Years Old, EKTKA SPliliiAL 


'HE nndersigned, 

obtained the kind per- 


mission of the C.S.O , will 
raffle on account of B. Weil, 
Ksij., one case of Whisky.' 
Proceeds will be handed to 
the Mother Superior, for the 
benefit of herself and Sisters. 


Commission Agent. 

Printed and published bu 

Tou,,uhcndd: Son. Market So.. Uafeking. 

hdiurr .£ Manager: Q. IT. //. Miaks 








(. 117 

Friday, April 13th, 


183rd Day of Siege 


afc lung I 

PEIDAY, 13th APBIL, 1900. 


Mr. Julius Weil, in a letter 
to Mr. Bradley at Gwelo, on 
17th February, after stating 
that the children of Mrs. 
Bradley, Mrs. Winter, and 
Mrs. Riesle are well, sends 
bis regards to all friends in 

Mr. James Watt, for some 
time postmaster at Bulawayo, 
lately farming and trading, 
■was found dead on March 
24th, in his wagon, not far 
from Bulawayo. 

From a criticism in the 
Cape Times on Col. Baden- 
PoweU's book, wo cut : 
'•Scouting is like a game of 
football," the author con- 
cludes " You are selected as 
a forward player. Play the 
game. Play that your side 
may win. Don't think of 
your own glorification or your 
own risks. Your side are 
backing you up. Play up 
and make the best of every 
chance you get. Football is 
a good game, but better than 
it, better than any other game, 
is that of man-hunting, but, 
like all other games, it is no 
use your going in for it with 
out previous training, and I 
hope that what I have said 
above may be of some use in 
helping you to take a dis- 
tinguished part in the best 
sport in the wold, namely : 

On April 12th a telegram 
was received horn Lord Ro- 
berts to the effect that the 
Mafeking relief column is 

coming on as quickly as pos- 

The supplementary Army 
Estimates which have been 
presented to the Imperial 
Parliament provided for 
120,000 more men, and an ad- 
ditional sum of £13,000,000. 
The Revised Army Estimates 
for the financial year requires 
a total number of men of 
339,952; and a total expen- 
diture of £'13/17,200. 

The Mansion House War 
Fund amounted on Wednes- 
day, Feb. 14th, to £692,400, 
exclusive of £20,000 cabled 
from Victoria. 

A deal of our time is occu 
pied in dodging 94-pounders, 
but Mr. Cronwright Schreiner, 
according to a contemporary, 
spends a considerable portion 
of his time in dodging brick- 
bats in England, where he 
has been bro-Boer stumping. 


It is proposed to have a 
photograph taken of members 
and ex-members of this ancient 
Corps. All such are requested 
to communicate with ''X," 
office of this paper. 


March 7th.— At a meeting 
of the Kimberley Town Conn, 
cil the Mayor, in course of 
a speech, said : " The people 
of Kimberley, and of the Co- 
lony generally, feeling that 
the time had arrived when 
some strenuous effort should 
be made to relieve that heroic 
and plucky garrison. Up to 
the present it appeared that 
nothing had been done, the 
authorities were now trying 
to raise a force in Kimberley 

to assist in the relief, and he 
trusted there would be a very 
hearty and numerous response. 
He felt that there should be 
no delay, and that should 
Mafeking fall, it would be a 
disgrace to England as a na- 
tion." — " If at an early date 
he thought it necessary to 
call a public meeting, to 
urge this matter upon the 
military authorities, he would 
do so." 

Councillor Cranswick moved 
" that the military authorities 
be urged to despatch a force 
for the relief of Mafeking at 
the earliest possible moment, 
as after its exceedingly able 
defence, it is felt that it 
would be viewed as a national 
disaster if the town were 
allowed to fall in the hands 
of the enemy' — Not only 
throughout the whole of Cape 
Colony and Natal, but in 
every British possession 
throughout the world the 
relief of Mafeking would be 
viewed with great delight. 
He added that they would 
probably have moved in this 
matter before, but it was 
thought that Mafeking had 
been relieved on January 
22nd by Colonel Phimer from 
the North." [Which, from 
recent information, we can 
assert was not correct. — Ed. 
M. M.l 


At sunrise, on March 17tb> 
Snyman started shelling Lo- 
batsi and continued doing so 
throughout the day, but he 
did not know there was no- 
body there, Col. Plumer 
having withdrawn his force 
into Bathoen's country over- 



By Colonel It. S. S. Baden-Powill, 
Commanding Frontier Force. 

Mafeking, 13th Atbil, 1900. 

Notice, — (a) Military Tournament. 
By the kind permission of the Col. 
Commanding, it is proposed to hold a 
Military Tournament and Exhibition 
of Skill at Arms on Sunday week, 
the 22nd inst. Officers commanding 
Corps and Units are requested to 
nominate a representative Officer and 
N.C.O. from each Unit respectively, 
to form a General Committee. Also 
to send in a list of any appliances 
tbey may be able to furnish, such as 
spring bayonets, lances, single sticks, 
jackets, masks, etc. Both the above 
lists should be addressed to Major 
F. "W. Panzera, D.A.A.G. (a), and 
should reach the Headquarter Office 
by to-morrow night. 

(b) B.B.P. Photograph.— It having 
been arranged for a group of N.C.O.'s 
and men who served in the late 
B.B.P. to be taken at the Railway 
Buildings, at 8 a.m. on Sunday next, 
the 15th inst., C.O.'s Corps and 
Units are requested to send a list of 
those in their respective commands, 
who are desirous of being included, 
to Major Hepworth, by 1130 am. 

Belief Funds — Committee. — Th e 
following Committee will be formed 
to administer any funds which may 
be collected, for the assistance or 
relief of the inhabitants of Mafeking 
after the siege i The O.C. Troops, or 
an officer appointed by him ; the 
Resident Commissioner ; the Civil 
Commissioner ; the Base Comman- 
dant ; the Mayor; the O.C. Cape 
Police, D. 1, or his nominee ; the O.C. 
Cape Police, D. 2, or his nominee ; 
the Rev. Father Ogle ; the Rev. W. 
H. Weekes ; the nominee of the 
Wesleyan congregation ; the Rev. 
J. M. Meyer, Dutch Reformed 

Field General Court Martial. — A 
Field Geoeral Court Martial, com- 
posed as under, will assemble on 
Monday next, the 16th inst., at such 
time and place as the President may 
appoint, for the trial of the prisoner 
named in the margin, and of such 
other prisoners as may be brought 
before it. 

♦No. 317, Trooper C. Archer, "B" 
Squadron, Protectorate Regimenl 

President : Capt. C. Fitzclarence, 
Protectorate Regiment. 

Members : A Subaltern, Protecto- 
rate Regiment ; a Subaltern, B.S.A.P. 

The prisoner will be warned and 
witnesses directed to attend. Pro- 
ceedings to be forwarded to the 
Chief Staff Officer. 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction. — 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet on Saturday, 14th April, 
at the Court House, at 10-15 a.m., 
for the examination of such pris- 

oners as may be brought before it. 
President ; Lord Edward Cecil, 
D.S.O. ; Member : C. G. H. Bell Esq., 
C.C. & R.M. 

Assessment Committee. — The As- 
sessment Committee, under the 
Chairman, Mr. C. G. H. Bell, 
C.C. & R.M., will meet on Sun- 
day, the 15th instant, at Dixon's 
Hotel at 10 a.m. Owners attending 
at the above place and hour will be 
informed about what time the Com- 
mittee will arrive at their respective 

Extra Duty Pay. — With reference 
to General Order No. 5, of yester- 
day's date, the Extra Duty Pay 
therein mentioned is only to be paid 
to N.C.O.'s and men of the Colonial 
Contingent when on duty outside 
their own lines. 

Imperial N.C.O's and men, — With 
reference to General Order No. 3, of 
yesterday's date, add the words : 
" and men " after N.C.O.'s. 

Increase of Pay. — Trooper Abbott, 
B.S.A.P., Assistant Gaoler, Mafe- 
king, is hereby granted an increase 
on his present rate of pay, at the 
rate of 2/6 per diem, from the 17th 
October, 1899. inclusive. 

Wood : Purcliase of. — All purchase 
of wood privately, either in the town 
or Native Stadt or Locations, is 
hereby strictly prohibited. 
By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


Colonel R. 8. S. Baden- Poivell 
and Officers of the Garrison, 


Organized by Capt, B. W. Cowan and 
Officers of tltc Bechuanaland Rifles. 


Sunday, April 15th, 1900 


AT 2-30 P.M. 

Judges : — Col. Hore, Major Godley, 
Col. Walford, Insp. Browne. 

Referee : - C. G. H. Bell, Esq., C.C. 
and R.M. 

Starter : — Capt. B. W. Cowan. 

Handicapper : — Capt. Scholefield. 

Miss Bill has kindly consented to 
fjirc away the frizes. 


1 — Bicycle Race; 1 Mile Handi- 
cap (open). 1st prize; 2nd 
prize (Sports Fund). 

2 — 440 Yards Flat Race; Open 
Handicap. 1st prize ; 2nd prize 
(Sports Fund). 

3 — Mounted Obstacle Race. 1st 
prize ; 2nd prize (Sports Fund) . 

4 — Water Bucket Race (Sports 
Fund). '; 

5 — Mounted Fancy Dress Race. 
1st prize given to first in ; 2nd 
prize given to lady who dresses 
gentleman in most unique cos- 
tume. (Presented by Officers 
Bechuanaland Rifles). 
6 — CtCK Fighting ; in sections. 
Open to Prot. Regt., B.S.A.P., 
C.P., Bechd. Rifles, Railway 
Division, Town Guard. 1st 
prize (Sports Fund). 

7 — "Are You There." 1st prize 
(Sports Fund). 

8 — Bolster Fight. Open to 
Black Watch, Abrara's Scouts, 
Webster's Fingoes, & Rowland's 
Laager Boys. 1st prize ; 2nd 
prize; 3rd prize (Sports Fund). 

9 — Donkey Rice. Open to mem- 
bers of Cadet Corps. Riders to 
be in full uniform. Presented 
by Officers Bechd. Rifles). 

10—300 Yards Flat Race for 
Colonial Contingent. 

N.B. — By a printer's error the 
description for item 8 in the pre- 
vious announcement, was incorrec. 


List of names of owners whose 
property will be assessed on Sunday 
next. 15th April : — 

Erf 110 T. G. Stenson 
„ 111 F Firth 
,,114 F. Goddard 
„ 121 

„ 37 M. E. O. Brooks 
5 G. C. Luyt 

J.D. Logan & Co.,Ld. 
„ 99 Goolam Ally 
„ 60 

„ 49 E. C. Wright 
„ 49 A. W. Fincham 
„ 48 E. C. Wright 

Auction Notice. 

ANOTHER Big Sale on 
Sunday next, commenc- 
ing at 9-30 a.m. 

Roll Up for Bargains ! 

Aldred & Ross, 

Auctioneers and Sworn 

Blankets ARogsffii, 


" Non-Siege " Prices : S/-, 3/-, 10/- 

EARXiY Bros., Molopo Road. 


Printed and published by 

Toumshend d Son, Market Sq . Mafeking 

Editor <t Manager : G. N. B. Whales. 











April 14th, 1900. 

184th Day of Siege 




By the courtesy of the 
Colonel Commanding we are 
enabled to print the follow- 
ing :— 

The party of Baralongs who 
had gone out to bring in cat- 
tle for us from Col. Plumer, 
tried last night to get in to 
Mafeking. They were in- 
formed by some native women 
on the way that hostile native 
spies knew of their coming, 
and had warned the Boers. 
Nevertheless they hoped to 
rush the cattle through. 

The Boers, with a number 
of Rietfontein natives, appear 
to have lain in wait for them, 
in two parties, near the bush 
beyond Game Tree. They 
allowed the cattle to come 
well in between them, and 
then opened a heavy fire. To 
this the Baralongs replied 
with great spirit, while our 
troops made a diversion on 
both flanks of the Boers. 
When the Baralongs had ex- 
pended all their ammunition 
they had to take to flight, 
leaving most of the cattle shot 
down on the ground— only 
about 15 head being left alive. 
The Boers got two of the 
wounded Baralongs ; one they 
shot, and they are said to 
have cut the throat of the 
other. The remainder of the 
party got into Mafeking all 
right ; three of them heing 

This loss of the cattle does 
not seriously affect our posi- 
tion here, though it may in- 
volve our taking to Chevral 
(the polite name for horse 
beef) a week or two sooner 

than we otherwise should. 
But tli at will not be for two 
months yet, — unless people 
clamour to have it sooner. 


Foodstuff s. — Carpenters 
and others are requested to 
declare what stock of Saw- 
dust or Shavings they have, 
without delay. — By order, 
X.Z.Y Q. (c). 

A fight is reported to have 
taken place at Braudfort, 
about 35 miles North of 
Bloemfontein. Boers admit 
113 casualties. 

President Kruger has an- 
nexed the Free State to the 
Transvaal by Proclamation. 

A wire from London says : 
" That the publication of 
the correspondence between 
Schriener and the Mayor of 
Kimberley has engendered a 
feeling of resentment through- 
out the country against the 
former. The mildest view 
possible to take of Mr. 
Schriener's attitude with re- 
gard to preparations for the 
defence of Kimberley, is that 
he showed an extraordinary 
look of prescience." 

In a stable at Kroonstad 
the Free State Government 
have a printing plant, from 
which its proclamations are 

Messrs. D. J. Marcuson & 
Co., announce their intention 
ot giving twenty of their 
" South African Unity" silver 
chains to the first soldiers 
who enter Mafeking and Pre- 
toria, half to each. — Cape 

At Ladysmith when traders 
stuck on too heavily, the 
price for any scarce commo- 
dity, the authorities comman- 
deered it and served it out at 
something reasonable. 

Horse flesh sausages were 
deemed a luxury when no 
more holes could be taken 
up in belts. 




(From the Bulawayo Chronicle). 

A correspondent writes : 
It is to be hoped that on the 
day that will be set apart for 
rejoicing on account of the 
relief of Mafeking — which we 
trust is not far distant — that 
the arrangements for what- 
ever means is adopted for 
giving expression to the feel- 
ing of the people will be made 
on the larger idea of an ex- 
pression of the general re- 
joicing of all people in Mata- 
beleland, for it is not only 
Bulawayo that has reason to 
thank the gallant defenders 
of Mafeking for immunity 
from attack owing to so large 
a number of the Boers being 
" contained " around the little 
town, but the whole popula- 
tion of Matabeleland is in- 
debted to the plucky garrison 
for the bravery and stubborn- 
ness exhibited in the contin- 
ual repulses of the investing 
force. Many a man residing 
in outside districts will be 
unable to participate in any 
public form of rejoicing, al- 
though doubtless a great deal 
will be done at Gwelo, Seluk- 
we, and others of the mining 
centres. Let or.r efforts 

therefore be direoted to at- 
tempt to voice the people of 
Matabeleland and let those 
in whose hands the arrange- 
ments have been left, ask His 
Honour the Administrator of 
Matabeleland, to take the 
leading part in whatever of a 
public nature may be pro- 
posed ; if a public meeting 
be thought of, all who have 
ever heard Captain Lawley's 
polished oratory, will agree 
that apart from his official 
position he is particularly 
fitted for the office of chair- 
man, and if a ooncert is 
inaugurated, the support of 
the Administrator should be 
secured. Matabeleland must 
have means given her for 
showing to the world her ap 
preciation of the historic 
defence made by the brave 
citizens and soldiers of the 
little border town, the cele- 
brations therefore, should be 
organized firstly as those of 
Matabeleland, and secondly 
as those of the citizens of 


A batch of newspapers have been 
received to-day, and will be on view 
at the Court House to-morrow, from 
8 a.m. 


D.A.A.G. (b) — Captain Ryan. 

C.R.A. — Major Panzera. 

Base Commandant and Command- 
ing Engineer — Lieut. -Colonel 

Town Commandant— H. H. Major 
Goold-Adams, C.B., C.M.G. 

P.M.O.— Dr. W. Hayes. 

Brigade Transport Officer.— Lieut. 

Women's Laager — F. W. Whiteley, 

Separate accounts must be ren- 
dered for each of the above depart- 

Sowen Kitchens. — Free issues will 
be made at all kitchens between the 
hours of 7-30 a.m. and 9 a.m. daily. 
Cash sales will be made within the 
hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. 
Inspector Myers can be seen and 
will issue free tickets to such 
persons as may be entitled to them 
at 8-30 a.m. daily at the Office, 
Lippman's Yard. 

Bread Rat'ois, — With reference 
to General Order No. 4, of the 11th 
April, 1900 the Bread or Biscuit 
Ration will be 6 oz. per diem. 

Wood Supply. — Owing to the 
scarcity of fire wood it has been 
found necessary to obtain wood by 
topping the trees in Mafeking and 
the Stadt. The work has been en- 
trusted to Mr. Tarleton, who under- 
stands forestry, who will so cut the 
trees that they will benefit rather 
than be harmed by the topping. In 
the case of its being found necessary 
to top trees, the private property of 
inhabitants, notice will be given and 
a fair compensation will be paid. 

By order, 

E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Oilicer 


By Cohnul B, S. S. Baden-Powell, 
Commanding Frontier Force. 

Mafeking, 14th April, 1900. 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction. — 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet on Monday, 16th April, 
at the Court House, at 10-15 a.m., 
for the examination of such prisoners 
as may be brought before it. Presi- 
dent : Lieut. -Colonel C. B. Vyvyan. 
Member : Major F. W. Panzera. 

Visiting Justice. — The Visiting 
Justice to the Mafeking Gaol for the 
ensuing week will be Major Lord 
Edward Cecil, D.S.O. 

Local Defence Accounts'. — No 
charges against the Imperial Local 
Defence Account will be recognised 
unless supported by the signatures 
of heads of departments or persons 
duly authorized by them as follows: 

Chief Staff Officer— Lord Edward 

IN view of the necessity of provid- 
ing an adequate supply of 
milk to the patients in the Hospital, 
especially those who are suffering 
from dysentry and fever, of which 
there are a considerable number at 
present, and for the women and 
children in Mafeking, a need which 
will probably grow greater as other 
food-stuffs diminish, the Colonel 
Commanding thinks it is necessary 
to regulate the sale of milk in the 
Garrison. Any milk in excess of 
the amount necessary for the above 
purposes will be sold to the inhabi- 
tants at cost price. 

He has therefore approved of the 
following regulation : — 

1. From and including Sunday, 
the 15th instant, all milk whatso- 
ever obtained from milch cows will 
be delivered to the Government 
Grocery Store (Bulawayo Road, 
opposite the Railway Station, c ; o 
Mr. Hillam. 

r 2. Delivery should be made twice 
daily, milk to be in bottles, each 
bottle bearing a label showing clear- 
ly the name of the owner. 

3. Payment will be made by the 
Imperial Authorities at such rates 
and times as may be hereinafter ar- 

4. All p3rsons owning milch cows 
are requested to communicate, as 
soon as possible, with Capt. Ryan, 
D.A.A.G. (b), and to state the number 
of bottles their cows give daily ; also 
giving the owners full name and 

5. For the reasons stated above 
it is necessary that all private sales 
of milk should be strictly prohibited 
and all supplies of milk must be ob- 
tained through the Government Dairy 
alone ; such persons as may have 
already obtained orders are requested 
to send for their milk from the Store 
daily. Their names will be entered 
on a register kept there. 

7. All Owners of milch cows are 
requested to send to Mr. Hillam any 
orders they may have in their pos- 
session at present authorising them 
to supply any persons. 

8. The Imperial Authorities are 
also most desirous of purchasing 
milk of Goats and Asses. Any per- 
sons having Goats or Asses milk to 
Bell are requested to inform Mr. 

By order, 

E. H. CECIL, Major, 
Mafeking, 14th April, 1900. 


NOTICE is hereby given that the 
Imperial Authorities will pur- 
chase supplies of Rozin and Mess 
Fuel. Persons having supplies of 
these will communicate with Capt. 
Ryan, D.A.A.G.(b). 

Auction Notice. 

ANOTHER Big Sale on 
Sunday next, commenc- 
ing at 9-30 a.m. 

Roll Up for Bargains ! 
Aldred & Ross, 

Auctioneers and Sworn 

Blankets & Rugs S3 


" Non-Siege " Prices : 5/-, 8/-, 10/- 

EA.RLY Bros., Molopo Road. 


Printed and publislud by 

Townshend .t' Son., Market Sq., Ma/eking. 

Editor and Manager : 67. N. H. Whales. 





No. 119 

Monday, April 16t\ 1930. 

186th Day of Siege 

afchtng Mail. 

MONDAY. 16th APRIL, 1900. 


There has evidently been a 
big split between the Free 
Staters, one portion wanted 
to make terms with Great 
Britain, " there was a 
great demand amongst a 
large section of the Free 
Staters for copies of 
Lord Roberts proclamation" 
vide Cape Times, and the other 
being equally determined not 
to agree to any proposals of 
peace. This portion has pro- 
bably brought about the 
annexation by the Transvaal. 

" Oud Griete has gone to 
Pretoria they say. The dear 
old thing belongs to Mafeking 
and it is a piece of impertin- 
ence for anyone to remove it 
without first obtaining per- 
mission. It is, however, com- 
forting to know it is not 
removed from British terri- 

The news of the fight and 
repulse of the Boers on Sat- 
urday, October the 14th, 
was by native rumour carried 
to Modder River so speedily, 
that the wire from that p ace 
reached London on the even- 
ing of Monday the 16th. 


Peter McEevoy, who came 
from the Randt to Mafeking 
on the eve of the outbreak, 
was this morning married at 
the Court House, by special 
licence, to Miss Aletta Sophia 

Von Rooyen, daughter of Jo- 
hannes Van Rooyen, a farm- 
er of this district. Miss 
Reinsky was bridesmaid, while 
Patsy Carrol, the light weight 
pugilist of Bulawayo, officiat- 
ed as best man, valiantly 
tucking the bride's arm under 
his own and escorting her 
away after the wedding, while 
the " happy man " followed 
after with the bridesmaid. 

This celebration is anoth- 
er proof of the pluck and 
courage, which, in this garri- 
son, is available for any event. 
A diploma of honour was giv- 
en to a baby for being born 
during the siege, and certainly 
nothing short of the V.C. 
should be the award of 
bravery that enables a man to 
undertake matrimonial re- 
sponsibilities with rations so 

The Colonel's Reply to 
Her Majesty's Message. 



By Colojiei R. S. S. Baden-Powell, 
Commanding Frontier Force. 

Mafeking, 14th April, 1900. 

The following reply has been sent 
by the Colonel Commanding to Her 
Majesty's telegram of 1st April : — 

" Her Majesty's gracious message 
most highly appreciated ; Mafeking 
Garrison more determined than ever 
t,o maintain Her supremacy." 

Appointments. — Mr. Nettle to be 
Foreman in charge of the Railway 
Crushing Mill, with pay at the rate 
of £1 per diem. 

Mr. Mulholland to be Assistant, 
Railway Crushing Mill, with pay at 
the rate of 10/- per diem. 

Mr. Tighe is appointed Superin- 
tendent of the Sieving-room, etc., 
A.S.C. Depot, Issac's Yard, with pay 
at the rate of 10/- per diem. 

All the above appointments to 
date from the 12th inst. inclusive, 

Ordnance Workshops : Closing of. 
— The Ordnance Work having been 
completed the shops will close to- 
morrow night and the staff will cease 
to draw pay and will be struck off 
the strength to-morrow inclusive 
accordingly. In closing the Ordn- 
ance Shops the Colonel Commanding 
desires to place on record his in- 
debtedness to the skill, ingenuity, 
and energy displayed by all hands 
employed there. It is characteristic 
of Mafeking that it can, wheu called 
upon, produce from among the citi- 
zens, men who are able to turn their 
hands to any work that may be 
required — even to the extent of 
manufacturing a 16-poundcr, and 
gun ammunition. By their useful 
and willing work Foreman Connolly, 
Assistant Foreman Coghlan, and 
their efficient staff, have given valu- 
able aid to the defence of Mafeking. 

Steam Mill. — A new mill having 
been established in the Railway 
Yard, the services of Messrs. Spiers 
& Hunkin, Millers, and of Messrs. 
Primer & Crosbie, Engine Drivers, 
being no longer required, these per- 
persons ceased to draw pay from the 
12th inst. inclusive and are struck 
off the strength accordingly. 

The Colonel Commanding desires 
to place on record hi3 appreciation 
of the good work which has been 
done for the Imperial Government 
during the last two months, under 
very tryi ng circumstances, by Messrs 
Spiers & Hunkin and those serving 
under them. 

Buying or Selling Live Stock. — 
(General Order No. 7, of 14th Feb., 
1900). Persons desirous of either 
buying or Belling live stock should 
first inform Capt. Ryan, D.A.A.G. (b), 
as a most careful regulation of the 
distribution of suoh stock is, under 
present circumstances, absolutely 
necessary in the interests of the 
garrison and inhabitants. 

Increase of Pay. — General Order 
No. 7, of the 13th instant, is hereby 

Damages Telephone Lines. — Drivers 
are cautioned to be extremely care- 
ful with their whips when near tele- 
phone wires. If they damage the 
wires they will be severely punished. 

■ Carcaue*: Purchase <■!■— 
£3 has been decided upon as tlie 
amount to be paid per carcass for 
such carcasses as private horse owners 
may send to the Soup Kitchens. 

Mafeking, 16th Ai'KiL, 1900. 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction.— 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet on Tuesday, 17th April, 
at the Court House, at 10-15 a.m.. 
for the examination of such pris- 
oners as may be brought before it. 
President: H.H. Maj. Goold-Adams, 
C.B , C.M.G. Member: Lieut. -Col. 
C. O. Hore. 

Alarm Bells.— The big gun has, 
according to spies reports, gone to 
Pretoria. But the alarm bell will 
continue to be rung to give warning 
as far as possible of the enemy's 
smaller guns coming into action. 
The big bell will be rung as follows ; 
A number of strokes in rapid succes- 
sion means " warning " that enemy's 
guns are going into action. Three 
slow strokes meaus : From South of 
town. Sis slow strokes means ; From 
North of town. 

Pay: Increase o/.— Alexander 
Guabini, Office Messenger and Inter- 
preter to Capt. Ryan, D.A.A.G. (b)., 
is granted pay at the rate of 3/- per 
diem from the 12th instant inclusive, 
being an increase of Gd. per diem on 
his former rate. 

Vegetables. — All private sales of 
vegetables are strictly prohibited and 
owners of vegetable gardens are 
notified that all vegetables an- held 
up for Imperial purposes. Until fur- 
ther notice they will band over their 
supplies daily to the Grocery Store. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 

They even cracked jokes on the 

crushing defeat 
They sustained at the hands of the 

The merciful foeman implored them 

to yield, 
While the veldt with his tear drops 

he watered. 
For the terrible truth could no more 

be concealed, 
That another poor dog might be 

Says Powell, " We're game to hold 

out while we can." 
You never did see such an obstinate 

They pounded away from a neigh- 
bouring kop, 
The way they burnt powder was 
sinful : 

But at last they succeeded in wreck- 
ing a shop 
And spoiling sardines by the tin- 

And though it was only one hit in a 
They hoped 'twould reduce the 

But still Baden-Powell kept asking 
for more 
When 'twas plain that he ought to 

He's as perky as when the invest- 
ment began, 

You never did see such an obstinate 


(From the Evening News ) 

"lack" was meant, but were 
you occupied the time you 
suggest, examining proofs pro- 
duced with material six 
months more than " old," yon 
probably would show no " ex- 
traordinary look " other than 
that of a 


TENDERS are hereby in- 
vited by the Imperial 
Government for the supply of 
Blankets for the use of the 

Tenders will state price 
singly and per hundred blan- 

Sealed Tenders — marked 
" Blankets " — to be handed 
in to the office of the Chief 
Staff Officer not later than 
10 a.m., on 20th inst. 

The lowest or any tender 
not necessarily accepted. 


T1h\ trained their big guns on the 
poor little town, 
The racket was something stupen- 
You never could tell where their shells 
would come down, 
But the moral effect was tremen- 
Projectiles were scattered o'er hill 
and o'er dale. 
As thick as dead leaves in the 
But nothing could make these bold 
Britishers quail. 
No lesson those messengers taught 
Says Powell, " Such trifles don't alter 

my plan ! " 
You never did see such an obstinate 

The violent death of a pup in the 
Never opened their eyes to their 



Hail to the Transvaal Republic, and 
hail to her bellicose sons, 
Boldly they held their positions, as 
long as they wanted to stay. 
Boldly they planted their cannon, and 
boldly they stood to their guns, 
Till purely personal reasonsinduced 
them to wander away. 

Shells, thick as leaves in the autumn, 

were falling on doomed Maf eking, 

Spedbythe burghers of Cronje; from 

grey-beards to lads in their teens. 

"Lads!" cried the gallant commander, 

" a seven-ineh Krupp is the thing 

Here, out of range of the cannon, 

we're giving the Britishers 

beans I" 

W r hat if the fire was erratic, with 
scarcely one hit in a score ? 
Surely a noise we created to awaken 
the dead from their rest. 
Nor did the British go scatheless 9 An 
TJitlander's dog is no more, 
Slain by a fifty-six pounder that fell 
with a thump on his chest. 

Hail to the gunners of Cronje, a medal 

shall surely be wrought, 
Fashioned of finest Dutch metal, 

and pinned to the breasts of the 

brave ; 
Bright as their record of valour, to tell 

of the fight that they fought ; 
Aye, and the Uitlander puppy they 

sent to a warrior's grave. 

II consequence of the in- 
creasing demand for 
fresh vegetables for the sick 
and convalescents, the Colo- 
nel Commanding finds it 
necessary to hold up the sup- 
ply. Owners and Sellers of 
vegetables are requested to 
hand in, daily, their supply of 
vegetables to the Grocery 
Store, Bulawayo Road. 

The vegetables will be paid 
for at a fair rate and the bal- 
ance not required for above 
purpose will be sold at cost 

Private sales are strictly 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major. 

Chief Staff Officer. 


"Austral" Lodge, 

No. 2534, E.C. 
BUG. HEY. II - 11. WEEKS, W.M. 

" Critic " : No ! Mr. Kchrei- 
ner did not show " an extraor- 
dinary look of prescience,'' — 

A N Emergency Meeting will be 
-tx- held at the Masonic Hall on 
Sunday next, 8-30 p.m. 

Visiting Bli. cordially invited. 

Printed and published bij 

TowTuhend tt Son, Marktt S<j, MaMcvng 

Editor <f Manantr : G. N. H. Whales. 


S^eoisfel Siege Slip. 



No. 120 

Tuesday, April 17th, 1900. 187th Day of Siege 


Swelling |Hai! 

TUESDAY, IVtii APRIL, 1900. 


Captain Cowan and the 
officers of thfe Becbuanaland 
Rifles deserve commendation 
for the excellent manner in 
which Sunday's Sports were 
arranged and carried through, 
[f one may judge from the 
frequently succeeding roars of 
hearty laughter heard during 
the afternoon, the entertain- 
ment provided more humour- 
ous enjoyment than am 
vious one during the 
■ Below we give the names of 
the prize-winners : — 

1_ Bicycle Race 

1 Pte. Dohie, Bechd. Rifles 

2 Wolhuter 

2—440 Yards. Flat Raoe (handicap) 

1 Corpl. Roseofield 

2 Crosskill 

3— Mounted Obstacle Race 

1 Pte. Swavt 

2 Pte. Rowland 

I — Water Bucket Race 

1 Sergt. Bell 
o — Mounted Fancy Dress Race 

This proved to be the most 
amusing item of the pro- 
gramme. Its most noticeable 
feature being the clever way 
in which the ladies had con- 
structed the costumes, so as 
to admit of rapid and complete 
transformation of the riders 
in ordinary clothes to the 
dress of the various characters 
represented Of these there 
were a dozen ; all excellent. 
The dresses were: Lieut. 
Daniel, a Hospital Nurse ; 
Lieut. Dunlop Smith, The 
"Geisha"; Lieut. C. X. W. 
McKenna, "Baby Darling"; 


Variety Cone. 

Capt. Scholefield, a Bride; 

Sergt. Cook, a Black Domino ; 

Mr. Angus Hamilton. " The 

Bea:ded' Lady " ; Mr. McLeod ' • '' 9 

and Mr. Reid, Zulu Chiefs ; 

Mr. Whitfield, " Tanta San- ,, 19 

nie"; Mr. Layton, "Weil's 

Road Rations " ; Tpr. Murrell, „ 20 

a Lady ; Private Braisher, 

" Red White and Blue." One 

lap was ridden and the ladies Apl. 8 

who had made the dresses 

energetically assisted the men ,, 15 

to attire themselves in their 

unaccustomed robes, this 

caused great fun, as did some 

of the competitors, in female n y, n Cash balance in 

costume, who evidently wished band 

to represent tho " new woman" 

in their mode of riding. 

The winners in this event 
were : 

,, Paid for pi 
Agricultural Show 17 15 

,, Paid for ii | 
Cycle Track 1 

„ Paid 

Rombach, p! 
for Cycle Sports 8 11 

,. Paid for pi 
B.S.A. Sports 10 

,, Paid for prizes 
Beehuanald. RSs. 
Sports 6 1G 

£51 2 

for first in 
Lieutenant Daniel 

Ladies, Prizes for Costume : 

1 Miss Cowan 

2 Miss Wyatt 

3 Mrs. Gemmell 

4 Miss Friend 

6— Cock Fighting 

1 Bechd. Rifles Section 

7— Are you Thero 

1 Pte. YVedderburn 

S — Donkey Race (Cadets) 
1 Geo. Rowles 

£72 19 3 

Mafeking, 16th April, 1900. 

Prom the foregoing it will 
be seen that although a good 
amount has been available for 
these amusements, there is 
not a large enough sum in 
hand to admit of much further 
outlay. It must be agreed 
that these gatherings have 
materially assisted in keeping 
up the cheerfulness that, with 
but little exception, has pre- 
vailed all round. 


In connection with the 
above the following figures 
may prove of interest. 


To Donation, H. A. 
Bradley, Gwelo £50 
Feb 11 ,, Cash proceeds of 

first Concert 10 4 3 

26 ,, Cash proceeds of 

Railway Conceit 12 15 

£72 19 3 

As it has been found that 
the cotton khaki suits used by 
the troops in South Africa 
are not sufficient protection 
for men sleeping on the veld, 
the Government has placed 
extensive orders with Glas- 
gow manufacturers for wool- 
len khaki uniforms. Tenders 
have been sent in for over 
95,000 suits. The depleted 
army stores are to be replen- 
ished with all speed. 

Lieut. Raphael, who fell at 
Spion Kop, was the first Jew- 
ish officer of the British Army 
to be killed in action. 

Colonel Bingham has off- 
ered 1 ,000 Boynton shields to 
the War Offioe. The shield 
consists of a sheet of thin 
steel, weighing ahout 1 lh., 
and ahout 12 inches square, 
which is intended to be hung 
on the end of the rifle. It 
is expected to stop a Lce- 
Metlord at anything over 500 

Corporal Weldon, of the 
I.L.I., while fighting in the 
trenches on the Spionkop, 
was surrounded by the ene- 
my, and although wounded, 
refused to surrender, but gave 
the quietus to the foe who 
bade him do so, at the same 
instant being riddled with 
Boer bullets. The gallant 
young officer is an East Lon- 
doner, and brother to Mrs. 
A. C. Maytham. 

Trooper Plum, of Brabant's 
Horse, who was killed at 
Dordrecht, was a general 
favourite with all who knew 
trim, lie had a Dreamery in 
the Winterberg, and a party 
of a dozen or so, who came 
upfrom Baviaans Biver, stav- 
ed with him over night there, 
and within a couple of hours 
he was ready to saddle up and 
go with them to the front. 

Major Albrecht, late com- 
mander of the Boer Artillery, 
now a prisoner of Mar, in a 
. letter written in D< I 
I ist, said . " Our Boer Artil- 
lery was by no means so suc- 
cessful as 1 anticipated before 
ar." Referring to the 
British Artillery he said : 
" over fifty guns [at Colenso] 
were turned against 13,000 
Boers, but he could wel 
we did not lose more than 
100 men, amongst them about 
three dozen killed.' '-" To about 
one thousand Kuglish shells 
about twelve men were killed 
and thirty or forty wounded." 
Further on, in reference to 
what the Boer guns did, he 
says : " Although we fired 
about four hundred shells I 
leave it open whether our 
artillery disabled in all a hun- 
dred men." Tins self-com- 
placent braggardism, so notice- 

able amongst all Transvaalors 
is exceedingly amusing. The 
overweening conoeit that 
prompts a m breoht's 

position to vapour forth the 
assumption that the Boers, 
with four hundred shells, 
would do more than the Eng- 
lish could with a thousand 
would be a fit subject for 
laughter if it were not for the 
saddening reflection that to 
this fat-headness the war is, 
in great part, attributable. 



By Cchncl U. S. S. Baden 


Mai"„king, 17th Apkil, 1900. 


The Court of Summary Jim 

ion Wednesday, lstli April, 
at the Court House, at 10- 1 
[or the examination of such pris- 
oners as may be brought before it. 
President : Lord f£i 
D.S.O. I Member: C. G. H. Bell Esq., 
C.C. & R.M. 

C. P. Medical Offirer.—Dr. T. 
Ilnyes is appointed to be in personal 
of the Cape Police, 
under Major Anderson, Principal 
Medical Officer to the Forces, to 
date from the 1st April, 1900. 

I S ''.—Mr. E. W. 
Hunt to be Government Buyer and 
Inspector of Live Stock at i 1 
of 10/- per diem to date from the 
17th inst. inclusive. 

A payment at the 
t diem to Mr. Mettham is 
horeby au i ices for 

the days in which his cart was in use 
for the transport of rations to the 
Refugee Laager. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major. 

Chief Staff Officer. 

END OF DEC , 1899 

(From the Cape Times.) 

The following figures 
been carefully compiled and 
many of them have been veri- 
fied by persons who have 

lately arrived from the Re- 
public. They are certainly 
rather underestimated th m 
rated. Up to the pre- 
sent i I s losses in 
killed and wounded have 
been : Mafeking 50s), Kimber- 

0, Belmont 400, Grass- 
pan 240, Modder River 400, 
Magersfontein 7n0, Kuruman 
lnO, Douglas To, against Gen. 
French 300, against General 
Galacre 1 00, Glencoe 300, 
Elandslaagte 600, Lady smith 

sundry other places 400. 
Total: 6,426. 


IT is necessary, owing to 
the unauthorised killing 
of live stock which has been 
on. to have registered 
and branded or marked, all 
Cattle, horses, sheep, goats, 
mules and donkeys; the 
property of white people. 

Owners are therefore de- 
sire! to register their animals 
at the ofiico of Cant, Ryan, 
II. A.A.G.(b). at the Court 
House, as soon as possible, 
Owners will then be informed 
where the animals will be 
branded or marked. 

Any animals found unbrand- 
cd or unmarked after Satur- 
day the '21st, will be confis- 
cated and no compensation 
will be given. 

Any casualties among the 
animals will be at once re- 
ported by owners and car- 
shown, if required, to 
the Imperial authorities. 

When the animals are re- 
for slaughter the 
owner will be paid fair mar- 
ket prices, and, should he so 
he will be registered 
to have his stock replaced by 
i the war, 
at not more than the rates 
now paid for his animals. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 

Printed and vubi 

nd <£ Son, Market So,, Mafeking. 
Editor <£ Manager ; G. A". H, lihakt. 




No. 121 

Wednesday, April 18th, 1900. 188th Day of Siege 


SWclimcj Hail. 

WEDNESDAY, 18th APEIL, 1900. 


What to do with the 

The following interesting 
letter appeared in the "Cape 
Times " of March 6th : — 

Sib, — Cronje having been 
captured, I trust that certain 
facts will be remembered by 
the military authorities, and 
on no account be overlooked. 
I intend to refer to well- 
known facts only, and not to 

1. During the time ho was 
in command at the investment 
of Mafeking, the hospital and 
women's laager were shelled. 

2. During the time he was 
in supremo command of the 
troops investing Kimberley, 
tlie redoubts where all the 
men were, were not shelled, 
but the town was shelled, 
resulting in the death of many 
women and children. 

3. Expanding bullets of the 
most horrible construction 
have been found in the Boer 
trenches and on the persons 
of dead Boers, at Magersfon- 
tein, Paardeberg, and round 
Kimberley ; split-sided, hol- 
low-pointed, soft-nosed, and 
rolled sheet lead with split 
and cross-cut lop. The above 
facts speak for themselves. 
The first two point to the 
deliberate and carefully plan, 
ned murder of women and 
children, and wounded and 
sick men ; the third to the 
inhuman maiming of our 
troops, and all are in direct 
opposition to the accepted 
agreements of warfare be- 
tween civilised nations. Let 

it not be forgotten that Cronje 
is directly responsible for 
what we have seen here in 
Kimberley; women with their 
breasts torn off, others with 
their children's brains scat- 
tered over them, and many 
other episodes too horrible to 
Now to refer to Colonial 
rebels ; we have in our hands 
at the present time as pris- 
oners a number of Colonial 
rebels who have committed 
deliberate and premeditated 
murder wholesale among their 
fellow-subjects. What are 
authorities waiting for ? These 
rebels were actually taken 
with arms in their hands, and 
a number of English and 
Colonial soldiers have been 
deliberately murdered by these 
rebels. Again I say, what 
are the authorities waiting 
for ? Do they want some 
more of our troops murdered 
before they take action ? 

In spite of the Governor's 
and Lord Roberts's manifes- 
toes the country is reeking 
with Colonial rebels under 
arms. Manifestoes won't dis. 
band them; but this will — 
Let the worst district be 
taken as an example to start 
with, and let a flying column 
be sent out into that district 
with all the Colonial rebels 
taken in action belonging to 
the district .... Then 
there will be no more Colonial 
rebels, and then there will in 
the future be many fewer 
women and children in Eng- 
land and among the loyal 
population of South Africa, 
mourning the loss of fathers, 
husbands, brothers, and sons. 
Action is required at once, 
hard, stern, and deliberate. 
The time for manifestoes has 
passed. Let our enemies 
feel. — I am, etc., 

" Tbuth.' 



From the "CAPE Times." 

Pketobia Gaol, via Lour- 
renco Marques, March 8th. — 
I am kept prisoner here in 
consequence of certain des- 
patches for the " Cape Times' ' 
and " Daily Mail '' found in 
my possession, demonstrating 
various breaches of the Gene- 
va Convention by the enemy 
during the siege of Mafeking. 

President Kruger was good 
enough to say I was " danger- 
ous," so that my detention is 
another instance of the sup- 
pression of the liberty of the 

Up to the end of January 
Pretoria had been visually 
jubilant, the newspapers con- 
stantly parading the Boer 
victories and prophesying the 
early downfall of the British 
Empire as the result of the 
Irish party's jubilation. 

The sympathy expressed 
for the Boers in the House of 
Commons was hailed with de- 
light as a sure sign that pub- 
lic opinion was veering round 
to the Boer cause. 

In December extracts from 
" Truth'' and " Reynolds" fed 
Boer egoism and encouraged 
them in their belief in the 
justice of their cause, but 
even this poor satisfaction 
has now apparently failed 


The relief of Kimberley has 
not yet been acknowledged 
in the press, though the inva- 
sion of the Free State is 
hinted at. 

Ladysmith and Mafeking 
are still supposed to be close- 
ly beleaguered. Cronje is 
acknowledged to be surround- 

ed in the vicinity of Petrus- 
brrg, while, according t<i their 
accounts. General Bailer at 
tlie Tngela is constantly 
forced to retire across the 

Privately we know that 
much is being kept back 
from the burgher*. I am 
certain ibat the officials are 
grievously misleading them, 
ns very great dissatisfaction 
exists among the burghers. 

The food supplies are very 
irregular, especially as regards 
meat, coft'eo and sugar, and 
as a consequence many 
bmghers are threatening to 
return to their farms. 


President Kruger, accom- 
panied by a large staff, left 
Pretoria hastily on February 
28lh, and is said to have pro- 
ceeded to Ladysniith to re- 
monstrate willi refractory 
burgher-:, the Free Staters in 
particular, who are said to be 
disorganised. The majority 
are threatening to throw 
down their arms if Bloemfon- 
tein is allowed to fall into 
possession of the British troops, 

Deep depression now pre- 
vails in Pretoria. The offi- 
cials of the gaol are- utterly 
dejeeted, standing about in 
small groups and openly own- 
ing that all is over, while 
even the newspapers admit 
the critical state ot affairs. 


Very few prisoners now 
arrive, though over 3,000 sol- 
dicv.- representing :-.ixt\ four 
corps, are now at Waterfall. 
They are in splendid spirits, 
and plav cricket and football, 
hold camp-fires, and sing 
" God save the Queen," with 
the same gusto as il they were 
at Aldershot. The camp is 
very unsanitary, and the wa- 
ter is questionable. The 
troops only get one pound of 
meat weekly. With these 
exceptions there is nothing 
to complain of. 

Typhoid fever is very pre. 
valent owing to the bad sani- 
To be continued in tomorrows Slip. 


rpHE Undersigned, duly instructed, will sell by Public 


the whole of the 

Household Furniture, 

The property of Mrs. Dall, consisting of: 
Wardrobe ; Single and Double Bedsteads, with wire 
Mattrasses ; Chests of Drawers; Fancy Chairs; 
Madeira Chairs; Marble Top Washing Stand; 
Mirror ' ; Bed and Table Linen ; Curtains ; Carpets ; 
Ornaments, &c, &c. ; Mangle and Washer complete; 
Baby's Rocking Chair ; Gent's Bicycle ; Girl's 


As this is a good opportunity of buying Good Furniture, 

those in want of same should not miss this rare chance. 


Govt. Auctioneers and Sworn Appraisers. 

MAFBKING GARRISON. Another Afternoon Concert 


By Colonel B. S. S. Baden-Powefy 
Commanding Frontier Force. 

Mai --eking, 18th April, 1900. 

Court <>t Summary Juris fiction. — 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet on Thursday, 10th April, 
at the Court House, at 10-15 a.m , 
for the examination of such prisoners 
as may be brought before it. Presi- 
dent: Lieut. - Colonel C. B. Vyvyan. 
Member: Major P. W. Panzera. 

Officer Attached.— Gapt. Goodyear, 
Colonial Contingent, not being at 
present tit for active duty on account 
of the effects of his wound, is attach- 
ed to the Intelligence Department 
from the 1st April, 1000, inclusive. 

Sugar Motion. — A reduction in 
the Sugar Ration has been found 
necessary and in future it will be 
1 oz. per man instead of 2 ozs. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


Colond R. S. 8. Baden-Powell 
and Officer* of the Garrison, 


Sunday next, April 22nd 

The 192nd Day of the Siege, 


Commencing at 5 p.m. 

Admission 2s. 

A Limited number of Resebvbd 

Seats 4s. 

Plan at ALDRED & ROSS. 

ONE of the Competition Poems 
which, through the illness of 
the Author, Mr. W. T. Hulley, was 
not read, has been printed and is 
for sale, (price Is.) It is entitled 
" An Ode to the Mafeking Dead." 



PElt DOZEN will be 
given for Mauser liul- 
' Officer." " M. Mail." 


FAMILIES wishing to pur- 
chase Sowens tickets 
should apply to Iksp. B.. 
MYEES, Lippmann's Yard, 
between 7.30 and 9.0 a m. 

Printed and published by 

Tovmakend £ Son, Market Xq.. Mafeking. 

Editor it Manager : O. N. U. males. 











Thursday, April 

19th, 1900. 

189th Day of Siege 


gfafcRmg IJTaiL 

THURSDAY, 19th APRIL, 1900. 


At Magersfontein the Boers 
trench was seven miles long. 

When the Boers 
from Jacobsdal they 


left one 

Mr. Philip To wnsliei id, editor 
of the " Bechnanaland News " 
and proprietor of the " Mafe- 
king Mail," has been released 
from durance vile at Pretoria 
and is now, or was, at the 
date of the last papers received 
from the Colony, in Capetown. 

At the Court of Summary 
Jurisdiction to-day, an excel- 
lent reason was advanced by 
a Zulu, rejoicing in the famil- 
iar name of James Smith, 
why he should not be found 
guilty of stealing two biscui.s. 
He had already three sen- 
tences to work out. 

"Tom'' repudiated themon- 
strous suggestion that he stole 
Jonas's suit of clothes, cer- 
tainly he wore them, but only 
as a loan, and he had intended 
to obtain the owners permis- 
sion afterwards. Somehow 
the court did not view the 
matter in quite the same light. 

Two months before the war 
Oom Paul gave a commission 
to Mr. Mullins, an American, to 
cast a monument in honour of 
the victory over the Jameson 
Raiders. It was intended to 
place it in a public square in 
Pretoria. It will not be 
wanted now, but perhaps with 

a little eontri ing it might be 
altered to suit future require- 
ments, t Slipping off the edge 
and rounding off the crown of 
Kruger's silk topper it might 
be turned into a fair repre- 
sentation of the Right Hon. 
Lord E. S. S. Baron of Mafe- 
king at least it could not. be 
less like him than the '' Gaily 
Seraphic's" drawing was like 
Minchin's roof. Then just 
stick a pipe in the mouth of 
the recumbent figure and paint 
a little tobacco stain round its 
mouth, it would be easily re- 
cognisable as the ex-president 
of the Z.A.K., and the trick 
would be done. Pity to 
waste good American bronze. 




From the "Cape Times." 

(Continued from last night's Slip.) 


The hospital arrangements 
are disgraceful, and there is 
very small hope of recovery 
for bad cases. The hospital 
dietary was scandalously in- 
sufficient until well into 
February, when your corres- 
pondent, who had been act- 
ing as hospital secretary, 
indicted all concerned ill a 
strong letter written to the 
medical authorities. The 
result was satisfactory, but I 
was removed from the ( Dice 
after the Commission had 
made inquiry. 

Pretoria March 7th.— .Much 
satisfaction is felt here in all 
circles at the courtesies ac- 
corded General Cronje by the 

British, both after his sur- 
render and on his arrival at 
Capo Town. Numerous tele- 
grams have been received 
here by friends of Boer pri- 
soners in Cape Town, stating 
that they, the prisoners, were 
excellently treated by tbo 
British authorities. 

President Kruger has been 
visiting the commandoes 
south of Bloeinfoutein. 

On February 21, your cor- 
n spondent succeeded in creep- 
ing from Waterval, and made 
tracks for Gaberones through 
the bushveld, accompanied 
by a Cape Policeman. Eighty 
miles were covered, but the 
Crocodile River being in flood, 
put a stop to further progress. 
Terrific rains falling put out 
ot the question the idea of 
crossing, at any rate for a 

We sought shelter at a farm 
adjacent, expecting the farm- 
er to be on commaudo, but 
he was at the house, and find- 
ing us without passes got 
several men together and 
took us prisoners, and sent us 
back to Pretoria. We were 
put back in gaol, where I was 
for the first thirteen days of 


About a hundred Colonials 
were in prison, taken on the 
Natal frontier and at Kuru- 
nian ; they were undergoing 
scandalous treatment, exact- 
ly as if they were criminals, 
but without hard labour. 
They had no coffee nor tea, 
were locked in the cells at 
six o'clock in the evening, 
and were not allowed to see 
friends or relations ; were 
searched like felons every day. 
They took exercise iu small 
squares, but free speech was 
not permitted. Efforts to see 
the American Consul are 
always in vain, so there is 

absolutely no opportunity 
to protest against it, it being 
considered a crime to bo a 
Colonial, even if of English 

Our faith in the justice of 
the British cause, and in the 
might ol British arms is as 
strong as ever, and though we 
feel no desire to see the Boers 
humbled, we hope to sue the 
British troops arrive in Pre- 
toria. The general feeling 
here is that any half-hearted 
compromise would affect the 
peace of South Africa in 


Now in our midst there are some folk 
Who, when you talk " relief," 

Will wink their eye and give a grin 
Which tells of unbelief. 

And some will tell you with a sigh 
That Methuon's lost his v. 

And so we've got to stick tlio siege 
Until we all turn grej 

Now I ain't agoin' to calmly say 
I'm used to this 'ere thing, 

For once is quite enough to be 
Besieged at MafekiDg. 

But I'm agoin' to tell you folk 
That we've got plenty friends, 

Who, tho' they don't go braggm', 
Are a meetin' of our ends. 

Now in the town there's that old mill 
That gives it's nightly squeal, 

An' keeps grindiu' of the " siukers " 
That constitute our meal. 

It ain't a sixty-pounder gun 

A fihootin' out it's pill. 
But Still to me it serins to be 

A good "old soldier's mill.'' 

And then we have them niealie plots, 

A'ouietly growin' there 
As tbio" then thought the country, still 

Was full o' peace and prayer. 

But to us 'opeful bundook boys 
Who keep the sand bags dry, 

Thorn mealies form another crop 
That 'urt the Dutchmen's eye. 

They've got their squadrons and their 

An' all that kind o' thing, 
An' quietly they're manceuverin' 

To 'old up Mafeking. 

And those horses and the donkeys 
That stop old Snyman's shells, 

An' drop into the kitchen 
To make " the Soup wat smells," 

They ain't got sich a glorious end, 

But ev'ry bloomin' nag 
Is a satin' and a dyin", 

And a boilin' for our flag. 

So keep yer 'cads up high my boys 
And don't look on the floor 

Because our slinger's growiu' less 
Instead of growin' more. 

But keep on fcrustin' in yer friends, 
Keep 'oping, fightin', vowiu', 

And when 

Don't, don't forget yer sow 

» Phil." 




To the Editor Mafeking Mail. 

Sir, as the ex-Army a 'id 
Navy men, as well as the "Id 
C.M.E. and F.A.M.P. men, 
have been immortalized by 
having their photos taken, I 
think it behoves us, as Colo- 
nials, to show to the world 
that we have also in large 
numbers assisted in the gal- 
lant defence of Mafeking ; 
and to this end it has been 
decided to have a photo taken 
on Sunday morning, at 7.50, 
at the Railway Workshops, of 
all South Alrican born, of 
English descent, who have 
taken part in the defecce. 
I consider that it is a duty 
that every Colonial owes to 
the land of his birth, to turn 
up and show that our gallant 
Colonel had a tidy crowd of 
South African born English- 
men under his command tak- 
ing part in a defence which 
has been, and still is, the 
admiration of the whole world. 
Thanking you in anticipa- 
tion for inserting this 
Yours &o. 

P. I>. ( AWOOD. 

Under the Patronage of 

Colonel B. S. S. Baden- Powell and 
Officers of the Garkison, 


Boxing Entertainment 


SUNDAY, MAY 6TH, 1900, 


Recreation Ground. 

The following events have been 

arranged -■ — 
1. — A Ten-round Competition for a 

Gold Medal, for men up to 10 st. 
2. — Match between two first-class 

light-weights, for a Gold Medal 

and tliu Championship of the 

Mafeking Siege. 
3. — Competition for men up to U st. 

7 lbs. 
4. — Contest for amateurs, all comers, 

for a Silver Medal. 

rpiIE Raffle for a case ot 
Whisk\ , the proceeds to 
go to the Sisters of Mercy, will 
take place at Bradley's Hotel 
on Saturday afternoon, the 
2lst iust, at 4 o'clock sharp. 
A few tickets can sti 1 be 
obtained of 


Commission Agent. 
Roll up at the drawing. 




Rfy^auser Brooch 


A of™ Mauser Sleeve Liuks 


For the first opened and cor- 
rect solution of Two Acros- 
tics which will appear in 
to-morrow's "Slip." 

Important Sale. 

rpHE undersigued, duly instructed 

X by MR. 1'. M llN'.HAM, will 

sell outside the premises opposite the 
Railway Station, 

On Sunday, 22nd instJ at 9 am. tharp, 

Absolutely Without Reserve, 

The whole of his 

Valuable Restaurant & 
Bedroom Furniture, 

CoDsistingof Tables, Chairs, Benches, 
Cupboards, Lamps, Cutlery, Crockery 
Glassware, Kitchen UteusiU, Pots, 
Pans, etc. Bedsteruls, Matt 
Sheets, Blankets, Pillows, Wash- 
stands, Toilet Sets, large Platform 
" Avery " Scale ; also the Fixtures of 
a Butcher Shop. 

.'1 grand opportunity 
to start at 


Auctioneer, etc. 


of Ex-Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and 
Royal Naval Reserve. 

A \7~ILL be taken on Sunday next 
VV at 7 a.m., opposite Commer- 
cial Hotel, close to Railway Station. 
Members & re requested to turn up 
with Rifles and B.uidoliers, a'so, if 
possible, with Le^ nga and Looso 
Shirts and Smasher Hats. 

Printed and published by 

Townslicnd ct Son, Market Sq , Mafeking. 

Editor ifi Manager: O. N. II. Wlialcs. 










Friday, April 20 th, 


190th Day of Siege 


glafcking JUatl. 

FRIDAY, 20th APRIL, 1900. 


By the courtesy of tlie 
(' >!onel Commanding we are 
enabled to print the follow- 

The following news has been 
received to-day : — 

Telegram from Bulawayo, 
dated April 11th : 

S.S. "Chicago" arrived at 
Beira yesterday. Two other 
steamers expected to-day. 

Eighth Division arrived at 

Croujo and 1,0(0 prisoners 
left for St. Helena. 

Colville reported engaged 
with the enemy, who cut off 
Broadwood's convoy. Boers 
are said to have shot pris- 
oners ol this Division in cold 

Fifty men of E Squadron, 
Kitchener's Horse, were iso- 
lated in French's advance on 
Kimberley before its relief, 
and kept 500 Boers, with two 
12-pdrs., at bay for 5 days, 
eventually being starved into 

Railway open to Bloemfon- 

Boer loss at Warrenton 
recently, 9 killed, 14 wounded; 
4 guns put out of action. 

Telegram from Salisbury, 
dated April 12th : 

Two more transports arrived 
at Beira yesterday, bringing 
POO Australians. Other two 
boats outside. No news from 

Telegram from A, D. E., 
Bulawayo, dated 13th April: 

Methuen, with Yeomanry, 
surrounded Villehois's com- 
mando at BoshotV, on .^h. 
Villebois and 7 men killed, 
and 54 prisoners taken. Our 
loss 4 killed and 7 wounded. 

Boers succeeded in wedging 
in between Gatacre and Bra- 
bant at Kouxville. 

Small parties of enemy, re- 
ported close to Bloemfontein, 
dispersed by Cavalry. 

Fighting at Warrenton still 
going on. 

Colville and Freuch's Divi- 
sions returned to Bloemfontein. 

News received from native 
sources is that the Relief 
Column has crossed the river 
at Fourteen Streams, and was 
expected at Taxings last week. 

Prieska rebels are reported 
to be moving N.W. in large 
numbers, making for Phok- 
wani and probably Christiana. 
The Boers are s*id to have 
taken up a position at Phok- 

Lord Roberts telegraphs 
that there has been unex- 
pected delay in the despatch 
of our Relief Column, and he 
hopes that we may be able to 
make our supplies last beyond 
the 18th May. This we can 
easily do for a further month 
if necessary. 

The following telegrams 
were also received this morn- 
From Resident Commissioner, 

To Col. Commanding, 

April 14th. — " In reply to 
your telegram of the 9th, re 
families, now in Mafeking, 
who obtained free passes 
prior to commencement of 

siege, I can assure you no 
difficulties will he raised to 
these getting tickets, as far 
as the Bechuanaland Railway 
is concerned." 

[The above is in reply to 
a request which we made for 
free return passes for all 
families that were taken down 
by train at Govt, expense. 
That request, of course, has 
to go on to the Capo, lor Cape 
Government Railway's con- 
sideration, but a similar reply 
is to be hoped for. — R. S. S. 

From Herschler, 

Deputy Mayor, Bulawayo. 
To Col. Baden-Powell, 

April 14th. — " Have sent 
you several parcels of articles, 
mentioned in your telegram 
for Hospital comforts. Am 
compelled to go to England, 
but your wishes will be at- 
tended to. Fervently hope 
for your speedy relief. Best 
of luck and kindest regards to 

No. 1. 

1. 'Tis a very small force that make-; 

our defence. 
But it's this kind of force that 
gives it its strength. 

2. The sons of the Empire have all 

come to fight. 
But this one, tho' willing, is told 
to sit tight, 

3. If a Boor is insulting, and gets 

out your shirt 
You give him this portion and 
make him eat dirt. 

4. Or if that should fail in quite do- 

ing the trick. 
With this sharp apendage you 
give him a kick. 

5. If a soldier reporting "All correct " 

or " All's well," 
Used this form of words you'd 
D a him to H . 

6. At Capetown he fiddled diviDely 

they say, 
And took all the silver he could 
carry away. 

7. Though shelling has ruined and 

knocked houses down, 
It has added a good deal of this 
to the town. 

8 We've waited like this for six 
month or more, 
Awaiting relief or some news of 
the war. 

As Empress, or Goddess, enshrined 

on her throne, 
May she with her favour now 

kindly look down 
And grant that successes may 

finally crown 
The stand that's heen made by 

this loyal little town. 

No. 2. 


THE Undersigned, duly instructed, will sell by Public 


the whole of the 

Household Furniture, 

The property of Mrs. Dall, consisting of: 
Wardrobe ; Single and Double Bedsteads, with wire 
Mattrasses ; Che3ts of Drawers ; Fancy Chairs ; 
Madeira Chairs ; Marble Top Washing Stand ; 
Mirrors ; Bed and Table Linen ; Curtains ; Carpets ; 
Ornaments,&c,&c, ; Mangle and Washer complete ; 
Baby's Rocking Chair; Gent's Bicycle; Girl's 


1. When show'rs of these fall on our 

The thing's no longer water-proof. 

2. In winter, if you run on this 

'Twill quickly warm you up, 
In summer there's a run on it 
To cool the people down. 

:i. ilis name was proved, one Derby 
To mean he could both go and 

As a foe we disliked him, but now he 
has gone. 
We're sorry we couldn't detain 
But we hope he'll return when peace 
has been won 
And then we'll for ever retain 

Important Sale. 

As this is a good opportunity of buying Good Furniture, 

those in want of same should not miss this rare chance. 


Govt. Auctioneers and Sworn Appraisers. 

Our Thermometer of Hope. 

THE undersigned, duly instructed 
by Mr. P. M. FiKOHAM, will 
soil outside the premises opposite the 
Railway Station, 

On Sunday, 22nd inst , at 9 a.m. sharp, 

Ausoh'tei.y Without Reserve, 

The whole of his 

Valuable Restaurant & 
Bedroom Furniture, 

Consisting of Tables, Chairs, Benches, 
Cupboards, Lamps, Cutlery, Crockery, 
Glassware, Kitchen Utensils, Pots, 
Pans, etc. Bedsteads, Mattrasses, 
Sheets, Blanketa, Pillows, Wash- 
stands, Toilet Sets, large Platform 
" Avery " Scale ; also the Fixtures of 
a Butcher Shop. 

A grand ojrportunity for those about 
to start business. 


Auctioneer, etc. 





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" Austral " Lodge- 
No. 2534, E.C. 



We learn that Mr. B. Weil has 
generously presented a blanket to 
every man of the Protectorate, 
B.S.A.P M C.P.,andRi6es. 

AN Emergency Meeting will be 
held at the Masonic Hall on 
Sunday next, 8-30 p.m. 

Visiting B.B. cordially invited. 



V\W[a user Brooch 


A lr Manser Sleeve Links 


For the first opened and cor- 
rect solution of Two Acros- 
tics which appear in this 
evening's "Slip."' 

Solutions must be posted 
to " Acrostic," " Mateking 
Mail," not later than Wed- 
nesday 25th inst. 

Printed and published by 

TownsJumd d Son, Market Sq., Ma/eking 

Editor A Manager: G. X. H. Whales. 




No. 124 

Saturday, April 21st, 1900. 191st Day of Siege 


jjjafchmg 19 nil. 

SATURDAY, 216T APRIL, 1900. 


At the Concert to-morrow 
no siiillii'g seats are to be 
provided, two shillings being 
the advertised price of ad- 
mission. As the proceeds 
are to be handed over to the 
Sports and Prizes Funds, 
the public will not object to 
the charge, especially, as apart 
from other considerations, 
these concerts are entertain- 
ments well worth the money. 

Does anyone know whether 
the Siege Exhibition furned 
out as successful, financially, 
as it was spectacularly ? 
There was no item to its 
credit in that balance sheet 
of the Sports and Prizes 
Funds, published in these 
columns the other day. 

What long faces everybody 
pulled yesterday. The news 
was much better than 
that we were receiving during 
November and December, and 
everybody was stoically phil- 
osophical then. Certainly, 
whisky was not at that time 
fifty shillings per bottle. 

A week, more or less, won't 
make much difference, so 
long as Myers keeps his pots 
boiling, and does not make us 
wait too long for Sowens. 

General Shrapnel died in 
1842, he was the man who 
invented those surprise pack- 
ets the Boers dropped around 

Betting 17 to 1 airainst any 
more bombardment of Mai'e- 
king with 6 decimal some- 
thing, Creusots. 

FobSalk,— An empty Dug- 
out. Purchaser must remove 
it and provide the necessary 
shell-proof material &c, at 
own expense. Part cash and 
balance by arrangement. — 
Offers to X.Y.Z. Mafeking. 

The Boers have been busy 
for a day or two past break- 
ing up about a mile of Kail- 
way line, five or six miles 
south from this place. The 
Kietfontein culvert was des- 
troyed by dynamite a week 

new Railway Workshops, at 7.30 

Assessment Committee, — There will 
be no meeting of the above Com- 
mittee on Sunday next. 

Appointment. — Mr. C. Bland to be 
Assistant Stock Clerk, A.S.C., with 
pay at the rate of 10/- per diem, to 
date from the 18th inst. inclusive. 



By Colonel B. S. S. Baden-Powell, 
Commanding Frontier Force. 

We looked in on Mr. Tighe 
and saw his boys shaking up 
the smashed oats to get the 
goodness out, and wondered 
on seeing how white the flour 
is. What gives it, later on, that 
Spanish mahogany tint, is the 
puzzle to us. 

Mafekinq, 20th April, 1900. 

Notice (2).— On tenders for supply 
of blankets being called for by the 
Chief Staff Officer, Mr. B. Weil made 
a generous offer to present the garri- 
son with one extra blanket per man. 
The Colonel, in accepting this libe- 
rality, believes that he is giving ex- 
pression to the feelings of all in most 
heartily thanking Mr. Weil for his 
generous and very timely gift. 

(i). It is proposed to take, a photo- 
graph on Sunday next, the 22nd inst., 
of all Colonials of British descent 
(born in South Africa), who are now 
forming part of the garrison of Mate- 
king, as a momento of the siege. 
Commanding Officers are requested 
to afford to those under their com- 
mand the necessary facilities for 
attending for the purpose, at the 

Mafekino, 21st April, 1900. 

Court of Summary Jurisdiction. — 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet on Monday. 23rd April, 
at the Court House, at 10-15 a.m , 
for the examination of such prisoners 
as may be brought before it. Presi- 
dent : Lieut.-Colonel C. B. Vyvyan. 
Member : Major F. W. Panzera. 

Coifet Emernency Ration. — A Cof- 
fee ration will be issued in lieu of 
dop in future. Ration 1 oz. per 
man. This ration should be de- 
manded on such occasions as dop 
would have been issued were it 
available. This Coffee Ration is 
only intended for men in outlying 
trenches. It will be issued on in- 
dent from Isaac's Yard store. 

Belief Bations.—Ml persons in 
receipt of Relief Rations through 
Mr. Musson will be required to per- 
sonally attend at the Court House, 
at 9 a.m. on Sunday. 

No issue of rations will be made 
to servants sent to draw rations ou 
their behalf. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 

Important Sale. 

THE undersigned, duly instructed 
by Me. P. M. Fincham, will 
sell outside the premises opposite the 
Railway Station, 

On Sunday, 22nd inst., at 9 a.m sharp 

Absolutely Without Reserve, 
The whole of his 

Valuable Restaurant & 
Bedroom Furniture, 

Consistingof Tables, Chairs, Benches, 
Cupboards, Lamps, Cutlery, Crockery, 
Glassware, Kitchen Utensils, Pots, 
Pans, eto. Bedsteads, Mattrasses, 
Sheets, Blankets, Pillows, Wash- 

stands, Toilet Sets, large Platform 
" Avery " Scale ; also the Fixtures of 
a Butoher Shop. 

A grand opportunity for those about to 
start btisiness. 

Auctioneer, etc. 

Another Afternoon Concert 


Colonel R. S. S. Baden-Powell 
and Officers of the Garrison, 


Sunday next, April 2^nd 

The 192nd Day of the Siege, 


Commencing at 5 p.m. 


THE UndersimieJ, duly instructed, will sell by Public 


the whole of the 

Household Furniture, 

The property of Mrs. Dall, consisting of : 
Wardrobe ; Single and Double Bedsteads, with wire 
Mattrasses ; Chests of Drawers ; Fancy Chairs ; 
Madeira Chairs ; Marble Top Washing Stand ; 
Mirrors ; Bed and Table Linen ; Curtains ; Carpets ; 
Ornaments, &c, &c. ; Mangle and Washer complete; 
Baby's Rocking Chair ; Gent's Bicycle ; Girl's 


Admission 2s. As this is a good opportunity of buying Good Furniture, 

A Limited number of Reserved those in want of same should not miss this rare chance. 


Govt. Auctioneers and Sworn Appraisers. 

Seats 4s. 
Plan at ALDRED & ROSS 


Part 1. 

1. March, " Athalie," Mendelsohn 

By Members of the 
Amateur Orchesthal Society. 

2. Song, " A little bit of Albright," 

Mr. Bert Taylor. 

3. Song, "The Romany King," 

Mr. A. Campbell. 

4. Song (selected) 

Mr. Bruce King. 

5. Song ... "Anchored" 

Mr. Arnold. 

6. " From Mayfair to Mafeking " ... 
Mr. Personally-conducted Cook. 

Interval of jive minutes. 



RlV^auser Brooch 


A o P p a,r Manser Sleeve Links 


For the first opened and cor- 
rect solution of Two Acros- 
tics which appeared in yes- 
terday's " Slip." 


Siege Lottery 

(By permission of the Colonel 



obtainable only of 

E. Platnauer, 

Auctioneer, Market Square. 

Part 2. 

1. Waltz " Moreska," Florence Fare 

By Members of the 
Amateur Orchestral Society. 

2. Song, " Staring me in the face," 

Mr. Bekt Taylor 

3. Song, " A Warrior Bold " 

Mr. Crittenden. 

4. Song, " The Storm Fiend " 

Mr. A. Campbell. 

5. " Sowen' and Reaping" 

Lionel Brodoh. 

6. Song, " True till Death " 

Mr. G. Fitzoerald, 
God Save the Queen* 

Solutions must he POSTED 
to " Acrostic," " Mafeking, 
not left by hand at the Mail 
office, up till Wednesday, 
25th inst. 

Colonial Born of 

British descent- 

Don't forget to turn up for 
Photograph, to-morrow, Sun- 
day morning. 

Every man is requested to 
bring gun and bandolier. 

FIRST PRIZE, Day on which the 
first train from the South ar- 
rives in Mafeking. 

SECOND PRIZE, Day before, do. 

THIRD PRIZE, Day after, do. 

All monies, less Commission of 
10 p/c, will be set aside for Prizes, 
divided thus : — 

Half for Firit Prize. 

One Quarter for Second Prize. 

One Quarter for Third Prize, 

List closes 12 noon, Monday, 
30th inst., and the Drawing will 
take place at 

Bradley's Hotel, 

at 7-30 on the evening of that day* 

Printed and published by 

Toumsltend t£ Son, Market Sq., Mafeking; 

Editor <t Manager : Q. N. B. Whalei. 


«e5«53.£a,l Siege Slip* 



No. 125 

Monday, April 23rd, 1900. 193rd Day of Siege 



gfftrfehmq Pail 

MONDAY, 23rd APRIL, 1900. 


Rebels, except known ringleaders' 
on giving up their arms are permitted 
to return to their farms, according to 
clause 3 of Lord Methuen's procla- 
mation (No. 24). Of course not half 
of them are giving up their best gun. 
An old patterned and perhaps dam- 
aged one, is, with repentant sobs, 
handed over, the Z.A.R. Mauser is 
is hidden in the thatch, and grinning 
in his sleeve, the ex (?) rebel re-takes 
possession of his uninterfered-with 
stock ; and of his homestead improved 
by addition of furniture and goods 
lootpd from loyalists. It is not sur- 
prising that Colonists, especially 
Natalians, are enraged at this mis- 
taken leniency, and are organizing 
meetings to protest against a magna- 
nimity which cannot be appreciated 
by the beneficiares. Almost every 
one of the farms to which these par- 
doned traitors return will become a 
centre of sedition and a retreat for 
those still remaining inopen rebellion. 
From these centres secret assistance 
will be given to those who prefer to 
■enjoy the pleasures and profit of 
freebooting while it is still possible, 
knowing that when murdering and 
robbing loyalists can no longer be 
carried on they may hand in an old 
gun and settle down — forgiven. How 
gratifying to chose who have lost every- 
thing in maintaining their loyalty. 

The position Mafeking has held en- 
titles its opinion hereon to some con- 
sideration, and it is desirable that an 
■early appointment should be given for 
its expression, likewise upon the 
■question of the future of the terri- 
tories hitherto known as the South 
African Republic and the Orange 
Free State. At Cape Town, Kim- 
berley, and, no doubt, other large 
centres public meetings have been 
held at which annexation has been 
determinedly advocated as the only 
means which the future peace and 
and psosperity of South Africa can 
be secured. 


Our Relief. 
The British atKlerksdorp 



News received this after- 
noon at 4 o'clock from Salis- 
bury as follows : — 

The "Formosa" arrived at 
Beira yesterday, but the news 
is very conflicting. The 
strictest censorship is evident- 
ly being exercised. The ru- 
mours (given for what 
they are worth! are, that Lord 
Metheun is at Klerksdorp, 
and that Lord Roberts is near 
Kroonstad and has given 
the Boers twenty-four hours 
to surrender. 

The rebellion in the North- 
west of the Colony is entirely 

Lord Kitchener's force has 
returned to De Aar. 

Official information has also 
been received that Relief 
Columns are on their way 
from both North and South. 

A runner came in to-day 
from Maribogo. He says that 
messengers who were sent to 
find out where the Relief force 
is, had not returned when in- 
formant came away. They 
heard it was on this 
side of the Vaal River. 
From the South some men 
arrived who said that the day 
they reached Taungs they came 
across a Boer fort this side of 
that place. The Boers chased 
them for a considerable dis- 
tance. All but one of the 
horses were exhausted, so they 

handed their despatches to the 
rider of that one, who reach- 
ed Taungs with them. The 
remainder of messengers were 
captured, but were subse- 
quently liberated on a letter 
received from the chief of 
Taungs. When to-day's mes- 
senger reached Maritzani lie 
learned that the Relief 
Force was at Banks Drift, 
to the west of Border Sid- 
ing, on the Vaal River, and 
also that the Boers round 
Mafeking intend to await the 
arrival of the Relief Column 
and then to surrender. 

The laager at Maritzani is 
diminishing fast. 

Young Smith is still with 
the Boers but is suffering from 
a bad attack of fever. There 
has been a raiding party out 
there recently but this must 
be other than Mafeking na- 
tives, as no cattle raiders have 
left here since the middle of 
last month, and Mathakong is 
at present Mafeking. 

Personally our messenger 
met no Boers on the roid to 
and from Maribogo. 


At Port Elizabeth the Mayor has 
initiated a movement to present 
Colonel Baden-Powell with a hand- 
some sword of honour in recognition 
of his gallant defence of Mafeking. 
Nearly 50 guineas have already been 

The " London Times" states that 
an induental section of the support- 
ers of the Government intend to 
represent to Ministers the urgency 
of discriminating effectually and 
unmistakably between loyalists and 

It is said that President Sfceyn 
was deposed, and the Government 
of the Free State was undertaken by 
a Provisional Committee at Kroon- 

When President Kruger " an- 
nexed " he notified that all Free 

Stateas, who were acting upon Lord 
Roberts' proclamation, would be 
punished as rebels, " when the 
Free State is retaken by the Trans- 

We regret to learn of the death, 
through typhoid, of Sergeant-Major 
Schreiner, of the C.P. D 2, to which 
corps he has been attached five years. 
Deceased, who was much esteemed, 
wus well known in Becluianaland, be 
having been 10 years in the B.IJ.P. 
l ,1 or some time he was stationed in 
(iordonia. Also Private C. S. 
Richards, who joined the C.P. D. 2 
some two years ago, died last night 
from typhoid, complicated with 
pneumonia. Deceased, who had 
studied medicine in England, ha-* 
rendered great assistance to the 
hospital during the Siege. 

The Secretary of (he Sports Fund 
gratefully acknowledges the receipt 
of following cheques in aid of the 
above Fund : 

Mr. Bradley ... £10 10 

Mr. Buchau ... 5 

War Correspondents 5 
Proceeds of Concert 
received from Rail- 
way Division ... 22 8 6 

£42 18 6 


For your morning sowens dissolve 
a pinch of carhona'e of soda, stir it 
in, (if there is any fire boil up again,} 
shake ovi r it a little ground ginger, 
cinamon, essence of almonds, or any 
flavouring ob ainable. — Another 
way : — Obtain, honestly if you can. 
some condensed milk, the sweetened 
kind, and when you have dissolved the 
carbonate of soda and added it to 
your quart of sowens stir in two 
tablespoons full, while the sowens is 
being boiled again. — On " Biscuit " 
or " wall plaeque " days, wrap one in 
a piece of cloth or paper, smash it 
with a stone, grate it or pulverise it 
somehow, mix it with a pint of 
sowens : put some fat in a frying pan, 
half an inch deep at least, the more 
the better, it won't be wasted, you 
can use it next day. Wait till it 
boils, pour iu the sowen and biscuit, 
not a lot at a time, separated sin- 
gle tablespoonfuls arc handier to turn 
over, directly the fritter looks " set " 
turn it over brow that side, and with 
a pinch of salt siego fare won't appear 
half so bad. 

L. E. (Mrs.) Whales. 



B$ Colonel R. S S. Baden-Powell, 
Commanding Frontier Force. 

Mafekint,, 23kd April, 1000 

Field General Court Martial (con* 
fin/mtum of sentence), — It is notified 

for general information that the Court 
Martial which tried Lieut. Murchison, 
Protectorate Regiment, found the 
prisoner guilty of murder and sen- 
tenced him to death. 

His Excellency, the Field Marshal, 
Commander-in-Chief, South Africa, 
has been pleased to confirm the find- 
ing of the Court and to commute the 
sentence of death to one of penal 
servitude for life. 

Acetylinr Lights. — Private Walker, 
Bechuanaland Rifles, being no long- 
er required for special duty in con- 
nection with I he above, will return 
to regimental duty from Wednesday, 
the 25th inst. inclusive, and will be 
struck oft' extra pay accordingly. 

The Colonel Commanding desires 
to place on record his appreciation 
of the good work done by Mr. Walk- 
er in fitting up search and signalling 
lights for the Garrison. 

Sod" Water.- Having been in- 
formed that the supply of Soda 
will shortly come to an end owing 
to lack of the necessery material, 
and as Soda Water is urgently nefd- 
ed for the sick in Hospi'al (fever 
cases etc..) the Colonel Command- 
ing thinks it necessary to hold up all 
the Soda Water obtainab'e Id town 
and he cannot permit any future 
sales until a sufficient reserve for 
the Hospital has been completed. 

Should any person or persons de- 
vise a means by which Soda Water 
can be manufactured when the present 
stock has run out, they are requested 
to communicate with theD.A.A.G. (b) 
stating the method, how long they 
can keep up a supply, and what is 
the maximum output which they can 
guarantee delivery of. 

The Colonel Commanding offers 
a bonus of £5 to the inventoi. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 



The following account of this 
plucky little p'ace, may prove inter- 
esting to our readers : 

The Rev. Tom Brown, of the Lon- 
don Missionary Society, Kuruinan, 
has arrived in Kimherley, having 
been turned out of his house and home 
hy the rebel horde at present in 
temporary occupation of Kuruman. 
Mr. Brown, (says the " Diamond 
Fields Adver iser,") is well known in 
tho district, and his experience at 
the hands of the worthy and godly 
Dutchmen is all the more note- 
worthy on that account. 

The Boers first appeared on the 
scene on November 12th, having got 
quite close to the village before 
their presence was known to the 
inhabitants. They sent in to the 
Magistrate, demanding the surren- 
der of the village and at the same 
time asked the Mis ionaries — the 
Revs. Mr. Pi ice and Mr. Brown — 

for information in regard to their 
position. The Magistrate's reply 
was in the negative, while the mis- 
sionaries pointed out that as minis- 
ters of religion they were neutral, 
and called upon the Boerg to obtain 
this neutrality, and not to interfere 
with the Society's property. Fami- 
lies of certain traders, it may be 
mentioned, had come to the station 
for protection. The position, as was 
explained by Mr. Brown,- was ac- 
cepted by the Boers next morning. 
Then a number of them rode up to 
within about 500 yards of the sta- 
tion and requested an interview with 

The Boers remained outside Kuru- 
man for six days, when they sudden- 
ly went away. On this occasion the 
Boers numbered about 150, while 
there were fifty- five Bri'ish inside, 
fifty-one of these being combatants. 
On the British side one native was 
lulled. The losses of the Boers- 
were unknown ; our men saw seve- 
ral fall, but the Boers themselves de- 
nied any loss. 

Some days later the Boers re- 
turned, 1,000 strong, and again sent 
a m^-sseng^r to Mr. Brown, to whom 
fhey put some inquiries in regard to 
the distribution of the forces. Mr. 
Brown replied that none of the 
forces were on his station. The 
Boers encamped around the village, 
and remained there about a month. 
About November 15th, two of our 
forts were evacuated, the los-i up to 
this time on our side being nil, while 
one Boer was killed, and at least 
two wounded. 


On New Year's Day a 7-pounder 
arrived from Pretoria, and from, this 
01 shells were fired at the camp and 
the different forts. Towards sun- 
down a fort commanding the water 
had to be surrendered, and Captain 
Bates followed suit shortly after. 
On tho previous night Private Ward, 
of the Cape Police, was killed by a- 
richochet bullet, our remaining cas- 
ualties being 17 wounded, while 
another native, a non-combatant in 
camp on a chargeof theft, was killed. 

On January 3rd the whole of the 
prisoners, with the exception of the 
wounded men, were sent to Pretoria. 
Dr. Beare. one Cape Policeman 
named Ireland, a special constable 
of the name of Williams, who was 
bhot through the he^ but recovered, 
and a native boy were the only males 
remaining when Mr. Brown left. 

{Continued from last night's Slip.) 


WANTED to purchase Pair 9 lb. 
Shells from the new gun 
which were fired this morning, and a 

Printed and published by 

Townsheiid if Son., Market Sq., Ma/eking, 

Editor and Manager : G. N. H. Whales. 




No. 126 

Tuesday, April 24th, 1900. 194th day of Siege 


afclung |0atl. 

TUESDAY, 24th APRIL, 1900. 


By the courtesy of the Colonel 
Commanding we are enabled to 
print the following : — 

NeW3 to day having come by run- 
ner, is not so recent as yesterday's 
which came by pigeon post. It is all 
very vague and much delayed owing 
to telegraph wire between Beira and 
Salisbury being crowded with Rail- 
way messages (regarding the moves 
of General Carrington's force along 
the railway.) 

A rumour comes from Beira that 
a prisoner at Pretoria has underta- 
ken to guide an attacking force of 
Boers through the mines round 
Mafeking, and Eloff left Pretoria 
about the 10th, to carry out the at- 
tack. (Possibly this was the grand 
attack made on the 11th.) 

Following from P.M.G.. 12th.— 
" Boer guns are located at Fourteen 
Streams, and heavy tiring is going on 
there. Methuen's Forces are reported 
to be moving in direction of Hoop- 
stad. Boer sources state that Brit- 
ish loss at De Wets Dorp was 1,000 
killed and wounded, 459 prisoners. 
Heavy fighting at Wepener, result 
unknown. Weather too cloudy for 
helio. Boers attacked Buller at 
Elaudslaagte. He is stated to have 
retired on Ladysmith." 

As we have since heard from Lord 
Roberts about our Relief Force 
starting South, it seems probable 
that these rumoured successes of the 
Boers {which, itshould be note J, are 
from Boer sources) are in reality 
successful feints on our part to draw 
them away from their main bod}' 
and to leave us concentrated to go 
for their centre at Kroonstad, and 
break them up. 



This meeting, which was held on 
Saturday last, April 21st, the Rev. 
W. H. Weekes, pastor, presiding, 
included amongst those present : 
Messrs. Beasley, Bolus, Firth, Gray- 
son, Hall, Heale, Jones and Urry. 

The minutes of the preceding 
meeting having been read and con 

firmed, the chairman said he thought 
the condition (of beleaguertnent) 
under which the meeting was held 
made it unique. It was a subject 
for congratulation that during the 
whole bombardment not one of the 
church officers had been lost, but 
since the last meeting a regrettable 
loss to the churjh had occurred in 
the death of his Lordship, the Bishop 
of Bloemfontein. Whether this 
would affect the speaker's position, 
remained to be seen. The services 
held during the siege were 
well attended, in fact the church had 
often been crowded. This may have 
been partly duo to the fact that there 
had been no regular services held at 
the Wesleyan Church. A great 
many of the Protectorate Regiment 
had attended constantly. The 
number of burials were, of course, 
sadly in excess of the previous 
year. No less than 60 of the 
garrison having fallen during the 
war. So far as visiting was con- 
cerned, it was easy to understand 
that no regular visiting was practi- 
cable under bombardment. The 
Sunday School bad been open since 
January, but the attendance was 
somewhat disappointing, this might 
probably be put down to the counter 
attractions offered by various enter- 
tainments at which it would not be just 
to take exception, seeing how neces- 
sary such relaxation was to people 
confined as they had been from one 
end of the week to another. Al- 
though the attendance of three- 
quarters of an hour should not have 
been begrudged, seeing that is all the 
education the children could avail 
themselves of. Regarding the need 
of increased accommodation, in view 
of the growiug population of Mafe- 
king, it was evident that a new 
church would be required. He hoped 
to collect for this object during a 
visit home, which, if he can secure 
an efficient substitute, would take 
him away from the congregation 
some six months. He could not 
conclude his remarks without tend- 
ing his thanks to the Church officers, 
Sunday School teachers, choir, and 
Mr. Grayson, the organist. 
Messrs. Cole and Fisher had left 
the town since last meeting. He 
must also refer to the Native Church 
congregation, which was progressing 
most satisfactorily, natives and half 
caste working well together, and in 
financial matters, paying their way. 
He thanked the congregation for 
their kind forbearance and mutual 

trust during the trying year just 

The balance sheet, which shews 
an excess of income over expendi- 
ture of £84 13s. lid and a balance at 
the bank of £54 17s. 3d., was taken as 

Mr. Beasley proposed thit a 
Thanksgiving Service should be held 
on the Relief of Mafeking, and that 
the off -rtory should he set aside for a 
New Church Building Fund. 

Mr. Weekes said he had thought 
of it and suggested a-king the Vicar- 
Geneial to allow the oliVrings, or at 
least a portion of thnm, from all the 
churches throughout the Colony on 
the occasion of Thanksgiving Ser- 
vices for the Relinf, to be given for 
the same purpose. 

The following officers were ap- 
pointed for the ensuing year : - 

Churchwardens : Messrs. R. Urry 
and S. Hall. Sidesmen : Messrs. 
Firth. Heale, Jolly, Jones, Purchase 
and Stenson. 

Votes of thanks were passed to 
Retiring Officers ; the Ladies' Work 
Association ; the Sunday School 
Teachers ; the Choir and Organist, 
and to the Subscribers to the Susten- 
tation Fund. The meeting then dis- 


Inaugurated by Mr. De Kock, and 
held on March 25th, 1900, re- 
sulted in a surplus (after several 
pounds had beeu presented as sup- 
plementary prizes) of no less than 
£12 2s. 9d., which was unanimously 
voted by the Committee to the funds 
of the Band of the Bechuanaland 
Rifles. This Band, which though 
only initiated a few months before 
the start of the Siege has, under its 
capable Band Sergeant, Trooper C. 
Turbridge, of the B S.A.P., afforded 
healthy recreation and amusement 
both prior to, and during the Siege. 
Tt is not generally known that the 
Band is entirely an amateur one. 
During the Siege its expenses have 
been going on whilst it has never 
received any revenue, We are there- 
fore pleased that the Siege Exhibition 
Committee has recognised the Baud's 
cheery assistance to relieve the 
monotonies of Siege life, and have 
voted their surplus to this most de- 
serving Institution, thus considerably 
reducing its liabilities, which amount- 
ed to about £25. 



By Colonel B. S. S. Badtn-PowiU, 
Commanding Frontier horcc. 

Mafeking, 24th April, 1900. 

In order to benefit men in outlying 
forts and to equalize better the dis- 
tribution of available meat, private 
purchase of meat will be hencefor- 
ward forbidden both at Ellitson's 
Shop and the Slaughter Poles. 

In lieu thereof the ration for wo- 
men and children (over 14 years of 
age) will be increased to 1 pound. 
The livers and other parts hitherto 
privately sold will in future be added, 
free, to the men's rations, going to 
each fort in turn. 

Attention is drawn to previous 
orders forbidding private sales of 
meat and of fresh vegetables. Any 
owner who, after this warning, is 
found to have disposed of any of his 
stock without previous reference to 
Capt. Ryan, will be liable to have 
the whole or a part of the remainder 
of his stock confiscated. Purchasers 
will similarly be liable to trial by 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction for 
disobedience of orders. 

These orders 'are made entirely 
in the interests 'of this community, 
and it is hoped that any breach of 
them will be brought to notice of 
Colonel Commanding by those who 
have the good of the defence at 

Sugar. — Sufficient sugar exists in 
the command to enable a present 
issue of loz. ration for some con- 
siderable time, but there is no margin 
to admit of sufficient sugar being 
issued in such quantities as are ab- 
solutely necessary for the comfort of 
women and children (particularly 
young children), an appeal is there- 
fore made to officers and men willing 
to forego their daily sugar ration. 
O.C. Corps and units are requested 
to note the names of any men willing 
to either entirely forego their ration, 
or accept \ oz. in lieu of 1 oz., and 
reduce their indents accordingly. 
The sugar thus saved will be strictly 
applied to supply the wants of 
women and children, and hospitals. 

Soioem Issues.— As there appears 
to be some misunderstanding regard- 
ing the persons entitled to receive 
Sowens daily, the following classes 
rule the issues : — 

Class A. — Whites and natives bear- 
ing arms, 1 quart of Sowens free 
daily. (It should be understood that 
1 quart free Sowens does not apply to 
all persons, men, women and chil- 
dren, who may happen to be in receipt 
of the reduced bread or bisouit ration, 
but only to those men actually 
bearing arms). 

Class B— Natives in receipt of 
Government Native Ration, which 
will consist of 1 quart Sowens free, 
in addition to the 4 oz. meat. 

Class C— Whites in poverty-striok- 
en oircumstances receiving a free 

Class D — Whites desirous of pur- 
chasing, and who are not in either 
Class A or C. 

Class E — Natives desirous of pur- 
chasing any balance that may 

Soup and horse flesh will be pro- 
vided for native consumption, such 
natives as are in a poverty-stricken 
condition will receive free issues, but 
no Sowens. 

By Order, 
E. H. CECIL. Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


Some replies have been left at the 
" Mail " office by hand. Will the 
senders kindly fetch and have them 
posted on or before Wednesday next. 


Air : "The British Grenadiers." 

Our heroes of antiquity are looking 

down with pride 
At the Lion and the Lion's cubs now 

fighting side by side ; 
The lands they took, and English 

made, now answer to the call 
Of liberty for Englishmen where'er 

their lot may fall. 

If England's star is now extinct as 

foreign nations say. 
There's a greater, mightier Britain 

born, and growing every day. 
Once England fought in tiny ships 

but kept the Spanish main, 
Now English fleets throughout the 

world the mastery retain. 

Our greatest fights are fought at sea, 

but sometimes still on land 
The mother of great nations must yet 

her foes withstand ; 
Her children feel the unuttered call 

and around her quickly form, 
And Greater Britain proudly stands 

to calmly face the storm. 




{Continued from last night's Slip.) 

The Dutchmen at present in Kuru- 

man are all British subjects. In 

Kuruman itself there are about 50, 

and in the district about 100. 

The position of neutrality of all 
those living on the London Mission- 
ary Society Station was observed up 
to February 22nd, when Mr. Brown's 
cattle and wagon were commandeered. 
He refused to hand over the cattle, 
stating that as a minister of religion 
he was exempt from all the provisions 
of the commandeering law. In res- 

ponse he received a letter informing 
him that if he did not deliver the 
cattle commandeered, together with 
a driver, the martial law of the South 
African Republic would be strictly 
adhered to. To this message Mr. 
Brown vouchsafed no reply, nor did 
he send the cattle. On the following 
day he received a further communi- 
cation informing him that he must 
immediately hand the cattle over, 
otherwise his person would be ar- 
rested under the provisions of the 
law. The cattle were not handed 
over, and the next morning the officer 
in command of the rebels in occupa- 
tion of the place, with about 40 
armed men, appeared upon the scene. 
The officer told Mr. Brown that he 
had come to arrest him for refusing 
to comply with the provisions of the 
law. Mr. Brown inquired how he 
could be arrested, being a minister of 
religion. The officer replied that his 
arrest was due to the fact that he 
had refused to comply with the com- 
mandeering law of the South African 
Republic, adding that he would be 
taken to the gaol at Kuruman, and 
afterwards to Vryburg. 


Mr. Brown requested permission to 
speak to the burghers, to whom he 
pointed out that it was contrary to 
the rule of civilised nations to com- 
mandeer either the person or pro- 
perty of missionaries. The burghers 
replied that if he refused to consent 
he must be compelled to do so. Mr. 
Brown again protested, reminding 
them that they all knew him to be a 
minister, and that the Commandant 
of the Free State forces who had 
taken possession of Kuruman, had 
recognised the Society's neutrality, 
Mr. Brown further pointed out that 
he had personally assisted them in 
their hospital, and once again pro- 
tested against their action, the more 
especially as each man in the band 
knew him personally, and that he 
had most strictly adhered to his 
neutrality, which he still wished to 
do if they would permit him. In 
the end they decided to leave him in 
his house on parole while they sent 
a statement of the case to their, so- 
called. Government. The rebels told 
him that a reply would probably be 
received either on the Tuesday or 
Wednesday following. On the Mon- 
day Mrs. Brown wrote a private 
letter to a lady friend, in which she 
gave an account of her husband's 
arrest, concluding with the remark, 
" I hope the British troops will soon 
be here, or the band we have around 
us will clear us out." The native to 
whom this letter was entrusted was 
captured by the rebels, searched, and 
the letter found, with the result that 
a despatch was sent to Vryburg in- 
forming the Transvaal officials there 
of the letter and its contents. 

[to be continued.] 

Printed and publisJicd by 

Townshend & Son, Marltet Sq., Mafeking. 

Editor tt Manager: O. N. H. TP/«iks. 


Specis*! Siege Slip. 



No- 127 

Wednesday, April 25th, 1900. 195th Day of Siege 


afehmq IfktL 

WEDNESDAY, 25th APRIL, 1900. 


We have no patience with folks 
who make trouble out of rumours 
and pull a long face because Tom- 
kins told them that Potkins said 
someone thought that Boers believed 
they were going to beat the English. 
We want to keep our spirits up, and 
Editors are but human beings, al- 
though this, as a fact in Natural His- 
tory, is generally not recognised, and 
it is depressing to hear, on an empty 
stomach, a hideous tale of terrible 
defeat, and have it reproachfully 
suggested that it is our desire to 
keep from publicity the awful know- 
ledge of an imaginary something. 
Particularly irritating it is when track- 
ing the canard to its lair. (By the 
way we don't know whether a " can- 
ard," even when a layer, has a 
lair, but the simile will be under- 
stood) we find it is nothing but the 
Boer organ's lies about an unimpor- 
tant reconnaisance. Read ths " slips " 
and take no notice of special-infor- 
mation-straight-tips founded upon — 

inspiring, in fact, so great was the 
awe inspired, that, until he was 
gently reminded by a knock in 
the middle of his back with 
the butt of a Mauser, the noble 
C.I., (like many other great men 
somewhat absent-minded) had for- 
gotten it was towards Mafeking he 
should turn hiB face. He had been 
thinking the day had come for which 
he had made an assignation with a 
barmaid, miles away from the noise, 
and was about, unselfishly, to sacri- 
fice his chance of crowning himself 
with laurels, to keep his appointment, 
when, reminded of his promise, he 
started forward boldly. Cheering his 
faithful burghers to the attack he 
brought them, in spite of the terrible 
danger, close within three miles of 
the enemy. There he made his 
array of dead shots point their 
MauBers, as well as they could, 
towards the ill-fated town, and fire 
round after round — in the air. Then 
most gallantly they rode away in 
time for breakfast lest the Verdomde 
Rooinek becoming enraged, should 
issue forth and chase them away. So, 
he struck terror into the hearts of the 
English and loudly should his praises 
be sung ; but if it bad not been for 
these brutal British firing with a 
Maxim gun right in the direction of 
the burghers, be might have led his 
men perhaps up to within two miles 
of the enemy. 


A monumental erection, in brass, 
ought to be set up to remind unborn 
generations of the illustrious Chief 
Insulter Eloif, and his stupendous 
attack upon Mafeking on the never- 
to-be-forgotten April 25th, 1900. 
The guns, ammunition, emplace- 
ments and men were long previously 
on the spot, but the important 
preparations, such as calling the men 
together, and explaining how he, the 
C. I. Eloff, would surround his name 
with yet greater glory than that 
gained at the bar in Johannes- 
burg, and improving on the anti- 
quated and futile methods of captured 
Jronje, he would utterly astonish the 
SowensfiUed rooineks, shut up in 
Mafeking, (in theBe explanations and 
the accompanying gesticulations a 
celebrated scientist has calculated 
that the heroic " C. I." expended no 
less than one hundred and fifty-two 
and a fifteenth horse-power.) After 
several days ocoupied in these pre- 
parations, the day on which his 
prowess was to bo exhibited arrived, 
and, directly daylight appeared, the 
noise made by the artillery was awe- 

Miss Coker, formerly teacher at 
the Mafeking Public School, has 
opened a school for young children, 
at the residence of Mr. Musson, 
an enterprise which deserves en- 

The University Boat Race was 
won by Cambridge, and the Grand 
National was taken by the Prince of 
Wales' Ambtisk. 

" Got last night's ' Slip ' ?" 

" Yes sir, here it is." 

" Thanks ! pass that chair over. " 

Sits ; reads " Slip " through ; lays 
it down ; politely wisheB " good 
morniog " ; and retires. 

That's what we work fifteen hours 
per day for. 


All those who have never been in 
a siege before and are not desirous 
of being in another, are requested 
to roll up wearing their Powens and 


{Contimud from last night'* Sli/>.) 


On March 5th a reply came to the 
inquiries made by the rebels as to 
Mr. Brown's position, the Magistrate 
of Vryburg stating that, inasmuch as 
Mr. Brown would not help the 
Transvaal with his property, he was 
unfriendly to them, while his wife 
had also shown her unfriendli- 
ness in writing in the strain 
she had. He also added that 
no one was exempt from the 
commandeering law, not even minis- 
ters of religion, and ordered Mr. 
Brown to leave the country, at a few 
hour's notice, with his wife and fami- 
ly, to be sent with a patrol to Vry- 
burg. The commanding officer, in 
communicating the terms of the 
Vryburg Magistrate's reply, at first 
suppressed the fact that Mr. Brown 
was at liberty to leave, and only did 
so on that gentleman demanding to 
sea a copy of his instructions. Mr. 
Brown pointed out that his wife was 
very ill, and for her to be forced to 
travel was a risky proceeding. Not- 
withstanding all his protests, he was 
told that he and his wife and family 
must clear out. Mr. Brown then 
asked them about his property, to 
which the officer replied that the 
Transvaal Government would look 
after that, adding that all British 
subjects who had not taken the oath 
of allegiance would also be cleared 
out. Finally Mr. Brown was allowed 
forty-eight hours in which to get 
ready to leave, and shortly before 
the expiration of that time he re- 
ceived a letter from the officer, in 
which bo informed him that as ho 
had not said where he was going, a 
patrol would be ready to take him to 
Vryburg. Mr. Brown informed him 
that he was ready to go to the bor- 
der, and that he hoped to get 
the English at Barkly. The officer 
said that he was a fool to believe 
that Kimberley had been relieved, 
that the British were in possession 
of Barkly West, and that Cronje had 
suffered defeat. 


Mr. Brown left Kuruman on 
March 8, and arrived at Barkly on 
March 14. All along the road he 
found evidence of panic amongst the 

Dutchmen. In the Daniel's Kuil 
district this was especially noticeable, 
and the Special Justice of the Peace, 
who had joined the Boers, had fled. 
All along the Kaap range the Boers 
had left, although in certain places 
they were still to be found in small 
bodies. Mr. Brown expresses the 
hope that a few troops will soon be 
sent into the district, as the English 
inhabitants of these frontier villages 
are entirely in the hands of the 

Mr. Brown is naturally very indig- 
nant at the treatment meted out to 
him, and wishes it to be clearly un- 
derstood that notwithstanding all the 
assurances given by the " Federal " 
Presidents, British subjects have 
been commandeered to carry arms, 
whilst some have been imprisoned 
and sent to Pretoria for refusing to 
do so. 

Military Tournament 



By kind permission of Colonel 
R. S. S. Baden-Powell, 


MAFEKING (Recreation Ground), 

— ON — 

SUNDAY, APRIL 29th, 1900, 

Entrance to all Events Free. 

All Entries must reach Maj. Panzera 

or the Hon. Secretary before 8 p.m., 

Friday, 27th inst. 

FICHTING. Colonial and Na- 
tive Corps. 1st prize £1, 2nd 
prize 15/-, 3rd prize 10/-, 4th 
prize 5/-. 

Judges : — Lieut-Col. Hore, Lieut- 
Col. Walford. 

Part 2nd. 

Squads of six. Single raDk. 
1st prize £3, 2nd prize 30/-. 
Judges : — Lieut-Col. Hore, Lieut- 
Col. Walford, Major Godley. Major 
Lord E. Cecil. 

tions (4). Dismounted. 1st prize 
£2, 2nd prize £1. 
Judge : — Capt. Lord C. Bentinck. 

tions (4). Dismounted. 1st prize 
£2, 2nd prize £1. 
Judges : Captain Wilson, Capt. 

Lord C. Bentinck, Sqd. Sergt. Maj. 


Jumps. 1st prize £2, 2nd prize 
£1, 3rd prize 10/- 
Judges : — Major Baillie, Captain 

Wilson, Captain Lord C. Bentinck. 


1st prize £2, 2nd prize £1. 

Judges : — Lieut - Col. Walford, 
Captain Fitz-Clarence, Sergt. Major 

Lady Sarah WiUon has kindly con- 
sented to present t)ie Prizes. 


Part 1st. 

BIRTH.— On February 11th, at 
Wynberg, the wife of W. A. 
Hampson of a SOD. 

Anstralasians' Photograph. 

ALL members of the Garrison, 
Australasian born, who de- 
sire to be represented in the group 
to be taken on Sunday morning next, 
29th inst., are requested to hand in 
their names, together with that of 
the Colony in which they were born, 
and the name of the Corps in which 
they are at present serving, to Pri- 
vate John Dobie, Bechuanaland 
Rifles, Town Hall. 



OUT SOLDIER, Drill Order. 
Mounted. 1st prize, 30s. 2nd 
prize 10s. 

2. — do. do. do. Dismounted. 

1st prize 30s. 2nd prize 10s. 

Judges :— Lt. Col. Hore, Lt. Col. 
Walford. Referee: Major Goold- 


Pairs. 1st prize £2, 2nd do. £1. 

Judges : — Major Godley, Captain 
Fitz-Clarence. Sergt-Major Gwynne. 

4.— SWORD vs. SWORD, Mount- 
ed. 1st prize £2, 2nd do. £1. 
Judges : — Major Baillie, Captain 

Wilson, Captain Lord C. Bentinck. 

5.— FENCING. 1st prize £2, 2nd 

prize £1. 

Judges : — Major Baillie, Captain 
Wilson, Captain Lord C. Bentinck. 

a side. 1st prize £3, 2nd prize 
£1 19s. 
Judges :— Major Baillie, Squadron 

Sergt. Major Wyllie- 

Under the Patronage of 

Colonel R. S. S. Baden-Powell 
and Officers of the Garrison, 


Boxing Entertainment 


SUNDAY, MAY 6th, 1900, 


Recreation Ground. 

By Colonel R. S. S. Baden-Powell, 
Commanding Frontier Force. 

Mafeking, 24th April, 1900. 

Ration Returns. — Instances have 
been brought to the notice of the 
Col. Commanding, of men admitted 
to Hospital not having been struck 
off the ration roster of their Units. 
As this causes great confusion and 
renders it impossible to issue the 
correct number of rations, O.C. Corps 
and Units and Fort Commanders are 
requested to exercise the greatest 
care in this matter to avoid further 

Cattle {Registration $■ Branding), 
— All persons who registered cattle, 
etc., with Capt. Ryan, D.A.A.G. (b), 
under General Order of 17th inst., 
are required, as soon as possible, to 
have such cattle marked with a dis- 
tinctive brand, and to send to that 
officer, by the 27th inst., at 10 a.m., 
the description of the brand or mark, 
to facilitate the tracing of animals. 
Animals unbranded or unnumbered 
are, as stated in the order referred 
to, liable to confiscation. 

Galvanized Iron Bins. — The Im- 
perial Authorities are desirous of 
purchasing, or hiring, a small number 
of the above for the purpose of pre- 
serving sugar in the store. Persons 
having any, will please notify Captain 
Eyan, D.A.A.G (b). 

The following events luxve been 
urr-tnged'. — 

1. — A Ten-round Competition for a 
Gold Medal, for men up to 10 St. 

2. — Match between two first-class 
light-weights, for a Gold Medal 
and the Championship of the 
Mafeking Siege. 

3. — Competition for men up to 9 st 
7 lbs. 

4. — Contest for amateurs, all comers, 
for a Silver Medal. 

Mafeking, 25th April, 1900. 

Sowens Issue. — With reference to 
General Order of the 26th inst., 
Class D. should read as follows : — 
Whites desirous of purchasing any 
balance which may remain, and who 
are not in either Class A. or C. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 

Printed and publislied by 

Tovmshend i£ Son, Market Sq., Ma/ehbig. 

Editor di Manager : G. N. H. Whales. 













April 26th, 1900. 

196th Day of Siege 


SWeKng IM. 

THURSDAY, 26th APRIL, 1900. 


By the courtesy of tl>© 
•Colonel Commanding we are 
enabled to prinb the follow- 
ing information : — 

Two messengers who had 
been sent out, returned this 
morning, and report as fol- 
lows : — 

The Eelief Column had 
rieen at Fourteen Streams for 
some time. A few dajs ago 
they tackled the Boer fort 
and were unsuccessful. They 
then went round to Biverton 
and crossed the river before 
the Boers were aware of it, 
■came back again, and attack- 
ed and broke up the Boer 
Laager, which was then moved 
to Phokwani. The Boers 
subsequently discovered that 
the British were following 
them up, and they retired 
towards Banksdrift, where 
they are reported to be still. 
The British have occupied 

The rebels at Rietfontein 
were going to send a force to 
Pitsani, but as they have since 
heard that Colonel Pluraer has 
armed the natives of that 
place, they have asked the 
Boers to accompany them. 

All the Boers round Mafe- 
king at present number 4, '200. 

Two Scouts returned this 
morning, and reported that 
exactly half of the Western 
Boer Laager has moved to 
the Border. It is said that 
their oxen used to stop at 
the Border, but they have 
now been brought back, pre- 
sumably to remove the re- 
mainder of the Laager. The 

Boera are employed in gath- 
ering poles from the Native 
villages in the neighbourhood, 
and are going to use them as 
posts for their horses at the 
Border. These poles are not 
off-loaded, and appeared to be 
ready to be passed on. The 
Boers report that the Column 
from the South lias crossed 
the Vaal fiiver, but they do 
not state where it is. 

Many women and children 
who left Mafeking and were 
too weak to travel very far 
during the first night, and 
who were subsequently dis- 
covered by the Boers, have 
been allowed to go on. 


Mr. Pakeman, the Johan- 
nesburg Editor, who was 
arrested, died at Ladysmith, 

The London Daily Mail 
says: "The British losses at 
Ladysmith are far smaller 
than was anticipated." 

Amongst other items re- 
ferring to the interest our 
position has excited, we learn 
that from sunny Nice a thou- 
sand pounds of tobacco and 
pipes have been despatched, 
the kind present to the garri- 
son from Mr. Edward Hore, 
who, we believe, is a brother 
of our Lieut. -Colonel Hore, 
of the Prot. Regiment. 


121-Pounder Krupp. Per- 
fect Specimen, Shrapnel. 
Offers : Apply this office. 



By Colonel R. S. S. Baden-Powell, 
Commanding Frontier Force. 

Mai-eking, 25th April, 1900. 

Fuel should not be asked for if it is 
possible to obtain or cut it in the 
immediate vicinity of any outlying 

Notice. — With reference to the 
Notice appearing in to-night's slip 
concerning proposed photographic 
group, of all those of European 
descent who have left their respective 
properties and situations in the 
Transvaal and Free State, and have 
taken up arms for the defence of 
Mafeking, to be taken next Sunday, 
at 10 o'clock, at the Railway Work- 
shops. O.C. Corps and Units are 
requested to give every possible 
facility to those under their command 
to attend. 

Powers of Commanding Officers. — 
It is notified to all concerned that 
Officers Commanding the following 
Corps, viz : Colonial Contingent, 
Native Contingent, and Black Watch, 
have the same powers of punishment 
as those laid down in Standing 
Orders, Frontier Force, for Squadron 
Officers, viz., power to award im- 
prisonment up to 5 days or equivalent 
Field Punishment ; fine up to £1, in 
addition to minor punishments, such 
as extra guards, fatigues, etc. Pri- 
vates to have the usual right of 
appeal to the O.C the Section of the 
Defence in which they are serving. 

Board of Officer*.— A. Board of 
Officers, composed as follows, will 
assemble at such place and time as 
the President may appoint to inspect 
and report upon certain damaged 
clothing, kit, etc., on charge of the 
Cape Police, D. 1. 

Phesident : Capt. Lord C. Beu- 
tinck, Protectorate Regiment. 

Members: A Subaltern, B.S.A.P. 
A Subaltern, Bechuanalaud Rifles. 

Proceedings, in duplicate, to be 
forwarded to the O.C. Cape Police, 
for transmission to the C.S.O. 

General Alarm Signal. — The Col. 
Commanding wishes O.C. Corps and 
Units and Fort Commanders to see 
that all under their respective com- 
mands thoroughly understand that 
simultaneous prolonged ringing of 
the bells, combined with trumpets 
sounding the " Alarm," will in future 
be the General Alarm Signal in case 
of attacks. Definite orders as to 
turning out and standing to arms, 
etc., should be issued, so that men 
know exactly what to do in case of 
a " General Alarm." 

Fur}.— It is proposed to make a 
smalt additional issue to enable men 
in outlying trenches to light smill 
id cold nights, also to sook such 
additional coffee as it may be found 
possible to issue in lieu of Dop. 
O.C. Corps and Units will please 
state what their weekly requirements 
are likely to be for this purpose. 

Mafeking, 2Gth April, 1900. 

Notice. — Military Tournament. — 
Regulations and conditions for com- 
petitors ; part 1, Event No. 3, 
Bayonet vs. Bayonet, the competi- 
tion will be for best of three bouts. 

Mafeking Gaol.— The Chief Staff 
Officer, Frontier Force, to be Chief 
Officer, Mafeking Gaol, to date from 
13tb October, 1899. 

A.S.C. Appointment. — Mr. Tighe 
to be Inspector of Meat Sc Rations. 
A.S.C., instead of Superintendent of 
Sieving Room, as stated in General 
Order, No. 4, of 15th inst. 

Sowen /{at ions. — Drawing of. — 
In consequence of the enormous 
amount of work entailed by the dis- 
tribution of Sowens at the Kitchens, 
it has been decided that O.C.s 
Regiments and Corps, must draw 
the amount for their respective 
Units in bulk, and distribute regi- 
men tally. Regimental arrangements 
must be made for the necessary 
transport and the carts must 
call at Lippmann's Yard (or wher- 
ever the supply centre for the Unit 
may be) at 7 a.m. daily. 

Snpy l ics. — Sowens Issue. — General 
Order No. 5, of yesterday's permit- 
ting the purchase, by Whites, of 
balance of Sowens. is hereby can- 

By Order, 
E. H. CECIL. Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 

Military Tournament 



By kind permission of Oolonel 
B. S. S. Baden-Powell, 


MAFEKING (Recreation Ground), 

SUNDAY, APRIL 29th, 1900. 

Entrance to all Events Fbee. 

All Entries must reach Maj. Panzora 

or the Hon. Secretary hefore 8 p.m.. 

Friday, 27th inst. 


Part 1st. 

OUT SOLDIER. Drill Order. 

Mounted. 1st prize, 30a. 2nd 

prize 10s. 
2. — do. do. do. Dismounted. 

1st prize 30s., 2nd prize 10s. 

Judges : — Lt. Col. Hore, Lt. Col. 
Walford. Referee : Major Goold- 

Pairs. 1st prize £2, 2nd do. £1. 
Judges :— Major Godley, Captain 

Fitz-Clarence, Sergt- Major Gwynne. 

4.— SWORD vs. SWORD, Mount- 
ed. 1st prize £2, 2nd do. £1. 
Judges: — Major Baillie, Captain 

WiUon, Captain Lord C. Bentinck. 

5.— FENCING. 1st prize £2, 2nd 

prize £1. 

Judges: — Major Baillie, Ciptaia 

Wilson, Captain Lord C. Bentinck. 

a side. 1st prize £3, 2nd prize 
£1 10s. 
Judges : — Major Baillie, Squadron 

Sergt. Major Wyllie. 

FIGHTING. Colonial and Na- 
tive Corps. 1st prize £1. 2nd 
prize 15/-, 3rd prize 10/-, 4th 
prize 5/-. 

Judoes: — Lieut-Col. Hore, Lieut- 
Col. Walford. 

Part 2nd. 


Squads of six. Single rank. 
1st prize £3, 2nd prize 30/-. 
Judges :— Lieut-Col. Hore, Lieut. - 

Col. Walford, Major Godley, Major 

Lord E. Cecil. 

tions (4). Dismounted. 1st prize 
£2, 2nd prize £1. 
Judges: — Capt. Lord C. Bentinck. 

tions (4). Dismounted. 1st prize 
£2, 2nd prize £1. 
Judges: — Captain Wilson, Capt. 

Lord C. Bentinck, Sqd. Sergt. Maj. 


5.-HEADS AND P03TS, With- 
Jumps. 1st prize £2, 2nd prize 
£1, 3rd prize 10/-. 
Judges: — Major Baillie, Captaio 

Wilson, Captain Lord C. Bentinck. 

1st prize £2, 2nd prize £1, 
Judges : — Lieut-Col. Walford, Cap- 
tain Fitz Clarence, Sergt. Major 


Lady Sarah Wilson has kindly con- 
sented to present the Prizes. 

Photograph of Refugees. 

ALL those of European descent 
who left their respective pro- 
perties and situations in the Trans- 
vaal or Free State, and took up arms 
for the Old Flag, in defence of Mafe- 
king, are requested to attend at the 
Railway Workshops, on Sunday 
morning next, the 29th inst., at 10 
o'clock. All members of the Refugee 
Laager and Refugees, with the Town 
Guard are requested to turn up with 
their rifles and bandoliers. It is 
understood that all Refugees enrolled 
in the other branches of the garrison- 
will do the same. 


Spedcfcl Siege Slip. 









Friday, April 27th, 


197th Day of Siege 

i Hh 

gtofclimq Pail. 

FRIDAY, 27th APRIL, 1900. 


By the courtesy of tbe 
Colonel Commanding we are 
enabled to print the follow- 
ing information : — 

From His Excellency the High 
Commissioner to His Honour the 
Resident Commissioner. 

April 17th. 

Your letter, March 17th, just 
received. I agree that prompt pay- 
ment of compensation after relief is 
all important, and Government fully 
recognises this. Feeling so strong 
about Mafeking, both here and at 
Durban, after the splendid defence, 
that I think that everything possible 
that can be done, will be done to 
set it on its legs again as quickly as 

I fear Plumer's inability to reach 
you, and the long delay in sending 
you help from here, must have great- 
ly depressed you. It was a terrible 
disappointment to us here ; as after 
the capture of Bloemfontein, every- 
body expected a speedy movement 
northward. Delay is entirely due 
to breakdown of our horses after 
Lord Roberts' big marches, which 
paralysed him and gave the enemy 
fresh courage, but big effort is now 
being made to reach you, both 
from the North and South, and 
if you can hold out three or at the 
most four weeks, I think that we 
must gee through. 

From Colonel Baden-Powell, 

To Field Marshal Lord Roberts : 

" After two huudred days of Siege 
I desire to bring to Your Lordship's 
notice the exceptionally good spirits 
and loyalty that prevails all classes 
of this Garrison. The patience of 
everybody in Mafeking — the best of 
things under a long strain of anxiety, 
hardships and privations — is beyond 
all praise and has been a revelation 
to me. The men, half of whom are 
unaccustomed to the uso of arms, 
have adapted themselves to their 
duties with the greatest zeal and 

readiness, and the pluck and devotion 
of women are remarkable. With 
such spirits our organization runs 
like clock work, and 1 have every 
hope will pull us successfully 

Two runners came from the 
North this morning. They 
were outside from Wednesday 
morning, but state that they 
have been continually driven 
b'ick by the Boers, until last 
night, when they tried to 
come in round the south of 
Signal Hill, and succeeded. 

Some Despatch Riders 
leached Plumer's Camp on 
Wednesday. The Relief Co- 
lumn, they sqy, is still at the 
Vaal River, but will reach 
Mafeking, at all events, on 
Queen's Birthday. It was 
reported in Camp that a 
column has reached Salisbury 
from Beira; this column left 
Salisbury again for South on 
Tuesday. The men were so 
glad thiit they simply told 
everybody, although they were 
cautioned not to mention it. 

The Bahurutshes are all 
anxiously awaiting relief as 
much as we are waiting for it. 
The lioers are now comman- 
deering very hard for men to 
come and help them in Mafe- 
king, but the Bahurutshes are 
scattering in every direction. 
Some hide iu the mountains 
with the hope that the Troops 
will find them before they 
arc discovered by the enemy, 
some go to Colonel Plumer's 

The man who told the Boers 
about Mathakgong's cattle is a 
Kalahari, named Molcleki. 
He saw them when they left, 
he told the Boers everything 
about the Baralong intention 
of stopping two days at 
Tlapeng in order to puzzle 
the Boers, and also of the 
night the cattle were going to 
be rushed through. This 

Kalahari was once fined two 
oxen by the late Chief Mont- 
sioa, for insulting a Morolong 
woman, and when questioned 
by his friends, he said that 
was why he gave our cattle 
away to ihe Boers. 

The big gun, alter leaving 
here, stopped a few days at 
Zeerust undergoing repairs. 

A despatch runner coming 
from Kimberley, was arrested 
by the Boers last week and 
sentenced to death and shot 
by t'io Boers in the Laager at 
Koi-koi. Unoof the Rtiders, 
at present in gaol at Zeerust, 
is alsr to be shot as soon as 
he is well. Only one of them 
has been killed and nine 
wounded, after they killed 
) 2 Boers. 

The Runners think if some 
men are always sent out in 
the evening to kill any Boers 
who may be waiting for the 
Runners and women coming 
out of Mafeking, they could 
easily do so, as the Beers do 
not appear to expect any dan- 
ger when they are guarding at 


Her Majesty the Queen is on a 
visit to Ireland. She met with an 
enthusiastic reception at Kingstown, 
and was driven through Phoenix 
Park. It has been decided that an 
Irish Footguard Regiment is to be 

An attempt was made in Brussels 
to assassinate the Prince of Wales 
by one Sipido. An accomplice is 
also arrested. 

In the House of Commons Mr. 
Wvndham stated, that the report 
that General 8ir George White is to 
be superceded, is without foundation. 

On Wednesday evening Councillor 
H. B. Bradley and Mrs. Bradley 
entertained all the War Correspon- 
dents and representatives of the 
press, present in the Garrison, at the 
Surrey Hotel, whore a recherche 
dinner was provided. The news- 

papers represented were: "The 
Times," " Morning Post," " Daily 
Mail," "Pall Mall," "Black and 
While," " Cape Times," *' Kimber- 
ley Advertiser," " Bulawayo Chroni- 
cle," " Port Elizabeth Herald," and 
the "Salisbury Times," besides the 
numbers in all the parts of the world 
repr seated by " Reuter's Special. 
After dinner, music was indulged in 
till a late hour, and when the com- 
pany broke up. several voices were 
heird in the Market Square declar- 
ing, with peculiar cadence, '■ There 
never, never was another such night." 

Arrivals by train from Beira (to 
Salisbury) on April 17th, say a tele- 
gram bad been received at Delagoa 
Bay, reporting a complete victory, 
about the 11th inst., by Lord Me- 
theun, over the Boers at Fourteen 
Streams. TIir Boers aw reported to 
have lost 1,400 killed, wounded, and 
prisoners. Our casualties must have 
been heavy. A rumour is afloat 
thit 400 Irish Rfles were captured. 

Ten miles from Jacobsdal, when 
General Villebois was killed and 54 
Boers taken prisoners, three squad- 
rons of the Kimbeiley Mounted 
Corps and three companies of the 
Imperial Yeomanry, carried a very 
strong position at the point of the 

The " Euryalua,"' with 370 Bush- 
men, and horses, arrived at Beita on 
April 11th (or 12th). 

At tiallarat a movement has been 
inaugurated to invite Lord Roberts 
to Australia at the close of the war, 

President Loubet says war be- 
tween France and England is impos- 

The " Independence Beige " says, 
a secret treaty between Germany 
and Great Britain will shortly be 
published It is arranged on the 

basis of the annexation of both the 

Steps have been taken for the speedy 
return of the River Diggers in Bark- 
]y West, to their homes ; which 
they were compelled to evacuate. 

From Gaberones, April 17th, we 
learn that a native runner, sent 
South by Col. Plumer, says that a 
British co'umn has crossed the Vaal 
River, and was expected to reach 
Taungs on April ]3th. 

In the fiyht in which Villebois was 
killed " Everything fell into our 
hands. The hulk of the prisoners 
are Frenchmen. Mr. Coleman, ne- 
phew of the Town Councillor at 
Kimberley, of same name, was 
amongst the Boers." 

It is said that Sir Charles Parson's 
force captured 200 Kenhardt prison- 
ners. The report adds ; " They 
were surprised." This we are not 
inclined to doubt. — Ed. 

Cronje, with other prisoners has 
arrived at St. Helena ; four were ill 
with small-pox. 

It is said that on April 3rd the 
Boers held a strong position on 
Modder River, and were supposed 
to be about 15,000 strong. This 
may he a Boer account. 

The last runners in found more 
Boers patrolling near Col. Plumer's 
position than formerly. 

On the eve of Cronje's surrender, 
which, may it ever be remembered, 
was on Mrtjuba Day. A wire ap- 
peared in the "Canard Riggers 
News " about him, saying he was in a 
strong position and that no anxiety 
was felt in otl'icial circles as to the 
probable outcome of the next few 

Dr. Batchelor wired to Mr. Rhodes 
on the relief of Kimberley, " All's 
well that ends well." The Hon. 
Cecil replied, "True, hut sometimes 
the roal is rather long." So says 
" Maf." 

As regards certain prepirations at 
Pretoria, a correspondent of the 
" Times of Natal " says : " Contin- 
uous series of barbed wire fences are 
being placed round Pretoria, inter- 
sected with entanglements. Immense 
orders have been placed with Delagoa 
Bay firms for all round provisions for 
two ye^rs." So we shall be all right 
for scoff. 

Apropos of tl e refining influence 
of wives, sweethearts, and mothers of 
our Dopper foe the " Bulawayo 
Chronicle " says they, the Boer 
women, are now advocating that 
each woraau who has lost a husband 
or brother, shall have her pick of a 
British prisoner to take out and 
shoot. We wonder, says the " B. 
C," whether the Boers are not more 
afraid of their womankind than of us. 

Here is a useful suggestion for 
anyone likely to be in quod. " Lead- 
ing inhabitants (of Mafeking) should, 
at the end of the siege, be given a 
certificate setting forth the number 
of days they were confined there, so 
thit in case they get into trouble 
afterwards, the Judge < r Magistrate 
could credit him with the amount." 

Lost or Stolen. 

£i SIEGE NOTE, No 179. 

Finder, or any information. 
will be rewarded. — H. office. 

Naval Photograph. 

THE plate taken last Sun- 
day turned out a failure, 
so please roll up again, same 
place, but at 8 a.m. instead 
of 7, on Sunday next. 


Photograph of Refugees 

WITH reference to the 
above, anyone requir- 
ing copies of the photograph 
should give their names to the 
following, statingthe number 
of copies required : — 

Mn. Dobib, Bechd. Rifles. 
Cokpl. Head, Prot. Regt. 
C. Mettam, Refugee Laager 
C. Whitfield, Town Guard 
Mr. Montague, De Kock's 

The price of the copies will 
be 5b. each for 10 x 8 in. size, 
if a sufficient number of that 
size are applied for ; or 6s. 
each if the nutubrr required 
is not sufficient to make the 
cheaper price possible, 


THE above photograph will be 
taken at the Railway Work- 
shops, at 9 a.m. on Sunday, 29th 
inst. You are requested to wear 
your belt and bandolier, 

Military Tournament 



By kind permission of Colonel 
It. S, S. Baden- Powell, 


MAFEKING (Recreation Ground), 

SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH, 1900, 

Commencing; Morning, 10-15. 
Afternoon, 2-15. 

Entrance to all Events Free. 

Programmes with List of Entries 
price 6d., will be ready to-morrow. 

Lady Sarah Wilson has kindly con- 
sented to present the Prizes. 

The following Event has been 
added to the programme : — 

PETITION (Cadet Corps). 1st 
Prize £1 10/-, 2nd prize £1, 3rd 
prize 15/-, 4th prize 10/- 

Printed and publislud by 

Toionshend <t Son., Market Sq., Alafeting. 

Editor and Manager : O. N, H. Whales. 





No. 130 

Saturday, April 28th, 1900. 198th Day of Siege 


HfafcKhtpf Iflai 


SATURDAY, 28th APRIL, 1900. 


can hold out three or at the m09t, 
four weeks, I think that we must 
get through. 

Except for our anxiety on your 
account the military outlook all round 
is the most hopeful we have had yet. 

By the courtesy of tho Colonel 
Commanding we are enabled to print 
the following : — 

General Carrington, with Staff and 
Canadian Artillery, arrived at Beira 
on the 23rd, and will come through 
at once to Bulawayo. 

We reprint to-day the letter 
from the High Commissioner ; 
and that from Colonel Baden- 
Powell to Lord Roberts ; be- 
cause, owing to badly written 
copy, compositors' vagaries, 
and no proof reader, such 
alterations were made to the 
text that their authors would 
probably not have recognised 
their own writing. 

From His Excellency the High 
Commissioner to His Honor the 
Resident Commissioner. 

April 17th. 

Your letter, March 17th, just 
received. I agree that prompt pay- 
ment of compensation, after relief, is 
all important ; and Government fully 
recognises this. Feeling is so strong 
about Mafeking, both here and at 
Durban, after the splendid defence, 
that I think that everything possible 
that can be done, will be done to 
set it on its legs again as quickly as 

I fear Plumer's inability to reach 
you, and the long delay in sending 
you help from here, must have great- 
ly depressed you. It was a terrible 
disappointment to us here ; as after 
the capture of Bloemfontein, every- 
body expected a speedy movement 
northward. Delay is entirely due 
to breakdown of our horses after 
Lord Roberts' big marches, which 
paralysed him and gave the enemy 
fresh courage, but big effort is now 
heiog made to reach you, both from 
the North and South, and if you 

From Colonel Baden-Powell, 

To Field Marshal Lord Roberts : 

" After two hundred days of Siege 
I desire to bring to Your Lordship's 
notice the exceptionally good spirit 
and loyalty that pervades all classes 
of this Garrison. The patience of 
everybody in making the best of 
things under the long strain of 
anxiety, hardships and privations is 
beyond all praise, and has been a 
revelation to me. The men, half of 
whom are unaccustomed to the use 
of arms, have adapted themselves to 
their duties with the greatest zeal 
and readiness ; and the pluck and 
devotion of women are remarkable, 
With such spirits our organization 
runs like clock work, and will, I have 
every hope, pull us successfully 


A prize, particulars of which we 
shall publish on Monday, is offered 
for the Best Recipe for the above. 

The recipes must reach the Mail 
office by noon on Wednesday next. 
The recipes will be tested as in the 
case of the following competition. 

Prizes are also offered for the best 
recipe for cooking and making the 


without any extras. Additional 
marks will be given to those who 
show a good way of increasing the 
bulk of the food. Recipes to be 
sent in to the Editor by 1st May. 
Dishes will be prepared from these 
instructions and tried by a committee, 
and a prize of £3 will be awarded 
to the best ; £2 to the second. 

over the Tugela for the second 
time — a strict censorship had been 
exercised over letters regarding 
the movements of troops. Accord- 
ingly all letters from Chieveley, 
Frere, Ennersdale, Estcourt, Mooi 
River, Weenen, Riet Vlei and Grey- 
town were strictly censored in pass- 
ing through the post. 

This strict censorship only lasted 
for three or four days and then 
ceased. Many of the letters passing 
through the post did make mention 
of the movements of troops. 

Gen. Buller, in the course of his 
minute to the Governor, says: 

I quite agree that there is a natural 
objection to opening letters, but it is 
also true that there is on the part of 
a general onicer commanding, a 
natural repugnance to having his 
plans disclosed or his men killed, 
because otherwise estimable people 
like to write the latest news to their 
friends. I have succeeded on two or 
three occasions lately in surprising 
the enemy, and on as many occa- 
sions the enemy has become aware 
of my intentions. I have surprised 
him when I have exercised a censor- 
ship over private letters. 



In consequence of complaints 
made to him on the subject the Gov- 
ernor asked General Buller to report 
on the subject of the censoring of 
private letters posted in Natal. 

General Wolfe Murray reported to 
General Buller that for a few days- 
just after Buller's force had returned 


Our little town of Mafeking has stood 

out very well, 
The Boers know what it's cost them, 

but they ain't a goio' to tell ; 
We reckon roughly that about a man 

apiece we've settled. 
The Dutchmen hopeless hang about, 

tbeir feelings muchly nettled, 

And the Queen shall have her own 

again for the flag we've always 

If we cannot live on the fat of the 

land we'll fight on the skin and 


We bear our troops in other parts 

with lots of give and take,_ 
Have made tremendous saciifice for 

dear old England's sake, 
And here the men of Mafeking, 

women and children too, 
Have fought and died for the Union 

Jack, as British bred should do, 
And the Queen, etc. 
We hope relief will shortly come, but 

if it be put off — 
We can stick it out until it does 

though rather short of " scoff. 

And if the Bolts will only come and 

have another try. 
" Tills as before," we'll serve them 

out, and as before they'll fly, 

And the Queen shall have her own 

again, for the flag we've always 

If we cannot live on the fat of the 

land we'll fight on the horse * 

and sowen. 

The horse inside. 



The rules of the above will be as 
follows : — 

Each Cadet will receive a letter on 
the Recreation Ground. He will 
carry it to the Staff Office ; route 
via Carrin°ton Street. He will 
there receive a verbal answer and 
return to the Recreation Ground 
to the sender and repeat the verbal 
message to him in a loud, clear tone 
of voice. 

Timekeepers : Pte. Clements, C.P. 
D. 2., Instructor M. C.C.. Recreation 
Ground; Officer on duty. Staff 

The Secretary of the Sie^e 
Sports and Prizes Funds 
acknowledges with thanks the 
kind donation of Five Guineas 
from Mr. D. J. Davies for 
Lennon Co., Ltd., Chemists. 


By Colonel 1! S. S. Balen-Powell, 
Commanding Frontier Force. 

Mafekixg, 27th April, 1900. 

Stodt Watchmen. — Sergt. Abrams 
having sufficiently recovered, will 
resume command of the Stadt Watch- 
men. Corpl. Webb will return to 
duty with his Corps. Both to date 
from to-morrow inclusive. The Co!. 
Commanding desires to express his 
appreciation of Corpl. Webb's good 
service while in temporary command. 
Rations. — (n) Bread. It is re- 
gretted that, owing to some portion 
of the corn not being up to sample, 
the bread for the past two days has 
been of a husky kind. This will be 
rectified in the future. 

(t) White Army Biscuit. When- 
ever White Army Biscuit is issued, 
the ration of same will be taken at 
5 ozs. not 6. 

(c) Meat. As our live stock are 
now getting poor in condition it is 
proposed to issue a meat ration, 
minced, as far as possible. In this 
Way it is hoped that a better ration 
will be available than the ordinary 
pound of tough meat iu which bone 
and gristle are included. These 

latter, together with heads and other 
scraps, will be made into soup of a 
special quality for whites, and will be 
available on demand. 

(rf) Horse-Meat Issue. A horse- 
meat issue will be made for consump- 
tion on Sunday. It will be issued 
in the form of sausages, as far as 
sausages will go, the balance in 
Minced Horse flesh. Ration 1 lb. 
So long as sufficient supplies of 
horses are forthcoming, a meat ra- 
tion, consisting entirely of horse 
flesh, will be issued every third day. 

(<) Native Servants. Rations for 
Native servants and grooms, without 
exception, will consist of 1 quart 
Sowens, 4 ozs. meat and J oz. salt 

(/) Relief Rations. All persons 
formerly drawing their rations from 
the Court House on Sundays, will, in 
future, from Sunday. 29th inst., draw 
them from the A.S.C. Grocery Stores, 
opposite the Railway Station. 

Uapekino, 28th ArniL, 1900. 
Court of Summary Jurisdiction. — 
The Court of Summary Jurisdiction 
will meet on Monday, 30th April, 
at the Court House, at 10-15 a.m., 
for the examination of such pris- 
oners as may be brought before it. 
President : H.H. Maj. Goold-Adams, 
C.B., C.M.G. Member : Lieut. -Col. 
C. O. Hore. 

R. M. and C. C. Jurisdiction.— -In 
civil cases, which are — under ordin- 
ary circumstaoces— beyond the pow- 
er of the R.M. Judicate upon, that 
official may, if he think fit, hold a 
preliminary enquiry for the informa- 
tion of the Colonel Commanding. 
He will submit the proceedings of 
such preliminary enquiry together 
with a report, and any such recom- 
mendation he may wish to make, to 
the Colonel Commanding for his de- 
cision and for such order with re- 
gard to disposal as he may deem 

Chief Paymaster's Stajl.— The Co- 
lonel Commanding has authorised 
the following exchange of duties 
between Messrs. Friend and Schrei- 
ber, to take effect from the 1st May 

Mr. Friend to be Local Auditor. 

Mr. Schreiber to be Examiner of 

Each at the rate of 15s per diem 
as before. 

By order, 
E. H. CECIL, Major, 

Chief Staff Officer. 


" Double X's " solution was 
the only correct one received. 
Here it is : — 

xVo. 1. 
V i M 


C uf F 
T o E 
O. K 



A go G 


T i 



THE undersigued will sell to- 
morrow, on his usual Sale, a 
splendid collection of 

African Game Horns 

Also a quantity of 




No. 2. 
H om B 

I c E 


Double X. 

If " Double X " will kindly 
call and state whether he, or 
she, is a lady or a gentleman, 
we shall be pleased to hand 
him, or her, an order on 
Messrs. Riesle & Rombach 
for the brooch or sleeve links. 

The evident appreciation 
with which this competition 
was received has decided the 
Sports Fund Committee to 
offer a prize for the greatest 
number ot correct solutions 
to a series of 10 Acrostics, 
which will appear daily, com- 
mencing with one below. 
Solutions must be sent in to 
the Mail office by Thursday, 
May 10th. 

Thnt " more than soldier, if less 

than sage " ; 
May both live and prosper to 

happy old age ! 

1. "Tis made for the one and done on 

the other, 
To destroy human life, or defraud 
one's own brother. 

2. A coward's task, a joyous sound, 
A gilded youth, here sometimes 


3. When this siege is over, and we've 

cheered might and main, 
Like this we'll go South, and not 
wait for the train. 

4. A ball room bright — a Mowing 

Vanished faces — sweet music — or 
is it a dream ? 

o. Remember, fair maidens, when he 
comes to woo, 
Should you give him of that, he 
will take of this too, 

6. A token of firmness, so steadfast 
and sure, 
So shall it be fixed, so shall it 

Printed and pubtisTud by 

Townshend tfi Son, Market Sq., Mafcking. 
Editor it' Manager: G. N. H. \Vh<de$. 





No. 131 

Monday, April 30th, 1900. 200th Day of Siege 


gtafclung Pail 

MONDAY, 30th APRIL, 1900. 

From Native Sources. 

There are no Boers between Del- 
poort's Hope, near the junction of 
Harts River, and Barkly to Kim- 

The whole of that part is alive 
■with British Troops. 

After Bloemfontein surrendered 
some scattered parties of Boers 
re-combined and attacked the Brit- 

Our troops, returning via Barkly, 
met a large party of Boers just 
above Delpoorts Hope. It was said 
they were Germans from Damaraland 
but it has since been ascertained that 
they were Prieska Boers. Young 
Cronje, regardless of his frequent 
death, went out to meet them between 
Kuruman and Langberg. 

They had a laager at Spitzkop, 
another at Newlanda, and yet 
another at Witfontein in Griqualand 

Their " camp talk " was then (a 
month ago) that they are going to 
destroy the Vaal River Bridge at 
Barkly, but, there were three strong 
English camps about the town. The 
troops are on both sides of the riv- 
er at Barkly and at Fourteen 
Streams. At the latter place they 
are constructing a temporary bridge. 
They have finished the railway 
bridge but they require the tempor- 
ary bridge for the use of some en- 
gines that travel without rails and 
bring food for the men and 
also fresh rails to replace the 
line where the old rails had been 
taken away. 

There are no Boers between Bark- 
ly and Fourteen Streams. Their 
main body is at Christiana and there 
is a strong force of British Troops on 
the other side of the river at Chris- 

There is a Dutch laager at Pudu- 
mo which the natives about Taungs 
say is a nuisance to them, and we 
have probably caused " the nuisance " 
to be removed before now. 

There is also a small laager at 

The messengers say that they 
heard at Taungs told them that 
Kroonstad had been taken by the 
English and Paul Kruger and Steyn 
had tramped to Pretoria. 

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The Railway Division 

Our report of the Concert on Sun- 
day, the 22nd, was crowded out, day 
after day all through last week, but 
the concert was a grand success, not 
only as an entertainment but also 
financially, no less than £22 8s. 6d. 
being the surplus handed over to the 
Sports and Prizes Fund by Sergt.- 
Major Layton, who is to be congratu- 
lated, alike upon the excellence of 
the company he secured and the 
liberal manner in which the public 
responded. The audience laughed 
till everyone's sides ached, at the 
funniosities of Lionel Brough, and 
Mr. Personally-conducted Cook on 
the journey from Mafeking to May- 
fair, while the remainder of the pro- 
gram me was warm 1 y appreciated 


account for the many disappoint- 
ments experienced through non 
receipt of communications from home. 

The promoters of the concert on 
Sunday before last, paraded a saud- 
wich boy, whose board's announce- 
ment included the following: "A 
large consignment of London Stars 
arrived by Special Runner." 

Great preparations are being made 
all over the country to celebrate 
Mafeking Day. It has been arranged 
at Cape Town that the day, follow- 
ing that on which the news of our 
relief is received, shall be observed 
as a public holiday. Some of the 
Dutch are much upset about it, and 
are anxious to know from Mr. Schrein- 
er what steps he will take to protect 
their lives and property on the occa- 

The following letter has been sent 
by the Colonel Commanding to the 
Mother Superior at the Convent : — 


30th April, 1900. 

Dear Mother Teresa, 

At the request of Mr. B. Weil I 
have great pleasure in handing to 
you the enclosed £98 15s., the pro- 
ceeds of a raffle got up for the bene- 
fit of the Sisters of Mercy. 

The mere money does not in any 
way represent adequately the lasting 
gratitude of the community towards 
yourself and the Sisters for the valu- 
able, self-devotiug services you have 
rendered to the sick and wounded in 
Hospital, nor our sympathy for your 
losses and troubles incident to the 

Believe me, 

Yours very truly, 
R. S. S. Baden-Powell. 

A Mother wishes to express her 
grateful appreciation of the kind- 
heartedness of Sergeant-Major Jollie, 
Sergeant P. Stewart and Mr. Van 
Eyssen in giving up their rations of 
BUgar to her children. 

General French telegraphs to the 
Colonel, from Bloemfontein 30th 
March (under supposition that Mafe- 
king had been relieved by Colonel 
Plumer) " Your magnificent defence 
is the feature of the campaign." 

Letters posted here about the mid- 
dle of December reached London at 
the end of February. Two and half 
months on the road. This might 

A public meeting, convened by the 
Mayor, was held at Beaconsfield, on 
March 24th, at which resolutions were 
passed : — Supporting the Home Gov- 
ernment, in their South African 
policy ; Expressing gratification at the 
br'lliant decisive successes already 
obtained by Her Majesty's Generals 
and the heroic British and Colonial 
forces ; and one of congratulations 
to the Relief Column which raised 
the siege of Beaconsfield and Kim- 
berley, but the following was without 
doubt the most important resolution 
of the evening : 

" That this meeting entirely approres 
the firm and dignified reply of Lord 

Salisbury to the untruthful state merits 
and inadtnissable proposals of the 
two Presidents, and further sincerely 
declares its honest opinion, based 
upon an intimate knowledge of the 
past and present situation, that it is 
imperative, both in Imperial and 
Colonial interests alike, that the 
Republics should cease to exist and 
the territories be annexed to the 
British Empire." 

In supporting the resolution, one 
of the speakers strongly stigmatised 
the audacity of the Republics in dar- 
ing to dictate terms of peace the 
moment they began to get the worst 
of the fighting, and he laid the whole 
of this trouble to the door of the 
Afrikander Bond, the suppression or 
extinction of which he deemed im- 
perative. He specially insisted on 
stern retribution being meted out to 
the rebels. He said there was au 
uneasy suspicion in the public mind 
that these men were to be treated 
with a mistaken leniency. 

We should like to see Mofeking'a 
public expression of opinion upon 
these subjects ; on which she has as 
much right tn he heard as any town 
in South Africa. 


The disturbances at Scarborough, 
which were referred to in the Bouse 
of Commons one evening, originated 
in the visit to that town of Mr. 
Cronwright Sohreiner, Some sym- 
pathisers had been invited I 
come him to the cafe of Mi ran. 
John Rowntree & Sons, but when 
he arrived be had to seek admittance 
by the bach door, accompanied by 
Mr. Joshua Rowntree. ex-M.P. for 
Scarborough, one of his chief sup- 
porters. In front of the building 
was an augry crowd, and before the 
night was out the frontdoor of the 
cafe was wrecked. At about half- 
past nine Mr. Schreiner, accompanied 
by Mr. Joshua Rowntree and others, 
left the building by a side entrance. 
A portion of the crowd detected 
this, and followed, hooting and 
pushing. Threats were freely ined, 
and to save themselves Messrs. 
Schreiner and Rowntree sought 
shelter in a neighbouring hotel. 
Eventually Mr. Rowntree emerged 
hatless, and was pushed violently 
against the railings and assaulted. 
The police were powerless, and it 
was not until the military had been 
cilled out aud the Riot Act read 
that the crowd dispersed singing 
" Soldiers of the Queen," and cheer- 
ing lustily. In addition to the dam- 
age done to the cafe of Messrs. John 
Rowntree & Sons, and their exten- 
sive grocery establishment a few 
doors away, the windows of Messrs. 
W. Rowntree St Son's drapery shop, 
one of the leading establishments of 
its kind in the North of England, 
and of four of the private residences 
of the firm were smashed. 

How Klmberley 

was Deserted. 


The following is a summary of the 
correspondence between the Mayor 
of Kimberley and Mr, Sohriener re 
the defence of the town : — 

The Mayor telegraphed on the 
12th of June, 1899, pointing out 
the unrest, hoped hostilities would 
he averted, and earnestly pointed 
out the defenceless condition of the 
town and surroundings. Beyond 500 
Volunteers indifferently armed, es- 
pecinlly in artillery, there were no 
available arms and ammunition for 
the defence of the town. In the 
event of warthey had a large body 
of natives, who would probably he- 
come a very great source of danger. 
He understood there were stored at 
Kiugwilliamstown ammunition and 
battery and artillery and rifles, origi- 
nally intended for Kimberley. At 
this critical juncture he made the 
suggestion of the imperative necessity 
of their being forwarded at the ear- 
liest moment. The desire of the 
inhabitants was simply to protect 
themselves and their property. 

Mr. Sohriener replied on the same 
date : Without discussing the as- 
sumption that dangerously strained 
relations exist between the Imperial 
Government and the Transvaal, I 
wish to assure you without delay that 
no reason whatever exists for appre- 
hension that Kimberley or any other 
part of the Colony either is, or in 
any contemplated event will be. in 
any d mger of attack. I am officially 
informed that representatives of the 
South African League proposed to 
the Civil Commissioner of Kimberley 
the fear of invasion from the Free 
State or the Transvaal. Such fears 
are absolutely groundless. It would 
be wrong on my part to give color 
or countenance to them by at pre- 
sent giving direction to tin move- 
ment of arms and ammunition. You 
may rely upon the Government not to 
do anything that affects the interests 
aud safety of the people of the 

The Mayor oi Kimberley to the 
Premier on the following day : — 

Thanks are expressed for the re- 
assuring telegram, aud the promise 
of the Government, but he again 
emphasises the unsatisfactory nature 
of the position, in view of the 
enormous value of property there, 
and the very inadequate means of 
self defence. The despatch of arms 
and ammunition from Kingwilliams- 
town could not be construed as giv- 
ing color or countenance to any 
alarmist rumours in view of the fact 
that the munitions were originally 
intended for Kimberley, and would 
practically amount to a late delivery 
of them. Such a step would, on the 
contrary, allay unrest and insecurity. 

Reply of the Premier of the same 
date : Sorry cannot consider your 
views and meet your wishes. 

Time went on and nothing was 
done by the Government. The Mayor 

made further representations to the 
Premier and Governor. 

The Premier's reply again begged 
the question. This letter is dated 
29th August and stated that the 
Government was fully alive to the 
importance of the defence of Kim- 
berley in case needs should arise, and 
that there was no occasion for un- 
necessary alarm. 

The reply of the Governor was 
much more satisfactory but nothing 
was done at the instance of the Cape 


Proof is now ready, can be 
seen, and orders mav be booked 
atD. Taylor's, Market Sq. 

A Dear Little Chick- 

A fowl was raffled for Thirty 
Shillings in the Railway Camp. 
This beats reports from Ladysmith, 
although our raffled case of whisky 
fetched but £107 10s. against their 
£147. but there were five times as 
many people in that hesiegement. 


No. 2. 

This question men ask one an- 

Thinking of friend, or son, or 

1. This gallant "sapper" all will 

One of our leaders 'gainst the foe. 

2. Many a quiet, peaceful light 
Mourns for some dear one slain 

in tight. 

3. The Empire's heart is this with 

To see her sons from far and wide 
In common cause tight side by 


4. We've met with some reverses 

But trust that these for us are 
now in store. 


OUND— A LOCKET with a. 
portrait. Apply W. H. M., 
Mail Office." 

Scotchmen's Photograph 

IT is proposed to have a 
photograph taken of all 
Scotchmen in the Garrison 
on Sunday, May Gth, at 8 a.m., 
at the Railway Workshops. 
Please roll up with bandolier 
and rifle. 

Remember that 

Platnauer' s Siege Lottery 

Drawing takes place 

On Monday, May 7th, 

instead of to-night. 




No. 132 

Tuesday, May 1st, 1900. 

201st Day of Siege 


111 af cliing HI ail. 


TUESDAY, 1st MAY, 1900. 


Now the Sowens issue is systemat- 
ised and excellent soup for the 
whites is procurable daily, the fear 
of trouble resulting from insufficien- 
cy of food is removed. Of course 
we would like to have plenty, but 
"plenty" and "siegft" are not 
synonymous terms, and, as there is 
enough to keep body and soul to- 
gether, we can show our " Mark 
Tapley"ism, continue as we have 
done for 200 days, and keep up 
our spirits to the end. 

We learn that the whole Garrison, 
Officers.^.C.O.'aandmen, have given 
up their sugar ration in favour of the 
women, children, and the sick. A 
graceful sacrifice that should be 
highly appreciated by those it 

The following letter is from the 
Mother Superior in reply to that of 
the Colonel Commanding, covering 
cheque for £98 15s., as repotted in 
these columns yesterday : — 

Convent of Our Lady of Mercy, 
Mafeking, 1st May, 1900. 

To Colonel Baden-Powell. 

Dear Sir, — Permit me, on n>y own 
part, and that of the Sisters, to 
thank you and through you, Mr. 
Weil and all the other gentlemen 
who so liberally contributed towards 
making the Katfle the success it has 
been, not only for the generous gift, 
but more especially for the kindly 
feeling towards us which prompted 
the act. This, I assure you, we 
value far more than money. 

Whatever labour or fatigue we 
have undergone in the service of the 
poor sick and wounded was amply 
made up for, in the pleasure it gave 
us to be able, however slightly, to 
alleviate the pains and aid the noble 
cause for which you, your brave 
garrison, and the good men of Mafe- 
king are enduring so many labours 
and privations. 

Praying the good God to preserve 
each of you through the many dan- 
gers of this dreadful crisis. 
I am, Dear Sir, 

Gratefully yours, 

M. Teresa. 

" What is the most popular book of 
the month ? Not a novel, strange to 
say. And, oddly enough, the author 
does not know that his book has 
already sold over fifty thousand 
copies, for he is locked up at present 
at Mafeking. His name is Baden- 
Powell, and his book is called " Aids 
to Scouting " (Gale and Poldeu). It 
contains two dire misprints, which 
we readily forgive, for B..-P. correct- 
ed the procf-sheets while he was 
cheerily preparing to be beleagured 
at Mafeking, and the letter that 
brought the proofs to London formed 
an item of the last post that evaded 
the Boers ere they surrounded the 
town. It is a red-covered book, 
almost small enough to be slipped 
into the waistcoat-pocket and was, 
of course, written for soldiers. But 
the public will read it with interest, for 
it touches the imagination and really 
makes one eager to join the hazard- 
ous profession of scout. The scout 
lives in the open, he is always his 
own master, and he needs just those 
faculties that Sherlock Holmes pos- 
sessed so abundantly. Indeed Baden- 
Powell refers more than once to 
that prince among detectives. Dr. 
Conan Doyle starts with Mr. Lang- 
man's hospital statf for South Africa 
shortly, and if " Aids to Scouting" 
falls into his hands, maybe the hero 
of his text book will be a scout." — 
Illustrated London News. 

mittee will decide upon it3 
merits, and award the prize. 

" Sowens and Rations'' 

As there seems to have 
been a misunderstanding 
about the date onwliich these 
recipes were to be delivered, 
the time will be extended to 
Thursday, 3rd inst., for both 

A prize of £2 will be 
given for the best recipe for 


Each plan sent in will be 
can fully tried, and a coin- 

For the best manner of 


without any extras, a prize 
of ,£3 will be given, and a 
second prize of £2 for the 
nest best. 

From the instructions sent 
in competition, dishes will be 
carefully prepared and a com- 
mittee will test them. i 

All recipes must be deliver- 
ed, marked " Cooking Com- 
petition," by Thursday nest, 
to the Editor, Mafeking Mail. 



The following is the text of the 
correspondence with the Presidents 
of the South African Republic and 
of the Oranpo Free State respecting 
the war as read in the House of 
Lords hy LoiJ Salisbury : 

" The Presidents of the Orange Free 
Stat^ and of the South African 
Republics to the Marquis of 

Received 6th March, hy telegram 

Bloeinfoutein, March 5, 1900. 

"The blood and the tears of the 
thousands who have suffered by this 
war, and the prospect of the moral 
and e< onomic ruin with which South 
Africa is threatened, make it neces-/ 
sary for both belligerents to ask 
themselves dispassionately, and as in 
the sight of the Triune God, for what 
they are fighting, and whether 
the aim of each justified all this ap- 
palling misery and devastation. 

With this object, and in view of 
the assertions of various British 
statesmen to the effect that this war 
was begun, and is being carried on, 

with th" set pu 3erm ning 

Her Ma ioi ifcy iu South 

■ up ;m adminis- 
tration over iill South Africa inde- 
pendent of Her Majesty's Govern- 
ment, we consider it our duty 
solemnly to declare that this war was 
andertat j as a defensive 

mea*U'!' lard the threatened 

independence of the South African 
Republic, and is tnly continued in 
order to secure and safeguard the 
incontestable indej of both 

Repul'l ic rna'ional 


thai those of Her Majesty's subjects 
who have taki □ pai t with us in i his 
war shall uffer a ■ harm whatsoever 
in perso