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AN INTERVIEW WITH CETEWAYO. A remarkable account of an interview with Cete- wayo by one of Weatherley's Horse named Grandier, who was taken prisoner, has been given :— When the few who escaped from the fatal gorge at Zlobane bad gained the open ground at the foot of the mountain Graudier picked up a comrade, also a Frenchman, named Bandoin, and carried him some little distance on his horse but soon feeling that his tired horse would be un- able to save them both, he, being fresher than his comrade, relinquished to him the horse and took to his heels. After running on fur a couple of miles or so he fell, utterly exhausted and aimost La a state of unconsciousness, In the grass, and lay more dead than alive. He was roused, how. ever, from his lethargic condition by feeling himself grasped by the legs, and on opening his eyes he saw him- self surrounded by Qve or six natives, kid gave himself up for dead. I seemed,' he said, to feel the assegais already entering my body and quivering In my flesh However, the savages did nothing worse than to strip him of all his clothes and feel him all over to see whether or not he was injured. Grandier, who understands a little of the Zulu language, overboard them then settling that they would send him to Cetewayo as a present. He was told to rise; but found himself still unable to make any effort, and only after they had dragged him a hundred feet or so he managed to gain an upright portion and walk. He was taken back the same road he had come, and perceived, strewn all along the path, the bodies of hla comrades, so frightfully mutilated that he could only recognise a very few, amongst which were those of the poor Colonel and his bugler. He was brought to that part of the hill which was first at- tacked, where he found a large portion of the impl encamped, the Indunas and Umbelini in the centre, and to these he was brought, and bound hand and foot. On the follow- ing morning, when the Impl was on its road to attack the camp, he was left under guard in the mountain until the return of the beaten army. Mean- while the body of one of Weatherley's Corps, a man named Bernhardt, who had been killed and buried In the early part of the action, had been disinterred, and the Zulus having atripped the body, were fighting over the clothes tbey had taken off It and the blanket in which it bad been en- veloped. Early next day Grandier was sent under escort and on foot, quite as naked, to the King's kraal. Cetewa70 having left Ulundi, he was taken to a military kraal sone twelve miles further inland to which the King had retired and which, like all military kraals was surrouuded by a high wooden palisade some eight feet high and two thick. The King resides In a house like one in whish Boers dwell,' said Grandier, placed In the oentre of the kraal, with the native's huts all around It Wh-n the interview occurred between the King and the prisoner the Royal personage was nearly as nakd his captive, with the exception of a cloak'that bore a luspiclous resemblance to a table cloth with fringed edges. Cetewayo was teated on a mat, and his Inquiries were chiefly directed with a view as to whether Grandier could unsplke the two cannons captured at Isandula, and if he was able to do so he was promised many oxen and fine kraals, and told that he would be considered a great man by the Zulus. Fortu- » J Grandier was able to say with a clear conscience, that he was quite unable to do so, and he added that even It be could have managed" It be would never have done wo. even had death been the consequence. When !S? '*ren8th of the British was touched npon, and the prisoner said how many more thousands and hundreds of thousands of men the English could send from beyond the sea, Cetewayo merely laughed, and said that he intended killing all the English with the assistance of Secocceol and the Boers, and when they had driven them into the lea he woaid tlay every Boer, and then divide the land and cattle with his ally. Dnrlng the eight days the unfortunate prisoner remained at the King's kraal he was allowed twice a meslie field*, while his hands were unbound » rhelm which WM held by a Zulu attached to hia foot. to feed on green mealles. thi* TT K ?. 5rrived one d»7' and brought the ™ "ccumbed to his wounds re- ceived on the 29th of March. Oa learning these tidings »?* ™m° tt ■i2ud' *nd ?11 111 the kraal did the same t^ne- Then Qrandier was called up again and told that he would be sent back to Umbellne's neonle for them to torture him to death in revenge for their chief's death. Cetewayo alio told him how he would be out into oraall piece., showing him with an assegai from finger to shoulder the part. that'would be first chopped off. The King then said that if he could only catch Sir Theophilus Sbepstone he would cut his head off, and asked paraotheti- cally what was done in England with the heads of criminals when they were cut off. When told his prisoner really did net know he merely laughed, as it It were a good Joke. The interview was held through an Interpreter, who was a Zulu, but who spoke English better than the prisoner, and who held In his hands some English newspapers, one of which was a European Mail, and another some Natal paper, which he had been reading ?. when the prisoner was brought up. Grandier, says that the King had but one hundred and fifty to one hundred and sixty men with him in the kraal, all married men, and, seemingly of great Importance in the councils, The kraal itself to not situated In the mountains, but in a considerable plain, with foreltl rising behind it in the distant mountains towards the sea. The country round about is wooded. But to return to our prisoner. He was despatched under escort of two men, one armed with a rifle and the other only with assegais, bound at the wrist. Oa his return journey to the Zlobane, fearing to be tortured to death he tried to enrage his captors, In order to goad them to put him to a speedy end, and feigned fatigue In order to make them drag him along. At a mealie field where they halted, tired and heated, the guards loosened the hands of their captive in order to let him eat, wben-watching an opportunity whilst one guard was engaged In taken a pinch of IDna-he seized an assegai which had been incautiously phced on the ground and stabbed the guard who hoid the gun through the chest, pinning him to the ground. The other ran off as fast as he could travel when he saw the white man in possession of his arms, and after a terrible Journey of two days and a half he was picked up by two of R taf's men, in a state of great exhaustion, but happy at again being with his comrades and determined to remain and have his revenge for the in. dignities he was made to suffer." <


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