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CETYWAYO AS A CAPTIVE.

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A special reporter of the Cape Times accompanied Cety- wayo on bit voyage to Slmou's Bay, aud he gives an interest- ing account of the trip and his Interviews with the de- tbroned monarch, from which we make the following extracts. He says :— As soon as it was known at Port Darnford that the Natal had been selected to convey Cetywayo from Zululand, great preparations were made for his con- veyance. The wonderful stories of the king's size perhaps aocount for the fact that a bridge was made for the passage from the boat to the ship, and also for the erection of what is known as The Kraal' on the poop. This kraal is a wooden framework covered with heavy tarpaulin, and the atmosphere inside of it, on the arrival of the Natal in Zululand, must have re- minded Cetywayo of the huts of his beloved land. In the surf boat Cetywayo had his first experience of mal de mer, and if he wanted to be shot when caught by Major Marter, it is certain th »t he wished he were dead ten minutes after tmoarkine upon the pleasant waves which break on such thundering lines of surf along the coast of the country over which he once ruled. All the dignity with which Cetywayo had borne his captivity gave way as he saw the sea and realised his fate, whilst the antics of the whole party in the surf boat are said to have been ludicrsus, Nothing j could persuade them to fit down quietly and when they moved they did so crawling on all fours. In the transhipment from the surf-boat to the steamer they were handled notonlywithgentleness, but with a tender consideration which approached homage. This has been considerably developed as thoso in charge of him grew upon terms of intimacy. Cetywayo has been treated very much like a spoiled child, or perhaps rather as a magnificent brute, whose claws having been cut, it is rather fun to pet. Cetywayo ia given to much resting, and of this luxury there was no stint. Every- thing in the way of personal comfort that he asked for has been given to him, and Mr. Interpreter Long- cast has had a pretty lively time of it, for whenever the King rtquireB anything which has to be communi- cated to the Europeans, Mr. Longcast is in request. During the voyage of the Natal there was one rougn night, and the King had a very bad time of it, but he generally kept up his spirits and conveyed in his cheerful moods his impressions of new sights. The first morn- ing when there was no land in view he, after looking round, held up his hands in intense astonishment but, like all natives, he does not permit himself to appear to be much surprised at anything. tie has not given over the assertion of his dignity and in this, I think, he has been much encouraged by the amount of waiting upon which he has received. On Saturday last, after promising to have his photograph taken, be kept photographer and every one else waiting upon his pleasure for some bourf. The photograph will show Cetywayo to be an enor- mous man, of a little under six feet high a hand- some, over-fed specimen of humanity, with nothing repulsive whatever about him. A tape measure round the chest would probably show 60 inches. and each thigh half that number of inches and this should convey what an immense fellow the King is. Yet he is not ungainly in figure, and there is an unmistakable dignity about him, which, togeLher with his fits of sociability, have drawn towards him the good feeling of his escort. He is not unappreciative either of the duties of his rank, and I mention these incidents to indicate in some degree what the Zalu Court was like, and that, barbaric as it was, it niUHt have had a dignity of its own. For instance, on Saturday last the medical officer in charge introduced his superior officer to the King, when the latter reported that the medical at- tendance during the voyage was all that could be desired. The whole party evince a very earnest wiah for clothes, and Cetywayo was in great delight on wear- ing a suit sent him by the Comun d )re, and strutted about quite proudly with a black tile' which be had managed to equet-g-a over his head ring. He has lately developed a wonderful taste for scribbling, and in a few months, under the careful tuition of Major Poole, would probably become a polite letter writer. Indeed, Major Poole has the King, excepting the sulks, which are exceedingly inconvenient, perfectly under control, and the attempts at letter writing are an infinite source of amusement. Thawivesof the King, who are his fellow captives, are four in number, and are tall, lithe, shapely women of about twenty years of age. Tne photographs are not just to them, tor their attractions feeeoi to be in their vivacity aLd their good temper. Like their lord and master, they are anxious ufcout their dress, and at the present rate of petting to w hich they are indulged we may expect before Ion? to hear of their subscribing to the Lad-its' Journal. On Sunday Cety. wayo was taken on a tour of inspection of her Majesty's ship Boadicea, which visit seems to have tiven him a terrible shock such a visit a year ago might have saved England some inilliong of money. The Chief talks very openly about the war. A few words, the result of my conversation on Sunday, may be worth reproducing. Cetywayo asserts that the first intelligence he h..d of the death of the Prince Imperial was conveyed by Lord Che.tasford s demand for the return of the sword of his Imperial Highness. The King at once seat to the district in which the Prince had been killed, aod the swrn was sent to him. It ia difficult, says Mr. Longcast, to get an accurate number of the Zulus who fought at Jsi\ndula, because the Zulu has no idea of numbers. W hen they speak of the strength of an army they say there were so many companies, and inasmuch :1i! the Zulu companies range from 80 to 200, it is impossibly thus to get the exact figures. The conclusion I have arrived R t, after hearing many Btories, from the King downwards, is that were at least 25,000 Zulus under Maveum- mentnwava aud Dululamanzi at Isandula. The tight taking place on the day it d:d vtas an accident. To use a Kaffir metaphor, the moon was dead. Tha following day would have seen a new moon, and ii is a Kaffir's superstition never to do any work or busi- ness on the day before the rew moon. The day is always kept as a holiday. The main body of the army arrived at the range ot the Irqutu, overlooking the valley of Isandula, on the night ot she 21st January, and the stragglers only came U;.>oii the morning of the 22nd January, which was the morning of tbe battle so when we pitched our camp in this valley on the 19th there were no Zulus in Uf neighbournuod. On the morning wf the 22nd the Zulu army was about five miles from the camp, and is was disturbed by the mounted Basutos, who wtre sent out hy Colonel Durdford to draw them on. The Zulu army was sitting in an immense half-circle, retaining its battle array, when the left horn was fired on by the Busnto.. the result being that the Zulus rushed to the fight without any order whatever. The two horiis were composed of four regiments of unmarried men, the chest of the army bei£1! older -men. The two horns rushed away to the attack, bat the married regiments moved steadily up to the right until they out ticked the British position, when they doubled oown r.o the left, actl then the English were completely sufrounded. The Zulus say the battle lasted for a little while, certainly not an hour. They did not lose heavily until the lust, when they got into close quarters, and taey tell with admiration of how sometimes four or five soldiers would g* t back to back, and hold their numerous enemies at bay for ever so long. One square of about o men defied the repeated attacks of 100 of the army, and SO courageona did it become that the men used to beckon the Zulus to come on. At last, by overpowering numbers, or by the exhaustion of i mmunitioD, and through repeated charges, the little square was destroyed. The Zulus say that was the only square they fought that day. Cetywayo estimates his Istmriula losseR at 1,000. It was reported to him that the whole column had been 'o destroyed. and he reckoned that the column was 4,000 strong. His victory at iBandula and his defeat by Colonel Pearson's column were almost reported to him simultaneously. He said, however, We have done very well; there is one column we shall hear of again.' His fighting force he still reckoned at close on 60,000, BO he decided on investing the column at Ekowe, and, by smashing Wood's column, to lay the Transvaal at his feet. Isandula gave him great hope of saving his kingdom, and he only lamented that he had not in his kraals some of the officers who died at Isandula. I mention this to show what the effect of Isandula was upon his mind. The arrangements for the attack upon the camp at Kambula were made with the greatest care, and the King never dreamed of failure. The result of the light settled in the King's mind what the end of the war would be, and when he heard of the arrival of reinforcements he was in earnest in his desire for peace. But his warriors, less sagacious than himself, would not confess that they were beaten, and the young bloods were eager to destroy the small force with which Lord Chelms. ford advanced upon Ulundi. And thus it is that the Zulus cannot understand why Cetywayo has been taken captive. Dabulamallzl may be taken to repre- sent the Zulu nation in his question, as he saw the King carried into captivity.. What has he done that he should be punished ? It is not he whe has been beaten, but his soldiers.' On the other hand, Cetywayo quite recognises the wisdom 'of the policy which takes him away from Zulu- land, and his only surprise now is that a nation so powerful as England has proved herself to be shoald have ever given him so much consi- deration as she has done. He acknowledges the generosity with which his people have been treated, and is slow to understand the leniency shown to them. From what I can gather he is much more concerned at present with his own future than with that of his people and the only bargaining he is now prepared for is that which will advance most his own comfort. It is singular that he has not the least conception of the great distance he is from his native land; and although he has seen travellers, he is not aware of the power of England or the extent of the Continent in which he lives. He was in Natal when he was ten years of age. He is said to be now 54 years old, although he does not look much more than 40, yet he never saw a ship until he waa taken on board of the Natal."

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