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Zhc Cambrian.


Zhc Cambrian. FRIDAY, MAY 18, 1900. ANXIOUSLY WAITING. Half an endless year ago, He was left amidst the foe, With some thousand men or so, As their chief. For his country's arms miscarried And across the desert arid Many a tedious noon-day tarried The relief." Britishers all the world over are anxiously waiting for the news of the relief of Mafe. king. The tension is intense. The people seem to be struggling to be let loose. But the glad news is not yet. It is expected every minute. And some good souls are so angry because they are not told of Baden Powell's relief. They cannot under- stand the delay. Excitement is in the air. The feverish expectation of the people can almost be felt. When the joyful tidings ar- rive there will be great rejoicing throughout the length and breadth of our World-Empire. For who does not admire Baden Powell and his brave men and women ? How pluckily and cheerfully they have fought in the face of overwhelming odds. And Baden Powell's messages. How light-hearted and sanguine, even when the prospects were of the blackest. The siege of Mafeking will line in history. For seven mouths the heavy metal of the Boers has been pounding at the little town, and on every side there are rent walls, gaping roofs, rooms and sideways heaped with rubbish. Fever and dysentery have been raging among our own flesh and blood, who have hardly known since the war began what it means to have sufficient food or the blessed sense of sleep. The Boers have never had the courage to Drees the siege or to do anything tbar could not be done at a distance. They have relied upon hunger and pestilence to reduce Mafeking. Will it be reduced ? We pray not. 8uch a disaster would be a serious blot on the war-it would take away all the glamour of the campaign. It must not be reduced. Baden Powell and his gallant gar- rison must be relieved. And when the long- expected news is wired to the four corners of the earth there will be scenes of rejoicing and demonstrations which will be remem- bered for generations. A debt is owing to the people of Maftking which could not be shirked without the deepest shame, and if nothing be done to restore the health of the inhabi- tants and the prosperity of the town on its deliverance, the ringing of bells, waving of flags, and the cheering of multitudes would be little more than a mockery. Lady Georgina Curzon has made an appeal for one more effort of practical generosity upon behalf of the unfortunate people of the wrecked and wretched hamlet. She asks for means that will send the women and children of Mafeking away to scenes where they may forget the ghastly nightmare through which they have passed, and where the hue of health and happiness may come again into their wasted faces. Let our gratitude be shown in such a manner that glorious little Mafeking may rise from its ruins for a fresh start in life, and that not the poorest man among the citizens may ever regret the famous stand they made for the Empire.