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EVERY STEP CONTESTED.

WERE OUR PLANS KNOWN TO THE…

SATURDAY'S FIGHTING. 1

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SATURDAY'S FIGHTING. SPLENDID ARTILLERY WOHK. General Buller's advance to the relief of Lady- smith was resumed in force on Satlltday. The enemy were slowly but surely driven in, 111 their chosen positions with heavy losses, and everything points to an early and crowning success and the relief of the beleagured town. The operations were commenced soon after day- break by Sir Charles Warren's column, which is now established at Acton Homes. Warren went straight for the enemy's right where the Boers were in a strong position. A TERRIFIC BOMBARDMENT was maintained upon this position for hours with- out a shot being fired in reply by the enemy, but at two o'clock the Boer guns opened fire, and our big guns concentrated their fire upon them. Our infantry then attacked, and a hot rifle fire ensued. The Boers contested their ground with courage and tenacity, but were ultimately com- pelled to give way, and our men swarmed over the ridge in pursuit. The Boer retreat was orderly, and they qmck[y took up a second position. Our artillery again poured shell upon them. The lyddite shells from the Howitzer Battery burst among the Boers with fearful effect. Their position became untenable, and the enemy again fled, closely pressed by War- ren's men. Two strong position had now been captured, and towards evening Warren and Clery commenced a furious bombardment of the main position of the enemy. This has now ceased, and our men bi- vouacked on the ground so gallantly won. While Warren and Clery were at work to the west., Lyttleton's Brigade was RENDERING INVALUABLE SERVICE nearer this camp. The objective of this brigade was the enemy's frontal position west of Potgieter's Drift. The infantry were pushed forward, while a howitzer brigade and two naval guns beyond the river raked the Boer trenches with shell. The whole movement was finely supported by other naval guns upon the plateau on the side of Potgieter's Drift and upon the commanding eminence known as Mount Alice. Our artillery fire was marvellously accurate and sustained. It was directed throughout upon the Boer left, and our shells burst incessantly in the crowded trenches with what must have been deadly effect. Before long the Boers became demoralised by the bombardment and fell back, with the result that our field artillery were able to come into action and to DISTRIBUTE A GALLING FIRE of shrapnel amongst the already shaken enemy. All this time the enemy had maintained a sullen silence. Their guns were masked so cunningly that our gunners had no idea of their positions. In order to ascertain this information the infantry were pushed forward towards the Boer trenches under cover of our shrapnel fire. Then the Boers broke silence with guns and rifles. Forthwith our howitzers and naval guns poured lyddite shells upon the Boer guns with such terrific effect that within a quarter of an hour they were silenced. The Boers were in considerable force. From time to time numbers of them were seen galloping between the various positions near the kopjes. They must have lost heavily, but our casualties were exceptionally small.

STEADY BRITISH SUCCESSES.

NEWS FROM BULLER.

SUCCESSFUL ATTACK BY LORD…

WITH FRENCH'S COLUMN.

THE MODDER RIVER RECON-j NAISSANCE.

A CRITICAL MOMENT.

THE LADYSMITH FIGHTING.

THE BOERS REPORTED IN FINANCIAL…

" FOR ENGLAND."

COUNTY MEETING AT SHREWSBURY.