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WAB IfJ SOUTH AFRICA. THREE GREAT BATTLES FOUGHT. SBOER ATTACK ON DUNDEE. ENEMY BIULLIANTLY REPULSED BY GENERAL SYMOXS, WHO W\.S MORTALLY BOUNDED. — HEAVY LOSS ON BOTH S IDES. BATTLE AT ELANDS LA AG ATE.—GENERAL WHITE VICTORIOUS. ANOTHER ATTACK ON DUNDEE BY JOUBERT.—BOER GENERALS SLAIN. VICTORY AT MAFEKING. The first serious action cf the present campaign in Sou h Attica was fought on Friday of laso week and resulted in a great success for the British armil. For at least two days previously the movements of the enemy indicated a design ■on their part to concentrate as large a force as they could muster from the commandos operating from Newcastle and the Buffalo river for an attack on our positions at Glencoe and Dundee while it was apparently also intended that the Free State Boers, debouching from the Drakensberg passes, should threaten Sir George White's camp at Lady- ømith- This latter part of the programme was but -very inadequately carried out; the Free State force, after advancing in considerable strength on Wed- nesday of last week and pushing back the British patrols, retired again on Thursday, and Sir George White could not get into touch with them. But a body of Boers coming from the direc- tion of Newcastle, and variously estimated at from 4000 to 9000 strong, having taken up a strong posi- tion in the hilly ground in front of Glencoe and Dundee, opened an artillery fire on Glencoe Camp early on Friday morning. The British guns replied and soon silenced the Boer artillery, which was badly served and did no harm. The King's Royal Rifles and the Dublin Fusiliers formed opposite the enemy's position, advanced against it under cover of the fire of our batteries, and after hard fighting, which appears to have lasted for nearly three hours, carried it, driving the Boers into flight and capturing their guns. Very heavy indeed must have been the enemy's loss, and that of the British was also heavy, and it unfortunately I included the commanding officer. A telegram from Glencoe dated 11.20 a.m. on Friday stated that 'General Symons was wounded, and a later despatch describes his wound as mortal. At 3.30 in the after- aoon our cavalry and artillery were still out in pur- suit of the defeated Boers. BOER ARTILLERY OVERPOWERED.— 6PLENDID BEHAVIOUR OF THE BRITISH. There has been more hard fighting in the theatre of operations in Natal, and the military situation there has undergone important developments since Friday of last week. Further details of the battle of Glencoe on that day show that the Boers foaght stubbornly, but that their artillery was completely overpowered by the British guns, and that they sus- tained heavy losses from our artillery fire before our infantry, ascending the hill on which they were posted, swept them from it after some hard fighting.- They were hotly pursued in their retreat by the cavalry and artillery. It was while General Symons was directing the advance of the British infantry that he was wounded. OUR CASUALTIES AT GLENCOE. A list of casualties sustained in the action of Fri- day of last week was telegraphed by Sir George White on Saturday. It reports a. total of 224 killed and wounded in the British force-10 officers and 33 non-commissioned officers and men killed, and '22 officers and 159 non-commissioned officers and "men wounded. The officers killed, or who subse- quently died from their wounds, were Colonel Sherston, of the Divisional Staff, Lieutenant- Colonel Gunning, Captain Perchell, Lieutenants Taylor and Barnett, the Second Lieutenant Hambro, of the King's Royal Rifles; Captain Connor and Second Lieutenant Hill. of the Royal-Irish Fusiliers; and Captain Weldon and Lieu- tenant George, of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. ANOTHER FIERCE FIGHT.-BO P" a CAMF CAPTURED. Though the Boer plan of cutting off Glencoe and Dundee from Ladysmith, and carrying the first two positions by an attack in force before Sir G. White could come to their assistance, was, of course, much paralysed by the defeat of Friday, it was by no means abandoned. The enemy's commando which descended from Biggarsberg on Friday and seized on Elandslaagte, midway between Ladysmith and Dundee, severed the communication between the two places. On Saturday Sir George White deemed it necessary to attack the enemy at Elandsiaagte, and leaving Major-General Hunter with an adequate force at Ladysmith, he despatched a body of troops, composed of the 5th Lancers, a squadron of the 5th Dragoon Guards, the Imperial Light Horse, two squadrons of the Natal Cari- bineers. three field batteries of artillery, the Devons, and half battalions of the Gordon Highlanders and the Manchester Regiment, for this duty. General White accompanied the force, but left the direction of the fight in the hands of General French. The Boers were found to be occupying a strong position among hills, south-east of Elandslaagte Station. The fighting began in earnest about 3.30 in the afternoon, and after a prolonged artillery duel the infantry attacked the Boer position in front and on the left ftank. and carried it, although the enemy offered siatinch resistance. The cavalry charged the re- treating Boers three times, and did great execution. The Boer camp, with two guns, tents, waggons, and horses, and a number of prisoners—among them General de Kock and Piet Joubert, nephew of the Boer commander-in-chief--were taken. The British loss. General White regrets to report, is heavy; he animates it at 160 killed and wounded. JOUBERT AGAIN ATTACKS GLENCOE. News has been received at Cape Town that the ibain northern column of the Boers, under General Joubert, on Saturday attacked Glencoe. The British forces were reported to be intrenched in a good posi- tion. THE GUARDS FOR THE FRONT. The Duke of Connaught, who is Honorary Colonel of the Scots Guards, on Friday morning inspected the 1st Battalion; whreh left London on Saturday for South Africa. The inspection took place at Chelsea Barracks, and at its close the Duke addressed the men, saying he was desired by ibe Queen, who took the deepest interest in the Brigade of Guards, to wish them every success in the campaign in which they were about to be engaged. He was certain that whatever It fell to their lot to do would be done in a manner worthy of the British Army. At the Wellington Barracks the Duke of Cambridge inspected the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards, the Reservists be- longing to the 1st Battalion of that regiment, and the 3rd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards, prior to their departure for South Africa. After the inspection the Duke addressed the men, wish- ing them good luck and a speedy return. He wished also, though 80 years of ap, that he was going with them. The departure of the first brigade of the South African Field Force from Southampton for South Africa took place on Friday afternoon of last week, amid scenes of great enthusiasm. The troops were embarked on board five transports with much expedition, part of the embarkation being car- tried on in presence of Lord Wolseley, Commander- in-Chief, who was warmly cheered when he arrived at the docks. THE QUEEN'S TOUCHING MESSAGE. The Queen on Sunday addressed from Balmoral to the Secretary for War the following message: My heart bieeds for these dreadful looses. Again to-day a great success, but fear very dearly bought. Would you try and convey my warmest heartfelt sympathy with the near relations of the fallen and wounded, and admiration of the conduct of those they have Joss." HONOURS FOR SYMONS. The promotion of Colonel (local Lieutenant- eeneral) Symons to the rank of Major-General for -distinguiahed service in the field was announced Sunday. THE DEPARTING TROOPS. On Saturday morning the let Scots Guards, the 2nd Goldstream Guards, and the 3rd Grenadier Guards left London by special trains from Waterloo 8IUI Nine Elms for Southampton, en route for South Africa. Their departure was witnessed by large Crowds of spectators, who cheered enthusiastically. At -Southam jrton there was_ another popular 2>monstration on the embarkation of the troops, ong with details of the 2nd Battalion North- j Mnptonshire Regiment, the Army Service Corps, j And the Royal Engineers. The Duke of Connaught Was present, visited some of the transport, and led the cheering from the quay as they started on the wfage to South Africa. On Sunday two more ItAagports sailed from Southampton, having on llOitfd the 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers, the 2nd Royal Itesilrers, Reservists of the 1st Coldstream Guards, iBagineers. Mounted Infantry, and detachments of the 2nd Cameron Highlanders and Royal High- landers t. ivim'urco the garrison at Gibraltar. The Boyal Highlanders and two companies of Mounted j lalantry wer embarked at Tilbury on board th& transport Or fit on Sunday afternoon, but she was ■MMo to leave the dock in consequence of the fog. j 0IFICTAL ANALYSIS OF BRITISH LOSSES IN FIRST FIGHT AT GLENCOE. An official report received at the War Office states thar the number of killed and wounded anions; non- commissioned officers and men is as follows^: 18th Hiwsars. 7 wounded; Royal Artillery, 13th battery, 1 wounded 69th Fie:d Battery, 1 killed 2 wounded; Leicestershire Regiment, 1 wounded; King's Royal Kille Corps, 11 k,lied 63 wounded; Royal Irish Fusiliers, 14 killed 30 wounded: Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 4 killed 41 wounded; Natal Police, 2 wounded. Total. 30 killed and 1.52 wounded. The following are the casualties atrong the officers: Staff, I killed 4 wounded; 18th Hussars, 3 wounded: Leicestershire Regt., 1 wounded; King's Royal It;fie Corps, 5 killed, G wounded Royal Irish I1 iiaihers, 2 killed 5 wounded; Royal Dublin Fusi- J lwrs. 2 killed 3 wounded. Total officers killed, 10; wounded, 22. Total casualties, 214. GUNS, CAMP. AND EQUIPMENT CAPTURED. The following was posted at the War Office at two on Sunday: From General Hunter to the Secretary of State for War. Received Oct. 21, 11 p.m. LADYSMITH, Oct. 21, 8.45 p.m.—General White rode towards Elandslarigate at 2.30 p.m. Force under French left here four a.m. by road and rail to Moddersbridge, and by two p.m. had been gradually strengthened to following total; 5th Lancers, squadron 5th Dragoon Guards, two field Natal Field Battery, Devon Regiment, half Manchester Regiment, half Gordons, Imperial Light Horse, and two squadrons Naval Volunteers. I remain here in defence of Ladysmith with Gloucester Regiment, half Manchester Regiment, half Gordons, Mountain Battery, and 500 Natal Volunteers. I learn by telegraph from armoured train one mile this side of Elandslaagte that at five p.m. enemy's three guns were silenced. Our infantry were about to charge. Enemy's numbers this morning estimated 1000, another 1000 expected during afternoon. General White's intention was to re-open rail- way to Dundee, and return with troops to Lis place to-night. At 7.45 report received by telephone that we had carried enemy's position, and captured camp, equip- ment, horses, and waggons. Cavalry in pursuit. Operators on inttruments say we have some wounded, but I have no details yet. I expect Sir George White will be late, so I wire for him." THE BATTLE OF ELAXDSLAAGTE. As the Times was going to press on Monday morn- ing it received the following telegram from its special correspondent, giving his account of the battle of Elandslaagte: LADYSMITH, October 22. General French's column, reinforced bv the Man- chesters, Devons, and Oordons under Colonel Ian Hamilton, part of the 5th Dragoon Guards, the 5th Lancers, and two batteries of artillery attacked 1200 Boers in position at Elandslaagte yesterday. The action opened with an artillery duel—two guns against 12. The Boers worked their guns man- fully, bursting shells well into our batteries. After half an hour's preparation, the infantry extended to attack, the Manchesters, supported by the Gordons, working round the enemy's position, and the Devons attacking direct. Then a sanguinary engagement began, and the Gordons and the dis- mounted Imperial Light Horse came into the fight- ing line. After two and a-half hours' stubborn resistance on the part of the Boers the final assault was delivered by all the British troops with fixed bayonets, as night fell. The Lancers cut off the Boers, killed many of them, and alone took 25 prisoners. Our casualties are heavy. Sir George White was present at the engagement as ■v spectator. THRASHING BOERS AT MAFEKING. 1000 CASUALTIES RRPORTBO. CAPS TOWK, October 20. The Central News correspondent's report of the "serious defeat of the Boers at Mafeking is now completely confirmed. Even the Boer organs here admit that Colonel Badera-Powell has had all the beat of the game. The Boers were out-Fought and out-manoeuvred, and their loss in killed and wounded could not have :amomved to fewer than 1000 men. 'I" Five hundred wounded from Mafeking are now under treatment in Johannesburg and Pretoria, and more in Bloemfontem. The lyddite shells fired by our artillery did great havoc. A telegram received by a despatch writer from Kimberley statesa that on Saturday morning early an armoured train sent out from Mafe- king to reconnoitre northwards found 500 Boers five miles out. Heavy firing ensued, and the enemy suffered heavily. They retired after a time towards the east, and were followed by Fitz- clarence's squadron and the Protectorate Regiment. Finally the Boers drew off after losing a large number killed and wounded. Our losses in the fighting were Corporal Parland and Lance-corporal Walsh, killed; Corporals Kline and Jones, severely wounded; and Corporal Smith and Troopers Sbep- pard. Macrae, Calderwood, James, Cullis, Blair, J. Smith, Grady, Luckett, Nelson, and Sergeant Phillips wounded. wounded. SIR GEORGE WHITE'S DESPATCH.—GOODS TRAIN AND ENGLISH PRISONERS RE- COVERED. The following despatch from Sir George White was posted at the War Office: To Secretary of State for War. LADYSMITH, October 22, 10.35 a.m. "Action at Elandslaagte yesterday. Troops en- gaged Cavalry, 5th Lancers and one squadron 5th Dragoon Guards, Imperial Light Horse, and two squadrons Natal Carabiniers. Artillery: 21st and 22nd Field Batteries and Natal Field Battery. Infantry: Devons, half battalion Gordons, half battalion Manchesters. Whole force under General French, with Colonel Ian Hamilton in command of infantry. I was present in person from 3.30 to 6.30, but did not assume direction of fight, which I left in General French's hands. "ThoÜgh desultory fighting took place earlier in the day while reinforcements sent out later on ascer- taining enemy's strength were arriving from Lady- smith, the real action did not commence till 3.30 p.m. At that hour Boers held a position of exceptional strength, consisting of rocky hills one and a-half mile south-east of Elandslaagte Station. At 3.30 p.m. our guns took position on a ridge 4100 yards from enemy, whose guns at once opened fire. Thii fire was generally well-directed, but some- what high. Contrary to previous experience, his shells burst well. Imperial Light Horse moved towards left of enemy's position, and two squadrons 5th Lancers towards his right. During artillery duel mounted Boers pushed out from their left and engaged Imperial Light Horse. In a few minutes the Boers' guns ceased firing, and our artillery was turned on the mounted Boers opposed to the Imperial Light Horse, who at once fell back. "After artillery preparation, infantry advanced to attack, supported by guns in a second position. Devons held enemy in front while Manchesters and Gordons turned his left flank. Boer guns, although often temporarily silenced, invariably opened fire again on slightest opportunity, and were served with great courage. "After severe fight, the infantry carried the posi- tion at 6.30 p.m., the enemy standing their ground to the last with great courage and tenacity. Fifth Lancers and one squadron Fifth Dragoon Guards charged through retreating Boers three eimes in the dark, and did considerable execution. We captured Boer camp, with tents, waggons, and horses, also two guns. Boer losses very con- siderable, including number of wounded and un- wounded prisoners. Among former are General de Kock and Piet Joubert, nephew of the General. One goods train for Glencoe Camp and nine J English prisoners were recovered. f Our loss, I regret to say, is heavy, and is roughly estimated at 160 killed and wounded. Collection of wounded over large area in the dark, and arrangements for sending them in here, have so far occupied our time and attention, but full list is being prepared, and will be wired later. Our wounded and those of the enemy arriving here by train. "Besides Boers, many consisted of Germans, Hoi- landers, and mixed nationalities. Behaviour of our troops, both Imperial and Colonial, admi rable." COLONEL SCHIEL A PRISONER. Colonel Schiel, a former officer of the German *rmy, and reputed a great military strategist, who was leading a section of the Boer forces, was taken prisoner at Elandslaagte. THE CAPTURED POLICE PATROL. The Agent-General for Natal has received the fol- lowing telegram from the Natal Government: PISTSRMARITZBCRG, October 22. The naipes of the six troopers of the Natal Police who were captured at Dagger's Drift are: William Mann, Sanitiet Henry Atwood, Thomas Kenny, Oscar Robert Julius ud. J n Stanhope Fergu- MD. and Charlie Curline ex BADEN-POWELL'S RUSE. j From a Boer source we learn that the British made another sortie from Mafeking on Thursday of last week. No Boers were wounded, but three guns were taiten. It is added that the British must have suffered severely, for on the morning after the attack" pools of blood" were seen. No doubt, if the Boers lost three guns. It is not often defeated troops carry off the victor's artillery. Colonel Baden-Powell had two spare trucks of dyna- mite in the town which he was afraid might be fired by Boer shell. These he started on the line with an engine, whereupon the Boers fired and then closed upon the train, with the result that there was an ex- plosion, killing 100 of them. MORE TRANSVAAL GOLD STOPPED. The Avondale Castle was met off Inyak Island on the night of the 18th while on her way here from Durban by H.M. gunboat Partridge, and was ordered to return under the escort of the war vessel to Durban. There she was met by the cruiser Tartar, which took over from her E25,000 in gold which she had on board, and which was intended for the Transvaal Government. The liner afterwards re- turned here, and embarked 2000 refugees. VIOLENT ABUSE OF THE BRITISH. Mr. Reitz, the Transvaal Secretary of State, has issued an extravagantly-worded manifesto, addressed to the burghers of the Orange Free State. In this document he calls the British murderers of the peace and treaty breakers, and praises the Afrikander Bond, and especially Mr. Shreiner. He accuses the Queen, British Statesmen, and Sir Alfred Milner, of having insulted, defrauded, and libelled the Afrikander nation, and declares that Great Britain has always oppressed the natives. The war, he adds, is being fought for a difference of two years in the franchise, and he asserts that in England all foreigners are obliged to wait for 12 years for the franchiso. The manifesto concludes with the usual expression of confidence in the Almighty. A HUMBLE HERO. The first train that reached Dundee from Lady- smith after the battle had a sensational escape from the Boers. The train, consisting of two carriages filled with passengers, including several soldiers and 273 tons of general goods, was drawn by one engine. It had reached Blands Laagte Station when about one hundred Boers suddenly ap- peared from behind a pile of coal debris, and opened fire on the train. The engine-driver blew the whistle, stuck to his post, and went on slowly. One bullet smashed the window of the cab close to the head of the driver, and another ricocheted off the sandbox. The engine was struck about 60 times before the train got off. All along the line small numbers of Boers menaced the train, sume attempt- ing to gallop alongside, firing at the engine. But the driver never lost his head, and he brought his train into Dundee safe. SOME OF THE GLORIOUS DEAD. The following gallant officers were slain in the first fight at Glencoe: Colonel Sherston, D.S.O., of the Ritle Brigade, in which he held the rank of major, was the son of the late Captain Sherston, of Evercreech House, Somerset, and a nephew of Lord Roberts. He entered the army on February 12, 1876, and on the Afghan War breaking out two years later was appointed aide-de-camp to his uncle, then Sir Frederick Roberts. He was present in the engagement at Charnsiah on October 6, 1879 and the subsequent pursuit of the enemy, his services being mentioned in despatches. A similar distinction fell to his. lot in connection with the operation around Cabul in 1879, including the invest- ment of Sherpore. He accompanied Lord Roberta in the famous march to Candahar and was present at the battle at that place, when he was again men- tioned in despatches. His services during the operations were rewarded with the medal with three clasps and the bronze decoration. In 1881 he took part in the Mahsood Wuzeeree Expe- dition, and on August 20, 1884, he received his com- pany. He served with the Burmese Expedition in 1880-87 as Deputy Assistant-Adjutant and Quarter- master-General on the Headquarters Staff,, and was again mentioned in despatches and-received the Dis- tinguished Service Order and the medal with clasp. On October 15, 1898, he was gazetted Assistant Adju- tant-General in Bengal. Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Henry Gunning, of the 1st King's Royal Rifles, was the eldest son of Sir George William Gunning, fifth baronet, of Little Horton House, Northampton, the chairman of the Conservative party in Mid-Njrtliamptonshire, by his marriage with Isabella Mary Frances Charlotte, daughter of the late Colonel Win. Chester-Master, of The Abbey, Cirencester, and was born on July 17, 1852. Educated at Eton, he entered the army as a sub-lieutenant on March 26, 1873, and was gazetted to the 60th.Foot (now the King's Royal Rifle Corps) as a lieutenant on September 9, 1874. He served in the Zulu War of 1879 with the 3rd Battalion of his regiment, and was present at the action of Gingindh- lovu, and the relief of Ekowe, afterwards serving as adjutant of the battalion throughout the operations of Clarke's Column," for which he wore the medal with clasp. He was gazetted captain in August, 1883, was an adjutant of the Auxiliary Forces (the 5th Militia Battalion of the King's Royal Rifles) from March, 1886, to March, 1891, having obtained the rank of major on June 25, 1890. In 1891-92 he took part in the war in Burmah, being engaged in the operations in the Chin Hills in command of the Baungshe column, for which he wore a second medal with clasp. His commission as lieutenant-colonel bore date April 16, 1898. Colonel Gunning, who was in the Commission of the Peace for the County of Northants, married in 1880 Fanny Julia, daughter of the late Mr. Clinton George Dawkins, formerly her Majesty's Consul-General at Venice. Captain Frederick Henry Bourne Connor, of the Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers), entered the army on May 14, 1884, and was gazetted captain on August 5, 1891. In 1894-95 he served with the Waziristan Field Force under Sir Wiiliam Lockhart as assistant chief commissariat officer, and received the medal with clasp. Captain George Anthony Weldon, of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was the eldest son of Calonel Thomas Weldon, C.I.E., of B,&rkstori-gardens, South Kensington, late Commissioner of the Madras City Police, by his marriage with Rachel Louisa, daughter of the late General George William Young Simpson, R.A., and a grandson of Sir Anthony Weldon, fourth Baronet of Rahinderry, Queen's County. He was born on February 1, 1866, and entered the army on December 8, 1886. Three years later he served in the Burmese Expedition with the 19th Madras Infantry; his services gaining for him the medal with claip. He was gazetted captain on January 10, 1896. Captaih Mark Horace Kerr Pechell, of the 1st King's Royal Rifles, was the eldest son of Admiral Mark Robert Pechell, of Great Cumberland-place. He was born on September 22, 1867, and was I educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He entered the army oe February 11, 1888, and was appointed lieutenant on May 12, I 1890. He served in the Hazara Expedition in 1891, for which he received the medal and clasp, and also took part in the Miranzai Expedition in 1891. in- eluding the engagements at Sangar and Mastan, and was awarded a second clasp. In 1892 he again saw service in the Isazai Expedition, and in 1895 he served with the Chitral Relief Force under Sir Robert ,Low from April 11 to the close of the operations, and gained the medal with clasp. Lieutenant John Taylor entered the Army on March 13, 1895, and was gazetted lieutenant on May 11, 18981 Lieutenant Richard Charles Barnett received his commission as second lieutenant on April 8, 1896. Lieutenant N. J. Hambro entered the Army as second lieutenant on February 25 last. Lieutenant A. H. M. Hill only entered the Army on May 20 last, and must therefore have been one of the youngest officers in the Service. Lieutenant Charles Jervis Genge, of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, entered the Army as second lieutenant on January 4 this year, THE THIRD BATTLE. -MESSAGE TO LORD WOLSELEY. Very little definite news regarding the operations in Natal was received during Monday. A message which came to the Commander-in-Chief, and was read in the House of Commons by Mr. Wyndham, reported that the Boers appeared to be advancing in greatly superior force from the north and West on t on Glencoe; and that General Yule had consequently fallen back from Dundee and concentrated his force at G Jencoel J unetion. It was gathered that the wounded and their medical attendants had been left at Dundee. General White was in pos turn at Ladysmith, and was being reinforced from Pietermariizburg, The War Office has not, however, received advices of any further fighting at Dundee or Glencoe, but Renter and other telegrams speak of the Boers having attacked General Yule's position on Saturday after- noon, though the attack seems to have been limited to a long-range artillery fire. THE KILLED AND WOUNDED. The battle at Elandslaagte was more severe and involved heavier losses on both QideL4 than seems to have been at first supposed. The official list, of casualties issued at the War Office shows that the total of killed, wounded, and missing in the British force was 257—five officers and 37 non-commissioned officers and men killed (including Colonel 8cott Chisholm, commanding tile Imperial Light. Horse), 20 officers and 175 non-comipissioned officers and men wounded, and 10 rank and file missing. Many Boers were taken prisoners. The well-knowot, Commandunf, Ben Viljoen was killed. and atnonf the wounded prisoners, in addi- tion to General Koch, is Colonel Schiol, a German officer of much repute alllon the Boers. A Pieter- maritzburg telegram of Sunday's date stated that General Symons and several other officers who were wounded in the fighting at Glencoe were going on well. HOW THE HEIGHTS OF DUNDEE WERE WON. The Daily Telegraph's correspondent at Glencoe wired the following account of the first battle at Dundee: The engagement began at two in the morning, the Boers firing into our position and wounding one of our men. At 5.30 a.m. the Boers opened are with their artil- lery on our camp, but the aim was bad, and many of their shells failed to explode. Several companies of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, the King's Royal Rifles, and the Royal Irish Fusi- liers rapidly proceeded towards the Boer position upon the, summit of Smith's Hill, which is situated to the east, of Dundee, while our batteries of field artillery hastened forward and opened a heavy can- nonade. For a while the Boers replied with great spirit, but later on their resistance grew weaker. Their guns were silenced by 7.20 a.m., but the enemy still main- tained their rifle fusillade. At 6.30 a.m. our infantry were brought into action. They were deployed in skirmishing order, and began firing at 1500yd. range at the Boers in the donga. Quickly the British soldiers advanced, running across the plain, and, getting into a new position, within 500yd. of the Boers. The subsequent rifle fire was very hot, and during our rush a number of men were hit. The troops kept creeping closer, and got into the donga, whilst our batteries rained shrapnel upon the Boers. At 7.30 a.m. our regiments advanced at the double. Entering a thin wood, some 300 yards from the enemy, again a few men fell, and the barbed wire fences caused delay in the rush. The Boer guns got the range of the wood, and the losses there become more severe. At 7.50 a.m. the Maxim of the Rifles engaged the enemy, and the dhooly bearers came up and took away the wounded. By eight o'clock our guns bad shifted their posi- tion, coming up within 12C0 yards of the enemy, and were being greeted with the fiercest rifle fire which the Boers had yet bestowed upon the attacking force. General Symons and his staff, however, passed un- scathed, and rode through the line. After inspecting it General Symons ordered our infantry to go on, and the soldiers began to scale the hill under a terrible fire. Naturally, our progress was slow, and it was not until noon that the firing became desultory; but a quarter of an hour later 150 of our soldiers had almost gained the top of the hill, securing cover under a stone wall. Our batteries then changed their position, and put in some splendid shooting until 1.30 p.m., when the general advance was sounded, and our troops stormed the hill. The Boers evacaated the position, and fled down at two o'clock, leaving a number of dead and wounded behind them. The latter raised the white flag. The Boers also abandoned a quantity of pro- visions and stores upon the hill, behind which ttieir camp hospital was seen. In this battle over 4000 Boers, mostly from Utrecht and Vyrheid, were engaged, and our total force actually under fire was smaller, as the Leices- tershire Regiment and other portions of the army remained on camp guard. Our victorious troops were heartily cheered by the townsfolk on returning. The Boers fled in a long line. Our young soldiers acquitted themselves gallantly in the fight. General Smut commanded the Boers. The British cavalry followed them up. Our losses are heavy, bat theirs are more so, and, moreover, they have left numbers of prisoners in our hands. A MAGNIFICENT CHARGE. Further details of the battle of Glencoe on that day show that the Boers fought stubbornly, but that their artillery was completely overpowered by the British guns, and that they sustained heavy losses from our artillery fire before our infantry. ascending the hill on which they were posted, swept them from it after some hard fighting. They were hotly pursued in their retreat by the cavalry and artillery. It was while General Symons was directing the advance of the British infantry that he was wounded. It appears that there were three Boer armies advancing on Glencoe, two of which did not arrive in, time to take full part in Friday's battle. Describing the closing scenes of the fight, the Central News correspondent says: The Boers poured down lead from Maxims and rifles, and, despite the clever manner in which our men took cover, they began to fall quickly. By toilsome and steady work the Fusiliers and Riflemen at length secured good positions high up on the hillside, whence it. would be feasible to make the final rush. Suddenly the artillery ceased firing. Another moment and, at the word of command, our men fired two volleys, and then, with wild battle- cries, their pent-up emotion and energy found vent in an irresistible rush up the remainder of the hill and a swinging charge right among the enemy. For a quarter of an hour there was bloody work at short range, and then at close quarters. Then the Boers, fled in disorderly retreat, closely pursued by our men and the Mounted Infantry. POSITION CAPTI.TP.El).-FLIGit-r OF THE BOERS. As the enemy stampeded down the hill-side they fotind, to their dismay, that the whole regiment of Hussars, had forestalled titeii,. The Cavalry had got right to the enemy's rear, had cuptured many of their horses, and stampeded the others. One con- tingent of the enemy were thus perfectly helpless. They fought well enough for a littlest;»«», and then those who were left surrendered. It WM found that the Boer battery consisted of six !BS, and all of these fell into our hands. Immediately the 13th and G9th Batteries had com- pleted their work of clearing the way for the final storm of Smith Hill, all the guns limbered up, and almost as mobile as Horse Artillery, they thundered along to the west of the enemy'" position for the pur- pose of cutting off lie- Boer retreat, in which work they rendered signal service, together with the Mounted Infantryand the Ifiisnar#. They y#) the beaten enemy no pause or rest.. and couipior«»d their demoralisation. They came into touch silo with the Hattincr Spruit column, and gave a good account of that belated contingent with the help of the Leicester Regiment. The pursuit has not yet concluded. The Boers who suddenly appeared on the western hills during the main fight, and as suddenly dis- appeared, were subsequently reinforced by the rest of the column, and the whole force was not driven back until after some stiff fighting. It js believed, too, that part of this column reinforced the enemy on Smith's Hill earlier in the day, so that altogether there must have been 7000 Boers to be disposed- of before the battle ended. IS CRONJE A PRISONER? A refugee from Pretoria reports that the Mafeking disaster produced consternation. Cronje, the hero of the Dornkop Jameson raid victory, is reported to be a prisoner. THE QUEEN AND THE VICTORIES. The following appeared in Monday night's Court Circular: "The news of the important successes at Glencoe and Elandslaagte have been received by the Queen with the greatest satisfaction. Whilo admiring the gallant conduct of her troops her Majesty is most deeply grieved to hear of the heavy losses that these victories have occasioned, and greatly deplores the loss of so many valuable lives." "k .of' THE GALLANT GORDONS. Of the 2000 British engaged at Elandslaagte, five officers and 37 men were killed. The total loss was 257. The latest estimate of the Boers is looo, in ad- dition to 300 prisoners. The 2nd Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders suffered heavily, four 0fljcerg and 20 men being killed, and nine officers and 77 men wounded, while eight were missing. These figures greatly exceed the losses at Dargaj. stormed with such splendid gallantry just two years ago this month. The numbers on that memorable occasion were: One officer and two men killed, and six officersi and 35 men wounded. THREE BOERS KILLED BY A BUGLER BOY. ( During the Elahdslaagte battle a bugler boy of the 5th Lancers, who is only I4 years of age, shot three Boers with a revolver. On returning after the fight he was carried round the camp. WOUNDED MEN'S PLUCK. The Mail's correspondent wires from Mafeking under d..te of October 14: During the action this morning I found wounded men in the nghting Hne who would not go to the rear. One of them asked me to load his revolver for him, so that he could keep on firing at the enemy. In the hospital tent, when the bullets were dropping like hail, th. wounded men were insisting that they were still able to fight. They begged hard for any billet that would give them an excuse for getting into action again.

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