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)- { WHY MAJOR SCOTT SHOT HIMSELF. HIS TWENTY-TWO YEARS BERVICB. The Cape Times, of October 25, has the following particulars of the surrender of Vryburg, and the suicide of Major Scott: For about four days the agitation against resistance had been gaining strengi h and numbers. The camp was fortified to some extent with sandbags, and water sufficient for one month for men only, not horses, but was not provisioned enough for a siege. There need be little doubt, however, that the intention of the police was to fight, and that had the town been equally determined, a resistance would have been made. There is also little doubt but that if the Boers had shelled the camp the town would have suffered. Nevertheless, the Boers came practi- cally in by invitation, and a certain political organisa- tion was said to have been largely responsible. The commanding officer, whose haggard and drawn features betokened many sleepless nights, remarked to a companion that he was a ruined man, and that it was hard after being 22 years in the Colony's service to come to this. He added that, at any rate, he had saved the lives of his men, who would have had no chance against the force that threatened them. Still, he said his instructions from the Govern- ment were to resist, aiJd in reply to a remark that the Government did not know the circumstances, and did not know that the very people he was there to protect were beseeching nim to leave them, he said that was quite true, and he held the resolutions of the meetings and the magistrate's letter which urged him to withdraw. He said he had been subjected to extraordinary and continued pressure, and after saying he had bad no Bleep for three nights, he again said he had saved his men's lives, and then appeared to dismiss the subject from his mind, and attempted to turn to brighter topics. About midnight the police column halted for a brief rest, and probablywhilo others were sleeping, the unfortunate officer was brooding over the events of the past few hours. The camp was wrapped in darkness and silence, when suddenly a pistol. shot rang out through the air, and the awakened column found that the brain of their. leader had yielded to the strain, and a bullet mark in the forehead showed only too plainly that life was gone. The body was buried next morning in the veld, between two spread- ing thorn trees, and after the last rites had been per- formed, the men stood at attention while the officer now in command spoke of the loss sustained by the Colony and the service through the death of their te u. ..rt .-IS- i'

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