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THE WAR.

CAPTURE OF SPION KOP.

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CAPTURE OF SPION KOP. SPEARMAN'S CAMP, January 23. On Thursday last, the 18th, vhe Mounted Brigade, under the command of Lord Dundonald, swept round in the direction of Acton Homes, where they surprised and routed a small Boer commando. On the same day Sir Charles Warren marched his division five miles to the east of Venter Spruit. At daybreak on the 19th he formed his camp, and was joined by 1he Cavalry. In the afternoon the column resumed its march, heading, to all appearances, for the comparatively open country east of Acton Homes, well under the Drake nsbergs, but at three o'clock the following morning the Infantry were suddenly ordered to leave the bivouac, and were marched up to the range immediately on their right, 0n a level with Spion Kop. The occupation was at once effected of Three Tree Hill, which is directly opposite the western face of the Boer entrenchments. Other troops fol- lowed rapidly, and, occupying the kopje to the right front, lined a ridge on thA right, facin the pxtreme northern slope of Spion Kop. The movement was supported by a battery of Field Artillery. Shortly after daybreak the Infantry wr're given a rendezvous at Fair View Farm, on the flat below, and climbed the spur on the left of Three Tree Hill, where they took up their position. Sir Francis Clery. who was in charge of the attack, was at rlllee Tree Hill itself. Bv eleven o'clock the troops had already come undr a heavy rifle fire, directed at them fom all Bides. They suffered, however, little or no loss, and began to advance under cover of a tremendous cannonade by the Field Artillery. The battlo soon became general. The enemy— who had been heavily reinforced on the 19th, and had been feverishly busy digging trenches, n aking schanzes, and mounting guns—opened a terrific fire as the advance slowly developed. One of the Irish Battalions was exposed to the full effect of the fusillade. Every inch of ground was disputed, and our lines were raked by bullets every time the men moved forward. The enemy's Krupp and Hotchkiss guns swept the hillsides of the range, which goes by the name of Acton Homes Hills, where the battle had opened, and was still raging. The range is a series of jutting headlands and rocky spurs, running up Bteeply from Fair View to a height of 3,000 feet. At two o'clock the Boers raised the white flag upon the summit of a high bill, but firing was con- tin ued on bot h sidell. Lord Dundonald's Cavalry Brigade was in action on the 20th. The South African Horse, under the command of Major Childe, took two kopjes. By this time Lord Dundonald had reinforced the South African Horse. As soon as the Boers commenced shelling Major Childe was killed and four men wounded. Major Childe had had a peculiarly strong presentiment that he was going to be killed, and had asked his brother officers before the engagement to put the following words over his grave: "It is well with the child, it is well." This has already been done. Lord Dundonald read the funeral service. Lord-Dundonatd reported that the Colt auto- matic guns are very effective, and says that the Boers will not f: ce their fire. He also says that the honours of the engagement at Acton Homes lie with the Imperial Light Horse, the Natal Car- bineers, and the 60th Mounted Rifles. GENERAL BULLER'S REPORT. The following despatch was issued by the War Office on Thursday morning :— From General Sir-Redvers Buller to the Secretary of State for War. SPEARMAN'S Camp, January 25. Warren's troops last uight occupied Spion Kop, surprising the small garrison, who fled. It has been held by us all the day, though we were heavily fI [,tacked, and especially by a very annoying shell tiro. I fear that "ur casualties are considerable, and have to inform vou with regret that General Woodgate is dangerously wounded. Warren is of opinion that he has rendered the enemy's position untenable. The men are splendid.

SPION KOP ABANDONED.

FEELING IN LONDON.

GENERAL FRENCH'S FORCE.

VOLUNTEERS FOR THE WAR.

NATAL CONGREGATIONALISTS AND…

WELSHPOOL AND THE YEOMANRY.

ABDICATION OF THE EMPEROR…

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