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THE WAR.

CAPTURE OF SPION KOP.

SPION KOP ABANDONED.

FEELING IN LONDON.

GENERAL FRENCH'S FORCE.

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GENERAL FRENCH'S FORCE. RENSBURU, Jan. 23. General French is proceeding with the utmost deliberation, and with the greatest caution, to draw his lines more closely round the Boer position. Every successive day seeB the net made tighter, greatly to the alarm and uneasiness of the enemy, who have made several attacks of late on oui out- pOBs-in the hope, apparently, of breaking the cordon. In these engagements the Boer tactics have been a repetition of those employed by them with signal success at Majuba Hill. But this time they have not been crowned with victory the attacks have •OP every occasion been most pluckily repulsed. The movements of General French may appear -very slow, but they are undoubtedly sure. It is already evident that the Boers have been out- generalled-at least, in this particular region. Members of the enemy's force frequently effect their escape into our lines. The latest arrivals state that the Boers number about 7,000 men, that their supplies are running short, and that many Englishmen, formerly Burghers in the Free State, been commandeered, and forced to serve against their countrymen. They, of course, would welcome a cessation of hostilities. Three weeks ago, we are told, the commando received reinforcements of 1,000 men from before Ladysmith, and 600 from Magersfoctein. The centre of the Boer position appears to be Colesberg Junction, which is surrounded on all sides by low ridges and kopjes. These are all held by the enemy's outposts, whiie there are several main laagers pitched on sites capable of being speedily defended from the base of the Junction. Their lines of communication are still strongly protected as far back as Norval's Pont, while they .still hold com mand of the road to Colesberg Wagon JJridge. The position occupied by the troops under General French forma a great semi-circle round that held by the Boers. It lies along a wide encircling range of kopjes, and at various points are spurs which approach the Boer kopjes. The latter are smaller and lower than onr own, and are, therefore, commanded by our guns. On one left is a hill directly opposite hi, and about 500 yards distant from the Coles berg kopje occupied by the Boers. There the opposing forces spend whole days in "sniping" each other across the intervening valley. There is no doubt that General French could take Colesberg, which lies two miles away, at any time he pleased, but he has refrained, so far, from bombarding the town because of the pivsenee in it of non-combatants, including women and children.

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