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TRANSVAAL WAR FROM DAY to DAY. There is no news from British sources as to the progress of the FRIDAY. Mafeking relief column, which was yesterday reported to have been hotly engaged on Tuesday at Kraaipan, forty miles south of the besieged town. Lord Roberts reports that General Hunter entered the Transvaal and occupied Christiana without opposi- tion on Wednesday, the Boers having retired to Klerksdorp, as they were under the impression that a. portion of the main British force was threateniug their communications. It is officially announced at Pre- toria that the siege of Mafeking has SATURDAY, been abandoned l'y the Boers, and that a British force advancing from the south has entered the town. The reception of the news in London was marked Toy a sudden outburst of wild enthusiasm, which spread from the streets to the theatres and music balls. The Lord Mayor announced the glad tidings from the steps of the Mansion House amid great cheering. Similar scenes were witnessed in many provincial towns. Lord Roberts telegraphed to the War Office yesterday that he bad re- MONDAY. ceived no news of the relief of Mafe- king except Reuter's telegrams. Gen. Rundle, he says, has occupied Bester's Tlat, Trommel, and Clocolan, the Boers in the south- cast of the Free State having fallen back to Senekal and Ficksburg. On the western side Lord Me- thuen has secured 250 rifles and between 400,000 and 500,000 rounds of ammunition at Hoopstad, and other rifles and ammunition have been given up by Free State burghers. A field cornet and 86 burghers surrendered at Boshof on Saturday. There is now no doubt. whatever that Mafeking was relieved on Thurs- TUESDAY. day last. It is officially announced that the relieving column from the south consisted of about 2.300 men, and was under the command of Colonel Mahon. Lord Roberts sends an interesting despatch report- ing the attempt of the Boers to take Mafeking by storm on the 13th inst., on which occasion the gar- rison took 108 prisoners, including Commandant Eloff and many foreigners. The despatch carries the operations of the relieving column up to the 15th, when Colonel Mahon had effected a junction with Colonel Plumer. Lord Roberts further re- ports that General Hunter is pushing up to Mafe- king by the railway with supplies; that Lord Methuen has left Hoopstad in order that he may co-operate with Lord Roberts's army; that General Rundle has occupied Ladybrand, and that General Buller's advance into the Transvaal will be delaved a few days, as the railway in Northern Natal has been greatly damaged by the Boers. Up to a late hour last night no appeal for peace bad been received from President Kruger by her Majesty's Government; notwithstanding the report to that effect published yesterday.

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