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LADYSMITH SECURE. BOEHS BEATEN WITH HEAVY LOSS. OFFICIAL DESPATCH. The-following despatch was issued from the War Office at 0 o'clock to-iiight From Sir Redvers Buller to Secretary for War. Cape Town, 12.5o p.m., November 7th The following telegram has been received from the General at Etscourt through the Governor of Natal November 0th.Since Friday cessation of hostilities. Xote sent that day to Joubert by White at the request of the Mayor, asking for permission for non-combatant sick and wounded to go south. Joubert refused request, but agreed to allow them to go to a special camp four miles from Ladysmith. Townspeople refused to accept the offer. Sick and wounded and few inhabitants moved yesterday. Few slnts exchanged yesterday between outposts. •• Friday's Bombardment.—Heavy shells fell in hospital, and one burst in hotel during luncheon. No one inj ured. Only casualty in town from shells so far is Kaffir killed Wednesday. On Friday smart aerion towards Dewdrøp. Troops under Brocklehurst drove Boers back considerable distance aud disabled a gUll. Also fighting near Buhvana. Our loss altogether eight killed and twenty wounded. 98 Dundee wounded arrived. Sent here Saturday; all doing well. "Position here now believed entirely safe. Greatlv strengthened during the I;t,-t 24 hours. People have de- safe from shell tire. Flenty of good stores of all kinds. Captain Knapp. Lieutenant Brabant killed in Fridav's action." The foreu omg is exact copy of Press censor telegram brought here by Kaffir runner. Xo other official news." THURSDAY'S FIGHTING. BRILLIANT DASH OF CAVALRY. Ladysmith, Thursday.—Our cavalry, while out recon- noitring to-day, encountered a large force of Boers, which was mamfuvring to the south of the town. The trooper* charged and cut their way through the enemy. Long Tom has now been placed in position 011 Mount Am nubnee. awl continues to drop shell! into the town, without, however, doing much damage. Our naval gunners have put the big gun situated on Hepworth's Hill out of action. A company of Volunteer Light Infantrv fought an en- gagement to-day with the enemy at Groblers Kloof. A brisk fire was maintained on both sides, but the superior numbers of the Boers began to tell, though the Volunteers fought bravely. An armoured train with GO men went out to their as- sistance, and drawing the enemy's fire, enabled the Volunteers to return to headquarters safely. NATIVE REPORTS. MANY BOERS KILLED. Pietermaritzburg, Saturday, 8 p.m.—An edition of the Xatol Ttmcs contains an account of the fighting at Lady- smith on Thursday and Friday. The news has been gathered from natives who have been interviewed. Our forces, it appears, were engaged twice successfully on Thursday and Friday. It is reported that the cavalry scored heavily. The infantry bayonet work did great execution. Many Boers were killed, wounded, and taken prisoners. The news certainly appears authentic, and I am of the opinion that it is to be relied on. Pietermaritzburg, Saturday, 6.40 p.m.—Natives bring further particulars of the tig-htiug at Ladysmith 011 Thursday. The Gordons carried the Boer position at the point of the bayonet. Numbers of Boers surrendered, and others were cut up by the cavalry. Fighting was resumed on Friday, and the Boers were again repulsed with heavy losses. PLAIN COVERED WITH DEAD BOERS. tvstcourt, Sunday, 1.30 p.m. (-;ontirriiatory infor- mation has just been brought in here by a reliable native in regard to Friday's fight on the south side of La.dy- smith. It appears that a reconnaissance in force was made by a British division with the object of relieving the Colenso column, which had been attacked by the enemy. Our Infantry charged the Boers, who were strongly posted on Grobler's Kloof Hill, aid drove them down on the plain towards the Tugela River. The cavalry then executed a magnificent flanking movement and charged the enemy, almost wiping them out. The veldt is strewn with slain Boers. An armoured train again left for Colenso with a com- pany of the Dll hlills LlJd a railway eugiueeimg staff to repair the line. No fighting is supposed to have taken place yesterday (Saturday), as no firing was heard. BOER TREACHERY. CAVALRY TEACH THEM A I/ESSON. Dur?n'.?ui?v,]??. ?—ut??v.jn.Yn;?,? (?l*,2 Witliesses -f -Dill N Haiti.- near Ladvsinith show that the Docr for-r was caught in ground, where- upon sewr:l! w]u!('. íi:gs Wen' The British ?dvnuccd wit.nout bring 111 order to .T,Teil(ier but as they approached th-enemy hreaa vllrvinto them at cl,-?-It! Eur?ed atth;si-? t ?.. Lal, "lT,w' S;irs, au d D:;)71] :tlJ.t, ¡ -], Î' j" L:"iT;¡ x: ;;ll"¡' charged through :i„ i}1VoU. 1 (.n„r;;v, d-.inff T¡';I Manj prisoners and much loot were captured. lesterday another battle with the Boers was proceeding to the south of Ladysmith with similar results. 2,000 BOERS TAKEK. AN UNCONFIRMED REPORT. An Exchange Cape Town Telegram, daled November 5th, states that the British have been victorious in an engagement at Ladysmith. l'h Boer 105s85 were veiy heavy. Two thousand Boers were taken prisoners. NAVAL GUNS AS FIELD GUNS. TO MEET THE FREE STATE BOERS. Cape Town, Saturday.—A most interesting experiment was carried out here yesterday and proved an entire suc- cess. One of the 4"7 inch guns of H.M. cruiser Terrible was mounted on the new travelling carriage invented by Capt. Percy Scott, and was handled and fired in exactly the same way as a field gun. Several of the 4', -mch gune of the Terrible have been similaily mounted, and will be sent to the front. The evacuation of Colenso was admirably carried Out. Nearly 3U miles of hilly country lie between Colenso and Estcourt, on which the officer commanding at the former place ha.d decided to fall back. Both men and horses behaved splendidly and bore the trying journey well. 0 IN THE WEST. BOERS CLOSING OX KIMBERLEY. KE BEERS' DYNAMITE BLOWN UP. Kimberlev, Wednesday (via Cape Town, Saturday).— The enemy round here are pursuing their usual tactics, burning and destroying. A day or two ago we found that they had fired De Beers' hay stacks and were burning grass, &c. Tne i,H)0 men who were reported as having left Mafeking on the iJud October are believed to have arrived here and joined the besieging commando, as the lat;er have evidently had a considerable possession of strength. They are seen in great Lumbers, and are drawing closer all round Kimberley. To-day the Boers made a demonstration three miles east of the Premier Mine. They were about 1,200 strong. However, they did little beyond opening tJre on two De Beers* carts, which they did not damage. Mr Iinoaes is making an avenue a mile long at Kemlwerth. It is to be called Siege Avenue. A double row r>f orange trees, with espaliers for vines, will be planted on either side, the back- ground being formed by pe;:per trees. A tremendous explosion was heard at 2 o'clock this afternoon. It turned out that the enemy had blown up one or both of the huts containing the De Beers Com- pany's dynamite stores, some seven miles distant, near M.<cf ulane's Farm, the scene of Tuesday's fight. The amount of dynamite stored tl:erp'¡as <l,()O cases, or about 3-"> tons, of the value of £ 3.500. parade was held to-day, and the garrison turned out in iull force, comprising Maxim and field gun detachment of the Cape Police and Royal Artillery, the De Beers' Maxims and the Diamond Fields Artillery. 3Ir Rhodes was present. All the wounded are making satisfaetojf progress. The garrison orders issued to-day intimate tkat a Food supply Committee will be formed to make regulations in regard to prices and distribution of rations. The weather is cooler. AX UNWIELDY BOER GUN. Cape Town, Saturday.—The weight ef the gun used by the Boers at Mafeking was 20,000 pounds. Its tremendous recoil sent it out of gear, and the enemy abandoned their attempts to work it. FnOI LADYSMITH HOME AGAIN. A DESERTER'S STRANGE STORY. An extraordinary story was told at Liverpool Police- court on Monday by John Simpson, belonging to Fleet- wood, with deserting from the Liverpool Regiment. Prisouar, who gave himself up to the ponce, said lie deserted from the ranks at Ladysmith on September lt>. tramping from there to Durban, where h* sold hie khaki uniform to the Kaffirs and obtained civilian clothes. He then worked his passage home on a steamer.-Prisoner was ordered to be handed over to a military escort. A STORY OF GENERAL BULLER. A story of General Buller. as told by Sir James Sivewrigbt to a friend of the editor of The Pelican," relates to the time when the general was milita.rv secre- tary to Mr Leicester Smythe, with the rank of major. One Sunday Major Buller appeared at Newlands, the home of Sir James Sivewright, in low spirits, about Natal. He asked, Does Sir George Colley know this African ground as we know it He may be tempted to go up one of those infernal hills. Very well, he'll climb one of them, but not really get to the top or, if he does get there, he won't understand that the top's no use un- less you know which ridge to guard. And, again. I ask you, does he know our African hills r Mr Sivewright drove him into Cape Town, and got the wires connected with the ba'e. The news was reassuring. Sir G' Colley had moved out in force the day before, and was now, it was understood, in command of the Boor position. The Boers were probably retreating. Mr Sivewright told this radiantly to Major Buller. The major was merely more melancholic than before, You'll see he paid, it's the very thing I told you. Colley has gone up some mountain' He'll think he commands the Boer position, but he won't. It takes an African to do that. Please God, the Boers have been bluffed and have bolted." News came later that Sir George Colley had been killed by the Boers on Ma juba Hill. Buller and his guest went straight for the general's quarters—Major Buller's general. Sir Leicester Smythe—and demanded te we him. The military secretary hriefi,Y told his chief what had happened. And now, sir," laid the masterful ma.n, taking the reins into his hand, I'll tell you what we must do. You must leave with me for Natal to-night to take over the command. Your senior officer in this country, and its your right. We must oatch tke Boers on tie nop. Here is Mr Sivewright. He'll g. to the L niou Company and get you a small steamer, and we'll start to-night at seveu. Just take your kit and yourself an.1 So-and-So. The old gjntiemao remonstrated. He must at least see the Governor, he said. As soon as you see Sir Hercules," retorted his subordinate, "he'll stop you." This isn't the time for waiting for instruct- ions from England.' We must go now. It's our—I beg your pardon, sir, it's my chance in life." The general agreed, the appointed hour came, the steamer lav in the iia; !>our the conspirators met and waited for their tea ter. No General Sir Leicester Smythe arrived: there came a note from him instead. He had seen the Governor, after all, and his Excellency had insisted on the awaiting instructions from England. The editor of the Pct.ctw remarksHad the Major Buller of that vanished Sunday ha. 1 his way he w.,uld not now be going to pluck those iaurels winch eighteen yours ago he vainly scugat to force upon an^th"