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War Telegrams. I


War Telegrams. I Cape Town, Tuesday. The "Morning Leader" correspondent says Botha's surrender and that of his army are possible any day, and Delarey's repulse has contributed to the increasing hopefulness, com- bined with the Boer dread of the prospects of a winter campaign. It is confidently anticipated that Botha's surrender would mean the complete termination of effective guerilla warfare in the Transvaal, leaving the army free to deal with marauding bandits. In Cape Colony the situation excites no appre- hension. The railways are so strongly held that the enemy do not attempt train-wrecking, and the trains are running nightly over most of the lines in the disturbed districts. A further significant feature is the running of trains from the Transvaal containing the output of the mines. A Pretoria telegram says that Delarey will surrender the moment Botha throws up the sponge. Ben Viljoeu's force is in process 1f I dissipation. Durban, Wednesday. A petition, signed by a thousand Boer prisoners at Bellevue Camp, has been sent to Steyn, Schalk Burger, Botha, and De Wet, and the leading commandants, to the effect that the time has arrived when hostilities should cease, as the families of the country are only thrown into deeper miseries by the prolongation of a war, which will end in the moral destruction of the people.—Press Association War Special. Pretoria, Wednesday. On Sunday night six Boers who had taken the oath of neutrality on the occupation of Pretoria by the British troops, attempted to escape from the town to join one of the commandos still holding out. On being chal- lenged by the patrol they refused to stop, one of them firing at the sentry and wounding him. Three escaped, but the other three were finally captured. The latter were tried before a court- martial yesterday, and were all sentenced to be shot. The sentence on one of the condemned men was, however, remitted on account of his youth, but the sentence ou the other two was carried out. Summary action has become necessary in order to check the tendency of surrendered Boers to disregard their obligations. Both the men who were shot were carrying arms when captured.—Press Association War Special. THE GLAMORGAN YEOMANRY. I Durban, Wednesday. The 1st Battalion Imperial Yeomanry has left the Orange River Colony on its return to England.—Re u t er. The 1st Battalion includes the Glamorgan Company. Harrismith, Wednesday. The 1st Battalion Imperial Yeomanry entrained here this morning on their return to England. General Rundle and General Camp- bell were at the station to bid them good-bye, and the former paid the men a high compliment, lie thanked them for the service they had rendered since joining him at Thaba N'chu. When they joined," said General Rundle, he had no cavalry, and he did not know what he would have done without them." I The 11th Battalion leaves to-morrow.—Press Association War Special. CAPTURE OF A BOER LAAGER. I Cape Town, Thursday. The "Cape Argus" gives details of a daring exploit by Colonel Lukiu, of the Cape Mounted Rifles, who, accompanied by one man, surprised a Boer laager near Dordrecht. He dashed into the laager crying, Troop gallop." The Boers abandoned the laager and bolted. Twenty-five prisoners were taken when the troops came up. EXECUTION OF A TRAITOR. I Lance-corporal D. Thomas, Aberystwith, who is at the front with the South Wales Borderers, sends home an account of the execution of a British soldier who deserted his regiment and joined the enemy. He deserted from Ventersdorp in January and then joined Smuts' commando. He was also with Delarev. an fought against the South Wales Borderers at Moddersfontein, on January 27th, 28th, 29th, and February 2nd. The Boers had supplied him with a rifle and ammunition, and also a wife whilst in the Jaayer. He was captured in March, tried by court martial. and found guilty. He displayed the utmost indifference. Outside the prisou preparations were rapidly made for the execution, the place being an old stone quarry, where a chair was fastened to a stake in the ground. "About twelve paces away in front are twelve men picked from different regimeuts, and about twenty yards away are detachments of every corps in the garrison drawn up to witness the' execution. The staff officer loads the twelve rifles, some with ball and others with blank cartridge, and hands each man a rifle, no man knowing what his rifle contains. The prisoner passes along-walkiug to his doom more like a soldier going to church than anything else. They did not piuion him, but he was handcuffed with his hands behind, a haudkerchief being drawn over his eyes. As soon as the escort stepped on one side, the firing party came up to the present and fired, all the bullets entering the body. A doctor went for- ward to see if lie was dead, when the man uttered three piteous groans. The staff officer then stepped up with a loaded revolver and blew his brains out." The mode of execution by sitting in a chair is the death dealt out to a traitor. A soldier is generally shot standing up and not blindfolded or handcuffed.








The Late Captain Powell.

The Imperial Yeomanry.


South African Finances

The Stratford Election.