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AFTER TI-IE WAR. PROGRESS OF SURRENDER. MUTUAL GOOD FEELING. KING'S MESSAGE TO THE BURGHERS. The following telegrams from Lord Kitchener have been received at the War Office: PRETORIA, Saturday, 3.40 a.m. "Yesterday progress continued in entirely satisfactory manner. At Middelburg, Transvaal, 440 burghers laid down their arms, handing in one pom-pom com- plete with ammunition. Hiding places of one Howitzer and one Maxim hace also been indicated. At Standerton 289 burghers laid down their arms, and in the Cape Colony 255, of whom 219 were rebels. These came in at Cradock, and many more are expected to-day. All in Cape Colony have expressed themselves rejoiced at news of peace." Sunday, 6 a.m. Disarmament proceeding satisfactorily. Good spirit displayed everywhere.. Yesterday 1986 rifles were handed in, making total of 4342 rifles up to date." THE NEW SONS OF THE EMPIRE. Telegrams from South Africa show that the incorporation of the burghers into the Empire is being accomplished with best feeling on both sides. A Pretoria correspondent says I was in con- versation with a number of Boers who have been fighting throughout the campaign, and I was sur- prised at the number of inquiries which they made regarding the extent, wealth, and power of the Empire. They were very anxious to ascertain whether the French Canadians lived under any disability. Altogether, the signs are most hopeful. We are receiving into the Empire an addition which, as far as one can see at present, intends becoming as loyal a section as any." The surrender at Standerton was supervised by General Louis Botha, and, was conducted in per- feet order and with military precision. In a short speech General Hamilton testified to the admira- tion felt by the whole British nation for the grand struggle made by the Boers, and expressed the hope that the burghers would become loyal sub- jects of the King. At Vredefort Road, General Christian De Wet went out early in the morning to meet Van Niekerk's and Vander Merwe's commandos at the farm of Bloethof, 11 miles west of Vrede- fort Road. At noon a message arrived that the burghers were ready. General Elliott, who had arrived with his staff in No. 4 armoured train from Kroonstad, then rode out and met the burghers on the veldt. The General expressed his admiration for the Boers' pluck and endurance. The burghers lustily cheered the General. They stated that they had expected that we should come with 15,000 armed troops to receive tht) surrender, and that they were sur- prised to see General Elliott come attended only by his personal staff. After the laying down of arms was completed General Elliott addressed the burghers, stating that our only wish was to see everyone get back to his farm as soon as possible. The King had telegraphed from England, expressing his satisfaction at the termination of hostilities, and eulogising the Boers as well as the British forces. His Majesty hoped that the burghers would soon be on their farms, and would enjoy pros- perity and happiness in the future. The burghers thereupon gave three hearty cheers for the King. Field Cornet Raath thanked General i Elliott for the King's message, and said all burghers intended to be just as faithful to the new as to the late Government. The General re- plied that if the burghers did this the King would be very pleased. After receiving their passes, the burghers galloped off to the Concentration Camp to see their families, all apparently in good spirits. Mr. Schalk Burger lunched with the Governor of Natal on Friday of last week, and visited the Concentration Camp. In an address of over an hour's duration he explained the present situation to the persons in the camp. He asked them to make the best of the situation, and to forget and forgive the past. He pointed out the uselessness and hopelessness of continuing the struggle. He urged them to accept and act in accordance with the terms of surrender, saying that now he had signed them he did not intend to draw back. He wished to work for the good of South Africa. MANY RIFLES GIVEN UP. I Lord Kitchener telegraphs from Pretoria that on Sunday and Saturday afternoon 2500 rifles were surrendered. Of these 448 were handed over by Cape rebels, and the remainder principally by De Wet's men. Hearty cheers for the King were given. A telegram from Bloemfontein says that when the Boer leaders came into the town the other day they refused to shake hands with many of those who had pre- viously surrendered to the British. Thanksgiving Services for the close of the War were held at Kroonstad, and most other places in South Africa, on Sunday, and Monday was observed as a public holiday in Capetown and at Durban. At the latter place the keynote of the addresses was that of hope for the harmony and union of races under the British Flag. SEVEN THOUSAND SURRENDERS. A message from Pretoria states that the sur- renders of Boers continue throughout the different districts, the total up to Monday morn- ing being seven thousand. MR. KRUGER'S ATTITUDE. Mr. Kruger's order to strike the colours of the former Boer Republics before his house (says a Brussels correspondent) is generally considered to be a tacit recognition of the Pretoria Treaty, and the first step towards accepting the new state of affairs in South Africa. The Dutch Premier, Dr. Kuyper, insists (says, a corre- spondent of the "Standard") upon the ex- President following the example of the other Boer leaders, and swearing the oath of allegiance, like Mr. Steyn and Generals Botha and De Wet. It is not impossible that Mr. Kruger will finish by yielding to Dr. Kuyper's advice. TRANSVAAL MINES. NEW TAX TO BE LEVIED. A proclamation was issued in Pretoria on Monday repealing the measure passed by the late Transvaal Volksraad which imposed a tax of 5 per cent. on the net profits of mines, and in place thereof imposing a tax of 10 per cent. on the net produce obtained from the working of claims, mynpachts, and other gold-bearing grounds in this colony. Such net produce is to be taken as the value of the gold produced after deduction of the cost of production andi of the sums allowed for exhaustion of capital, as provided in the pro- clamation. In the House of Commons on Tuesday Mr. Black asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he anticipated any recovery for the Imperial Exchequer from the Transvaal gold mines during the current financial year. +T, TT Hicks-Beach f I have already informed the House that it is our intention, after the ter- mination of hostilities, to earmark certain sources of avenue in the Transvaal and to apply them from time to time to the service of some portion of the loans raised for the war. No time will be lost in making arrangements for this pur- pose, but whether any sum will be available from this sourse during the present financial year I cannot at present say. It depends largely on the rapidity with which the main industries of the country, and the revenue, recover from the effects of the war.



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