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CHESHIRE HINT. I

DEATH OF MR. P. H. FLETCIIER-1

NESTON CONSERVATIVE I ASSOCIATION.J

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IA CAPTAIN'S EXCITING EXPERI-I ENCE. I I BOER TRICKERY. I Pretoria, Jan. 17. Captain O'Flaherty, of the Commander-in- Chief's Bodyguard, who was recently captured at Lindley and released at Standerton, states that he was taken prisoner while defending, with eighteen men, a position covering Piet De Wet's farmhouse, which he had been ordered to hold while Piet De Wet brought away his wire. The Boers, knowing that Piet De Wet was visiting his house, made strenuous efforts to break through the guard in order to capture him. The defenders in the consequent fighting had four men killed and five wounded. The Boers made use of trickery in order to get to close quarters. Four of them rode diagonally across the front, dressed in clothing which was an exact counterfeit of that worn by the British mounted infantry. The other Boers, who were on a ridge, poured a hot fire over their heads in order to make the deception complete. Thinking that the men were Yeomanry from Colonel Barker's column, our men reserved their fire. The four Boers passed round a small kopje on the right, and, suddenly opening fire at a distance of 400 yards, shot ten horses. Seeing that Piet De Wet had got away in a cart with his wife and family, Captain O'Flaherty ordered his remaining men to mount and retire. Though the Boers main- tained their hot fire this order was carried out, and all those who had not previously been wounded escaped. Piet De Wet was wounded in the arm. Capt. O'Flaherty's horse being shot, he remained behind. Ten Boers, thinking that all the men were gone, galloped up. Then, seeing the officer, they I fired at him without dismounting and missed. The first Boer fell to Captain O'Flaherty's revolver, whereon the others came up close and threatened to shoot the officer for killing their comrade. They debated the question, however, and eventually decided not to kill him but to take him prisoner. They made him accompany them through the districts of Reitz, Bethlehem, Harrison, and Vrede, and released him in the neighbourhood of Standerton. Captain O'Flaherty says that the Boers in the regions through which he passed have plenty of; everything to eat and plenty of ammunition. They employ their children to act as scouts and to keep watch on the tops of kopjes. The patrols and scouts are all dressed in exact imitation of our mounted infantry. They state that they can go on fighting at little cost for years, :and that they hope to weary out the people of Great Britain, who, they imagine, must be feeling the heavy cost of the war severely. They hope also for the return of the Radicals to power, as they considered that a Radical Ministry would stop the war and acknowledge the independence of the Boer Republics. Captain O'Flaherty, in the course of his experiences as a prisoner, was with five different commandos, he being passed from one to another. He estimates the combined strength of these commandos at 1,500 men.

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