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Colonies And India (Newspaper) - January 15, 1881, London, Middlesex January 15, 1881 the colonies and India. Luik at the Colombo Harbour had been strongly commented upon by the Engineer newspaper published in London. Such reports Are always Given in respect to the Madras Harbour works and the desirability of following the example of the government of that place was strongly discussed in Council but the governor and both stated that they considered the superintending Engineer s reports As confidential documents. Up to december 16, 1,880 feet of the breakwater pier at Colombo had been completed. The sea was occasionally boisterous with a heavy swell rolling in from the North West. The Dredger Merali had at last commenced operations on the Harbour within the new breakwater but the removal of the material raised was greatly delayed by the want of the steam tug which had not yet reached the Island. A proposal was made that the oysters to be raised during the approaching Pearl fishery should be sold by auction in Colombo but the government did not assent to it. We Are glad to learn on the authority of the Ceylon orbiter re that a sum of 40,000/. Is Likely to be realised by the fishery. It was probable that the steam tug Active shortly expected to arrive from England for the service of the Harbour works would be sent temporarily to Silav Turai to assist in the fishery. The governor had promised that the Tramway to supersede the fort canal should be finished by the end of december. There was a balance of 1,851 rupees on the Island accounts connected with the Sydney exhibition which was to be transferred to the credit of that at Melbourne. Some land in the Kell Bokka Valley had sold As High As 17/. 10. Per acre. A. New singhalese paper connected with the theosophist movement had been started. The Public works commission report which extended Over 140 pages had been presented to the Council. The annual general meeting of the local Branch of the Royal Asiatic society had been held and an address delivered by its president colonel overs the Surveyor general. We regret to learn that the Bishop of Colombo was when the last mail left still seriously ill with the fever which we previously stated he had caught while travelling in the unhealthy districts in the Interior of the Island. A total eclipse of 1he Moon had been visible in the Island on december 10. A promenade concert of the Garden club was held on that evening and in consequence of the darkness resulting from the eclipse the grounds had to be artificially lighted. Hot and dry weather prevailed in Colombo and but very Little rain was reported As having fallen in the planting districts where More was much required. The estate generally were still said to be promising Well for this year s Collet crop. The shipments for the Quarter up to december 16 were a 40 cwt. Of Coffee 1.1,724lbs. Of Tea 13 5,127 lbs. Of Cinchona and 89,192 cwt. Of Cocoa nut Oil. The tonnage carried by the railway during the same period had Beta 19,775 tons against 21,429 tons in 1879. This falling Oft was doubtless due to a Large extent to the reduction in the Quantity of manure now being used on the Coll be estates. South Africa. Tin a Jyi n need not attempt to summarise the contents of the Blue Hook published this week for the simple reason that the account we compiled last week from the Transvaal papers brought Down the narrative of events to a period far later than that to which the official papers refer. We need Only say that the estimate col. Lanyon gives of the real state of Boer feeling is one to the truth of which Many evidences Are to be found in the statements we have published from time to time from men who like i. Blencowe really know the Transvaal. That the agitation has become general is no proof that it was originally spontaneous or that it is not sustained by terror. Lien Ewing then our narrative we find from the last Transvaal papers and the telegrams published in the Cape town papers that on december 0, just before the Date fixed for the great meeting at Potchie Stroom sir Owen Lanyon published a minute setting Forth the circumstances under which Bezuidenhout s Waggon had been taken by Force from the sheriff s officer and stating that the affair would give Rise to Legal proceedings. In Brief it went on to say somewhat As follows a meeting has been summoned for the 8th to consider among other things the advisability of not surrendering for trial the leaders in these Lawless proceedings. The leaders and advisers Are therefore warned that they will be held responsible in person and property. As to the general question of paying taxes they will be required alike from those unwilling to pay and those willing and Legal proceedings will be taken to recover them. Meanwhile sworn information of natives rom out Zansberg and other districts have been received at Pretoria setting Forth that Boers had urged them not to pay taxes and had offered them inducements to assist them in driving the English out of the country. It is Only fair to add that the Boer papers such As the volk4eni-indignantly denied the truth of these assertions. The natives offered their services to the authorities against the Boers in the approaching struggle but they were of course declined. Further it appears that the Boer freemen had sent out a circular warning Farmers that they must be either dutch or English and if English must get out of the country As quickly As possible. As some absolutely false accounts of the Case of Bezuidenhout have been published in the dutch papers let us Here state that a person present at the trial has written to the Transvaal Argun to say that there was a judicial investigation. Bezuidenhout had been asked to pay 27/. He pleaded that Only 14/. Was due. The result of the enquiry was that Only 14/. Was found to be due Only this amount was then demanded he did not. Oiler to pay it to the government but his counsel said that he was willing to pay it to the Republican More revient. New to events at Potchie Stroom a private letter of december 14 save that \ 0 a 0 Boers had collected that on the r Ith a Yolks Raad had been elected on the 14th captains chosen and that on the 15th the people were to March to Pretoria. Daily conferences were held Between the leaders and the government commissioners colonel Clarke we suppose a -"i,1,u j Bella ii s without any result. The military authorities had stopped All Parage of supplies except perishable articles. Other accounts say that from 400 Toon joev3 v vre it thu Neeti inc Ink Tillit it and at Middelburg they Nad re lined to pay taxes. Alter this communications ceased owing of course., " the outbreak and probably every shred of available information has since then Ueen telegraphed t0 a i i Toni Raa Al of in though As we have explained hostile to the personnel administration is vehemently in favour of determined action against the person who defend the Law. Tie press act which had been introduced was it. Ears similar m its provisions to that in Force at the Cape and in Natal. A Nilu a Tor this ground of grievance. I the telegraphic news of the week considering the great length of the Nisi it. In w it Wiersu Oom Aas Aiso Deen repel a. Ine users of " Nevin it is said to sir g. P. Colley s remonstrances retired from Lur the in of occupy eco in Atal. In Newcastle sympathy seems to be expressed Surprise though the colonel had evidently some idea of danger having Laa gered his men at night. In Cape Colony there have been several meetings to express sympathy with the Boers. The president of the free state however has sent a Telegram which describes Cne reports that the state intended to Aid the insurgents As malicious deputation to lord Kimberley answer of the deputation of the peace society disposed very frankly of the one sided View of the Case which such a deputation would naturally seek to enforce. He said that the first business was to Rescue the beleaguered garrisons and reassert our authority. At the same time if the Boers desisted from their armed opposition to us at the present moment he should not altogether despair of some satisfactory arrangement being arrived at. The government were by no Means anxious to make War upon the of course but the question is what settlement will the Boers accept. Can we after or. Gladstone s positive refusal to reverse annexation give the Boers what they want just because they have risen and massacred our soldiers the Boers have Over and Over again declared that they will be satisfied tooth nothing less than this. It is not the Mode of our government they object to hut the Mere name of British Rule. From the instructions to sir Hercules Robinson we suspect that lord Kimberley Hopes that some scheme of confederation will solve the difficulty. The Basurto War the instructions Given by government to sir Hercules Robinson have been published. In Brief they imply that government regards the disarmament As in itself justifiable but Inopportune and that government did not Sanction disallowed indeed the measures which led to the War. According to the constitutional understanding they do riot interfere with it one Way or another but when it is brought to a close the question of the disposal of Morofs land is to be settled by an act of the Cape parliament not by proclamation and this act is to be reserved for the assent of the Home government.  the Contention of the French missionaries that the Bastos were not formally informed of the Transfer from the Crown to the government of Cape Colony is not one which very materially affects the merits of the disarmament question. But the statement of the missionaries such As they Are have this week been rebutted by sir Bartle Frere and sir . We Hope to review next week the whole controversy on Kindred Points. The mail accounts of colonel Carrington s engagement near Titza Burnt in december justify our description of the affair As a Success on the 13th, it seems colonel Carrington divided his forces into two divisions and went on patrol on the two sides of the Titza Mountain. The division under colonel Brabant capt trod Zariel s Village but was unable to Advance the Way being blocked by a Large Force of the enemy estimated at 2,000 men. Colonel Carrington s division composed of the smaller number of men was opposed by some 3,000, who repeatedly charged in the most Gallant style but were repulsed by the colonials who formed in Square to meet the enemy s assault. Colonel Brabant having reported to colonel Carrington his inability to Advance received instructions to fall Back on the Camp and then join colonel Carrington who had been steadily retiring. Directly the enemy saw colonel Brabant approaching in support of colonel Carrington they fell Back and the latter Wheeling his Square to the right charged the enemy himself doing considerable execution. Let sea it appears still keeps aloof from All participation in the insurrection. From the telegrams of the week it appears that colonel Carington has without opposition formed an advanced Camp beyond Titza the Village referred to above which was destroyed last month. His Picquett were attacked on january 6 by a Large number of Bastos. After a severe engagement the enemy fell Back Witk heavy loss while the casualties on the Side of the colonial forces were Only trifling. The the Transki there have been further captures of Mtembu cattle but no serious fighting. A Pondo raid on the xes ibes was repulsed by the colonial forces acting under orders from the chief magistrate. This would be a very serious item if it meant that the condos acting under the authority of their chief had attacked our allies. But we Are glad to see by later telegrams that the raiders excuse themselves saying they had Only gone after their stolen cattle. If the condos Are really kept quiet the forces now operating in the Transki might soon be available for Basutoland. India and Central Asia. The to Kojian expedition. We heard last week from Teheran from Derege and from St. Petersburg of a great Battle the Date of which is variously Given but which clearly was later than the attack on Karys. According to the daily news correspondent at St. Petersburg who Speaks probably on official information privately obtained general Skobe let desiring once again to " make a recon a Naissance " of Geok Tepe and effect a diversion from repeated attacks on the lines of communication advanced from a Musk with part of his Force. The Tekke s came out in great numbers to oppose the Advance. They encountered the russians on december 24 six versus say four Miles from Geo Tepo and fought with such daring and persistence that reinforcements were called up from a Musk. The engagement lasted four hours the russians retiring on a Musk without getting nearer Geok Tepe. The number of Sekkes was estimated at 20,000. Their losses were said to have been considerable while the russian loss was Only one Soldier killed. But the daily news correspondent at Derege heard a different tale. According to this the turkomans 4,000 in number raided at Beurma capturing 500 camels. The russians pursued and retook 250 near Geok Tepo where a severe combat occurred. The Garrison made a sortie capturing two Caus on which Wei e afterwards retaken by the russians who retreated to Rami. Later we hear again from the daily Neicy correspondent at St. Petersburg that according to a despatch from general Skobeleff colonel Kuropatkin with Only 500 men had joined Skobeleff s forces at a Musk a fortified Post at a distance from Geok Tepe of Twenty versus say twelve mile from which Skobeleff started to make the reconnaissance on december 24. Having made the necessary arrangements Skobeleff on january 2, directed three columns to dislodge the Sekkes from a fortified outpost about ten versus East of Geok Tepe. Starting fro Rii a Musk colonel Kuropatkin commanded the column of attack on the Southern Side. Arriving near the fort he found it strongly built and protected by a Fosse filled with water requiring him to bring up his artillery. The second column under colonel Koze Kolf made a simultaneous attack on the Northern Side whilst general Skobeleff commanded the Reserve and intermediate column Well provided with artillery. The Sekkes finding themselves attacked on two sides fled towards Geok Tepe. General Skobeleff discharged a raking fire against them during their Retreat. Having thus cleared the Sekkes from this outlying position general Skobeleff during the next two Days advanced his forces almost close to Geok Tope on the East Side at a distance of Little More than a mile. The Day following the. Capture of the outlying position the Sekkes made desperate but unsuccessful efforts to retake the fort. The russian losses on this Day Are reported at fifteen and five

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