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San Francisco call (Newspaper) - November 19, 1899, San Francisco, CaliforniaGeneral Schal Burger commanding the Boer a forces threatening Estcourt a cd the country below. F this be taken f Voli me . 172. San Rija Cisco. Is Nhay. Not ber 19, 1899�?thirty-two pages Price five troops Are holding their own in South Africa. Driven away from their guns with a considerable loss Boers attempt a closer investment of Ladysmith but Are Defeated in a sortie. Attempt of Boers to Rush Estcourt is reported a failure British naval gun and Dublin Fusi leers drive Back the attacking Force in Short order. Special Cable to the Call and the new York Herald. Copyright 1899, by James cordon Bennett. London nov. 19.�?a special dispatch fro i Pietermaritzburg dated saturday november 18, says a runner brings the message from lady sri it saying that on november 9 to e Boers attacked that Towo from the Southwest but were repulsed by the Royal rifles and Rifle brigade with great loss. Or november 14 the Boers made an attack near Coler so but were repulsed with a loss of 800. Fighting is proceeding at Estcourt. London nov. I8.�?it was stated in yesterdays summary of the War news that Confidence was Felt in general Whites ability not Only to hold his own but to inflict severe blows us n the enemy. That proved True sooner than was perhaps anticipated for to Day a native runner reached Estcourt with a dispatch from general White himself stating that the Garrison was in the highest spirits. The Boers made a vigorous attempt to it it invest the town closer hut Whites men drove them Hack and followed them up with a sortie which drove the Boers away from their guns with great loss and without a single casualty among the British. The War it office also received the Good news that All was veil at Kimberley up to last saturday. On the other hand the Boers Are said to have destroyed the Tugela Bridge. Great concern is Felt Here As to what May be the Fate of Winston Churchill regarding whom no further news has been received in London since yesterday. The Rumor also comes from Estcourt that the Boers have occupied the Small Village of Menen about Twenty five Miles off and that they were nearing Estcourt and looting he the was. According to the latest dispatches Only eight Miles separated the main body of the Boers from Estcourt. Their Force is roughly computed at Between two and three thousand men accompanied by six a Pounders and two French guns. At Estcourt however All is in readiness for an attack. More stories have come to hand about general Joubert. One is that he is indisposed which seems to have been the foundation for the Story of his being wounded or killed. Another Storvis that he has been taken prisoner but that is not credited Here As the War office would have been sure to learn something about it if there had been any truth in it. Twenty six troop ships have within the last nine Davs reached South Africa. The statement is repeated that the Boers Are making overtures to the Basurto chief Joel Galopo who it is said is preparing to oin them. Hie of guards arrived in splendid condition at the Orange River Camp last wednesday. The entire Camp is in Good health an 1 spirits ready to March and eager for a fight when lord Methuen gives the order to move. View of Estcourt below Ladysmith now threatened by the Boers. A a a 4 a a a 4�?�T��?-e�?e claims to have Defeated Boers during sortie Estro Frt Natal Friday even lip. Nov Rel it or 17.�?a runner arrived Here from Ladysmith bearing dispatches from general White who reports All Well there. He adds that the Boer shells have no effect. General White recently made n it sir in and drove the Boers from their guns position. The British did not lose a Man. The town is healthy. It is rumoured that the Boers have occupied the Village of Wenen. Twenty five j Miles hence. What ail Vantage they Hope to derive therefrom is not known. The bombardment of Ladysmith has continued almost daily with big guns. The Boers endeavoured on tuesday november 14. To make a closer investment but were repulsed. General White following this up with a sortie which drove the Boers from All their positions with considerable loss. The Boers Are reported to be seriously Short of provisions. Or. Briscoe who was in charge of the red Cross train sent to fetch the killed am Succour the wounded of the armoured train disaster gives an interesting account of a second interview which lie had with the Boer commandant who met or. Bra see As soon As he left the train carrying a White Flag. The commandant replied to the doctors request for permission to a remove the dead and wounded by saying that there was no need to hand Over the dead who had already been buried and that so far As the wounded were to Hoerni a they were being Well cared for by the Boer Hospital corps. The Boer commandant and or. Briscoe it is added interchanged compliments on the Pluck Ness displayed on both sides. The commandant spoke English fluently was of highly polished manners expressed admiration for the English soldiers and promised to do his Best to get the names of the killed. When questioned concerning the whereabouts of Winston Churchill the commandant replied. A i do not or. Briscoe says the Public and the relatives of the wounded May be assured that they will be Well cared for As a scotch surgeon. Or. Maxwell was pressed into the Boer service at Karmelo to take charge of the Boer Hospital. Lorenzo Marquez Delagoa Bay. Nov. 17 a the official vol Stem reports that the Bridge Over the Tugela River near Colenso was completely destroyed on wednesday november 15. The Boers Are looking Forward with great interest to the impending encounter Between Colenso and Estcourt with the advancing British. About 600 burghers with Cannon Are guarding the help a Kaar pass eighteen Miles from Dundee to baffle any strategical attempt to rec a tips Dundee by the Pietermaritzburg Grey town route. Belated dispatches from a correspondent with the Boers near i Ladysmith up to tuesday novel a or 14, Are arriving Here after being strictly censored at Pretoria. They throw some Light on the fighting already reported from other sources. They say that on Friday november 10, eight Luddite shells were fired into the Transvaal Central artillery position without doing any harm. The wooden platform of the second big gun on bul Uwana Hill was damaged but has since been repaired. Commandant Weilbach captured a Man who reported that general White was wounded and had gone to Pietermaritzburg. Leaving general French in command. This however does not tally with the Transvaal a information. The prisoner also reported that the British forces wore hiding in underground Chambers in order to avoid the shells and said there were about 1000 wounded in the hospitals. General Mouliert has been indisposed but is better. On monday. November 13, the British forts on the North Side of Ladysmith opened on the nearest Boer Battery. And the shells fell so thickly that the. Boers were compelled to lie Flat for shelter. Later they opened Are on the British batteries which ceased firing. Heavy fighting occurred Between the Orange free state troops and the British South of Ladysmith during the morning of tuesday november 14. The result is not known. From lombards hop the British batteries were visible shelling the free a taters position. A Transvaal big gun shelled the British batteries. More hopeful feeling now in great Britain copyrighted 1193, by the associated press. London. Nov. 18, in Sang of another week without any material change in the status of the beleaguered British Force at Ladysmith is responsible for a much Onoro hopeful of cling in great Brit Ain regarding the Fate of general Whites men. On All Side s the opinion is now expressed that they will be Able to withstand attack until Relief arrives. It is hard to see the justification for such definite optimism for so far As can he gained from the meager reports from the scene of action the Boers have not yet attempted a determined attack which it seems certain the y All along intended to be the Climax of their deliberate strategy. That they have put off such an attack until the last moment s is Only probable for if they were driven to assault Ladysmith they would doubtless desire to attempt it while tie British ammunition is at the lowest ebb. The diversion of Boer units from Ladysmith toward Estcourt cannot. It is claimed let a taken As any indication that the Boers have Given up Hope of capturing Joidy Snaith for Ali or plans of Campaign appear to be far too skilfully mapped out and tenaciously adhered to to admit the supposition that they have suddenly. And without sufficient cause renounced their main object. The main of developments around ibid Smith ran Well be believed to be the Lull which Are Eedes the storm. Many signs Point to the Quick Relief of Kimberly or the defeat of the British attempt to achieve it and it has apparently been decided that Mafeking must take its chances and colonel Baden Powell will probably be Given several More chances to write facetious dispatches. It is interesting to not. That among the British naval brigade at Ladysmith Are no less than seven midshipmen none probably Over 17, among the m being sir Edward Chichester a son. There arc also two naval engineers. This is the first occasion on which naval engineers have been actively engaged at the front in a purely land Campaign. The admiralty has quietly bought 10,000 suits and equipments for the men of the naval res Rve. Though these Are scarcely Likely to be used in the immediate future the Purchase is one More indication of what thorough preparations great Britain is making for any eventualities. A correspondent with the British Channel Squadron says a though lying quietly moored at Gibraltar every precaution is taken to prevent Surprise the Crew s being practically under War the naval critics declare that the belated chartering of the White Star line Steamer Majestic shows that the subsidized lines should not Only be available As government armed cruisers but As transports. Arnold White the lecturer at Eton College on naval matters declared during the week that the present greatness of the British Navy is directly attributable to Admiral lord Charles Beresford and Captain Mahan. It is now certain that Admiral Beresford will become second in command of the British Mediterranean Fleet probably in january. He has selected his staff. The bottle ship revenge will be his flagship. Both Admiral Fisher who is in chief command of the Mediterranean Fleet and Admiral Beresford Are supporters of the plan of damming up the Suez canal instead of holding it in Case of War. The reports of the trial of the Holland submarine boat have created great interest Here. The Globe expresses Surprise at the results and maintains that these Only could be accomplished in the most favourable weather and water conditions holding that judgment must be withheld until trials Are undertaken at night and in rough water. The Matin of Paris announces that France will have two More submarine boats ready before next october. The War seems to give Queen Victoria a new of life. The a eying ceremonies at Bristol were preceded by a Long journey from Scotland yet the Queen showed no Rogn of fatigue after undertaking what would have tired out Many women of half her age. Her Short speeches Many of them Impromptu were never More pointed and they have apparently deeply touched the heart of the nation. After such an exhibition of vigor the talk of her retirement in favor of the Prince of Wales has naturally no part in the gossip of to Day. Whites troops May be Short of ammunition London. Nov. 18.�? ominous statements Are coming by mail that the British Retreat from Dundee was largely due to the shortness of ammunition and As this it is thought. Is probably the plight at Ladysmith and elsewhere it seems to furnish ground for anxiety for the safety of the various isolated garrisons. With the Colenso Bridge destroyed it is claimed that general duller will have More difficult transport problems to solve. Belated dispatches from Cape town give j general bullers reply to the application i of colonel Schiel. The German officer cat tured at Elands . For a parole. In accordance with the alleged Promise of general White. General Buller expresses regret that Captivity is inconvenient to colonel Schiel but declines to admit that there is any broach of etiquette. He continues Quot no commander can give a parole or exercise control Over the Safe keeping of a prisoner outside the limits of his own command. By the action of the forces of the Republic general Whites command at present is limited to Ladysmith and the general commanding is perfectly justified in making arrangements for the safety of the prisoners of War that the demands of i his command require. Great g Britain is 6000 Miles from the Cape. The Transvaal declared War and invaded British territory before a British Force could be nut in the Field. They therefore obtained an advantage at the outset. They no doubt took into consideration the fact that he Small British Force opposed to them would have few Inen to spare to guard prisoners who might therefore be subjected to close restraint. On the arrival of the British Force 1 will do my Best to remedy any an official dispatch from Pretoria dated Friday november 10, confirms the statements to the effect that the Boer big guns had Little effect at Mafeking. Reports from a ape Colony indicate that the Boer sympathizers Are greatly surprised at the inability of general Joubert to rapture Ladysmith. Interesting details Are arriving at Cape town from the Orange River relating to the fighting at Belmont showing that when colonel Keith Falconer was shot through the breast he was just going to the assistance of a wounded lieutenant Bevan. Ice tenant Brooke of the lancers had a marvelous escape. He had dismounted to sketch the Boer position being at the time some distance ahead of his troopers when thirty Boers opened fire and a Bullet passed through hts leg the second riddled his helmet and the third killed his horse. Lieutenant Brooke i thereupon started to run hotly pursued by the Boers who were mounted and would certainly have captured him but for an intervening wire Fence. The bullets fell thick around the lieutenant As he climbed the Fence but the Boers stopped pursuing him and though they peppered away at him Brooke escaped. Estcourt nov. 18. 1 40 p. 10 of clock this morning the Boers attempted to Rusl Estcourt but one shot from the British Javal gun a d several Loi a Rar be volleys fired by the Dublin Fusiliers set them Back precipitately. The Boers had several Guys posted on Turrou Riding Kopje but the British naval or i apparel july Astor wished them and their gurus were withdrawn. London nov. 18. latest news from the seat of War in South Africa is from one Point of View favourable to the British showing that Kimberley is Able to hold her own against the Boers and that Estcourt is in a position to beat Back an attack by the Boer forces now facing it. On the other hand the advices pay testimony to the ceaseless activity of the burghers on the free state Frontier and their determination to Cut off Relief for Ladysmith and if possible to isolate or capture Estcourt which is the nearest town to Ladysmith still held by the British. A number of Small Boer commandos from the East and West Are converging on Estcourt and the Railroad just South of that place. The Boers already aggregate at least 2000. With a few guns which they evidently from the entrenchments they Are throwing up mean to mount on Hills dominating any Advance North from Estcourt where general Hildyard is still commanding. Even with the Strong Relief column now hurrying up from Durban the British will have a Tough Job to Pierce the Boer forces thrown across the roads to Ladysmith while crossing the Tugela River on Pontoon Bridges in the face of the Boer artillery and Rifle fire from the Northern ridges commanding the River will probably prove one of the stiffest enterprises of the War. From the free state Frontier comes news that reinforcements Are rapidly arriving at the Orange River Camp where lord Methuen is hurriedly preparing to push a Relief Force on Kimberley. The scots guards arrived from Cape town on thursday and the Relief Force ought now to he almost Strong enough to tackle the Boers besieging the town. A Young British hero. Then la a Prosn is just now loud in the Praia of bugler John James Shurlock aged 14 years who shot three Boers in the fight North of Ladysmith and saved a wounded Comrade. To was carried around the Camp on the shoulders of the men after the Battle. Briskly until 6 15 a. M. From three positions. Subsequently they maintained a desultory fire until 7 15 of clock. One Shell killed a poor old Kaffir woman in the Street and another fell on the roof of a barn partly wrecking the building. But not injuring any of the inmates. Six shells were fired against the water works but fell in the Reservoir. Several artillerymen in the fort there had close shaves. The British guns replied at Long Range and at least two shells Are believed to have found their Mark As the fire of the Boers in that direction was effectually silenced. Several of the Boers shells fell in the native compound hut the inmates immediately rushed to dig them up. Several others landed on the mined floors but did no damage. The bombardment freshened from 14 of clock until noon the Are being directed at ottos Kopje whence our patrol at Dawn had fired upon a Boer detachment knocking Down six of their horses. The British casualties were one policeman mortally wounded and a Light horseman slightly wounded. The patrol Fred coolly and steadily until the Boers dispersed. A second patrol engaged the enemy hut meeting a Superior Force was compelled to retire losing Only turn horses. The Boers fired quite 300 shells to Day. The cases wore dated from Laid to 1896. The Boers have at least eight guns. The prisoners they recently captured and conveyed to Bloemfontein Han their arms pinned behind them and were tied to the trek Chain of an of Wagon remaining thus throughout the entire night until their removal the next Day. The Boers Are again Busy blow Long up Railroad culverts. The heavy bombardment was renewed at 3 40 of clock this afternoon from two positions. The British guns Are now replying. The Boers shells Are falling harmlessly though the artillerymen have found the Range. The weather is Fine and warn. Benefit for the american Hospital ship London nov. 18.�?mrs. James Brown Potter s Tea concert at Claridge s hotel to Day for the Henelt of the Hospital ship Maine was a great Success. The exquisitely decorated rooms were thronged with the exr Luslie of fashion Able people in Brilliant attire including the Prince of Wales. The Duke of Cambridge Princess Christian of Schleswig hols teen Pron less Albert of Anhalt and Princess Victoria of Schleswig Holstein. The last Trio were accompanied by mrs. Hopkins of new York the Duchess of Marlborough. Or. And mrs. Joseph h. Choate. Mrs. Ogden <1 Owlet mrs. Arthur Paget. Lady Tweedmouth. Lady and a Host of others. Lady Randolph Churchill looked in for a few minutes. But was deeply distressed owing to her anxiety As to the Fate of hot son. Winston Churchill believed to be a pros Oner in the hands of the Boers and left before the guests arrived. The executive committee wore red Cross badges. The Prince of Wales heartily congratulated mrs. Potter on the Brilliant Success of her idea and thoroughly enjoyed the various features of the performance. He sat in front of a Row flanked by mesdames Hopkins. Jack Leslie and Potter and the Duches a of Marlborough. At the Prince s special re. Quest miss Edna May Sang a follow something Over �7-100 was added to the Maine fund As the result of the entertain ment. A More charming and successful gathering has Seldom been witnessed at any social function in i Ondon. The entire floor of the hotel which was devoted to the entertainment was cot Vertex into a perfect Garden of chrysanthemums and roses and Multi Dolored incandescent lights illuminated the scene. The presence of an escort of the life guards in their Brilliant White and Scarlet uniforms and of a drum Malor drummers and pipers in the familiar tartan of the 8cots guards gave a martial tone to the Entrance and foyer while the sumptuous toilets of the ladles and gentlemen added splendor to the picture. Seldom in the a Story of american functions in London has a More distinctive american scene Heert presented for the managers were determined that the presence of Royalty should bravery of British a to of of of Okho of it it a it it a it it to of of it it a it it a a it a o 4 a troops in armoured ? train disaster i bombardment of Kimberley by determined Boers Kimberley saturday nov. 11 via runner to Orange River a the Boers bombarded Kimberley again at 5 15 o clock this morning shelling the town o London. Nov. 18. full Story of the armoured train disaster has t brought into Relief a number of cases of individual gallantry. Among them o is that of a crack Rifle shot named f age head who furnished the Range at a three different Points for the Crew of the train and kept firing until his Trig 0 ger Finger was shot away. An old Black watch Veter i a ism i i a 1 conspicuous for bravery in helping to Clear the derailed trucks. Winston Churchill amid a Hall of bullets turned to him and Shook h q him a Brave old Man. Another Case was that of a Volunteer name a Wrigh who during the tiring Knelt in the regulation position remaining a i a collected and cracking a joke with Evory shot thus keeping i 4 from becoming flurried while All the time he was suffering from a wound Bis q right ear having been shot away. Corporal Nokle. Though wounded and if a Long on his Back encouraged the men by shouting Quot give Mem Beans boys Quot a a a a Choo flt hot a 00 of cof hoi of 040 40y 00 a 0040 o o a o a o a o a a o a o
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