Booklet, War telegrams
Curling's Standard Printing Works
Excerpt from book:
Issued Monday October 16, 1899.
From commandant Botha, Bloemfontein:
We started fighting early this morning to the north of Mafeking. Ochert Oosthuizen of Marico and one of the Rustenburg burghers dead. The English fled to Makefing and afterwards returned.
October 18, 1899.
Commandant Botha reports that at midnight a fight took place near the Mafeking mountain. The enemy with 100 armed Kaffirs attacked our forces but were beaten back. One wounded Kaffir was taken prisoner and 3 rifles picked up.
November 16, 1899.
Commandant General, Head Laager, Ladysmith, wires that he arrived at Colenso on the 13th instance to acquaint himself with the positions, then saw the British advance guard.
When we arrived at the spot, we discovered an armoured train which we derailed with stones. As soon as the train was re railed it proceeded and they fired on us with Maxim and Armstrong guns. We captured five trucks. Two of the enemy were killed and we took 56 prisoners. Among them was Winston Spencer Churchill - reporter for the Morning Post.
Officially issued by the late Orange Free State Government up to the occupation of Bloemfontein.
All the war telegrams officially issued to the public by the Intelligence Department of the late Orange Free State Government during the period running from the outbreak of hostilities to the occupation of Bloemfontein by Her Majesty's forces.