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TRANSVAAL WAR FROM DAY to DAY. Two farther lists of casualties among the troops engaged in the THURSDAY. operations at Venter's Spruit and 011 Spion Kop, between January 17 and 24, were issued by the War Office yesterday. They relate to the Fifth Division and mounted troops, and are with the men only. The names of the officers who were killed or wounded or who are missing have already been given- The new lists contain nearly 800 names, the majority belonging to the Lancashire Brigade. Of the 800" some 600 of the casualties occurred at Spion Kop. Altogether during the whole campaign we have lost 9,660 men, of whom ■ c~ 1,500 have been killed. The Boer losses in the fighting on Spion Kop are officially reported at Pretoria as 53 killed and 120 wounded. The courage and devotion of the garrison at Ladysmith are beyond praise. Naturally disappointed at the failure of Sir Redvers Buller's movement by Trich- ardt's Drift, it obstinately refuses to despair. A strong camp rumour states that General Buller is advancing on another line. According to a Central News telegram, Sir H. Rawlinson, Deputy Assistant Adjutant General in Natal, yesterday sent, the following telegram to his wife from the beleaguer- ed town "Very fit and confident." The corres- pondent of the Times in Ladysmith telegraphed on Sunday, "We can hold on here," Many arguments have been put forward in the last few days in fav- our of the abandonment of active operations for the relief of Ladysmith and the transference of our main efforts to an invasion of Cape Colony. There is practically no official news of importance from Natal. The St. FETIDAY. James's Gazette yesterday published the following statement:—" It is re- ported on good authority that General Buller has crossed the Tugela in three places, and that fighting has been going on all day." Up to a late hour last night the War Office had received no confirmation of this report. Though the rumours of the raising of the siege have not been confirmed, there is good news from Mafeking. In a telegram he sent to Colonel Plumer on the 17th of January, and which was forwarded from Lorenzo Marquez yesterday, Colonel Baden-Powell reports that he had forced the enemy to remove the positions of his big guns. The enemy," lie added, still holds two strong works, which I hope to shift shortly with dynamite. The garrison are healthy and cheery." There is no official news whatever from General Buller's headquarters, SATURDAY. but a telegram of Tuesday's date states that on that day Lord Dundonald, with a cavalry division, made a recon- naissance westward from Spearman's Camp to Honger's Poort, a drift over the Tugela near Zunckles. The road was found to be clear. The bridge in course of construction over the Upper Tugela at Giles was found to have two spans destroyed. From no other portion of the theatre of war is there any news of importance to record. Not only does the confidence of the troops in Sir Redvers Buller remain unshaken, but the garrison of Ladysmith still believe that his efforts to relieve them will be successful. A message which has been brought to Estcourt by a runner from Ladysmith describes how the fight for the possession of Spion Kop was watched by the beleaguered garrison. It was at first thought that General Buller had been successful. Even when the truth became known, the garrison remained confident both of their own capacity to hold out and of General Buller's ability to advance. It is stated in a telegram from Dur- ban that General Buller has again MONDAY. crossed the Tugela and is marching towards Ladysmith. The details of the movement are being kept secret, but it is known that the other side of the river was gained on Friday. In Northern Cape Colony some important movements have taken place, but there is no change on the Western Frontier. The Boers have captured a British magistracy in Zululand. Lord Roberts telegraphed yesterday from Cape Town confirming the report that the Boers at Mafeking have been compelled ts evacuate their big gun battery and to move backwards on two sides of the town to avoid rifle fire from the trenches. There is still no confirmation, official or otherwise, of the reported recross- TUESDAY. ing of the Tugela by General Buller on Friday night last. An important forward movement is announced from Hensburg. A despatch reached Capetown yesterday from Naauwpoort stating that great activity pre- vailed at that place (General French's headquarters), at Rensburg, and at Hanover Road, owing to the fact that an overwhelming force of infantry bad been sent to seize Norval's Pont, the cavalry, having completed a reconnaissance of the Boer position, being retired in order to make good their losses.

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