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CABLEGRAMS. THE BOER WAR. GENERAL BOTHA. GONE TO CONSULT MR. SCHALK BURGER. London, March 6. General Botha, the Boer Commandant General, has, it is announced, moved north to consult Mr. Schalk Burger, presumably on the subject of submis sion. DE W'ET'S PLANS. CAPTURED BY THE BRITISH. THE ENEMY DEMORALISED. London, March 6. A quantity of papers, containisig Do Wet's plans for the invasion of Cape Co lony, have been captured by the British. Some additional particulars have been received. of the capture of De Wet's last guns. It appears that when Captain Marker's Victorians saw the enemy's two guns, the British horses were so fagged that it was with difficulty they could be forced to trot The Boers had pointed one gun at their pursuers, and were preparing to open fire. Nothing daunted, however, the Victorians pushed on, and had got at close quarters before a cartridge could be inserted. The enemy were so demoralised that they abandoned their guns.. Captain Twey, who greatly • distin guished himself, pursued for several miles 3,000 Boers with only 60 men. A QUEENSLAND CASUALTY. London, March 6. Private C.. Reiters; of the Queensland Mounteds, has died from enteric fever at Bloemfontein. Colonel Aytoun, of Queensland, has sailed for England. DE LISLE'S COLUMN, MARCHES FROM CRADOCK. London, March 6. Colonel De Lisle's column, which is largely composed of Australian troops, has marched southward from Cradock through the Cape Midlands. DE WET AT PETRUSVILLE. THE TOWN LOOTED. London. March 6. Before re-crossing the Orange River General De Wet and Mr. Steyn, with 500 Boers, on the 2-4th ult. looted the town of Petrusville and smashed . the tele graphic.instruments. On the following day Commandant Hertzog and Brand, with 3,000 Boers, de stroyed a quantity of private property in Petrusville, and sjamboked several whites. Colonel Thorneycroft, with a pursuing force 700 strong,.arrived on the scene af ter the mischief had been done, and just as the Boers were leaving. He gave chase to the. fugitives, and shelled their reaiaguard." THE SECOND' AuSTRALIAlN CONTINGENT. DESIRE 4TO BE RELIEVED. London March 5. M'r. Bennett Burleigh, the war corre spondent. of the 'London "Daily Tele graph," states that the Second Austra lian Contingent, while willing to stay until they can be ielieved are asking for the date df their return to be fixed. The Boers have occupied Pearston. BOERS AT COLESBERG. London, March 5. Commaundant Van Reenan,. with 500 Boers, is laagered at Diepkloof, near Colesberg. . REBEL TRIALS. OFFENDERS FROM MAFEKING. London, March 5. A number of Mafeking rebels have been sentenced, at Capetown, to three years' imprisonment and fined in sums reaching as high as £200. Several persons charged with harbour ing rebels have been sentenced to two years' imprisonment. THE SIXTH CONTINGENT. TO GO INTO CAMP TO-D4Y. For a day only Karrakatta camp has been vacant. After being the scene of bustle and activity for .nearly two months, during which period a body ot raw recruits has been converted into a fine force of soldiers, a lull was observ able yesterday. But to-day Colonel Chip pendall, the Commandant; Majof Camp bell, the Chief Staff' Officer, and their staff of drill instructors, will take an other crowd of 200 recruits in hand, and :fnrl- nnr noa?in -n inrn no. annntlnr nmn,
pany of mounted men for service in the Empire's cause. The men selected to form the Sixth Contingent will go under canvas to-day. Those who have passed the various tests at the camp will be at tested this morning, and those batches already enrolled, in the various country centres will" come forward by train. Horses, also, already purchased for the use of the force, will be trucked to MKar rakatta immediately, and it is anticipat ed that by the end of the week the ma jority of the men to compose the force, and of the horses to serve as remounts, will be within the lines. Advantage was taken of the absence of soldiers from the camp yesterday to ef fect a thorough cleaning up. Rubbish and refuse generally underwent crema tion, as did also a considerable quantity of goods purchased for the use of the forces from the firm of grocers of which a member died recently from the dreaded plague. The tents have been moved from their old position, and, apart from the inevitable dirty sand, the members of the Sixth Contingent will have compara tively clean quarters to go into. THE OFFICERS APPOINTED, The officers to command the Sixth Con tingent have been appointed. There were innumerable applicants froni per sons desirous of seeing service in uni form which carries one or more stars. Three of those selected are men who have acted as non-commissioned officers with the Fifth Contingent, and who were not aware of their-selection for more respon sible posts till yesterday morning. Lieutenant J. A. Campbell, who was such a popular officer with the members of the First Contingent, has been selected to command the force. Lieutenan.t Wil liams, who went out as an officer with a previous contingent, and who returned to Perth less than a fortnight ago, is also among those selected. .Mr. F. XW. Bell, a member of the First Contingent, who was wounded, and invalided to England, returning to Perth a week or two ago, is to go out again as an officer, and Mr. A. E. Maley, of Geraldton, also a member of the First Contingent, is another of the selected officers uwo have seen service. He has been in camp with the Fifth Contin gent, acting as Farrier Sergeant. The •ieev. Stanley S. Reid, a member of the Second Contingent, who returned to the colony in December last, has gained a commission, and his brother, Dr. Reid, of Kalgoorlie, is to go in medical charge of the force. Lieut. W. H. Young, ot the Civil Service Corps, and captain of the W.A. Rowing Club, has also been se lected. The list of officers, to the num ber of 12, is as follows: Lieutenant J. A. Campbell, W.A. Per manent Mounted Infantry. Lieut. Williams, W.A. Imperial Bush men. Lieut. W. H. Young, 4th Infantry Bat talion (Civil Service Corps). Lieut. Hawkins, 2nd Infantry Batta lion (Fremantle Corps). Lieut. Bondwell, 2nd Infantry Batta lion (Fremantle Corps). Lieut. A. E. Maley, W.A. Permanent MIounted Infantry.
Lieut. F. W. Bell, W.A. Permanent Mounted Infantry. Lieut. H. B. McCormick, W.A. Per manent Mounted Infantry. Lieut. R. Clifton, W.A. Permanent Mounted Infantry. Lieut. S. J. Reid, W.A. Permanent Mounted Infantry. Lieut. E. Woodrow, Bunbury Rifle Corps. Lieut. E. Wright,. Albany Volunteer Artillery. ur. Reid, in medical charge. Lieuts. Maley, McCormick, and Clif ton.are from the Fifth Contingent. Lieut. Wright is a son of the Government Resident at Albany. ENROLM3ENTS AT BUITBURY. Bunbury, March 6. Twelve members of the Sixth Con tingent here sworn in to-day, and will proceed to camp to-morrow. SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SIXTH CONTLNGENT. Adelaide, March 6. Between 400 and 500 men volunt6ered for the city half of the Sixth Contingent of 120 men, including 15 returned sol diers. The contingent will leave for South Africa about March 26, in the steamer Juanita North, which is now at Sydney. To the Editor. Sir -Do you not think it would be ad visable for the Government to appoint all the commissioned officers of the pro posed Sixth Contingent before ehrolling the privates? Any of us would then know under whomi we were likely to serve, and, if enlisting after that know ledge, no complaint could be made. Some more High School boys might be appoint ed, or others equally incapable or, maybe, unpopular. We have been "there," and know how much depends on oflicers hav ing the confidence and esteem of their men.-Yours etc., TWO RE1'UtNED CONTINGENTERS. Perth, March 5.