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LONDON, Wednesday -- "The Times' " Jo- hnnnesburg correspondent, who has visited Natal; reports that the situation is rather more disquieting than officially represent- ed. The natives have boen defying the   magistrates and meeting the collection of taxes with passive resistance.  

Owing to the extra expense the Natal

Government refrains from dealing with the   situation as a whole. "The Times" says the Government ought to collect the taxes

by backing up the magistrates with an   Imperial mobile column.

A considerable number of Zulus employed   on the Rand are starting for Natal, and  

some say that their king is summoning   them.      

The Government of Natal has accepted   the offer of the Chief Umveli to supply na- tives to assist in capturing the rebels who are of his tribe, and who are 50 in num-   ber. All other natives are quiet.

The hut tax of 14s. a dwelling will be   unfailingly paid as heretofore. Those pay- ing it will not pay the poll tax, which is

apart from the hut tax, and similar to   an impost on European and other unmar-

ried adults. The poll tax chiefly affects   young bloods who do not own kraals.

Lieutenant-General Sir H.J.T. Hilyard,   General Commanding-in-Chief in South Africa offers an unlimited number of troops to quell the revolt.

LONDON, Thursday -- Three chiefs and 500 natives of Natal have thanked the Secre- tary for Native Affairs for the visit paid to them, and have promised to pay the

poll tax. The tension regarding tho pro-     bable native rising is now relieved.    

LONDON, Friday.--Two natives who were found guilty of the attack on the police in the Richmond district have been court- martialled and shot in the presence of their tribe. The authorities have ordered the   tribe to arrest the others, and the kraals and crops of the natives implicated have been destroyed. All is now quiet.