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From: "Becky Horne" <>
Subject: [ZA-EC] Newspaper cuttings from the Eastern Cape - FERREIRA
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2007 13:02:11 +0200

Hi Folks

Please join me in welcoming Robert Watt to the List. Hope you going to
be very happy with us. Here is a snippet of news from an Eastern Cape
Newspaper, which I hope makes you feel right at home.

Herald, 24 November 2006
100 Years Ago by Ivor Markman
A selection of interesting century-old snippets from The Herald of
News from week ending November 24, 1906.
Cape Mounted Police's brave effort in capture of Ferreira gang members

REUTERS learns that an official despatch has been received from
Lieutenant BARNARD of the Cape Mounted Police, dated Witzand, 2pm, the
16th November. He reports that he has just captured one of the
freebooters, with two Cape police rifles. His assumed name is Oliver,
but his real name is Rainier Johannes POTGIETER, and he hails from
Manana, in the Lichtenburg District of the Transvaal.

After some cross-examination yesterday he admitted that he was
FERREIRA's second in command. This information shows that FERREIRA is
still making east, towards the district of Hay, which has apparently
been his objective since he started across the border.

The marching of the Cape Mounted Rifles in the out-of-the-way places,
where farms are separated by long distances and water is scarce, has
been quite extraordinary. In one case an officer covered 150 miles in 68
hours. The energy and promptitude which characterised all ranks is
beyond praise.

On Saturday Sub-Inspector ADAMS reported to headquarters that he
captured FERREIRA, the leader of the gang who crossed into Cape Colony
from German South-West Africa, together with JOOSTE and VENTER. This
capture, together with that of POTGIETER, at Witzand, accounts for the
whole of the gang.

Best wishes

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