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Subject: [ZA-IB] Queenstown Free Press (Jan 1896)
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 23:46:45 -0800 (PST)
Transcribed from the original papers in the Queenstown Library.
Friday, January 3, 1896
BROWN-RIDLEY.- Married in Wesley Church, Queenstown, by the Rev. R. LAMPLOUGH,
Clement BROWN, eldest son of Stephen John BROWN, Esq., J.P., of Lily Vale, to
Fanny, eldest daughter of Alfred RIDLEY, Esq. – No Cards.
DIED,- At Queenstown, on the 29th Dec., 1895, from acute laryngitis, Jessie
Isabel, youngest and beloved daughter of E. And W.K. MAGER, aged 3 years and 2
Friday, January 10, 1896
Died,- At Queenstown Frontier Hospital, on the 9th Jan., 1896, Rev. Mathhew
Albert MAGGS, Priest Missionary of S. John Baptist Bolotwa, aged 35.
Death of Rev. M.A. MAGGS.
A gloom as been cast over Queenstown and district, by the sad intelligence that
the Rev. M.A. MAGGS, who for several years has laboured as Priest Missionary of
S. John Baptist, Bolotwa has succumbed to his recent injuries.
The details of the cart accident by which the rev. Gentleman sustained severe
injuries to the head which have proved so fatal have already appeared in our
columns. From the time that he was brought into the Hospital he did not appear
to be conscious of much pain paralysis having set in, and early this (Thursday)
morning he passed away without regaining the use of his mental faculties. We
cannot attempt to describe the grand word the rev. Gentleman has done in the
mission field, we can only point to the fine little church and parsonage at
Bolotwa as monumental evidence of his zeal & perseverance. He was indefatigable
in his labours. In season and out of season he was ready to oby the behests of
the people whom he served. During the years that he has lived at Bolotwa he has
gained the love and sympathy of all who had the good fortune to become
acquainted with him.
All his actions were the outcome of altrinsic feelings; he was a faithful
servant of Him he served. The rev. Gentleman was trained for mission work at S.
Augustines College, Canterbury. Mr MAGGS cousin from Capetown was on a visit to
Bolotwa when the accident happened. We tender our sympathy to the family and
numerous friends in the sad loss all have sustained.
We are requested to state the funeral will leave St. Michael’s Church this
(Friday) morning at 10 a.m.
The Crisis in the Transvaal.
A Krugersdorp Budget.
What the Boers are saying.
The Battle of Doornkop.
List of Killed, Wounded, and missing.
Latest local news.
From a “Times” war special at the front.
Krugersdorp, January 4.- At almost every street corner to-day the cry “Whats
the news?” The wildest of wild rumours are, as usual, in circulation, but news
in the fullest sense of the world there is very little of. What may almost be
described as the Cromwellian stolldity of the Boer commands the admiration of
even the most embittered uitlander. I had an interesting interview with one
very intelligent farmer yesterday, who speaks English with fluent accuracy. One
of his statements was, “The heterogeneous mob of filibusters and
insurrectionists on the Rand may call us cowards, but we cannot be cowed with
all their arms and barricades. The Boers are as calmly prepared to face the
Johannesburg rabble of insurgents as they were to encounter the redcoats at
Laing’s Nek and Amajuba. This is the sort of thing that one hears all over the
Krugersdorp itself is very quiet, and loads of all sorts of provisions are
coming into town from the surrounding neighbourhood, whilst the shops are doing
splendid trade with the several commandos. The distant Johannesburg mutterings
scarce seem to penetrate hereabouts. Yet the situation has all the elements of
great danger, and whether the burghers should now follow up what they call their
brilliant victory and endeavour te carry Johannsburg by a prompt and determined
attack, or whether the burgher army should still consent to give Johannesburgers
breathing time, is the question of the hour. What is called the “Armistice” in
Johannesburg is never referred to, and despite Government orders there are
numerous counsellors to incite the Boers, flushed with victory, to make one bold
essay to capture the uitlander position. It certainly seems as though
Johannesburgers were prepared to wade through a sea of blood, but appearances
are often deceptive. The uitlander paths – I am writing in all honesty as the
simple purveyor of the news in my neighbourhood – probably seem smooth and easy
enough at first sight, but they may lead to very serious trouble; for, this day
some 5,000 burghers have concentrated on the knolls round this historic village
and solemnly swear to protect all good men and true but to separate the black
sheep from the white. So much is surely significant. It is stated that
Johannesburg is now looking for outside interference, and the Boers are hugely
delighted at the news of calling in a “broken reed.”
I am now in a position to give you what is called a full list of the casualties
on both sides, but many of the B.S.A. troopers escaped, and some of which no
count has been taken were shot down and buried by white man who found them, or
were eaten by asvogles in the lonely veldt, and on the Boer side it is a
wellknown difficulty to get at the exact truth of their losses. The loss of the
burgher forces at the Queen Mine must have been heavy.
Of the burgher losses were killed:- S VANTODERS (Ward Gaberoe, Potchefstroom),
George JACOBS (Potchefstroom), FP VENTER (SF’s son, Rustenburg(, and Andries
POTGIETER (Ward Hedpoort Krugersdorp). There were wounded:- Don MACDONALD
(Rustenburg), Klaas CRONJE (son of Commadant CRONJE, Potchefstroom), J ENSLIN,
Baren VAN DER BERG. (Wonderfontein Potchefstroom), and Phillip VAN DER WALT
Total: 4 killed and 5 wounded.
Of the Chartered troops were killed:-(Note : Transcribed as printed)
Harry Davis, Hennessy, Vorster, F Osler, Abbot (Regimental Sergeant-Major), J
Bilfrield, Land (Staleybridge, Dorsetshire, England), Venter, Jack Meyers
(Sackville Street, Dublin) Piet Marais, Trooper No. 2,232, Shepard, and about 53
others, with names unknown.
There were wounded:- F Deyer, J McLoughlin, F Mostyn, B McLachan, M Dam, FA
Hayes. R Patterson, A Cozalet, D Fraser, TM Brooke, J McVity, JA Palmer. LW
Rowbery, DM Fyvie, F Stranard, L Gowringe, EA Tasmony, G Rommery, HA Callanan, S
Burrowes, T O’Flynn, WH Berry, FW Brown, J Wilson, EG Barnes, G Potter, GR
Payne, HC Gibbs, Henry Rolan, Richard Brown, TW Willows, FW Spalding, G Logan,
EF Berry, Stewart Bruce, Frank Nixon, and Capt the Hon Eustace, HCJ Coventry,
son of Lord Coventry.
Others uncounted for, and who are either killed or have escaped or their names
have been missed (though this latter is an unlikely contingency), are:
Sergeant-Major McGreen, Sergeant Rock, Corporals Rogers, Beerd, Gread, Jupp,
and Bull, and Troopers Rielands, Dick, Share, Croft, Webb, Lox, Manning, Still,
O’Farrel, Kelsal, Edgecombe, Willan, Liekerk Rentall, McGowan, and Weldon.
It should be borue well in mind that many of these names are spelt after a
distinctly Dutch fashion. For instance it was only after asking a comrade that
i discovered that “Mcaulighlen” meant McLoughlin.
Tuesday, January 14, 1896
Birth,- At Queenstown, on the 10th inst., the wife of Charles E. LISTER, of a
Married,- At Bedford, 18th December, 1895, Alfred Ernest WATKINGS, of Lady
Frere, to Clara, second daughter of the late P. REILLY, of Bedford, South
Friday, January 17, 1896
Died,- At Somerset West Strand, on Wednesday, Jan. 15th, Maud Olive, youngest
daughter of Mr. W. COOPER, of Dordrecht, and sister to Mrs. J.B. KIRTON of this
town, aged 16 years.
Friday, January 17, 1896
The marriage of Miss Elizabeth BESWICK, daughter of Mr F BESWICK, headmaster of
the High School, Queenstown, and Mr WP MURRAY, of Capetown, took place in the
Presbyterian Church, Queenstown, on Wednesday afternoon last at 3 p.m. The
ceremony was performed by the Rev JP RITCHIE, ...
Tuesday, January 21, 1896
Died,- At Queenstown, on Friday, 17th inst., Winifred, the beloved daughter of
William H. And Frances SOBEY, aged 9 months.
Friday, January 24, 1896
Dear Sir,- Of all villages which have been founded near the frontier, there is
undoubtedly none that can boast of such a long existence and such varied
reminiscences as that of St. Marks. It is, no doubt, a unique place in this
direction, of which, however, the inhabitants, or rather the respective
authorities, have no reason to be proud in views of the present state of
development of this village, when compared with that of others, which have been
started comparatively quite recently. One needs only to mention the names of
Lady Frere, Cala, & c. These places were not even known by name two decades ago
and now they have not only developed into pretty little spots with substantial
buildings, decent street, plantations & c. But have also become emporiums of
considerable commercial importance. The village of Saint Marks was founded
about 35 years ago on the mission ground granted to the English Church Mission
Society by the Gcaleka Chief “Kheli.” A church, native school, several stores
and various dwelling houses were erected in the early days, but ever since, the
place has been almost at a dead “stand still” until the year 1881. The
Magistracy of the district had been at Cofimvaba, Southeyville, but after the
late native rebellion the court was established at St. Marks, where it remained
until July 1894, that the village was right at the extreme end of the district
and the desirability that the Magistracy should be in a more central position,
it was moved from St. Marks to Cofimvaba. It may be mentioned here, Cofimvaba
is by no means “central,” and in addition to that, it is a most damp and
unhealthy spot, so much so, that a Commission was appointed to enquire into
these matters with the result, that the present place was put down as altogether
unsuitable for a permanent Magistracy. Several other sites have been proposed
since that for the establishment of the Resident Magistrate Court, but have all
been condemned either on account of their unhealthiness on owing to the absence
of sufficient water. It is therefore very probable that after all, the
Magistracy will be removed back to St. Marks, the latter place having many
advantages in this direction.
The want of progress of the prettily situated village of St. Marks cannot, by
any means, attributed to the entire absence of resources. On the contrary the
conditions for development are, on the whole, very favourable. The district is
one of the first grain producing areas of South Africa, and live stock of almost
any kind thrive exceedingly well. The climate, although rather hot in summer,
is generally, very healthy, the place is well wooded being literally surrounded
by forests of mimosa trees, which afford shelter from the wind and cold during
the winter months and coal and shady spots during the heat of the summer.
There is an abundance of arable land at and near the village suitable for
vegetable gardens and orchards, and a permanent supply of good drinking water.
St. Marks lies near the main road from Queenstown to Transkei, about two miles
from the White Kei (or Cacadu as the natives call), a substantial stone bridge
has been built some 16 years ago across that river and every facility is
afforded to transport, generally. A Post office has existed for many years and
a Telegraph office has recently been added, the post cart running, between Tsomo
Post and Imvani, call four times a wee viz: Twice in going to Imvani, and twice
on its return.
In spite of these advantages, there has been absolutely no progress. For many
years no main buildings have been erected, no plantations or gardens have been
added to the place, there are no visible improvements whatsoever. The business
generally has been on a very unsound footing, and, with one or two exceptions,
there have been constant failures. A public school has existed for some years,
but in view of the little attendance and the want of funds, there is every
probability of its breaking up. Now the question naturally arises: is the want
of progress due to?.....
Tuesday, January 28, 1896
Birth,- At Queenstown, on the 23rd January, 1896, the wife of A.R. MAYTHAM, of
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