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Oc­to­ber 5, 1883 Ter­ri­ble tragedy, dou­ble mur­der – Hin­doo man’s re­venge A few min­utes af­ter seven o’clock yes­ter­day morn­ing, the in­hab­i­tants of that divi­sion of Cas­tle Street which lies be­tween Bree Street and Long Street, and the pas­sen­gers who were about at that hour, were alarmed by hear­ing loud cries of “mur­der!” “mur­der!” is­sue from a nar­row court lead­ing off the main street. Sev­eral per­sons at once rushed up the al­ley, the res­i­dents of which are chiefly Malays and other coloured peo­ple. Those who first traced the tragic sounds to their ori­gin met with an ap­palling spec­ta­cle. In a small, poorly fur­nished, dimly lighted room at the very end of the court stood an elderly coolie, wield­ing a chop­per with ter­ri­ble ef­fect on what ap­peared to be al­ready the life­less bod­ies of the two vic­tims – a man and a woman. Both lay ex­tended on the floor, which was swim­ming in blood flow­ing from a num­ber of ter­ri­ble gashes on the head and up­per parts of their bod­ies. The woman on whom the na­tive of Cash­mere, known as Pas­coe, wreaked his vengeance was mar­ried to him ac­cord­ing to the Mo­hammedan rites. Oc­to­ber 5, 1883 The Wood­stock Beach If all the in­hab­i­tants will but pull to­gether in the com­mon in­ter­est, we shall soon have a gay sea­side re­sort es­tab­lished, which will be a source of prosperity to the whole penin­sula. We are as­sured that if this scheme can but be made a suc­cess, every owner of a square foot of fixed prop­erty in Wood­stock will have rea­son to con­grat­u­late him­self on the per­ma­nently in­creased value of his pos­ses­sions. But if the scheme is to be sub­jected to all the chançon of a con­flict with pri­vate in­ter­ests and lo­cal jeal­ousies, it will sim­ply be wrecked, and one of the finest bathing sites in the world, of a pos­si­ble Brighton for South Africa, will re­main the me­lan­choly waste that it is at present. In­stead of be­ing the fu­ture re­sort of vis­i­tors from all parts of South Africa, it will re­main, like too many other lovely spots about Cape Town, a mere rest­ing place for empty sar­dine tins. Oc­to­ber 7, 1899 War despatches – Pres­i­dent Steyn and the troops The Ex­press this morn­ing pub­lished of­fi­cial cor­re­spon­dence be­tween Pres­i­dent Steyn and Sir Al­fred Mil­ner. Pres­i­dent Steyn states that he does not con­sider that there were ever fair grounds for the move­ments of Bri­tish troops. On the con­trary, he even be­lieved that the in­creas­ing of mil­i­tary prepa­ra­tions re­tarded the ef­forts of him­self and all those sin­cerely work­ing to main­tain peace and to ef­fect a fair set­tle­ment. He wishes to place on record his earnest con­vic­tion that on those in au­thor­ity who in­tro­duced the mil­i­tary el­e­ment, and who since con­tin­ued the pol­icy of me­nace and in­ter­ven­tion, will rest the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties should all ef­forts fail to se­cure peace and an hon­ourable set­tle­ment. The Free State govern­ment can­not con­ceive it pos­si­ble that points of dif­fer­ence on the ques­tion of the fran­chise and rep­re­sen­ta­tion jus­tify the ex­ten­sive and ever in­creas­ing mil­i­tary prepa­ra­tions on the bor­ders, not only of the South African Repub­lic but also of the Orange Free State, and there­fore are re­luc­tantly com­pelled to con­clude that they must be in­tended to serve other ob­jects. Oc­to­ber 7, 1899 Lib­eral speeches – Mr Mor­ley on bed­lamite pul­pit clap-trap Sir Henry Camp­bell Ban­ner­man, speak­ing at Maid­stone, said the rea­son given for war (against the Transvaal) is pro­vok­ingly small. The dif­fer­ence be­tween a five and a seven years fran­chise (for “Uit­landers”) was un­wor­thy of the bones of a sin­gle Bri­tish Gre­nadier. He ap­pealed to the gov­ern­ments of Lon­don, the Cape and Pretoria to ad­vert a war, which would be in­curred on wholly in­suf­fi­cient grounds. Mr John Mor­ley, speak­ing at Carnar­von, de­clares that the cri­sis is due to bed­lamite pul­pit clap-trap and in­con­gru­ous and un­happy diplo­macy. He would op­pose war to the clos­ing mo­ments of the eleventh hour. Oc­to­ber 4, 1910 Na­tive Ed­u­ca­tion – Lovedale pro­pos­als With ref­er­ence to the dep­u­ta­tion headed by Mr Hen­der­son, the prin­ci­pal of Lovedale Col­lege, which waited on Mr Malan a few days ago, Mr Hen­der­son, in­ter­viewed by Reuter, said, in am­pli­fi­ca­tion of what has al­ready been pub­lished, that the na­tive pop­u­la­tion con­trib­uted three-quar­ters of a mil­lion in di­rect tax­a­tion which, with in­di­rect con­tri­bu­tions, must amount to a mil­lion at least. Less than one -sixth of the for­mer amount was spent on na­tive ed­u­ca­tion. A scheme for a na­tive col­lege had been be­fore the coun­try over six years and was rec­om­mended by the Na­tive Af­fairs Com­mis­sion. Ed­u­ca­tion for na­tives must be adapted for eco­nom­i­cal as well as the in­tel­lec­tual de­vel­op­ment of the na­tives dwelling in tribal con­di­tions in na­tive ter­ri­to­ries and re­serves, and must be such as would main­tain tribal self-re­spect, mak­ing for co­he­sion. Oc­to­ber 5, 1957 Prince leaves an es­tate in SA Prince Mo­hamet ali Tew­fik, the 79-year-old for­mer Regent of Egypt, who died at the Ho­tel BeauRi­vage,Cuchy, Lau­sanne, two years ago, left an es­tate in South Africa val­ued at £32.264. The prince, who was a bach­e­lor, owned ce­ment and col­liery shares and had £19.314 on cur­rent ac­count with Bar­clays Bank. Oc­to­ber 5, 1957 Soviet satel­lite over Rand, says Ra­dio Moscow As ra­dio sta­tions in many parts of the world – as well as South Africa – re­ported re­ceiv­ing clear “peep-peep” sig­nals from the Rus­sian satel­lite as it cir­cled the Earth, Moscow ra­dio said in a spe­cial broad­cast to­day that the satel­lite had passed over the Jo­han­nes­burg area. Moscow ra­dio said: “At 12.40 (Moscow time) to­day the po­si­tion of the satel­lite was 28 de­grees southerly lat­i­tude and 14 de­grees east­ern lat­i­tude, in the area of Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa.” Since the mo­ment of its pas­sage over the Moscow area at 01.46 (Moscow time) to­day, it has made about six-and-a-half revo­lu­tions round the Earth. Oc­to­ber 5, 1957 Wem­mer­shoek Dam full: end of city’s water wor­ries THE 13 000 000 000 gal­lon Wem­mer­shoek Dam in the moun­tains near French Hoek is full. At 9.45am yes­ter­day the dam’s gi­ant spill­way gates opened au­to­mat­i­cally for the first time and water trick­led down the 1 000ft con­crete chute. With the Steen­bras Dam also full, this means that Cape Town now has a total of more than 20 000 000 000 gal­lons of water im­pounded – more than at any time in its his­tory. The fill­ing of the Wem­mer­shoek Dam marks the end of sev­eral years of water wor­ries for Cape Town, and it should as­sure the city of ad­e­quate sup­plies for a long time.

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