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Novem­ber 9, 1893 Mata­bele War – An­other en­gage­ment Lieu­tenant-Colonel GooldA­dams re­ports to the High Com­mis­sioner that on the 3rd of Novem­ber his col­umn was four miles to the north­east of the Im­pan­dini Kraal, which is si­t­u­ated near Mangwe, and that while on the march the rear por­tion of his wagon col­umn was at­tacked. The rear-guard be­ing strength­ened, a gen­eral ac­tion en­sued, re­sult­ing in the dis­per­sal of the en­emy, who took refuge in the neigh­bour­ing hills. The Makalaka re­port that Gambo, Lo Ben­gula’s son-in­law, com­manded in per­son. Mr. Selous, whilst gal­lantly de­fend­ing the rear­most wag­ons, re­ceived a bul­let wound in the side, the bul­let glanc­ing along the ribs. Novem­ber 13, 1904 The Na­tal na­tives – A pe­ti­tion of rights The Rev JL Dube, ed­i­tor of a na­tive pa­per pub­lished in Na­tal, has sent to the Press an English trans­la­tion of a four-col­umn ar­ti­cle ap­pear­ing in his pa­per, an ad­dress which Mr Dube in­tended to give at the Na­tal Na­tive Congress. He goes on to say that na­tives at one time trusted the English, but trust had be­got great dis­ap­point­ment. He claims equal priv­i­leges for black men with white, but said as things are there is one law for the white and an­other for the black. He com­pares the treat­ment of na­tives in Na­tal un­favourably with the treat­ment of Maories in New Zealand, the na­tives in the Cape Colony and the In­di­ans in Na­tal, and asks if it is ap­par­ent that the whites are above the na­tives in Africa. He says a white can be a Rus­sian or a Turk, Jew or Boer, and may have been fight­ing against the gov­ern­ment, but, for­sooth be­cause he is white, he ob­tains his rights at once with fly­ing colours and is put on all fours with the English­man. Novem­ber 11, 1899 Mil­i­tary bal­loons No army in the world has a bal­loon ser­vices equal to that of the Bri­tish Army, for the very bal­loons them­selves are con­structed and fit­ted in a man­ner which is ab­so­lutely unique in its nov­elty and com­plete­ness. Six weeks ago no less than four bal­loons with their car­riages, cylin­ders, full of gas, men and of­fi­cers, and ev­ery ad­junct down to the small­est de­tail, were ready for in­stant dis­patch to any seat of war to any­where in the world. The whole of the equip­ment is ac­tu­ally in South Africa, part of it be­ing in Na­tal and part in the Cape Colony. The old-fash­ioned silk bal­loon bears the same re­la­tion to the splen­did aero­static now at the Cape that the an­cient “hobby horse” does to the mod­ern bi­cy­cle. These bal­loons pe­cu­liar to our ser­vices are made of the skin from the in­testines of oxen, no less than 40,000 such skins be­ing re­quired to con­struct one or­di­nary sized bal­loon. To show how wholly Bri­tish those bal­loons are, it may be men­tioned that the ac­tual con­struc­tion it­self is in charge of about forty women and girls, ev­ery one of them a sol­dier’s wife or daugh­ter. Novem­ber 9, 1899 Siege of Kimberley Since my last let­ter to you Kimberley has gone on much the same as in the first weeks of the siege, and there is re­ally lit­tle to chron­i­cle com­pared with the im­por­tance of the events tran­spir­ing in Na­tal, of which, how­ever, we get but the mer­est de­tails. Ab­sence of news and cut­ting off of all com­mu­ni­ca­tion have been up to now the most com­mon felt in­con­ve­nience, and in all the other re­spects Kimberley has gone on just as it has for years. Mar­tial Law only mean that peo­ple have to be in their houses be­tween the hours of 9pm and 6am, and there have been some that ex­pressed the opin­ion that it would be by no means an un­mixed evil were the 9 o’clock rule con­tin­ued in per­pe­tu­ity. With our am­ple food and wa­ter sup­ply the Bo­ers can­not do us much harm by just in­vest­ing in town, and if they mean to at­tack it has taken them a long time to make up their minds. Judg­ing from the tac­tics so far dis­played, the en­emy now sur­round­ing us be­long to the free­boot­ing type whose prin­ci­pal idea is loot. Novem­ber 9, 1917 Plas­tic surgery – South Africans at Queen’s Hos­pi­tal To­day I in­spected the Queen’s Hos­pi­tal for fa­cial in­juries at Bid­cup, Kent. This is a re­mark­able war in­sti­tu­tion, restor­ing de­stroyed fea­tures at the rate of 500 cases monthly. Num­bers of South African sol­diers are among the hos­pi­tal pa­tients, in­clud­ing S Carey, First South African In­fantry, who is re­turn­ing to Cape Town, R Wright from Salt River, AC Thom­son MC, Mid­dle­sex Reg­i­ment. The fa­mous sur­geon who is de­vel­op­ing this “plas­tic surgery” is Cap­tain JC Ayl­mard, for­merly of Jo­han­nes­burg, who has won renown thereby in his pro­fes­sion, and he is about to re­turn to the Cape for the pur­pose of un­der­tak­ing sim­i­lar sur­gi­cal de­vel­op­ments in the Union. Novem­ber 14, 1925 Tut-Ankh-Amen relics There seems to be no end to the won­ders of Tut-AnkhA­men’s tomb. Ac­cord­ing the lat­est news from Luxor, Egyp­tian of­fi­cials, who are alone per­mit­ted to ex­am­ine the cof­fin con­tain­ing the ac­tual mummy of Tut-Ankh-Amen, gaped with as­ton­ish­ment at the gor­geous spec­ta­cle of what is be­lieved to be the big­gest gold relic of any an­cient civil­i­sa­tion. The cof­fin is com­posed of solid gold, or­na­mented with in­tri­cate em­bossed and en­graved work, ex­e­cuted with a de­gree of artis­tic skill un­sur­passed in any time. Novem­ber 14, 1925 The Prime Min­is­ter’s pol­icy Gen­eral Hert­zog pro­poses to abol­ish the ex­ist­ing Cape na­tive fran­chise and to sub­sti­tute for it a Union na­tive fran­chise, by which the na­tives will be able to elect seven Euro­peans to rep­re­sent them di­rectly in Par­lia­ment. It is a very se­ri­ous thing in­deed to de­prive any body of men of their po­lit­i­cal rights and that is what is to be done so far as the Cape na­tives are con­cerned. Pre­vi­ous fore­casts in­di­cated that these rights were to be only ex­tin­guished by the ef­flux­ion of time, that no per­son now pos­sess­ing the fran­chise would be de­prived of it, but that no oth­ers would be al­lowed to ac­quire it. Gen­eral Hert­zog has, how­ever, come to the con­clu­sion that the main­te­nance of the Cape na­tive fran­chise in its ex­ist­ing form would be dan­ger­ous, and… lead to the de­mand for its ex­ten­sion to the other Prov­inces, a de­mand which could not be re­sisted ex­cept at the cost of civil war. Novem­ber 11, 1942 Spring­boks mop up at El Alamein Squadrons of the 3rd South African Ar­moured Car Reg­i­ment distin­guished them­selves last week in help­ing other mo­bile units of the Eighth Army to de­feat and mop up Ital­ian di­vi­sions which, the Ger­mans hav­ing seized for them­selves all the avail­able trans­port ve­hi­cles, were left to their own re­sources on the El Alamein front, says Sapa’s war cor­re­spon­dent in a dis­patch writ­ten on Mon­day.

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