Manawatu Herald , 21 December 1899, Page 2
One flank of the Boer forces rests on the Modder river eastwards, and the other flank is rapidly approaching the river westwards, while a continual line of entrenchments extends to Magersfontein, which is described as a Boer Gibraltar. Lord Methuen is constructing re doubts. General Gatacre's guides were mysteriously shot during the retreat from Stormberg. General Gatacre has forbidden farmers in Northern Cape Colony to move without passes. India is sending General Buller reinforcements consisting of four regiments Brigade Horse Field Batteries. The newspapers declare that there is a much larger number of German and French officers with the Boers than imagined. Others are arriving by every steamer at Delagoa Bay. It is also stated that Colonel Villeboit Marcuil, the French Strategist is assisting the Boers outside Ladysmith. Mr Goschen, speaking in London, paid a warm tribute to Australia for sending military help. He said the preparedness of the navy largely explained the country's confidence. In every war the ships must be ready for *ny emergency. A NEW ZEALANDER KILLED. Information has been received from the gent-General that Trooper Branbury of Paeroa was killed while skirmishing at Arundel.