Natal after the War.
Natal is being rapidly deserted ly its recent defenders, and is gradually subaiding into its normal condition. Sir Qaniet, with the force under his command, has moved pp the Transvaal, from whence the campaign against Secocceni will be recommenced, unless that warrior submits at once to Sir Garnet's demands. Sir Garrtet has issued a proclamation from PretJria, in which he says that, in order to remove all doubts as to the intentions of the British Government, he declares that tlie annexation of the Transvaal is absolutely irrevocable. The people, therefore, who bare applied to know what answer had been received to the memorial to the Queen, which Sir Bartle Frere said would receive grave consideration, are now referred to the Proclamation .as being the Queen’s reply to all the inhabitants of the Transvaal, aid therefore tetter than any answer addressed to individuals. That the Boers will be aggrieved, now that the answer for which tJ.-ey have so anxioiis’y iooKed is hostile to them, is undoubted, and the Proclamation of Sir Garnet is warmly criticised there. The general opinion is that it shows an ignorance of the character of the people to whom it is addressed, and a contempt for their feelings, Another proclaim, ion tstablishes a Council of Gove n -icnt ooi ■ sisting of the Lieutenant-Governor ■ f the Transvaal, the Com n vndant of the troops, a Colonial Secretary, Att-r-Cj-General,
iSecretaa*y:fisr Native Affairs, and another, 1 besides . three nominees with a salary oi I 1.300. Looking at the position of the colony of _N.itin, it may be said that its Government has grown considerably poorer, whilst the individual o donists have grown much wealthier, by the war. Openings by which new come a from Engl rna might eight or nine months ago have j found employment now no longer exists. | It seims doub ful w! elier the Nat*! Government will b j able t > keep up any ; colonial force at all, for, in addition, to ■ the local expenses of hi wa r ~»s for: instance, the e.nployment of the various i native contingents, &a. —the Government have to keep ini view the demand of the Home Government for payment of'a share of the general war expenses. The colonists are vastly indignant at the abuse that has been heaped upon them as a people destitute i f refinement and ordinary courtesy, and given over to churlishness and. greed. Ceterwayo is comfo ably lodged ini a bast ion in the Castle of Cape Town. His quarters consist of a large barrack room, divided into; thre e compartments ,by .leal partitions... Ha is still under the.charge bi l- Jap;;ain' Po. I•. K, ~ to whom lie has become greatly at ■aohod, I In I who has acquired a very healthy _ inti uence over hhhi. Ceto.vayo now d esses a i-Surop an fashion, a suit of. blue serge confining his h'ge limbs. He likes seeing English officers, and cp..know _wh.it part they bare ag.iinlt him during the war ; but he dislikes civilians who o.mio merely to stare at him, and s > hates the sight'of a Kaffir to witness iiira in his captivity that they are carefully kept out of the way. He converses freely -with officers, but 110 very great faith is put in his statements regarding his own political actions, as his subtlety and acuteness are well known. Ho was greatly astonished when.he was led up to the bastion and saw the town and harbor beneath him, exclaiming, To-day I am an old mirn J”
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 39, 25 December 1879
Natal after the War. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 39, 25 December 1879
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