THE SOUTH AFRICAN REBELLION.
A .resident in Akaroa received the follow-" ing letter from South Africa, which is of great interest at tbis time ;—
"DamplaatF, Heilbron, Grange River Colony,
December 14, 1914, No doubt you hwe. heard of . our rebellion in South Africa. Our sown (Heilbron) was takpn by 800 rebels, and at once they set to commandeering rifles and ammunition, pulled our Has? down from the ce_rthou-e. and then started commandeering horses and -addles they took two of mine and my rifb, and then had the cheek to <ask me to j:>in them. I told them they could shoot me Ofefore 1' would join tham. I was the first to take a prisoner in our distriot. . It was the Jay after our town was relieved. When we shook hands, I put my hand on his pocket nnd asked him what he had, arid it turned out to be a revolver, I took it from him, and also 45 rounds of ammunition, and put him on another horse and took him from his farm to town. Thirteen hundred troops passed our farm on their way to hunt up tho rebels: There are over 5000 troops in Heilbron at present. They go out every day and return during the night. Our. fence.? are all destroyed and flat on tbe ground A large force of rebels watched our place for days, and we had to leave the farm at midnight, as we were afraid they might pick on our place as their camping ground, as it stands high overlooking _c town and every movement can be seen. However, as soon aa the troop 3 arrived the rebels -disappeared. I got news yesterday that Genpral De Wet was captured near Vryburg with forty others. I don't think he will live long. And serve him right too It seems that they expected. Maritz to come along with thousands of Ger< macs from German Southwest Africa, Ar. chic who is at Nairobi in British East Africa, has been away at 1 the front wito all his neighbours in the fighting, but he took trie fever and had to be sent back, Bob went up from here to see him, but when only 100 miles from Mombasea the ship had to put back again to Durban wifh lights out, on account of the German gunboats."
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THE SOUTH AFRICAN REBELLION., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3471, 19 January 1915