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The seizure of the magaaine at Barkly Bast, with the rides and ammunition it contained, «nd the desertion to the enemy of Dutch, farmers with the arms, is no surprise to anyone acquainted with the Cape Dutch. An officer who has iiad a good deal of experience in South Africa expressed surprise yesterday that they had remained quiet* for so long a. time, and he expressed the opinion that "they were only wait-ing to see what strength the Boer 3 really possessed, and what (jfreat Britain would do to oneefc the onset of tlie' Republican forces. "Hod Wβ a large a,rmy at present in the Gape, the Dutch would keep quiet enough, but if the Republics show that they can maintain a fight for two months with any degree of success, thousands of them will join the enemy," were his parting words, and with that <we agree. It is for Great Britain to send every cavalry soldier she can get %o South Africa, and &.addition let her send out a dozen batteries of long range field guns end the war will soon be a thing of the past, but until this is done our victories will bo dearly bought itt blood and treasure.

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Press, Press, Volume LVI, Issue 10514, 28 November 1899

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DISLOYALTY AT THE CAPE. Press, Volume LVI, Issue 10514, 28 November 1899