BRITISH VICTORY AT DRIEFONTEIN.
London, March 11
Major-general Broadwood's cavalry and General Kelly-Kenny's division had a severe but successful engagement at Driefontein, south of Abraham's Kraal, on Saturday la^t (the 10th). Forty Boers were taken prisoners and 102 left dead on the field.
The news is confirmed by a report from Lord Roberts who adds that the Welsh and Essex expelled the enemy from two strong positions at the bayonet's point, and that the conduct of the troops was admirable.
Lordf Roberts also reports : — I have telegraphed the Presidents as follows, "Another instance of the gross abuse of the white flag and the raising of the hands in token of surrender was witnessed at East Driefontein by the staff of officers and myself, resulting in the wounding. <of several officers and men. If such abuse recurs'l will be reluctantly compelled to disregard the white flag entirely. A large quantity of explosive bullets of three kinds was found in Cronje's laager also. After every engagement ycur Honor's troops have committed such breaches of the recognised usages of war and the Geneva Convention that are a disgrace toany civilised Power. A copy "of' this telegraW -bas been sent to my Government, requesting that it be communicated to the neutral Powers."
After the Driefontein engagement Lord Roberts resumed his advance, and has arrived at Ventersolci, 15 miles from Bloemfontein. He succeeded in turning the position held by 12,000 Boers with 18 guns on kopjes commanding the road to Bloemfontein.
General French occupied hills commanding Bloemfontein on Monday night, with 60 killed and 320 wounded.
President Steyn's brother was captured.
The Boers at Driefontein numbered 6000, newly-arrived from Jhe south. Their mobility in moving their guns was more remarkable than ever.
The New South Wales Mounted Bifles displayed great gallantry. They attempted to capture one of the guns, which outranged those of the British. The Ist Australian Horse, with the Scots Greys, advanced, to within 800 yds of the enemy under a heavy fire. The New South Wales Lancers, with Colonel Porter's brigade, were^ under shell
The British ran short of ammunition on Saturday owing to their having to relieve the infantry of the . weight in order to faoitttate their marching.
The British have occupied Bo'shof, Barkly