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THE BUSH VELDT HORRORS. REVELATIONS OF A FORMER CLUTHA RESIDENT.

The "Kye-witncsa" >\hos.o blood-curdl-ing account of tho clink deeds of the Bush Veldt Carbineers bus been published by tho Clntha Leader turns out to be James Chuslie, of Clutha, who got hia discharge fiom the Bush Veldt Carbineers with lirst-chi'-.s references, and has since joined tho di.sliict military intelligence at 10s a day and found. Our Dunedin correspondent telegraphed lust week part of his story, and wo now append some further extracts from a letter written from Fort Edwards, Spelowcn, in October last : - - "Wo heard Boer wagons to the south and east of us, and presumed, as usual, thnt they wero trekking in to surrender. We had bean some four or livo days out of camp, when tho Corporal told eight of us that we wero to go out and bring in three wagons with four men with them, and some women and children. Wo said : — "Leave them alone, they are trekking up this way out of the fever country, and will como in.' 'No,' he says, "wo aro to. go out. None aro to be brought in. 1 ■What do you mean?' 'Oh,' said he,' 'wo'vo got to blot a lot out. 1 'What I Shoot kids?' 'Yes, of course.' 'AYiiose orders are those V 'Never mind, that's orders.' "Next day tho patrol went out, and tho sequel was that two children were shot dead— one three and another nine years and a girl of nine was shot through tho nock, and the lobe of her ear taken off. Some cows wero also shot. This was done about 8 o'clock at night, and, although tho men and women called out that they surrendered, the tiring still went, on, and when it finally ceased tho iibove Mere the casualties. With tho exception of three men, all the others told me before they went out they would not fire on the women and children. They wero about 200 yards or 250 yards off tho wagons when they opened lire. Next day I was ordered out, with a Tranßvaaier called Cootzeo, to go to Koodoo river and take over tho wagons from Corporal Ashton, and take them to tho fort. . . . The .Boers wero roado to inspnn in tho durknesa and trek away, in ca^e tho firing might havo been noticed by homo other Boers, and a dead infmil and a- dying ono were put on board und tvekked nwny to where I was to meet them. The second boy only lived two hoius, and tho grief of tho parents was loud and pronounced. Tho three wagons now contained four men, four women, and twenty-two childron (all of tender jears), and two dead bodies. Father Piet Groblor asked leavo to bury them, and a collm way made out of fcome boards lying about tho store. Tho Kaffirs were put on to dig the grave, and the men themselves made tho collin. I felt wo were round one of the saddes>t bights of the war — sad because quite unnecessary. "On the last day of our trek I was somo two hours ahead waiting for them al. noon, when I Lend somo news which turned mo sick. The eight Uoers 1 pieviously mentioned had nil been phot by three officers, a non-com., ami two piivales, under circumatri'ices which led mo to the conclusion .thnt it was not a fair deal, nnd that somo foul \>hy wus at the | bottom of it. Ihey v,uo sumiidemd ! men, and hnd no nuns, ami then J thought of my little lot coming, along, and tlio danger they were in. I decided to tirk still further that night, but did not let my rofugous know the real icason. We halted, outgunned, and lit our evening fires, but slept not that night. I remenberoil how the six Buns who had surrendered nnd wero said to havo attacked our men had all been shot. 1 remembered Van Burcn, ono of our own men, bern;; Rhot while out- Hanking. Ifo was ; AiippiACil to know 100 much. Now, hero weie oiirhfc b!<itt<}l out, jhkl tho t>.>.nie old yarn — tint lliov had pippm! ni v rillc and liicd ut our nii'n, ana in a meleo nil wore shot, no caninllics on our Mile, and hero wan 1 corning in with another lot, nrcl 'just within liring Hue, 1 in s^o called it. . / . . Jlennl, too, thus a missionary who hail been up at tlm liof.pit.il with a patiqnt had bi-en shot dead oti his rcuun at Bandolier Kopje-t. He hud been prohont just before or immediately after the eij/bt men had been «hot ; that ono of our Lit'uieniuitit had Iff I tho fort after tho missionary fcccietly ; wu» peon by the jruzing guard to tro in tho direction the UH-iionary had taken ; that Mio Lieutenant had returned to tho fort, lato, etc., etc." Tho writ or proceeds to tell of tho effort of ono of the Lieutenants to cntito him away from his chaitr.es, and his own dotei munition not to leave them. Ho managed to get tho party to camp in safety. In his letter ho mentions that at tho timo of writing 'our mi&siim is ncatlv fulfilled, j for ono of tho officers in in "clink" with soven others, charged with murder.

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THE BUSH VELDT HORRORS. REVELATIONS OF A FORMER CLUTHA RESIDENT., Evening Post, Volume LXIII, Issue 88, 14 April 1902

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THE BUSH VELDT HORRORS. REVELATIONS OF A FORMER CLUTHA RESIDENT. Evening Post, Volume LXIII, Issue 88, 14 April 1902

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