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A ‘ Lyttelton Times ’ reporter on Friday interviewed Mr J. A. Morris, who fought for 18 months in South Africa, and who on several occasions came into contact with Colonel Maritz, the leader of the Boer rebels at the present time. Mr Morris said that Maritz was a cruel, stern man, who shot nearly ail his prisoners. Few ever escaped. His favorite method of warfare was a series of attacks on columns advancing between two kopjes. Several squadrons of Mr Morris's regiment wero wiped out in this way. “ I went to South Africa with remounts from New Zealand for the second and third contingents,” continued Mr Morris. “ On landing in Africa I joined Brabant’s Horse, and afterwards the Western Province Mounted Rifles. On one occasion a squadron of us was detailed off to defend Tonicl Bosh- Kalk, 60 miles north of Calvinia, the most northerly point held by the British at that time. This outpost was subject to attack by Boers. Our garrison consisted hi all of about 100 men. At the outside there were 40 whites in the garrison, and the rest were bushmon. We had a squadron of our mounted rifles and a gun section of 11 men. One afternoon we were surrounded by 11 commandants, among whom was Maritz, and a thousand men. Our officers, who had been encamped at farmhouses, had hy chance withdrawn within the fort, and the Boers, making a surprise attack, occupied these farmhouses and also a ridge overlooking the village. From this point they poured in a merciless fire. This first attack was driven off. On a second occasion a night attack was made, and our pickets wero driven into the forts. The Boers followed up the attack, but were driven back with loss. They kept the siege up for six davs and nights, bub ultimately withdrew on the morning of the seventh day. I do not think that Maritz can create a rebellion of any size. His men will bo collected from Boers who were dissatisfied with British rule, and who had settled over the German border at the conclusion of the war. He is a rebel pure and simple, and will deserve all he gets.”

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MARITZ THE REBEL., Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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MARITZ THE REBEL. Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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