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DE WET

CAPTURED BY BRITS, AFTER RELENTLESS PURSUIT. CAPE TOWN, December 3. | (Rocmvcd December 4, at 8.50 a.m.) Official: After De Wet had. crossed the Vaal River' on the night of Sunday, November 22 (with Commandant Du Toit vember 22 (with Commandant Da Toil and Field-cornet Hoffman in hot pursuit in. a motor car, which, ovortook some of tho scattered fugitives from Do Wet's dispersed commando), Du Toit continued the chase in motor cars. De Wet eluded them, and joined his commando in the Schneizerienske district. They moved westwards, heavy rains blocking tho motors.

De Wet crossed the railway near Devondale, north of Vryburg, where Commandant Brits took up tho chase. With tho assistance of the motor car contingent Brits captured portion of De Wet's commando on November 28. Do Wet, however, had left tho day before, still going westwards.

After a relentless pursuit Brits overtook De Wet at a farm at Waterburg on Tuesday. The pursuers surrounded the farm, and captured the whole 52 without a shot being fired. Brits also captured 60 other rebels, including Commandant Cost, editor of tho ' Metvolk.'

LANCASHIRE RECRUITS.

A FINE RESPONSE,

LONDON, December 3, (Received December 4, at 8.50 a.m.)

Since the beginning of August Manchester and Salford enlistments of recruits total 47,000. THE IMPERIAL CHANCELLOR HAS NOT YET LEARNED HIS LESSON. "A DISGRACE TO*CTVTLISATION."

A PITIFUL TRAVESTY.

AMSTERDAM, December 3.

Tn tho Reichstag Dr Von Bethmann Holhveg said that the troops had carried tho war into the enemy's country and there stood firm. They could regard their future with every confidence, but tho enemy's resistance was unbroken. The Germans were not yet at the end of their sacrifices, and the 'nation would continue to support these with the same heroism as hitherto. The Chancellor went on to

We must and will fight to a successful end a defensive war for right and freedom. Wo will then remember how defenceless compatriots in hostile countries have been maltreated in a manner that is a disgrace to all civilisation. The world must learn that no one can hurt a hair of the head of a German with impunity. RF \L RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WAR RESTS WITH GREAT BRITAIN. SOME EXTRAORDINARY HISTORY AND COLOSSAL IMPUDENCE. LQNDON, December 3. (Received December 4, at 8.30 a.m.) Herr Yon Bethmann Hollweg continued : Tt is evident who is responsible for this, the greatest of all wars. Tho apparent responsibility rests with those -n Russia who have ordered the mobilisation of the army, but the real responsibility falls on the British Government, who' could have made war impossible had they, without ambiguity, declared that Petrograd and Britain would not allow a Continental war to develop from an Autro-Servian conflict. Such a declaration would have obliged Franco to restrain Russia. Then Germany might have successfully mediated between Petrograd and Vienna. Britain was aware of these bellicose machinations, and was partly

irresponsible. I>ut the powerful group round the Tsar saw how the ball was rolling, and interposed no obstacles to its path. Despite all her assurances of peace, London informed Petrograd that Great Britain was on tho side of France, and consequently on that of Russia. Turkey having joined Germany had shattered the. foundations of England's colonial power. Great Britain had permitted a monstrous and world-wido war,

hoping (hat her war ententes wonlrl help to destroy the, vitality of England's greatest European competitor in the world's markets. Therefore., England .and Russia, before God and man, were, responsible for the catastrophe. Belgian neutrality, which England pretended to defend, was nothing but a disguise On August 2 wo informed Belgium that in self-defence and owing to Franco's war plans wo should be compelled to march through Belgium. Earlier on the same day tho British Government promised Belgium unconditional assistance, if the Gorman fleet attacked the French coast, but nothing was then said about Belgian neutrality. How could England maintain that she drew the sword because wo violated the neutrality of Belgium?

Tho Chancellor claimed credit for endeavoring to improve Anglo-German relations, and had succeeded in the individual questions concerning Africa and Asia Minor. But Great Britain's first principle was that Germany's free development of strength must bo checked by a balanco of power. Ho had warned Britain in July last of the danger of her secret negotiations with Russia concerning a Naval Convention. Germany's military and financial strength had already stood the tost, and made clear tho heroism of tho Empire. "They may call us Huns and barba.ria.ns, but we must and will be victorious."

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DE WET, Issue 15667, 4 December 1914

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DE WET Issue 15667, 4 December 1914

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