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TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

London, June 2 t Mr A. J. Balfour announced the terms of peace include that the Dutch language is to be used in the Courts if necessary, also to be taught in the schools where parents desire it; their rifles to be retained by the Boers for t protection during military occupa- i tion, but to be withdrawn when selfgovernment is substituted for military rule; no special tax on the Transvaal and Orange landed property for the war, but three millions to be raised for restocking the farm9*, ' the rebels to'be tried according to ! the laws of their Colony, but there is to be no death penalty inflicted • the rank and file to be disfranchised I for life. ■_■_} A substantial minority of Boers urged j the rejection of the British terms, but u'.ti- • matcly the influence of ihe Pietori<v celc- | gales prevailed, and the commandos j immediately inf inned the Government. At ; first it wus decided to withhold the news j till Monday, but afterwards it was coni sidered tho announcement on Sunday j evening wjs advisable. Same sober expressions of rejoining were indulged in. such as the blowing of fog horns, sirens and j steam whistles throughout the night, In the provinces, some places gave vent to I tbeir j-ty amidst tbe booming cf heavy guns, the rattle of firearms, and enormous crowds gathered and sang ihe National Anthem. The newspapers all issued late editions. The" Times" asserts that the incorporation is . complete ; that there is no compromise, no treaty, but a"mere document of surrender, the terms being essentially the same as those of March, 1901. June 3. Rifles for protection will be issued, to licensed persons. The Government accepts notes and receipts issued under Transvaal law iif issued for valuable consideration, | and if they represent the war losses of original recipients. The Government also grant loans free of interest for two years, afterwards bearing interest at the rate of- three per cent to those resettling, but not to rebels or foreigners. The franchise of natives will not be decided until after the establishment of self government. The supplementary statement handed in by delegates gives Britain's treatment of the rebels as already cabled. The Cape rebels will have to sign an acknowledgment of high treason punishment or disfranchisement unless they were found guilty of murder or acts contrary to the usages of war, and rebels, justices, cornets, and other officials will be tried by the ordinary courts. The terms of surrender provide that the burghers forthwith surrender all arms and munitions of war, and cease resistance to the authority of King Edward, whom they must recognise as their lawful sovereign. The details of the surrender are left to Lord Kitchener, Commandant General Botha, Assistant Commant General Delarey, Chief Commandant De Wet. Burghers in the field outside the Transvaal and Orange Colony, and prisoners who are burghers, but who are at present outside Afrioa, will on declaring themselves King's subjects be repatriated, and as soon as their transport can be provided, and means of subsistence assured, they will not be deprived of liberty or property, or prosecuted, except for acts contrary to the usages of war. Those concerned in such latter offences will be court-martialled.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS., Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXXVI, Issue 131, 4 June 1902

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXXVI, Issue 131, 4 June 1902

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