It is of no consequence whatever. The letter continues :
I also circulated a counter yarn as if I got it from the general admitting the Boer success between Bloemfontein and Pretoria, but that the foilo-wing day our main force had captured the whole Boer outfit, upon hearing of which Kruger had asked to surrender, &e. I had not heard a word, but I was not going to be caught by them at their own game, and you see how' near I was to telling a straight story. . .
I am bound to say I think the hon. gentleman was nearer telling a straight story than he has been at any time since he began his speech this afternoon.
Was it mind reading ? At all events I last night landed my column of nearly 300 here. Behideis Mackie and myself W'e had only '17 men. I did not let the Boers know until our arrival here, but assured them I was not going to humiliate them by bringing the whole force up to march them back, that I would treat them on their honour, merely guarding' the wagons with the rifles piled on, &c.
Really, Jack, they are a rather fine lot, and, In our four days' march back I learned to like many of them. Of course I never allowed anything to stand in the way of duty but while I would shoot one of them with a rifle in his hand as I would a dog.
Shoot him as quick as he transfixed Sydney Fisher or the Minister of Militia.
Yet once in my power as prisoners, I would, and did, use them like gentlemen. No man on our side in South Africa has been ahead of your humble servant where the bullets were flying.
Topic: SUPPLY-DISMISSAL OP LORD DUN-DONALD.