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Appointment of Central Authority.
(No. 18 of 1900.]
INASMUCH as it is advisable to have some central authority to which Military Governors of Districts, District Commissioners, and other officials can refer matters :
I hereby notify that all communications concerning the Provisional Government in the Transvaal, other than matters of a purely military nature, will, for the present, be addressed to the Military Governor, Pretoria, and will be submitted to me by that official. Pretoria, 27th September, 1900. ROBERTS, Field-Marshal, Commanding-in-chief,
Appointment of Officers. [No. 19 of 1900.)
I HEREBY authorize Major-General J. G. Maxwell, D.S.O., Military Governor of Pretoria, to appoint provisionally such officers as may be deemed necessary to carry out the provisions of the Statute Laws of the Transvaal, such appointments to hold good for all districts in the Transvaal.
Also to make such alterations in the Transvaal laws as are necessary to suit present circumstances. Pretoria, 27th September, 1900. ROBERTS, Field-Marshal, Commanding-in-chief
in South Africa.
Government Notice No. 115 of 1900.
Uniformity of Treatment.
As it seems to nie advisable to insure uniformity in the treatment of the inhabitants of the various districts of the Transvaal and Orange River Colony, the following instructions are hereby published
to assist General Officers Commanding in carrying out the conditions of recent Proclamations issued by me:
1. By Military Secretary's telegram, No. C, 4825, dated the 20th September, * General Officers Commanding have been empowered to promise that Burghers who surrender voluntarily will not be sent out of South Africa, provided they have been guilty of no acts, other than fighting against us, which should debar them from this privilege. This concession does not apply to those who have taken prominent military or political part in the war, nor to those who have broken their oath of neutrality, nor to foreigners. In the event of a military or political leader inquiring as to terms of surrender, the question is to be referred direct to Army head-quarters.
2. All stock, supplies, &c., of those on commando, or of those who have broken their oath, are to be taken and no receipt given.
3. In cases where some members of a family, who all live on one farm, have broken their oath and gone on commando, those remaining are to be warned that, unless the former surrender within a reason. able period, all stocks, supplies, &c., will be taken and no receipt given.
4. In cases of sniping, leaders of bands are to be informed that, unless it ceases, their (the leaders') houses will be burned. A few days should be allowed for this to become known, notices being sent to the resorts of the leaders and to their wives. In the event of its being necessary to burn the farms, further notice should be issued stating why this has been done, and giving a list of other houses that will next be burned.
5. All stocks, supplies, &c., of snipers are to be taken and no receipt given.
6. Protection is to be given to all inhabitants who have kept the oath of neutrality, remaining quietly at home and taking no further part in the war. Any stock or supplies taken from them are to be paid for or receipts given in full for them.
7. Wives and families of men who are prisoners of war are to be protected, and receipts in full given for anything taken.
When a man surrenders a protection pass is to be given to his wife.
8. Widows of men killed in the war and all lone women are to receive protection passes, and to be paid or given receipts for everything taken.
9. Burghers are to be informed that as soon as their leaders submit, and when every cannon has been surrendered, peace will be declared, and all prisoners of war will then be sent back to their homes. Exceptions only will be made in the cases of Members of the late Governments of the South African Republic and Orange Free State, who are responsible for the war and its present disastrous
* See Notice of September 22, 1900, page 1099.
(d.) Scarlet fever and scarlatina.
5. Medical practitioners shall be entitled to a fee of 2s. 6d. for each case notified in accordance with the terms of this Proclamation; and any medical practitioner can obtain a book of forms of certification on personal or written application to the officer appointed for carrying out this Proclamation within the district in which such medical practitioner resides.
Name of Municipality or Township.
190, To thet
I, the undersigned, a legally registered practitioner of medicine, hereby notify that on*
190 I was called upon to attendi sexs aged
race living at**
and that in my opinion he is suffering from the disease known astt
and that the disease is probably caused by 11
God save the Queen.
Pretoria, October 8, 1900.
ROBERTS, Field-Marshal, Commander-in-chief
in South Africa.
* Insert date.
If race cannot be given exactly, add E. (white or European) or C. (coloured).
** Give fullest possible address. tt Name of disease.
11 The medical practitioner's opinion as to the cause is very desirable, but it is optional.
Proclamation. [No. 22 of 1900.]
WHEREAS a Commission has been appointed by Her Majesty's Government to inquire into and report upon certain concessions granted by the late Government of the South African Republic, and the Commissioners commence the said inquiry at Pretoria on the 10th October, 1900 :
Now, therefore, notice is hereby given that all persons summoned by the said Commissioners to give evidence must attend and give evidence on oath before the said Commissioners, and produce all documents and books which the said Commissioners require them to produce, and which are in their possession, custody, or control.
Any person failing to obey the said summons will be dealt with under martial law.
God save the Queen. Given under iny hand and seal, at Pretoria, on this 10th day of October, 1900. (L.S.) ROBERTS, Field-Marshal, Commanding-in-chief,
Proclamation. [No. 23 of 1900.]
WHEREAS it is expedient to remove certain of the restrictions at present existing against the exportation of goods, wares, and merchandize from the Transvaal and Orange River Colony :
Now, therefore, I, Frederick Sleigh, Baron Roberts of Kandalar and Waterford, K.P.,G.C.B., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., V.C., Field Marsbal, Commanding-in-chief Her Majesty's troops in South Africa, do hereby declare, proclaim, and make known that, from and after the date bereof, the exportation of all goods, wares, and merchandize, with the exception of raw and bar gold and munitions of war, is permitted from the said territories under the laws and regulations of the Customs.
God save the Queen. Given under my hand and seal, at Pretoria, this 16th day of October, 1900. (L.S.) ROBERTS, Field-Marshal, Commanding-in-chief,
Order issued by Field-Marshal Lord Roberts, dated November 18,
As there appears to be some misunderstanding with reference to burning of farms and breaking of dams, Commander-in-chief wishes following to be lines on which General Officers Commanding are to act :
No farm is to be burnt except for act of treachery, or when troops have been fired on from premises, or as punishment for breaking of telegraph or railway line, or when they have been used as bases of operation for raids, and then only with direct consent of General Officer Commanding, which is to be given in writing; the mere fact of Burgher being absent on commando is on no account to be used as reason for burning the house. All cattle, waggons, and food-stuffs are to be removed from all farms; if that is found to be impossible, they are to be destroyed, whether owner be present or not.
Oath of Neutrality.
I, THE Undersigned,
in the district of
Do hereby solemnly make oath and declare that I have handed in and given up all the arms and ammunition demanded of me by the British authorities, namely, all rifles and rifle ammunition of whatsoever description they may be. And I solemnly swear that I have no rifle or rifle ammunition remaining, and that I know of none such being concealed or withheld by anybody whatsoever.
And I further swear that I will not take up arms against the British Government during the present war, nor will I at any time furnish any member of the Republican forces with assistance of any kind, or with information as to the numbers, movements, or other details of the British forces that may come to my knowledge. I do further promise and swear to remain quietly at my home until the war is over.
I am aware that if I have in any way falsely declared in the premises, or if I break my oath or promise as above set forth, I shall render myself liable to be summarily and severely punished bộ the British authorities.