Mintaro, May 1900

MINTARO, May 20.—Great joy was manifested here over the Mafeking news. Hearts—pent up with feelings of sympathy for the beseiged, and with seven months’ unexpressed admiration at the gallant leader’s remarkable skill and bravery—burst forth in glad exultation and thankfulness that the troubles of the garrison were over. A large procession, headed by the good old ‘Union Jack’ and brass band, marched along the principal streets, singing and cheering. Guns and rifles of many descriptions, old and new, rusty and bright, were loaded, and many a volley flash went heavenward, telling of inseparable links between Britain and her daughters. Patriotic songs were sung, and after the strains of ‘God Save the Queen’ had died away, there came a still deeper love for our motherland.