July 19, 1900

The African War.

The Boers are still active in the Transvaal. A British force was captured last week at Nitral’s Nek, only a few miles from Pretoria, after several hours hard fighting. That the Boer forces should be active so near their late capital does not presage a speedy closing of the war.

Lord Roberts is said to be seriously hampered by the want of proper clothing for his men. Boots are greatly needed. The African climate is especially destructive to leather of English manufacture. And without good foot gear, soldiers in that country no matter how well equipped otherwise, cannot be expected to do more than hold their own.


Harold Borden Killed.

Lieut. Harold Lothrop Borden, the only son of the Hon. F. W. Borden, Minister of Militia, was killed in South Africa on Monday last.

No particulars of the sad event have been received. The only information yet to hand is conveyed in a despatch from Lord Roberts to Lord Minto as follows: -

"Pretoria, July 17, 1900. – Regret to inform you Lieut. Borden was killed in action yesterday.

(Signed.) Roberts."

Harold Borden was born at Canning, May 26th, 1876. He had therefore just completed his 24th year. He was a graduate of Mt. Allison and was pursuing medical studies at McGill when he volunteered for South Africa. A life of great promise has been taken.

The bereaved parents and sister have the sincere sympathy of all in this sad affliction.


July 19th, 1900

For Pleasure and Rest.

A party of visitors from Boston and vicinity, consisting of Mrs. Chas. Best and daughter Grace, and Miss Jennie Hall, of Hotel Madison, Miss Eleanor Best, of Roxbury, Miss Annabell Mosher, of Wakefield, and Mrs. Emma Tasker, of Everett, arrived in Berwick last Friday afternoon. Leaving Boston on Thursday at two o’clock the trip across to Yarmouth on the S. S. Boston was a delightful one, the weather being all that could be desired after the extreme heat of a few days previous. There were a large number of passengers, and deck chairs, staterooms, and even berths were at a premium.

The trip from Yarmouth by rail – through scenery at times wild and enchanting, at others picturesque and grand, was thoroughly enjoyed. The party arrived in Berwick about 3.30 p. m., feeling somewhat fatigued, but all in the best of spirits. They took carriages in waiting at the station and were driven to their several places of destination. Nova Scotia has many attractions for the summer tourists and has in recent years come into prominence as a popular summer resort and hundreds of American people as well as Nova Scotians every summer avail themselves of its boating, bathing, hunting and fishing, and best of all the exhilarating, cool sea breezes of the Bay of Fundy, which for the tired, overworked brain of the clerk or mechanic is both restful and refreshing. They return to the crowded cities of the United States invigorated and feeling well repaid for their visit to Nova Scotia.


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