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1900 - Mafeking siege day 216 (99%). Hunter occupies Christiana. Mahon and Plumer defeat Boers under De la Rey at Israel's Farm.
1901 - Kritzinger enters Cape Colony and concentrates in the Zuurberg.
1902 - Mr. Seddon arrives at Durban.

In Mafeking:

A dull day, but towards evening our relief was really seen. Everybody got on the roofs, and looked on at the Boers being shelled; most refreshing, but as they were not apparently coming in, people went to feed, and enthusiasm rather died away again, so much so that when Major Karri Davis, and some eight men of the I. L. H. marched in, he told one passer-by he was the advance guard relief force, the other only murmured "Oh, yes, I heard you were knocking about," and went to draw his rations, or whatever he was busily engaged in. However, when it became generally known the crowd assembled and began to cheer, and go mad again—so to bed.
Dr David Biggins

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