1900 - Churchill had stood unsuccessfully for a seat in the election at Oldham and returned there to give a speech after his return from South Africa and escape from the Model School prison. After his escape, he had hidden in a mine for 3 days and been helped to his hiding place by a man of Oldham, Mr Dewsnap. About his visit, Churchill said: "Oldham almost without distinction of party accorded me a triumph. I entered the town in state in a procession of ten landaus, and drove through streets crowded with enthusiastic operatives and mill girls. I described my escape to a tremendous meeting in the Theater Royal." When talking of the help provided to him by Mr Dewsnap, the audience shouted out that his wife was in the audience on that very night.
1902 - Cape Colony Martial Law Board dissolved.
The following dispatch from Lord Roberts was issued on Friday night :—
PRETORIA. July 27 (1.55 p.m.).......
....French and Hutton continued their pursuit on the 25th. The former crossed Oliphants River, and from the high ground on the east bank could see Middelburg, and the enemy retiring in great disorder. The main road north of the railway was black for miles with horsemen and wagons. The rear of the enemy was about seven miles off. The mounted infantry was due west of the river. ....Night was closing in, and the rain was coming down in torrents, so that it was then impossible to follow the enemy further. It was a terrible night. In addition to the heavy rain, there was a strong east wind, which made the bivouac most uncomfortable. One officer, I regret to say, died from exposure, and the mortality amongst the mules and oxen was great. The men made light of their hardships, and were in famous spirits when I saw them yesterday morning. The South Wales Daily Post, Saturday 28th July 1900