Deadwood Camp Gedenksboek
De Krijgsgevangene No15 newspaper
Author's copyright reserved. Saturday 28 December 1901 No. 15
De Krijgsgevangene (The Prisoner of War)
St Helena, Saturday 28 December 1901
H Everitt Editor
We want to start by wishing our readers a happy and prosperous New Year. As 1901 draws to a close
may each and every one who finds himself a PoW, on St Helena or elsewhere, and once more wants to be home on his own
property, under his own roof and amongst his family; and may all his circumstances turn profitable.
This is now the second, and for a large number of us, the third Christmas when we find ourselves in exile.
Who would have thought in December 1900 when we celebrated Christmas so happily, that we should still be here
having to celebrate this year? Still, we trust and pray that this will be the last time, and that before another
Christmas Eve dawns, the war which has so ravaged our land and has claimed so many sacrifices from our dear people
will have drawn to a close; and that over the whole world, Angel voices shall rise at the birth of our Saviour,
as it is written in Luke 2 v 14:- Glory to God in the highest [heaven], peace on earth, and good will to all men.
We are saddened by the news that Capt V de Witt Hamer has been confined to his bed by a back problem.
We wish him a speedy recovery from this painful condition and look forward to him returning to our midst.
The Widow's and Children's Fund
We are pleased to inform our readers that once again a kist [of gifts] has been sent to Holland with the last mailboat.
The Collectors are still busy accumulating items like curio's with a view to sending yet another collection which they hope
will bring much joy and expect to be successful [in collecting]. The greatest demand is for snake boxes, bone brooches and
small baboons [baviaantjes].
A coffee shop benefitting the abovementioned fund has also been opened by the "Strivers' Society". Here you can enjoy
a cup of coffee and some cake, or any confectionery at reasonable prices, with all profits from this estimable enterprise
going to support the fund. We cherish the wish that our brother PoWs will support this café in large measure.
We wish to give the management a tip - viz. [namely] instead of sending the profits, why not spend the money on curios
made here in the camp, whereby the manufacturers of the curios would also stand to benefit, thus spreading assistance
The manufacturers, knowing the purpose for which the curios were bought, and realising the source of the funds
used to buy them, would be obliged to keep their prices reasonable.
Please would you publish the following in "de Krygsgvangene"
I the undersigned, having asked my fellow PoWs to contribute 200 pieces to the Diaconate Orphanage in s'Gravenhage, Holland,
wish to let everybody who contributed, that they received a gift of 1000 items and wish to express their heartfelt gratitude.
Many orphans will be happy [Jubilate] when this kist arrives.
Thanking you for the donations, I remain
yours ;, ;,
H de Graaf
The latest Mail
The latest Mail brought a receipt from the treasurer of the Broekenhuizen Fund
for the amount of £79:3:0 being the proceeds of sale in Rotterdam of goods made here by some of our PoWs.
This brings the total to £ 231:0:0
The following reply has been received following the congratulatory telegram sent on 10 October
[on the occasion of President Kruger's birthday]
Hilversum 17 October 1901
B.B. No VI 95.01
Prisoners of War
Dear honourable sirs
His Honour the President has instructed me to acknowledge your much appreciated
congratulatory cablegram, on his Honour's 76th birthday. His Honour thanks you
I have the honour to be
your devoted servant
(signed) C van Boeschoten.
On Christmas Eve the different shops along what we refer to as the main road were decorated with flowers and greenery
to great effect. Everything was clean and neat and even those with no outside decorations were worth seeing inside.
At midnight our newly formed Musical Corps started playing and several hymns, songs and Psalms were sung, the sounds
of which rang out pleasantly in the stillnes of the night.
Considering the short time they have existed, praise is due to the Corps for the wonderful singing of musical items
chosen by the audience and we are sure that after this they will be able to compete with all comers.
On 10th of December the debating societies of both D and B got together for a combined meeting held outdoors
at which reading of [the] Journal was followed by a good programme of performances.
Everybody provided their own refreshments and the day passed pleasantly.
We are told that the commissioners have progressed so well with the task of drawing up the regulations
that they will, following the approval of the Camp Commandant, be displayed publicly and come into force
with immediate effect.
Entertainment [Nut en vermaak]
An exhibition of boxing took place once again in the Hall on 21st. The main event was two fights,
both between Pienaar and Biggs, the first under the "Marquis of Queensberry" Rules and the second
under the "London Prize Ring" rules. Both fights generated great interest, the second, because of its
novelty, perhaps the most [interest]. Pienaar was the winner of both bouts.
We are pleased to hear that Cricket and Football are about to resume. We hope this is true and not simply a rumour...
Troubles of a domestic nature have occupied your correspondent of late, old Placidity has been flying
from one extreme to another and your readers may well imagine the anxiety caused by my quondam friend
who after working himself into a pitch of religious enthusiam has now begin to regard Christianity as
a frigid failure and civilisation a dismal dream. So securely has he wrapped himself in this cold and
clammy mantle of scepticism that I experienced some difficulty in getting him to attend the opening of
our "Orange Zaul" which momentous event took place on the 6th December.
The Chairman of the Club Mr Hugo van Niekerk in declaring the hall open, spoke of the many difficulties that had to be
encountered in the erection of the building, the scarcity of "blinken" and material etc and concluded
a happy little speech by returning thanks to the military authorities for the grant of tins, lights and
so forth as well as to His Excellency the Governor who was kind enough to supply us with the necessary
timber. The "BouwCommissie" consisted of Messers Will van Heerden, Kons Wessels and Johannes Greyling
came in for their share of praise: particular mention was made of Mr H Kleinbel who without any
ministerial portfolio contributed as much as the others to the successful construction
of a building worthy of Broadbottom and the ability of the Afrikaners to "sukkel".
The tools used in the building were not such as would fascinate a civil or mechanical engineer, at one
phase of the fight a well known individual was seen attempting to drive home tacks with a sledge hammer.
A programme arranged by the Concert Committee Messrs Adams, Fivaz and Ortlepp was done full justice
to by the various performers. The first part of the entertainment was set apart for the display of such
vocal powers as Broadbottom is proud to possess.
To be continued.
Agents for this paper are:
H.J. Fick Jamestown
C. Meyer Broadbottom
Printed and published by H. Everitt, Deadwood Camp
at the offices of "De Krygsgevangene".
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