In South Africa, the Boer War continues as Frederick Sleigh
Roberts replaces Sir Redvers Henry Buller as Commander-in-Chief of British
Telegraphic communication between London and the source of the Nile
is established. The Ugandan Railway telegraph line crossed the river on the
19th of February.
Colonel Frederick John Lugard is named High Commissioner of Nigeria
as control of the territory passes from the Niger Company to England.
An attempt is made on the life of the Prince of Wales during his
visit to Brussels. A sixteen-year-old boy, who claimed to be avenging the
"thousands slaughtered in South Africa," is arrested after firing two
shots at the Prince. Both shots missed.
France makes strides toward linking all its possessions in Africa
by defeating Rabah Zubayr in the Battle at Kusseri, thereby gaining control of
the Baguirmi Kingdom. France already controls Algeria, West Africa, and the
Johannesburg, South Africa, falls to the British as
the Boer War continues.
According to press reports, England has drawn up a draft agreement
with the kingdom of Uganda. The king is to receive an allowance and the
Katekiro (Prime Minister) will be paid a salary.
The London Times reports that mail will leave Rhodesia today for
the first time in nine months and that passengers will be able to travel
between Bulawayo, Rhodesia and Cape Town by the middle of June.
Britain annexes the Transvaal in Africa.
The American Bridge Company secures a contract to construct 34
bridges along the Uganda Railway. Engineers estimated that the job would
require more than 8000 tons of structural steel, costing more than $1 million.
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