The top of the pass once reached, French determined to make a sudden descent on Barberton.
General French surprised the enemy and occupied Barberton on the 13th.
Barberton and the Boers saw the oncoming of the British force with blank amazement.
And you're still valeting for Barberton, are you, Mr. Stevens?
The dwellers in Barberton have wholly different problems and grievances from the dwellers in Bloemhof or Standerton.
The Boers were prepared for his attacking Barberton from every direction save one.
Some commandos withdrew eastwards along the line, others broke off towards Lydenburg and Barberton.
On the 8th a Boer gang near Barberton made a violent and indeed valiant lunge at the troops guarding the place.
Barberton was about thirty miles from the camp, and to reach it they had to cross Hicks Bridge.
The development of the Barberton Goldfields was a revelation to the peasant mind of what the power of gold is.