I witnessed a most amusing scene on the hills, about eight miles from Pietermaritzburg.
Pietermaritzburg, the capital of Natal, was first settled by the Dutch.
Above Pietermaritzburg the line ascends for three thousand feet to highlands to descend again two thousand to Colenso.
They had applied for leave for the alleged purpose of visiting Pietermaritzburg.
We understand that Pietermaritzburg will shortly change its name to Petrobothagrad.
Reaching Pietermaritzburg early on the 8th, we went onwards after breakfast to Estcourt.
The river decreasing during the night, I returned to Pietermaritzburg on the next day.
Behind it was an unprotected country and the line to Pietermaritzburg, Durban, and the sea.
When the British Commissioner arrived at Pietermaritzburg, a stormy mass meeting was held.
The wounded were sent down to Pietermaritzburg, and it would bear explanation why the non-combatants did not accompany them.
natal na·tal (nāt'l)
Of, relating to, or accompanying birth.
Of or relating to the buttocks.