The Select Committee of the Transvaal Legislative Council, to whom the
Native Hut Tax Bill was referred for report, have recommended that the tax should
be increased from 10s, as originally proposed, to 20s, and the Bill, as
amended, has been read a first time.
Sir Garnet WOLSELEY will probably leave for Natal on April 4, and there
await the arrival of Sir George COLLEY.
Sir Henry BULWER has been entertained at Maritzburg by several public
bodies, and regret at his departure from the colony is very generally expressed.
The robbery of gold and diamonds from a majord at Harrismith was committed
by Kaffirs, who have been captured.
Matters at Basutoland remain in status quo. The Basutos are not giving up
their guns to any great extent, and the Government do not appear to be pressing
the matter very severely.
Some special measures for the suppression of illicit diamond buying are to
be introduced in the next session of the Griqualand (West) Council.