The Portland Hospital, of which the author was a founder, commenced its operations in South Africa during the darkest days of the war, at the close of 1899. The hospital was first settled at Rondebosch, and its earliest patients were men from General French's troops at Colesberg, whilst numbers of the wounded from Lord Methuen's army were housed at Wynberg. After three month's existence at Rondebosch, th ehospital was removed to Bloemfontein, and Mrs Bagot gives an interesting account of life in the Free State capitol in the early days of the English occupation. The details of the work sufficiently indicate the kindness and skill excercised on behalf of the patients, and the solid comfort they enjoyed. The outbreak of enteric, however, seems to have overtaxed the abilities of all concerned, and the author estimates that at one period there were 5000 cases in Bloemfontein alone. (Mendelssohn page 66)
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