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The Leader Of The Boers A Native Of Pennsylvania

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A dispatch from Pittsburgh, March 29, says that Joubert, the Boer üeneral who has whipped the British in several bateles, is a native of Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., about sixty miles east of Pittsburgb. Forty-ono years ago Jacob Joubert and hs wife, Barbara, emigrated from Holland and settled in Brownsville, Fayette Co., Pa. A lew ujouths ít'tnrarrd they removed to 1 montown, the same county, where they lived two years, Jacob working at bis trade, that of ïuoldiag brick by hand. Soinetiuies he did odd jobs lor Hon. Daniel Sturgeon, a resident of Uniootown, then United States Senator from Pennsylvania. In the spring of 1841 Barbara gave birth to a sod, whieh was christened Daniel Sturgeon Joubert lo 1850 both of the parents died, leaving Daniel to be cared Ibr by strangers. He lell into good hands, however, was well clothed and fed and sent to school. April 11, 1855, for alleged assault and battery upon a man named Johnston, young Joubert was arrested and lodged in jail in Uniontown. Senator Sturgeoo employed counsel, and at the trial the prisoner was acquitted. The young man then determined to 1 ave the place of bis birth forever. Making hts way to New York, he took the ship to Holland, the land of his aocestors, paying for his passage by working on the steamer. At Amsterdam he made the acquaintancc of Adam Joubert, his father's brother, oaptain of a ship in the South African atid East India trade. W'ith his unele he made several voyages to the Boer couDtry, in A trica. In 18G2, hearing of the American war, he returned to íiew York. Enlisting in the United States Navy, he served with distinction under Admiral Dupont and otuers, and lostan eyeat the bombardment of Charleston, for which disability he now receives a pension from our government. He is next heard of as captain of a negro company ia the Army nf the Potomac. He serve 1 under Gen. Weitzell, and his men marched with Weitzell's other colored troops, who after Lee's surrender, took possession of Richmond. After his discharge he visited Uniontown under an assumed name. He revealed hiinself, however, to Hon. Dan. Sturgeon, then over 80 yeara old, by whom he was warmly welcomed. In a few weeks he again sailed for Holland, and from thence to the country of the Boers in South África. Becoming a resident and a citizen of the Dutch republic, he was, in 1875, elected woolg or represeutative to their coneresa from the province or department of Uhaitgi. When the late war broke out between the Boers, and British, Daniel Sturgeon Joubert was pcomoted from one military office to anotber till he is now commander-in-chief of all tbc Boer forcea.


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