The Friend is a South African newspaper published in Bloemfontein since 1899
The origins: Friend of the Sovereignty and Bloemfontein Gazette
The Free State's first newspaper - the Friend of the Sovereignty and Bloemfontein Gazette - was founded and edited by Richard Godlonton in June 1850, lasting under this name till March, 1854.
In August 1854, when the Free State gained its independence from England, the publication was renamed Friend of the Free State and Bloemfontein Gazette (published by Barlow Bros. & Co.), publishing articles in English, Dutch and Afrikaans till 1894, thereafter in English only till 1899, when the control of the publication was taken over by Lord Roberts, as military commander of the British Forces occupying the city.
After the war, the newspaper was revived in 1902 by Barlow and renamed The Friend,
Julian Ralph. 1901. War's brighter side : the story of "The Friend" newspaper edited by the correspondents with Lord Roberts's forces, March-April, 1900. New York : D. Appleton and Co. (The Internet Archive)