Black and White Budget, No. 25, Vol. II, March 31st 1900

6 BLACK AND WHITE BUDGEl March 31,1900 L a die swill be in­terested to learn how the nurses dress at the front-Here is a de­scription from the let­ter o f a nurse with General Buller :—“O ur wet day get-up consists o f Wel­lington rubber bools to our knees, dress tucked up to the same, and a short waterproof cloak with cape and storm col­ la r.”“ 1 always feel that the days are all too short.” writes the same good sister o f mercy, “for all one would do for these poor sufferers.” the Tug ela, described by one of the O ueen’s :—“1 must tell you of a chap in our regiment. H e was shot, and he rolled over into another chap’s arm sand said 1 Mother !’and died. Several times the same word came from the mouths of the wounded.” W e give a photo this week o f anew cycle made by M enzas, of CapeTown. The machine will carry eight riders, including wounded men, with bag and bag gage ,and it is so constructed as to lit on the g a u geo f the Trails. h isis a happy idea, as something useful for light work upon the railroad is very much needed. It has already been sent to the front. Some of the Boers are now engaged in what is known has“ ed gin g”in racing circles. Some o f the looters in Zululand, for example, have begun to restore the pro­perty they have seized, while others are commencing to treat British prisoners with suspicious kindness, rem em ­bering what took place previously! The best bit in this connection, however, occurred north o f Storm berg Junction, when some Boer girls, on the British appear­ing, fervently sang the National Anthem !An old military anecdote has been revived which we rather thought we ------------1 had seen before. It was, indeed, pub­lished over one hundred years ago apropos of the retreat o f the British troops in Holland, early in October, 1799. The roads were bad and the mud was plentiful, and a regiment of the Guards being much scattered, an officer ordered the men to form “two deep.” “Damn ,”said one Grenadier,“ I ’m too deep already I ’m up to the neck !”Lon donS 3 B*OLD O S D S Glasgow .1* B 5 ^C^ I k HALl SI- Capt. Scott Harden, at the front Capt. Turner Wilson, in the uniform of a private, with Lee-Metford rifle In the interesting inter­view with Sir George White which has been published in the daily papers, the gal­lant defender o f Ladysm ith luis quite justified the reten­tion o f the cavalry which has been so often criti­ cised. Cavalry at first sight do not seem o f much use in a beleaguered town both horses and men add to the mouths to be fed, and it was quite possible for them to escape before the lines of the enemy closed round the garrison. It was the extensive lines o f defence which Sir George White deemed necessary to prevent the shelling being too concentrated which justified the retention. “Because my lines were so exten­sive,” said the gallant General,“ 1 was compelled to keep all my cavalry in Ladysm ith. Used in conjunction with an elaborate system of telephones, they became very mobile, and were almost my only reserve. In half an hour I could throw 3,000 good men to any threatened point. W e learned the value of this system on January 6th.” In the preparation for capturing Cronje nothing was left to chance. Lord Kitchener knows the importance of good feeding before fighting, and the commissariat was especially good. An artilleryman writes from Modder River :—“It is all upright here, fresh meat and bread daily, which is an improvement on the bully beef and biscuit which we have had so much of. We lorm part o f what is probably the largest force ever assembled in one spot in the ann also f British military history. R oberts’s and Kitchener’s stalls arrived last night, and we are hoping tu make a speedy move now .'1 The last thoughts of dying soldiers are generally ol 1 heir home? and loverl ones. Here is a tvpiral scene np the banks of Capt- Sir Edward,Chichester, R.N .,CM <1. A.D.C Chic Tr.in»rorr Officer. Cap- Tr> -.«i>
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