Under the Union Jack, No. 31, Vol. 2, June 9th 1900

742 UNDER THE UNION JACK. [June 9,1000. South Africans in London, and especially refugees from the Transvaal, are hoping above all else that the Boers who were guilty of sjamboking men and insulting women will be brought to astern account. The announcement from Kroon- stad that “the Dutch clergyman, Jos, who was responsible for the sjamboking of refugees here last September, has been arrested,” has greatly pleased them. The infliction of the sjambok upon people of British birth has cut their pride of race to the quick—only those who have lived in South Africa can appreciate the significance of the insult—and they are frantically eager that the sjambokers shall themselves be flogged. And so is every common-sense Britisher. We give the following upon the authority of the Daily News: “When Kruger was in London an English friend offered to show him the sights of the modern Babylon. Oom Paul fell within the idea, so the Briton gathered him into see a ballet show, thinking to get some fun out of his shocked feelings, but Oom sat and watched the show with evident interest. “What do you think of the girls nice and fresh, ain’t they ?”inquired the Briton, with a sly wink at the old patriarch. “The paint’s fresh enough, I don't doubt,” came the reply, through a cloud of smoke, “but I’d rather have the old shoes of the one I left behind in Africa than I’d have all the women you’ve ingot England, on the stage or off it. She was good enough for me when she was young, and she’s good enough for me now.” Lists have been found in Kroonstad giving the names of Dutch in Cape Colony who had pledged themselves to rise in rebellion, and the total, it is stated, is no less than 30,000. One of the Boer delegates in America gives quite an ingenious explanation of the white flag treachery. In one case the white jacket of a clergyman was mistaken by the British troops for the emblem of Truce. He also tells us that the Boer flag, when faded, is very alike white one. What its colour will be by the time Lord Roberts gets to Pretoria he does not say. This story comes from Queensland, and illustrates well the splendid spirit of the Colonists. One morning the com­manding officer was surprised by a visit from an elderly- looking man. He was tall and squarely built, and in spite of his age walked erect with a firm step and fearless. Ashe entered the commandant’s office he brought his right hand smartly up to the regimental salute, and then proceeded to unload himself of, first, Indianan Mutiny medal, then an Army certificate of discharge, and then several testimonials as to character. Then he saluted again. “What do you want ?”asked the major, gauging his age, and putting him down mentally as about sixty.“ I want togo outwith the contingent, sir my old regiment is out in Natal, and I’m sure they’ll take me I’m an old Mutiny man, sir, and as fit as a fiddle-stick,” and he gave his chest a resounding thump. “But,” expostulated the officer,“ you’re too old.” “Not a bit of it, sir,” cheerfully responded the old man. “Quite as well able to shoot now as ever I was.” “But how old are “”you? Seventy-eight, sir,” was the astonishing reply, “and good for another twenty years! ”The Queen having had her attention called to the fact that Mrs. Irwin, an employe at the Milbay Laundry, Plymouth, has six sons and two sons-in-law at the front, has, through Sir Fleetwood Edwards, Keeper of the Privy Purse, sent her a present of £4. Mrs. Irwin, who is a soldier’s widow, is highly delighted, naturally, with Her Majesty’s gift. Stellenbosch still continues to receive accessions to its military population. It is a convenient wayside railway station and village, not far from CapeTown, where officers who have outgrown their uniforms, are sick, feeble, or require mild disciplinary treatment, are sent, upon various pretexts,, to perform nominal duties. Soto be“ Stellenbosched ”has come to mean that an officer is ordered into practical retirement for along or short period for cause of some sort. It saves their feelings to some extent, particularly from kindly enquiries sent from friends at home. After all, to Stellen­ bosch is avery merciful and tolerant plan of weeding out of active employment undesirables. Riding into Osfontein were a bearded scout and a Lancer., the latter with a face still pink from home. The scout touched, the other’s armand pointed to afield mouse on the veldt in front of them washing its face in its paws. The youngster dug in his spurs, lowered his lance, and lifted the living, quivering little beast impaled alike tent-peg 011 the point of it. He waved it, laughing, ashe reined round his horse, but was met by a mouth of such damnation as took the colour out of his cheeks. At his sulky expostulation the elder man suddenly checked his tongue,, adding, when they had ridden 011 together, half-ashamedly and with averted eyes,“ I’ve seen enough o’ dead things lately.” It is by no means beyond the bounds of practical politics to estimate the amount that can be found by the “late” 'Republics towards the indemnity at/4,000,000 per annum, ancL this should dispel all fear as to the repayment of the expenditure forced upon us. The cost of the war, at present reckoned at ^63,000,000, need therefore cause no apprehension to the British taxpayer, and even if the indemnity be raised to- ^"80,000,000 to cover compensation and eventualities, the inhabitants of the new colonies could pay that sum and still be in afar better position than that which they had to endure previously to last October. Dates to Remember. May 23RD.—Trooping the Colour.—Official celebration in London of the Queen’s birthday.—Lord Roberts sends a despatch from Baden-Powell, dated 17th, confirming the relief of Mafeking. The relief force and garrison captured a gun, flag, stores, and ammunition from the Boers, and nearly caught Snyman.—A despatch from Roberts states that his march is resumed. His wide turning movement is completely successful, Heilbron captured, and Boers stampede from Rhenoster River, an immen ely strong position. May 24TH.— Her Majesty attains her eighty-first birth­day. Celebration in the provinces.—Lord Roberts reports Free Staters still surrendering in large numbers. May 26t h .—Lord Roberts sends the welcome news that his aidvance force crossed the frontier river Vaal on the Queen’s birthday, thus entering Transvaal territory. May 27TH.—Lord Roberts further reports that his main army has crossed the Vaal.—Through Lord Roberts, Baden- Powell reports that the railway between Mafeking and Bulu- wayo has been restored, and plentiful supplies enter the town. May 28t h.—A message from Lord Roberts is issued by the- War Office :“We marched twenty miles to-day. Are now eighteen miles from Johannesburg. The enemy had prepared several positions, but they abandoned one after the other The farmers near our line of advance are surrendering, with their arms and horses. Rundle occupied Senekal on the: 24th. No report of what took place has reached me yet.” May 29TH.—Lord Roberts reaches Germiston, ten miles east of Johannesburg, and seizes the railway junctions with much railway stock. He will occupy Johannesburg to­morrow. May 30TH.—Intelligence that Hildyard has occupied Utrecht, crossing the Buffalo at Wool’s Drift. Lyttelton passed at Ichanga Drift. “UNDER THE UNION JACK” HAS BEEN REPRINTED OVER AND OVER AGAIN
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