Black and White Budget, Transvaal Special, No. 9

6 BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET The cost, alas !has been heavy on our side, but on the Boer side it must have been incalculable. On each occasion we found many wounded Boers deserted on the field, not to mention the killed, and a large amount o f stores and ammunition has been captured and destroyed. The relief o f Kimberley and the joint march on Bloemfontein with G atacre’s column became, through theM odder River victory, more than a mere probability. Poor President Steyn must have shaken in his shoes when he heard how badly his I*'ree Staters had suffered and, unlike Mr. Kruger, he cannot console himself with a pipe o f bad tobacco. NOTES O’ WAR H ocu ! I loch !The German Emperor’s gift of /Tjoo to the fund for the widows and children is a graceful act of courteous charity. W e are informed by the Salt Union, Limited, that they have answered our request for salt for the soldiers by offering the War Office 30,000 packets of Falk’s table-salt in damp-proof packets. W i iil e particular necessities are thus being thoughtfully attended to, the various funds to benefit the soldiers and their belongings are meeting with loyal support. But still the cry is, “Pay, Pay, Pay !”So the Boers bought white gloves in Johannesburg with a view to being prepared for the great ball at Durban to celebrate the defeat of the British Army. Did they? The kid gloves are now being used for their burnt lingers. General C rel y ,who is marching to the relief of Ladysmith, comes of a distinguished Cork family which is related to many of the Royal Houses of Europe. It is even said that a grand-aunt of his, Desiree Clery, refused the hand of the great Napoleon himself. The Postmistress of Lady Grey has a rival in the Postmaster of Dundee, Mr. .Paris.H Four different times during the day Dundee was being bombarded, did Mr. Paris exposed himself to the lire of the enemy to send important messages for General Yule. The camp field-telegraph stall' had bolted the day before !During the present war the dead are being buried in the ground, as in the past. Some of the Continental armies, however, have adopted portable crematories with a view to readily disposing of the dead in future wars. These appliances have the appearance of a huge army baking oven, and each is to be drawn by eight horses. Lieu ten ant Victor Brooke ,whose portrait we give this week, did a daring piece of work in the engagement at Belmont, in which Colonel Keith-Falconer lost his life. He was sent out to reconnoitre, and was making sketches when his horse was shot beneath him. However, he finished his work and returned on foot to make a complete report. The fare of an Imperial Light Horseman is even simpler than the “plain dinner ”of some of our contemporaries. For breakfast he has coffee and dry bread for dinner, boiled beef and bread and for tea, tea and dry bread. The Queen’s chocolate, which we are glad to hear is togo to the local troops as well as the regulars, will come as a welcome variation to this Spartan fare. I then old days of infatuous warfare caution was not regarded as so much a virtue, or was so necessary, as it is at present. During the Peninsular War, when Picton was preparing to attack a French Division, an officer of the staff said to him :“The enemy are advancing. Shall 1 send a party to reconnoitre and see how numerous they are ?”“No,” said Picton, “we’ll count ’em after we’ve beaten them !”Which they did. C a nit be true that theBoers, despairing of success in open war, are resorting to dastardly methods, such areas described in me following extracts from letters? “The Boers did poison the water above Ladysmith, and they cutoff the other water, so that fresh could not in.”flow “Some devil yesterday sent a lot of cigarettes to the wounded troops at Wynberg with poison in them.” This is really too bad to be true. It took three shots to kill Colonel Scott-Chisholm at Elandslaagte. He was first shot in the calf, and was rejoining his company when a bulletin the groin brought him to the ground. It was then that Trooper Benson made his gallant attempt to save his commander. Rushing forward, Benson raised the Colonel on his shoulder and tried to hurry him out of the heavy fire. Just ashe was reaching shelter a third shot hit him in the head, causing death instantaneously. The brave trooper was also wounded, and is now in hospital in Pietermaritzburg. Among the Boer wounded prisoners at CapeTown is Peter Blignaut, who came to England in 1S98 to compete in the English Athletic Championships. He ran in the quarter-mile race but failed to win, though for several years he has been the champion at that distance in South Africa. Many of the Boer wounded, as they were landed at the docks, recognised acquaintances among the crowds watching, and nodded to them. This almost reads like Civil War, which, indeed, it perhaps is. I f a Sixth Division a division, it maybe remarked, consists of about 10,000 men—has to be sent out to South Africa-,.the 17th Lancers, the old “Death or Glory Boys,” will form a portion of the cavalry. The 17th Lancers.formed part of the celebrated Lij^ht Brigade which made the charge at Balaclava, and one of their men, John Berryman, received the Victoria Cross for rescuing an officer. The Light Brigade consisted of 607 men from five regiments, of which only iyS returned.
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