Black and White Budget, Transvaal Special, No. 12, Vol. 41, December 30th 1899

BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET Dec. 30,1899 NOTES O’ WAR Lie l't .-Colonel Down man was mortally wounded in leading the attack with which theGordons tried to retrieve the failure of the Highland Brigade. He was in the Soudan in 18S4, in Chitral in 1895, and in the North-West Frontier in 1897. He had a reputation as a distinguished and promising oilicer, and succecded Colonel Matthias in command of theist Gordon Highlanders. At Magersfontein lie led his men with tremendous dash, and was among those who got nearest to the enemy, an honour which cost him his life. Another victim of the great fight at Magersfontein was the Marquess of inchester, England’s Premier Marquess, who was in the prime of manhood, being just forty years of age. He was the hereditary bearer of the Cap ot Maintenance—a cap of dignity—carried before the Sovereigns of England at their coronation, and was a D .L. for the county of Hampshire. Being unmarried, he will be succeeded by his brother, Lord Henry William Montague-Paulet. It was only a month ago that he reached the Cape. Maj or-G e n era l Andrew G. W auciiope, C.B .,C.M .G .,who was killed at Magersfontein, was one of the bravest officers in the Army, and one of the most popular men in Scotland. Ever a fighter, even in peace, he forwent Mr. Gladstone in Midlothian, and“ Andra ”nearly succeeded in wresting the seat from the “People’s William .”He entered the Army in 1865, and served under Lord Wolseley in Ashanti in 1S73, and again in Egypt in 1882. He fought in the Soudan in 1884-85, and won golden opinions there last year, when he commanded a brigade. The prophecy of the drill-sergeant of the Black Watch is being remembered now That red-heided Wauchope chap wull sitten gang tae the de’il, or he’ll dee Commander-in-Chicf.” Who knows whether, had he lived, the latter possibility might have come true. As it is, he indies the midst of a career which he was making more glorious everyday. T.nle Marquess of Winchester, Late Maj.-Gen. A.G. Wauchope, Corn- Major, Coldstream Guards— inanding -?rd Brigade, ist Army Corps— ¦Killed, Magersfontein Killed at Magersfontein Our losses up to date are about 5S0 killed, 2,000 wounded, and 2,000 missing. This represents about two-thirds of the total loss at Waterloo, and about double of those at either Inkerman or Alma. A Guards man ,writing from the Orange River, complains of the overcrowding. Fifteen in a tent is certainly a large order, and when often them are writing at the same time to catch the mail, the confusion must be intense. Strange things often happen on a night attack, but seldom so strange a thing as an attack by a “non-com.” on his commanding officer. In the confusion of the brilliant sortie from Ladysm ith, on December 8th, a sergeant seized General Hunter by the throat, crying, “Who the devil might you be ?”And lie was not so mightily relieved, on finding out who he was! C onside ring that only a matter of twenty miles of “silver streak ”separates France from England, Frenchmen have some funny ideas of English matters. Thus, recently onu paper has admitted that the “Cold Cream Guards” showed splendid valour at Belmont. The same “Cold Cream Guards,” it maybe incidentally mentioned, killed and wounded 10,000 of the enemy at Waterloo in the repeated French attacks on Hougoumont. Cold Cream ?Rather !It is not generally known that there is an armoured train in England belonging to theist Sussex Volunteer Artillery. It is made up of an engine, a truck and mounted gun, a men’s truck with Maxim gun, an ammunition truck, and a carriage. It is armour-plated to the thickness of %in., and has been tried on the South-Eastern Railway line, between Canterbury and Folkestone. Since the various disasters, however, in South Africa armoured trains are distinctly out of favour with the general public at present. The amusing stories of the various fights are beginning to come to hand. There is Private Mulcahy, who is in a certain part of South Africa which had better not be indicated, and who says: “I’d been pegging away all day, loading and firing, without stopping for orbit sup. It was jist beyant sundown when the Gineral came riding along. He jist watched me awhile, and thin sings out, saying, ‘Private M ulcahy,’ says the Gineral, to‘go the rear you’ve killed Boers enough for one day.’ ”Be iabers, Private Mulcahy !Col. Downman, Commanding ist Iiatt. Gordons —Dangerously wounded, Magersfontein
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