Black and White Budget, Transvaal Special, No. 14, Vol. 41, January 13th 1900

4 BLACK AND WHITE BUD GET Jan. 13,1900 NOTES O’ WAR Journal ism in a beleaguered town is carried on under difficulties but it does a good deal to upkeep the spirits of the besieged. Two papers, made by pen and stylographic process, are issued weekly in Lady­ smith, and command a ready sale. They are called the Bombshell and Liar. A rat her amusing incident happened during the early part of the charge at Elandslaagte. Major Samp­son (one of the organisers of the Natal Volunteers) saw a man lying down and ordered him to goon. He said he was perfectly willing togo 011 bui that he was too paralysed with fear. The Major went on and shortly (c-f ,^1 .if- COfrftooU-Ki i s U fOL /i& 7 M./iX^ f C j fL,T -cL &tM <9- C'*¦/&'A::¦ A Bojr receipt for a commandeered rifle. We hope Mr. Atkinson will see his three pounds afterwards the trooper charged past him yelling out “Where are the devils ?Let me get at them.” Major Sampson asked him what the matter was, and the trooper showed him that his moustache, and part of his upper lip, had been carried away by a bullet. He was in front of the charge the whole Away. p riv ate in the Durban Light Infantry writes an amusing letter from Pretoria about the armoured train disaster. He says that the light truck in front of the engine struck on a large stone and jumped clean ofT the line. He was in the next tr ck, and as it began to run on the sleepers someone cried out, “What ho, she bumps !”Then it, too, ran off the line and turned upside down. There is only one regiment of the line which pos­sesses more honours than the 16th Lancers, better known as the Scarlet Lancers. Their most honoured distinction is that they are the only regiment of British cavalry which has ever broken an infantry square. This feat was performed at the bloody battle of Aliwal, in the Punjaub, in January 1846, and was successful owing to a manoeuvre which seems to have spontane­ously occurred to the troopers. The brave Sikhs were successfully meeting with their stout shields the lances of the 16th, and the square seemed impenetrable. Suddenly, however, the Lancers shifted their weapons to the bridle hand, and the Sikhs, unprepared for the change, ware mowed down in an irresistible charge. Everyone is pleased that Lord Roberts has been suc­cessful in his appeal to (the War Office to allow this gallant regiment to leave India for South Africa. What is to be done with court-martialled soldiers who are so thoughtful as to plead guilty to “save the officers’ time ?”This is what two soldiers of the Dublin Fusiliers did who were tried in General Buller's camp for looting. They also asked to be allowed to serve their sentences after the termination of the cam­paign. One is glad to know that their blarney resulted in the remission of their sentences. Capt a ind Monte rom ency, who is the commander of some mounted scouts with General Gatacre’s force, is showing the great value of horsemen infighting the Boers. As soon as the enemy find themselves out­flanked by Montmorency’s men, they make avery hurried movement to the rear, and the fight is over so far as they are concerned. Captain Montmorency is the hero of the 21st Lancers, and won the Victoria Cross at Omdurman in 1898 by returning, after the charge, for the dead body of Lieutenant Grenfell, and carrving it oIT from among the enemy. He is the eldest son and heir of Major-General Viscount Frankfort de Montmorency, while his mother is the daughter of a Field-Marshal. Both Lord Roberts and Lord Kitchener have had chargers presented to them bv patriotic gentlemen. Sir Edward Durand has given his fine chestnut charger, Prince, standing 15-2 hands in height, to little “Bobs,” and it went to South Africa in the same ship as its new master. On behalf of Lord Kitchener, the Duke of Portland, who is Master of the Queen’s Horse, has selected no fewer than four chargers for the Chief of the Stall's use, and one of them went in the same vessel as Lord Roberts and his horse. No. 44 Trooper Bradford is the first of the New Zealanders to be killed at the Cape. This occurred in a skirmish near Arundel, in the district that the gallant General French the Undefeated has undertaken his tender care. There is always a melancholy interest in such matters, and it maybe remarked that the first victim of the Franco-German War was a young Englishman, Lieutenant Winslow, who was attached to the German army, and who was shot while recon­ noitring with the Staff. There is a monument erected to his memory in Alsace, near Worth. As far as refreshment for the body goes M afeking is better off than Ladysmith, for it appears that Lady Sarah Wilson, in her bomb-proof shelter, has whiskey and soda and cigarettes to offer her visitors, while the last bottle of whiskey in Ladysmith was sold before the end of November for twelve shillings. The Churchill family will be well represented at the front when the Duke of Marlborough leaves Blenheim to carry on the military traditions of his house. He will be accompanied by his cousin, Mr. John Churchill, a younger brother of Mr. Winston Churchill, and besides these male members of the family there is Lady Sarah Wilson (aunt to the Duke), who is sharing the fortunes of the gallant little garrison of M afeking.
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