The Regiment, March 26th 1898

March 26 1S98 THE REGIMENT MILITARY STATIONS. THE ISLAND OF ST. HELENA. St. Helen a ,called bv the French St. Helene, is a lonely island in the Atlantic, 1,200 miles from the West Coast of Africa, 1,695 from CapeTown, and 4,477 from Southampton. It measures 10 miles bv 8, and has an area of W 947 square miles. It is part of an old volcano, and reaches 2,823 feet in High Hill. Its shores face the ocean as perpendicular cliffs 600 to 2,000 feet high, and are in many places cleft by deep narrow valleys. The climate is, generally spe.iking. healthy, while fishing and potato growing are the principal occupations of the inhabitants, which number about 4,000 and odd souls. Previous to the cutting of the Suez Canal, St. Helena was a favourite port of call for vessels bound to and from India by the Cape of Good Hope, and the inhabitants did a large trade in furnishing vessels with provisions ar:» othtir supplies. But the shorter route Jacob's L add er,St. H e l e k a .afforded bv the Canal and the SeaRed has entirely destroyed the trade, and the island is speedily going from bad to worse. Since 1890 the British Government has been withdrawing the garrison, though on the other hand, James­town, the capital, 011 the north-west coast, has been made a second-class imperial coaling station, and carefully fortified. St. Helena was discovered by the Portuguese in 1502, and taken po^ession of by the British East India Com­pany in 1651. They remained masters of the island down to 1834, but since that time it has been administered by a governor and an execu­tive council of four members. The island is chiefly celebrated as the place of Napoleon Bonaparte's imprisonment from 1815 to his deatii in 1821. His home was the farmhouse of Longwood, three miles inland from James­town and the spot where he was first buried lies about one mile to the south-west. The island is watered by numerous brooks, and about one-fifth of its surface is fertile but the native vegetation now becoming rapidly extinct was of avery remarkable character, many of the species being peculiar to the island. The chincnona tree grows hereon the highlands, and many of the hills are crowned with planta­tions of Scotch firs. As already remarked, the climate is temperate, and invalids from the hot regions of the east recover rapidly under its influence. Earthquakes have been frequently felt. As a military station, St. Helena is, we believe, without doubt the most unpopular in Ihe British Empire. There *Kg q S M *nothing for iornmy to do in so con -'5^2 alined space, and if we are rightly informed, the only amusement avail-1 able for either officers or men is a little boating, fishing, and shark shooting, j Detachments of line regiments quar­tered on the island remain abut short time, but the men of the Royal Artillery bewail their fate, as their period of service, according to a recent coiTespondent, lasts three years in this isolated island. We understand that it is contemplated by the authori-[ties in the near future to withdraw the troops, or I lie greater portion of them, and hand the garrisoning of this coal­ing station over to the Admiralty. They cannot, we fancy, carryout thisf scheme too quickly to please Mr. T. Atkins. Jamestown, St. Helen a .EDITORIAL. A CORRESPONDENT has sent theme following cutting taken from some provincial paper 1 1 RANTED, a thoroughly experienced Man,age about 30, as l’OTMAN (uniform worn)—m ust be about 6ft. in height, and not afraid of work—no windows or pewter—wages 27s., no beer.—Apply, or write to Baynes, Duke of Devonshire, HighRoad, Halham .N. B.—No army men need apply. I quite agree with the correspondent that the sentence “No army men need apply” is anything but complimentary to the Service. I can merely assume that this man Baynes, of tiie Duke of Devonshire, is only an ignorant individual, who has never studied the good qualities of a soldier. The pot-house is suit­ably situated, but the name of the village should read Balaam, and not Balham, for certainly the proprietor is an ass, but not nearly so clever a one as that recorded in biblical history. --------On November 6th, 1S96, a number of old members of the sergeants’ mess of the Innis- killing Dragoons met together to consider the best means of assisting those seeking employ­ment after their tour of duty with the regiment had ceased. I am glad to be able to state from a communication I have received from the Secretary that the association is flourishing. In connection with this praiseworthy organisa­ tion is an annual dinner, the last one being held at the Victoria Hotel, Farringdon Road, 011 St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 1897, when many old Inniskilling Dragoons gathered round the cheerful table. Everyman who can possibly do so should make a point of being present at these annual reunions, which tend so much to weld together the brave hearts of the past with those of to-dav. The office of the Association is 14, Coventry Street, Piccadilly, W., where all communications will meet with the earnest attention of the courteous secretary, Mr. J. W. Steele.--------- I should like very much to increase the size of The Regiment, but this would entail a penny per copy for postage. It seems a shame that papers like the Queen should be allowed togo for^d. and The Regiment if increased for id. The double Christmas Number of the Queen weighed 5 lbs., but still it was sent for id. The postal authorities could not do better than allow all papers togo for id., seeing the great national educational service they render. I understand that a petition is to be presented to Parliament, asking that the charges may read as follows :—Under 4 ozs., ^d. 6ozs., £d. 120ZS., id. 24 ozs., 2d. If granted, these charges would not only abe great boon to publishers of papers throughout the country, but to the reading public at large. Anyone interested in this subject should write to Mr. y W.t Andrews, Secretary, Press Postal Reform! League, The Hull Press, Hull. a --------5. I must ask those who entered for the lastS word competition,“ Metropolc," to give me a^ little breathing time. There were over 4,00c* lists sent in, and each list contains about ioc6 words. F'very word has to be carefully checked by two members of the staff, so that it will take6 a little time before I am able to publish the result. Here is anew list of readers who have be-s come members of the Army Working Guild :—^Miss Kate Currie, Bournemouth A.Miss MJ* Dunne, Thomastovvi Ireland Miss F.A.^ Hamilton, Dublin !-A.C. Linder, Putney!1 *Heath C.Rees, Esq., Carnarvon. £ • ______ p I have to thank the following members for*” -subscriptions and parcels of clothing for the^ Army Working Guild :—‘‘Union Jack,’ 2s. 6d. Miss Kate Currie, 2s od Mr. H. Francis, 2s. r*od. Miss F.A. Hamilton (clothes) Mrs. P. Lcveson8 (clothes) Miss Strickland (clothes) C.Rees,’* Esq. (clothes) Lady Stirling (clothes). ,r'--------*y Here is a letter I received from Mr. T.H.e Roberts, Editor of Illustrated Bits ,who deserves the greatest praise for all he has done for the" Balaclava heroes. Dear Sir,—I have to acknowledge with very many thanks receipt of a parcel of clothes which you have been good enough to send for the *Survivors of the Balaclava Charge," and which I will undertake to distribute amongst the most deserving. With renewed expressions of mv sincere thanks for your kindly assistance to these poor veterans, i Yours faithfully and obliged, The Secretary, T.H. Roberts .<Army Working Guild. My note sometime ago about giving some of the numerous fatigues in garrison to men ’who have left the Army brought me many letters from officers serving, in every case praising the scheme. One officer says:— "Here most of my men are employed shifting stores and loading and unloading wagons, and we never have a man for parade. I see no reason why employment such as grooms, 'servants, gardeners, and orderlies to staff officers and departmental officers, which at present are the bdte noire of all C.O.'s should not be given to reserve men. The present state of things cannot goon long, something more must be done for the employment of the men after leaving the service, as most of them have no trade and cannot compete in the labour market.”
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