The Regiment, March 26th 1898

420 THE REGIMENT./ M akch 26,1898 NTERESTING BITS. Informer times, say three hundred years ago, a “ Carabinier" meant alight horseman, used prin­cipally for scouting and outpost duties. Most of the British horse regiments were so designated—un­ officially. Now we have only one Carabinier regi- lent in the British ssrvice. Of the bravery of both the officers and men in the Crimea, of the steadiness and discipline under tire of the rank and tile, who for the i first time were inaction, but one opinion has j ever been expressed. “All, therefore," says Colonel Hamley, “that we had to be proud of was the dash and valour of the regiments engaged. These were very conspicuous and worthy of the traditions of the Peninsular days. A French officer, who was viewing the field where our laymen as they had fallen, in ranks, with one of our naval captains, observed to him, ‘Well, you took the bull by the horns —our men could not have done it. One hundred and fifty years ago the t larines when serving alloat were allowed a £ allon of beer each per diem, as well as a ition of grog. Jack far got the same allow- nce. I 99 Ax Indian corps, the Queen’s Own Regi- 1 lent of Guides, marched from Peshawar to 2>elhi in twenty-two days. As the distance is -10 miles, this maybe considered a good pecimen of what the Indian soldier is capable f doing. J '>In j 820 there died in New York a man named *lenrv Francesco, who was a drummer in the British Army in the reign of Queen Anne, a.d. *.702-14. i s The Lord Chancellor, who is at the head of "he British Law establishment, gets a salary of ^10,000 a year. The Commander-in-Chief of lie British Army has to put up with .£4,500. 'here are twentv-three chief clerks and% J m 'hancery Registrars 011 our law list who draw 534.500* n salaries the same number of ieutenant-colonels of infantry of the line only Iraw £7,55510s. od. It seems that fighting ases in the law courts is a more profitable msiness than fighting battles in the field. Is his what the poet meant when he told us that he pen was “mightier than the sword \"Th ir t y-se vex foot regiments wear white acings twenty-three wear blue facings four egiments have yellow facings two regiments ire faced with dark green one regiment has juff facings one light green, one black, and me scarlet. The facings were originally the colour of he lining ot the soldier's coat. Going into iction his cuffs were upturned and his collar iown, thus showing a different colour to the icarlet of his coat. King Henry V in spite of all Shakespeare has written about him, could not have been a popular commander with the private soldiers. In his French war, which terminated at Vgincourt, he ordered that the soldiers should aand over one-third of their booty to their captains, under penalty of being deprived of the whole of it. Not very long ago an advertisement appeared in a big provincial newspaper, to the effect that fifty army reserve men were wanted for night- work, the pay being one shilling per night each. There were four hundred and fifty ipplicants for the fifty places. During the Franco-German War, 1870-71, the French lost more than 23,000 men from small-pox. But vaccination was not enforced in the French Army. The Germans, who had strictly adhered to vaccination for several years before the outbreak of the great war, only lost about 300 men bv that disease, although they had the larger field force employed. W hkn the Duke of Wellington was asked the best oftest a great general, he replied, “To know when to retreat, and to dare to do it.” What is termed the“ gun-room" of a man- of war is a cabin where the midshipmen, naval cadets, and other junior officers pass their time when off duty. It came to be called the gun-room from being under the care of the gunner in days by.gone I hast been decided to grant three extra commissions in the Army for competition amongst the graduates of the Royal Military College of Canada for the year 1899, viz., Royal Artillery, one Royal Engineers, one appointment to Unattached List of Indian Staff Corps, one. --------It fell to the 52nd and 71st Light Infantry Regiments at Waterloo to meet the young guard of the French, when numbers were more than ever out of the question but, weakened as they were, they rushed forward and routed that guard in an instant, with the spirit and equipment of which Napoleon had so lately before made all Europe resound. A most admirable manoeuvre was here performed by the two victorious regiments they separated, and, running 011 two sides of an oval for a considerable way, met again, and thus cutoff several thousand prisoners. The riding-master of a cavalry regiment is an officer attached to it to supervise the instruction of officers and men in riding. The post is usually filled from the non-commissioned ranks, and carries with it the relative rank of lieutenant. UNIFORMS AS THEY MICHT BE.— No. 11¦ s =*3^1- The 3kd East Kent Regiment— 'The Buffs. (Undress).
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