Black and White Budget, No. 16, Vol. II, January 27th 1900

BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET Jan .27,1900 NOTES O ’WAR Coming events cast their shadows before !It is said that Napoleon’s old exile home Helena is being “newly painted and decorated” in readiness lor the reception o f President Kruger !Two thousand girls in the thread mills or Messrs. Clark and Paisley are doing what they canto help the lot of the soldiers at the front. They have agreed to knit socks, and are to be supplied by the firm with wool for the purpose. Each Kit complete dis istrib u ted into 2 KitBag sin the following mann er, viz .:—SEA KITBAG. 1 F isherm an's Cap. Knife. o r Cord Breeches forM X )Fork. 2 Pairs Puttees. Spoon. 2 Flannel Shirts. 1 Holdall Shaving „ToothBrush. R a rio in.C ase. 4 Pairs Socks. 2 Pairs Boots and Paces. Comb. 1 Pair Cork Socks. 1 Housewife. 2 Pairs Drawers. I FlannelS h trt. 2 Vests. 3 Pairs Ship Socks. 1‘P air CanvasS h c c sand spare Laces. 1 Pair Bootlaces. 1 Clothes Brush. 1 Khaki Drill Suit. 1 Pair Serge Trousers. 1 Jcr»ey. 1 Writing Portfolio 1 Cake Soap. 1 New Testament. 1 Field Dressing. 1 Identification T allv . 1 Bundle "Selvyt.** 2 Body Belts i Flannel). 1 Pair Spurs (forM X onlyi. 1 Rifle Arm Sling (forM X only). 1 Overcoat (Infantry o r M.l. pattern as the ca* 1 Tin Vaseline D ubbtr 1 PocketKnife and L^n y jrJ 1 Cake Soap. KITBAG. 1 Serge Suit iSerge Frock and Pants for Infantry, On returning to Barracks the men will dress lor Service Paul’s and embarkation on the following morning. Everything required lor this purpose will be found in the '*KitBag." The "Sea KitBag ”need not, therefore, be opened. The articles not required prior to embarkation must be replaced in the KitBag. TOMMY’S TWO KIT-BAGS Among the many brave acts which have deserved the V .C .during the war, that of Private Fitzm aurice of the Grenadier Guards stands out well. Seeing Colonel Crabbe in danger at the battle of Belmont, he rushed to his assistance. Shooting'tw o Boers and bayoneting a third, he carried his Colonel out of the firing line to the ambulance w aggo n.It was a fine act. H arr o gate recently sent off- four members of the Yorkshire Hussars, who are to join the Imperial Yeomanry, in what can be called“ foine stoile.” They were driven in the Mayor’s carriage to the station, accompanied by the Fire Brigade on the tender, the Salvage Corps, and the townspeople in carriages, and they were seen away by the usual crowd with the usual cheers. One of the men of the 2nd Royal Highlanders shows in a graphic touch how murderous was the fire to which our men were exposed Mat agersfontein. “When the word was given to ch a e,”rg he says,“ I drew my bayonet, but it was immediately shattered into three pieces by the hail of bullets.” The skilled Dutch, and other foreign artillerists with the Boers, received .£,'50111 cas'a 011 the day they arrived in Pretoria, and 10s. a day in pay, with grants of land when Britain is defeated. All the choicest plots in Natal are already distributed, but possession is necessarily deferred for a few months— or years! A man may have good reason— or what appears to him good reason— for deserting the arm yin time of peace and yet be very willing to serve his country in wartime. At least this seems to bethe case with many deserters who are now giving themselves up to the police with a view of being sent to the front. Many of them are said to be in very good positions. A week or so ago we published a portrait of the traitor, ex-Sergeant Greener, who was captured at the Modder River. His old comrades in the sergeants’ mess of the 42nd Regimental District at Perth showed their resentment at his conduct the other day by burn­ing his effigy with every solemn rite amid the loud groans of all present. His effigy, however, was court- martialled beforehand, and the_sentence was a result o f his having been found guilty o f rebellion, theft, and desertion. So perish all traitors !Royal Artillery consists o f three divisions, which are Horse Artillery, Field Artillery, and Garrison Artillery. The guns o f the first-named, which is the leading branch, are light and very mobile, and the men who work them ride on horseback. InField Artillery the guns are heavier, the horses slower, while the men ride 011 thew aggons. The 66th and 14th Batteries lost at Colenso were of this class. Garrison Artillery, o f course, is mainly for coast-defence work. O f Horse Artillery there are twenty-one Batteries, and of Field Artillery there are eighty-eight Batteries. I t is well not to forget that there are scores o f families in humble life who have two or more relatives fighting for Queen and country. There is a maidservant in Bradford who has two brothers, two cousins, and a nephew all at the front, awhile brother-in-law is on the way out !This probably forms the record for one British family in the present war, though on the Boer side, of course, there are cases o f both the father and his half a dozen strapping sons fighting against us. There is a gentleman at Epsom who has one son fight­ing for the Boers, who “commandeered” him ,and another for the Queen. The former married a Dutch woman, and the father must- read of the war with mixed feelings !Here is an instance o f badly managed mobilization which fortunately is not universal, but is sufficiently frequent to have caused a great deal of inconvenience. A young fellow who belonged to the Militia was ordered to join his regiment Mat aidstone. He put on his best clothes, and reached Maidstone on the evening of the day mentioned with four or five hundred others. Here he found 110 food or shelter, nor any other prepa­rations to receive the men, and had to spend the night without food wain aggo n with fourteen others. Next day, when his service clothes were given him, he discovered that there was no place provided to store those he had on, and no means o f sending them away. He therefore had to sell his clothes— his best clothes— to the first passer-by for 2d. !
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