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

Jan .27,1900 BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET 5 The Fighting Fifth, which is the Northumberland Fusiliers, went into action at Storm berg with the war •cry o f “What ho, she bumps !”Unfortunately, the Fifth got a nasty bump, for 335 of them were captured and are now in retirement at Pretoria !In the old days the war cry used to be “Victory, or Westminster Abbey,” not “Victory, or Pretoria !”The frisky Liverpools in Ladysm ith have been enjoying themselves at the expense o f the Boers. They setup effigies, which drove the enemy nearly crazy at the indifference they showed to the rifle fire. During, the Maori War, the natives used to slyly setup a figure in front o fan earth bank and work it gradually up and ¦dow n with a rope, while our soldiers blazed away and congratulated themselves 011 the number they were killing !At night the natives, who were short of bullets, sorted out the earth and got a good supply. It was quite a longtime before our soldiers came to know o f the clever dodge. Those who have had their spirits damped by the early disasters of the campaign should look up the wars ot other days, in which the British, as usual, began with failures. After many o f his battles in the Penin­sula, Wellington, though victory rested with him, found it necessary to fallback on Portugal. W o lfe’s assault on Quebec was a series o f annoying failures till the final attack. There are few generals, indeed, who have had success from start to finish. There is nothing new in the world, and London’s contribution to the Imperial forces is not the first time that the City has helped in the nation’s warfare. A hundred years ago ,during the French war, there was originated the Light Horse Volunteers of London and Westminster. There is a monument in Westminster Abbey to Charles Merries, Esq., o f the corps, who died on the 3rd of April, 1819, in the seventy-fourth year of his age. It would be interesting to learn more particu­lars of this volunteer regiment. The Residency, Rumman. Now fallen into the hands of the Boers, but not till after many weeks of brave defence One oi the most remarkable things about the Australian soldiers at the front is the rapidity with which they master the country. Take a Colonial anywhere bv day and he will find his way back again in the darkest night. They have recently learnt bv j heart a great deal o f the Free State during General B abington reconnaissance.’s When the time comes to award praise, it will be hardly possible to overestimate their services in this particular. It will be remembered that, after the battle of the Modder River, the Boers so feared the bayonet that they deserted the exceedingly strong position during the night t first they left all their big guns, but returned for them during the dark when they found the British not going to attack. A t M agersfontein a great blunder was made in retiring after the attack. The enemy were gain about to leave their position, but, of course, dio. not do so when they saw our troops retiring. Even if Lord Methuen had won, however, would he have been able to keep his line of communication open ?The parsons are certainly making their presence felt at the seat of war. One o f the present Victoria Crosses is held by the Rev. J. W .Adams, who obtained the honour in Afghanistan by carrying wounded men out of action. The Rev. J. W .Leary, Tat u li, was wounded in the foot by the Boers, but rather than delay the retreat of the small patrol, he insisted on being left behind and was taken prisoner. Parson Robertson, with the Highland Brigade at theM odder River, outgoes to collect the wounded before the killing is over. I f the War Office does not take pity on the 2nd YEast orks and s.M id them to the front, there will be fireworks. “We have not been inaction for a hundred years,” writes one o f the men, “and we are kept at home when we should, and are very anxious to, be with our comrades out at the front.” It is evident that the War Office does not wish to denude the whole country of regular troops, as they have already sent some Militia battalions to the front. The East Yorkshires are not 'alone in their discontent, therefor are quite a number I regiments still at home.
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