Black and White Budget, No. 17, Vol. II, February 3rd 1900

4 BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET]¦ EB. 3,1900 NOTES O’ WAR The three sons of the late Duke of Teck are at the front. Much sympathy is expressed with them in CapeTown. This was the Christmas dinner of an Irish Fusilier in Chieveley Cam p—beef, potatoes, pickles, plum pud­ding', half a pineapple, pint of beer, cheese, and cigar. We can be quite sure that he enjoyed it. It is an interesting fact that not only cannot the British Volunteer be called out for foreign service, but he cannot be legally allowed to volunteer for it as such. The British Volunteers, therefore, now outgoing to the Cape will have to be temporarily enrolled as regulars in order to give them a legal status. At the end of the war their remaining service with the colours and reserve will probably be simply remitted. Perhaps, however, our entire military system will be reorganised beiore then. Colonel Edward Robert P rev o s t Wood tag f., C.B .,C .M.G .,who was severely wounded in Spion Kop on January 24, is in command of the 10th Brigade with the local rank of Major- General. During last year he was on special service in Sierra Leone, where he was in command of all the troops. lie has been to South Africa before, having been sent on special service in 1878, and having been staff officer with the Flying Column in the Zulu War, when he was mentioned in dispatches, and got a medal and clasp. Since then he has been in India and the West Indies. We hope his wound is not so severe as at first reported. One of the things which most try the courage of a soldier is to have to submit to being fired at without being able to reply. This was the case of the Rifle Brigade at Colenso, who had to lie for over an hour without any cover, and were unable to fire on account of the wounded who were coming in.“To hear the continual ‘swish, swish ’of the bullets,” savs a private recounting the experience, “as they whistled through the grass and be unable to fire in return, was enough to cow the best troops in the world. Our salvation inlay the fact that we were extended to eight paces between each man. You may guess 1 shook hands with myself after we got out of that hot-bed.” I n view of the amount of tobacco which is being sent to the front, it is interesting to recall this general order of the Iron Duke’s, when lie was Commander-in- C h ief:—“ The Commander-in-Chief has been informed that the practice of smoking, by the use of pipes, cigars, or cheroots, has become prevalent among the officers of the Army, which is not only in itself a species of intoxi­cation occasioned bv the fumes of tobacco, but undoubt­edly occasions drinking and tippling by those who acquire the habit and he entreats the officers com­manding regiments to prevent smoking in the mess- rooms of their several regiments, and in the adjoining apartments, and to discourage the practice among the officers of junior rankin their regiments.” Colonel P.E.R. Woodgate, C.B. A Grenadier Guard says in a letter home that after bayoneting a Boer he leaves his rifle and bayonet, and that in this way he had lost four rifles. In the infighting Natal on Sunday, January 21st, a Lancashire Fusilier was wounded in the elbow before he had time to afire shot. Imagine his disappoint­ment !But he wasn’t going to miss the opportunity for a shot at the Boers, so he got his comrade to hold his rifle for him while he fired. Here is the confession of an honest fighter—an artillery smith, who writes after the Magersfontein battle: “You cannot believe how happy I am. It is a grand excitement to see a few Boers uplifted in the air with a shell. 1 am happier now than ever I was in my life Don't forget to tell my chums that I am the happiest man in the world.” Boer chivalry is generally thought to abe contra­diction in terms, but the following incident, reported by an officer in the front, proves that it may sometimes exist in fact. It appears that during the fatal charge at Magersfontein a party of two officers and twelve men rushed, with sublime heroism, up to the muzzles of the rifles in the Boer trenches. So impressed were the Boers by this extraordinary gallantry that, moved by a common impulse, they cast their own weapons aside, and coming out of their in-trenches overwhelming numbers, seized the valorous fourteen and dragged them into the works. Then, after causing them to be disarmed, the Boer commander exclaimed, “There !You are free togo. We will not reopen fire until you are safe within your own lines. One cannot fight against such courage as yours.” Mr. Brandon .Thomas, as some of us know, is a Lieutenant Bin Company of the 20th Middlesex A(“ rtists” ) R .V .,and avery popular officer too. Some of us who were present at a recent company dinner had the pleasure of hearing him sing avery amusing and appropriate song, called “These are the Things,” adapted by himself from Section 167 Revised Infantry Drill, and set to music by another member of the same talented Company, Mr. John W. Ivimey. This has been published now by J. Bath, 23, Berners Street, and should be bought and studied by every soldier, militiaman, and volunteer, whether hebe going to the front or going to stay at home, whether hebe musical or bray like Bottom. The chorus is very catching. Here are the words :—These are the things a sentry must know clearly, Or else he may bring on defeat and cost all arms most dearly. .So memorise, philosophise, and keep your rifle clean, If you would care to call yourself a “Soldier of the 'Queen.” The last verse runs thus :—Th i r teen :provides for Johnnies who have come with­out a pass, ’Scort to Guard, but Picket i f avery pretty lass. Four teen :says help will come along by whistling when it’s night, And whistling with your “butt” held high by day will be all right. Fifteen :the last !The Flag of Truce !Blindfold and walk him home, And watch him well,and sc? he can’t far from his escort roam But if when first he’s halted well in front the sentry post, He llres at you, let .go, both chaps—and make the bea-st a "ho st!
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