Black and White Budget, No. 18, Vol. II, February 10th 1900

Feb. io, 1900 hlA ck A STD WHITE BUDGEf The coolness of Mr. Midshipman Down, age seven­teen. who, in a big voice, managed a naval gun at the naiile of Colenso, to the great annoyance of the enemy, recall- the exploits of another midshipman, Mr. St. John Daniels, with Peel’s Naval Brigade, in the Crimea. When ammunition had to be fetched from a wagon, of wnich all the horses had been shot. Mr. Daniels was• )iie of the first to spring forward and to perform the dangerous service. And in the assault 011 the Redan, he was at the side of his captain, and when the latter was wounded and bleeding to death young Daniels remained by him 011 the deadly glacis, and, with admir­able coolness and devotion, applied a tourniquet to the captain’s arm,and stood by him till he was removed to 1 safer position. During an engagement at Frerc a week or two ago, there occurred a striking incident which is recorded by one of the war correspondents. While the big guns spoke to each other and the rifles cracked, the natives horse he shot dead himself, as it moved and attracted the fire. Stephenson afterwards got safe away, and we rather think he is a dead certainty for the Victoria Cross. Our Special Correspondent Min afeking, Mr. J. Angus Hamilton, in his diary of the siege in Black and White, describes a reconnaissance in force during November, of which we give some pictures on another page. The reconnaissance was led by Major Godley, who commands the western front of Mafeking, and was successfully carried outwith only one casualty. Lieutenant Paton, of C Squadron, whose portrait occurs, was our Correspondent’s host for the night. The incident illustrates the amenities and occupations of siege life. There are about twenty-four Generals now serving in South Africa !The oldest is Lord Roberts, who is sixty-seven, and the youngest is Sir Archibald Hunter, who is forty-three. Six of the Generals arc sixty years Pieces o f a shell which was fired by a naval gun near Kstcourt at a rancje o f live miles, landing amongst and scattering the Boers (the largest piece measures eleven inches) in the valley, nearly between the combatants, were seen to be ploughing complacently! Emile Zola in Le Debacle, mentions that at the very height of the Battle of Sedan an old man was observed to be guiding a plough, drawn by a whitehorse, within range of the artillery of both sides !He was quite deaf and had bad sight, and did not know that there was any fighting taking place till told !The attempt to save the guns at Colenso will live in British military history till the whole book is forgotten. One of .the most graphic accounts of the affair has been given by Bombardier Stephenson of one of the batteries—the 66th. Stephenson started outwith six horses and two mates to try and save a gun, and when lie got to the piece of ordnance he-had only one horse and one wounded comrade. Not being able to do anymore, the gallant fellow sat where he was, and watched the other attempts to save the guns and he gives avery interesting account of the scene. The remaining of age, or over—namely, Sir George White, Sir C.F. Clery, Major-General W. G. Tucker, Sir Redver** Buller, Sir Charles Warren, Major-General Kelly- Kenny, and, of course, Lord Roberts. Lord Kitchener is forty-nine, Lord Methuen is fifty-four, Gatacre is fifty-six, Carrington is fifty-five, and French is fifty- nine. The Boers do not loye the bayonet, and when they find it tickling their ribs they immediately make a movement to the rear as fast as their legs can carry them. When the Imperial Light Horse made the night attack 011 Lombard’s Kop from Ladysmith, one of the surprised Boers dashed away, shouting, “Wilhelm !Wilhelm! thedamned English are Where!”“ ilhelm !Wilhelm !”mimicked one of the Light Horse.“ llie English with the long assegais are on (op of u s !”Though the Light Horsemen had not a bayonet or lance am or„ them, the enemy cleared off like winking.
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