0 BLACK AXD WHITE BUDGE I Feb. i 7,1900 Oxford University is about to decree that all undergraduates who volunteer for South Africa shall be allowed to put off their“ Honours Schools ”for a vear. “General taG acre is in the thick of everything, and knows a bit too, for he doesn’t wear his medals, and goes about wearing an old slouch hat alike farmer.” Thus writes an artilleryman. The logic is quaint, but the sentiment is excellent. The Free Staters hoisted their, flag over the Town Hall at Dordrecht, but they did not intend to provide fancy handkerchiefs for the Cape Mounted Rifles. This is what they did, however, lor the gallant Colonials soon had the flag down and cutup into little bits to serve each of the troopers as a souvenir of the little a/fair. The piece of flag which we reproduce to-day was obtained in this way. ll was twelve feet by four. The week before last we published a photo of three brothers in the Imperial Yeomanry. They are not alone in their distinction. There are three brothers, T. (}.,W.,and A.G. Abbotts, in the Stafford shire Company which sailed from Liverpool in the ss. Cavona, on January 28th. Seaton Carew, West Hartlepool, has also sent out three brothers of tlie name of Muers, in the Northumberland detachment of the Yeomanry. The eldest is a corporal, and the other words sing well. Here is the second verse and the chorus:— “Who are the boys leaving all behind them, True to the call have sailed faraway? Fiercely fighting ’gainst odds next we find them, While wives and children, at home, weep and pray: Why tin* lads who form the thin red line, Foes cannot break, tho’ they combine. Yes, the lads who form the thin red line, Foes cannot break, tho’ they combine. Then cheer for our noble Army, our Navy and Volunteers With sons so loyal, staunch and true, our Empire nothing fears By foes they are never daunted, to friends they arc ever true, So cheer !toys, cheer !for these lads so dear, the lads of the Red, White and Blue.” It will be observed that the chorus introduces, the three branches of the service. A P L E A FOR TOM MY’S DUMB FRIENDS .To theE d ito ro j “Black and White Budget.” Dear Sir ,Can nothing be done to help the wives of those who are now serving at the Front, to enable White Piece <>f tlic Orange Free State Flap taken from the Court Yellow House, Dordrecht, by the Cape Mounted Rifles two privates. They are the only sons of their mother, who is a widow.“ N otto fall into the hands of the Boers till empty” was the quaint legend written on the cases of plum- puddings sent to the Devons at Chieveley Camp. A Royal Engineer with Lord Methuen writes an interesting account of some of his adventures. He describes the Modder River battle in a few words, but an incident that followed gives him an opportunity for an amusing little word-picture :—“We were just settling down,” he says, “to a feed of fruit and boiled peas, when a shrapnel burst over our heads, wounding several of our men. The situation of peas and shrapnel was too funny for anything and we roared with laughter at the scramble that followed. When night came 011 it was found that we couldn’t retire, so as we had not aha! bite to eat since morning, we explored the farm and came across a lot of poultry and a bullock we had shot, so we had chicken and beef to last us several days” Among the many things sent to the soldiers in South Africa, music was not forgotten, and proved most useful for camp sing-songs and entertainments. Messrs. j Phillips and Page sent a supply o f their new war song, “The Lads of the Red, White and Blue,” composed by W. Fabian Rose, to the City of London Imperial Volunteers. The tune has a swing about it, and the !them still to keep their dear dogs at home, so that they maybe amongst the “home party ”to welcome the wanderers on their return home when “Peace” shall be proclaimed ?Could not the Revenue grant Free Licences to the dogs belonging to the men now so gallantly serving our country in the cause of justice and right in South Africa? The men in letters home continually ask after their dogs, and now that the licences must be renewed, how can the poor wives pay the necessary 7s. 6d. for each licence ?Are they to lose their dumb friends as well as their gallant soldiers who have gone forth at duty’s call ?Will not the Revenue come forward in this matter, and help as they only can, and so preserve to the men the fives of their faithful and tried friends, and may I add that granting Free Licences will not abe financial loss to the Revenue, as it is feared that in many homes the dogs will have to be sacrificed, as the owners cannot pay the 7s. 6d. therefore the Revenue will not lose by granting Free Licences, but will at the same time cause rejoicing in many a soldier’s home? Who has not derived comfort, and help from the love and sympathy so unstintingly given by our dumb friends ?Yours, The D u mu Friend’s Plead er.