Black and White Budget, No. 21, Vol. II, March 3rd 1900

black and white budget March 3,1900 NOTES O’ WAR I t is very hard for relatives when they cannot ascer- j tain whether their soldier friends are dead or alive. Major Mackenzie, of the Seaforth Highlanders, was I reported missing after Magersfontein, and though lit: is 'said not to bo a prisoner at Pretoria his body lias not been found. His wife is therefore in a terrible state of mind, and even tlie Queen has urged the War Office to make further fxertions to clear the mat­ter. Considering the diffi­culties, the authorities can be said to have done very well in supplying th~ lists of killed, &c. Has the kilt togo in warfare? It seems so, unless we want the High­ land regiments annihilated every time they light. But Sandy says he will die a thousand times before he will be parted from his beloved kilt, and lie views with deep suspicion even the suggestion of a khaki reversible kilt. About fif­teen years ago the War Office proposed to drop the kilt, and they probably regretted their intention, therefor immediately arose one of the finest hub bub sever heard .Meeting in London, a body of Highlanders solemnly kissed the dirk and swore death to all anti-kilts !There is a n impression General Lucas Meyer, who abroad that the military authorities are dealing too gently with the many spies they find. It has always been the rule hitherto to shoot them at once, and this was done during the Franco- German War. One Boer spy at the Modder River has been inconstant telephonic touch with the enemy, while another, who kindly brought fowls for the officers’ dinners and refused payment, was found one tonight becoming from the Boer lines! Strange to say, neither of these were shot, though a strong example would stop the practice. The British soldier does not readilv acknowledge defeat, as a 'couple of incidents give evidence. The 74th Battery lost a gun at Stormberg, when General Gat acre experienced his disaster, but only alter heroic attempts to save it. Not till Major Lowrie said, “Men, you have done your best, and bravely too leave the gun :it cannot be saved,” did the men leave the piece of ordnance, very sulkily, to its fate. When the 3rd King’s Royal Rifles took Spion Kop, they were so disgusted, in spite of the enemy’s terrific fire, at being ordered to retire, that the officers had the greatest difficulty in enforcing the order !•Lord Roberts addressed the Highland Brigade before the famous advance to the relief of Kimberlev. He recalled how the Seaforths had once made along and arduous march with him, and at the finish the Scotsmen gave three cheers for the General, and one more for Lady Roberts, and cried, “Bravo, Bobs !”The men have confidence in Lord Roberts, and that means a deal. There is nothing finer in history than the confidence of Napoleon’s soldiers in the Emperor. What he did was always right. Why, when Napoleon was leaving his troops to their fate in the retreat from Moscow, and journeying 011 post-haste to Paris, the faithful soldiers shouted,“ Vive l’Empereur !”Sir George White ,in Ladysm ith, has issued a warning that the Boers, having a large number of English uniforms, might disguise themselves as British soldiers coming to the relief of the garrison, and so rush the entrench­ments. Such trickery in war has often occurred. The French once captured San Sebastian from the Spaniards in a neat way. They asked permission of the Spanish general to send their sick into the town, and the request being granted, two thou­sand healthy men were bandaged up in every con­ceivable form and sent to the Spaniards ,who afforded every accommo­dation !Some were placed in the citadel, and one fine morning the poor “invalids” peeled their bandages, and, before the Spaniards realised the situ­ation, seized the place !Many cases have hap” lost the battle of Dundee peiied of soldiers stowing themselves away 011 board the transports in the hope of being taken to the front. Some have succeeded in their desire, and some have been put ashore, and Private Brown, 10th Hussars, now at the front, who stowed him­self at the Royal Albert Docks, belongs to the latter category of unfortunates. He was put ashore at Gmvesend. When the 13th Hussars sailed last No/ember, they discovered a would-be soldier aboard, for on the shore at Fleetwood the following message in a bottle was afterwards found: ‘'Just discovered a recruit stowed away on board. Said he wanted a smack at the Boers. Signed—One of the Lily white Hussars.” It is expected that the Boers will capitulate uncon­ditionally when they learn that areal fighting editor has gone to the front. Quartermaster-Sergeant S.F. Bone, the editor of the Sapper, the magazine of the rank and file of the Royal Engineers, has gone to South Africa to bethe official shorthand writer 011 Lord Roberts’s Staff but he will have 110 objection ro employing the bayonet 011 any of the enemy he may chance to meet. It is not generally known, by the way, that nearly every regiment in the army has its magazine. The Northumberland Fusiliers, for example, have the St. George's Gazette theist York and Lan­ casters have The Tiger and Rose theist East Lanca- shires have The A'.V.V., they being the 30th Foot and the 2nd Wiltshires (99th Foot) possess The Nines,
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