Black and White Budget, No. 22, Vol. II, March 10th 1900

NOTICES BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET MARCH 10, 1900 A l l communications regarding Pictures a n d A rticle s to be addressed to “ T he E d ito r, B l a c k a n d W h i t e B u d g e t , 3 4 , B ou verie Street, London, E . C A l l communications rega rd in g B a c k N um bers, Terms o f Subscription, < 2 r*c., to be addressed to “ The P u b lish er, B l a c k a n d W h i t e B u d g e t , 6 j , F le e t Street, London, E . C . " The E d it o r requests that Correspondents who may w ish to communicate w ith the P u b lish e r at the same time as they w rite to him , should w rite a separate letter to the P u b lish er at the address g iv e n above, and not a d d it to their communication to the E ditor. The E d ito r p a rticu la rly requests that no Poem s be sent f o r consideration. NOTES O’ WAR M a j o r B a r t o n , of the 1st Connaught Rangers, is | out of the war for good. At the Colenso battle h e ! found h'm self almost alone on a part of the field, and j thought it would be a good thing to retire. He stopped, however, to give water from the river to some of the ( wounded lying near, and found himself close to a party ; of the Boers. They were going to take him prisoner, ! but after hearing the circumstances of the case, decided to let him go. On the way, however, he met another 5 party, and they were inclined to disbelieve the Major’s j story, but eventually let him go on parole. It has been decided that the Major must respect his parole and not fight again, and he is now at Durban. T h e best protection against being killed is an insurance policy. At any rate, a great number of officers uninsured have been killed at the various battles ! Another fact of the same sort has been men­ tioned by a soldier with Methuen, who said, “ O f the five hundred reserve men who joined my regiment, four hundred were policemen, and it is a singular thing that more< reserves have been killed and wounded than men with the colours.” Still another instance is that given in a book recently published. It happened during the Crimean W ar, when the writer of the book was going to sight a big gun, and was pushed aside by some one else who wished to perform the operation. And when he was doing it a bullet came and shot him dead ! P r i v a t e soldiers in South Africa are grumbling a deal at the difference of pay between themselves and the Colonial levies. Tomm y has to fight for Queen and Empire at the rate of a shilling a day, while the South African Ligh t Horse, &c., receive five shillings daily. The rate differs slightly.with the various branches, for while a soldier of the line only receives a shilling, the gunner of the Royal Horse Artillery secures one-and- fourpence and the driver one-and-threepence a day. The best paid, however, are the Household Cavalry troopers, who w ax rich on one-and-ninepence per diem. Even the Ambulance men and stretcher-carriers receive five shillings per da}'. M a n y assertions have been made with a view to proving that few Germans are helping the Boers, but recent events have cast a rosy light 011 the matter. When the British, under General Wavell, captured Jacobsdal, they found about a hundred wounded Germans in the hospitals there ! A correspondent of the Cape A r g u s also says most distinctly that he saw at Pretoria six years ago certain German plans forwarded to the Boers through the German representative at Pretoria, detailing how the Republic should be defended in the event of invasion. When this fact is remem­ bered in connection with the German Emperor’s atti­ tude^ at the time of the Jameson Raid, it is highly significant. T h e r e are several noted gunners at the front. Major S. C. U. Smith, commonly known as “ Long Sm ith,” who is commanding the New South W ales Field Battery, js said to be one of the finest Artillerists in the service. Gunner Walton, who recently fired the first howitzer of the 37th Battery at Rensburg, is the same man who laid the first successful shot at the Mahdi’s tomb at Omdur- man. A celebrated rifle marksmanjis Armourer-Sergeant Scott, of Melrose, who has gone out with the Border Battalion Volunteer Detachment. He won the Prince of W ales’s £ 1 0 0 Prize in 1893, and has been in the Scottish Twenty six times. C a p t a i n d e M o n t m o r e n c y , the eldest son of Major- General Viscount Frankfort de Montmorency, has just been slain by the Boers at Sterkstroom. It was only in 1898, for a plucky deed performed during the charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman, that the gallant cap­ tain won the Victoria Cross. After charging through the Dervishes, Lieutenant de Montmorency, as he then was, returned to rescue Lieutenant R. G. Grenfell, who was lying surrounded by the enemy. Grenfell was dead, but Montmorency drove off the Dervishes, placed the body of his comrade on the horse, and safely got out. When he went to the Cape he was given command of some scouts, and met his death when with them. W e have been asked to give a table showing the various degrees in the Army, from Field-Marshal to Private Thomas Atkins. W e give it in the form of a table showing the relative rank in the Arm y and Navy, which may prove useful to those following the w ar in South A frica :— A r m y. N a v y . Field-Marshals ........................Admirals of the Fleet Generals...................................... Admirals Lieut.-Generals ........................Vice-Admirals Major-Generals ........................ Rear-Admirals lirigndier-Generals ................. Commodores, ist and 2nd Class Colonels.......................................Captains of ¦ ? years and StafT- Captqins of 4 years Lieut.-Colonels ........................Captains under 3 years and StafF- Captains under 4 years Lieut.-Colonels (but Senior to) .. Commanders and Stafl-Comman- ders Majors ¦ ¦ .....................................Lieutenants, and Navigating Lieu tenants of 8 years’ standing Captains...................................... Lieutenants under 8 years’ stand­ ing Lieutenants............................... Sub-Lieutenants Second-Lieutenant ................. Midshipman Quartermaster and Warrant " l ( Chief Gunner O fficer............................... J \ Boatswain, &c. Sergeant...................................... Gunner, Boatswain, &C. Corporal...................................... Petty Officer Private ...................................... A.B. T h e story of how (be Boers got their Maxim s is an extraordinary one if it be true. It appears from it that her Majesty’s Government here took exactly the same line with regard to arms going into the Transvaal as Mr. Schreiner has been so bitterly attacked for taking in Cape Colony—that is, attempted to put no obstacle in the way. When the order from the Transvaal autho­ rities was received in London by Messrs. Vickers, Sons, and Maxim, a letter was sent to the W ar Office by that firm asking for permission to fulfil the contract. The answer was unhesitating and to the point. “ B y all means,” it ran, “ supply the guns to the Boers direct ; for if you do not sell to them, they will undoubtedly manage to get what they want some how or other ! ”
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