Black and White Budget, No. 23, Vol. II, March 17th 1900

March i 7,1900 BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET M .C.r Mac don a,M.P .,writing’ to the Times, sug­gests that the present is a most opportune time for recognising the valour of the Irish soldiers bv forming a regiment of Irish Guards. We should not be sur­prised if the proposal came to something but then Wales would want Welsh Guards! Still, why not? The Scots Guards is one of the oldest regiments in the Army, having been established in the year 1660 in Scot­land, and since 1689 it has been in nearly every cam­paign of importance. The colours overbear fifty battle honours. Field -Mars hal Lord Roberts ’s dispatch announcing the surrender of Cronje on the anniversary of Majuba Hill reminds one of the famous dispatch of Marlborough after the Battle of Blenheim, written in lead pencil on a scrap of paper resting 011 a wall. It was sent to his imperious wife, and Iran:—“ have not time to say more than to beg of you to present my humble duty to the Queen, and to let her Majesty know that her army has gained a glorious victory .Monsieur Tallard and two other Generals are in my coach. The bearer, Colonel Pack, will give her Majesty an account of what has passed.— raM l ­borough .”Loo ting by British soldiers is strictly prohi­bited, but after the cap­ture of Cronje’s laager Lord Roberts allowed his men to take what they wanted from the Boer camp, and in a few jiffies Tommy was going to his quarters laden with clothes, kettles, cups, and even umbrel­las !From the diary of a private soldier pub­lished sometime ago, it appears that after the storming of Badajoz, Wellington, strict ashe was, allowed the soldiers to have four hours’ plun­dering! T i i eke is no doubt but that our soldiers are be­coming very learned in the art of war, and that they will be extremely dangerous foes to meet afterwards. They are taking cover now in away which all the training at Aldershot could not have taught them. A party of Yorkshire Mounted Infantry, according to one of the soldiers’ letters, neatly outwitted a party of seventy Boers. The Yorkshiremen drew the enemy over abridge, which w’as then blown up, and the trapped enemy bayoneted without the loss of one Englishman! After the capture of Pieter’s Hill, just previous to the relief of Ladysmith, some children were found in the Boer trenches, one being avery little one leit behind wrapped in a blanket. Years ago, in the island of Mauritius, there was avery beautiful lady who had a strange history. She was picked up as a baby on the field of Waterloo, and never knew her parents !Her discoverer was an ensign of the German Legion, who placed the waif under the care of a soldier’s wife, had her educated when she grew up, and then married her! I t looks as if there was avery narrow escape from disaster at Durban recently, when, during a hurricane, several transports dragged their anchors and had to putout to sea to escape destruction. During the Crimean War there raged one of the most fearful storms experienced, which blew away the soldiers’ tents and wrecked no less than twenty-one transports off Balaclava. The result of the disaster was greatly felt by the troops, for one of the ships had 011 board tin- warm clothing sent for the use of the ill-clad soldiers. Lord Robert sis one of those few living men who have had a statue erected in their honour. When the news of Cronje’s capture reached Calcutta, the statue thereof Roberts was decorated with flowers and floral tri­butes, one bearing the legend ,“M aju b a Cawnpore also sent a message, which said, “Your birth­place salutes you.” Lord Roberts’s only surviving son, who was killed at Colenso, was also inborn India—at Umballa, Punjaub. ANinterestingdiagram has been made showing the efiect of the war on the pleasures of the Lon­doner. Both theatre and restaurant appear to suffer equally on the news of a reverse, and to benefit equally on the news of a victory. When we won the battle of Elandslaagte there was “standing room only” at the theatres and m usic-halls, and men were taking their cham­pagne and oysters at the restaurants. aBut week later, a steady fall brought business to a standstill by the time of the reverse at Nickol- son ’sN ek. It rose slightly 011 the news of General Buller’s arrival at CapeTown, and since then it went up and down steadily with the varying news from Natal and the Modder. After Lord Roberts arrived business was good for awhile, reaching the top on the news of the taking of Spion Kop, only to sink down two days later when it was abandoned, to “Business stagn an t”at the theatres, and “rolland butter” at the restaurants. The barometer of the war is now well up. May it ever remain so. There is a passage in a letter from a trooper of the Cape Mounted Rifles who has been attached to Mont­ morency’s Scouts which reads sadly to-day. He says :—“We are attached to Captain Montmorency, V .C .,who won his crops at Omdurman. He is a fine fellow, good- looking, and very reckless. I am afraid he will not outcome of the war alive. He is a goodman, and 'lie Boers are afraid of him .”The writer’s prophecy us to Captain Montmorency has proved only too true. I F TOO FEEt "JUMP Y’on Outpost b y n i^h t, KEM EM QEH THAT ANY V >EN EM YAP PRO ACHING YOU arc prob ably still MORE “JUMP Y."•- __ ¦:V :>-.v ~1— ~'*•'•OS THE FflARCH, THE HOTTER THE DAY THE WORE IMPORTANT IT IS HOT TO DRINK Till THE END. Carry something thin r mouth to heep it icoist. Look to your Feet at the end of a Inarch. DRY SWEAT WILL MAKE SORE FEET. A-j the <cct ‘jw ell with Mini. th« wise man c ooh s c s bifj enough Hoot:,. NO OLD CAMPAIGNER DRINK SON THE MARCH. (<N <11)1 !INK. AND ONE WANTS TO DRINK ALL’ THK WAY But carry tail W at^ cr Bottles to dr mil at the cntL Avenjred. Some Sensible Notices drawn up by Captain Howell, of the and Battalion Worcester Regiment
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