Black and White Budget, No. 24, Vol. II, March 24th 1900

March 24,1900 BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET (¦5 One o f Cronje’s prisoners has declared that the Guards’ storming o f Belmont was magnificent. In our opinion, not half enough has been said of the exploit. The men dashed up a mighty kopje, and so astonished were the Boers that they stopped firing. Then they agave yell, poured in volleys from their Mausers and Martinis, and, as the Guards came grim lyon, turned and fled. Then, what a cheer !Grenadiers shook hands with Grenadiers, and the whole sang “Soldiers of the Queen.” The 3rd Grenadiers lost 21 officers and men killed, 106 wounded and 2 missing during the engagement. The regimental dog of a corps of Engineers was left at CapeTown when the advance was made on Kim­berley. This arrangement entirely disagreed with “Charlie,” the dog in question, and he took the first opportunity of joining his pals, who were at the Modder River camp (623 miles from CapeTown), when “Char­lie ”came within an attempted nonchalant air. It is supposed that he came up with some troops, and then found his way to his own company. The 2nd Shropshire Light In­ fan try, with Lord Roberts, have secured an ostrich, presented by a friendly farmer, as a pet, and it insists ongoing to the front with the regiment. The great event, after the relief ot Ladysmith, was the grand march past of Sir Redvers Buller’s men before Sir George White. Sir George stood in front ol what remained of the Town Hall, and the first regiment to pass was the depleted but re­doubtable 1st Dublin Fusiliers, who, as a tribute to their valour, were u nan im o u sly given the lead. Hur- roo !As each battalion went past the pipers of flip onrl f.n rfln n H icrh - CaPl- the Hon- Lambton, H.M.S. the 2110 uordon t t l g l -“Powerful,” C.B. for services at landers played High- Ladysmith land Laddie ”in honour of the only Scottish regiment, “The Wearing of the Green ”for Ould Oireland’s sons, and “Cock of the North ”for the Lancashire and other English regi­ments. The 2nd Royal Fusiliers stopped before Sir George White and “Hurrayed ”him three times, and every following regiment did likewise. Lord Roberts proclamation,’s offering the Queen’s pardon to those of the rebels who return quietly to their farms, is said to behaving a good effect. Doubt 011 the point may have caused the rebels to fight to the bitter end. It is rather curious to find, however, that during the American War of Independence, Lord Corn­wallis issued proclamations inviting the inhabitants to return to their duty and assuring such of protection and kind treatment. Unlike Roberts, Cornwallis had only a small army, and the proclamations only resulted in the disaster at Yorktown. During the siege of Ladysmith the Boers secured possession of the Natal coalmines, near Elandslaagte, with the result that the price of coal in the colony went up to the startling price of a ton !The losing of the coalmines (now re-captured, though with the workings damaged) also had another result not generally known. Two years ago patriotic Natal commenced to give, absolutely free, 12,000 tons of coal a year to her M ajesty’s Navy, so the re-taking of the coalmines is of much importance. The Boers must be something like the Chinese when England fought the latter in 1842. The British troops had taken a fort by a rear attack, and in a dispatch to headquarters, the Chinese commander said, “The igno­rant barbarians not knowing that guns could not be fired at them, came upon us in the rear, and thus rendered all our cannon useless.” The Boers making elaborate pre­parations for a frontal attack, find General French upcoming be­hind, and thus they have to leave on hur­ried business to the rear !Pr i vat eWe h i j ,writing to his parents at Marriott, tells of the wholesale destruction of a Boer family. He says :—“Among the prisoners is a boy of fourteen years of age. He told us that his father and six brothers had been fighting, and that four of them and his father were killed at Colenso. Another brother was killed later on, and the little prisoner was him­self wounded. Poor little chap, he is the only one alive out of seven !It is very hard to see him !”The surrender of General Cronje, on the anniversary of Majuba Hill, disposes at least of an annoyance which Capt. Percy Scott, H .M.S. “Terrible," tile British residents Lin .li. for services and designing the new .r,-. ,,,,gun carriage 1 ransvaal have had to put up with. Each anniversary was made a general holiday by the Trans­vaal Government, and though English firms did not recognise it, Dutch firms employing British hands did, and consequently much ill-feeling was aroused. February 271b will in future be known as Cronje’s Day. By Order !The antidote to the stupefying fumes of the lyddite is, according to a Boer prisoner, a spoonful of vinegar. The Bible Society is sending throughout Miss Edith Rhodes a large supply of Bibles for use among the wounded Boers. The mixed character of the Boer forces maybe guessed from the fact that, besides being in English, Gaelic and Dutch, the Scriptures supplied have also to be in German, Flemish, French, Swedish, Danish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Yiddish, Bulgarian, Croat, Magyar, Roumanian and Czech. Truly avast international library!
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