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

6 BLACK AND WHITE BUDGE7 MARCri 24,[900 Che e ring serves avery useful purpose both in peace and war. When the Boers on Umbulwane Moun-tain heard the prolonged cheering of the Ladysmith garrison on the arrival of the relieving force, they tumbled over each other in their eagerness to escape. General Wolfe, who fell on the heights of Abraham, recommended aloud, warlike shout to be given 011 charging the enemy with fixed bayonets. Sir James Ware said that the ancient Irish war-cry wis“ Farrah ! farrah !”but nowadays the Irish prefer the simple“ H ooray! ”Lord Kit chen eris a man of resource, and just the one for repairing the damage done by the Boers in their retreat. During the last Soudan campaign, he wished to have the Atbara bridge built at once, but learned that no firm could supply it for some weeks. This was not quick enough for Kitchener, and returning to Cairo ho found an old iron bridge in process of dismantling on the Egyptian railway. This heat once annexed for use across the Atbara while the new bridge was constructing! laagte. It was, of course, the Imperial Light Horse which so distinguished itself under the late Colom-I Scott-Chisholme. As a matter of fact the first body of South African Light Horse—about 500 strong—was raised in CapeTown after Elandslaagte, and was not dispatched to Natal till after General Buller’s arrival in that colony. They have since shown their gallantry at Spion Kop and elsewhere. “It may make a splendid picture, but it is a terrible thing to see.” In these words does one of Mont­ morency’s scouts sum up his impression of a battlefield. Here is an interesting picture of hard work at the telegraph. It occurs in a letter of Sapper Poole, HeR.E. says:“ I have been 011 the Rensburg wire for the last four hours taking messages. The work is very- heavy. One message I received by sound was 3,000 words. There is a general store and one pub, which closes at eight p.m., and natives not indoors after half- past eight are arrested. Prince Francis of Teck and the Earl of Erroll are here every morning dispatching telegrams. The former is a handsome man of fine Bugler Dunne's birthplace at Port St. Mary, Isle of Man Where the little hero of the Tugela was born. A cor resp o n dent .suggests the advisability of a table explaining the letters which appear so confusing after the names of distinguished officers. We append as full a list as possible, giving the letters in alpha­betical order:— A .D.C., Aide-de-Camp A.G., Adjutant-General A .Q .M.G .,Assistant Quarter­master General C.V.O .,Commander of the Royal Victorian Order D.A.G .,Deputy Adjutant Gene­ral D.S.O .,Companion of the Dis­tinguished Service Order G.C. B., Knight Grand Cross of the Bath .CG .I.E .,Grand Commander of the Indian Empire .CG .M.G .,Knight Grand Cross St. Michael St.and George It maybe generally- taken for granted that an addi­tional“ A ”means Assistant, and the different orders are occasionally described in more lessor letters. Their meaning, however, can be readily found by reference to the above table. In Vol. II., No. 14, of Black and White Budget (a cor­respondent out),points we refer to the South African Light Horse as having- been in the battle of Elands- physique, and we have found it necessary to apologise to both gentlemen owing to the rickety chairs frequently breaking down under the continual strain of the military heavy-weights. His Royal Highness does not take a seat now and regards us with some suspicion, 1 fear. The grub is all right, not forgetting the boiled beef and broth occasionally, which we call‘ Jip per.’ Extras are to be obtained for payment, but the prices are too high for Tommy, who has received no pay' since leaving Aldershot. The officers and men are roughing it alike.” T h isis how an Irishman saved himself from capture at the hands of some tender-hearted Boers. The inci­dent is described by a private in the Royal Fusiliers :—“The other day,-after a fight, a corporal of the Dublin Fusiliers with nine men were out reconnoitring when a party of Boers came along. The corporal lay down, and when the enemy got up to him he was groaning as if in terrible pain. They went to him, say-ing, ‘Poor devil !’Soon after some of our ambulancemen put him on a stretcher. When he had got a safe distance the Fusilier suddenly jumped off the stretcher and sur­prised the bearers by saying, ‘Be jabers, that was a narrow squeak, eh ?’The nine were captured and taken prisoners.” .CG .S.I., Knight Grand Com­mander Star o,r India G.C.V.O .,Knight Grand Cross Victorian Order G .M.B .,Great Master of the Bath G.M .M.G .,GrandMaster of St. Michael St.and George G.M .S.I., GrandMaster of the Star of India K.C.V .O .,Knight Commander of the R«»yal Victorian Order M VO Member of the Royal Victorian Order V .C .,Victoria Cross
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