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

March 24, 1900 BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET A p r i v a t e in the K in g’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, who writes from the Modder River, lias had a long spell of active service. “ It is nearly five months since we left our barracks at W ynberg,” he says ; “ and I think that is long enough for anyone to be on this job. When I get home I think I shall sleep at least six weeks to make up for lost time. This is four years running I have been on active service—not one year’s rest, always under canvas. Tell Charlie that I am going to pitch a tent in the garden with strong entrenchments, and wire entanglements all round. 1 have fairly forgotten what it is like to be at home.” H e r e is a story of a brave drummer-boy told by one of the Coldstreams :—“ As the Highlanders were advancing the second time at Magersfontein, a captain stopped and gave a wounded Boer a drink. He had the table would not naturally rank with those at the bottom on the other. However, the end of the table may perhaps be simplified, and no one’s susceptibilities hurt, if we amend it as follows :— Second Lieutenant .................. ....Midshipman, Chief Gunner, &c. Warrant O ffic e r.......................... Warrant Officer Sergeants and Corporals .. .. Pettv Officers P rivates...........................................Able Seamen L i e u t . - C o l o n e l C o s b y , who has been associated with the 48th Highlanders ever since their formation ten years ago, has two sons in the Canadian Contin­ gent at the front, Lieutenant Lorne Cosby and Lieu­ tenant Narna Cosby. Both of them have been ofiiccrs in the 48th Highlanders, but the former, when he became a Captain last year, resigned to take up a post in the North-West Mounted Police, and has gone to the front with the Canadian Mounted Rifles. The latter, Canadians at the front. I.ieut.-Colonel Cosby and his two sons in the uniform of the 48th Highlanders got about a dozen yards away when the Boer raised himself up, loaded his rifle, and actually had it up to the present, when a drummer-boy, quite a kid, who had been forbidden by the captain from advancing with the company and who had come quite 011 his own, saw the Boer. He kicked him in the head and then drew his dirk and ran him through the neck, and when theyr got up to the couple the boy had this burly Boer pinned to the ground. Plucky little beggar, wasn’t he? Old England hasn’t got much to fear when she turns out boys like-this.” T h e inclusion of Quartermaster in our list of ranks in No. 22 of the Budget has drawn a not unjust remon- trance from one who has been connected with the Army for over thirty yr ears. He rightly points out that Quartermaster is the title of an appointment, not of a rank ; at the same time we must point out that we made the class in which we placed the Quartermaster an inclusive one, and those at the head on one side of to get to the front, has had to enlist, and lias become a gunner in C Battery. Both are fine soldiers—worthy sons of a gallant lather. M a j o r B a r t c e r , R .A .M .C ., commanding the 2nd Corps Field Hospital, appeared in a recent issue of this paper as Major Barber. We apologise for the misprint. T h e humours of transport driving in South Africa are well described in the following extract from a letter by Sergeant Medland Newsham, of the Durban Light Infantry:—“ All the oxen have their names and their places in the span. If they get out of their place they will not pull. If by any chance a strange one gets among a span the natives ‘ spo t’ him at once and soon whack him out of it. In a Dutch span there is always one called 1 Englishm an.’ He is generally the worst of the lot and gets all the beating. In a Kaffir span I find ‘ Scotchman ’ gets it all. A11 English driver lias a I ‘ Dutchman,’ of course, who gets * beans.’ ”
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