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[By W. A. GLEAVE.]
The Turn of the Tide—The Relief of Klmberley and Ladysmlth— Capture of Cronje—Oom Paul a Overtures for Peace-Lord Salisbury's Reply—Royal Visit* to Netley—Queen Victoria at the Bedside of Her Wounded Soldiers— Touching Incidents—Sir Ceorge White's Farewell to his Comrades.
We had to wait two full month* befuve the appearance of the silwr lining to. the da* cloud of misfortune which thread dismay throughout the British dominium in that dread and never-to-be-forgotten \ December which preluded the dawn of the present century. Wo had bee* sanguine of aucccra, but up to February 16th, 1900, disappointment, dire and drear, had been our portion. We still felt confident tlwt there could only bo one end to the encounter, that the might of Britain must ultimately prevail, but the end seemed so long coming. The first real ray of hope waa the announcement of
TUR RELIEF OF EDIRERI.EY. The news reached Southampton on the mom-*ng of February 16th, 1900. General Fwnch, with a force of Artillery, Cavalry, and Mounted Infantry, had reached the Diamond City the previous evening. The garrison had quoccssfully withstood a aiege of three and a half months. The welcome tidings spivad like wildfire through "the town. Everyone was ex citcdly, almost deliriously happy, and eulogies of General French were to bo heard on every hand. The turning of the tide had commenced. Though the end waa far distant— much farther distant than we thought in Uiat glad hour Nothing waa, however, now to be left to chance. We had learned to our bitter cost that it does not pay to take chances in " the great game of war," and troops, destined to take part, in that groat sweeping movement, which waa to envelop the whole of the Trans.aal and the Orange Free State, continued to pour out of Southampton Docks, whilst we sadly welcomed home these who had borne the battle's l»runt— the heat and burden of many a aun-sccrdied, sanguinary duy.
Hardly had the jubilation over tlie relief of Kimberiey erased than the glad tidings reached us that Cronje, who luwl for mo long menaced the devoted little hand of patriots at Mafc-king, had at last been I nought to bay at Paarde-b?rg. Kitchemr and his gallant foroo reached home. Kitchener, and his gallant force at length caught him like a rat in a trap. It was a came of aurrwxkr or a fight to a finish, and Cronje, exercising a wise discretion—surrendered. I skip over these happenings— momentous though they were—somewhat hurriedly, inasmuch as it is not the purpose of this story to recite the history of the campaign in detail. That has been admirably done by other writers. \ am simply seeking to pick up some of the local links in the great chain which , was forged on Uie battlefields of South Afriss 1 to bind Briton and Boer in one great brotlier- '
The solicitude of Queen Victoria and the other members of the Royal family formed one of tlto most fragrant memories of the campaign. Her late. Majesty visited the wounded at Netley. Hospital on February 27th, 1900, travelling by special train from Windsor. The pretty waterside village was early astir in anticipation of the visit, hundreds of people frcm the rural districts for miles around turning out to gnvt their Sovereign, whilst quite 600 tia relied by the midday train from Southampton Docks, picking up numinous reinforcements at the intervening stations. Tl»e Queen, who was accompanied by Prinoewica Bratrioe and Victoria, was on anival, greeted by the band of the Training Ship Metvury. Her Majesty, who looked very sged and infirm, drome through the village, which wsa gaily decked with flags in honour of her visit, in an open carriage, being ( enthusiastically cheered. Drawn up in the quadrangle of the lhepital was a guard of \ honour of the Lincoln Regiment, and as the Queen approached the building the hand
played the National Anthem, and th) crowd reverently miewwred. / S
The visit lasted ahrnt an boor ami a half, during which time her Majeetr^lnspected the whole of the wards, which contained 566 invalids from the front. no less than 320 of whom were suffering from guitshot wounds. Every sick IxnUido wsa risited, and to each 'patient the Queen handed a floral emblem of lier ro-ganl. It was a touching spectade^-the mother of the nation tendering devoted tribute to three who had in the majority of caeca counted not the wt, and. if they did, rwkoned the price well paid tm receive from their gracious Sovereign's 1 i|n her faltering heartfelt meed of praise. She asked them how they had fallen inaction, and questioned them for details of tiieir injuries, commended them for the good work they had done fir their country, and ex pressed the hope that they'would speedily re-
e\rry sufferer. Late* the Royal party journeyed to Netley, where they evinced the greatest interest in ti»e wounded warrio
The week ending March 3rd, 1900, waa the most eventful of the war. K very whore in the theatre of operations the British arms proved successful. Following rapidly upon the render of Cronje came the dramatic intelligence of .the relief of Ladywnith. After weeks of weary waiting, of sore suffering, anxiety, and distress—Bull r and White had clasped hands. Manifestations of yty were in evidence every-wlaee. Flags pnclaimed the news from hundreds of housetops, and the jaybella rang from n any dmrth skvples. Children paraded the streets carrying miniature Union Jack;, and felicitations were everywhere eadungcel. At Queen's Buildings 1 lie entire staff during the dinner- hour drank the healths of General Buller

was never more fen'ently utteied Uian by those battleworn heroes, whtae supreme pleasure it was to receive the gmtrful tlianks of their Queen. To the members of the Iruh Regts. #he was very kind and attentive, and the gsllant Highland rs cuu»- in for ample atWntion. Many of the wounded rAowed her Majesty relics of the actions tl-ey had lecn engaged in, one brawny Highlander pn.udly displaying a photograph of a bullet still liw-»ted in his ribs!
The same week the L'rinpe and Princess of Wales (the late King Kdward and Queen Alexandra), together with the Duke of York (our present King), rieited Southampton Docks to inspret the hospital ahjp I'rin-rss of Wales. The vessel, previously lus»wn as the Midnight Sun—tad just arrived from the Cape with a Ijrge number of aemnehd soldiers, who cheered the Princess lustily. Drawn up on the main deck wcee the crew and a contingent of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Kach ward of the ship waa visited, each case was explained to the Princess, who had a cheering weed and smile
nen, and joined heartily in amga__ nfe residents of "The
and ilia leave
singing patriotic _
DiUiies" rose nmghilieently to Um tn^ivpxple vieing with each other in their d sire to male* a truly imposing display. Ihjsi-Mtn waa for the time being at a standstill.
At Windkesler blie College boys paraded tlie | High streit cherring wxrifenaisly, at T«Aton Mags wen, dieplayrd from sheips and private I dwellings, at Rnmsey an eerthusiastic "smoker" j wan held at the White Horse Hotel, and merry ! pxils were rung from the Abbey bella^ The ' sohexJ children were given a half-holiday, and ) salutes were everywhere fired from s-ores of j cannon and rifles. At night crJ-urwl fires were tiurnt ami fkvweaica crackled and Uiundered.
to k place at lioumemouth, and there were great rejoicings at_^ymingti«, P^stleigh, Andover, Hha^Khn^Xmspcet, and Vmtnor. N'Paul's and- St. Tbamaa' drum and fife banja.^ followed behind. The firemen, in uniform, and ^ waving mustered and decorated their J
engine with the motto " 1881—Majbna wiped y out 1900." Other loyal devices included, "Coo-^ tiuued success to our troops," and "Clod our Island men." Cheers were raised for the \ Queen, Lord Roberts, Sir Red vers Bulier, and Other military leaders.
Following upon the capture of Cronje and the relief of Ladysmith President Kruger thought • tha time waa ripe to endeavorx to make t#
with the ItritiSh tlovenunent. He waa in ? favour of peace provided tlte independence of 1 the Boer Repuhlica waa recognised, but Lord : Salisbury refused to entertain any such cendi-Won. At the mmc time Mr. Balfour intimated' in the House of Commons that the Govern^ ment would not accept the intervention of any. 1 Wis- tin the settlehtent of South African j affairs. Kruger Uxrenpon replied that the , burghers would only cease fighting with death* ^ and predicted that the British would never 5 reaoh Pretoria. Like so many of his prophK«iea| .his waa speedily to be falsified.
HIS FATTUFUL GARRISON. j An affecting scene wsa witnessed when Sir _ leorge White—the gallant defender of La smith (wlinsm death this week we all deplore), -ft for l'ietermaritaburg and bade fare-'J ell to the garrison. At the station a guard..; of honour of Gordon Highlanders—Sir Oeorge'a . Id regiment—wsa drawn up, the pipers struck , ip a familiar Highland air, and the troops i piesented arms. As the pipes ceased Sir OsorgM a&kressed his comrades aa follows:
I en of the Ikadon Highlanders, I hava ■" to leave you. I only regret that I cannot taka' you -with me, but you are wanted here. I r know that you will always do sa yon hava j always done—behars as Gordon Highlanders.'* P The Regimental Sergeant-Major of the Gar- V dons called for three cheers for their old d ierf, and the train moved off amid a storm . of hurrahs.
Never were braver words spoken than when : Sir George White bade farewell to Caps Town j ixl sailed for England. With the modesty of true hero ho reviewed the part he had plsysd £ in the campaign, giving most of the credit td ■ others. Of the services resakred by Colonial troops he waa especially appreciative^ ^ "I have been a soldier of the Queen for nearly fifty years," he remarked, "and I riSver commanded a finer fighting force than the Imperial •* Light Horse." Ihoudly enthusiastic he bs-0 when reciting the prowess of those who so courageously served under him, recalling ^ particular tlie gallantry displayed , during "i the attack on Caear's Camp, a remote corner . >f ' which waa held by sixteen * of the Msnr \ hustcr Regiment from three in |hs fuming ^ jntil dunk, when fourteen of tha little band , lay dead. 'H tlie two snrvivtfS '<4e was ' nd«d, but they sUll held their'pos^Usin. On i same day the sergeant of one of t&e guna an arm and a leg blown away. As ba fell across the trail cf the gun lie said, "Roll ' out of the way, lads. Go on working the In oonduding the hero of I^dysmith : said: "Kngland, tltat little dot on the map, always comes out best in the end. That little ! Kngland. tlie heart of the whole Empire, so 1 • and strong, sent her lifeWood into the ' furthest corner >4 the Kmpire, and appears be- •'! tiir« the world an unocsw|uevahle wlade. The ilask hours are put. I glory in being a Lieu. tenant of Ixxd Roberts, who is Kngland'a 3 greatest soldier, and possrms the hearts of e whr.le nation."
Waa it to be wondered at that Southampton* common witb the rest of the Kmpire, was s stirml by these noble words! And was it sur- d priaing that Southampton there and then da- j cided to honour a grewt hero on hia return to \ "that little dot on the map." In response to ' message sw-king his aoct-ptance of an address ' of welcome and congratulation on behalf of the wnspeopb Sir George White wired to the Mayor his grateful compliance. His reception, .,j which was unexampled in ite heartiness, will * l«e described in the next dhapter
(To be continued.) ^ .3


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