Ian Hamilton's March (Google eBook)

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Longmans, Green and Company, 1900 - South African War, 1899-1902 - 409 pages
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Page 135 - To his strong personal charm as a companion, to his temper, never ruffled or vexed either by internal irritation or the stir and contrariness of events, his friends and those who have served under him will bear witness. He has a most happy gift of expression, a fine taste in words, and an acute perception of the curious, which he has preserved from his literary days. But it is as a whole that we should judge. His mind is built upon a big scale, being broad and strong, capable of thinking in army...
Page 294 - I raised my hat and cheered. The cry was instantly answered from within. What followed resembled the end of an Adelphi melodrama. We were only two, and before us stood the armed Boer guards with their rifles at the 'ready.
Page 57 - I have zealously tried to avoid all danger except what must attend a War Correspondent's precarious existence. This I recognise as a necessary evil, for the lot of the writer in the field is a hard and heavy one. "All the danger of war and one-half per cent, the glory": such is our motto, and that is the reason why we expect large salaries.
Page 21 - ... rubbed their hands at the British reverses, sat silent in public, but kept a strict watch on incoming steamers for members of Parliament and others of more influence than guile, and whispered honeyed assurances of their devotion to the Empire, coupled with all sorts of suggestions about the settlement. Let no one stay long in Capetown now who would carry away a true impression of the South Africans. There is too much shoddy worn there at present. Only at Government House did I find the Man of...
Page 294 - Marlborough . . . called on the Commandant to surrender forthwith. . . . The prisoners rushed out of the house into the yard, some in uniform, some in flannels, hatless or coatless, but all violently excited. The sentries threw down their rifles, the gates were flung open.
Page 273 - The horse he rode carried a full campaigning kit on an English military saddle. Wallets, saddle-bags, drinking-cup, holsters all were there His rifle was slung across his back, he wore two full bandoliers over his shoulders and a third round his waist evidently a dangerous customer. I looked at his face and our eyes met. The light was dim, or he might have seen me change colour. He had a pale, almost ghastly visage, peering ill-favoured and cruel from beneath a slouch hat with a large white...
Page 141 - At last about two o'clock, some one hundred and fifty of the German corps of the Boer force advanced, from the northern point of Thoba, in four lines across the table top to drive the British off the hill. So regular was their order that it was not until their levelled rifles were seen pointing south that they were recognised as foes, and artillery opened on them. In spite of an accurate shell-fire they continued to advance boldly against the highest part of the hill, and meanwhile, cloaked by a...
Page 362 - As cold water (is) to the thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." So (adv.) as (conj.) deny equality when used with an adjective or an adverb; as, "You were not so fortunate as I.
Page 283 - Johannesburg surrenders this morning, and shall then march into the town. I wish your column, which has done so much to gain possession of it, could be with us.
Page 64 - A tall man with skull and crossbones badge, and on a pale horse. Death in Revelation but life to me!" Churchill shouted to the scout: "Give me a stirrup." To his surprise he stopped at once and told him to get up behind him. Churchill ran to him, mounted, and away they rode, out of range of the Boer bullets, but not before the scout's horse had been hit. "Oh my poor horse," moaned the trooper. "Never...

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