In Tents in the Transvaal

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 102 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXII. Maritzburg, October 20. We little thought, as we were watching the duststorms that swept the camp, and looking forward to the ripening of Mr. Maritz's peaches--a splendid crop of which was foreshadowed by the abundant blossoming of the trees in front of our house--that our next letters would be dated from Maritzburg. That this is the case, was in consequence of a letter from the Horse Guards, which came a short month ago, ordering two officers to the depot of the regiment, and the colonel, in complying with this command, offered my husband one of the vacancies, saying that in case of active operations there would in all probability be an opportunity of his rejoining the service companies. Since this letter was written, my husband has rejoined his regiment in the field. After much tribulation and many search ings of heart, Gr accepted the offer, and when the difficult question of making up our minds was set at rest, nothing could exceed the alacrity and excitement with which we commenced our small preparations for the homeward journey. When the moment of departure arrived, we bade adieu to the friends left behind, with feelings in which regret largely mingled with the joy we felt at anticipations of home. We took a tent to sleep in, and my husband's new servant (X 's infirmities having at last compelled him to resign) was allowed to accompany us as far as Maritzburg. All the asperities of the journey were smoothed by the kind consideration of those in authority, and it partook--as General Evelyn Wood said, in his kind parting words--"more of the nature of a pleasant picnic" than is at all wont to be the case with journeys undertaken in the ordinary course of duty in these parts. Forty-eight hours were given us in which to complete our arrang...

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