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THE DEFENCE OF LADYSMITH.

EARL OF AVA KILLED.

OPENING OF PARLIAMENT.

THE SEIZURE OF GERMAN VESSELS.

CASUALTIES AMONG THE OFFICERS.

BULLER MOVING.

A TURNING OPERATION.

(FREE STATERS ACTIVE.

BOER ATTACK REPELLED WITH…

A TERRIBLE STORY.

BOERS ILL-TREATED.

WHAT KHAMA IS DOING.

THE NOBLE 24TH

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THE NOBLE 24TH COLOURS DEPOSITED AT BRECON. The 2nd S.W.B. took leave of their historical colours at Aldershot on Tuesday morning. The Battalion was drawn up under the command of Lieut-Col Roche with an escort of 100 reservists with fixed bayonets. The colours were brought on parade cased, and were handed over to Capt and Adjt Grant, Lieut Riddell, Col Sergt Scott and Col. Sergt Griffiths, for conveyance to the Depot at Brecon. Escorted by a guard of honour and headed by the band and drums the colours were marched past the battalion on parade, and conveyed thence to the railway station. Hero the escort pre- sented arms as the colours were taken to the plat- form, and the band took up a position at their side. As the train came in that was to convey the colours to Brecon, the band played the Welsh National hymn," Land of my fathers," and as the train steamed out God save the Queen." The colours have a unique interest. They bear a silver wreath of immortelles, placed there by Her Majesty to commemorate the gallant efforts of Lieuts Melville and Coghill to save the colours after the disaster at Isandhl wana and the heroic defence of Rork's Drift in the Zulu war of 1879. THE STORY OF THE COLOURS. It is interesting to recall the brilliant acts of Lieutenant Melville and Lieutenant Coghill to save the colours of the regiment in South Africa on January 22nd, 1879, the day of the terrible attack of the Zulus on Isandhlwana Camp. Death was imminent when Lieutenant-Colonel Pulleine said to Lieutenant and Adjutant Melville, "You as senior subaltern will take the colours and make your way from here." Melville was accompanied by Lieutenant Coghill. The two brave officers rode hard for the Buffalo River hotly pursued by Zulus. They arrived at the river bank, but it was in flood. To hesitate, however, was to be lost. Accordingly they plunged their horses into the stream. Coghill successfully crossed, but Melville, who was greatly encumbered by the colours, got separated from his horse, and was washed against a large rock in mid-stream to which Lieutenant Tligginson, of the native regiment, was cling- ing. Melville called to Higginson to lay hold of the colours, but the current which was run- ning like a mill-r&ce, washed them both away. Coghill who had reached the opposite bank in safety, at once plunged his horse back into the stream and rode to their rescue. In the meantime the Zulus had gathered on the river bank and were mercilessly hurling assegais. Coghill's horse was killed and his rider left to swim for his life. After repeated but unsuccessful attempts to reach the colours the officers had to make for the shore, which they reached in a dreadfully exhausted state. They were within 20 yards of the top of the bank when the relentless Zulus, 20 to 1, came up with them. Placing themselves side by side against the rock, the gallant couple fought bravely, killing several of their pursuers; but even they could not hold out against overwhelming odds and at length were both killed. Their bodies were afterwards found side by side, surrounded by the bodies of dead Zulus. The colours were subsequently found in the river by a search party.

. WHY THE POOR RATES ARE HIGH…

. TOWYN AND PENNAL SCHOOL

6----A PAIR OF LIARS.

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