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NEWS NOTES. TIIE Home Secretary has framed a scalp of allowances to he made to those dependent upon Army Reservists who are members of the Metropolitan Police Force during their absence on active service in South Africa. At the earliest time possible after the meeting of Par- liament Sir Matthew White Ridley will intro- duce a bill for granting the requisite statutory power, and giving covering authority for all anticipatory payments. It will apply to all the police forces in the country. Perhaps it might have been as well to have made direct allow- ances right off to the connections of Reservists not in the public service officially. The claim of one class is just as great as that of the other upon the nation at large and this war busi- ness is certainly not one in which invidious distinctions should figure at all. THE battle of Elandslaagte, according to the graphic descriptive letters to hand from the special correspondents at the front, was a particularly brilliant affair in which all engaged distinguished themselves. General French's force succeeded in driving away the Boers from an immensely strong position, and the honours rested with our side after a very stubborn struggle. Just as tho dark was drawing on and the rain was falling fast the British decided upon a desperate bayonet charge in full force, their artillery fire having failed to dislodge the enemy. At this critical moment strange bugle calls of "Cease fire" awl" Retire were sounded from somewhere out of sight in the vicinage of the British position. It arose from a concealed Boer bugler, who had learned the British calls, and had been instructed to send forth a deceitful summons when it would occasion most havoc. Thh is no more civilised warfare than is the the misuse of the truce-Hag and the red cross 1 and a continuance of such base usage can only lead to exasperation on the part of our men which nothing will be able to keep within bounds. As it is Sir Hedvers Buller will have to consider the matter very gravely indeed. IT was as little as could be done to take off the customs duties on tobacco in Cape Colony and Natal where such is being sent for the use of Tommy "A,iins." Even Governments can be human after all. MR. WINSTON CHURCHILL'S valourous action in the armoured train incident last week covers that brilliantly promising young gentleman with new glory. It may be fervently hoped that his wound and his capture will not be of serious eflect, for he has abundantly proven already that he is a worthy son of a clever sire. THE German Emperor's visit, of a strictly private and family character though it has been, is a pleasant incident at a time when Britain is viewed with eyes none too friendly by certain Continental nations. THOSE Frenchman who howled against Queen Victoria and called upon their com- patriots of the Mediterranean shore to refrain from "offering her Majesty hospitality" are chagrined now to know that the Queen's next holiday will be spent, all being well, in the Italian Riviera. The change will be their loss, and greatly so: a thing they did not really desire, of course. Yet her Majesty's plans were not altered because of any ill-natured newspaper sneers but for quite other reasons. Italy, it need hardly be said, is delighted. THE war is bringing out many good points of generosity and self-sacritice amongst the combatants on both sides when tho pas- sion of the fighting is not upper- most. There is a story from a nurse who tells of a wounded Boer being brought in from the British amputating tent to the field hospital, having had his leg taken off by our surgeons to save his life. He was laid in the next bed to a British private who had also lost a limb. The latter begged the sister to get the Boer a cigarette from his pouch and light it for his fallen foe. The big Boer, only just recovered from the shock of the operation, burst into tears: and," says the nurse, when Tommy Atkins made a dnet of it, I nearly joined in the concert." The Boer is finding the Briton a very different man from what he thought him, in many ways.

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