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DENBIGHSHIRE AND THE WAR. THE EQUIPMENT OF VOLUNTEERS. The first of a series of County meetings, convened by the Lord Lieutenant (Col. Corwallis West), to consider the expediency of forming a fund to assist the Welsh Yeo manry and Volunteers proceeding to South Africa, was held at the County Hall, on Tuesday. Col. West presided, and was sup- ported by Lord Mostyn, the High Sheriff of Denbighshire (Col. Higson), Col. Howard (Col. commanding the Denbighshire Hus sars), Col. Wynne Edwards (commanding the 1st V. B. R. W. Fusiliers), Col. Mesham and others. The meeting was well atteaded, and the proceedings were characterised by great enthusiasm. The Chairman, in opening the proceed- ings, said he had felt it his duty, as Lord Lieutenant of the County, to call meetings in different localities to enable the public to show their appreciation of the pluck and public spirit shown by the contingent of Yeomanry and Volunteers who had con- sented to serve in South Africa from Den- bighshire. Lord Mostyn in Flintshire, and Mrs. Howard, the indefatigable wife of the Col. commanding the Denbighshire Yeo- manry Cavalry bad already, he beiieved, obtained a considerable amount in sub- scriptions, but theyihad still the whole of Denbighshire and also Carnarvonshire to get something from, and when this fund was 3tarted, he sincerely hoped that a very sub- stantial sum of money would be realised [hear, hear). This was not the time, or the jeeasion to review the origin of the terrible var now being waged in South Africa, or to eflect upon anybody concerned. What i hey had to do was to meet an emergency- i i very serious emergency in the historv of the Empire. He might say, however, that c with the exception of a few ignominious cranks, there was a universal opinion among the English, Welsh, Irish and Scotch people that the war was a just one, and that it a should be carried on to the bitter end (ap I .plause). Helfeltthat thecountiesof Denbigh, fi Flint, and Carnarvon, should co-operate in r regard to this fund, and he had pleasure in h saying that the Lord Lieutenant of Flint- d shire entirely co-incided with the opinion that the subscriptions collected in that 0 county should be handed over to the fund, d and he hoped that Carnarvonshire would do the same (hear, hear). The company of 01 Volunteers numbering 116 men would be a formed from these three counties, and it w was, therefore, much better that the funds d< raised should be amalgamated, and made tfc into one fund (hear, hear). They were all w aware that the Government equipped these Volunteers, but only did so in the same way as ordinary soldiers. They knew, however, that this volunteer force were made up of men that required a little more than the Government was prepared to give. He therefore hoped that the population of these counties would subscribe heartily to the fund, knowing that all would go towards the comfort of men of their own kith and kin (applause). What he asked was, that everbody in the county should give some- thing, however small the subscription would be (hear, hear). He begged to propose that a County Fund be at once formed to assist the Yeomanry Cavalry, and Volunteers to proceed to South Africa from the Counties of Denbigh, Flint and Carnarvon (applause). The High Sheriff (Col. Higson), in second- ing the motion, said he had a personal knowledge of the seat of war. What our soldiers, and more especially the Volunteers now going out needed were horses—not the type they were accustomed to in England and Wales, but smart active ponies, of about 14 hands high. With the use of these ponies, the Boer sharpshooters could be tackled and fought on their own ground. They should do all they could to send these brave Volunteers to the front fully equipped, and to enable them, on their return, to do away with the twaddle that was usually spoken that they were men who would run away on the approach of an enemy (hear, hear). Col. Howard was then called by the Chairman to explain what was required to be done in order to fully equip the men for their arduous task. Before doiog so, he said that during the time he had been com- manding the Denbighshire Hussars, he had experienced the greatest difficulty in keep ing up the regiment. The men had res- ponded well to the call of duty, and the fault lay at the door of the gentlemen of the country. The same state of things obtained in connection with the Volunteers, and he was glad to find that, there was a movement on foot to compel every man to serve the Queen at one period or other in his life (hear, hear). Having read a letter which he bad received from Lord Valentia, Col. Howard proceeded to say that be had taken upon himself to order 120 saddles for the Yeomanry, which would cost £ 9 10s. each. They also wanted field glasses, compasses, and good boots. They wanted as much money as they could, and he could assure them that it would be properly expended (hear, bear). Col. Wynne Edwards also spoke on the question of equipment. He said they had to go to army contractors for their requisites, and although the actual cost to the Govern- ment of equipping an ordinary soldier was X9, he found that Volunteers could not be equipped under J10 per head, and that was £1 more than the Government allowed them. The men who were now going out were of mature years, and accustomed to the luxuries of life, and it therefore be- hoved them in the county to see that every- thing required by them should be provided (hear, hear). As far as the Volunteers were concerned, they had turned out in the most excellent manner in the county of Denbigh (applause) The motion was put to the meeting, and carried unanimously. Lord Mostyn, who was the next speaker, said that nearly R700 had been collected in the County of Flint in about ten days, the Lord Lieutenant (Mr. H. R. Hughes), head- ing the list with £100 (cheers). Sir W. H. Tate gave £ 60, Mr. J. E:don Bankes £50 (with a promise of another X50 should it be required), Mr. Buddicom X50, Mr. Main- waring X50, Mr. Platt S120, whilst others had promised smaller amounts (hear, hear). He moved the following resolution That Capt. Barker, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, at Wrexham, be appointed Treasurer of the Fund, and that all subscriptions be either paid to him direct or to his account through the North and Sauth Wales Bank, the London and Provincial Bank, and the National and Provincial Bank, and to be instructed to divide all monies received by him between the officers commanding the Denbighshire Hussars and the 3rd Battalion R. W. Fuailiers of Carnarvon, Denbigh and Flint in proportion of S2 per head for all Yeomen, and 21 per head for all Volun- teers.' Col. Mesham seconded, and the motion was also supported by the Mayor of Den- bigh (Mr. A. Ll. Jones), and Mr. T. Williams (late High Sheriff). On being put to the meeting, it was carried with acclamation. Col. Masham said he bad received a letter a day or two ago which showed the spirit of the men who offered their services to the country. He did not know the writer of the note which was as follows '124, Chan- cery Lane, London. Can you get me to the front. Am a good jock and shot. Age 30. Yours faithfully, Thomas Rogers' (hear, hear, and laughter). On the motion of Lord Mostyn, seconded by Col. Howard, a vote of thanks to the Chairman brought the proceedings to an end. A subscription list was then opened and the following amounts promised Col. West X25, Col. Higson X50, Mr. Thos. Williams X21, Col. Mesham Xio, Mr. Stanley Wey- man Sio, Capt. Cole S5, Mr. W. G, Rigby S5, Mr. John Edgar £1 Is.



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