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LORD ROBERTS'S RETTTRft ARRIVAL AT COWES. The first intimation given to the huge crowd cott* gregated on the shore at Cowes to welcome hontf Lord Roberts on Wednesday that the expected vrsg about to happen, was the dressing of the guardsblP Australia and the Hoyal yacht Alberta in an encircle* ment of bunting. Suddenly, in an instant, the two ships burst into colour and a cheer went up as the long string of flags was hoisted to the mast-head. It was welconle » news. It was half-past eleven. Far away down the Solent there loomed in the distance a terra-eottv colour ftiyiiiel, and the word went round, "lies h-juse at last! J* Quietly, slowly, with impressive dignity the "18.3. moved to her mooring place. There was <;c- filse, no scurry. Here and there a man ori one of th" white-sailed fishing boats waved his hn, and 'fin.. "huzza" aa the big vessel, hardly seem; iiy, f glided by. 0 It was all sternly unemotional (says a special ooW spondent;) after the English fashion; so noinel'^ was it all, so unmarked by anything lutusu; i. when quietly she dropped her anchor her engines bad ceased izioviiig. She took up her station about 100 yards from the Australia, guardship, and about it distance from the East Cowes shore, where (J!300rnø, stands. Mr. Damant, Lloyd's agent at Cowes, it transpire"* had boarded the Canada, off Poole, at nine the bearer of a sealed despatch from the Que* troopship was then lying at anchor. Mr. Daru&O who returned at once to Cowes, reported that Lor Roberts and Miss Roberts were promenading to deck. The Field-Marshal appeared to be ii; the be* of health and m good spirits. The Canada PaSB!j/) Hurst Castle at 10.55 a.m. precisely, and it, was when she dropped anchor off Cowes. THE ISLE OF WIGHT'S WELCOME. Lord Roberts, on landing, was received Henry of Battenberg, Governor of the Is-"of \Vigb' accompanied by the Duke of Connaugir, and ",aI greeted with hearty cheering by the tators. After a few minutes the party drove off. | Osborne, accompanied by an escort of tfte Ish>-» Wight Yeomanry, On the way to Osborne a b» was made at East Cowes Town Ball, where addresses of welcome were presented from inhabitant* of the island and from the local munic;p:d Then came an unexpected pleasure. L; had thought that Lord Roberts might say a v word"* As a matter of fact, he delivered quite long ajV important speech with much fire and and in a voice which, without being loua, wM-.w clear and distinct. He said 11 J "Ladies and Gentlemen,—I must, ii rt instance, most respectfully thank their Ruy"¡ Higl1' nesses for being so gracious as to nv.^f e^e my first landing on English soil fro. SoHj, Africa; and I wish to tell you all h, I am for the cordial welcome you «mve 91, me and for the kind and flattering ad^:es"»"s p sented to me by the inhabitants of the Is'e of and the district councils of Cowes and k.i-^ I wish I could think that my coming home might be accepted as a sign of immediate peace » Africa and the early return of our army ir w serV'^ there. At one time I hoped that this w-, <'d be case, but, unfortunately, hostilities still con; <■>?• a I fear that some kind friends I see around .ne consent to be separated for a little time iotujor & those who are near and dear to them. It was great regret that I left South Africa. Indeed, 1 j not think 1 ohonM. have given up my conana.,d b" f I not the most implicit confidence in my Lord Kitchener. The task which has devolved that distinguished officer is surrounded with j cnlties, partly owing to the marvellous mobility 0 t the enemy, but mainly on account of the va t aXtfi,0 and absolute barrenness of the country in which t. 0 operations are being carried on. I have sornewnt doubted whether these difficulties are sttfEoieOw appreciated by those who are unacquainted South Africa, but, believe me, they are very gre « Nevertheless we need have no fear as to the j. if we make our enemies clearly understand t" we are determined, however long the war 01 last and whatever it may cost, to bri/.g a successful issue, and not to allow the fn»'ts the past year's trials and labours to be t,byoIra away. You, ladies and gentlemen, have "-) so fully kept informed by the daily telegrams • the newspaper correspondents of the satu-ring9 nobly borne and the deeds so galla. ,ly dooo throughout the campaign that 1 am you VV not be surprised if I take this my car"ht. oppor, tunity of expressing my pride in having had command of such a magnificent arms -an j, composed of men drawn from all parts of j ,.Pire all 14, Majesty's dominions, men of whom the Empire 5 their friends may well be proud—among J admirable a spirit of camaraderie as ever exis ( The soldiers of Great Britain and the sold1 of Greater Britain have pulled together brothers fighting under one common (lag and o' j ing allegiance to one common Sovereign, and revered equally by all. These unanimous bursts of loyalty must, I think, be extremely fying to her Majesty and must, he coU, llyftl eminently satisfactory by all her Majesty's » subjects. For with our Empire firmly knit t°#e r0- we need fear no outward foe, so long as we ar0A jtv fnl ourselves to see that there is no weak P0' r0JJ our armour, I thank you all again most s;Q for the great honour you have done me," ;1\1. The speech over, there was again great chef and there were presented to Lord Robert; <t n15 iet of veterans, who had fought with him. u e- (» him, in India and in Afghanistan, all sa^ man in the Royal Reserve Regiment) being m I clothes and wearing their medals. To each aS • lie had a pleasant word to say, and to oil oa said, "God bless you," ho said, "God bleSs iØ. too," All this took place in full view of ters it1 menae assembly, and of a group of v/iirrIara^ khaki from the convalescent home who were dr > up on the other side of the road. "Y RECEPTION BY THE QUEEN. Then, while the whole island seemed fco sba^6 i^0f- shouta and the air to be full of flutter!m- h»" chiefs, the procession passed on to Osborne. the gates Lord Roberts was welcomed first by$0 members of the Royal Family, and then bY toOl Qu een. fierself in the drawing-room. The i,it;O" her #iii learn vvith the greatest satisfaction M«jeWy confer*^ in Person upon Lord K.<^ j><j earidw^ and the f5cant Garter. So Roberts diiWff ft way Wilb the Duke of Coon* e t went on board" fh9: AlberÜt « he was ,"t't' biob add the letters to those other j,ftlf have followed hiV name for nef ■. century. The Alberta hi "1 most enth off as she left the pier in tile and too,k titOi Roberts on to the Canada, whid:i was L111'd tbe, lying at anchor under Netley ftf" Canada was greeted with tremendous ? 'sl the last crowded steamboat from Cm1, to so ampton. rt-jfijp' The Duke of Connaught proceeded to S'^ ggvB? ton, and left by special train shortly afW o'clock m the evening, to take part in if the ception of Lord Roberts at Paddington and 1 subsequent Buckingham Palace cereinol) HONOURS FOR LORD ROBKft'XSj The Queen has been pleased, it is ollicialv /^jtb fied, to confer the dignity of an Ear!do'11 special remainder) upon Field-Marshal Roberts, V.C., K.P. ye tilt Her Majesty has also been pleased to flpptØ V* appointment of Field-Marshal Lord R K.P., to be a Knight of the Order of the I -r-:

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