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THE RAISING OF THE CI.V. T The Lord Mayor of London (Sir Alfred J. I Newton, Bart.) has just issued an official volume, somewhat in Blue-book form, containing a series of reports which in collected order give the history of the raising, organising, equipping, and despatching of the City of London Imperial Volunteers to South Africa. The Lord Mayor in the introduction says I think the accompanying reports from those most intimately associated with me in the formation, organisation, and equipment of the C.I.V. will be interesting and should be printed. Attempts have vl() been previously made for utilising our magnificent volunteer force on active service, but the salient features of Colonel Boxall's plan, which he laid before me two days before the battle of Colenso, were: first, the centralisation of authority and financial respon- sibility in the Chief Magistrate of this city; and secondly, that all metropolitan commanding officers should have equal opportunities of lending their men and serving on committees, and that no officer or man should be accepted for the campaign without the written approval and recommendation of his own commanding officer. The contingent, 1600 strong, left for the seat of war to dates as arranged, with quick-firing guns and ammunition, saddlery, horses, transport, tentage, and equipment of the best quality, ample in quantity, and with com- plete details. I know the officers and men were selected with the greatest care, and so gained the commendation of Field-Marshal Lord Roberts, V.C., Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, and now their honorary colonel, who wrote to me from Modder River, on the 11th February last: I have no finer or keener material under my command than the City of London Imperial Volunteers.' At Jaoobsdal, Britstown, Paardeburg, Thaba Nchu, Klip River, Florida, Roodepoort, and Johannesburg they have proved their mettle, and have now reached their goal at Pretoria, delighted with the opportunity afforded them of serving their beloved Sovereign her Majesty Queen Victoria, and not unworthy of the Imperial City of London, which, on the accept- ance of the plan by the military authorities, became responsible for its efficient realisation."

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