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[We do not necessarily endorse all our correspondent writes.-ED. "C.O."] THE DAIRY SCHOOL" AT USK. Annually, in connection with the Working Dairy School of the Monmouthshire Technical Instruction Committee, competitive examinations take place, at an agricultural centre, at which the School concludes its year's work. This year, for the first time, I believe, Usk is the centre, and the date, Thursday aud Friday, December 13th and 14th. The programme is growing into quite an im- posing one, going outside of dairy work proper, and demonstrating the encouragement the County Council is giving to all agricultural in- dustries which obtain in Monmouthshire. There will be a butter-making (theory and practice) competition for the County gold, silver, and bronze medals, and a competition for the ten in-resident scholarships, tenable for one month, at the County Cheese School, during the Session, of 1901. Prizes are also offered for cider (in bottles and 18 gall. casks), butter, cheese (Caerphilly and Wensleydale), poultry (turkey, goose, cockerels, pullets, and ducks, dressed and prepared for market), and eggs (white, coloured, and preserved). cl Mr. Radcliffe Cooke, M.P. for Hereford City, the great expert and authority upon the Native Vintage of England (Cider) will judge the cider; Mr. Bramley the poultry (in dressing which demonstrations will be given) and Mr Ashcroft and Prof. Gilchrist the scholarships and medals exams., and the butter and cheese. The medals, certificates gained during the year, prizes, &c., will be presented to the successful competitors by Lady Llangattock, at 3 p.m., on the second day, in the Town Hall. I trust that Usk will prove by the entries and the interest taken in the event that it is equal to any other agricultural centre. FROM THE FRONT. The following interesting letter (dated Heidel- burg, 26th October) has been received by Mr G. Evans, Chief Warder, H.M. Prison, Usk, from his son, Trooper W. D. Evans, 11th Hussars Dear father and mother,—No doubt you have seen by the papers that we have had a terribly hard time of it of late. Our two Brigades must have lost 200 men this last fortnight; and a few nights back we had a narrow shave of losing the whole Regi- ment. The Boers, about 500 strong, galloped up to within a few hundred yards of us, and men got, shot down before they could get to their horses. It was sickening to see some of the poor chaps. A man named Evans, of our Regiment, got wounded I hope if you saw it in the papers you did not think it Wfi8 me. The idea of tha Boers was to take our convoy, which was a very good one, and, as a matter of fact, they nearly got it, when General Mahon started with it two days before us. We had to turn out on two occasions to help him, so at last we got together. Then we were aole to take care of it, but the duty has been very heavy- only one night in four without being ou duty, and up at, two every day. To add to our discomfort, it has rained constantly for this last ten days. We had two boys and several horses killed by the lightning. The end will come ere long, I hope; it cannot last for ever. One thing in our favour is that we have the most successful General out here— General French. He addressed no on Monday last, and said how thankful he was to iim all for the splendid way we bad behaved throughout the cam- paign. Also that he had to thfiuk us for the way he bad gained success, and that he was sorry for our heavy list of killed and wounded. He promised us a long rest in a few days, and expressed hit anxiety at our being out in the wet nights without any covering save one blanket. He put the troops on rum every night, and gave us a quart of beer per man when we got here-a drink some had not tasted since the beginning of the year. Well, I hope our long rest in Pretoria comes soon, but I am doubtful, as Botha is getting a lot together again, and most likely we shall have to go after him. You ask me when we are going to get D« Wet. We have a far greater lot to trouble after than him, and have been very successful. I hope you in England don't want General French's Cavalry to go into the Free State again and back to Barberton, as we kill enough horses as it is. I killed two horses in fourteen hours; that is not bad, is it ? Well, I must now say good bye, as I must be on duty again. Kindly remember me to all old friends. OUR BOYS IN SOUTH AFRICA I am sure all my readers will peruse the fol- lowing with pride and pleasure The Commanding Officer of the 4th V.B.S.W.B. (Lieut.-Colonel A. J. T. Goss) has much pleasure in publishing the following extract from Battalion I Orders by Lieut-Colonel the Hon. U.' de R. B. Roche, Commanding 2nd Batt. South Wales Bor- derers — 24th Regioaent, Krugersdorp, South Africa, 9th October, 1900.— In bidding farewell and God-speed to the Volunteer Company of the Regiment, on their departure for home, the Commanding Officer cannot allow such an event to pass without placing on record the magnificent services rendered by the Company during the entire time that they were with the 2nd Battalion in South Africa. The Company joined at Oifontein on the 8th May, during the general advance of Lord Roberts' force upon the Capital of the Transvaal, and took part in the action at Zind River and the taking of Johannesburg, after which they were employed with the Battalion in the defence of the railway line be- tween Kroommellenburg and Rhenoster River, which was constintly subjected to attack by Com- mandant C. de Wet. Here the duties of outpost, patrol, and entrenching were extremely hard. The Battalion remained in defence of the line until Commandant C. de Wet was forced ticros-i the Vaal River to the north, when they wer-, ordered to move rapidly to reinforce various posts on the line to the north, which were threatened by De Wet's force, ultimately reaching Krugersdorp on the 13th A ii- gust, where they remained until August 30th, when they joined General Firzroy Hart's Column, to operate in the Potchefstroom district against various Commandoes of the enemy. lit ill For 30 days the Battalion was constantly on the move, and covered 310 miles, making many forced marches by day and night, one of which measured 44 miles, and effected the re-occupation of Potchef. stroom, and the capture of many of the enemy. Twenty-nine engagements were fought during this expedition, and the Column was ordered back to Krugersdorp. In the performance of all these operations the Battalion has served under the com- mand of five different Generals, and all have ex- pressed the highest admiration of the work done by the Battalion, and some have specially referred to the fine marching and soldierlike bearing of Letter I, or the Volunteer, Company. The Commanding Officer, on behalf of himself and the whole Regiment, tenders his warmest thanks to the Officers, N.C. Officers, and men of the Volunteer Company, for the manner in which they have at all times during this campaign served the battalion, and he assures them, that it is with feelings of genuine regret that they bid them farewell; and it is the hope of all ranks, that, if ever the regiment is again called to active service, they will have the sssistancaof their old comrades of the South Wales Borderers Volunteers, to uphold the flue traditions of the good old Regiment, of which we are all so proud. And again we may with ardour sing, "All honour to the 24th," and have the satisfaction of feeling that our citizen soldiers-our own boys "—have helped to maintain its glory and renown." Probably little thought the Col. Commanding when he penned his graceful fare- well, that the gallant band of volunteers would have yet more campaigning to do ere they em- barked for home. But such has been the case, in consequence of the mistaken and suicidal policy of the fugitive bands of Boer marauders, so that now has gone the cherished hope that we should be able to welcome home before Christmas those who have more than justified the confidence in them expressed so often by after-dinner speakers, whose utterances were looked upon by many as insincere, if not bombastic, and altogether fulsome flattery.

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