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HORRORS OF WAR. I

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HORRORS OF WAR. I LECTURE BY R. A .M.C. MAN. I On Sunday, Mr T. Mabbett, late of Swansea, delivered an interesting lecture on the above topic at Castle Buildings, Llanelly. Mr. H. Jepson presided. Mr Mabbett said be went through the South African Campaign as a stretcher-bearer in the .-13tli Infantry Brigade, attached to the 6th Division, under General Knox. He had seen actual warfare ,and all its ghastly horrors and cruelties. He was in the fighting line at Modeler River, Paardeburg, Dreitfontein, Bel- mont, Frankfort-, and other famous battles. There was no democracy in the appointment of officers. A young wealthy Russian, prince. '27 years of age, with very little knowledge of English, acted as lieutenant to the Kitchener Scouts. He had also met wealthy young "Gernmns as officers in our army. The Boers knew their country, and loved their homes. They actually swamped us in many engage- ment#. At Blueera.nts they disabJed over 400 of our men with guns they had captured from Methuen's troops. The Dutch, wives and I daughters were particularly brave and pat- riotic. They held their homes fearlessly until I ■driven to shelter in refugee camps. Even there they would wile away hours singing their Majuba anthem. Enteric and dysentery i carried away more lives than did Boer am- niunition. These diseases were due to bad 'drinking-water. In many eases water was used from the midst of cattle in filthy rivers. Hundreds died and were buried as in the days of the Plague. The coffins were blankets, and the graves trenches. The Colonials were by I far inore callous and. cruel. Their destruction of the village of Fnnkfort, and the subse- quent looting, were, a. black page on our mili- tary history. The shooting of the Boer lad. Kruger, for wearing khaki was another cruel and barbarous incident. To many officers war was a great sport. The speaker was n<Av con- vinced that those who made war, and profited by war, should be set to fight it alone.. It was "run" by capitalists for capitalists. Mr. B. G. AdanLö said the British Army was 'not maintained for foreign service. It was merely an auxiliary to the police force, and ■gave authority to the Riot Act. It took 250.000 disciplined British troops to put down 60,000 untrained Boer farmers. Mr. D. F. Griffiths quoted a French states- man, who computed that seven shillings out •of -every pound collected in taxation througb- out the so-called civilised, world xvere spent on • armaments. Wars, and even "rumours of I wars," were gold mines to Jewish money- lenders, proprietors of Jingo newspapers, card- board-sole boot manufacturers, fruitless-jam makers, and diseased meat providers. War was wasteful, and absolutely unnecessary. The boy scout was a pathetic object. Messrs. T. Thomas. G. James, and H. Rus- •-3eii, also spoke.

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