By an Intelligence Officer (James, Lionel)

William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1902


I. The birth of the brigade
II. The meet
III. Bee-line to Britstown
IV. The first check
V. A new cast
VI. A poor scent
VII. "Pottering"
VIII. Still pottering
IX. To a new convert!
x. Jog-trot
xi. Full cry


This short history is an amplification of a diary kept by the author during the late war, which amplification, through the courtesy of the editor, was published as a series of papers in 'Blackwood's Magazine.' The author is well aware of the shortcomings of his work, which he presents to the public in all humility, after asking pardon from such of the performers on his stage as may see through the slight veil of anonymity in which it has been attempted to enshroud them. If any should think the few criticisms which have crept into the text unjust,  will they bear in mind that the regimental officer has suffered, in silence, much for the sins of Others. It Is the author's conviction that cases were rare when the ship did not sail true enough: in the beginning she may have badly wanted  cleaning below the water line, but she never failed to answer her helm. It was more often the man at the helm than the sailing quality of the vessel that was at fault, and the marvel is that she was of sufficiently tough construction to be able to stand the stress incurred by indifferent seamanship.