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BOUND FOR THE SEAT OF WAR.

HOTES BY: THE WAY.

(iBOM 0t» WAtt OOB3UOSPONDINT.)

(Per Westmh'a at Auckland.)

ALBANY, November 10. Since my last contribution, which, wae forwarded immediately After the arrival of the '•.«. Wanuunbool at Port Adelaide, the remainder of the colonial contingents have efbberked. The remainder of . the Sydney <N,S.W.) unite were despatched onlroard the law* Aberdeen. The officers, with teveral of whom 1 had convertoCione while in Sydney,, struck mc as being conscientious and capable leaders, and Captain* J. O. Legge and Holmes, Lieatenanta Dove, Logan, Grieve, and the others are held in high ttteem, both in Australian civil and military

circle*. The first mentioned is a, regular martinet for work, and should land his men at Capetown or Natal in splendid fighting cotuLuon. Captain JLegge iiaa the reputation of being a courageous and careful onicer, particularly well versed in tiie details of military campaigning. From what 1 know of Major Boom I saould say that he and Captain Legge will da honour to MaorHand and New fcouth Wales. The Victorian oincera are another tine lot of men. • A military otnoar in Ateibourne witn whom I was ooaveraiig prior to tie arrival of the Aberdeen, expr&iaed the opinion that the mounted men (including au the New Zealanctersj ■" would be sent to the iront, and probably bo in the thick of it a week or so alter their arrived; while the infantry corps would b* detailed lor garrison doty at segue of the beleaguered towns of the easterner wwtern fronnor. He also stated that Nβ* Zealand's contribution of 200 men, well! mouiKed, and many of them possessing a knowledge ot backwoods and guerilla warfare, was a nunct valuable and opportune nub, and would be more acceptable to tins ltoperi*l authorities than four times the number ot infantry. Among my fellow passengers to Natal or Capetown areDγ, W. Hau Uwen, of Melbourne, and Miss Macready, of Sydney, who t are gravelling to the seat ot war. Dr. Owen who is medical ofticer of the ship, is burgeonOaptaln of the Meloourne Iniantry Corps, and is anxious for active service. Mc volunteered for duty with the Victorian Contingent, but for some unaccountable reason hiy position, though I understand he was practically chosen, was not tilled, and he was therefore not attached. Dr. Owen hopes to arrange with some of the other colonial Contingents—New Zealand for choice, as tb« members thereof are all mounted men— for. an engagement as'medical officer, or to become attached to the medical staff in some -way* Hiss Macready served her apprenticeship ac nurse at the Sydney Hospital, and. subsequently was appointed matron of the-hospital at Bowral, JNTew oouth Wales. t*he resigned her appointment, and is now ; journeying to the Transvaal, with the object of becoming attached to one of the Nursing Brigades. Mies Macready it a strong i eyinpatliiser with the Boers.

The Natal Government are offering facili- ,. tie*, for, the establishment of butter factories and creameries, and I believe lubaidises such establishments handsomely. #At Fietermariteburg the Natal Creamery Company, Limited, ha* erected a handsome dairy fac- - tory, and under arrangement with the New South Wales Government have appointed . Mr, C. B. Caseidy manager. He recently , Tiaifced the North Island of New Zealand. The proposal to forward another contiagent representing the combined Auetra- ■ Jbuian oolonies is not being taken up with ♦ntJhuwJaam, end unless the situation becomes more critical there is very littfe chance of ■crt&ng being done in this direction. Mr Donald Mclnnee, a well-known exporter, has chartered the Warrnambool for . tba conveyance of a shipment of live stock from Melbourne to Natal or Capetown at > <$****• He hes decided on a shipment of 2000 aheep, crossbred wethers, and 60 bullocks, mainly shorthorn crosses. In the course of conversation with the charterer •nd stepper I ascertained that the charter price wa* £600, including return passages per , th« company's steamers for MnMclnoee and men, sis in number. The fittings cost about £300, and the ah-eep were landed on board ftt a cost of 12a each, or £1200 in all, and ' the bullocks at £10 each, or £600. The total cost, therefore, for the whole shipment /k&dcd st Natal would be—purchase of sheep ■£1200, purchase of bullock* £600, charter £600, fittings £300, fodder and men (say) £2500—0r £3000 in all. It is expected that At present prices the sheep will be sold at ■ 30a each, or £3000, whdob will pay the whole oo*t of the shipment, and the bullocks are expected to bring at least £20 each, leaving . a profit of £1200.

Another enterprising colonial on board Imm a fairly large consignment of German •mall goode—aaawages, peculiarly sfcaped meats, preserved tongues and other delicacies, dot in tine, but in krd, and expects to open up » good trade in Natal and Cane Colony. IRm yoong man, who kails from Sydney, has •rraamd with & large shopping firm in the K.B.W. capital to keep him supplied with •null goods, and distributing emporiums are $£t* opened up at Durban and Capetown and other centres as the fighting is shifted back to the interior. Sydney and Melbourne - r^ BW " a ' vt) *k° despatched reliable employees to open op trade connection" in Cape Colony, the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal M soon m those places are available.

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BOUND FOR THE SEAT OF WAR., Press, Volume LVI, Issue 10514, 28 November 1899

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BOUND FOR THE SEAT OF WAR. Press, Volume LVI, Issue 10514, 28 November 1899

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