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WAR JOTTINGS, Issue 15649, 13 November 1914
Uhlans may be taken as a title descriptive of German cavalry in general. The name has stuck because of the fame which they attained by their dash and bravery during tho Franco-German War. But the Uhlans, or, as it is generally spelt now. Ulons, are a distinctive corps. The name is by no means distinctly German. A body of Uhlans was formed for tho French army by Marshal Saxo. They were introduced into tho Prussian service in 1740. and 40 years later the Austrians also had a corps of Uhlans—light cavalry armed with lance. The modern Uhlan may be classed with the heavy cavalry, for they vide at over 20st.
borne folks arc wondering whether the war will lead to a change in Ihe me'.to of the Prince of Wales. The famous ““ Ich Dion” is of German origin, having been taken, so tradition says, by the Black Prince, together with tho three Prince of Wales's feathers, from the helmet of the blind King of Bohemia, who was slain at the battle of Crocy. The general idea is that tho English rendering. ” I serve.” might be substituted for the German words. In the ordinary course of procedure a change in tho coat-of-arms rs referred to tho College of Anns, but inquiries made of that body indicate that any alteration in the Royal Arms would be effected in the first place by an Order inCouncil. It is interesting to note that the motto of the Prircc of Wales is the only Gorman one in the British peerage, though many peers have French and Latin ones.
General Baden-Powell once had the interesting experience of having a talk with tho German Emperor regarding the relative value of different arms in the field, and His Majesty said : “Tho infantry take the place of honor, since, by virtue of their armament and action, it is the infantry who win tho battles; the remainder are their servants.” The general cordially acquiesced in the Emperor’s statement; hut the ether turned and put a “poser.” "Why then do vou in England put the artillery in tho place of honor on the right of the line, tho cavalry next, and then tho engineers, and lastly tho infantry?” P.a’.len-Pcwell was rather at a loss for an answer, and blurted out the first idea, that came into his head: “I suppose it is that wo place them in alphabetical order.” And this answer greatly pleased Ills Majesty. if one could judge by the chuckling which lasted for some time afterwards.
The Kaiser is not quite the god even to his own army that ho would wish to be. A number of Prussian soldiers were carousing together, and, under the influence of P.hoinwcin, discussing certain topics with more freedom than discretion. At last oi.e of them hurst out vehemently: “‘The Emperor is a fool 1” " I arrest you 1” cried Dm officer dutifully. ‘“What for?"
“For calling our Emperor a fool.” "1 never said i.-nr Emperor: there is more than cne, isn’t there?” "Yes," replied the ofiicer. " hut there is only one who is a
Prince .Lichnnwskv, the late German Ambassador in London, is in disgrace with his Emperor and Government on the ground ihat he led them to believe Britain would not declare war in tho last resort, and conveyed the impression that the Irish controversy would interfere with the unity of tho British nation. The eldest son of .Major Dreyfus, who is serving a-s a sergeant in the French army, distinguished himself before Charleroi, and was promoted on tho battlefield. His father, Major Allred Droytus. applied for a commission in the French army, and hi? request was ic-nipliei with by M. Millerand.
The immortal incident at Fontenoy
when Die French invited the English to fir.- first, is recalled by an incident in the fighting on the Meuse. At Mozieres a French officer learned that a German patrol wan concealed in the railway station. With in’s section ho drove the enemy from their hiding-place and himself pursued the Gci man officer, who took refuge in the engine shed. Tho French officer entered the shed and brought the fugitive to bav behind a tender. By a sorb of tacit agreement both men halted at a distance m some 15 paces, and took up a duelling position. For a- second, they stood there covering each other with their revolvers; then "Fire first” cried Dm French officer, and tho German fired and. missed. Then the Fiencliinan's pistol spoke, and his enemy fell shot through the head. It was in the grand old manner. About 500 members of the staff of tho London City and Midland Bank, Limited, joined tho army and navy forces, and fin • thev largo numbers enrolled themselves daily. The hank has arranged to jay lull salary to all the in embers of the staff during their absence, and their positions will be" kept open for them on their return. George Henman, .-god 44 years, a Walthamstow laborer, ordered to pay a fine of 10s and costs by a Stratford magistrate for drunkenness, was stated to have shouted: “ 1 say that the German Emperor will have bis dinner at Buckingham Palace e,n Christmas Day.” To the magistiato ho protested that ho was a “truebred Englishman." and incidentally asked that ho might have time in which to pay his fine. “Not a minute!” raid the magistide. “Go to your friend the German Emperor!” . Zouaves are light-armed French infantrymen, originally part of a. corps recruited front the Algerian Kahylc tribe of Zottaotia-. At first French and Kahyks soldiers wore enrolled in tho canto company, afterwards in the eamo regiment, but in different companies. Since 1240 tho Zouaves have been enDrrlv Frenchmen, who wear a somiMoorish uniform. In the Franco-German War of 1870 tho Kahyics fottngh under the nr mo of Ttircoa. end'it is tinder this name that they arc distinguishing themselves ai present. At the National Liberal Club, a Belgian gentleman, invited to give the members a first-hand description of tho sufferings through which his countrymen had been forced", related how tho Germans invaded a brewery near Antwerp where millions of bottles of lioor were stored. Tho Germans helped themselves to this bee. 1 on a colossal scale, and thereafter the ‘‘horrors of hell” were let ’nose on the unfortunate t-if.plo in the neighborhood. Tho bat Do of the Matre was fought in tho champagne ctu-nlrv. turd the looting of cellars of the sparkling nine of Franco explains tho dcmoralisa’ ion o f the enemy which is referred to in official British despatches. Looted liquor ought to ho a powerful weapon on tho side of the Allies.
Verdun, on the rapture of which tho German frown Prince intended to build a military reputation, was taken by his c.rantiTtnen in 1792. It was during the, siege, of Verdun in that year that Danton, in 'the Convention, made tho speech contshdiig the passage: “Pour vainer© noa euiK-inis. quo faut-il? Do I’nudace, encore ram'ac-'. ot Dntjonrs -le I’aiidace.” Dr Hans Richter, the well-known Conductor, placed at (he disposal of the Gotman Red fro<w the dintinguished and valuable Orders bestowed on him in England and Rtusta.niul n golden cigarette case presented to him by the Empress of Russia._ Owing to a scarcity of wheat, bakers in Holland are making “'palatable, nourishing, a.nd eluop” tcread from a mixture of ground tulip*? and wheaten fl-jur. In the "ec-vcn-iec-nth centaly tulips cooked and eaten as vegetables. Sir Kenelrn Digby gives v. recipe for the preparation of “the seedy buds of tulips”; —“In the tpriug (about the beginning of May) the flowering leave© of tulips.do fall away, and there remains within them the end of the stalk, which in time will turn to seed. Take that reedy end (then very tender) and pick from it the little excrescences about it. and cut it into short pieces, and boil them and dross them as you would please; and they will taste like pease, and be very savory.” To this day the natives of Siberia eat tulip bulbs, although these strike the unaccustomed palate aa awitewhSt bitter and acrid.
WAR JOTTINGS, Issue 15649, 13 November 1914
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