A Subaltern's Letters to His Wife

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byReginald Rankin, Sir Reginald Rankin

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... mental photographs is Pat playing cricket at the farm near Bloemfontein, and fielding a ball in an aloe hedge--a diminutive roundabout grappling desperately with huge spiked leaves. 'Begorra,' he cried, 'it's like wadin' through bayonets!' Then there was N., a classic, who had taken two gold medals at Dublin University, and was earning thousands as a ' coach' when his health broke down, and he had to emigrate to South America. There he was, a plain trooper in Rimington's, one of the 'Broncho Bill brigade,' who volunteered, Argentines and all, and came out to the war, under the gallant Sancho Panza's command. Men of the type I have described abounded in the regiment; it was a liberal education to be in Rimington's. Some of the richer among the troopers, young bloods of the horseracing fraternity from Johannesburg, used to give themselves airs on the strength of their smart clothes and inferential gentility, and shirked early morning parades and fatigues on every opportunity. The other troopers, humbler yet better men, dubbed these swells the 'leatherputty brigade,' because the Stohwasser gaiters shone gloriously on all their legs, as opposed to the blue putty served out to baser men by a paternal government. I was never weary, when orderly officer, of catching these skrimshankers sleeping calmly in their tents while the rest of us shivered on the kopje-tops in the chill dawn and thereafter shovelled up horse-dung for an hour before breakfast. Naturally the fact that nearly all the troopers lived in the colony produced eternally recurrent applications for leave whenever the army halted for a space. It was extraordinary how many men had sick and dying parents, but these persons must have had wonderful constitutions, for they always seemed...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... mental photographs is Pat playing cricket at the farm near Bloemfontein, and fielding a ball in an aloe hedge-...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217906133

ISBN - 13:9780217906135

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