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accepted gladly ; but unfortun- to be wished that, when the ately, compared with their time comes for discussion, the predecessors, they were in many opinions of the men who have instances mere ponies in size. had practical experience will be The great difficulty that pre- fairly considered, and that imsented itself was how to fit plicit confidence will not invarithem with the saddles that ably, as heretofore, be placed in were available. Of course the the judgment of departmental thing was done in the best officials, who too often make up makeshift manner possible, but their minds that a thing is good at the expense of some want of and useful when it is only flimsy, efficiency, and not a little daily showy, and, above all, cheap. worry and anxiety to every in- That cavalry must sometimes dividual trooper. Many people be called upon to act with have long disliked the present carbines dismounted, and that iron saddle - trees which are they can act dismounted with used by our mounted services, the best effect, is a truism in and think that the old wooden modern war, and we have seen saddle - tree was in many re- constant exemplifications of it spects preferable. The wooden within the last few months. tree could always be mended Over and again our by the regimental artificers if troopers have seized and held it was accidentally damaged, kopjes and other positions of and its size could be reduced temporary importance ;
but or enlarged; but the iron tree nothing was more useful than is immutable, no alterations in the work of a squadron of the it can be made, and if it is in 12th Lancers under Lord Airlie any way injured, there is an and Major Eastwood on the end of it. Many forms of fatal day at Magersfontein. saddles exist which have ad- It was freely said in the divivantages
English sion that the presence of this equipment, and as almost all squadron with the regimental our saddlery will have to be Maxim gun under Lieutenant replaced when the present war Macnaughton stopped the Boers is at an end, it would seem to from following up the Highbe a good opportunity for mak- landers' disaster. From 6.20 ing some useful changes in our A.M. till 3.30 P.M. the squadron service pattern. In any case, was lying under a very heavy something might be devised to fire, and in that time it had make each saddle to some ex- worked its way to within 300 tent adjustable to horses of yards of the Boer trenches. By different sizes. Many other the time officers and men again articles of equipment have been could mount their horses, they tried in Africa and found want- might have been able to say ing, and when they come home that they had had as severe a regimental officers will have piece of work as ever can fall much to say upon the subject. to the lot of soldiers. Even such simple articles as At Ladysmith,
too, dishaversacks have been found to be mounted cavalry perforce played utterly useless. It is devoutly a very important part. When
their horses had to be turned course in South Africa. It is into rations, Sir George White very possible that it may be in provided them with infantry a more fertile country, where rifles and sent them to occupy some supplies of food for man positions of defence. The official and beast will be found. It accounts of the great siege have may be waged against regular not yet been published; but the troops, whose actions may be gallant veteran, whose steadfast guided by the conventional defence has been the crowning military ideas of Europe, and achievement of a brilliant career, by the requirements of a civilhas made no secret of his enthu- jsed people; and it is more siastic approval of the services than probable that in the field rendered by his dismounted against us will be found regucavalry. That the troopers lar cavalry, highly trained, and could be said to be able to led by scientific soldiers. If rival the unconquerable infantry we have not thoroughly good in its own sphere will be a proud mounted troops of our own, in memory for the regiments to numbers at least in proportion which they belonged.
to our infantry and artillery, But, if cavalry soldiers may we shall have cause for deep be called upon sometimes to act regret. Mounted infantry will on foot, they must have a better avail us nothing, infantry and firearm. The enemy's fire in artillery will be sadly hamSouth Africa has often been at pered, if we cannot meet ranges of 2000 yards, and even cavalry with cavalry, and if
This distance is, of at a given moment we are not course, a long way outside the able to throw the shock-power effective range of our carbines, of charging horsemen into the and our men have been much scale of battle.
Our present at a disadvantage. In order to campaign has been
one of get an increased range, it may enormous difficulties; but we possibly be necessary to have must not suppose that we shall longer and heavier carbines. ever have lesser obstacles to This will be an inconvenience, meet. Their kind may be but it must be faced if we are changed, but their magnitude to hold our in modern will remain. Whatever they
In the case of Lancers, may be, they will certainly at any rate, the balance may be such that cavalry will be certainly be restored by doing necessary in order to overcome away with the swords, which them. And if we should have to them, have proved as use- to meet a regular army, it will less as they are weighty and undoubtedly include many men cumbersome.
of trained and alert intellect, We know not what will be ready to detect any false movethe theatre of the next greatment and to profit by it to our war in which England will be loss, unless we have steady and engaged; but we may take it well - trained cavalry ready to for granted that in its con- cover and neutralise a failure ditions it will be very different or to clinch an incipient sucfrom that now running its
NEW LIGHT ON OLD CRICKET.
At the beginning of the tour Test match, played at Kenningof the Australian Cricketers last ton Oval last August, at which season, when entering on my many of my readers no doubt duties as Scorer for them, I were present. I kept, and have determined to keep a record of beside me, a similarly detailed the time occupied at the wickets record of the other thirty-four by each batsman taking part in matches of the tour. the matches, at the same time noting all stoppages of two TWENTY-NINTH MATCH, AUSTRALIANS minutes or over during the
v. ENGLAND, 1899. progress of play. I venture Played at Kennington Oval, to believe myself successful in August 14, 15, and 16. doing this, and able, in conse
England won the toss, and began quence, to cast a new and in- batting at 11.35 on the first day. teresting light upon the cricket
Lunch from 2 to 2.51. Stops : 3.51 of that tour.
to 3.53 refreshment for bowlers ; 4.21
to 4.23 refreshment for batsmen ; 4.25 For the purpose of showing to 4.30 claret-cup for team ; 4.49 to how I arrived at the figures 4.51 MacLaren went on the field to upon
which I base my conclu- consult Ranjitsinhji ; 5.50 to 5.52 sions, let me present my record
refreshment for bowlers. Stumps of one of the matches.
drawn at 6.30. Fry and Townsend
were the not-outs. Resumed second several reasons, I select the final day at 11.4. Innings over at 12.42.
Gross time of innings
Net time of innings
Twenty-ninth Match. Australia Bowling. First Innings of England.
R. W. Fours. Threes. Twos. Ones. Mr E. Jones 53 12 164 4 22
8 13 26 M. A. Noble i
35.4 12 96 2 17 2 4 14 H. Trumble 1
39 11 107 2 12 5 10 24 * C. E. M'Leod 1 48 15 131 1 20
9 21 . W. P. Howell
2 7 . J. Worrall
1 Noble, 1 wide; Trumble, 1 wide and 1 no-ball ; M‘Leol, 2 wides.
The first innings of Australia be- Stumps were drawn at 6.27 with the gan at 1.1 on the second day. Lunch fall of Darling's wicket. Gregory from 1.30 to 2.20. Stops : 3.30 to was not out. Resumed third day at 3.32 change in bowling; 4.4 to 4.6 11.5. Stop 11.7 to 11.9, Iredale getLockwood left field temporarily; 4.42 ting a new glove. Innings over at to 4.56 dust-storm and bad light ; 6.5 12.57. to 6.7 Gregory getting a batting-glove.
FIRST INNINGS OF AUSTRALIA.
H. M. Mr J. Worrall, c Hayward, b Lock
1 1 4 29 2 18 55
4 V. Trumper, c Lilley, b Jones 2 40 2 49 09 6 " M. A. Noble, b Lockwood
2 52 3 40 046 9
1 2 2 " J. Darling, c Fry, b Lockwood 3 45 6 27 2 15 71 8
7 20 S. E. Gregory, c Jones, b Lock
4 32 12 41 3 7 117 15 5 wood
9 24 " F. A. Iredale, b Lockwool 11 5 11 21 0 14 9 1
1 3 " J. J. Kelly, I bw, b Jones 11 24 11 37 0 13 4
1 " C. E. MÅLeod, not out . 11 40 12 57 1 10 31 5
3 . E. Jones, b Lockwood
12 45 12 45 0 0 0 . W. P. Howell, b Lockwood . 12 48 12 57 0 9 4
Totals 11 8 330 41 11 31 66 Extras added-Byes 5, leg-byes 10, wide 1, no-balls 6
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Gross time of innings
Net time of innings
Twenty-ninth Match. England Bowling. First Innings of Australia.
143.3 50 330 10 41
? Lockwood, 6 no-balls; Jones, 1 wide. VOL. CLXVII.-YO. MXVI.
The second innings of Australia refreshment for team ; 4.59 to 5.1 began at 1.15 on the third day. Lunch Lockwood retired from field. Stumps from 1.30 to 2.17. Stops : 4.19 to 4.28 drawn at 6.15. Result-Draw.
SECOND INNINGS OF AUSTRALIA.
es :: Threes.
7 32 239 40 3 12 46 Extras added-Byes 7, willes 4, no-balls 4
Net time of iunings .
3 46 Twenty-ninth Match. Englanil Bowling. Second Innings of Australia.
M. R. W. Fours. Threes. Twos. Ones. W. H. Lockwood 1
15 7 33
3 Mr C. L. Townsend
9 W. Rhodles 1
2 Mr A. 0. Jones.
15 . W. M. Bradley 1 17 8
6 . F. S. Jackson 13 2
11 T. Hayward
11 3 38
7 Mr C. B. Fry
100 1 Lockwood, I wide, 2 no-balls ; Rhodes, 1 wide ; Bradley, 2 wides; Hayward, 2 no-balls.
It will be seen that, in the forcing tactics were tried, with match recorded above, England the result that nine wickets fell winning the toss batted the in 2 hours 52 minutes, for an whole of the first day and for addition of 261 runs. The a portion of the second. The average rate of scoring jumped three batsmen who had posses- from 75 runs per hour to 91.06 sion of the wicket up to 4.49 per
hour. In the whole innon the first day played in a ings, 576 runs were made in style which I think was 7 hours 4 minutes, which gives rectly described in many news- an average of 81:51 runs per papers as superb batting. They hour. Then followed what made 315 runs for the loss was almost universally described of one wicket only; and were as The Australians stonewallat the wickets for 4 hours ing to save the game. In the 12 minutes, which yields an result, the visitors batted for average of 75 runs per hour. 9 hours 20 minutes for 606 At the end of this time, owing runs, that is, at the rate of to a decision communicated to 64.93 runs per hour, and the Ranjitsinhji by his captain, game ended in a draw.