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One more incident of the review. There had been thousands of the inhabitants of Sydney who were naturally unable to witness it but were most anxious to see the foreign sailors. I had arranged with their naval Commander-in-Chief that he should land at different landing-stages on the several quays of the harbour. By this means residents in many parts of Sydney would see them marching past their homes. The distances from these landing-stages to Centennial Park were somewhat long, and as the review was a rather trying one, occupying close upon four hours, I had arranged to transport the whole of the Americans back from the review ground to their different quays by tram, utilizing the tram system attached to the Sydney Show Ground, which lies adjacent to Centennial Park, and, further, to give them a good feed previous to boarding the trams on the return home. My Quartermaster-General's Department quite surpassed themselves in their efforts in this direction. They arranged for the units of the American Fleet, on completion of the review, to march in succession straight on to the Royal Agricultural Society's Grounds, and in doing so to pass through some of the big buildings used for purposes of exhibits at the show time. Long, narrow tables were set up in these buildings, parallel to each other. On these tables, right down each side, were placed packets containing each four healthy sandwiches, a large piece of cake, an apple and an orange, a big bun and cheese. On passing through the building the men of each company marched in two files, dividing on each side of the table, and each man picked up his parcel and moved on to the open Oval. As the tables were cleared they were immediately replenished by a large staff of assistants, ready for the succeeding companies. In this manner the six thousand Americans received their rations within half an hour.

Once reaching the Oval and other open spaces of the society's grounds each company was directed to what my Quartermaster-General called "a fountain" (which meant that piled up around a small beer barrel were plenty of bottles of all kinds of aerated waters), on reaching which each company sat down around it, ate the contents of their packets and drank to their hearts' content. The return journey to the ships was accomplished without any accident, and a day never to be forgotten by those who witnessed it was past and gone. The enthusiasm of the immense crowd was raised to the highest pitch when squadron after squadron of Light Horse galloped past the saluting point at fairly close intervals, riding hard, as only Australians can ride, forty squadrons, some 100 strong each.

Previous to my leaving Sydney I held another great review at Centennial Park. I had promised that I would give the parents and relations and friends of the lads serving under the universal service system an opportunity of seeing for themselves how well the youngsters were doing, how keen they were, and also the state of efficiency that they had reached. So I decided to hold a review of those from 16 to 18 years of age serving in the Metropolitan area. The day of the review arrived. Over twenty-two thousand lads were on parade. The Governor-General, Lord Denman, took the salute. The crowd was certainly not so large as that which was present at the time of the visit of the American Fleet, but still it was enormous. At a certain stage of the review the order was given for "Hats off. Three cheers for the King." The rule is on such ceremonial occasions to take the time for the three cheers from the general officer commanding the parade, who, riding in front of the line of troops, faces the saluting point. The three cheers were duly given when, to my surprise, I heard a shrill cry of "Tiger!" and, following it, "One more cheer." I looked round just in time to see some thousands of hats in the air. The lads provided this extra entertainment on their own.

The way the boys marched, their soldierly bearing, their smart appearance and their enthusiasm were the best answer that the Government, Parliament and the people of Australia could have had as to the success of the universal service system which they had brought into force. Many, indeed, were the proud fathers and mothers on that day.

One last record. I had commanded the first review of trainees.

In 1912, on General Hoad's death, I was appointed Chief of the General Staff and First Member of the Military Board, the highest position in the military forces of the Commonwealth.

For the constant and willing co-operation of the Australian officers and men who served under me with such zeal for so many years I give my sincerest thanks. They have since proved themselves heroic soldiers in the field.

To Gordon of Khartoum for his three golden rules of life; to General Downes for the excellent example he gave of what an upright soldier should be; and to Sergeant Charles Cameron Kingston for his appreciation of my work and ever-ready assistance I owe the deepest debt of gratitude.



CHAPTER VI

CHIEF OF THE GENERAL STAFF

When General Hoad, my predecessor as Chief of the General Staff, fell ill, the Government decided to grant him six months' leave of absence on full pay, and his duties were to be carried out temporarily by Major Wilson, R.F.A., p.s.c., who was the only qualified staff officer at the time attached to the Headquarters Staff of the Commonwealth Forces. During these six months Major Wilson had an exceedingly difficult task. It is needless to say that all he was able to do was to carry on ordinary routine work. There was practically no organization of the department of the Chief of the Staff. As, on my taking on the duties, Major Wilson's period of service as a loan officer expired and he was due to return home, I found myself all alone in my glory. A word of acknowledgment is due to Major Wilson for the able way in which he battled against the long odds he had to face.

My first request to the Minister was for the recall of Captain White, a local officer, who, having been sent home to the Staff College, had taken high honours, was attached after completing his staff course to one of the Directorates of the Army Council, and was earning for himself an excellent reputation, which he has proved by his success in the war. He is now Major-General Sir Brudnel White and Chief of the Staff himself of the Australian Forces.

My second request was for the loan of another p.s.c. officer from home. The Minister approved, and within a short time Captain White and Captain Glasford joined me. Later on the Minister approved of two more p.s.c. officers from home on the understanding that each year two local officers would be selected and sent to Camberley; by doing so we would in time avoid the necessity of further borrowing.

A great task was before us. My colleagues on the Military Board were each faced with somewhat similar difficulties, but by working together and mutually assisting each other we managed to make good progress.

Perhaps our most serious problem was to consolidate the organization of our universal service system. Each battalion area—and there were several hundreds, required an officer and at least one sergeant-major as duly qualified administrators and instructors; each brigade area wanted a reliable staff. Our finances would not allow us to import them; we had to train them locally. The establishment of local schools of instruction achieved this object in due course with satisfactory results.

The next and all-important task was the preparation of sound general and local schemes of defence for the whole of the Commonwealth—a far-reaching problem. It not only required endless care and attention in its conception and construction, but needed to be so thoroughly set out as to be easily grasped by all concerned. With the assistance of Captain White, whose special work this was, the schemes were completed, and I satisfied myself of their efficacy and thoroughness some ten months before war began. No better proof of this is necessary than the rapidity and ease with which Australia mobilized on the receipt of the news of the outbreak of war. I am proud to quote one fact. As an adjunct to the general scheme of defence I had been most anxious that our Government should offer the War Office the services of an Australian division complete in personnel and materiel for service anywhere in the Empire or out of it if required, and to be maintained while on service at full strength at the expence of the Commonwealth for whatever length of time it might be wanted. After several months of persistent effort the Minister obtained the consent of the Cabinet. The offer was made and accepted by the Home Government. All details of organization were worked out. When war was declared the details for mobilizing the first division were all cut and dried. Who could have guessed in those days that finally Australia would contribute somewhere about half a million men to assist the Mother Country?

In connexion with the preparation of the schemes of defence a most intricate and perplexing question was the defence of the northern littoral of the immense island continent. It would be out of place to attempt to discuss the matter here. Suffice it to point out that I was instructed to visit the northern littoral of Australia and submit a report. Choosing the most suitable season of the year to make the tour, I left Brisbane in the company of the then Government Resident of the Northern Territory, Doctor Gilruth. The voyage along the coast of Queensland, sailing within the Great Barrier Reef northwards to Torres Straits, is one of the most interesting voyages in the world. After leaving the Reef and clearing Cape York, you enter the Torres Straits and make for a group of islands, the most important of which is Thursday Island. It is the headquarters of the pearl fishing industry and an Imperial coaling station for the Navy, protected by forts manned by Australian artillery. The opportunity was given me during my tour to witness the wonderful diving feats of the coloured crews. Pearl fishing is a paying business, especially since the great advance in the price of the mother-of-pearl shells, but one which demands much nautical skill and the surmounting of many perils.

One of my duties was the selection of a site for the construction of the highest power wireless station to be erected in the southern hemisphere. An entertaining incident occurred in connexion therewith. Some thirty miles inland from Port Darwin, in the neighbourhood of the railway line to Pine Creek, lay an extensive lake, the waters of which were an important adjunct to the requirements of the site. Accompanied by Doctor Gilruth and other officials we proceeded to visit the locality. Leaving the train we trekked through the bush to find the lake. By some means I became detached from our guides and found myself alone with the representative of our Naval Board. We were "bushed"—had no idea which way to turn. I knew enough of bush life to remember that the best thing to do when bushed is to remain quiet and not attempt to walk far, light a fire and await the arrival of the rescue party. This we did, and when, after waiting about an hour, our friends found us, we were actually only about a quarter of a mile from the railway line and our train, where a good luncheon was awaiting us. "Much ado about nothing."

On the return journey to Melbourne we visited New Guinea. What a wonderful country! I would advise those who delight in good reading to purchase Miss Grimshaw's books. Not only are they of overpowering interest, but they are a living picture of the customs and habits of the Papuan race.

On our arrival at Port Moresby, the seat of Government, Colonel Murray, the High Commissioner, invited us to be his guests. Miss Grimshaw was at the time Colonel Murray's guest also, and I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of the charming person whose intrepid and adventurous nature had made us acquainted with the fascination of that hitherto hardly-known island and its mysteries. Its orchids and butterflies alone are sought for with the greatest zeal by the collectors of the world.

On my return to Melbourne I found that the inevitable was approaching. Time, which has but little respect for persons, had moved on, and I was close up to the age when the regulations demanded my retirement. On March 18, 1914, I would overtake my fifty-eighth birthday, and my active career would close.

Our Government, however, had invited General Ian Hamilton, at the time holding the appointment of Inspector-General of Oversea Forces, to make a tour of inspection of the Commonwealth. As Hamilton was due to arrive in February of that year I was requested to carry on till his tour was completed, and it was arranged that I should retire on August 1, instead of March 18, 1914. The general left in May. He was specially interested in the success of the universal service, and his report was a highly satisfactory one.

Nothing was left to me but to make my last visits of inspection to the several States and satisfy myself that the schemes of defence were up to date and in thorough working order. This I did, and was well pleased with the results.

I booked my passage by the Orient steamer Orama, which was leaving Fremantle on July 26, 1914. A fateful date for me. I had said my last good-byes, and as the Orama left port we heard of the declaration of war by Austria against Serbia. Wireless messages reached us later of Germany's declaration against Russia. Then we got no more news till we were reaching Colombo, about August 6. The Great World War had commenced on August 4.

By four days I had missed the opportunity of organizing and commanding the division which, through my efforts, Australia had offered to the Home Government a few months before. General Bridges, my successor, raised it and led it to Gallipoli, where, unfortunately, he fell mortally wounded. I have often thought his end would have been a fitting crown to my life's work.



INDEX

Abruzzi, Duke of the, in Melbourne, 118, 119

Adelaide, author appointed Police Instructor at, 136; author joins Police of, 134; author's arrival at, 132; cash betting introduced at, 173, 174; development of, 152, 153; early method of landing at, 160; Hunt Club Races at, 169; Largs Bay Company and, 160; Military Staff Office at, 133, 143, 145; Polo Club Cup race at, 172; Polo team of, 162, 171-173; Protector at, 177; Racing Club of, 173; Russian Naval officers at, 179; situation of, 154; social scandal at, 183, 184; sportsmen of, 166; Theatre Royal at, 136

Adjutant-General, author's appointment as, 192, 193, 203

Aeroplane, first, at Sydney, 300, 301; author's flight in, 301

Agents-General of the Colonies, and author's appointment as Military Adviser, 224

"Albatross" ridden by author in Drag Cup race, 169

Aldgate, author captures murderer at railway camp at, 138-142

Alfonso XII at Royal Military College, Sandhurst, 42; author and, 42-45; entry into Barcelona of, 36; offers amnesty to Carlists, 36, 44; on Don Carlos, 43, 44; proclaimed King of Spain, 35, 44; result of accession of, 48

American Fleet at Sydney, 302 et seq.

Ammunition, small arms, 228, 229, 230

Army Council, Australian, establishment of, 280

Arsenals, establishment of, in Australia, 276 et seq.

Artillery Force of South Australia, author appointed Lieutenant Commanding Permanent Unit of, 159; Staff Instructor of, 142, 143; work with, 151 et seq.

Asmodeus, Prince, as King of Spain, 30

Auckland, author at, 105

"Auraria" and race for Melbourne Cup, 118, 119; trainer of, 166

Australia, Gordons in, 2; great strikes in, 209 et seq.; "Russian Scare" in, 179, 180; South African War and, 232 et seq.; Universal Service System of, 214, 281 et seq., 290, 299, 300, 309; withdrawal of British troops from, 156

Australian Contingent in South Africa, 242

Baker, Allen, wedding of, 168; Master of Morialta Hounds, 168; rides "Creamie" at Polo Club Cup race, 172, 173

Baker, Hon. John, 167, 168

Baker, Lieut.-Colonel, 224

Baker, Mrs. John, 168

Baker, Sir Richard, 168, 205; and Charles C. Kingston, 205, 208

Balloon, at manoeuvres, 227, 228

Barcelona, entry of Alfonso XII into, 36

Barton, Sir Edmund, 263

Bath, Order of, author receives Companionship of, 263

Bayonne, author's journey from, 32

Beaumont College, 24 et seq.

Belfast, author wounded in disturbance at, 74, 75, 76

Belfast (South Africa), Battle of, 251

Bellew, Mrs. Kyrle (Mdme. le Grand), 129

Berry, Mr. Graham, 111, 130, 131

Bijou Theatre, Melbourne, engagement at, 124

Bloemfontein, author at, 242; meets Lord Roberts at, 239, 240, 243, 244

Bodega, 35

Boer War, 232 et seq.

Botha, General Louis, 256

Box and Cox, Royal Artillery performance of, 63

Braddon, Sir Edward, 221

Brandfort, 245

Bremen, ss., 233

Bridges, General, 312

Brisbane, Lord Kintore in, 213

Brownrigg, Lieut.-Colonel, 175

Buller, General Sir Redvers, at manoeuvres, 225, 227; superseded by Lord Roberts in South Africa, 233, 238

Bullfights at Jerez, 16; at Puerto Santa Maria, 16; at Wardhouse, 14

Burleigh, Bennet, 257

Burra-Burra, copper mines, 157, 213

"Bushveldt Carabiniers," 258

Buxton, Sir Thomas Fowell, 270

Cabrera, recantation of, 48

Cadet system in South Australia, 215

Cambridge, Duke of, presents prizes at Woolwich, 40

Cameron, Major Eustace, Kitchener as guest of, 253

Campbell, Colonel Gerald, 288

Campbell, Corporal, 135, 137

Campos, General Martinez, and King Alfonso, 35

Canada, troops from, in South Africa, 241, 242

"Cape Dwyer," accident with, 83; death of, 84

Carlisle, Fort, Queenstown, experiences at, 82, 83, 84

Carlist Army, 35; strength of, 36

Carlist officers, disguised, 33

Carlist War, 28, 30 et seq.

Cash betting introduced at Adelaide, 173, 174

Castillo, Marquis del, decides against Alfonso, 36

Catholics, disabilities of, in Scotland, 11, 13

Cerberus, 177

Chartered Company of South Australia, 151, 152

Chief of the General Staff, appointment as, 307; work of, 308 et seq.

Chingtu, 213

Christchurch, 106

Clova, Mrs. Gordon's illness at, 218, 219

Coles, Sir Jenkin and Baker—Kingston dispute, 208

Commandant of South Australia, 208; author's work as, 263, et seq.

Commander-in-Chief of Commonwealth Forces, General Hutton as, 269; importance of, 267, 268

Commonwealth of Australia, Army Council of, 280; camp of Field Forces of, 291-295; constitution of, 263; defence scheme of, 309-310; Government of, and Lord Kitchener, 290; King Edward and, 273; Military Board of, 280, 309; Proclamation of, 266; reorganization of Military Forces of, 275 et seq.

Commonwealth Parliament, first elections for, 263; opening of, 266

Connaught, Duke of, and Army manoeuvres, 225

Connell, Sergeant-Major, 156

Cork, author's experiences at, 81

"Corporal Buller," 237, 257, 258; execution of, 258, 259

Cresswell, Captain William, 177

Dalley, Hon. John B., 188

Damascus, 218

De Wet, General, 256

Defence Force of South Australia, establishment of, 156; General Downes' reorganization scheme for, 158; reorganization of, 157

Defence League of Australia, 288

Deorwyn, Alice, 129, 130

Deorwyn, Constance, 129, 130

Derdepoort, curious incident at, 255

Disney, Colonel, 175

Doldrums, the, 88

Don Carlos, arrival in London of, 49; author and, 46, 48, 49, 50; author joins, 30, 31; flees to France, 48; in Paris, 51, 52, 53; in the hunting field, 50; reconciliation with Queen Isabella, 52; rejects Alfonso's amnesty, 36; story of claim to Spanish throne, 46, 47; success of, 30

Downes, Major-General, appointed Secretary to Ministry of Defence, Victoria, 176; appointed to reorganize South Australian Defence Force, 157; author and, 132, 142, 143, 186, 197, 198, 203, 204; Commandant of Victoria, 270, 271; leaves Adelaide, 208

Drill instructor, author appointed, in New Zealand, 91; work as, 95

Dudley, Lord, and first aeroplane in Sydney, 300-301

Dunedin, 89, 106; Fern Hill Club at, 91

Edgbaston, Oratory school at, 23

Education Department, South Australia, and cadet system, 214

Edward, King, and Commonwealth Forces, 273

Elder, Sir Thomas, 166, 167

Elder, Smith and Co., 167

English language, difficulties of, 22

Estella, as seat of Carlist government, 47; author joins Carlists at, 35

Eugenie, Empress, and death of Prince Imperial, 41; author meets, at Jerez, 41

Fellowes, Major, 175

Ferdinand VI, 46, 47

Fern Hill Club, 91

Filgate, Mr., 166

Finn, Major-General, Commandant of Queensland, 271, 280; Inspector-General, Australia, 280

Fitzalan, Viscount, pupil of Oratory School, Edgbaston, 24

Fitzgerald, Captain, 299

Fitzgerald, Hon. Nicholas, 213

Fitzgerald, Miss, author marries, 213-214

Forrest, Sir John, 221; author and, 269

Fort Glanville, 132, 142, 159, 160, 161, 165, 180, 181, 202, 210, 211

Fort Largs, 161, 164, 165; insubordination at, 185, 186, 187; Permanent Force Artillery at, 209

Fosberry, Mr., and Great Strike, 209

Francis, Colonel, Commandant of Western Australia, 271

French, General, 249; in South Africa, 247, 248

French, Major-General, as Commandant, New South Wales, 270

Gate Pah, 91

Geelong, 124

Gilruth, Doctor, 310, 311

Glasford, Captain, 308

Glenelg, author's accident at, 180; construction of fort at, 180; excitement at, on arrival of Russian Fleet, 178; landing of first settlers at, 152

Gordon, Adam, Dean of Caithness, 2

Gordon, Adam Lindsay, 2; famous jump of, 94

Gordon, Admiral Sir James Alexander, 4

Gordon, Alexander, of Camdell, 3

Gordon, Alexander, of Wardhouse, 3; guillotined at Brest, 4

Gordon, Brigadier-General, J. M. (author), military appointments and promotions of, 147; pedigree of, 7

Gordon, Carlos Pedro (author's father), becomes Laird of Wardhouse, 14, 19

Gordon, Charles, 3

Gordon, Charles Edward (of Wardhouse), 4, 11, 12; death of, 13; sends his eldest son to Spain, 13

Gordon, Colonel Fabian, 1

Gordon, General (of Khartoum), author and, 186, 187, 271; death of, 203; statue of, 203

Gordon, General Alexander, 2

Gordon, General Patrick, 1

Gordon, General Patrick, of Auchleuchries, 1, 3

Gordon, George, 2

Gordon, Gregory, 3

Gordon, James, of Beldorney, 3

Gordon, James Arthur (of Jerez), 3, 11; goes to Spain, 12

Gordon, John, 1

Gordon, John, of Beldorney, 3

Gordon, John David (of Wardhouse), goes to Spain, 4, 13; death of, 13

Gordon, Juan Jose, becomes Laird of Wardhouse, 13, 14

Gordon, Lord Adam, 4

Gordon, Mrs. Rafael, 2

Gordon, Pedro Carlos, 2, 13

Gordon, Robert, 2

Gordon, Robert (Cadiz), 3

Gordon-Coldwells, son, 1

Gordons of Coldwells, 1

Gorn, Captain, 87

Greencastle Fort, author at, 81, 82

Grierson, General, author and, 247, 250; in South Africa, 246

Grimshaw, Miss, 311

Hamilton, General Ian, in South Africa, 247; tour of Australia of, 312

Hamilton, Mr. George, 133, 134, 142

Harcourt, Lord, and Alexander Gordon, 3, 4

Harding-Stewart, General, 180, 202

Hawker, Lieutenant, 185

"High Commissioner of Ejectments," 257

Hill, John, 166

Himalaya, 220, 221

Hoad, General, Chief of General Staff of Australia, 280; death of, 307

Holloway, Beatrice, 130

Homburgh, Mr., and Baker—Kingston dispute, 207

Hopetoun, Earl of, as Governor-General of Australia, 265 et seq.; as Governor of Victoria, 264

Hunt Club Races at Adelaide, 169

Hunt, Major, murder of, 258

Hunters, author's, in Adelaide, 165, 166

Huntly-Gordon, Marquises of, 2

Hutton, General, and Overseas Troops in South Africa, 242, 243, 247, 255; author and, 268; Commandant in New South Wales, 215, 268; Commander-in-Chief of Commonwealth, 269, 272, 275; leaves Australia, 280

Imperial Mounted Infantry in South Africa, 24

Invercargill (The Bluff), 107

Ireland, Miss Harry, 129

Ireland, Mr., 129

Ireland, service in, 62 et seq.; sport in, 77 et seq.; unruly times in, 71 et seq.

Isabella, Queen, reconciliation of, with Don Carlos, 52

Japanese Fleet, visit to Melbourne of, 273, 274, 275, 302, 303, 304

Jerez, author's birthplace in, 18; author christened at, 1; author meets Empress Eugenie at, 41; author revisits, 28; bull-fighting at, 16; cholera epidemic in, 18, 19; description of, 14, 15, 16; Gordons at, 3, 4; schooldays at, 19

Jervois, Captain John, as Adjutant-General, 177; author and, 132, 144

Jervois, Major, and "Russian Scare," 179, 180, 192; author and, 182

Jervois, Sir William, 132, 144, 159, 176

Johnson, Lieut.-Colonel, in South Africa, 248

Jovellar, Commander-in-Chief of Spanish Army, and Alfonso, 35, 36

Jubilee Celebrations, author represents South Australia at, 218

Karree Siding, author wounded at, 252

Kati-kati Settlement, 105

Kelly, Ned, execution of, 122

Kennedy, Thomas, 22, 23

Khartoum, fall of, 203

King Country, the, 91, 98, 104

King-Harman, Lieut.-Colonel, 202; death of, 220

Kingston, Charles Cameron, Premier of South Australia, 203, 204, 205, 231; and Sir Richard Baker, 205, 208; author and, 208, 220, 221, 232, 233, 235, 271; death of, 272; Federation and, 217, 271, 288; "National Service" and, 216, 217

Kintore, Lord, 212, 213

Kipling, Rudyard, at Norval's Pont, 239

Kitchener, Lord, at Mount Temple, Capetown, 254, 255; author and, 239, 240, 241, 243, 245, 253, 296, 297; in Australia, 290 et seq.; in Tasmania, 253; victory of, at Omdurman, 228

Kroonstad, Lord Roberts at, 246

Kruger, President, 256

"Land Boom," 201

Largs Bay Company and Port Adelaide, 160

Largs Bay Hotel, 161, 164, 214

"Larry O'Keefe" as hunter, 79; author purchases, 78

Laserta, General, defeated by Carlists, 37, 48

Le Grand, Mdme. (Mrs. Kyrle Bellew), 129

Legge, Colonel, Commandant of Tasmania, 271

Light, Colonel, development of Adelaide and, 153-155

Lillywhite, John, author taught cricket by, 25

Limerick Hounds, meet of, on April 1, 80, 81

Limerick, hunting experiences at, 67, 68, 69; stationed at, 63 et seq.; Sunday disturbances at, 72, 73

Line, crossing the, 88

Lithgow as site of arsenal, 280

London, author in, as Military Adviser of Australian Colonies, 224 et seq.

Loraine, Violet, 130

Lovett, Major, 199, 203

Lyne, Sir William, first Premier of Australian Commonwealth, 263

Macdonald, Leslie, 166, 169

Madrid, mutiny in artillery barracks at, 44

Maori settlement in the King Country, 91

Maori War, Australian troops in, 188

Maoris as swimmers, 100; ceremonials of, 100 et seq.; New Zealand Government and, 98, 99; raid roadmakers, 95, 104; war dance of, 103

Massilia, 203

Melbourne, author at, 109 et seq., 120 et seq.; author's newspaper in, 112-118; Bijou Theatre, 124; charity ball at, 176; Duke and Duchess of York at, 266; Inter-Colonial Convention at, 220; Japanese Fleet at, 273, 274, 275, 302, 303, 304; Kingston at, 221; review of Commonwealth Forces at, 273, 274; White Hart Hotel at, 109, 125

Melbourne Cup, 113 et seq.; of 1913, 213

Mercedes, Princess, 39

Mercer, Catherine, wife of Charles Edward Gordon, 4

"Mick Molloy," author purchases, 69, 70, 78; death of, 79, 80

Middle Head Fort, Sydney, 202

Milford Sounds, 89

Military Adviser and Inspector of Warlike Stores for Australia, author's appointment as, 223; work in London as, 223, 224 et seq.

Military Board, Australian, author appointed First Member of, 307; establishment of, 277; problems of, 309

Military Staff Office, Adelaide, 133, 143, 145

"Ministry of all the Talents," 264

Mirasol, Count of, tutor to Alfonso XII, 42, 45; death of, 44, 45

Molloy, Mick, 67, 70

Montijo, Countess of, 41

Moonta, copper mines of, 157

Moore, Maggie (Mrs. J. C. Williamson), 130

Morant, Jack ("The Breaker"), 237

Morant, Lieut.-Colonel ("Corporal Buller"), 257, 258; execution of, 258, 259

Moravian, 251

Morialta, kennels at, 168

Morphetville, stud farm at, 166, 167

Morriones, General, and Alfonso, 36, 37

Mount Cook, 89, 108

Mount Gambia, Blue Lake at, 93

Mount Lofty, 136; Adelaide from, 154; Hon. John Baker's home at, 167, 168; railway construction camp at, 138-142

Mount Nelson, Capetown, wartime reminiscences of, 254, 255

Murray, Colonel, High Commissioner, New Guinea, 311

National Rifle Meeting, 230

"National Service" Scheme, author's, 216 et seq.; Kingston and, 216-217

New Guinea, visit to, 311

New South Wales, author appointed Commandant of, 280, 281 et seq.; Naval Defence Scheme of, 177; troops for Egypt from, 188, 189; volunteers for Maori War, 188

New South Wales Defence Scheme, 187; guns for, 202

New South Wales Lancers sent to South Africa, 232; squadron of, in England, 232

New Zealand, 87 et seq.; force in South Africa, 241, 242; system of land settlement, 91, 92; withdrawal of British troops from, 156

New Zealand Government and Maoris, 98, 99

Newcastle (N.S.W.), defences of, 295, 296

Newcastle-on-Tyne, 219

Newman, Dr. (afterwards Cardinal), headmaster at Edgbaston Oratory School, 23

Northern Territory and South Australia, 152, 213; defence of, 310

Norton Summit, 167, 168

Norval's Pont, destruction of bridge at, 239; Lord Kitchener at, 239; Rudyard Kipling at, 239

Ohinemutu, 105; eruptions at, 91, 93, 94, 104; Maori settlement, 91

Oliver, Maggie, 129

Omdurman, Kitchener's victory at, 228

Ophir, Duke and Duchess of York's voyage on, 266, 267

Orama, 312

Oratory School, Edgbaston, 23; Cardinal Newman, headmaster at, 23; head prefect of, 23, 24

Orlando, 265

Overseas Brigade in South Africa, command of, 242, 244

Owen, Lieut.-Colonel, J. F. (General), 177; arrival at Adelaide, 182; at Malta, 197; author and, 193, 195, 196; Commandant of Queensland, 197; economies and, 192; Hon. T. Playford and, 194, 195, 196

Paardeberg, Battle of, 238

Palotta, Grace, 219

Pamplona, author with Carlist troops at, 37

Paris, Artists' Ball at Grand Hotel in, 54, 55; author and Don Carlos in, 51, 52, 53; love affair in, 53-61

Parrott, Lieut.-Colonel, 236

Peterswald, Mr., 142, 143, 145; and strikers, 210

Phillips, Hans, 129

Playford, Hon. Thomas ("Honest Tom"), 194, 195; and General Owen, 194-197; and strikers, 210, 211; author and, 197, 276, 280; Commonwealth Minister of Defence, 278, 279

Point Cook, first aviation school at, 128, 301

Police, South Australian, author appointed instructor in, 136; author joins, 134

Polo at Adelaide, 162, 163, 171, 173

Ponce de Leon, Pepe, 46, 51, 52

Port Adelaide, arrival of Russian Fleet at, 178; building of, 160; forts at, 160, 161; strikes at, 209, 210, 211

Port Augusta, 157

Port Chalmers, 87, 89, 90

Port Darwin, 157

Powell, Captain, 156

Power, Tom, 166

Pretoria, author at, 256, 257; Lady Roberts at, 256; plot to kidnap Lord Roberts at, 255-256

Prim, General, assassination of, 30

Primo de Rivera and King Alfonso, 35

Prince Imperial (France) at Woolwich, 40, 42; death and funeral of, 41

Protector, 177, 189, 190

Puerto Santa Maria, school at, 19; bull-fight at, 16; robbed at, 16, 17

Queensland, General Owen as Commandant of, 197; strikes in, 212

Queenstown, 81

Ralli, Stephen ("Bismarck"), 252

Reader, Colonel, 90, 91, 105, 106, 107

Reeve, Mr. Wybert, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128

Reid, Sir George, 222

Re-organization Bill of South Australia, 217

Retirement of author, 312

Rhodes, Captain Ernest, 175

Ricardo, Colonel, as "High Commissioner of Ejectments," 257

Richardson, Major-General, and Victorian Defence Scheme, 187, 188

Ridley, General, 242, 244

Roberts, Lady, at Pretoria, 256

Roberts, Lord, at Kroonstad, 246; author with, in South Africa, 238 et seq., 245; plot to kidnap, at Pretoria, 255, 256; supersedes Buller in South Africa, 233, 238

Robinson, Sir William, 176

Roller skating, author introduces in Dublin, 77; in Limerick, Cork and Waterford, 78

Rome supports Don Carlos, 30

Rotomahana, 106

Rotorua district, 91, 93

Royal Artillery at Limerick, 66, 67; author gazetted to, 40, 41; Headquarters' Mess at Woolwich, 62

Russia, Gordons in, 1, 2

Russian Fleet, arrival at Adelaide, 178

"Russian Scare," the, in Australia, 179, 192

Ryan, Sergeant-Major, 156

Sagasta and Alfonso, 35

St. John Ambrose, Father, head prefect of Edgbaston Oratory School, 23, 24

Salisbury Plain, manoeuvres on, 225-228

Sandhurst, Alfonso XII at, 42

Sargood, Sir Frederick, appointed Minister of Defence, Victoria, 175, 187, 197, 204

Saville, Mr., 166

Scotland, author's first journey to, 20-22; Catholic disabilities in, 11, 13

Scratchley, General Sir Peter, author and, 111, 131, 159

Seth Ferry, 166

Shearers, strike of, 211, 212

Simmons, General Sir Linton, author and, 31, 39

Smith, Mr. Barr, 166, 167; South African War and, 235

Smith, Mrs. Barr, 185

Smith, Sir Charles Holled, 270

Soudan Campaign, Australian troops in, 188, 189

South Africa, author in, as Special Service Officer, 232 et seq.

South African War, Australia and, 232 et seq.

South Australia, author and police of, 134-145; author appointed Commandant of, 118, 143, 208, 209, 263; author appointed Staff Instructor to Artillery Force of, 142, 143; author as Acting-Commandant in, 198, 207; author's work as Staff Instructor in, 151 et seq.; Cadet System in, 215; Defence System of, 155, 159; development of, 151, 152, 157; guns for, 202; Re-organization Bill of, 217; Volunteer Force, establishment of, 156

Spain, Alfonso proclaimed king, 35, 44; elections in, 16, 17; Republican Government of, 30; Wardhouse Gordons and, 3, 12, 13

Staff Instructor of Artillery, author's work as, in South Australia, 151 et seq.

Stewart Island, 89

Stewart, Nellie, as "Sweet Nell," 130

Stewart Sisters, the, 130

Stuart, Colonel, 231

Sulphur at White Island, 94

Sulphur Islands, 94

Surrey takes Australian troops to South Africa, 236, 238, 258

Swinley, Major, 105, 106

Sydney, American Fleet at, 302 et seq.; Australian Defence Conference at, 215; first aeroplane at, 300; great maritime strike in, 209 et seq.; Great Review at, 304; Imperial Naval Base, 177; Union Club, author at, 288, 289; welcome to Lord Hopetoun at, 264

Talbot, Edmund, in South Africa, 249

Tasmania, author offered post in, 105; Kitchener in, 253

Tauranga, author's life at, 104; author meets old friend at, 95, 96; author stationed at, 91, 92; compensation court at, 98, 99

Taylor, Alderman Allan, 281

Terraces, The, eruptions at, 91; (Ohinemutu), 94, 104

Thames goldfield, 92, 105

Theatre Royal, Adelaide, 136

"The Breaker" (Jack Morant), 237

The Call, 288

The Jacobite, 185, 186

The School for Scandal, author engaged as Careless in, 125, 126

The Woman in White, 124, 126

Thompson, Joe, 168

Torrens Park, 167; private theatricals at, 185, 186

Turf Tissue, 113-118

Turn Him Out, author takes leading part in, 130

Union Club, Sydney, 288, 289

Universal Service system of Australia, 214, 282; author and Melbourne Press and, 281, 287, 288; author's scheme for, 283-287; consolidation of, 309; General Ian Hamilton on, 312; increased cost of, 290; introduction of, 215; Lord Kitchener and, 290 et seq.; police report on effect of, 299, 300

Vaal River, crossing of, 250

Valetta, 200, 201

Victoria, 223

Victoria, author as commandant of, 271, 273 et seq.; defence scheme for, 175, 187; goldfields of, 213; naval units of, 177; volunteers for Maori War from, 188

Waipa, author's voyage to New Zealand on, 87, 165, 200

Wairoa River, 104

Walker, General Forestier, 238, 241

Wallaroo, copper mines of, 157

Wallington, Captain (Sir Edward), as private secretary to Lord Hopetoun, 270

Ward, Colonel, in South Africa, 247, 248, 249

Wardhouse, author at, 201; Gordons of, 2, 3, 4

Weld, Sir Frederick, 105, 106, 111, 112

Wellington, 90; author at, 106

Werribee House, 128

Western Australia, and permanent artillery force, 209

Wharfmen's union, strike of, 209-211

White, Captain, 308, 309

White Island, 93, 94, 95; sulphur at, 94

Williams, Major, 156

Wilson, Major, 308

Wireless station, selecting site for, 310, 311

Wolseley, Lord, and army manoeuvres, 227; and New South Wales troops, 191

Woodcock Hill, Limerick, robbery at chapel at, 71, 72

Woodford, Colonel John, and wife of Laird of Wardhouse, 4

Woolwich Academy, author at, 30, 31; author coached for, 27; author leaves, 40; author's return to, from Spain, 37, 38; author successful candidate for, 28, 29; Prince Imperial at, 40, 42

Woolwich, author joins Royal Artillery at, 42; Garrison Theatre, author in performances at, 63; R.A. headquarters mess at, 62

York, Duke and Duchess of, at Adelaide, 267; at Melbourne, 266; at opening of Commonwealth Parliament, 266; author and, 267

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