18 MARCH 1899, Page 15


[To TIE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—May I re-echo the wish for a regiment of Irish Guards (Spectator, March 11th) ? It was only in 1800 that the Roman Catholic Irish were allowed to enlist, and what they have done for the Empire since only students of military history can tell. In Sir William Butler's stirring words :—" Room for the hunted peasant. The room left for him was in the front line of fight, and eagerly he stepped up into the vacant place. Here at last he was at home From the terrible breach of Badajoz, and along the hillside of Fuentes d'Onoro, his wild cheer rang out above the roar of cannon in joyous token of his Celtic birthright found even in death." Could not the famous 88th Connaught Rangers (whose sig- nificant motto is Quis separabit ?) carry their green facings into the special service of the Queen of England and their elephant badge into that of the Empress of India P—I am, Sir, &c.,

Eversley, Wimborne Road, Poole. W. K. GILL.