26 MARCH 1910, Page 16


[To TEN EDITOZ Or THE "SPECTATOR...1 SIB,—The two following letters addressed to Colonel Pollock, and relating the histories of two members of the Spectator Experimental Company, will be of interest to your readers.—

I am, Sir, &c., X.

"Dm Sts,—It is some months ago since I received your most welcome answer to the letter I wrote to you. I was then stationed I believe in 5—. You said 'a letter from time to time from me or any one of the old Spectator Company would be welcomed.' I am now taking advantage of this privilege once more. I trust, Sir, you are still in good health. I have often looked in the Regiment of late for some of your interesting articles, but 'tis some time now S]100 I last saw your name in the columns, and I have wondered where you are, how you axe, and how all the men who spent that happy and healthy six months at Hounslow are doing. I suppose they are by now scattered over the globe in different callings, some in civil, but undoubtedly the majority are in the Service somewhere or other. I am pleased to say, Sir, I am very well indeed. I am now a Lance-Corporal, and still like soldiering as much as ever. I left England nearly two years ago now. I was at Lucknow for about a year, we then shifted on to here. 3.1uttru is not such a bad place, that is of course for a man who isn't home- sick and one who gets out and about. There is plenty of game here, and shooting is one of the chief sports of the men who don't attend every issue of the Canteen. We have some fine days here with the guns ; one only needs to go about three miles from the Cantonment and there is any amount of buck, besides other game. I am pleased to say, Sir, I have had good health since I have been in the country. The only time I was in Hospital was for seven days with a touch of fever. I am pleased to say J— (who is also a Lance-Corporal) and C— are also well, and join me in wishing you health and prosperity. There is one thing I should like to ask you, Sir, and that is if you have the address of a man who was in the Company by the name of A—. He was my bed- chum, and I have often thought I'd like to drop a line to him to hear how he is ; perhaps you have his address.—Well, dear Sir, I conclude, wishing to remain yours obediently,

X. (Lance-Corporal)."