2 DECEMBER 1899, Page 19

The Times published on Thursday a noteworthy special article on

the arrangements for feeding the army in Africa, which will at least enable its readers to understand why war costs so much. Everything is forwarded from Europe, even, hay, and the scale may be imagined when we record that the supply of tinned meat for four months is 12,000,000 lb., of biscuit the same quantity, of coffee 400,000 lb., of tea 200.000 lb., of vegetables and meat cooked together 2,000,000 lb., and of condensed milk 360,000 tins. We fancy that conscript armies move on simpler diet, but Tommy Atkins is a volunteer, and his tastes must be consulted.