10 MARCH 1900, Page 13


(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIE,—I think it can hardly fail to interest those of your readers who have been, like myself, in the habit of thinking the natives of Malta lukewarm in their loyalty to the British Crown, to hear something of the manner in which they greeted the news of the relief of Ladysmith. At three o'clock yesterday afternoon [Thursday,March 1st], the good news reached Malta. At a quarter to four it was announced to me by the Maltese butler, who opened the door of a friend's house where I was calling. "Not at home, Mem, but the lady's-maid's relieved," he cried breathlessly, and with shining eyes. "What did you say 14" I asked, in natural confusion. "The lady's-maid in the Transvaal, Mem," he explained, and, as I rejoiced with him, I blushed for my slowness of comprehension. By five o'clock the streets were gay wilth waving bunting, and thronged with men, women, and children carrying little Union Jacks. Before seven the great square in front of the Palace was packed close with enthusiastic townsfolk. Band after band from the different town and suburban districts marched through the town with flags and torches, cheering as I thought only Britons born could cheer. Drummer-boys and midshipmen were hoisted shoulder high, and carried along the streets by rejoicing civilians, and outside the residence of every important official, whether naval, military, or civil, "God Save the Queen" was sung, and ringing cheers given.—I am,