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LORD ROBERTS COMING.
His Admiration of Grant?Some of His Characteristic Traits. London. August 5. i^ord Rohorts. when he visits \meriea In the eours-?- of a few week* is not likely to carry ale medals and decorations with him. When he appears .it St. Jnme.s's Palace for one of the King's levees his history and honors are written p;,l.ir. across his breast. There is the Victoria Droca, with its < rimson ribbon?one of the ?urii? st of his distinctions, won for an act of bravery when be was an officer of engineers, r.e is as proud of it as Prince Bismarck used to r? of i simple medal gained for saving life; and 1 ? has reason to be, for only one other general t :' the first rank. Sir George White, has the Victoria Croas and can claim companionship with the select company of modest life saving h?-!?? s in the British army. There is also a fui: row of medals, some of them dulled with a>.p, but ;il] eloquent of services and campaigns. There is the Mutiny medal, won while he was a '".eut Hunt In the artillery, with clasps for Delhi a id the relief and siege of Lucknow. The Indian Frontier initial is a trophy of arduous and brill? iant ?service at Pmbeyla, Lushai and Burma. Th* Abyaaintan medal flashes the story of the ii rig. heroic march to the mountains and his para labora as one of the most indefatigable staff omet rs. The Afghan War medal is a symbol of his rise in rank to major general in a most Hazardous campaign, and the Kabul-Kandahar broitae star is resplendent with the lustre of his gr.r. ;.-st feats of arms. Below and around the i; ? ..rs are the decorations with which his ser? vi? s to his country have been rewarded by two m.\; n igna: The Order of St. Patrick, the Grand Cross of the Bath, the Star of India. Knight Grand Commander of the Indian Empire, the precious (.arter and the Order of Merit The baton of Field Marshal, which he carries to a Indicates his -ank in the army after ho ha i held supreme command in India, Ireland, South Africa ar.d Pall MalL Yet the record is HON. E. ROBERTS. Daughter of the Earl. I- . mpteta with all these trophies and decora fur he has received honorary degrees from IA universities and as many as fourteen cities l::. i '..roughs have conferred upon him their i i- ht st civic honors. .11 these decorations and honors Lord Roberts v ? s with the simplicity of a great man. When? ever I have met him I have been impressed with ) : resemblance, not in appearance, but in char ai . rlstlc traits, to General GranL He is quiet, i:i slentatioua, reserved in speech, tolerant in j.. Igmi nt and sweet natured. Short In stature .-:: 1 without commanding presence, he stands so and has so much natural dignity that he :. ma a foot taller than he really is, and hardly ii: tifies Mr. Kipliny's jingling description of His ey< s are keen and his bearing is self ?? . . ?<-d and alert and his face* is kindly and rtfl ? is th.- goodness <'f his heart. Easily aa ??- ?!. he sets every visitor at ease by talk t!i?;- most unaffected way. ?"ontroversy ikes, and invariably shrugs his shoulders ? ?*er voices an raised and there ta a menace ? 1 argument. For a Ions time he was the leader of what v.;.s known as the Indian ..f fighting generala, and he was falsely n ; re*< t?d to 1??- a jealous rival of I..ord Weise? nd the Aahantee "gang," and a scornful of Butler and the Aldeishot set. While ! had his own idea? ?>f military policy, he never took pains t.. emphasize them, and was in ?.;;...il- of either envs ur resentment. Veteran?; who had s rved under him knea bis valu.- and aere ?jometiir.es injudicious partisans; but be l.iri-si :?" was neither aggressive nor pushful, and never Beented t?. have any grievances. He v..is ?annoyed when Mr. Kipling's poem aeemed to reflect upon Lord Woiseley, and insisted upon it.^ supi r ??-?:<.!.; avid he has never encouraged compariaons between himself and other gen? rials in the army. The most v> rsatile and at - romplished British ??oldier ?since ?he gnat Duke of Wellington, ).? is a man <>f peace in . .u.ip ami ::i private life, without jeaiouav an?; without a passion Car tout rev. rsy and reads Like Gan aral c'rant. he has nohiiitj of oaturc and se LORD ROBERTS WEARING HIS MANY DECORATIONS. renlty of inlnd, and underneath these Is the guileless heart of a child. Since I have suggested the comparison with General Grant, I may add that at my first meet? ing with Lord Roberts the name of the American soldier was mentioned. He took fire at once, and expressed in no uncertain tones his own admira? tion for General Grant. He remarked that owing to his profession as a solder he had tuk' n in his younger days the keenest interest in the American Civil War and had followed the events year by year and devoted much time to the literature of the subject. General Grant's per? sonality had always Impressed him most power? fully as one of the great masters of war. Lord Wolseley was known to have a better opinion of General Lee than of General Grant, and I vent? ured to say as much; but Lord Roberts was not to be drawn into controversy. "They were both great soldiers and deserved the highest praise,"* he said quietly; "but General Grant had the genius required for saving the Union, and ought not to be placed aecond to any modern com? mand? r." My memory of the phrasing may be treacherous after the lapse of several years, but I have lepi-duced the spirit of Lord Roberts's tribute to the American soldier. General Grant had been what Lord Hol.? rtl hims'lf was in Inrlia and Afghanistan -a hard fight?r. with a dogg? d way of keeping at it and culling up the reserves until the victory was won. The Indian school laid more stress upon continuous fighting than upon military ta. ti?s and science, and pro? fessed to be more indifferent la life than the Aldershot si hool of strategy. Yet L?>rd Roberts himself shuddered in th?> high veldt of South Africa when he heard of Lord Kitchener's im? pulsive and costly attack upon the 1!?,?ts in their LORD ROEERTS ON HIS FAVORITE WHITE WARHORSE, retreat from Kimberiey. It was tha *n ' method of striking quickly atad daaBns a terrible, blow; bat Ute master of the school recoiled from it and ordered the Boer laager to be approached gradually and closely invested. Lord Roberts had the heartiest admira Lord Kitchener, and turned to bim in the sad? dest hours of his .if?!?not for sympathy in his grief, but for co-operation in enabling him to forget himself in his new work. An officer accompanied the two generals to South A_ when, after the disastrous battles of < '<??? and Magg? rsfontein, rhey had an empir? between them, has given me a pad! of the veteran's voyage to th?-- ''ape. He had lost his only son at ?'olenso, anil was n.aking a great effort to control his feelings ami to throw himself Into the campaign. A bad would rise early, and after taking roll would pace the de? k in si! from time to time, .to gaze vacantly ?Ml Then shaking himself together, with i efTort. he would call for Kitchener two* would make their way to the cabin, which was the CM-toME-d voyage, and there the two M_a*vaJ remain closeted with ih'ir mat randa until dinner time. It was in cabin that the great turning nu was to relieve Kimberley, expose Bio? and Pretoria to -apture and trans?, r. fortunes of war was planned uy th hearted father and the best organizer service. After dinner work ? for tho night But Lord Hoh_.il main??l long on deck. He s? that his presence would have a. deprc fect on others, and that it was only Mad Heve them as soon as possible. One eff< Roberts has always produe??l upon Mi panions. There is nev r any i r scene talk when he is about. He is a : religious man, who says nothing about I but a? ts it out wh> rever he is and I to do the .same. Lord Roberts has an Trishi: and dogs; but he has ?e-l toa ?MB] vot?; much time to hc,us..;i')l'i p<-*?-. -: - votediy attached to the fine while HON. A. ROBERTS. Daughter of the Earl. charger which he rode in Afghanist.. brought back with him to England. Victoria saw this horse and admired it M that she said th?-re must b? a medal for . with her own hands she clasp? d one about its neck. Lord Koto Ft! th?.>ugiit more of 0 tention to his white hors.- than of nr.y de? worn by himself. When h?- headed the : sion at Queen Victoria's last jul- !?? thi* famous horse, and the medal w spectator <->>uld see it. The horse was fuily eX'-r. i.-ed and fed, but not long of old ag*?. Lord Roberts's London I - Portland Place, wh-'-re be lives In a targ of the conveiitiom? type __a.l\ :. Is so delicate and uncertain that she is i to accompany hi'.n to America, but daughters may go with him. L?ird Rol he has held the highest poM Army, was not a rich man w came to him after his r? turn fr For the third time he r? Parliament for his militar;. _ graal of ?l?JO.<j?x> with th.? | I N W. m THE ILLOGICAL S Alton B. Parker, at a i characterized as illogical prominent financiers. "These men remind ? ors who were found, one d. I at a before a caf?. "One sailor had ai reading it aloud, while at the ?MM other sailor held his ha: ears. "It made an odd RtctaN their mild drink, one r ?. holding his ears while he d-d "The friendly waiter, taapetled by aa ble curiosity, paused before th.- ta: " 'Why,' he asked, do you hold j over your frien?l's ears while h? 1er out loud to you." "'Because," was the dignified ? 1er is from my swe.th.axt. Jack is read to me b-cause I can't road in.-self Tha: rig?t. but I dea't ?aal Lul lo t.cajr _? w. vkU-n _a ??^lUt?__? ?