A well-known Highland Regiment had acquired
a wide-spread and well-merited reputation during the war for exemplary
conduct both in and out of action. Among their almost legendary virtues
was included the regularity of their letters home, a subject on which
they were unmercifully chaffed by the other troops in the locality.
One night as the Scots were coming out of
the line they were met by an English regiment and the usual exchanges
"I hope you have written your
old 'mither' tonight Jock" shouted one of the Englishmen, to the
accompaniment of loud guffaws from his fellows.
"Ay, ay" returned Jock quietly "but dae
ye nivver write yirsel?"
"Sure, Jock, sure" replied the
Englishman "three times a day after meals."
"Aweill" replied Jock with a glint in
his eye " the next time ye write hame, mind an tell her ye've seen the