Monk, always circumspect, stopped where he was, and placed his general quarters at Coldstream, on the Tweed.
As to Monk, if he had had to reflect, or if he did reflect, it must have been after a sad fashion, for history relates -- and that modest dame, it is well known, never lies -- history relates, that the day of his arrival at Coldstream search was made in vain throughout the place for a single sheep.
The Scotch, their distribution of barley being made, cared very little whether there was or was not any meat in Coldstream. Monk, little accustomed to barley-cakes, was hungry, and his staff, at least as hungry as himself, looked with anxiety right and left, to know what was being prepared for supper.
Monk ordered search to be made; his scouts had on arriving in the place found it deserted and the cupboards empty; upon butchers and bakers it was of no use depending in Coldstream. The smallest morsel of bread, then, could not be found for the general's table.
The next day it came out in the evening papers that Private Miles, of the Coldstream
Guards, on duty outside Marlborough House, had deserted his post without leave, and was therefore courtmartialed.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed that Mathew Talbot, pictured, of The 1st Battalion Coldstream
Guards, died in Malawi on Sunday.