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	Carousing in the Arsenal.
the average in height and commonly fine-looking
fellows.        Among the Guard was a Sergeant
Isaacs, of Jewish extraction, who assumed the
part of England of the Richland Rifles, singing
however, much better.   He first volunteered
a bacchanal military song, then in compliment
to me sang, �Here�s a health to honest John
Bull!� to which I had to respond by a brief
speech and a song, being accomodated with a
rousing chorus by the whole strength of the com-
pany.       While we ate bread-and-butter and
sausages, the irrepressible Isaacs sang again,
this time an amatory ditty, which was rendered
abortive by the chaff and tumult of the fellows
in bed.         We had an hour of this and then
a volunteer on guard came up to extinguish
the lights, and though he and the order for
it were d____d very emphatically, both were obey-
ed.      Returning, we looked in at the Pavi-
lion Hotel and heard a man who had �compo-
sed� a �national Palmetto song� perform it with
a piano accompaniment.        The tune was a
plagiarized adoption o the Star-Spangled Ban-
ner, the words commenced thus:
  �All hail to the dawn of this glorious morning!
    The Genius of Liberty lights from the skies� &c.               
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