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Text for Page 212 [06-01-1861]

	Hawkins�s Zouaves
ternoon.     Phillips full of talk about camp-
life       Boweryem up for an hour before his ar-
rival.       Quoth he to me, in perfect earnest:
�Which do you think most expressive of my dis-
position, my poems or melodies?� !!!
  2.  Sunday.   To Robinson street pier by 9,
intending to visit Sandy Hook, to see M�Chesney�s
Zouaves, to do an article thereon for the �Post�;
but the boat had broken down.    Met Morris and
the brother of his brother-in-law, a Mr Byrne, a
middle-aged man, once an actor.     They had in-
tended a similar trip to that which I couldn�t
effect.    At my suggestion, to Peck Slip and up
the East River to Riker�s island, occupied by
Col. Hawkins� Zouaves.   Much of what we saw
is embodied in the following:

[newspaper clipping: first column]
        The Zouave Soldier�s Daily Routine.
               FITTING HIM FOR WAR.
  Americans have not in general arrogated to them-
selves the reputation of an essentially military
people.  It has been a national boat, and an honor-
able one, that we had scarcely any standing army,
or need of it; that we could protect ourselves and
our rights without resorting to the established or-
ganization of �Yahoos, hired to kill as many of
their species in cold blood as is possible,� as Cap-
tain Lemuel Gulliver defines soldiers.  Yet the pro-
fession has always ranked high in our regards.  We
have chosen a good many Presidents from it, and
no more popular character has ever existed in the 
United States than that of a successful military

[newspaper clipping: second column]
hero.  Only in France, where the sword takes first
rank, is this feeling exceeded.  In England, up to
the Crimean war (a really popular one), the army
was universally considered more of an appanage to
royalty than as part of the people.  Its bayonets
had been turned against them within the memory
of the present generation.
  With us it is difficult, our soldiers are with
and of us.  And in the present historical epoch
(the magnificent phenomenon of which has never
been paralleled except by France during the first
revolution, when the announcement of �the coun-
try is in danger� stimulated her starving and shoe-
less soldiery to hurl back the combined armies of
Europe,) it is noteworthy how rapidly the Ameri-
can citizen transforms himself into the United
States soldier.  Patriotism and aptitude seem to
go hand in hand.
  Observe, for instance, the Zouave feature of the
present war, unquestionably destined to be a very               
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