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              211
	The Mozart Regiment

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         INTERIOR OF THE BUILDING.
  Glancing at the handsome ambulances (fitted up
so neatly that one almost loses thought of their
painful associations), at the satisfactorily empty
guard-house, and at other surroundings, animate
and inanimate, we enter the interior.  This com-
prises four immense rooms, stretching from front 
to rear on the south side of the building, subdivided
into smaller ones on the north, the lower floor
being used as a mess-hall, the three upper ones
as drill-rooms and dormitories.  We will visit
these floors in brief detail.
  In the mess hall we observe six or eight exceed-
ingly lengthy tables, accommodated with benches
on either side, and at the farther end lavatory ar-
rangements.  On the left are smaller rooms, devot-
ed to the commissariat and culinary purposes, where
may be seen huge sides of beef of as good quality
as ever satisfied the eye of butcher or appetite of
gourmand; pendent hams, piles of wheaten loaves,
barrels of potatoes, boxes of tea and coffee, and
great cauldrons and cooking utensils, all presided
over by the stout ex-proprietor of a popular New
York hotel, who at present takes a special pride in
the excellence of his catership.  Up stairs the three
floors are similar in their disposition; immense
halls, with small rooms on one side, the latter de-
voted either to necessaries for the regiment or
sleeping or mess-rooms for the officers.  Among the
former may be mentioned piles of bright tin dinner
utensils, each set ingeniously contrived to include
a plate, basin, cup, knife, fork and spoon in the
smallest possible compass; mattresses for the am-
bulances, camp-stools, knapsacks, stout woolen
and india-rubber blankets and clothing in general
all of approved quality, besides
         THE ARMS OF THE REGIMENT.
  The Mozart regiment, more fortunate than others,
have already received seven hundred of the much-
coveted Enfield rifles.  These bear the date of the
present year, and are not unlike the United States
army musket in appearance, but larger, and pos-
sessing a larger and sharper bayonet.  They weigh
eleven pounds each, are sighted for eight hundred
yards, beautifully finished, with dark bronzed bar-
rels and brass mounted.  The balance completing
the supply is every day expected.  The officers
have a most formidable description of revolver, of
Springfield make�a heavy, six-shooting, self-cock-
ing one, after an English patent.  The regiment is
also supplied with two brass howitzers, each calcu-
lated to throw a half-peck of grape shot a mile�s
distance; which pieces of artillery can be taken to
pieces for conveyance on the backs of mules.  For
ammunition the regiment is provided with one

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thousand howitzer cartridges, fifty thousand ball
cartridges and two hundred thousand percussion
caps.  They wil also obtain ten baggage wagons
and six mules, in addition to the four ambulances
already spoken of: two hundred canvass tents, forty
wall tents and one marquee.
             THE ORDER OF THE DAY.
  The following comprehends each day�s routine:
At 4:45 A. M. the guards arouse the drummers, who
at five beat reveille, when the men answer roll-call,
responding each to his name to the first sergeants
in his company�s quarters.  Under the same direc-
tion the mattresses are piled and the quarters 
cleaned.  Then drill till breakfast at seven, after
which the orderlies make their morning reports and
receive orders for the day.  At nine guard mount.
At 9:30 companies drill for two hours.  At 12, din-
ner.  From noon till 2 P. M. rest and relaxation; to
be followed by drill till five, at which time the bat-
talion forms for parade and inspection in the large
room on the second floor.  Supper at six.  Tattos
at nine; when the sentinels are posted.
	        THE MEN.
  These are almost exclusively young fellows of
good physique, under the age of six and twenty, of
more than average stature, recruited from town and
country, the majority from the latter.  Their uni-
forms will resemble those of the United States army,
consisting of stout blue cloth with red facings, the
coat, trowsers and cap being of similar material.
They are sworn in upon enlistment for three years
service, or during the war, and subjected to a strict
surgical examination.  Only six of them at pre-
sent need medical attendance, receiving it in a suit-
able room at the northwest corner of the upper
story of the building, which has been set apart for
hospital purposes.
	DRILL AND EXERCISE.
  They drill according to Hardee�s tactics, both in
and out of barracks.  They play at foot and
base-ball, and in fine weather bathe in squads every
day, thereby improving their health and physical
condition, which could hardly be better.  Their 
military exercises in the grassy fields of the vicini-
ty, with the Hudson in view and the grand old Pali-
sades on the other side of its broad expanse, form
a very pleasant and picturesque spectacle.
        WHEN THEY EXPECT TO START.
  Colonel Cocks has received a notification that his
regiment will be inspected by a United States offi-
cer to-day,x when they will be immediately mus-
tered into the United States service.  He is de-
sirous, however, to devote at least another ten or
twelve days to perfecting their drill before de-
parting for the seat of war.               
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