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	Weston and Farnsworth.

[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
  The officers give a very good account of their
men, representing them as well-behaved, sober and
intent on their military exercises, though impatient
for the time when the Home Defence Committee
shall have redeemed its promises of supplying them
with the clothing, arms and accoutrements of
soldiers.  They have been in camp three weeks,
and it is asserted that not a single case of deser-
tion has yet occurred.  They bathe as often as is
practicable in the river, drill both in  and out of
doors, with commendable attention, and consider
themselves the worst-used regiment mustered in
the United States service.  Two drummers (gene-
rally barefoot) are attached to each company.
           THE ORDER OF THE DAY.
  Reveille at 4 � A. M., when the companies form
on their parades.  At its conclusion the first ser-
geants, under the direction of one of the commis-
sioned officers, calls the roll.  Fatigue call, ten min-
utes after reveille, when the guard of the day pre-
vious becomes police party for the next twenty-four
house, under the direction of the officers and non-
commissioned officers of the old guard.  As soon 
as the police party is formed, the officers of the day
of the old guard report to the commanding offi-
cer for orders.
  Company drills from 5 � to 6 � A. M., succeeded
by breakfast, when the companies form on parade

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and are marched to the mess-house by the non-
commissioned officers.
  Fatigue call at 8 o�clock, a similar routine being
pursued by fatigue party.
  Surgeon�s call at 9.  The first sergeants of com-
panies conduct the sick, with a list of the same, to
the surgeon for examination.
  Orderly�s call at 9 �, when the details for guard
of each company go on parade, and are inspected
by the first sergeants under the direction of an
  Second call for troop at 10.  The first sergeant
marches his detail to the general parade, and re-
ports to the serfeant-major.  Guard mount.
  Company drill from 10 � to 11 �.
  Dinner at 12.   
  Battalion drill from 4 to 6 P. M., immediately after
which the troops are marched to supper.
  Tattoo at 9, when the companies form and the
roll is called, as usual, by the first sergeant under
the direction of an officer.  At 9 � taps, when all
lights are extinguished.
  Nearly if not all of these gentlement have seen
active service in Mexico, the majority in the United
States army.  One of them, Major Potter, honor-
ably distinguished himself in the campaign, and
when lying wounded was presented with a sword
by Cassius M. Clay.

[Gunn�s diary continued]
companying us.    He recognized me on my
first appearance, and afforded another instance
of Boweryem�s communicativeness, beginning in-
stantly to talk of my Charleston expedition �for
the �Post.��    Picton is appointed pay-master
to this regiment, at present a sinecure office.
He wasn�t present to-day, however.   I recog-
nized in the Lieutenant-Colonel Farnsworth,
once of the Albany and subsequently New York
Knickerbocker, a weekly of some claims to position.
He has been in Mexico and was one of the fili-
busterish crowd that used to rendezvous at Mat-
aran�s.          We returned after witnessing pa-               
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