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Text for Page 133 [03-12-1863]

              New England men, the average
of physique and figure isn�t very
high; in their shapeless blue over-
coats and capes they look forlorn enough
though some smoke and chat and
even sing, happy at their release
from the debilitations of a Southern
climate.     There are, as cabin
passengers, a certain number of of-
ficers � colonels, captains, majors
and the like, and some doctors � 
mostly returning on sick-leave, some
with but little claim to it.    �Its al-
ways so,� says my friend, the shrewd
little purser, �before a fight.�   With
a very few exceptions they seem as
ordinary, cheaply-constituted a lot
as you would desire to let alone.    I
like the Harriet Lane fellows and
consort a little with them, though they
profess to �hate niggers� like true
Americans.     They are Paymaster,
Assist Surgeon, Master�s Mate and               
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