London Society Volume 6

London Society Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...what the call meant, but was soon relieved by our servant, an old gunner (who took care of sixteen of us), announcing that 'Reveille had sounded, and that it was time to get up. Melville quickly disappeared down stairs, with a towel, followed by the others, to take advantage of the capital baths with which we were provided. Such a rummaging of Joebags, and stretching out of crumpled uniforms! such brushing and cleaning! and shortly three smart soldiers were ready for parade; we had just finished our toilet, when another trumpet blast resounded through the building--' warning' they called it--and the voice of the corporal on duty came up from the bottom of the stairs, ' Turn out, turn out.' What a hurry scurry at the last moment!' Where's my stock?' from one. 'There's a button off my glove, ' says a second. 'Whore's my cap?' from a third; and we all bustled pell-mell down stairs just in time, as the clock struck seven, to fall in. The last-joined, being in plain clothes, remained in rear; and as soon as the corporal had inspected us, to see that our clothes were clean, and properly put on, we were marched off to join the other divisions in the quadrangle opposite the dining hall. Here the officer came and threw us into line, we poor raw recruits, crowding in a heap in rear of the others, and after opening the ranks, looking carefully at each one, sent us piecemeal into the hall for breakfast. He was very sharp and strict, and kept us in capital order. There was no moving or talking when he was on parade, he would be sure to catch us and give us drill. The hall presented a very imposing appearance, surrounded by banners, mottoes, men in armour, and swords of bygone governors. Our accoutrements and rifles lined the sides, giving it a martial...
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  • Paperback | 348 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 621g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236495845
  • 9781236495846