Southern Literary Messenger Volume 10

Southern Literary Messenger Volume 10

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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. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...were on tours through the country, but no sooner was that order out. which changed these travelling allowances from an emolument into a slight burden, than the necessity which had existed for their superintendence of this scientific duty ceased, and they suddenly winged their way to Washington, --since which, they hate not been heard of; yet our gnus have not ceased lo be mounted and dismounted. Now, that the original allowances for transportation are restored at the instance and by the intercession of the Staff Departments in Washington, we may expect soon to hear of other missions connected with this important service. Some officers of the Staff have made large sums by these travelling emoluments, and I suppose the Ordnance Department could see no reasons for not dividing the spoils, especially as they are the victors, having not only declared but maintained their independence of the Commanding General of the Army. Upon what just and equitable principle these scientific (!) gentlemen were placed on an equality with cavalry officers as to pay and allowances has never yet been explained; nor has the country ever learned the necessity which existed for furnishing each of these officers at government expense with forage for one, two, three, four, or five horses, according to his rank, when the duties which they have to perform confine them entirely to the limits of their offices and workshops. It w n0 doubt very convenient and a great pleasure to these gentlemen of the " bomb-shell" to be able to call for their horse, or their buggy for the purpose of taking a ride around their pleasure grounds, or visiting the cities in their vicinity, but why should the government be saddled with the expense! The true state of the case is, that two...
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  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 38mm | 1,320g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236528840
  • 9781236528841