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Mav 10. 1864.
On the morning of the 10th of May,
we-were moved from-our position at
Brocks Cross Roards to a position
about. 3-4 of a mile farther to the
right and near t6 Spottsylvania, with
Wofford's brigade of our division on
our right, resting on A. P. Hill's left.
A. 1. Hill's corps reached from our
left for some distance past Spottsyl
As we :came up to the place we
were to take, we had to wait for the
troops that were there to move farth
er to the right. The enemy found out
that. we were moving about, and began
to shell the pines. We were'back in
the pines behind the lines. The shells
:would .pass over the works and come
baek and burst over us, which made it
mighty unpleasant while we stayed
there. Young Franklin, one of the
litter bearers, says, he was trying to
dig himself a hole to get in, he had
just passed his shovel over to another
man and was resting when he saw a
live shell come rolling towards him,
spitting fire. He lay flat and waited
for that shell to burst until he could
stand it no longer, so he made a dive
for the hole and went in head fore
most on the man, knocking him over.
He said the fellow talked mighty sau
ey, but he had no time to argue, but
strange to say, that shell never burst
ed. As we marched up to the works,
we had to wait a little. There was a
little fellow who lost control of his
nerves (as Doe Spence says,) and he
jumped into a rifle pit full of water
and sank himself in the water. Some
of the boys called to him to eome out,
but he could stand the water better
than he could the shells. Just as we
got into position behind the works, a
shell passed through and tore off a
man's shoulder. His brother came to
rhelp him, and 'while bending over him,
another shell passed through the
works, almost at the same place, and
ut off his head, he fell on his brother
andI in a few minutes both were dead.
~'I think their name' was Wofford. This
shelling and sharp shooting was kept
up all the time through the 10th and
While here, the yanke'e~ sharpshoot
er on the night of the 10th, which
was a very dark, rainy night, with ai
strong northeast wjnd blowing, came
up 'veryV elow t o'ir pi#"et ime, an
dug rifie pits large enough for ont
man to lie inl with a box full of dirt
set up on rocks that would hold 'the
box up just high enough for them' as
they lay in the pits to poke thej
gus under. They eould see every
move we made after daylight, and ii
any man showed his head above thE
Sworks if he did not move quick woulc
cath a bullet. I was out on the vi
dette line the night they came anc
dug the pits. I. don't think it wa
more than thirty steps from where]
stood, a yankee came and dug a pi1
and next morning at day he was in i
Sready for- business. He must hav4
done his'worke at night while it wa
raining so hard, for it was so clos
I could have heard him. All the nex
day they kept us down behind thi
works soci lose' that we could not set
what was going on in front. They an
noyed our artilleries so that the:
could not work their guns. There wa
no occasion for us to expose ourselve
v'--n the 11th, as there was no tightmnl
along the line. There was a little fel
lw in the third batallion whose cnrn
oitv was so great that he had to se
hat was going on at the risk of get
ing shot. He had been ordered t
stop, as he was drawing the hire o
sharpshooters, so at last he stue
his head up and let it stay a little to
long, and one of the sharpshooter
shot him through th6 mouth. knoc
ig out some of his teeth and clippin
his tongue. He was a warning to th
balance of us. We were forced to h
still,. and naturally we would go t
ssep. I was lying near a battery c
four guns, it was about the middle c
the evening, the sun was warm an
my clothes were still wet from tl~
wetting I had gotten the night b~
fore on the picket line, and I had fa
len asleep. The artilleries could s
a body of enemy moving to our righ
they opened all the guns on them
nce. I jumped up, I thought the yai
k kes were on us, and without stoppi
to see what was going my way.
*tpped and rallied and came back
my place with everybody laughing
and guing me. There was no use
say anything, but let the boys ha'
their laugh and just humor the .l
I will tell you one more on myse
that happned that evening.
The next day was to be an acti
Sone fo A. . Hill's corps. To o
!z Court HouseI
right late in the evenin- we could see
the enemy moving to our right. Our
sharpshooters and a few of us along
the line got to shooting at them. My
old gun would not fire from the wet-.
ting it had gotten the night before, so
I took out my tube wrench and took
out the tube. All at once. such a rat
tle of muskets just to our right and it
came right up to us. This put me on
' nettles, with my gun to pieces, and the
enemy coming naturally I got frisky
and I lost my gun tube. I put on my
bayonet and sat down behind the.
works and waited, feeling all the time
like the Irishman when they gave him
a bayonet. He wanted to know what
it was for, and when told how he must
use it, said: "Faith captain, if they
don't run till I can reach them with
this thing, begorra ! I will.
FORMS OF HAZING DESCRIBED
"Sitting on Infinity," "Sunrise on
Washington, March 14.-"Sitting
on infinity' "sunrise on the farm"
and other forms 'of hazing practiced
by the cadets at Annapolis are de
scribed in the report of the sub-com
mittee of the committee on naval af
fairs, made to the whole committee
through Representative Vreeland, of
New Yok. chairman of the investi
Rear Admiral Brownson is cen
sured in the report for exacting from
I midshipmen not to engage in hazing
the boys to think the pledge was per
sonal to him and .did not hold after
Rear Admiral Sands became super
intendent at Annapolis. Lieutenant
C. P. Snyder is also censured mildly
for having countenanced hazing.
Graduated punishment for . hazing
is recommended by the sub-commit
tee, which is firmly of the opinion that
the present system of expelling all
midshipmen found guilty of hazing is
vicious. Rear Admiral Sands and
other officers now at the academy are
praised for the discipline they -are
maintaining, and the report shows
that cadet officers have been chiefly
res)onsible for hazing.
It was found that 321 members of
the upper classes have been guilty of
hazing, and on trial could be expelled.
The result would be a great and un
necessary loss to the government, in
the opinion of the committee.
IThe investigation showed there are
three forms of hazing at,Annapolis
physical hazing, running and fagging.
The physical hazing consists of fight
ing, compelling midshipmen to stand
on their heads and other much- dis
cussed means of punishmenit.
-Faggoing is the forcing of under
class men t.o do menial service for
upper class men, such as blacking
hoes and serving meals.
Running is the forcing of under
lass men to do ridiculous feats. One
of the most popular performances un
der this elassification was giving an
eact initation of "sunrise on the
farm,'' which consisted of imitating
Iroosters and other domestic fowls.
U nder the forms of physical hazing
- sitting on intinity"' was one of the
most commonly practiced at mealtime,
and was the forcing of a midshipman
Sto maintain a sitting posture after his
tchair. was withdrawn from under him.
- Acquiring Knowledge.
a 'Pa pa. what is an old saw-not
-the sa youi sa with, but the kind
this paper speaks about?"
f "What old saw does the paper
''That 's what 1 want to know. It
say., Everybody has heard the old
- Isaw, "'Never look a gift horse in the
mouth.'' ' I want t.o know where the
e saw comes in"
e " Well, there's your old saw. An
o old saw is an old proverb."
f~ 'Why shouldn 't you look a gf
f horse in the mouth?"
d "Because--because it's in bad taste
e jIt's ungrateful and all that sort ot
- "All what sort of thing?"
e"Why, to look a horse in the mouth
t, jthat has been giveni to you shows thai
it -it shows that you are not 'thinkinf
1 of the giver, but of the value of thl
T "What would anyone want to loo]
: a horse in the mouth for?i"
t " To tell how old it is."
I (After a pause.) "Papa, can yol
re tell how old a saw is by looking a
e. its teeth?"
Earthquakes are responsible fo
esome strenuous movements in rea
The EmPtY Barrel
Thce Improvement associatiou o'
Green tive Spring, a winter resort
in Florida, and a village of about
1,200 inhabitants, did such good work
at tree planting and street cleaning
that at. one time the place was known
as "The Parlor City.'' The especial
pride of the city was their .barrels of
Street refuse, which were painted in
gay colors and decorated with amus
inz rhymes. One of these is printed
The urgent appeals of these jolly
barrels were too persuasive to go un
heeded, and soon no town in Florida
could boast of such clean streets and
"'m here to stop old Boreas
From cutting up his capers,
By blowing all about our streets
Old peanut bags and papers.
"My name is Empty Barrel,
I'm hungry for a meal
Pray fill me full, kind stranger,
With trash and orange peel.
"Oh, I'm a jolly barrel
When people notice me,
So give me all pour surplus trash
And trip along with glee.
'How sorry I feel for a man
Who litters the streets with trash
With papers and orange peel,
Which form my favorite hash."
Strange Ways of Saying Goodby.
The Turk will solemnly cross his
hands upon his breast and make a
nrofound obeisance when he bids you
The genial Jap will take his slip
per off as you depart and say with a
smile: you are going to leave my de
spicable house in your honorable jour
neying-I regard thee!"
I In the Philippines the departing
benediction is bestowed in the form
of rubbing one's friend's face with
The German "Lede wohl" is not
particularly sympathetic in its sound
but it is less embarrassing than the
Hindoo's performance, who, when you
to from him, falls in the dust at your
The Fi,ji Islanders cross two redl
feathers. The natives of New Guinea
exchange chocolate. The Burmese
bend low and say "1Hib! Hib!"
The " Auf Wiedersehen " of the
Austrian is the most feeling. c x
pression of farewell.
The Cuban would consider his good
bye anjything but a cordial one unless
he was given a good cigar. The South
Sea Islanders rattle each other 's
whale teeth neeklade.
The Sioux and the Blackfoot will
at parting.dig their spears in the
earth as a sign of e.onfidence and mu
tal esteem. This is the origin of the
term "burying the tomahawk."
In the islands in the Straits of the
Sound the natives at your goin.g will
stoop down and clasp your feet..
The Russian form of parting salu
tation is brief, consisting of the simi
pe word "Prasehai," said to sound
like a sneeze. The Otaheite Islander
will twist the end of the departing
guest 's robe, and then solemnly shake
his own hands. three times.
" You '1l let me come to your wed
ding, dear, of course 9"
"Well, 1 can 't promise. My people
are so enraged at my choice that i
hardly know whether I shall he allow
ed to go myself."
lie--Do you think blonds have more
admirers than brunettes? She-i do
iot know. You might ask Miss Tur
aer. She has had experience in both
It is the fool who asks questions
but heeds not the answers.
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