on its consideration. the total armed forces reach the enormous amount of nearly four millions drawn from a population of only thirty-two millions—figures before which the celebrated uprising of the French Nation in 1793, or the recent efforts of France and Germany in the war of 1870-1871 sink into insignificance.
I have thought, my comrades, that instead of taking for the subject of our recollections on this occasion of our annual reunion, any of the great achievements in battle of the fameer fire department, many of the latter belonging to Company G.
There were also veterans who had served in the British army in the Crimea and elsewhere; Italians who had fought under Garibaldi; Frenchmen who had served in the armies of la belle France; Teutons from the Prussian army, and some of the fighting sons of Ireland, ever ready for the fray; others who had fought in the Mexican war, and exregulars of the United States.
After the first warlike impulse of the North was exhausted, the