A Sham fight becomes earnest.--Encouraged by the war, one Sergeant J. W. Ambler
has been teaching broadsword and bayonet exercise to the young men of Biddeford, Me.
, and on a recent evening, gave a public exhibition, at which it was announced there would be a “sham fight” between the Federals
and the rebels, the latter to fall at a proper moment.
But the “rebels” had determined not to die so easily, but instead thereof to drive the “Union men” from the stage; and they had nearly done it when the gallant sergeant grasped his trusty sword and the work became no joke.
He slashed right and left, regardless of heads or points, and turned the scale of battle.
As a result there were seven men who needed surgical attendance.
The audience were too much interested to have “our side” win to scruple about bruised heads.
Indeed, intense excitement prevailed; and the audience were all on their feet, cheering the sergeant on. One man has been in bed ever since, and the sergeant was not able to drill for several days.--Portsmouth