--One of the ridiculous mishaps which will sometimes befall soldiers, befell a whole file of the snugly attired military of New Orleans on the day of the Twiggs reception.
They were drawn up along the street in front of a building in course of construction, and close in their rear was a long mortar bed, two feet deep, with that plastic composition, ready for the workmen.
The space between the files for the passage of the carriages being rather narrow, the officer ordered his men to take a step back.
They did so, and about twenty feet of "sogers" instantaneously disappeared from sight backwards, the front file, in close order, preventing the rear rank from recovering themselves when their heels stumbled against the mortar bed. They were submerged, and every soldier of them had his uniform spoiled.
They took cabs, and absquatulated instanter.