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A soldier's life in China.

-- A French officer with the army in China thus describes, in a letter dated at Tien-tsin, his mode of life in that country :-- At six o'clock a comrade comes to dine with me. What a feast we have! On a roasted pheasant stuffed with truffies, and mince-meat made with the flesh of a ben pheasant ! This is a new idea, and not a bad one, either. The truffies, it is true, were a present. Have I told you of the resources of this country in fish, game, and poultry ! My company of voltigeurs having resolved to give themselves a treat, bought twenty-eight hares for eleven frames; quails cost six centimes each, (a little more than a sou,) and pullets from five to six sous each. -- Never was an army better fed, lodged, or paid than ours is ! For four sous a day our men can live on poultry and pig's feet ! I look with wonder and delight on the Pantagruelic repasts made every day by our soldiers. As to military danger there is now none whatever, as the Chinese adore us ! Our piastres, with which they see we are amply provided, area guaranty that they will keep us from returning to France as long as possible. Tientsin, too, is well fortified, and as our force amounts to 3,000 French and 4,000 English, we are well able to defend ourselves."

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