Camp life in Texas--a Queer case of cholera.
A correspondent writing from the regimental rendezvous, in Dallas county, Texas
, gives the following spicy account of camp life and "a case of cholera:"
We are very pleasantly situated, all things considered; yet water is not as convenient as it might be, though we are surrounded with a great abundance of the thirst-quenching fluid.
We are enjoying ourselves magnificently.
We are a jolly set of philosophers — laughing and growing fat, in order that we may be the better enabled to meet the enemies of our country.
I am one of the Mantua company, and a merrier lot of men can't be scared up anywhere beneath the starry canopy.
We like practical jokes, and although yesterday was Sunday, one poor fellow was used up most terribly.
It was merely a last of spunk and patriotism too good to be lost, however.
The incident was amusing as you may judge for yourself.
Upon, the representation of one of the company yesterday, morning, a young man came into camp, in order to get into our company.
He searched throughout the encampment for he mad that was represented to him to resign, and give to him that would to be his place a complete outfit for the war. After long search the man was found, and the preliminaries bring settled, the youngster agreed his place and give him a chance of home and taking care of his wife, who was taken suddenly ill. About this time one of the company pretended to be taken suddenly with the cholera, or some other equally fatal disease.
the doctor was up and the joke being generally understood, the behind him. The puraners kept just close enough to keep his fears from subsiding too rapidly.
The last we saw of him was on a distant ridge some two miles away.
He was looking straight ahead and kicking his horse at a rate that would eject all the wind from his lungs, are he got a safe distance from that dreadful camp, where raged that terrible scourge, the cholera. --in a horn.
The most horrible reports will doubtless pervade the country.
I am certain of one thing — that youngster will be apt in future to give military camp a wide berth.