Dict for the army.
The question of suitable food for the soldiers in our army is one of paramount importance, and we are gratified to learn that men of practical and scientific knowledge are bestowing upon it due attention.
In an investigation of the subject, a variety of considerations are to be studied, prominent among which are the chances of supply and the price of the material to be procured.
The subjoined views of an experienced physician present suggestions which might be beneficially adopted, combining as they do a regard for the health of the soldier, with economy of expenditure, while the abundance of corn in the country could, under no circumstances, be turned into a channel more advantageous to the producer and the consumer.
Hominy as a diet.
Winter is approaching.
Allow the writer to urge upon our officers and soldiers the use of the above invaluable article of food.
There are various reasons why our army should adopt it as diet: 1st.
Any soldier can boll it until it is thoroughly soft, when it is ready for use. The quantity will be too large to depend upon having it beaten in a wooden mortar before sending it to the army; but our mills can grind the corn and send it, which will answer in the place of that beaten, and equally as wholesome.
When well boiled by the soldier until it will mash between the thumb and forefinger, and being ready for use, it can be packed away in wooden vessels, if in the winter, enough at one boiling to last several days, taking the precaution of sprinkling a little salt over it. 3d.
The soldier, after frying his meat, (particularly middling,) will have a sufficient quantity of gravy or oil from his bacon, with which to cook his hominy, left in his skillet or frying pan. 4th.
Stir it well, and mash with a wooden paddle whilst frying it in the gravy.
It is nutritious and wholesome.
The writer has practiced medicine in the country for twenty years, and can truthfully declare that he has never known a child or an adult made sick by the use of well-boiled, well-prepared hominy.
It is easy of digestion and obviates constipation of the bowels, which is often caused by the liberal use of salt food.
With a good supply of pickles and hominy, the tendency to scurvy, from the use of salted meats, will be prevented.
Upon a breakfast of hominy, good bacon, a pickle, and a cup of coffee, the soldier can march twelve hours without hunger.
Let the farmers prepare it, and the soldier will eat it. 10th.
It will be economical and healthy, a saving of labor to the soldier, and economy to the Government