Our sick soldiers.
--We are informed that much inconvenience and even distress are caused by the occasional failure of Captains
of companies to give their men when they leave for hospitals a descriptive list whereby not only the identity of the soldier may be established, but the period of his last payment, so that when he is discharged from the hospital, he will have no difficulty in procuring the amount to which he may be entitled.
As it is, soldiers, sent to hospitals at remote points from their regiments, often find themselves, upon their discharge, in a strange place, without friends or money and without the means of obtaining any. The lot of the private soldier is hard enough in all conacience, without entailing upon it the evils arising from neglect of duty in his superiors.
It is enough to make the heart bleed to meet the pale, wan faces which we so often encounter, of simple minded and honest hearted men, who, animated only by love of their country, have rushed to her defence without a thought or a care for pay, promotion orrenown and whose miserable monthly stipend will hardly pay for a pair of boots.
But, small as the sum is, it is too bad that even that miserable pittance is often out of the soldier's reach, at a time when he most need it, merely because the captain of his company has omitted a simple formula which can, cost him little time and trouble, and which, if it did, it is his duty to make.