Multiplicity of officers.
It is intimated that President Davis
has expressed the opinion that all the clerks in the various Departments of Government, over 18 and under 36 years of age, are liable, with the residue of their follow-citizens, to military duty, by the provisions of the Conscription act recently passed by Congress.
If the President
has so determined, no doubt a knowledge of the fact that a number of the young gentlemen were more fitted to shine in a military than civil capacity, had a good deal to do in enabling him to reach the conclusion arrived at, ‘ "Medicos,"’ under date of April 28th, in a note treating of the evil of officers drawing pay for laboriously doing nothing, asks leave "to call the attention of the authorities to the fact that at Chimborazo Hospital there are a Barracks Master and Assistant, each drawing his respective salary for the laborious occupation of doing nothing.
When the buildings which were first erected, they were intended for barracks, and a Barracks Master was appointed to take care of them; now these houses are all filled with sick, and their care, as well as that of the sick, come under the supervision of the surgeons.
Then, why is a Barracks Master paid to employ an assistant to help him in the tremendous and laborious business of doing and growing fat on Government pay.