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Efficient Guardsmen.

--The second class militia, who are now doing guard duty around some of the prisons in this city, have been highly complimented for their efficiency in the performance of their duty. Last Monday night some skeptical individual, in his attempt to test their vigilance, came nigh losing his life. In the latter part of the night, and while every person except sentinels on duty are supposed to be asleep, this individual fired a pistol, and before the flash of his own weapon had disappeared, bang went the musket of the watchful guardsman, sending a ball which whizzed in such close proximity to his ears that during the whole of yesterday he was enthusiastic in his praise of the militia soldiers, and hesitated not to express a preference for them as permanent sentinels over the regular drilled soldiers who have been recently relieved from duty.

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