was the question, which received deeper and tenderer consideration here in one evening than Darwin
has ever given it in the same time.
Then, there was the overcoat and the woollen blanket which should be left?
Perhaps he finally decided to try taking both along for a while.
He will leave the dress-coat and wear the blouse.
He has two changes of flannels.
He will throw away those he has on, don a clean set and take a change with him. These flannels, by the way, if they were what he drew from the government stores, were often as rough to the skin as coarse sand-paper
, which they somewhat resembled in color.
From the head of his bunk he takes a collection of old letters which have accumulated during the winter.
These he looks over one by one and commits to the flames with a sigh.
Many of them are letters from home; some are from acquaintances.
Possibly he read the Waverly Magazine
, and may have carried on a correspondence with one or more of the many young women who advertised in it for a “soldier correspondent, who must not be over twenty,” with all the virtues namable.
There was no man in my company — from old Graylocks, of nearly sixty, down to the callow “chicken” of seventeen--but; what felt qualified to fill such a bill, “just for the fun of it, you know.”
The young woman was generally “eighteen, of prepossessing appearance, good education, and would exchange photographs if desired.”
An occasional letter from such a quarter would provoke a smile as the soldier glanced at its source and contents before committing it to the yawn of his army fireplace.
This rather unpleasant task completed, he continues his researches and work of destruction.
He tucks his little collection of photographs, which perhaps he has encased in rubber or leather, into an inside pocket, and disposes other small keepsakes about his person.
If he intends to take his effects in a knapsack, he will at the start have put by more to carry than if he simply takes his blankets (rubber and woollen) rolled and slung over his shoulder.
Late in the war this latter was the