The purchase of Horses.
--From the Lafayette
of Jan. 18, we copy the following:
How Army Horses are Bought in France.
--Horses are purchased at from four to six years of age, and must be of French origin.
The animal is brought to the commandant of the allotted depot and submitted to his inspection, without any price being named.
If the commandant finds him unsuitable, he is at once rejected; if the contrary is the case, he is brought before all the officers of the depot for a thorough examination.
Each officer then writes his estimate of the value of the animal on a slip of paper, the papers are then placed in a hat and shaken up, so that the estimate of each officer may not be known; the mean of these estimates is then taken, and the commandant offers that price for the animal.
If the owner accepts the offer, the price is paid at once; if he refuses, the horse is at once sent away, for no bargaining is allowed.
How Army Horses are Bought in the United States.
Horses are purchased at any age at which they can be put through, and of any origin.
No animal is brought to any commandant for inspection until the number of horses to be brought is allotted to the different persons who are to buy them, at a personal profit varying from $5 to $45 on each horse.
The price is fixed before any horse is permitted to be seen, at $110, $119, and $150 per horse, according to the locality and the name he is going to go under, of cavalry or artillery and must be paid.
No horse is at once rejected, unless brought forward by an irregular person.
The first owner is an irregular person.
If properly brought forward the horse is taken to an inspector, or the inspector is taken to him, and if he passes the full price is paid by the Government
, the original owner having received as much as he can get. No bargaining, as between the original owner and the Government
, is allowed.
No hat business is permitted.
Such irregularities and innovations are not countenance