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Always late !" And then each mess sat round its own fire and discussed its own dinner. Our fires were adjacent to one another, so that, as the meal wrent on, we were able to talk across to each other and criticise each other's menus for the dav,
something after this fashion:a"We have got an excellent stew to-day. What have you got, No. i?" " Oh ! our omelette is simply beautiful. We have never tasted a better in all our lives before ! " would reply No. i. " But we have such a beauty of a custard. Your chef could not make one like it, if he tried all his life ! " would chime in No. 3 mess.
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No.4. "We that will beat could pro-s o amidst pleasant dinner - hour away merrily, one mess in-across to din-i nvi t a t ion you had to own food and you came!
Then, when you called on the other messes, say, to leave your card, you were asked to have a peg, but you had to provide it yourself !
CUe are a H^ppy Family.
Throughout the whole period we were a happy family. Each one contributed, as far as in him lay, to the general enjoyment. And the happy spirit and thorough fellow-feeling that always prevailed caused all difficulties to vanish.
The Story of the Free Drink.
Before concluding these camp reminiscences, we cannot refrain from quoting a story of how a thirsty young officer got an extra free drink. We had all comeBefore concluding these camp reminiscences, we cannot refrain from quoting a story of how a thirsty young officer got an extra free drink. We had all come