75 The Image of War ; or, Service on the Chin Hills.
These and many other details of camp life keep us all engaged for some time. The Political Officer is busy receiving deputations of Chins ; and then, the safety
and cleanliness of the camp being duly provided for, we
gradually settle down. ^^^ The coolies come
trooping in an hour or so later brought
up by the rear- , * guard. The wood is gather- ^fPF^'^N'ed and the
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camp-fires are lighted, and
servants bring tea or cocoa, circumstances, are comforting.
presently our us hot cups of which, under the indeed grateful and
on the march : sick officer resting.
The Rear-guard has a Bad Time of it.
On a few occasions when the marches were long and the paths very bad, and there were many weary hills to climb and water was scarce, the rear-guard and coolies did not reach camp till long past midnight. Some of the dhoolie-bearers would fall down the khud in the dark, or some of the coolies would get lost and would be brought in days after by friendly Chins, or a few sepoys would miss the
way in the darkness and fall asleep in the jungle. Relief parties with lighted pine-wood torches would have to be sent out to light the belated ones into camp. On such occasions the officer commanding the rear-guard had a very unpleasant time of it. Indeed, after the first
the field hospital : the medical officer's visit.the field hospital : the medical officer's visit.