The Orderly-Sergeant looked over his roster, and then walked down to Si’s residence.
“Klegg,” said he, “you will report for fatigue duty at Division Headquarters to-morrow at 7 o’clock with five men. You will take Shorty, Simmons, Sullivan, Tomkins and Wheeler with you.”
“Very good, sir,” said Si, saluting.205
“Si,” said his
father, with a quizzical smile, “I’ve bin wonderin’, ever since I heard that you wuz an officer, how much o’ the army you commanded. Now I see that if it wuz turned upside down you’d be on the very top.”
“He leads the army when it goes backward,” interjected Shorty.
“Gracious, Pap,” said Si, good-humoredly, “I haven’t rank enough to get me behind a saplin’ on the battlefield. The Colonel has the pick o’ the biggest tree, the Lieutenant-Colonel and Major take the next; 杭州按摩图片 the Captains and Lieutenants take the second growth, and the Sergeants have the saplins. I’m lucky if I git so much as a bush.”
“Old Rosecrans must have a big saw-log,” said his father.
“Not much saw-log for old Rosey,” said Si, resenting even a joking disparagement upon his beloved General. “During the battle he wuz wherever it wuz hottest, and on horseback, too. Wherever the firm’ wuz the loudest he’d gallop right into it. His staff was shot down all around him, but he never flinched. I tell you, he’s the greatest General in the world.”
The next morning after 杭州洗浴那里好 breakfast, and as Si and Shorty were preparing to go to Division Headquarters, Si said:
“Pap, you just stay at home and keep house to day. Keep your eyes on the boys; I tell it to you in confidence, for I wouldn’t for the world have it breathed outside the company, 杭州桑拿网 that Co. Q’s the most everlastin’ set o’ thieves that ever wore uniform. Don’t you ever say a word about it when you get206 home, for it’d never do to have the boys’ folks know anything about it. I’d break their hearts. Me and Shorty, especially Shorty, are the only honest ones in the company. The other fellers’d steal the house from over your head if you didn’t watch ’em.”
“That’s so,” asseverated Shorty. “Me and Si especially me is the only honest ones in the company. We’re the only ones you kin really trust.”
“I’d be sorry to think that Si had learned to steal,” 杭州桑拿洋妞 said the Deacon gravely, at which Shorty could not resist the temptation to give Si a furtive kick. “But I’ll look out for thieves. We used to have lots o’ them in Posey County, but after we hung one or two, and rid some others on rails, the revival meetin’s seemed to take hold on the rest, and they got converted.”
“Something like that ought to be done in the army,” murmured Shorty.
“When you want anything to eat you know where to git it,” said Si, as they moved off. “We’ll probably be back in time to git supper.”
The Deacon watched the squad march away, and then turned to think how he would employ himself during the day. He busied himself for awhile cleaning up the cabin and setting things to rights, and flattered himself that his housekeeping was superior to his son’s. Then he decided to cut some wood. He found the ax, 杭州洗浴会所 “condemned” it for some time as to it