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This incident confirmed the experience I had gained in the Mutiny as to the necessity for the firearm being attached to the man instead of to the horse, and I at once issued orders for this change to be made, and for the sword—which is only required to be used when the soldier is mounted—to be carried on the saddle. While they talked of the past a closer sense of comradeship grew up between them. He told her about Madame Josephine and Duke Nineveh, and how the wonderful change in their fortunes had occurred. canada goose womens trillium parka Two characteristics must be noted at once: 1 His steel weapon is used from horseback only; 2 as against riflemen, whether mounted or dismounted, it is only used in offence. In both these respects it differs from the bayonet.

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