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The Frenen horseman does not ride as well as his prototype in the United States regular army, but the horses oi the Frenen army are better and more serviceable than those in the United States. The half bred barbs of the chasseurs are up to any amountof work, and the heavier Normans and Bretons of the dragoons and cuirassiers, although perhaps too light for the weight they carry, are splendid specimens of horseflesh. The French artillery - believed elsewhere than in Franco to be the corps d'elite of the anny - was beyond praise. The physique of the personnel of the field and horse batteries is superior te that of the line, and the average efficiency of the officers is higher. The steel gun that it is arnied with is a most effective weapoD - the fieldpiece of 90 mm., weighing 10.43 hundredweight, and firiug a 17.98 pound common shell, 18.5 pound shrapnel; the horse artillery gun weighing 8. 36 hundredweight, with a 18.15 pound ecumon shell and a 13.84 shrapnel. The large uumber of batteries nctached to an army corps - more th?n f our guns to 1,000 infautry aud cavalry - is not the only indication that the Freuch place great reliance upon their artillery. The batteries as they niarched past presented an admirable appearance. The old rnaxini oí "spit and polish" was not as niinutely carried out as is the case with the batteries of the United States regu lar army. The steel hanies and collar chains were in some instances not as bright as they might have been, noi were the leather harnesses absolutely iinniaculate, but the horses are beyond criticism, and everythiug pertaining te each piece and each caisson is thorough


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