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Soldier's Armory

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Headqnarters U. S. Focres, Placetas. Cuba, March 3, 1899. Editor Daily Argus, Dear Sir : - The men of Co. A are in excellent condition, we average less sickness a day here than at any other camp we have been in since leaving home. The men realize that they are in the army, not as some dissaiisfied ones thougbt, on a picnic excursión, Roli cali, drills, etc., being attended to promptly and cheerfully. We drill bnt one half honr per day and of conrso have the usual roll calis. Also Saturday and Snnday inspections. Gnard duty slight, four posts beiag all that, is necessary dnring the night, and but one dnring the day. I have abont 50 Onbans employed, rebuilding and repairing the Spanish barracks here, vfhich will be occupied by a battalion of U. S, Infantry as soon as flnished. Dealiug with thein is peculiar aiid -qnite interesting. I am obliged to pay them every evening, which requires six pay rolls per week. The skilled labor, sncb as masons and carpenters get f 1.50 per tlay in Spariish silver, the laborers 80 cents. Preight is payable in Spanish gold. I bave all U. S. gold and buy silver at au average of 77 cents, you can imagine the trouble I have in proonring change i'or eacb uight. In paying freight, I haudie three kinds of money, buy Spanisb gold at 97 cents, pay the freight and receive change in Spanisb silver, whicli is quoted at 82J cents today, against Spanish gold. Jfossibly auother thiug ti interest is the tact that yesterday 1 procured the ñames of all Cuban íoldiers íd my jnrisdiction which I iends abont lö miles out and aronnd Placetas. There were 324 Cuban solidéis. I sent the Barnes to General Bates by telegraph, which together -vith explanation made quite a loug telegram. As to the armory at Aun Albor, I can say but little. ïhe men worked hard in putting tbe building ia shape. It was a fine place tor an armory, being on the ground floor, we could also rent it and use it to great advantage for parties, circuses, etc. One circus would have paid the rent for a year and given ns at least $100 for general expenses. Tbe men would rather have the old arraory just as we left it, than any other. Mr. Cook naurally wished to get hold of the building soon after we repaired and remodeled it, and of ■durse took the first opportunity offered. As captain of Co. A, lst Iufantry, M. Jí. G. , I still fcold a lease of the building for several years aud am also held nnder .$5,000 bonds tor care of properfy aud will have to make a settlemeut before beiug discharged. ïhe ruajority of ns will not very likely wish to contiriue iu the Natioual Gnard after our present anny duty is over with, but -ome will. I am sorry that the amiory is iu the shape it is at present. It's roo bad aud that is all there is to it. .Tnnius E. Beal visits Cienf negus Saturday of this week, aud if he fiuds it possible to make proper conuectious o as to catch his boat at Havana will visit us over Suuday. ïhe boys will oertainly give him a warm receptiou if he does. ïhis city has picked up iu cleauliuess -ome since our arrival, visits to onr camp has given tb em au idea or two. ïhe meu are all williug to stay uutil their fnll dnty is done, but are more rhan pleased to see the end so close at hand. In behalf of Co. A. I send kiud re-rards to all our friends. Very siucerely, Capt. 31st Mich. Vol's Commauding Co. A.