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The pomp and blazonry of war have, during the past week, been seen in all tbeir seductiveness at Whitinore Lake. Jíearly 2,000 of Michigan' citizenoldiers, in four regiments, were there escamped. Hundreds of white tents dotted the level field which the harvesters had but ree. n ly lelt. They stood half a mile west of the lake, bevond both the railroad and the tiny creek. Besidea the militia iliere were four companies of Únele Sam's regulare, wbo were designed to serve as modela for the raw recruits. They were encamped to the extreme east of the grounds. To the south of them stood the tents of the governor and his aides, and those of the brigadier-general and minor officere. Farther west were spread the canvas houses of the four regimenté, those of the first and fourth being toward the north, and those of the second and third farther south. The first, of which Company A is an honored part, was commanded by Col. Bowen, of "Ypsilanti. Near his quartera were those of Major Millard, of this city. The Ann Arbor boys occupied thirteen tents, besides the mess tent, over which Quartermastër E. V.',Hangsterfer wielded absolute sway. Many visitors, during the encampment, accepted the hospitality of this company. Wednesday was largely Bpent in preliminary work. On that day the daily routine commenced. Neither then nor on Thursday did anything eventful happen. The reveille, guard mount, battalion drill, eating, marching, tattoo, absorbed all attention. Friday will not Boon be forgotten by the Second and Fourth Regiments, which on that hot day made a forced march of about ten miles. The latter was preceded by the Scott Guards. When the two regiments met, about two and a half miles north of the camp, lively firing ensued. The Fourth out-maneuvred the Second and forced them to retreat. Together they marcbed back to the camp with'the intention of capturing it, but they were met by regula soldiers and foiled. The First and Third Regiment, in the mean time, had been employed in battalion drill. With much trepidation the First and Third Eegiments started on a forced march, Saturday morning. The First was commanded by Colonel Bowen. Company A (twenty-three strong) obeyed the orders of Lieutenant Watts. This regiment started on the highway directly toward Mr. Rorabacher's farm house, three miles away, while the Fourth started farther to the south. Colonel Bowen took possession of the barn and used it as a fort, awaitingthe arrival of the other regiment. A very successful strategy was carried out by Lieut. Col. Lyon, of the Third, who smuggledtwenty-livemen in ahaystack through the lines of the First. He was finally declared tho victor and the two regiments started off to camp together. An attempt was made to capture the citadel and after a hot contest, in which no blood was shed, the battle drew to a close. The fighting was done scientifically and called forth many compliments from the regular officers. The Ann Arbor boys say they would not have missed th6 fun for a good deal. Special traína run Sunday from Detroit, Jackson, Ann Arbor and other places, and it is estimated that there were fully 10,000 persons on the grounds. Dress guard mount and company inspection were the features of the morning. Goveraor Winans inspected the Nineteenth Infantry at two o'clock and at three the Officers inspected the hospital. The great event of the day, however, was the dress parade of the brigade. Many difficult maneuyres were successfully öade. Fourteen militiamen were overeóme by the heat and obliged to seek the quietude of the hospital tent. Monday was the last day of the encampment. The most important event was the official entry of Governor Winans. In the early afternoon the Nineteenth Infantry escorted him to camp, and a salute of eleven guns was fired in his honor. He then drove to the dril] Sround, where the four regiments of amateur soldiers were drawn up in a line eighty rods long. When the review was finished the usual nightly routine Was carried out and the encampmenl was practically at an end. NOTES AND ÏOTTINGS. Company A had no cellars in its tenta. Frank Connors, an Owosso boy agec eight years, was bitten by a snake Sat urday. The departure of the regulars Mon day afternoon partook somewhat of the Mature of a cyclone. The men were just twenty-two seconde in strikinx toeir tente. Up to Saturday night Company A supplied from its ranks four out of five orderlies. A special detail escorted Privates Seyler and Ross to the camp Saturday afternoon. Hamburg and Ann Arbor saloons have done an increased amount of business during the encampment. Fourteen men were overeóme by the heat duriDg dress parade Sunday. Among the number was J. R. Bacb, of Company A. A brigade service was held Sunday afternoon at the Y. M. C. A. tent. Rev. J. Munday, of the Fourth Regiment, preached the sermón. Deputy-Sheriff Peterson arrested two fakirs Sunday and ran them into the guard house. The soldier' bayonets had no terrors for them. The Governor has issued a general order in which he congratulates the militiamen upon their proficiency and the success of the encampment. Pickpockets were numerous Sunday. Among the Ann Arbor victiins were Representativa J. V. N. Gregory, Mrs. F. Stofflet, and Mrs. J. J. Fischer. Up to Saturday evening the Hammond Beef Company, of Chicago, had supplied the troops with 2,500 pounds of beef, 1,500 pounds of other meats and 1,100 pounds of fish. Company A has at times electrified the camp by uttering the U. of M. yell. They had besides their own slogan which, in cold print, is as follows: '"AA-L-I. Kiscock ! Sisa Boom Ah!" Alvin C. Stacey, of the Flint company, Third Regiment, drank too much beer, Thursday, and became insubordínate, even gdng to the extent of striking bis captain. He pined away for several days in the guard house. Ann Arbor is represented by Company A, First Regiment. Company A s the last company that was mustered into the state service and has wonmaiiy compliments on its fine appearance and remarkably good drill, considering the fact that it is the infant company.- Detroit Tribune. Company A has borne the appropriate name, "Hiscock's Sunday school class." This is how Corporal Kline explains it. "The other night the boys stood for their picture and Captain Hiscock looked so pious that immediately the thought struck me and I dubbed the company 'Hiscock's Sunday school class.' " The Emmet Rifles, of Jackson, were quartered directly opposite the Ann Arbor boys. The latter say that the roll cali of this company was very amusing, with its succession of Mahoney's, McCann's, Molony's, Murghy's and the like. One of these Hibernians, with auburn hair, bore the soubriquet of "Rusty Reddy," and the "rusty reds" was the name applied to some six of his cronies. "Murphy's Pigs," was the somewhat uncomplimentary nickname of a pair of twins who possessed marked ability in song and dance. The Emmet Rifles were a jolly set of fellows, and made many friends amongthe members of Company A.


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