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REVIEW OF THE YEAR 1863.

i EXECUTION of a WOMAN-DREADFUL…

GARIBALDI AND VICTOR HUGO.

A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY.

A SAD CHRISTMAS.

* MAKING THE BEST OF IT.

THE RANK OF SERGEANT-COOK…

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THE RANK OF SERGEANT-COOK IN THE ARMY! The annexed circular memorandum, addressed to the army at home and abroad, has been promulgated Horse Guards, Dec. 2. His Royal Highness the Field-Marshal Commanding-in-Chief, in concurrence with the Secretary of State for Was-, is pleased to direct that the following instructions for sergeant-cooks be issued to the army 1. The sergeant-cook will personally superintend all cooking done in the regimental cook-house?, which is to be carried on in strict conformity with the system in which he has been instructed at Aldershott. 2. He will have under his orders, at most, one cook and one assistant per troop, company, or battery but this number may be reduced, at the discretion of the commanding officer the former is to be changed only at long intervals, or upon misconduct, and the latter weekly. 3. He will thoroughly instruct those under him in all operations connected with cooking. 4. He will have charge of all cook-houses and cooking utensils. He will cause them to be kept scru- pulously clean, and will report any damage or loss at once to the quartermaster. 5. He will enforce order, punctuality, and cleanli- ness on the part of those under him, and he alone will give them such orders connected with cooking as may be necessary. 6. He will not allow any person to enter any of the cook-houses, except on duty. 7. He will ascertain every morning from the quarter- master, or other person representing him, the number of men in each company, troop, &c., in mess for the day, and make arrangements accordingly. 8. He will cause-the water for coffee and tea, and as vegetables to be boiled in quantities as large as the size of the boilers will admit, without regard to troops, companies, &c. The vegetables for each mess to be enclosed in nets and labelled. 9. The dinners to be prepared by squadrons, batte- ries, or companies, unless the cooking apparatus be unsuitable for so doing, in which case such combina- tions are to be effected as may be found most economical. 10. He will encourage the men to have their dinners preparedin as many different ways as the apparatus will admit, due regard being paid to rule 11; and he will afford them every facility for their so doing. 11. He will be held responsible that no more fires are lighted, or ovens heated, than may be absolutely necessary, and that all the cinders are consumed. He will keep with accuracy the diary of cooking on the printed form provided for the purpose, and will hand it to the quartermaster on the first day of every month. 12. He will, as early as possible, report to the com- manding officer any case in which all the bones and refuse are not collected from the barrack-rooms by the orderlies, and deposited in the. appointed places; or any case in which the contractor does not remove them every alternate day at least, such provision being one of the conditions of sale. 13. He will, on the morning of the day on which the coals arc issued, furnish the (quartermaster with a note of the amount of coals he will probably require during the ensuing week. This estimate may equal, but must not exceed, the regulated allowance, and, with economy, may be much less.

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A JEWISH BREACH OF PROMISE.

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