The object of this instruction is to teach the soldier how to make effect use of the rifle and bayonet in personal combat: to make him quick and proficient in handling his rifle; to give him an accurate eye and a steady hand; and to give him confidence in the bayonet in offense and defense.
DEFENSE--14,600 tons; 525 feet long.
--Murder of the messengers.--Intentions of Achillas--Cold-blooded assassination.--Advance of Achillas--Caesar's arrangements for defense.--Cleopatra and Ptolemy.--Double dealing of Pothinus.--He is detected.--Pothinus beheaded--Arsinoe and Ganymede--Flight of Arsinoe--She is proclaimed queen by the army.--Perplexity of the young Ptolemy.
The Russians by this time evidently had realized our comparatively defenseless condition and utter lack of ammunition, for that same night we heard two shots ring out, being a signal from our sentinels that they were surprised and that danger was near.
Utter defenselessness is accordingly, sometimes, a greater protection than an armor of steel.
As he passed the guards at the gate where he entered, he commanded them, in his agitation and terror, to defend the gate against the coming enemy, saying that he was going to the other gates to attend to the defenses there.
ORDNANCE.--Our Coast Defenses.--An interesting summary by Gen. H.L. ABBOTT of our means for defending our coasts.
With a few bitter and cutting remarks--made, she afterward said, in "self-defense"--she retreated as gracefully as possible and drove home.