We got our rifles yesterday together with belt, bayonet, pack, etc. especially the etc. as I neither know what it is, what it is for, nor where the devil I will put it. They raise the devil if you leave anything laying loose around the tent and it begins to look as though I will have to get down to one pr. socks, one shirt and go to it.
I don’t mind anything except bayonet drill and it is h- with big letters. I don’t show in it as well as I might, as I hold back a little and save myself. The officers, or some of them, in this practice, are absolutely heartless, and it is up to you to defend yourself. I wish some time, some of those bayonet fellows would fall into my hands. I would sure give them a full and complete dose of their own medicine.
Rumor has it that we turn in our rifles soon and I hope so. That will take one burden off our minds at least. Drew a dandy heavy overcoat. It fits nicely except sleeves are about four inches too long.