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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...strong loops upon the opposite margins;. in which case they might be doubled upon themselves so that all the loops should be upon1 the same margin. Through these loops a gun might then be thrust, and another gun through the doubling. Dr. George Suckley, late Surgeon in the United States Army, says, that he has occasionally, in frontier service, constructed a temporary stretcher of two poles cut from the forest; these being laid upon the edges of a blanket, rolled in, and finally made fast with strong twine, by puncturing the blanket at intervals of a foot along the sides of the poles and tying the'twine strongly on the outside. A very simple and ingenious method of conveyance is to make use of the soldier's overcoat as a sacking. The sleeves being turned inside out, and a musket thrust through each sleeve, the wounded man is laid upon the coat and it is then buttoned together in front. Two men standing between the ends of the guns may now lift him easily; but the conveyance will be made more secure by detaching the leather slings from the guns and passing them under the body, or if they are unnecessary here, they may be employed to cross over the shoulders of the carriers. Canvas may be substituted for the overcoat, guns being used for poles, as we learn from Retzius, is the practice sometimes in the Swedish army. HAND-LITTER, MADE WITH GUNS. (From Galton.) To all of these methods there exists the serious objection that they have no "traverses" or "stretchers" to prevent the bottom from sinking down, while at the same time the guns or poles are pressed uncomfortably against the hips of the bearers. Ballingall thinks that Dr. Millingen has suggested the "most simple, efficient, and practicable" contrivance...
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