Army Letters From An Officer's Wife, 1871-1888, By Frances M.A. Roe

 -  But instead of the smile and gracious acquiescence
I had expected, there was another straightening back in the chair, and - Page 7
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But Instead Of The Smile And Gracious Acquiescence I Had Expected, There Was Another Straightening Back In The Chair, And A Silence That Was Ominous And Chilling.

Finally, he recovered sufficient breath to tell me that at present, there were no good carpenters in the company.

Later on, however, I learned that only captains and officers of higher rank can have such things. The captains seem to have the best of everything, and the lieutenants are expected to get along with smaller houses, much less pay, and much less everything else, and at the same time perform all of the disagreeable duties.

Faye is wonderfully amiable about it, and assures me that when he gets to be a captain I will see that it is just and fair. But I happen to remember that he told me not long ago that he might not get his captaincy for twenty years. Just think of it - a whole long lifetime - and always a Mister, too - and perhaps by that time it will be "just and fair" for the lieutenants to have everything!

We saw our house yesterday - quarters I must learn to say - and it is ever so much nicer than we had expected it to be. All of the officers' quarters are new, and this set has never been occupied. It has a hall with a pretty stairway, three rooms and a large shed downstairs, and two rooms and a very large hall closet on the second floor. A soldier is cleaning the windows and floors, and making things tidy generally. Many of the men like to cook, and do things for officers of their company, thereby adding to their pay, and these men are called strikers.

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