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Punishments in the French Army.

The punishments in vogue in the French army (says " iVanity Fair") are! of a-very severe, nature^' more especially, vlien it is considered that the men thus punished are nob by any means criminals, but only soldiers who have not bchave'd so well as they might. These are deported to Algiers under the name of ' Camisards,' trhcro they are enrolled in the compagnies do discipline' Boiorc embarking thb man has his boots taken from him, .which are replaced by sabots, and on arriving at li is destination he receives a uniform of erey wool and a cap with a large brim. The men are farmed out to do work, and are-all: the tiwe' imderf (the > superrision i of non-commissioned officers^who. treat their inferiors with the greatest brutality.-• It is, however, the punishments to which 'the men j!aW ' -subjected the most trifling offences- which must excite, indignation./ \A> commonl, punishment 'is to keep them night and day in a hole in the groui\d, with perpendicular walls, so that escape is impossible.',, Scotching heat/: by^ day^and cold by night, wiih ratiMs 1 reduced to *ohe quarter,,of, their proper quantity; makp, the very common punishment of ' thef gargoule r extremely, trying. , ; The , imprisoning of! vmeh ;in the tonibeaux,. or regulation '< lentsf- which are !»oniy fifty centimetres broad and sixty high, is no i,rjari]by{^ ,{viia[durin^ their;incarceration the prisoners receive no water, nor wine nor coffee. A little meat and some bouillon i» their whole nourishment during the day. But those who are punished with cells are incomparably worse off. They are never allowed, under any circumstances, to leave the hole tliey are kept in either by day or by night. They have no duties or work to pass the time, and only get some warm soup every second day, with a very limited quantity of water daily.:.-This punishment iis made still more severe'by putting the man into irons on- certain oocasions. The delinquent ha'a two. iron rings round his ankles, which are 'connected by an iron bar rather more than a foot in length, so that his legs form an ietosceles j triangle with it. He is fqreed to lie down on his face, and then, his arms are chained on his back,': whereupon he is put into his' tombeau. Ele can, only eat his soup like a dog, and ,if ' he wants to drink' he 'must 1 seize* rhis bottle, with his. teeth, and should' he let thei bottle fall 'his'ration" of water is lost for that day. Any complaints aro at onco stopped by a gag. ; Only quite recently a punishment' was in use called the crapaudirie. ' The prison or's hands «md feet wero chained together, and in this posture he was strung up on to an iron bar. The camisard is also in use. The soldier js, first put into a straitjackct, his hands aro tied on his back, and round his neck an iron collar is fastened, which is attached to an iron bur in the wall. Tho man has to stand in this position as long as eight days,- unable to lie down or do anything fw himself.

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Punishments in the French Army., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2452, 27 June 1890

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Punishments in the French Army. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2452, 27 June 1890