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AN ALLEGORY



War for the Union



A MILITARY DRAMA IN FOUR ACTS,



APPROPRIATK MUSIC, MARCHES AND TABLEAUX,

By JOHN W. i^ILL.



Respectfully Dedicated to the Defenders of the Union.



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"GETTYSBURG;"

AN ALLEGORY



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War for the Union.

A MILITARY DRAMA IN FOUR ACTS,

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APPROPRIATE MUSIC, MARCHES AND TABLEAUX,

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By JOHN W. HILL,



Respectfully Dedicated to the Defenders of the Union.



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Col. Porter, (one of the F. F. Y's

Harry Hawkins, (his nephew, a Washington law student.)

Sam, the Colonel's favorite Darkey

Major Compton, U. S. A., (one of the Council,)

Moulton, (the Major's friend,)

Jackson, (proprietor of the Marshall House,)

Mrs. Hawkins, (the ColoneFs sister,)

Laura Porter, (an only daughter,)

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Col. Ellsworth, (N. Y. Fire Zouaves,)

Sergeant Brownell, (IST. Y. Fire Zouaves,)

Major Anderson, (of Fort Sumter,)

Captain Griggs, (of Fort Sumter,)

Brigadier-General U. S. A., and Staft*

Colonel Johnson, (of 1st R. I. Volunteers,)

General Lee and Staff

Gen eral Wigf all

Colonel of Rebel Regiment

Squad of Fire Zouaves

Officers and troops for U. S. Army

Officers and troops for C. S. Army.

Goddess of Liberty

Ladies for Banquet



GETTYSBURG;

AN ALLEGORY.



-A.OT I.

Scene 1st. — Home of Col. Porter near Manasses Junction, Va. Fanc}' Cham-
ber ia "4" set window, L. "3;" set door, R. ''2;" piano, "L" of "0. D.;"'
small table, R. & L., two chairs at each table; ottoman, L. "C," at {»iano ;
Major's hat on table, "L," Discorered — Laura at piano, playing; Mrs. Haw-
kins at table, "R," reading a book; Col. Porter, R. "C.;" Maj. Compton, L.
"C," conrersing.

(jolonel^ (coming down "C." E,.) So you think, Major, that you
will cast your lot with that of the Confederacy?

Major, (sauntering down "L. C") Yes; after due deliberation
I have come to the wise conclusion, I hope, of supporting the arms
of the South.

Laura, (turning on stool). Now, major, do you not think tliat you
could be persuaded to support, rather than oppose, our dear old
flag?

Major, (turning). Well, yes. Miss Laura, if that argument and
persuasion was put forth by such fair creatures as yourself.

Laura, (blushing), Now, major, I did not ask for flattery.

Col. Well, major, how do affairs really appear in South Carolina?
Is this talk of war approved of by the people, or is it only a fiUi-
bustering scheme ?

Major, (smiling). The demand put forth for war ostentatiously
by the people of my State is in fact backed and supported by the
entire South.

Laura. Now come, major, you really do not mean all the people
in the south. You forget that we are of the south, (xrnnd Old
Virginia, where we now live, is not that of the south.

Maj. Certainly, Miss Laura ; but you, of course, will favor any
course that the people of your State may deem riojht to pursue?



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Laura. Indeed, we shall do nothing of the kind ; if Virginia's
choice is Secession, it is not, and never will be, mine !

Col. Come ! come ! we will have no political argument now, time
enough for that. Now, major and Laura, call it a draw, and then for
refreshments.

Maj. Egad, willingly, on my part.

Laura. Agreed, major.

Col.^ (goes to window, " L," calls). Sam.

Sam, (outside, " L"). I'se comin', massa.

Enter Sam, C. " D." Tumbles orer ottoman, gets up, "C."

Sam^ (grinning). I'se he'ar !

Col. Sam, go to the pantry and get us some refreshments ; do you
hear?

Sam, (grinning). Why, massa, does you tink I'm deaf?

Col., (sharply). Attend to the order.

Sam, (C. " D"). Bring de 'freshments in he'ar?

Col. Yes, of course.

Sam. In de parlor, he'ah ?

Col., (sharply). Hold your tongue, you scoundrel, and get the
refreshments.

Sam. Brung de wine an' de cake in he'ah, and —
Colonel starts to catch Sam, who exits hastily, C. " D. L."

Col. Ah, Mrs. Hawkins, I neglected to inform you that I received
a letter from Harry this morning, in which he states that we may
expect him home some time to-day.

3Irs. H. I feel his return will be more than welcome. He has
been now in the Capital eight months without paying us a single
visit.

Col. Ah, well, you must pardon him. Harry is young, lively,
and anxious to see the world, and undoubtedly improves every op-
portunity afforded him to gratify his desire. But he will, no doubt,
bring us information of the workings of politics at the Capitol.

Laura, (" L"). Papa, did you say that Harry would be home to-
day ?

Col. Yes, my dear. I received a note from him this morning, in
which he stated that, if nothing prevented him, to-day would see
him home.

Laura. Well, my wishes are that he may come soon. This place
seems so dreadful lonesome while he is away. Did he mention the
hour at which we might expect him, papa ?



Col. No, but I presume tliat he will leave Washington on the 8
o'clock train, which would bring him here in an hour or so.

Maj., (speaking to Laura, " L.") Is this Harry, of whom you
speak, Mrs. Hawkins' son ?

Laura. Yes, sir.

Maj. Ah ; he has resided with you for some time, has he not ?

Laura. He has been with us ever since his father died, some fif-
teen years ago. I can remember, however, his and aunt's coming ;
it was in October, 1846 ; he was then a little, bright-eyed, curly-
haired fellow of seven.

Maj., (" L''). He is in Washington, studying law, I believe you
said ?

Laura, (laughing low). Well, he is studying, trying to learn;
but he is so impulsive, delights so in changing his occupation, that
I fear he will never be the lawyer he expects to make.
Enter Sam, C. " D,'' bearing tray with wine and cake.

Sam, (hesitating). Well, massa, where '11 you hab de tray?

Col, (indicating table, "R"). There.
Sam arranges wine and cake on table, "R,"' and places chairs in order.

Sam. Will you hab ennyting else, massa ?

Col. Yes, remain and wait on the table.

Sam. Wait on de table ! Which table, massa.

Col., (sharply). This one, of course. Now, friends, let us par-
take of the refreshments.

Major and party seat themselves as follows: Colonel -'L,'' Laura top,
Mrs. Hawkins "R," Major bottom.

Col., (filling goblets). Here is wine, major, 25 -year old port.

3Iaj., (drinking). In truth. Colonel, I can but say that it is the
finest that I have ever drank.

Sam burlesques at table, " L. '

Col. Sam,

Sam hastily replacing hats, etc.

Sam. Ise com in', massa.

Col. I believe that I ordered you to wait on the table.

Sam. Well, I has been waiting on it eber since, and it aint ready
to go yet.

Col. No impudence, you rascal; remain here at the table.
Sam attends at table.

Sam. How many keys hab you to de pantry, massa ?

Col. Two, of course, Sam, why?



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AS'am. You carries dem bofe, dou t you ?

Col. Certainly, I do.

Sam. You intends to carry bofe ov dem?

Col. Silence.

Colonel rises slightly ; Sam, supposing he has done at the table, draws
chair back; Col. drops to seat, and falls ; Sam in ecstasy, "L;" Col. leads
him out, "L."

Maj. No injury, Colonel, I hope?

Col. None wliatever.

Maj. A fine boy, that ; have you had him long?

Col. Well, no; it's but little more than two years since I bought
him at Baltimore. He is somewhat weakly, and I have, in consid-
eration, retained him as house-boy, for odd jobs, etc.

Laura. Sam is a favorite, as aunt and I can truly testify.

Col. Yes, aunt and j^ou, however, have done him no good in
laughing at his clumsiness ; he takes more liberties now than our
oldest servant.

Mrs. H. I trust that no harm will result from the aforesaid pat-
ronage we have extended him, Colonel.
Enter Sam, 0. "D," hastily.

Sam. Oh, massa Kurnul, and Missus Hawkins, and Missus Laura
massa Harry has dun cum home jus now fob to see you!
Enter Harry, C. "D."'

Harry. Ah, friends, good-day.
All rise.

Mrs. H. and L. Oh, Harry, how pleased we are to see you.

Col., ("R"). \Yell, Harry, my boy, home once more. Ah, allow
me: Major Compton, my nephew, Harry Hawkins, of Washington.

Maj. Mr. Hawkins, it is with pleasure I greet you.

Harry, (bowing response). Our meeting is most cordial. Major.

Laura, ("L"). Well, Harry, how is Washington? and more par-
ticularly, the law business? [Laughing.]

Col., (R. '^C"). Yes, Harry, tell us of the state of affairs at the
capital; the opinion of politicians and statesmen concerning the im-
pending crisis.

Harry, ("C"). Well, uncle, my knowledge is limited in regard to
politics, but I will answer Laura's question. I think that the law
will have no farther claims on me.

Laura. Indeed, Harry, give up the profession so soon ?

Harry. Yes, I feel that there is that which demands my atten-
tion more. But, mother have you nothing to say to mo ?



Mrs. H. I will wait my time; atteud to our friends uow, please.

Col. (impatiently). Yes, Harry, attend to us. What does the
Government propose to do in reply to the murmured demands for
war by the people of the South ?

Harry. Well, uncle, the story is soon told : In reply to Major
Anderson, at Fort Sumter, n^khvj^ for reinforcements, the Govern-
ment orders him to resist any attack that may be made, feeling that
his troops and supplies are already sufficient to withstand an ordin-
ary siege ; but in the event that he should find it utterly impossible
to mantain his position, he has been ordered to evacuate the fort, and
retire to the war vessels that will be sent him.

Maj. Did I understand you to say that vessels of the U. S. navy
were to be sent him for support ; immediately, did you say?

Harry. Such are the orders that have been promulgated in the
War Department. The Navy has been making ample preparations,
as has also the Executives of the army, to immediately squelch any
operation of the pseu do confederation.

Col. Has President Buchanan no intentions of interfering politic-
ally in the quarrels of Congress ?

Harry. President Buchanan, in the estimation of' those who pre-
sume to know, favors this movement of secession ; in consideration
of which he is denounced in bitter terms by the Republicans of Con-
gress.

Maj. How did the Senate and House receive the late speech of
Mr. Toombs ? did it have a wholesome effect ?

Harry. It had this effect, of bringing some of the strongest ultra-
partizans to the support of our Government, as it now stands, and
our old flag. Sir, such speeches, delivered by such men, have an ef-
fect directly in opposition to the wishes of these southern Fire-eaters.
And if this proposed plan of peaceable secession (which w^ill never
be allowed) is persisted in by the people and rebel leagues of South
Carolina, they will bring upon their devoted heads such a war as no
civilized nation ever before realized. And if that war does come —
and, by heavens, it will come if such men as Toombs, and Floyd, and
Yancy, and Davis, are allowed to express their rebellious sentiments
in the Halls of Congress, invoking bloody battles and weary marchesj
the slain by thousands, whose memory will ever live as a blasting
record of their infamy — I repeat that if this w\ar, this civil w^ar, does
visit us to destroy our Union, then let the supporters of such meas-



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ures, and such steps, beware ! Sir, every man of the North would
quit his home, his family, his business, his all, to support that
Union and save that Flag, dear to every American ! !

Col., (excited, in anxiety). Harry, my boy, pray sit down ; you
are excited ; cool your ardor ; politics lias turned your brain.

Harry, (considerably flushed). No, uncle, my mettle is under per-
fect control. But when I think of these hirelings of the South mak-
ing their threats to destroy this glorious old Union of ours, it, makes
my blood boil with indignation !

Maj., (contemptuously). I readily perceive, Mr. Hawkins, that
you support that most despicable of political parties termed, I be-
lieve, abolitionists.

Harry. Sir, your perceptions belie you : I belong to no political
party, but when traitors —

Maj., (excitedly). Sir!

Harry. Aye, traitors. Call them what you will, their firm desire
alone is to drag from its proud supremacy and trample under foot
that good old Constitution under which we have lived so long.

Maj. Allow me fc) correct you. sir. In your blind folly you ig-
norantly condemn a just and humane appeal for our rights as citi-
zens of this Government. As a rebellious movement, sir, are we to
allow our only privilege as freemen to be ruthlessly despoiled and torn
from us ? and are \Ye to ^tand by without one word of defense ? —
No, and I am proud to say that were legions and legions to arise to
contest the arms of the South, legions and legions would meet them
there. Sir, it were as wild and as futile an attempt to turn the winds
and ocean-tide as to attempt to place this Southern Chivalry under
abolition rule.

Harry. Major, one word: Do you acknowledge the wild, fire-eat-
ing ambition expressed in your remarks? Do you approve of this
doctrine ? Do you intend to lend your arm and might to destroy
this Government that has made you v>^hat you are?

Maj. Sir, Mr. Hawkins, your questions I do not hesitate to
answer. I am a son of that proud old State, South Cnrolina ;
and, as you are aware, it is the people of that State who are saddled
with this demand and preparation far war. Do I approve of the
steps that aiy State takes ? Sir, I am with those measures, right or
wrong. Will I support the Standard that they of my State may
raise? Were it with my last dying breath, I would exclaim,
"forever !"'



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Col., (excited). Gentlemen! gentlemen ! you forget that you are
defending your opinions in my house, where I allow no politics to
be supported ; you forget that respect due an elder gentleman. I
request that this fierce argument cease.

Harry. Sir, uncle, are we to allow traitors to openly insult us?

Mrs. H. Oh, Harr3^ my son, take care, do not, I implore, do not
make enemies of friends ; take my advice, and cease this strife.

Harry. Mother, I can not, nor will I, allow such men as Major
Compton to fling their defiance in my face.

Maj. Mr. Hawkins, I did not invite this argument that you and
I have just sustained, and which, in fact, has placed us forever at
variance.

Harry, (sneering). Then why support this rebellious doctrine I

Col. Harry, you should not allow yourself to so openly express
your sentiments ; and you further forget that respect due Major
Compton as my guest.

Harry. Perhaps, sir, you also support his arguments ?

Mrs. H. Harry, dear son, what would you do, insult and defy
your uncle ?

Laura. Oh, gentlemen, why must this hour — which should onl}^ -
bring us joy, be fraught instead with lasting hate?

Harry. Then why allow this roof to cover traitors ?

Col., (livid with rage). Harry Hawkins, my doors are open for
you. [Waving toward door.] Go !

Mrs. H., ("R"). Oh, brother, what would you do ?

Col. Will you go ?

Laura, (at her father's side). Oh, father, reflect, recall that word.

Col., (greatly agitated). No, never !

■Maj., (interfering). No, Colonel, do not allow yourself to pass
that sentence on your nephew. I am to blame. I will accept the
crime of having brought trouble and dissension to your household.
I will go, instead, [crosses to table, takes hat, and returns to C.
" D." To Harry]: Sir, we may meet again ; your insults I shall
never forget; and if we should meet, perhaps on the battle-field, you
shall have cause to regret this day.
Exit Major Compton, C. " D."'

Picture. — Harry standing firm, "L ;" his mother weeping, L.
"C;" Colonel seated at table, '• E," Laura kneeliug at his side. —
Music, ''Exile of Erin.''



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Scene II. — Wood in "2." Sam heard outside, *'L,^' calling the cattle.
Enters " L," 2 "C," generally jubilant.

Sam. I wonder whar de cows am [calls]. Old massa colonel dun
send me foh de cows, an' I don't know whar dey am [calls]. He
dun sen' me ibh de cows when dars five or S'x odder lazy niggahs
layin round de house. I wonder whar de cows am [calls]. If he
want ennyting dun, ole massa always dun tole Sam to do it [calls].
If ole massa don tink I was down he'ah yet, oh golly, he would be
powerful mad ; he am powerful mad a'ready [laughs]. But you aut
to see de ole massa dis morning [calls]. I wonder whar de cows
am. Massa Harry and de rebel majah was jus' mor'n dusting their-
selves dis morning [calls]. Dat ole massa ob mine he do get he dan-
der up sometimes, and when he do [laughs]. Oh, golly, I mus go
foh de cows.

Walks through t&e woods, " R" and "L."
Sam. Oh, de good lord, but marcy on dis chile, if dere aint de
rebel man comin dis way ! He dont want to see me he'ah ; oh, golly,
I's gwine !

Exit Sam, R. "2;' E. Enter Major Compton, L, "U,'' E. Looks
around cautiously. Sam is seen looking on, •' R," through the trees. [Laughs]

Maj. This should be the place where Moulton desired me to meet
him; he is not here. ' Let me see. [Reads note.] "Major: im-
portant business — at once — wiV explain — will meet you at 4 P. M..
in the Bull Run woods, where the road enters.
Moulton appears, looking on "L."

Maj., (still looking at note). What can he mean? I know of no
urgent business demanding my attention. [Brightens.] Ah, I have
it! the Council is in session — they will decide — then Republicans,
beware !

Moulton claps his hands on the Majors shoulder.

Moulton. Ha, not so loud, major!

Major turns suddenly, 'and confronts Moulton — drops note unpercieved.

Ha! oh, it's you, Moulton ?

Moulton. You should not talk so loud, major, trees sometimes
have ears, provided with listeners, you know.

Sam is seen, R. " U." E., unperceived by the parties on the stpge.

Maj. Yes, I know; this place, however, is secure on that score.
But what brings you here at this time. Has anything — have our
plans been discovered ?

Moul. No, but important business is now before the Council.



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Moiil. You, as one of the members, must positively be in attend-
ance, before any action further can be taken. Knowing further,
positively, of your whereabouts, I thought it would be much better
for me to inform you in person rather than to trust to unreliable
contrabands, as necessity and huste would compel.

Major The Council to assemble? Egad, that smacks of work!
The question, of course, is as to the time when our Batteries shall
be opened on Fort Sumter.

Moul. It is, indeed, as you say. Had we not better leave for
Charleston at once ?

Maj. Yes, I am entirely ready.

Moultoa and Major exit, L. "2," E.— Enter Sam, cautiously, " R."—
Picks up the note.

!Sam (reading) Oh, golly, dese rebels is gwine to kill all de nig-
gahs, suah — dis say so ! I wondah who de odeh fellah am ? Some
Oder rebel, I tinks. Oh, golly, de ole major war in a fix whedered
to kill de Oder man or no. Oh, golly, when he cotch him by de
froat ! [laughs.] I wondah where de cows am ? [calls] De ole
massa don tole me to go foh de cows, an I dunno whar dey is. [Calls]
Exit R, " 2 " E.— Harry H. enters R. " 2 " E., pale and agitated. Stops,
"C." looks back, "R,'

Harry Oh, that I should have been so blind, so devoid of feeling
as to offend my dear old uncle ! Y^et was I not forced to speak as I
did ? Did not that infernal traitor goad me on to it ? Oh, that I
could see such men banished forever from this grand old Republic !
They wish so much to destroy ! But, uncle— can I ever reclaim his
kindness ? And mother ; and Laura. [Meditates]. Y^es, I will
go back ; ask his forgiveness ; entreat for that old-time kindness
which is always his. He will not refuse me ; no, he could not.
At least I can only try, and may Heaven look favorably on my

attempt.

barry turns to go, "L."— Meets Major Compton, L. "C."

Major (L "C") Mr. Hawkins, I claim your attention for a few

moments. Sir, you are guilty of grossly insulting a gentlemen of

respectability and characte-. That gentleman, as you are aware, is

myself. Now I demand that satisfaction which injured honor

calls for.

Harry Sir, have you tarried here to murder me ?

Major How ! murder you? I have no inclination to assassinate.



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But, sir, you will refuse me that satisfaction which I have the right
to demand.

Harry Ah, do you 'wish an apology ? If that is your desire,
then, sir, believe me when I say that I would never apologise to
traitors !

Major By heavens, Mr. Hawkins, do you wish me to forget my-
self, and strike you down? [Sneers] No, coward as you are, you
dare not provoke me ; and were you to know that this hour would
be your last, how piteously would you sue for mercy !

Harry Coward ? Never ! You wish me to fight ; to place my
life in opposition to yours ! Ah, I see it now : you have waited for
this Well, sir, I have never fired a pistol at anything more formid-
able than a sparrow ; that skill with me is lacking with which you,
no doubt, abound. But, sir, I will not refuse you that satisfaction
you so much desire. You have pistols, I presume?

Major (smiling significantly) Yes, sir. Ah, I perceive you still
respect the feelings of a gentleman !

Major takes pistols from his breast-pooket ; prepares charges. Hands a
weapon to Harry ; then steps off ground. Harry takes position, "L," Ma-
jor, "R."

Major Who will give the signal?
Harry (mechanically) It is immaterial to me.
Major Then I will give the word. When I repeat "three," you
will fire.

Harry (takes position) I am ready !

Sam is heard off " L," calling the cows.
Major, (startled) What noise is that?

Harry One of the hands calling in the cattle But, sir, proceed,
it is not necessary to prolong the scene.

Major Well, then, [deliberately,] Ready — Aim — Fire — One —
Two— Three !

Sam rushes on, R. " 2," E. — Strikes up Major's arm as he fires.
Mttsic during the foregoing, ^'Agitato " changes to hurry picture.
Major (to Harry, angrily) Sir, you did not fire !
Harry No, I had no inclination to take your life ! There is my
pistol, undischarged.

Throws pistol on ground — folds his arms calmly — takes stage slow.
Major, (surprised) Mr. Hawkins, it were better as it is.
Harry You would have killed me but for the friendly interfer-
ehce of Sam.



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Sam Kill you ! well, I tink him would, oh, golly !

Harry Sir, I leove you to reflect on this event at leisure. Adieu.

Barry exit, L 2 E.
Sam, (following) I wonder whar de cows am ! [calls.]

Major slowly replaces pistols in breast-pockets— looks after Harry-
Exit, R "2," E. Music, Heavy March.



Scene III.— Charleston, S. C— Street in (1)— gate in flat "L"— Enter
Major Compton hastily. Dress— long, dark coat, collar turned up ; black
slouch hat, a la Spanish.

Major (looking up at houses) Ah, if I mistake not, this is the
gate through which we are to enter ; through which we, of the ever-
to-be-remembered "Ten" are to pass into that Council which will
send forth its mandates to the partizans of Southern Rights; that
Council which will drag this prDud republic into a civil war never
before equalled in point of strite and carnage. The Republicans of
the North do not think of the advantages that we have taken of
their short-sightedness. While our Representatives are working
at ^Vashington, we are giving our might and will to organize armies
that cannot be vanquished. [Looks oiF " R "] But here comes
Moulton. He seems excited. Perhaps more important news have
recently arrived.

Enter Moulton, R « 1 " E.— Harry to "C,"— Does not appear to per-
ceive Major Compton — Stops ''C " — Recognizes Major.

Moulton Ah, major, it is you? Have you been informed of the
latest news from Washington ?

Major No; has anything occurred to expose our plans ?

Moulton Yes. Through some agency, the Executives of the
Government have been informed of the existence of this Council ; of
the preparations we have made, and are now making. In consequence
of which, all the regular troops, and also the entire navy, are to be
placed in position to enter the field at a day's notice.

Major If these are facts, then it only remains for us to open our
guns on Fort Sumter, and discover to these Republicans the Spirit
of the South.

Moulton The Council, with the exception of ourselves, are already
assembled, and they are now, no doubt, awaiting our arrival.

Major Compton and Moulton exit through gate in flat " L." — Enter L
" 1 " E„ rebel officer uniformed. — Officer looks up at houses, then raps on the
panel of gate. — The gate is opened by officer No. 2, who enters stage.



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1st Officer, (saluting) Say to the Council that all our batteries are


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