The tent-ropes was all skew- nosed, an' the pegs looked as dhrunk as the men - fifty av thim - the scourin's, an' rinsin's, an' Divil's lavin's av the Ould Rig'mint.
"Thin take Ut off again,' sez Peg Barney, latherin' away wid the boot; 'take ut off an' dance, ye lousy civilian!' "Wid that he begins cursin' ould Dhrumshticks, being so full he dane disrernimbers the Brigade-Major an' the Judge-Advokit- Gen'ral.
"'There's no orf'cer, ye ould cook,' sez Scrub; 'we're a bloomin' Republic.'
Savin' your presince, Sorr,' I sez, ''tis only Lift'nint Hackerston in the Ould Rig'mint can manage a Home draf'.'
Wid your permission, Sorr, I will investigate the camp, an' talk to me ould frinds.
I was some wan in the ould days, an' the bhoys was glad to see me - all excipt Peg Barney wid a eye like a tomata five days in the bazar, an' a nose to match.
"I talked to me ould non-coms - they was sober - an' betune me an' thim we wore the draf' over into their tents at the proper time.
"I wint to the ould Colour-Sargint and I sez: - 'Let me die in glory,' sez I.
"'A man he is,' sez ould Hother; 'the draf's as sick as a herrin'.
'Tis not ivry child that wud chuck the Rig'lations to Flanders an' stretch Peg Barney on a wink from a brokin an' dilapidated ould carkiss like mysilf.
Wid your good lave we'll dhrink to the Ould Rig'mint - three fingers - standin' up!" And we drank.
Il est suivi par les quatre opposants: le militant anti-esclavagiste Biram Ould
Abeid (18,58%), l'ex-Premier ministre Sidi Mohamed Ould
Boubacar (17,87%) le journaliste Baba Hamidou Kane (8,71%) et le professeur d'universite Mohamed Ould