0n no account should the men be suffered to wear a double row of buttons on their jackets or frocks, a practice much pursued, and when moving to other counties, gives the appearance of not belonging to the same establishment. Particular care should be taken to have the forage caps properly set set up, which can be only done effectually by a lining of course linen. None but shoes laced high to the ankle should, under any pretence, be suffered to be worn, as, in uniform, nothing can have a more slovenly appearance then the stocking being seen.
An inspection of necessaries should take place once a month, and all deficiencies made good, as also all barrack damages.
List of Necessaries each man should be required to have, and the same marked, and to be produced in the pack at inspection.:
1 Shell Jacket.- 2 Trousers. - 1 do. Clothes. - 2 Shirts. - 2 Pairs Shoes. - 3 Pairs Socks. - 1 Forage Cap. - 3 Shoe Brushes. - 1 Soap and Shaving Brush. - 1 Clothes Brush.
1 Button Stick and Brush.- 1 Sponge. - 1 Comb. - 1 Razor. - 1 Blacking Box. - 1 Pair Mits. - 2 Towels. - 1 Turnscrew Worm. - 1 Handcuff. - 1 Picker and Brush.
1 Knife, Fork and Spoon.
Heavy Marching Order.
Signifies that every article of necessaries should be in the pack, coats folded outside, cap cased, brasses down. The coat when folded should measure 17 inches in length, 10 inches in breadth, and 2 inches deep, perfectly flat, not inclining round in the center.
For the Cavalry -Cloak folded in front, chain round the horse's neck, curry comb, brush and log in shoe case, carbine slung, the kit in valise, saddle cloth fold over it, oil deck covering both, caps cased, and brasses down.
Light Marching Order.
Brushes, razor, blacking tin, &c,&c, in the pack, coat folded.
For the Cavalry- Cloak before, half kit in the valise, chain as above, also brushes and comb.
Field Day Order.
Cloak folded without the pack, cap uncased.
For the Cavalry.-Cap uncased, cloak behind, &c,&c.-if for skirmishing the carbine slung.
When an officer is going on night duty, much benefit would arise by his not allowing the men to know any thing of it, until the very moment he is ready, as five minutes should turn them out ; by their getting previous warning, the matter is the subject of conversation amongst them and their wives, by which means, ( with every wish to keep it secret,) it gets publicity, and the ends of justice defeated.
The sergeants in charge of out-stations should act on the same principle
Every article belonging to a policeman should be so arranged at night, as to enable him to turn out at a moment's notice. Each sergeant should provide himself with a small whistle, which is particularly useful on night duty, executing warrants, in withdrawing his men from their post, and by which, the alarm that must ensue from calling them, would be avoided.
On all occasions of night duty, the old clothing should be worn.
When attending fairs, &c,&c. the men should appear with coats folded and black caps, the former for night duty, the latter for preservation. They should not be allowed to leave the barrack, nor take off their accouterments ; by this means, a force could be turned out at a moments notice, and, when called on, should move in square from four deep.
Assembling A District.
When the force of a district is assembled at a head quarters, a given hour should be appointed for their return to their stations, at which time the entire should parade at the barrack, and each sergeant march his party off, to avoid the irregularity which too often occurs on such occasions, by allowing men to straggle.
Giving over of Barracks.
On a sergeant being removed, he should be particular in giving over to his relieving one a correct return, with the several barrack articles, books,&c,&c, he had in charge ; also the number of cracked and broken panes, with the names of men chargeable, and for which, he should obtain the proper receipt, keeping a copy of the return left. On the relieving sergeant not arriving, the above to be given over to the senior sub-constable of the party.
Ref : Instructions for the Constabulary, Etc, Etc, Etc. 1834. Adopted by Constabulary, in Ulster, 4th March, 1834.