Beal gives use of camels in the army a positive review
In a previons letter I informed y n that I had sent the camels back to Fort Tejon from the Colorado river, In the charge of my clerk, in order that they might be need in the campaign campaign against Utah. I parted with these noble brutes With much regret. A year of bard and almost unremitting labor with them had attached ns all to them with feelings stronger, I think, than any one experiences for either the horse or dog. It is to be hoped that tbe Government will continue the importation of this valuable animal, nntil sufficient have been obtained for the use of tbe whole army. It is cheaper at first cost, lives longer, and is ioGnitely stronger and hardier than the mule, while its capacity for work is four times greater. For military purposes, I regard it as invaluable, in a country where forage is difficult to obtain.