COLOR-SALUTE. Is the ranks, the color-bearer, whether at a halt or in march, will always carry the heel of the color-lance supported at the right hip, the right hand generally placed on the lance at the height of the shoulder, to hold it steady. When the color has to render honors, the color-bearer will salute as follows : At the distance of six paces slip the right hand along the lance to the height of the eye ; lower the lance by straightening the arm to its full ex tent, the heel of the lance remaining at the hip, and bring back the lance to the habitual position when the person saluted shall be passed, or shall have passed, six paces.
The front rank will be composed of a ser geant, to be selected by the colonel, who will be called, for the time, color-bearer, with the two ranking corporals, respectively, on his right and left ; the rear rank will be composed of the three corporals next in rank ; and the three remaining corporals will be posted in their rear, and on the line of file closers. The left guide of the color- company, when these three last named corporals are in the rank of file closers, will be immediately on their left. 45. In battalions with less than five companies present, there will be no color-guard, and no dis play of colors, except it may be at reviews. 46. The corporals for the color-guard will be selected from those most distinguished for regu larity and precision, as well in their positions under arms as in their marching. The latter advantage, and a just carriage of the person, are to be more particularly sought for in the selection of the color-bearer.
"When drill is over, we must guard our charge to the colonel's tent, roll the crimson and azure folds carefully about the staff, and put them under shelter ; then our day's work is done."