By Michiko Y. Aoki, Margaret B. Dardess
Textual content followed at collage of Kansas; college of Missouri, Columbia.
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So never fail to check and restrain the horse with the rope tightly. Also, I tell you this just in case you need to know. The Mozuogane metal fittings which are on the stirrups sometimes break and we do not have spare stirrups to replace them, so in that case, be aware that you have to fix the stirrups by tying them up with anything you can find. A blanket should be kept on the saddle when the master is mounted. Do not throw it away, this is so that the master can use it as a mat. The under-blanket can be used for us footmen as a mat when needed.
On top of that, when putting gunpowder into a cartridge, you should not pack it to the full but leave a little room. If you apply too much glue on the paper to cover it, the bullets will be stuck onto the paper, almost like it is wearing paper clothes, and sometimes the paper will not break. That means that after shooting it two or three times, the bullets will get stuck in the barrel and when you put a cartridge in it, it will only reach 2 or 3 sun [1 sun equals approx. 3cm] down the muzzle – which is not far at all – and then if you try to remove it by thrusting it with a cleaning rod, it will get stuck and you will not be able to budge the blockage an inch.
I have brought this cloth as a band to hold back my sleeves in case my master gets injured and I have to carry him on my back secured with this cloth. However, my master got the honour of the second spear achievement and yet remained totally unscathed. He had his comrades back him up with the sword as a Yariwaki support. By the time of the third spear match, all the spears from both sides of the enemy and our allies were crossed together at once and there were so many spears tangled that it was messy like salted bracken,36 a great mix.