National Geographic : 1908 Nov
support the balconies."-FKPDER~ppIV^OQR$. BULGARIAN SOLDIERS QUARTERED AT THE RILO MONASTERY, STANDING FOR GRACE BEFORE SUPPER "A few minutes before the supper-hour pots of stew or soup, or other army rations, were setinarow on the stone pavement. When the call to mess was sounded the soldiers fell in behind thepots, each with half a loaf of bread and a tin spoon, and stood facing the chapel. The drums beat again, and with one accord the line of yellow-coated men doffed their caps. Their officer, likewise reverencing,pronounced thegrace, and the company made the sign of the cross three times in drill regularity. The menthen seated themselves, eight round a pot, and began their meal in the golden light of pine torches fastened tothe great pillars which support the balconies." -FRDERIc¢ MOORE.