Sergeant-Major Jack Abbott came down from Buford
a few days since to see the town and shake off the monotony which soldier life in these piping times of peace involves. The major proceeded to rehabilitate himself in citizen's clothes. He says in four hours those clothes were an irretrievable ruin—being ripped in every part. Again donning the army blue, he carried the wreck to the astonished dealer and offered him the "hull paraphernalia" for $2.50. The major has resumed military attire permanently. He says he has no use for citizen's clothes.
Bismarck Weekly Tribune, 3/16/1883