June 22nd, 2005

US Army pension query

Does any of you wonderful people know
a) whether members of the US army contribute to their pensions from their pay, or does some or all of it get paid by the army
b) if one is dishonourably discharged from the US army on grounds of mental instability or something similar, does one forfeit all one's pension?
Or, for example, are contributions made by the soldier to date retained, and those made by the army forfeited?
Or is it decided on case by case basis?
Thanks.

Gun questions

Howdy. I'm writing a story that takes place between the years of 1883 and 1888, primarily German characters, in the African colonies and in the wilds of the Sahara. I need to know a few things about the guns I want them to have.

The protagonist I originally wanted to use a lovely 1896 Mauser "Broomhandle" pistol. But, considering it hasn't been invented yet, in 1888, I couldn't come up with a good enough excuse for her to be able to find one. I decided to go with my second favorite gun, the LeMat nine-shooter revolver with secondary grapeshot barrel. (in other words, if nine .42 caliber bullets don't down whatever it is your shooting at you can finish it off with a .63 caliber blast of buckshot!)

But here's the rub: I want these two LeMat pistols to be converted from black powder "cap and ball" dealies into cartridge revolvers, like the Colt Conversion pistols. Does anyone have any suggestions about how I go about this?

Secondly, I need to know what the standard issue pistol was for the German navy between the Franco-Prussian war (1870) and WWI, as well as the standard issue pistol for the Prussian navy before them (pre-1870).

Thirdly, I need to know what the standard issue pistol was for the British Royal Navy between the years of 1860 and 1885 (roughly the years a British character would have been in the Navy and taken home a service revolver).

Thank you very much for ANY information you can give me whatsoever!

~Jay

Wedding at a New York Hotel

What's a New York hotel of medium poshness where you might be able to schedule a small, off-season (January) wedding somewhat last-minute? What I mean is, not a place that would have a waiting list for the waiting list, but where you could squeeze in on a cancellation without too much difficulty.

Bonus question: If you know the name of a ballroom at this hotel, or any significant details, that'd be great, too.

Thanks so much!
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