Rock was not impressed with the pathetic retinue assigned for his protection. Many of the ‘guards’ were mere boys of 14 or 15, and they were armed with rusty Austrian-made muzzle loading rifles dating back to 1857. According to Rock, the guards were more trouble than they were worth, due to their penchant for plundering every settlement they passed through.
“They settle on a village like flies on a pie, and rarely pay for what they eat, but bully the farmers ...” he noted.
To the disgust of the soldiers, Rock made a point of making them pay for everything they took.