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ASHBURTON CONTINGENT, C.Y.C

The Cavalry turned out for the first parade of the season on Saturday afternoon, but the attendance was small, only seven troopers putting in an appearance. They marched to the North Town Belt, and were put through the sword exercise by Trooper Scott, who shows considerable efficiency as a drill instructor. A meeting was held in the evening at the Somerset Hotel, Sergeant Bruce in the chair, who gave a resumd of the proceedings of the company at the last general meeting, held at Sergeant-Major McGuinness’s, Christchurch. It was resolved that five officers should be elected, of which Christchurch should nominate three, and Ashburton, Christchurch, and Southbridge one each, so that there probably would have to be an election to decide upon the officers. A drill instructor would also have to bo elected and the whole company would have a voice in the matter. Very suitable candidates had made application, and there would not be any difficulty in filling up the office ; the successful candidate would have to pass an examination, and be approved of by the Covernment. Captain Strouts had resigned the command of the corps, and Lieutenant Slater had taken his place. The business of the evening was to nominate an officer for the district. Three gentlemen in the locality had been mentioned as suitable, and it was for the members present to decide upon which to recommend.

After soma discussion Trooper Wilkie proposed, and Trooper Pyke seconded—- ‘ ‘ That Sergeant J. Stanley Bruce he nominated as the ollieor to represent the Ashburton contingent. ” All present spoke in high terms of the qualifications of Sergeant Bruce, and h s energy and perseverance in connection with the contingent, and the motion was carried unanimously, those present pledging themselves to assist Sergeant Bruce to the best of their ability in forwarding tlie interests of the corps. It was resolved that until further notice a drill shall be held every Thursday at 6 p.m., foot and horse parade alternately. Throe new members wore proposed, and the meeting closed.

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ASHBURTON CONTINGENT, C.Y.C Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 14, 28 October 1879

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