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The Commaner-in-chief.

Writing of H.R.H. the Duke of Cambridge, the "Reefton Guardian" says: —"The horse that carries him through the theatrical displays of {reviews, shamfights, manoeuvres, etc., has to be up to any Aveight, for the Duke rides at about 18 stone. We remember once seeing the ludicrous side of the Duke at the autumn manoeuvres held in '72 in the south of England. The whole of the northern army had been marching in column upon some imaginary post, when suddenly the enemy—the southern army—appeared on eminences on either flank of them ; and so as to engage them, the northern army were deployed in a movement to this effect. This caused a great scattering of forces, and the Commander-in-Chief with his staff Avere left quite alone at the rear of the attacking companies. The staff, being left in a kind of liolloav, moved forAvard so as to see the plan of the battle. Boom ! boom ! Avent the 7 and 14-pounders of the artillery, and bang Avent the steed of the Duke at 1.40 gait across the moor, and as each discharge of the artillery pealed through the air the gallant quadruped lifted his heels by Avay of a salute, the oft recurrence of which gradually shifted the Duke forward until he lost all power of his nag, and Avas riding a la John Gilpin, right into the lines. His quandary was, however, seen by a subaltern of one of the light cavalry regiments, who rode out to him, and gaining the horse's reins brought it to a standstill before the Duke had become the laughing-stock of the Avhole division.

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The Commaner-in-chief., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2406, 21 April 1890

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The Commaner-in-chief. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2406, 21 April 1890

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