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AN IMPOSING SIGHT.

Christchurch, November 24

There was a scene of great activify at the Show Grounds today. Everywhere the "specials" were drilling, mounted men and footmen. They formed into fours, they wheeled and tbey advanced at the double. Very quickly bave they assimilated their training. Their movements were conducted with a military precision and smartnesF, remarkable in the short time they have been together, and creditable alike to their zeal and that bf their instructors. It was a sight well worth witnessing seeing the mounted men at work. The cavalcade was an imposing one as column after column advanced at the half trot. The majority were in their shirt sleeves, and very well mounted The greater number of foot "specials" are also sturdy strapping fellows, who performed their drill evolutions with a keenesa and a relish all day. REINFORCEMENTS ARRIVE DAILY.

To-day reinforcements were pouring in from the county and the town. Outside the Lincoln road gates a couple of uniformed police kept strike partisans at a respectful distance, but as it was there were cases of men going out to tbe camp being inter- } fered with and molested. "SPECIAL", INTERFERED WITH. One city "special" engaged a "taxi" in tbe city to take him out to the camp. From what was afterwards learned the driver wa3 apparently in league witb militant strikers, for a motor car followed. The taxi slowed down and pulled up, and four men in the pursuing car, after attempting by threats to force tbe special to change his mind about joining the force, endeavoured to pnll him out of the taxi, the driver of which looked on unconcerned. Luckily, the special was able to hold his own until help arrived, Tbi3 incident happened only a few hundred yards from the Show Grounds.

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AN IMPOSING SIGHT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4350, 25 November 1913

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AN IMPOSING SIGHT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4350, 25 November 1913

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