(For Onr Own Correspondent.) WHAXGAKEI, Thursday. The annual meeting of the Whangarei Rifle Volunteers was held ln the Drill Hall last night, Captain Pearce presiding. The, ' balance-sheet showed the revenue to be i £98 2/G, and expenditure £67 17/7, leaving a credit ot £30 4/11. The hall account showed I a revenue ot -95 13/4, with expenditure £92 15/8, leuving a balance in hand of £2 17/ S. The balance of assets over liabilities was i £630 8AIt was announced that Private Moore had won the prize for shooting marks (recruits), and Corporal Nash had secured the prize for recruiting. Captain Steadman was unanimously elected president for the ensuing year. Parade nights were fixed for alternate Fridays. Captain Pearce made touching reference to the loss sustained by the corps ln the death of the late Hr H. Colhoun, aiid, on the motion of Lieut. Donaldson, it was unanimously decided to subscribe for an artificial wreath to be placed on the grave. After business had beeu concluded an adjournment was made to the drill hall proper for the annual smoking concert. ; After the usual loyal toast, the "Visiting Officers" was proposed by Lieut Donaldson, and responded to by Major ClarkWalker. Captains Reeve and McCarrolL j "Public School aud Defence Cadets," Captain Pearse, responded to by Captains Lupton and Binstead. "Tbe Civilians" was i proposed by Captain Steadman, responded to by Messrs H. Weaver and W. McKin- [ stry; the "Marsden Mounted Kifles" by Lieutenant Devlin, and responded to by SerI geant-Major Cardale, Captain O'Carroll, and Lieut. Mackesy; "Whangarei Rifle Volunteers," by Major Clark-Walker, responded to by Captain Pearse; "Whangarei Brass Band," coupled with the name of Bandmaster Hatnsey and the chairman. Major Clarke-Walker commended the enterprise of the Whangarei Volunteers ln further enI larging the Drill Hall, as conferring a benefit on Whangarei generally.
Captain Kceve referred to the present strpngth of the volnnteers (43), and the necessity of active private recruiting aud. amidst "applause, renewed his donation of two prizes for the ensuing year. Captain MrCarroll spoke ln favour of volunteering :-.s an alternative to conscription.
Captain Lupton spoke of the advancement of the c.-adets in 10 years, also of U heiug the primary step to universal training. Captain Binstead deplored the gap ou a boy leaving school, aud not being able to continue his training till he reached IS. Captain Steadman said that good marksmanship -svas even more necessary than drilling, and that employers should give greater facilities to employees to attend camps, etc. Captain Tearee. referring to the autumn camp at Morrinsville, said it was not probable that the volunteers would be present, as, unless half strength could be sent, they would forfeit the Government grant. Interspersed with the speeches was the following vocal and instrun— ntal programme :—Sons, "A Sailor's Life," Mr Colpan; humorous selection, 'Whangarei Brass Band and Orchestra; tons. -'fpnioa. Jaci."
"Mr F. O. Massey; son*, '.'On the Shore," Mr McCormlc—; eong, ' "Deathless Army," Mr Le Bnez; song (comic), "Tic—led," Private Woods; humorous military'recollections, Ser-geant-Major Cardnle; song, ""When I was a Boy at School," Mr McConnici; song, "For the King," Mr Le Rnez; song, "If There Wasn't Any Women," Mr S Watts; humour, selected, Mr C. Bevington,
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