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VOLUNTEER INTELLIGENCE.

It ia alleged that the cause of want of discipline manifested by the volunteers at the late Easter encampment is that all the companies are now independent of each other, whereas formerly they were in a division and subject to commands. The change has tended towards disorganisation. Captain Hitchens, of the Waitemata Navals, has asked Colonel Shepherd to make full inquiry into the volunteer misconduct at the late encampment. In order to encourage individual target practice in the volunteer force, the Defence Minister has approved of the following medals, which will be distributed on the conditions hereafter detailed being conformed to :—A gold medal for the best shot in each island. A gold and silver medal for the second best shot in each island. _ A silver medal for the best shot in each district, excluding the holders of the other medals. Tho medal in each case to become the property of the highest scorer if won three times in succession, or five times at intervals. Marksmen, who must be efficient volunteers, are alone eligible to compete for these medals. The distances to be fired will be 200 yards (standing), 300 yaids (kneeling), and 500 yards (in any position) ; ten rounds at each distance. The competition in each district to take place between January 1 and March 31, on such day as may be appointed, and to be under the personal superintendence of an officer of the permanent or district staff. Targets to bo the same as laid down in pamphlet on "Musketry Instruction." Officers are uot eligible to compete for these medals. Ammunition for the competition will be refunded to corps. Tits will be decided as provided for by "Musketry Instruction, 1887."

A Wellington telegram says that the City Volunteer Corps are filling np all over the colony in a most satisfactory manner, and for some corps double the number allowed by the maximum could be obtained, The experiment of turning country corps into rifle clubs iB also reported to be working well.

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VOLUNTEER INTELLIGENCE., Evening Star, Issue 7914, 23 May 1889

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VOLUNTEER INTELLIGENCE. Evening Star, Issue 7914, 23 May 1889

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