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In a letter to Corporal Ballinger, of the Guards, who is a member of the Council of the New Zealand Rifle Association, Captain Sommerville, chairman of that body, complains of the action of Lieutenant-colonel Wales and other Dunedin officers in endeavoring to get the sole control of the next annual meeting, which is to be held in Dunedin daring the Exhibition season. He then goes on to say:—" I am now in communication with tho Exhibition Commissioners offering on the part of the Association to assist them in every way we can in holding the meeting. The Association will, so far as date of meeting is concerned, and in many other respects, bo guided by the Exhibition Commissioners. I have had answers from the Tasmanian and New South Wales Associations, who express themselvos highly pleased with the idea of our meeting, and both promise to do their best to send over teams for the intercolonial meeting. New South Wales, however, positively declines to take up the new rifle, even if we get it out specially for the meeting. I am quite sure that we will not get the 500 applied for, and in that case a number of Martini-Henrys will be sent to take their place; and lam quite certain these latter will prove more satisfactory than the former. Failing to get Martinis out in time, I am informed that the Admiral might lend ua sufficient for the meeting; but I would prefer to have them imported, as many men want to purchase the weapon they use. The Government need be under no apprehension as to the sale of 400 Martinis; they would all be disposed of in less than twelve months. I purpose placing a Parliamentary Match on the programme this year. There are some capital shots amongst members of both Houses, and I am sure that a match of this kind will prove interesting, and yearly gain ground with the public. During the session I must take a run down from Wanganui and talk the matter over with Bome of the hon. gentlemen. It is impossible to get out a programme until wo see what support the House will give us, but wo shall havo plenty of time, even after the House rises, to arrange our plans."—' Post.'

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EXHIBITION RIFLE MEETING., Evening Star, Issue 7923, 3 June 1889

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EXHIBITION RIFLE MEETING. Evening Star, Issue 7923, 3 June 1889