THE NEW ZEALAND RIFLE ASSOCIATION.
INTERCOLONIAL TEAMS WILL TAKE PART. A general meeting of members of the New Zealand Rille Association was held in the officers’ room at the Garrison Hall last evening, with a view to making arrangements lor the forthcoming Exhibition prizefiring meeting. Fifteen members attended, and Captain M'Nab (local representative of the Association) presided, The Chairman said he regretted the attendance was so small. As they knew, a resolution had been passed to the effect that any rifle meeting held during the time of the Exhibition should be under the New Zealand Rille Association. Captain Sommerville, the president of the Association, had been accordingly communicated with, and he (Captain M'Nab) had seen Captain Proudfoot in reference to the position of the local Committee, The local Committee, he was informed, had been dissolved. Captain Sommervillo had written to him saying that he knew from a communication from Colonel Wales that the local Committee had ceased to exist, and asking him to call a meeting to appoint a committee to carry on the management of the Exhibition meeting. The business of the present meeting was to appoint such a committee, who could consider tho draft programme, which was expected to arrive by Friday next, and to elect Finance and Range Committees. Sergeant Fhedric (North Dunedin Rifles) thought it advisable that the Finance Committee should consist of officers commanding companies. He was sure that no one present would shirk the responsibility, but he was of opinion that if the officers took the initiative they would command more influence, and their ifforls at canvassing would bo more successful. He moved accordingly. Corporal Hutchinson (North Dunedin) considered that the mayor and councillors should be approached and invited to become members of the Finance Committee. Last time the colonial prize meeting was held here they accepted such office. On that occasion LIOO was collected in Leith Ward alone, and altogether LI,OOO was raised in Otago. It would be a mistake to rely solely on the volunteer forces for raising funds,
Sergeant Frehric agreed that it would be impossible. He said it would be impossible to make the Committee too influential, and ho was willing to adopt the suggestion made. He accordingly amended his motion to include senior officers of the district and the mayor and councillors of the City, with power to add to their number. The motion as altered was adopted nem. dii.
It was mentioned that the Port Chalmers shooting men had expressed their intention of organising a local committee with a view to making a thorough canvass of that borough, and the hope was expressed that the suburban rifle corps would follow the example of the Port contingent, Sergeant Fredric, Volunteer Richardson, and Gunner Eegg were appointed a committee to select a suitable range, in conjunction with Captain M'Nab. The following gentlemen were appointed to consider the draft programme ; - Private Creagh (City Guards), Corporal Hutchinson (North Dunedin), Corporal Montgomery (High School Cadets), Volunteer Dalzicl (Wakari). Private Hanna (Highland Rifles), Captain Faitburn (Irish Rifles), Lieutenant Mann (South District Rifles), Captain Proudfoot (B Battery), Lieutenant Morrison (Dunedin Naval Artillery), Lieutenant Oakden (Peninsula Naval Artillery), Corporal Lydcra (Engineers), and Captain Waters (Port Chalmers). The Chairman said that the only other important question was that of the date for holding the meeting. Mr Twopeny had suggested January as the most suitable for Australian visitors. Ho (the speaker) had been informed by Captain Sommerville that most of the Australian colonics intended being represented in the Intercolonial Match, and that they were anxious to have the complete programme as early as possible ; and ho had written to Captain Sommervllle asking him to look up the Australian letters and see if they mentioned anything as to the question of date. To that communication ho had received no reply, but the following telegram, apparently inspired by Captain Sommerville, had, in view of that nignt’s meeting, boon received from Wanganui:—"Mr A. Cohen, Evening Stas, Dunedin.— Is not beginning of December, as suggested, too early for Exhibition rifle meeting. Bettor January for the Northerners. Sommerville agrees with me.” Re understood that December had been suggested as being moat suitable for the Southern men. Sergeant Fbehkio thought that there would bo a good representation of North Island and Australian marksmen if January were selected for holding the meeting. December was too early and February too late. A good many more South Island men would have gone to Blenheim last meeting had it not been held so lato in the season.
Lieutenant Morrisok (Dunedin Naval AiUUery) moved—“ That tho meeting bo held about the middle of January next.” This was seconded by Sergeant Facnuic and unanimously agreed to. Tho usual compliment to the chairman terminated tho meeting.
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THE NEW ZEALAND RIFLE ASSOCIATION., Evening Star, Issue 7931, 12 June 1889
THE NEW ZEALAND RIFLE ASSOCIATION. Evening Star, Issue 7931, 12 June 1889
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