After the volunteers had marched out to Tahuna Park on Saturday afternoon they w ere formed up in line about the centre of the ground, facing the grand stand. The artillery formed to the right of the infantry. Among the spectators were the Hon. T, Fergus, Colonel Humfrey, Captain Stronach (of the Hussars), Sir R. Stout, and Dr Belcher. On arriving, at 4.30 p.m., General Edwards (who was accompanied by Colonel Hume and Major Douglas) was received in line. The brigade were then inspected by General Edwards, and afterwards there was the usual march, in column, the men marching very steadily. After the march past the force went through several brigade manoeuvres, including formation for attack. The brigade was then into line on tbe original ground, advanced in review order, and saluted. From this the men formed fours and marched home to the Triangle, arriving there at seven o’clock. The brigade here closed to mass of quarter columns, and the officers of the brigade and the shield team of the North Dunedin Rifles were called to the front. Colonel Wales, addressing the officers and the winning team, said he was exceedingly pleased at the creditable muster they had had. Out of a total of 1,250 men there had been inspected during the day by General Edwards 860, or two-thirds of the total strength. Considering that they were, all working men, this was a vety creditab.e turn out indeed. The general had made the remark that the men did wonderfully well considering the opportunities they had. Hr (Colonel Wales) hoped the gecoral’s visit here would be the prelude to m re favorable opportunities of field drill, aud that before the end of another year they would have a whole dixy of it occasionally, and tiien not lie so lira! :■« they were now after half a day’s drill. There bud not been previously any opportunity for presenting the ladies’ shield that had "been won by the North Dunedin Company. Ho was glad they had this shield to compete for, but was sorry it was not accompanied by a money prize, because however mucli they might deprerate the mercenary spirit they were all more or less interested in money matters, and if there was also a money prize he bad no doubt it would be competed for more keenly. He believed, and so did many other volunteers, that the work and expense in connection with shooting was worthy of some substantial recognition, and there should be something besides the honor of victory. He had much pleasure in handing the shield to Captain M'Nab. He had asked the Hou. Mr Fergus to present tin; shield, but he had to attend General Edwards, and Colonel Hume having also declined for a similar reason, the duty devolved upon himself. He hoped the
winning team would do all they could to win the ehield another time, and that they would let others they were doing, so that the competition might become general. In concluding Colonel Wales expressed himself obliged to officers and men for the ready way they responded to the commander during the day. The officers then resumed their places, and the battalions were dismissed.
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VOLUNTEER INSPECTION., Evening Star, Issue 8049, 28 October 1889
VOLUNTEER INSPECTION. Evening Star, Issue 8049, 28 October 1889
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