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VOLUNTEER INTELLIGENCE.

The Peninsula Navals went into camp at Tahuna Park on Saturday last for gun drill. The parade state is as follows 1 captain, 2 lieutenants, 1 first-class and two second-class petty officers, 1 bugler and 30 gunners; total, 46. On Monday morning drill commenced at the central battery, Ocean Beach. Reveille sounds at 4 a.tn/; coffee 4.30; the men then fall in and march to the guns, where they drill until 6.40; march back to the camp to breakfast, after which they are free to follow their ordinary avocations, returning to camp for dinner. At six drilling at the guns from 6.30 to 8.30. The men are working very earnestly, and will derive great benefit from the steady drill. On Saturday afternoon shot and shell practice will be'held at St. Clair.

At the monthly inspection parade of the Fort Chalmers Naval Artillery there were present Captain Thomson, 1 lieutenant, 1 chief petty officer, 4 first-class petty officers, 4 second-class, and 60 seaiqen gunners; total, 71. After the inspection a meeting was held for the purpose of electing a lieutenant in place of Lieutenant Godfrey (resigned), when Petty-officer Earthy was elected to the vacant position. In the course of an interview with a reporter of the * Lyttelton Times ’ General Edwards said :—“ My opinion of the New Zealand defence forces is much the same as my opinion of those in other parts of Australasia. You have capital men, but are absolutely wanting in the system and organisation necessary to make them of any use. Yon are in mnch the same state as the Victorians were - some six or seven years ago, before they reorganised their forces. In fact you are very backward indeed. Your forces should certainly contain a much larger proportion of monnted riflemen than at present. I hope to leave behind me a plan on which you can organise your, forces, at a very moderate cost, and make them quite equal to your requirements at present. In my report to the Vic-

torian Government, which has been published, you will see that I recommended an extended system of clubs, by means of which an organised force can be provided With comparative ease; The proposal that the present permanent forcco oHbiild lib disbanded and' ■ replaced by detachments of the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers in the pay of the colony is ridiculed by General Edwards, who, however, favors the federation of all the permanent forces of the colony into one Australasian force, the commissions id which' should be granted by the Queen. He thinks it would be impossible to get an adequate defence force in this colony'under our present system, and says that the Snider rifle with which our men are armed would be considered 'obsolete in any army. The General wishes it to be distinctly understood that ho has not come to New Zealand to recommend any expensive or elaborate military system. The cause of all the want of system seems to him to be that the public take so little interest In the matter. The North Dunedin Rifles fired the annua] match, Officers v. Privates, at Peliohet Bay range this morning. Ranges 200, 400, and 500 yards ; seven shots at each distance. Fight men a-side. The match was won by the Privates by 14 points. The morning was fine, but the light was very changeable, and the scoring Was consequently indifferent. The following are the scores : rhwAtss. >

Volunteer Mitchell 200 yds. 31 4.00 yds. 19 £00 yds. Tl. 20 — 70 V")ilntciT Simmers 28 20 16 - 61 Volunteer Peebles 22 14 21 — B7 Volun'eor Hutchinson.. 19 28 8 — 56 Volunteer M'Aithur 18 is 15 - 51 Volunteer Miller 19 20 12 — 61 Volunteer Blaik 18 8 24 — 50 Volunteer J. Smith 23 10 0 -.48 Lieutenant Myers Officers. 22 13 446 26 - 61 Lieutenant Johnston 21 22 16 — 61' Captain M'Nab 39 10 10 — 50 Corporal Brown .. >, 29 13 10 — 67 Sergeant Crawlur.l 19 19 17 — 59 Sergeant Kredrio 19 19 15 — 93 Corporal Uunro 18 10 20 - 48 Seri; ant M'Millan .. 18 11 •J - 34

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VOLUNTEER INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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VOLUNTEER INTELLIGENCE. Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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