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THE QUEEN'S PRIZE.

la its graphic description of the scene nt the firing points during the last few minutes of the Queen's Prize competition the London ' Daily Telegraph ' :—" Amid a scene of great, though suppressed, excitement the !a*t few shots were fired. Scott had held steadily on the target, but had dropped a few points, while Ward was in almost the same condition. At length but two shots were to go, and it was seen from iil f Boonng-board that if Ward could make a bults-eyo.he would beat Scott by two points. Both men were singularly cool and steady. Scott could uos possibly make more thau 302, even with a bull, while the Englishman could make 304. blowly «nd long both men sighted their rifles. Ward was the first to fire, and amid a breathless pause the crowd waited for the signal to be hoisted at the targets .•slowly it came up. The two upper corners were clear, so the shot could not be an outer or a magpie, and instantly a great cheer went up, because Ward had won by a point at least. With provoking slowness the indicator rose, till the black edge of the square could be seen in the right-hand corner, and then the cheers burst forth with redoubled vigor and intense- enthusiasm. Vm o made a bulls-eye. Meanwhile Scott, unaffected by the tumultuous scene around him, was holding the rifle m a grip of steel, and levelling it on the target. The crack of the shot was not heard amid the cheers, but the indicator rose, and showed' that, amid all the feverish scene, the iron nerves of the Melrose blacksmith had enabled him, too, to score a final bulls-eye. Nothing, probably, could indicate greater self-command and I power of concentration than the feat accom- | pushed by. the two competitors, who, under the eye of royalty itself (the Duke of \ork and Duke of Connaught were in the forefront of the onlookers), in the presence ol a vast and intensely excited crowd, and struggling for a priza the winning of which would carry the name of its possesser to the ends of the earth, could hold their rifles so true that the bullet went straight to a black dot on the centre of the target, nearly three-quarters of a mile away. How steady they were may be gathered from the simple tact that an alteration of one-hundredth of thQ murj fo'°t the rifle meant over •20ft at the target." " According to report (adds the ' Daily Telegraph'), the smithy at Melrose in which Armorer-sergeant Scott, the winner of the silver medal at Bisley, works has been in the possession of his forefathers for 700 years. What would new countties like America not give for a'casual record like this, arising out of a shooting -match. There are many patents of nobility in ' Burke's Peerage' not so respectable-so truly and historically distinguished-as to have had one and the same smithy in the family for seven centuries."

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THE QUEEN'S PRIZE., Issue 10422, 17 September 1897

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THE QUEEN'S PRIZE. Issue 10422, 17 September 1897

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