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RETURNED FROM BISLEY.

List night a eocial was held in honor of Volunteer W. Richardson, on his return from Bisley, in the drill hall of the North Dunedin Rifles. There was a fairly large muster of the members of the company and their Jady friends. Captain Myers pre« sided, and was supported by Lieutenants Johnston and Slowley and the guest of the evening.

The Chairman said they were there to bid welcome to Volunteer Richardson on his return to Dunedin, but more especially to offer him a cordial welcome on behalf of the North Dunedin Rifles.—(Applause.) He was, as they knew, the only Dunedin Volunteer selected to attend the shooting at Bisley in the Jubilee year. That the selection was a good one they now knew. A man could be drilled in .twelve months, but he cculd not become efficient in shooting in that period. It showed a man's nerve when he could go Home and compete against nearly 3,000 of the finest shots in the world Referring to the Kolapore Cup, which was lost to New Zealand by onlv 3 points, he expressed, the belief that "if Volunteer Richardson had bean in the selected eight the trophy wbuld have been won by the colony. —{Applause.) He hoped that volunteer Richardson would see his way togo Home, at some future time, and that he would be accompanied by some more members of their company,—(Applause.) Tea having been served, The Chairman proposed " The Health of Volunteer Richardson." Volunteer Richardson, in described his journey to the Old Country and the proceedings at the Bisley meeting; Before taking part in the various competi. tions they went in for a systematic oourae of shooting practice. The rifle they used was the Lee-Metford, whioh was remarkable for accuracy. From the 16 th June to the 12tf» July, with the exaeption of two day«, they were practising from morning till night, and it was no light work for them. They went to see the Jubilee celebrations-at London, and the AgentGeneral for New Zealand gave a picnic to the ftew Zealand contingent and team which they enjoyed thoroughly. He might mention that the Imperial Government supplied them with all their ammunition, which amounted to 10,000 rounds, free of charge; while the National Rifle Association gave the whole of the colonials the free use of the Bisley range for three weeks, which was a great privilege. He then gave some details of the scoring of the Now Zeaand team and his own scoring, tnentionina that he put on 9/ points out of a noasihln 105 at 200 500, and*6oo yard rangls He also remarked that he never madia single miss throughout tho meeting.—(Aomausll They were troubled aV goSdValHSto H n a „Tf£ { WWy. and the construction of the Lee-Metford. rifle made shooting under such •circumstances very difficult Concluding, he expressed his gratitude for their very great kiudness to him that evenin& J?hioh he felt was quite unmerited. £he chairman distributed the prizes won by the-membera ol the qompauy during last season,'chief among which were the company's belt, won'by Volunteer Richardson ; the H_alleastein challenge cup and company's gold medal, won-by Volunteer Bollock, sen.; Captain Myers's prize "of a marble clock won by Sergeant Peebles; and Major Burns's prize of a Snidec rifle, gained by Volunteer Hutchinson. Storekeeper Hitchcock was. also the recipient of a marble clock, presented by the "company, for his efficient services as storekeeper. , During the evening -the proceedings wero enlivened by vocal and instrumental musie. The Misses Cameron gave a pianoforte duet; a mandoline quartet (composed of Messrs G. H. Cameron and. Cogan and the Misses Cameron) .rendered several pretty selections i while songs were given by Misses E. Jacobs. VolnnteerTowhaend, and Mr A. Cogah, the last-named being encored. MiBB L. Cameron acted as accompanist. JDanoingX wtLa < afterwards engaged in foe several Jiours. ■'..:■' -

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RETURNED FROM BISLEY., Evening Star, Issue 10456, 28 October 1897

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RETURNED FROM BISLEY. Evening Star, Issue 10456, 28 October 1897

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