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THE NATIONAL RESERVE.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—l joined the National Reserve as a lirst instalment towards discharging my duty as a citizen, and have now been nearly three months doing infantry drill like we used to do at school. I have never seen a rifle yet, and consequently I suppose I am not much nearer being a soldier. The lukewarm attitude of the Government towards this new volunteer movement surprises me. A volunteer is usually said to be worth two pressed men, but the administration evidently do not consider the 600 or 700 men who paraded down town last night worthy of serious training. Volunteers are obtainable at a time of crisis like this, and one would have imagined that the Governmen woidd have taken advantage of the occasion, and at least have sent the men in i-quads to the butts to teach them how to shoot. It has T>een suggostod tlv.it the Government t'ould not arm the Reserve without depleting the Territorials, but this is obviously an excuse. A couple of dozen rifles at the butts to be used bf each squad in succession would have given us, at any rate, some instruction, and was well within the capacity of the department. I believe, too, that the ambulance corps, with a membership of 50, have been unable to get a loan of even their simple appliances, except on one occasion, when four stretchers were obtained. The question of the effective training of men who are not compelled to serve in the Territorials requires serious, definite, and statesmanlike action. It is a hip subject, but- the Government should not be afraid, as they appear to be. to "voice their views on the matter.—l am. etc.. Volvxteer. October 16.

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THE NATIONAL RESERVE., Issue 15628, 20 October 1914

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THE NATIONAL RESERVE. Issue 15628, 20 October 1914

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