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TERRITORIALS.

[By Skirmishes. ] Items of interest concerning Corps (Town and Country). Shooting, and Terntortal notes generally will be accepted. Copy, addressed to “ Skirmisher ,” should be tn hand not later than Monday morning.

Congratulations to Captain S. G. Sandlo, R.N.Z.A., whose marriage taker, place in, 'Christchurch to-morrow.

Sergeant-major W. Colbert, signalling instructor, who left here with the Expeditionary Force, remained behind in Wellington as instructor to the reinforcements A District. Staff tour will bo held on the jet to the 3rd January, 1915, for officers of the New Zealand Staff Corps, R.N.Z.A., and senior Territorial officers. Travelling allowance to and from headquarter's will be paid. The department will make the necessary arrangements for billeting, but no pay will be allowed. The sum of £ls as a grant towards prizes for the Otago Rifle Association will Ito made this yeai, provided that the programme is approved by General Headquarters. The programme will include a number of service matches.

Lieutenant Brocks, who has received a temporary appointment on the New Zealand Staff Corps, was a- member of the famous New Zealand contingent of Cadets rhat visited Canada v.ane few years ago.

Territorial units are being compkud in

regard to number as rapidly as possible. By a new regulation Senior Cadets, on reaching the age, of 18 years, are immediately posted to tv Territorial company in-stea-.l of waiting, as formerly, till the beginning of the new Territorial year. The want of clothing is tv great drawback tit tho present time, hut this defect will be remedied as soon as possible. Hie annua! meeting of the Otago Ratio .Association, held last Meek, was attended by a good gathering o: .-hooting enthusiasts. By a district order issued recently, it was notified by District Headquarters that in order to send tho best, men only to compete at the big Dominion meeting, ihe executive of rifle associations should arrange for their prize- firing to take place >ome ume between Christmas and the beginning of February. -Any ether date but Faster would be very unsuitable for lha Otago Association, and n, was unanimously decided that the prize meeting should bo commenced on Good Friday ami concluded on the following day. This would leave Faster Monday for the Ladies' Challenge Shield Competition to bo fired. A very ,-trong executive was appointed for the year, and altogether i; looks as if the next prize meeting of the Otago Rifle -Association would bo a decided success. A new citizen defence unit has been mimed in Christchurch, which is known aa the Citizens’ Drill ami Rifle Club. Tho

raw Club will probably devote most of their attention to aitie shooting, and as tho membership is a large one. the want of tango .accommodation will fo felt.

“ Bull's-eye," in the ‘Weekly I'?-?;;,’ in referring in hie column to the formation of the new dub, makes a. hj ■ which, if carried out, will he the means of giving rifle shooting a groat lift up, and will no doubt be followed by other centres. Ho

says : "The meeting held to form a citizens’ drill an<l rifle club is probably the iaitjal step in making rifle shooting a national sport, v. Inch I have f.o constantly urged, and the outcome may be- the institution of the mimicipa' title contests, withal which I think r > isolated country is ' ornplete. Such iMite.-rs could easily be • -.-tablished. All that is needed is for tho < Ktjsens of Christchurch to decide to devote a certain amount of time and labor to tho preparatory stages, and at once ee-ra-r*' a -it-.- suitaW? r :Im<x>Tist.ruction .->£ P. municipal rifle range. This need not bo a costly affair, and there are many old rifle shots in the district, who will give advice and assistance. All classes of shooting can be instituted, and those who have never used a rifle b-fm.- will he astonished ct the rapidity with which they can learn. I trust the committ-v will go ahead and not h-t a few rebuffs discern age them, and [ 'iristc!r.irch_ will wwi had .'s'civ Zealand in rifle shooting, as she has in smi w other ••porta.'’

Mr Norman T. K. Low. who is in London waiting to join the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, was for many years in the draughting department of the' City Corporation. He was also a member of the Dunedin Rifle Chib, and took a great nterest in shooting.

On Saturday evening next a. miniature rifle match will take place in the basement nf the Garrison Mali between teams representing the division;;! signal corps and No. 1 City Company National Reserve. There are one or two good shots in the National Reserve company, ami I would not he at ell surprised 'to sec them win this match..

The Port Chalmers Senior Cadets held their monthly parade on Thursday last, when tho inspecting officer found the uniforms and accoutrements all clean and in good condition. During the month the company was inspected by Colonel K. 11. Smith, V.D. The company was inarched to tho King Edward square, where they were put through company drill by the officer. On returning to the hall the inspecting officer expressed himself as well pleased with the work he had seen done during the evening. Major X. Dodds anil Captain Crawford, N".Z.G.A., visited the company and expressed their pleasure at the progress made during the last few weeks. “The drills during October were well attended, and it is quite evident that a largo percentage of the company are making an effort to win the good attendance badge. Keen disappointment was felt when it became known that the military tournament would not be held this" year, as several teams were alreadv in practice for_ tho various events open to Cadets. It is the intention of tho officer commanding to complete the musketry course this month and allow tho company to avail themselves of the opportunity of doing some company shooting. Several of the members of the company were transferred tc> the Garrison Artillery last month. The prop-ammo for the Otago Rifle Association’s prize meeting is very similar to last year. An increase of £2 10s in tho pizo money makes a total of £95 available. Four matches with 21 prizes of the total value of £l4 each will bo fired, and there will bo a teams' match, to he fired in conjunction with these matches. Teams will consist of five men aside, who must all be members of the same corns or defence rifle club. Any number of teams may enter from the same corps or rifle club. Aggregate scores in the four matches* to count. There is a service match of two practices at 200 yds, snap-shooting and rapid fire, and the prize list for this match is as under : —lst prize £1 10s, 2nd prize £1 2s 6d, 3rd prize £1 2s Sci - fi vc prizes of 15s each, and ten prizes of 10s each, making a total of £l2 10s. In addition to these matches there will be an aggregate prize list of £ll f or the right highest scorers in matches 1, 2, 3, and 4, and a last try of seven shots' at 500 yds for any competitor who lias not won over 7s 6d at tho meeting. During the gathering tho competition for the ladies challenge shield will be fired, and should be the means of again attracting a largo number of entries to the meet-

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TERRITORIALS., Issue 15646, 10 November 1914

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TERRITORIALS. Issue 15646, 10 November 1914

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