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THE VOLUNTEERS.

A meeting of members of the Civil Service Rifles was held in the Provincial Council Chambers on Saturday evening. Mr D. A. Miller presided, and there was a good attendance of members. Major Day, Captain and Adjutant Hobday and Staff SergeantMajor Farthing were present, and 44 recruits -were? sworn in by Messrs J. M. Thompson, J.P., and Mr E. Patten, J.P. Mr "W. W. Collins, M.H.R., who also attended the meeting, congratulated the members of the corps on the step they had taken, and, in alluding to the success of -the volunteer movement, paid -it. had stopped the taking'of steps towards conscription which had already been suggested. 'He referrfed, briefly, to the success achieved by the New Zealand volunteers in South Africa, and expressed an opinion that the extension of the volunteer movement throughout the Empire would act in the direction of peace. The election of officers resulted as follows : — Captain, Mr D. A. Miller ; first lieutenant, Mr F. M. B. Fisher ; second lieutenant, Mr W. Ray. The announcement of the election of each officer was received with applause. Mr J. Willis was elected secretary. " The swearing-in of members of the Amuri Mounted Rifle Corps was continued at Waiau on Friday; when 1 30 more members were enrolled. On Saturday Mr R. A. Chaffey attended at Culverden and completed the enrolment of members there. The number of recruits wlio offered their services was much larger than the number required. At a general meeting of the corps held afterwards, the following commissioned officers were elected : — Captain, Mr- R. A. Chaff ey ; lieutenants, Messrs : Douglas, Wyndham Gray and E. Bethel, first, second and. 'third respectively ; general secretary, ■ . Mi" -F. Lance. ' It was announced that about* £800 had been promised, by/ frieflds towards the initial expense of -the corps.- ••<•■-. The fi rs t meeting of -the North Canterbury Mounted Rifles was- ield s .in" the Riiinanga House at Tuahiwi, on Saturday nig Tit; There was an attendance of over 60 members. ; It "was reported that between 70 and 80 men. had been sworn in as members of the company. The commissioned officers were elected as follow: — Captain, Mr D. Cossgrove; first ifeUt^narifc, '^rgeaijtiW- Uru, of thY Jubilee 'Contingent ; ' second 1 lieutenant, Mr A. Home; thh'd • lieutenant, Mr J. Moir. It was decided that for at least » month dismounted drill should be held every Saturday evening in the Runanga. House.. Captain Cossgrove has had a long experience as a commanding officer in the. volunteer service.

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THE VOLUNTEERS., Star, Issue 6818, 11 June 1900

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THE VOLUNTEERS. Star, Issue 6818, 11 June 1900

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