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DISSOLUTION OF A VOLUNTEER T BRIGADE. the r« ,^11C'1i ^las ')een continually predicted would be the vi r f Ul ss Government came to the aid of <,r.,r ^iiteer ^-rviee by an increase of the Capitation stilur' ^en realised, and has resulted in the dis- n ,ot one of the finest brigades of volunteer m, • ?ry 'n the kingdom, the 4th Lancashire Artillery. 118 ^as occurred simply from the want of means to carry 011 the affairs of the brigade and it is to be also egretted that it is only one of many regiments in the service that are on the eve of breaking up from a similar circumstance. In the circular which Colonel Bourne and Lieut.-Colonel Bushby, Majors Walter and Hornby, and the other commissioned officers, have issued to the non-commissioned officers and gunners of the brigade, it is stated that more than nine years have elapsed since its embodiment, the eariiest enrolled complete volunteer artillery force in the kingdom. JJnring its existence over 2,400 members had passed t rough its r",nks at an expenditure of nearly JE18,000, irrespective and non-inclusive of tha outlay of in- dividual officers attached to the eight batteries. They proceed to say the officers now remaining in the brigade feel the need of relief from the unremitting duties required of them. The changed aspect of the move- luent, and tha inadequacy of Government aid combine to deter others from assuming these duties and re- sponsibilities. Under these circumstances their duty to the members and themselves left them no alternative but to place their commissions in the hands of the Lord-Lieutenant as early as may be deemed desirable, his declaration, as stated, is signed by the colonel and Ii Yenty other commissioned officers. The subject has again called forth an expression of opinion from Lord Elcho, upon a point or two on which he appears to have been misunderstood when he attended with the deputation of metropolitan com- manding officers before Mr. Cardwell. Lord Elcho expressed his belief that he distinctly asked Mr. Cardwell whether he wished the volunteer force to be maintained, and, if so, whether he thought it right that "volunteers, privates arid officers, should be called upon to pay money out of their pockets as well as give their time and service to the State receiving a reply in the affirmative to t• 1 e first, and in the negative to the second, he remarked that the question was now reduced to the narrowest possible issue, to a simple matter of fact—which of two opinions was correct, that of the metropolitan and other commanding officers, who, after full inquiry, had come publicly forward, and III their corporate capacity made a deliberate statement as to the insufficiency of the present Capita- tion grant to cover the necessary expenses of volunteer corps, or the contrary opin:on entertained by certain prIVatl1 person!, unknown to volunteer commanders, whom the Secretary of State said he had consulted. Lord Elcho adds, in justice to the force, in justice to thos ■ who had ventured to publicly speak in its name, hedged the present Secretary of State, as he had on a former occasion urged Sir John Pakington, to in- "titute such an inquiry as would authoritatively settle is disputed point. The noble lord further expresses a hope that not orly members of the volunteer force, out also the public, will urge this inquiry, as until it ? been definitively determined, by full and fair in- quiry, whether the present Capitation grant is or is S^r!r COVer nf-r*ry expenses, neither the nath™ <y State for War, nor Parliament, nor the inr-ruac J m a Posltion to say whether a request for an a iH 8,ra?t or ought not to be refused. sit-v fnv.°U e Government has repudiated the neces- tlm* ,nHn lncreast-d Capitation grant, it is believed volnnt«! £ a Parllamentaiy force of just one hundred decision T tll, y 1,1 a>' induced to alter their dence o'f +v,n meantime there is the practical evi- trrant in +1, necessit.y of the increased Capitation is that K t Ca8e of th* 4th Lancashire, and our belief be othw i H.jany days have pa.-sed away there will worth wi'i simP1y a question of whether it is Poor to maintain the force or not, for unless tn. f0.1^8 are self-supporting there is 10 means of *mtaining them, and they must go to the wall.

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