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THE GRAND NATIONAL BIFLE MEETING. The Camp at Wimbledon. Wimbledon Common is again the scene of a grand gathering of the clans," which has become a peculiar characteristic of the volunteer movement. The camp, at Wimbledon now presents the appearance, and has many of the peculiarities, of an encamped army. Indeed, its appearance and all that belongs to it is striking and novel. As many must be aware, the ground which it occupies is enclosed, and on Monday and the succeeding days of the week it has been closed to the general public except upon payment. The main entrance is at the northern end of the common, upon entering which the visitor must be at once struck with the startling rapidity with which a canvas town has sprung up. Immediately on the left are the tents of the council and the Secretary (Captain Mild- may, of the National Rifle Association); and facing the entrance are a number of tents which have been allotted to exhibitors of anything and everything having the remotest connection with a rifle. On the right there is a small extemporised post-office, beyond which the lines of tents extend westward. The first corps on the ground were—the Queen's (Westminster), Victoria Rifles, London Rifle Brigade, London Scottish, 1st Surrey, 19th Middlesex (Working Men's Corps), 2nd Administrative Battalion Middlesex Volunteers, lit Surrey Rifles, 21st Middlesex (Civil Service), and the 39th Middlesex. But in addition to these there are individual members of corps not represented in the strength. On Saturday evening the volunteers were arriving upon the ground very rapidly, and great was the energy displayed by the Guards, who had been specially detailed to prepare tie tents and mattresses for the former. They might be seen sitting in clusters among the tents, filling in the mattresses with straw with as serious and business-like an air as if engaged in the occurrence of real instead of mimic warfare. The guards engaged in this work and other arduous camp duties number about 150 men, picked from the Fusilier, Grenadier, and Coldstream Guards. Their tents are pitched near the main entrance. These are not the only troops upon the ground, several regiments of the line, including the 63rd, being on the extreme east. In the rear of the tents occupied by the Guards the police are quartered. Of these there are a somewhat large number detained to watshover the peace of the camp. The divisions repre- sented are theB. C. D. G. and the Reserve, com-prising be. tween two and three hundred men in all. Westward, beyond the polise, are a number of tents, which have been pitched for the reception of the Belgian Rifle- men, who intend paying Wimbledon a visit. The numerous provisions for the safety of the corps are of a very complete character. In case of fire, which may show itself amongst the canvas, the Surrey Volunteer Fire Brigade is at hand, and every arrangement has been made for obtaining a full supply of water in case of need. The rules of the camp are very strict, and for a while our amateur soldiers will have to conform to regulations fully in accordance with the early closing movement. The active business of the camp commenced on Tuesday, when the shooting for prizes commenced The following is the list of some of the officers in camp. Lieut.-Colonel F. Baring, Fusilier Guards, commanding troops; Captain Phipps, Fusilier Guards; Captain Drake, R,E.; Captain Lakin, 32nd Regiment, assistant-engineer; Lieut.-Colonel Hon. W. Colville, camp commandant; Captain Ruxton, camp adjutant; Captain Costin, Executive offioer; Captain St. John Mild may, secretary; Captain M'Kay, range com- mandant; Lieut.-Colonel Johnson, statistic; Surgeon- Major Wyatt, Coldstream Guards, commanding hos. pital staff; Staff Assist-Sargeon Johnson; Dr. West- macott, London Scottish; 45 officers of the army; about 700 officers and men in volunteer corps; guards, engineers, hussars, artillery, &o. According to the rules of the camp the commandant makes his rounds of the different corps at noon each day. "Réveillé sounds at six o'clock in the morning, the" retreat" at eight p.m., "tattoo" at half-past ten, and the "last post at eleven o'clock. Ten minutes after the "last post" the "lie down will be sounded, when all lights areDut out, a-ad from that time quiet ia -o'OUT; tno camp. All volunieero ia oamp are liable for duty.



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