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THE GREAT VOLUNTEER PRIZE MEET- ING AT WIMBLEDUN. The Wimbledon meeting this year has been distin- guished by a greater number of competitors, by finer weather, by better shooting, and by a greater attend- ance of visitors than any previous gathering, and by the gracious condescension of their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales it has been brought to an equally distinguished terminatissn. Late on Friday it was intimated to the council that the prize winners of 1866 would be honoured, above all previous winners, by receiving the trophies of their skill from the fair hands of the Princess of Wales. The number of prizes now won at Wimbledon is so great, that the distribution of them all at one time would be alto- < gather out of the question. The council have there- fore wisely favoured the practice of each winner taking his prize during the progress of the meeting, re- serving only a few oi the mote important prizes for the ceremony of formal presentation. This year some fifty prizes were goree-arvad, though there can be no doubt that had it been known sooner that the ceremony of distribution was to be performed by the Princess the list would have been vastly increased. The beautiful weather which has marked the progress of the meeting continued to its final close. That and the presence of the royal visitors were sufficient to account for an attendance unparalleled in the history of Wimbledon gatherings. The ceremony took place on Saturday in front of the huge circular tent which had afforded such grateful shade to visitors during the past fortnight. Under this tent, and under five marquees erected on either 1 side, a large number of distinguished spectators were accommodated with seats in a manner much more agreeable than in the unsightly expensive erection which in previous yoars occupied the same position with the dignified titleof the Grand Stand. Itisscarcely 1 necessary to say that the seats thus set apart were filled ] to overflowing, while the unreserved space right and left was crowded with interested spectators. Imme- ■ diately in front of the flagstaff, and some few yards from the iron railing behind, where the spectators i were ranged, an elegant marquee was pitched to shade the royal party from the ardent rays of the sun. The grass beneath was oovered with crimson cloth, and four elegaat fauteuilles in scarlet and gold were ranged in front of the marquee on an elegant Turkey carpet. Right and left of the marquee were large tables, covered also with crimson cloth, on which were arranged, with a shrewd regard to artistic effect, the beautiful samples of the silversmith's art which formed the principal prizes. A guard of honour, composed of one officer, one sergeant, and ten files of the different volunteer corps encamped on the common, was drawn up in rear of the marquee. It was under the command of Lord Bury, as the senior lieu- tenant-colonel on the ground, and consisted of detach- ments of the following corps, in the following order from the right of the lineThe Victorias, the Civil Service, the 1st Surrey, the London Rifle Brigade, the Queen's (Westminster), and the London Scottish. The fortunate winners of prizes were ranged in line in the order in which they were to come up on the right of the marquee. To enumerate the distinguished indi- Is viduals who occupied seats in the reserved spa^e in front of the royal marquee would ba to draw largely on the pages of the Court Guide. Benea-th the mar- quee itself, ready to receive the royal visitors, there were only Lord and Lady Elcho, Earl and Countess Spencer, Lord and Lady Conetsnco Grosvenor, the Earl of Lichfield, Captain Mild may, the secretary of the association; Colonel Kennedy, Lieutenant-Colon el Colville, and some few other officers and gentlemen, members of the council. Arrival of the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Drnce of Edinburgh. All was ready for the reception of the Prince and Princess by four p.m., but it was exactly an hour later before they arrived. His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh reached the ground somewhat earlier. As the association clock strack five there was a stir amongst the visitors at the Putney side of the en- closure which indicated that the royal party had arrived. Thereupon the guard were called to atten- tion "and shouldered arms, and the royal standard was run up to the flagstaff head. As its silken folds fluttered out in the pleasant breeze, the royal carriage, with four horses and outriders, drove on to the common, and trotted up to the pavilion. As their Royal Highnesses approached, the band of the London Scottish played the National Anthem, the guard of honour presented arms, and the mass of spectators rose to receive them. The Prinae and Princess, who were unaccompanied, were received on alighting by Lord Elcho and Earl Spencer, and the other distinguished persons present, whose presence they graciously acknowledged. Her Royal Highness was then conducted to the seat of honour, and the ceremony of distribution at once commenoed. Lord Elcho,addressing the assemblage, said:—Ladies and gentlemen All who are interested in the success of this association will, I am sure, be glad to hear that this meeting has been a most successful one. It has moreover, as you see, been honoured by the presence of their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales and H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh (cheers). Her Royal Highness has farther done this signal honour to the association that she has graciously con sented to present the prizes to the successful competi- fcprs on this occasion. I shall now proceed to read the list of the prize winners, arid ber Royal Highness will graciously present them with their prbss. Distribution of Prizes. Captain Mildmay (the secretary of the association) handed the various prizes to the Princess, when the weight of bulk did not render such a proceeding im- practicable, and her Royal Highness, with a grace peculiarly her own, placed it the hands of the fortunate competitor. The first gentleman who was called to the front received as a reward of his skill one of the valuable series of extra prizes in the shape of a silver tea service, value .£52 10s., given by Messrs. Mappin. The bulk of this prize, which filled a large tray, obliged the Princess to limit her share in the pre- sentation to a little graceful pantomime for the skilful marksman, whose name was Mr. Fletcher, of Liverpool, who walked off with his well-won trophy. There was some laughter, mingled with approving cheers, from the thing being very suggestive of a waiter preparing for that social cup which we have the authority of Cowper for saying cheers, bat not inebriates." The several other prizes were then distributed, amongst which we may mention the Ashburton Challenge Shield, which is competed for by picked teams of the public school corps. This year it was won, for the third time, by Harrow, and a deputation of that school, consisting of Captain Shakespeare, Ensign R. J. H. Jones, Sergeant Harvey Templar, and Private F. Templar, carried off the shield amid the hearty plaudits of the assembled spec- tators. The Chancellor's Challenge Plate, given for competition between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and won for the first time, this year, by the former University, was received on behalf of the corps by Ensign Kolle, New College; Sergeant Black- burne, Brazenose; Lance Corporal Winser, Pembroke; and Private Holmes, of Exeter College. The Inter- nationallrish Challenge Trophy, and a Cup value .£10, was won by Lieutenant Hopkins, 41st Middlesex, and carried off by members of the London Irish regiment. The International Enfield Trophy, which was won by the English twenty at Edinburgh some time since, was received in damb show by Captain Frield, H.A.C., the captain of the team. The next prize was the splendid Re- pousse Iron Shield, which is destined to carry down the nameoflord Etcho to remote generations as the founder of the crack rifle match of the year, namely, that between eight picked men of England and Scotland, and now also of Ireland. The ponderous trophy was borne off by the Hon. Mr. Malcolm, M.P.; the Hon. James Gordon, Private E. Ross, the Master of Lovat, Mr. Danlop, and Mr. Wilkin, headed by the veteran Captain Ross. The cheers which greeted this dis- tinguished deputation of Scottish Riflemen were as hearty as they were well merited. The Duke of Cambridge's prize of £ 50, for breech-loaders, won by private Radcliffe, South Middlesex, and H.R.H. the Prince of Wales's of £ 100, won by Sergeant Livesay, 1st Sussex (Brighton), were duly presented to those fortu- nate competitors, and then came the final act in the graceful drama of the day. Private Cameron, of the 6th Inverness, a petit model of a Highland Light Infantry soldier, a modest, young, yet manly-looking laddie withal, moved up in response to the sonorous announcement by Lord Elcho of the victory he had achieved, and received from the hands of the second lady in the land the gold medal of the National Rifle Association and a suggestive little blue packet con- taining a. cheque for the handsome sum of < £ 250. As the little Scot moved away amid the running fire of cheers which accompanied him, and received a paternal pat of approval from the father of British rifle shoot- ing, Captain Horatio ROSEl, the lovely eyes of the Princess followed him with a charming look of puzzled astonishment, as if in wonder that so small a man should have gained so great an honour. Lord Elcho then called upon the assembled spec- tators to give three hearty cheers for the Princess of Wales. Never was request more heartily oomplied with, and never did one cheer more" come out with more emphatic unity of purpose and of sound. A repetition of the operation was given in honour of the Prince, then the Duke of Edinburgh, and finally for her Majesty the Queen, who, as Lord Elcho, who aoted as fugleman, observed, is the great patron of the associa- tion. A Cheer for Eloho," proposed by some one in the crowd, was given with all the advantage of pre- vious practice, and then the proceedings came to a dose. The Review. The great concluding event on Saturday, and, with. aut doubt, the moat popular portion of the fortnight's proceedings of the Wimbledon meeting was the annual volunteer review; and on no occasion did the general public evinoe a stronger desire to participate in the pleasures to which an outing to witness a volunteer field day affords, than on the occasion of the Wimble- don gathering of the National Rifle Association for 1866. On no previous occasion was there such an immense array of carriages, such a crowding of the Grand Stand, or such a dense mass of spectators as were congregated upon this occasion within the enclo- sure, and consequently yielding an immense revenue to the association under the auspices of which the great annual gathering from all parts of the kingdom is fostered. No doubt, the fineness of the weather Bontributed very largely to this increased gathering of bho general publio, bat the announcement that the Prince and Princess of Wales were to be present wa.s i great additional attraction. The sham fight was well sustained, and volley after Follay was fired by the attacking party with such precision and regularity, as to bring down rounds of ipplause. After which the march past took place, headed by the splendidly-mounted cavalry troops of the Hon. Artillery Company, followed by the various artillery and infantry brigades. At the conclusion the Prince and Princess of Wales left the ground amidst loud cheers; whilst a. similar compliment also greeted the Duke of Cambridge. There were somewhere about 10,000 volunteers upon the ground, and the review passed off most success- fully.

MR. GOLD WIN SMITH ON REFORM.

DUTY ON FIRE INSURANCES.

SINGULAR LIFE ASSURANCE CASE.

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