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ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS AT LAVERNOCK. THE REVIEW DAY. The Glamorgan Artillery Volunteers, on Satur- day, concluded their eight days' camping at the picturesque spot which is known as Lavernock Point, facing the Flat and Steep Holms, and bounded by the sea on two sides. The canvas city is still standing, the operation which is known as striking the tents commencing to- day, under the supervision of Quartermaster- Sergeant Beasley, who, with his subordinates, it may be here remarked, have had a hard time of it is looking after the creature comforts" of the hungry volunteers who looked to them, and not in vain, for the wherewithal to satiate the keen appe- tites which a day's stiff drill on the breezy cliffs is sure to induce. Unfortunately the weather during the week has been wretched, not a day passing without a fall of rain and on one or two occasions there was such a heavy and continu- ous downpour as to justify the suspicion that Jupiter Pluvius was abroad and meant to make the fact known, at all events to the Glamorgan Artillery Volunteers. Under these circumstances our readers will be prepared for the announcement that the camp has had very few visitors during the week, and that the drill and the fun of the citizen soldiers were materially interfered with by a condition of things which involved so disastrous a contretemps as that which is revealed in the old refrain—" the rain it raineth every day." Briefly, the week's record runs thus Monday, gun practice with the 7-inch gun, battalion drill, and rain Tuesday, drill out of the question, a general soaker from morningtillnight, and the men nearly washed outof their tents Wednesday, gun and squad drill and heavy showers, principally the latter; Thursday, fine day throughout, and advantage was taken of the pleasant change to have a hard bout with the guns, and the battalion and squad drill was tackled in good earnest; Friday, athletic sports, more gun and battalion drill, more rain also, but there were longer intervals of fair weather, which induced the reflection about being thankful for small mercies; Saturday, general inspection, very wet in the morning, but cleared as the day advanced, the remaining proceedings only being slightly marred by a slight shower or two, for auld acquaintance sake. It is to the credit of the men, however, that they bore the trials and tribulations of the week's campaigning with soldier-like equanimity, and although they had to put up with a tenting and marching ground which to the imaginative might have re- called Longfellow's stirring description of one of the sieges of the Emperor Charles of Spain: Up and down the dreary camp, In great boots of Spanish leather, These hidalgos, diill and damp, Cursed the Frencbmeu, cursed the weather, there was no repining, aad the situation was accepted as simply pertaining to the ordinary viscissitudes of active volunteering. The elements notwithstanding, it is to be re- corded that some good work was done, and that, recognising the dictum which tells us that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," the volunteers did not enjoy their pleasures so dis- mally as might be imagined from the unfavourable atmospheric surroundings. The various battalion drills afforded ample evidence that training and discipline had not been wasted, while the big-gun practiee from the Government fort and from the battery of the regiment was pronounced by com- petent judges— including the inspecting officer who was present on Friday, and took a marked interest in what was being done-to be admirable. One incident may be cited as a proof of this assertion. At the com- mencement of one day's practice the Penarth battery took the flag, which indicated the target, clean- away with the first shot, while the second -struck the boat which did duty for a target. Some equally excellent results were obtained during the week, which elicited the remark from one enthu- siastic and smoke-begrimed gunner that "The First Glamorgan Artillery could have played the —— with the forts at Alexandria, or anywhere else." As to the eveping's amusements, there was no organised programme, the fun being impromptu and got up on "the spur of the moment." However, the most was made of the time, and the intervals of fair weather were seized for out-of-door frolic. The most approved piece of recreation—and it must be confessed that this does not say much for the reverential instincts of the men in camp— was a travesty of the doings of the Salvation Army, the addresses and singing savouring much of Mammon. Indeed the whole proceedings may be described as "of the earth earthy," and enough to shock the moral sentiment of those who do not profess to be Puritanical or straight-laced. It is to be said, however, that no harm was in- tended, and we suppose it will be charitable to remember what Tom Hood has written, Mis- chief is wrought from want of thought as well as want of heart." The health of the camp, despite the unpropitious weather, has been unprecedentedly good, for although large numbers have been present during the week, there were only two cases of slight indisposition—feverish colds- which did not disable the sufferers, and there was no necessity for the hospital tent, which was under the care of Surgeons Granger and Vachell. The conduct of tne volunteers whilst under canvas has been first class, and Col. Hill, we believe, is more than satisfied with the be- haviour of his men under trying circumstances. When the tents were taken possession of a week ago, the acclivity upon which they were pitched was a pleasant green sward. On Satur- day, owing to the incessant rain, it was a perfect quagmire, every blade of grass being trampled out of sight in the pools of mud which it was im- possible to avoid in perambulating the lines of the encampment. To be correct, the camping ground was one vast pool from beginning to end. At five. o'clock in the morniug the ground was as "dry as a bone," but the rain sluices were opened half an hour afterwards, and the torrents which followed soon made the ground as uncom- fortable as it was treacherous. In spite of this untoward state of affairs, there was an excellent muster for the review, and it wa* a constant observation throughout the day that the corps had never assembled in such strength on any pre- vious occasion. One of the Swansea batteries stood on the plateau on Saturday with its full complement of men, not one being aliseut, with or without leave; while another battery from the same town was only four men short, and these were on the sick list. About 380 men occupied the tents on Friday night; but that number was largely augmented on Saturday, when, as the field state discloses, nearly a thousand volunteers were on parade wlieu the trum- peters sounded the fall in early in the after- noon. The officers fell in about half-past two, and then there was the usual proving of com- panies, and all along the hue of formation—the regiment had assembled in Tihe open space which is known as the main street of the encampment, and that portion of the ground which runs at right angles to it, and is situated between the officers' quarters and the orderly-room (which it may be here stated has been in charge of Sergeant Ban- fill) -nothing was to be heard but the voices of officers as they gave the orders, "Number off," Form fours deep, right," etc., etc., which are now so familiar to the ears of civilians as well as soldiers. The men presented a very smart and soldierly appearance, and, although there wfs at first a desire to keep boots and the bottoms of overalls free from mud, this was found to be a literal impossibility, and the best had to be made of a bad job. In spite of the drawback of the ground-it was as slippery as it well could be— the greatest steadiness prevailed, and the various formations were capitally executed. All being ready, the band, under the leadership of Band- master Davis, Cardiff, struck up a lively tune, and then Col. Hill rode upon the ground, and took command of the force. He has a splendid word of command, and his first order, "Battalion, at- tention," rolled clean and distinct over the ground, suggestive of the booming of one of the big guns. The regiment then formed fours, right, and proceeded to a small field- rather too small for the purpose, we thought —in the rear of the church, where battalion drill was gone through. Then the inspecting officer, Col. Cum- mings, inspector of auxiliary forces of the district, rode on to the ground, and the inspection he made of the men and their accoutrements was most thorough. Nothing appeared to escape his atten- tion, and we are sure he must have been very gratified at everything he saw. The men were perfectly quiet, and as ste dy as a regiment of the Guards. The wheeling was exceptionally pood, and the counter-marching was executed with a precision and effectiveness worthy of all commen- dation. The only wonder was that, considering the nature of the ground, the men were able to do a th ree hours' drill which would have done credit to a battalion of the line. The following officers were on parade :-Lieut.- Colonel E. S. Hill, C.B., commandant Lieut.- Col. C. H. Page, Majors Woods and Young, Major and Adjutant Pitman, Surgeons Granger and Vachell, Captains Thompsom, Pratt, Ingram, O'Sullivan, Strina, Ryding, Moore, Hamilton, W. Jones, Tozer, and Aylwin, Lieutenants Trayes, Forrester, Rigg (acting quartermaster), Bassett, Morice, J. VV. Williams, Dalziel, M. T. Jones, Woods, J. E. R. Thomas, and BirrelL The following is the inspection state :— is £ n fc- cso p «S fl 03 a5 M Q. I l it$ C12 Present 28 78 1 83 775 864 Absent with leave 15 8 — 321 359 Absent without leave. — — — — — Total. 45 I B0 j 83 1,117 1,323 Divided into detachments the state shows that from Swansea there were 7 offioers, 11 sergeants, 23 band and trumpeters, and 16& f-ank and file Briton Forry, ♦ offioers, 13 aergea^, and band and trumpeters, and 192 rank am a Cardiff, Penarth, and Bridgend, 17 officers, &0 sergeants, 47. band and trumpeted, itttd 415 tank and file. At the conolusion of the inspection, QaL Ovv. IWIKGMEsid he ha4i been privileged to remain three days in Gamp, and he had taken advantage of that opportunity to make himself acquainted with all the details of thdir drill. He eodild only say that the good orddr ftnd the militate qtlal»ti«S' of the- regiinetit which Cfof. Hill had the- good fortune to command were excfeHent. He did not say that they were perfect. They were to be commended fen ftavifig! come forward in fcher spirit Of patriotism to ck>> th-eir level best, ftnd to sa^rifiee tbeir time, aitd perhaps their money, for their coortitry. Brat, still, to be perfect in carrying otft aft the wstails-of drill and 61 diaciplhre Was, as jtfl intelligent men need hot be told*; only to'be acquired by an amount' 6f practice- whith they, as volunteers, could not1 obtain. It wat not his place to compliment their' colofiel and afficerd before theit men, butt still, if there coirid fee an exctise rifade for such a proceed- itig, it would be forthcoming on & tbltiitefor parade. Their officers gave up a great deal of tiihe, arid engaged ft* etttdy that was ndt alwiryi* congenial, in ordef to be able to instruct their' men, and Relished td e^prestf the liopfe that the! men would, in return, do their utmost to attain j to thorough efficiency. Their artillery practice- had been very satisfactory, and they seemed to have a very good fcnowlfedge of this branch1 of their drilk He would nob be doing .them B iu&tfce if h6 cotnplifbehtep tbfehv tflff [ <$n theif btcttflfioh drill, T&eir officers know theiu; thob; some of their men were at fault, though, o course, they could not be expected to come up to the regulars. But, at the same time, they could read and they could think—they could in their leisure hours acquire knowledge from the drill-book, and then they could imagine what had to be done whey they came on to parade. They should look straight to the front and they should preserve their touch, and if they did this, and did not talk or rub imaginary flies off their noses, they would make a very good appearance on parade. They had behaved very well in camp, and he could only regret that next year he would not haye the same opportunity of being with them, and of enjoying the hospitality of the re- giment. Lieutenant-Colonel HILL said the words of the gallant inspecting officer must have been received by the corps with the greatest satisfaction, and his words of commendation, which were quite in keeping with the opinions expressed by the in- specting officer in previous years, were all the more valuable, because he had not been backward in pointing out the defects. He hoped all would try in future to keep up to the standard of excel-' lence they had attained, and to remedy the faults which had been pointed out to (them. He personally thanked them most sincerely, the members of the corps, for supporting him as they had done by coming into camp in such nmnberfk ftnd he hoped the inspect- ing officer would bear in mind that they had had a most unfortunate week with respect to weather. They had been singularly unfortunate in this respect, for that was the fifth camp they had had in which the weather had been very much against them. He hoped they would not be downhearted, and while he sympathised with them in the hard- ships they had undergone, he looked forward to the sixth camp to be more lucky in this re- spect. The battalion was then marched to the battery, where some shots were fired, in the presence of the inspecting officer and a number of visitors, which were not so numerous as they would have been if the weather had been more settled. Then tea was served out, and afterwards the camp was broken up," and the men returned to their homes, having served their Queen and country for a full week, bent on making that branch of the service of which they have the honour to belong useful as well as ornamental. There was to have been a tent inspection, and a prize was to have been awarded for the best kept dwelling, but this had to be abandoned, as, under the circumstances of wet and mud, anything like a clean tent would have been an impossibility. It should be men- tioned that there were general complaints of the worn-out condition of the canvas, and it was even said, with what truth we are unable to say, that they were condemned for the militia.







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