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THE DEE MUSSEL FISHERY. ■♦

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PROPOSED COUNTY RIFLE ASSOCIATION…

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PROPOSED COUNTY RIFLE ASSOCIATION FOR FLINTSHIRE. The following letter from the Lord Lieutenant has this week been widely circulated throughout the County of Flint:- Flint County Rifle Association. Dear sir,—I am informed that the Flint, Carnarvon, and Anglesea County Rifle Association has been suddenly dissolved by the unforeseen and unexpected action of Lieut.-Colonel Rees, com- manding the 3rd V.B.R.W. Fusiliers, Carnarvon. For the last twenty years this association has worked extremely well, and has been most useful in fostering and encouraging a high class of shoot- ing in the Volunteer force; and its abrupt dissolu- tion is much to be regretted. The import- ance of some such means of encouraging shooting in the auxiliary forces can hardly be over-estimated, for in the event of an invasion of this country the chief requisite would be accurate shooting and fire discipline, which can only be learnt during times of peace. The regular force has its duly authorised prize fund, which is provided by the Government; but the auxiliary force must depend upon the patriotism and generosity of its neighbours. I cannot doubt that such sentiments largely prevail in the county of Flint, and I trust therefore that the appeal which I now make to them will meet with a ready response, and that all who are interested in the welfare of the Volunteer force will freely extend their support and assistance towards the formation and main- tenance of a new association, which it is now proposed to form, under the name of The Flint County Rifle Association.' I need hardly point out, that what is now most urgently needed, is promises of subscriptions or of cups. These may be addressed to the honorary secretary, Captain T. M. Keene, 2nd V.B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Mold, who has kindly undertaken to answer inquiries, and also to supply, on applica- tion, full particulars of the first competition, which it is proposed to hold at Rhyl, on Saturday, September 25th inst. Commending this proposal to your favourable consideration, I remain, your faithful servant, H. R. HUGHES OF KJNMEL (H.M. Lieut. of Flintshire). The importance of this and kindred associa- tions is obviously so great that comment seems almost superfluous. We would, however, seize the present opportunity of emphasi- zing the Lord Lieutenant's reference to the importance of accurate shoot- ing and fire discipline in the event of invasion. These are essentially what would be required of the voluiAeer rather than that iron discipline which carries the soldier through the privations of a foreign campaign, and the best means for promoting and encouraging the highest efficiency-for none but the highest will nowadays avail-are such associations as the one above indicated, which serve the purpose of creating competition and a healthy spirit of emulation among and between the regiments. Referring to fire discipline drills, the Musketry Regulations, 1896, state that they afford preparation for sectional practices with ball on the range, and more especially company (or squadron) and battalion (or regimental) field firing, which affords the best test of the efficiency of all ranks in fire discipline, or their degree of proficiency attained in the steady control and delivery of fire as required on service, which is the object of a soldier's train- ing.' We can only hope that the new associa- tion, which starts under such favourable auspices, will meet with that wide and ready support it so justly merits.

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