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INSPECTION OF THE LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE. This regiment underwent its annual inspection by its honorary colonel, the Duke of Cambridge, on Saturday, in Hvde-park, in the presence of the Prince of Wales, the Duke de Brabant, a large number of military officers, and an immense concourse of spec- tators. Shortly after five o'clock about two hundred of the 1st Surrey Rifles, under command of Major Irvine, took up the ground staked out by the battalion aids of the brigade on the open plateau on the northern side of the park, and admirably kept it throughout the evolutions. The brigade mustered at the Duke of York's column and marched to the park. The regi- ment, which consisted of ten strong companies, was under the command of Lieut.-Colonel Warde, assisted by Major Rose, M.P.; Major Pawson, and Captain and Adjutant Ewens, whilst Captain T. D. Sewellhad command of the first or right flank company. The Duke of Cambridge arrived on the ground punctually at six o'clock, accompanied by the Ad- jutant-General, Sir James Yorke Scarlett, K.C.B.; Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Airey, Major the Hon. James Keane, and Colonel Tyrwhitt. The Prince of Wales was in private dress, and did not arrive on the ground till some little time after the inspection had commenced, and quitted shortly before it concluded. His Royal Highness was accompanied by the Duke de Brabant and Colonel Keppel. Amongst others General Brook Taylor, Lieut.-Colonel the Hon. C. H. Lindsay, &c., were present. The brigade having been formed up in review order it received its hon. colonel, the Commander in-Chief, with a Royal salute, who having made a minute in. spection of the ranks in open order, returned to the saluting flag, which on this occasion was the Royal Standard. The regiment having broken out into open column right in front marched past very steadily in that order, but much more so in close column, some of the companies eliciting loud applause from the spectators. Having changed front the brigade again passed the saluting point at the double, a variety of the most difficult battalion movements, including marching and wheeling in square, marching in echelon, and suddenly forming company squares to receive cavalry at the double skirmishing, &c., being subse- quently performed. The word of command was then given to advance in line in review order and give the Royal salute, the band playing the National Anthem. Having been formed up first in open and then in close column, The Duke of Cambridge, accompanied by his staff, rode t, the centre and addressed the regiment. He said: Officers, non-commissioned officers, and pri- vates of the London Rifle Brigade, I most heartily congratulate you upon the excellent and satisfactory inspection you have passed upon this occasion. I can- not say that this inspection is better than that of last year, for, as I told you then, I do not think a bat- talion could have done better than you did; but I can say that it is as good, quite as good as last year. As regards yourself, Colonel Warde, I never saw anybody handle a battalion more efficiently, or, I may say, so well as you have this but that is to be expected from an officer of your experience; and I must also say that the movements were carried out without the slightest hesitation on the part of every officer and man in the regiment, for all seemed equally to know their duty. Last year I drew attention to the necessity for having the hair cut close, as tending to smartness in military appearance, and I am pleased to find that the hints I threw out on this occasion have not been lost sight of. Just to show you that my opinion as to that little matter of detail, increasing your smartness, was correct, I may tell you that the Prince of Wales-for you have had the honour of the Prince of Wales being present at your inspection to- day-remarked upon this very fact that your hair was cut short, and I was very glad to hear him noticing it. The smartness of both soldiers and volunteers in is most desirable should be attended to in detail, and I am pleased to find it has been attended to in almost every particular by this regiment. Depend upon it, while it is so you will be as smart as any volunteer regiment, if not the smartest in the service. I again congratulate you on the excellence of your movements, and believe that they can scarcely be excelled, if equalled, by any other volunteer corps, and there are many good ones, I am happy to say, can be found. I wish you a good eveniner." Lieutenant-Colonel Warde then proposed three cheers for the honorary colonel of the regiment, which was given with the brigade raising their shakos on the ends of their rifles and swords in the most enthusiastic manner, in the midst of which the duke and his staff left the ground. Colonel Warde then expressed his cordial thanks to the whole of the officers and men who had in the first place, given him so excellent a muster on that important occasion and, secondly, for having gone through the inspection in the admirable manner they had done, Before they separated, however, he begged to propose the thanks of the brigade with three cheers for the First Surrey Rifles, which corps had so kindly and admirably kept the ground for them on that occasion. Three cheers, in accordance with this proposal, were heartily given for the First Surrey, and both regiments marched of the ground amidst the cheers of the popu- ace.





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