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MILITARY CYCLE CORPS. The War Office has just issued some important recommendations concerning the formation of cyclist sections in volunteer battalions, which have been drawn up by Colonel Saville, Professor of Tactics at Sandhurst, who had command of the large cycle column formed in connection with the Dover Volunteer Manoeuvres last Easter. Colonel Savile suggests that the cyclist section should consist of one officer, two non-commissioned officers, 12 to 20 privates, and one bugler. The officer should be specially qualified and previously noted for energy, sagacity, and self-resource, with a fair knowledge of tactics and field fortification. The men selected should be, as a rule, between 19 and 25, from 5ft. 4in. to 5ft. 9in., weighing not more than 12 stone, pro- nounced medically fit and with good eyesight, should be marksmen, and should possess knowledge of telegraphy or army signalling, and of surveying or drawing. It is essential that the officer and sergeants should possess riding powers at least equal, if not superior, to those of the average of the rank and die. The section should be mounted, if possible, upon machines of one type, the preference being given to rear-driving safety bicycles; but should the mounts be varied a judicious allotment of duties may be made. The officer should carry a revolver and field glass; other ranks rifles and bayonets. Officers and sergeants will have signalling whistles. Every machine should be fitted with means for carrying armsi, ammunition, and the rider's service kit, the ritie., if necessary, being slang on the man's hack. The section must frequently be practised in carrying tbe equipment, and the best means of packing on different machines must be considered; and no esti- mate of speed or endurance can be accepted regarding trials when the equipment is not carried. At every mounted parade the machine must be thoroughly inspected so that it may be ascertained that the bear- ings are free, the spokes tight, the tyres firmly fixed, the brake in good order, the saddle rigidly attached, tnd the steering apparatus ancient. Every I'd..r miut carrv proper tools in a bag, and should po;t-s& a good general knowledge of construction, arid be able to execute simple repairs. His dress must, corre- spond as closely as possible to that of his battalion, the only requisite alteration being the substitution of breeches or knickerbockers, stockings or gaiters, and shoes, in place of trousers and boots, and forage caps or Glengarries should always be worn. Ontheictirch the officer will lead and regulate the pace, the senior sergeant will be on the flank to preserve dis- tance". and the junior in rear to prevent straggliug. The officer will keep a diary of work showing His- t.aiices covered, and all casualties to men or machines; and should acquaint himself with tbe rules concern- intr giving, transmitting, and delivering message- in the ti,,Id, and see that his men possess the requisite knowledge. The section must be frequently practised in scouting, through close and open country and the formations of march when engaged in this exercise must always be intelligently adapted to the varv ing conditions of the country which is being traversed. In' every case advanced files must be thrown forward, and flankers should be employed when practicable. The men should never march out without some definite military object in view, and it will generally be found possible to combine recon- noitring duties, under some of the following headings, with any other exercise that may be undertaken (a) reconnaissances of roads, towns, villages, or fortified places, rivers, or canals, bridges, fords, woods or forests, railways, heights, camping grounds, lakes or marshes, coast line; (b) the reconnaissance of given areas of country may be undertaken to ascertain the nature of the country, whether occupied by enemy, nature and amount of produce, supplies, transport, or accommodation of troops, and to see whether local maps are correct; (e) reconnaissances of positions, moving or halted enemy, or enemy in position. Written reports upon work done should invariably be furnished, the command should be occasionally prac- tised in the occupation of defensible positions or posts; and care should be taken that the scheme of defence adopted is suitable to the strength of the party. The manner in which the position may be hastily strengthened by artificial means should also be invariably explained to the command.