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TOWYN AND ABERDOVEY URBAN…

THE ELLIS MEMORIAL.

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VOLUNTEER NOTES.

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VOLUNTEER NOTES. [BY RIFLEMAN.] The new regulations which have been put into force by the authorities have already, as was pre- dicted, resulted in a large number of resignations all over the country. Locally, the effect does not appear to have been very marked so far, although I notice a few have been struck off the strength of "F" Company. There are a large number of men in all Volunteer corps, as I have previously pointed out, who consider that they have done all that is necessary if they put in half-a-dozen drills and attend the training. Under the new regime this class is bound to disappear, which accounts for the majority of the resignations now taking place, and 1 am sure that no one, the instructors in particular, will regret their disappearance. The compulsory attendance at camp, however, could be modified. In large firms who encourage their employees to join the volunteers the condition is hopeless, for it cannot be expected that em- ployers of labours are willing to shut up their establishments and disorganise trade to suit the whim and pleasure of the Government. If this clause was omitted I feel sure that there would be no difficulty in maintaining the corps at their original strength. ( The question is being asked around here— 'What has become of the prizes and prize money which were won by some of the members of the local company ?" None of the prizes secured at the annual sports, I have been told, have come to hand, and as for the tug-of-war team, they have lived in hope ever since the training, but even good old l< Hope" is beginning to fail them. Seriously, the neglect of these things is bound to result in lasting harm to the reputation of the company. The call for more volunteers for the front is being responded to with alacrity, and I understand that, if required, there will be no difficulty in raising a quota of men from this district. It is regrettable that the pay is so small. Surely if an imperial Yeoman, who when he first enlists does not know a muzzle of a rifle from its stock and is not qnite sure whether a horse has a tail or not gets 5s a day, a well-trained volunteer infantryman should be placed on the same level. But we must remember that we are dealing with the British War Office, who have a peculiar knack of doing the wrong thing. Great enthusiasm prevails at Aberystwyth in connection with the formation of the new artillery corps, and the drills are attended with the greatest anthusiasm. This is always the case for the first year or two, but once the novelty of the situation passes there is the danger of very considerable difficulty in securing regular attendance, more especially in artillery work which is not nearly as interesting as the work of the infantryman. The method adopted of selecting the non-commissioned officers was very unsatisfactory, and I am afraid that the result of this will be felt in years to come. +

THE UNIVERSITY OF WALES.

. E.,JR.

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