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COUNTY MEETING AT SHREWS- BURY. THE EQUIPMENT OF THE YEOMANRY. On Saturday afternoon a county meeting was ¡ held in the Shire Hall, Shrewsbury, to consider the equipment of the Shropshire squadron of tne! Imperial YeomaDry and the Rifle Volunteers. The Earl of Powis presided, and there was a renresenta- tive attendance, which included Lord Forrester, Lord Kenyon, Mr Stanley Leighton, M P., Colonel Kpiiyon-Slaney, M.P., Mr H D Greene, Q.C., M.P.. Mr Jasper Moore, M.P., Colonel Cotes, Major Lovett, Colonel Baldoch, Colonel Anstice, Sir Offlev Wake- man, Bart., Sir Walter Smythe, Bart., Colonel Leeke. Major General the Hon W II Herbert, &c.— Lord Powis said it was unnecessary for him to go into the question as to why the Yeomanry and Volunteers had been called to the front thev all knew the reason well enough, and they wished them God-speed on their journey and a safe return He was 3ure it was the desire of every Salopian that ] the men who had so gallantly volunteered should be equipped in the best possible way, able to defend themselves and to give a good account of themselves. A considerable sum of money had already been I! subscribed to the appeal made on behalf of the Yeomanry, and the fnnd amounted to about £ 2,000 (applause). He had himself received many generous contributions. Viscount Boyue had promised X200, Lords llowton and Bromilow zElOC each, Mr Stanier (Pepton) £ 100, and he (Lord Powis) should be happy to give another £ 200 (applause). It was impossible to give an exact estimate of what would be required, but it was thought advisable to ask for £ 0,500, and he hoped the county would meet the call made upon them in the same generous spirit that had been manifested hittierto.-Col. Baldoch said that to properly equip the 116 men-all of whom belonged to the county-—who would form the Shropshire squadron a sum of £ 6,000 would be required. He spoke highly of the training the men had undergone, and said that out of 33 in one section there were 29 marksmen (applause).-Col. Anstice, speaking on behalf of the Volunteers, said that £ 500 would be required.- Coloi2el Kenyon-Slaney, M.P., moved That it is desirable that a fund, to be called the 'Lord Lieutenant's Equipment Fund,' be now raised for the purpose of aiding in the equipment of the Imperial Yeomanry, artillery, and infantry Volunteers from the Salop who have so patrioti- cally offered their services for the war now being carried on in South Africa."—The Hon G Ornisbv- Gore seconded the motion, which was carried.—Mr Greene moved, "That a committee consisting of the following gentlemen be and are hereby ap- pointed for the purpose of administering the fund, with power to deal with any surplus as they may deem best, vis.:—The Earl of Powis, Sir Offley Wakeman, Bar?., Mr J Powen-Jones, Col Kenyon- Slaney, Colonel Baldoch, Colonel Anstice, Colonel Masefield, Major Ormsby-Gore, with power to add to their number."—Lord Kenyon seconded the proposition, which was carried.—On the proposition ot Mr Stanley Leighton, seconded by Major-General Herbert, Col Cresswell Peele was appointed hon. secretary and treasurer to the fund. It was an- nounced at the close of the meeting that the sub- scriptions amounted to about zC3,500, among the contributors, in addition to those mentioned, being Captain Foster X300. Mr W H Foster £ 200 Mr and Mrs WVlule Corrie £100 each, and Mr and Mrs H D Greene £ 100 each.

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