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THE YEOMANRY CAMP. j COLD AND WET WEATHER. j [FROM OUR OWN REPORTER.] i The Eclrl of Chester's Imperial Yeomanry Cavalry Regiment went under canvas at Oakmere on Tuesday afternoon, for their annual fourteen days' training. It has been their lot to experience some trying weather. The first night they were in camp two degrees of frost were registered, and if some of the yeomen thought longingly of the com- fort of their feather beds at home who could blame them. The following night—Wednesday—the clerk of the weather, to vary the monotony, caused rain to fall heavily, and the downpour continued intermittently throughout Thursday. Neverthe- less, the men are making the best of matters, and are entering on their duties with a cheerfulness which does them infinite credit. Time was when the Roodee, Chester, was the scene of the annual encampment, and when the horses were lodged in the stables of the various hostels in the city. Two years ago a change was made, and for the first time the regiment underwent their training under canvas at Altear. The regiment are camping on the same ground they occupied last year—on the fringe of Delamère Forest, twelve miles from the citv—and it is as suitable a piece of ground as could be found in the county. The site is about fifty acres in extent, but in all some- thing like 300 to 400 acres can be placed under contribution, and, as it is an undulating country, it is most valuable for reconnaissance, scouting, mounted and dismounted service. A week ago an advance party entered into occupation of the ground and ereoted the tents, two lines for each squadron, canteens, hospital, orderly room, officers' mess, and so on. The subsoil of the camping ground is sandy and dry the water of the Oakmere is available for the horses; while the men are supplied from the Vyrnwy service pipes of the Liverpool Corporation, which pass near the camp. The regiment has increased considerably in strengfh, the parade slate shewing that there were 25 officers and 450 men in camp. The patriotic spirit called forth by the war probably accounts in a large measure for this growth in the regiment, and it is highly gratifying to find ci vilians so willingly coming forward, often at inconvenience to themselves, to make themselves efficient for the defence of their country. It may be said that there is an obligation on the part of some farmers to do service, but there are many others who are volun- teers. Colonel the Earl of Harrington is in com- mand, with Lieutenant-Colonel Tomkinson, who was absent on ieave owing to his Parliamentary 1 duties until Thursday. The particulars with regard to the various squadrons are as followA Squadron (Tatton): About 85 strong, officers, Major the Hon. Alan de Tatton Egerton. M.P.. Major Birlev, Lieutenant Phillips, Lieutenant Egerton, Second Lieutenant A. Holland; B Squadron (Eaton) About 95 strong, officers, Major Lord Arthur Grosvenor, Captain the Duke of Weitmlllster, Lieutenants Swetenham, Barnston and Barbour Major George Wyndham is absent on leave through Parliamentary duties C Squadron (Arley) About 120 strong, officeIT., Captain H. M. Wilson, Lieutenants Verdin, Glazebrook and Massey; i D Squadron About 130 strong, officers, Major Brocklehurst, Captain Sir Philip Grey- i Egerton. Lieuts. Legh, Lees-Milne, and Tomkin- son. Captain Neil Haig is the adjutant, and Surgeon-Captain J. E. Phillips has charge of the hospital arrangements, while the hon. chaplain is the Re C. H. Prodgers, and the veterinarv. and the veter i narv surgeon is Lieut. R. C. Edwards. Mention should also be made of Buller, the bull-terrier who accom- pained Lord Arthur Grosvenor's Company of Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa, and who struts about the camp with all the dignity of an old campaigner. Major the Hnn: Alan de Tatton Egerton is president of the Officers' Mess Com- mittee, and the members are Capt. Wilson and Lieut. Swetenham Major Birley is president of the Canteen Committee, with 2nd Lieut. Lees- Milne and 2nd Lieut. Holland as members; Lieut. Verdin is president of the Sports and Entertain- ments Committee, and the members are Lieuts. Tomkinson and Phillips and Sergt.-Major Dye is president of the Sergeants' Mess Committee, the memhers being Sergt.-Major Hopper and Sergt. AIJwœd. The men are being supplied bv degrees with khaki uniforms, which it must be admitted arc not very becoming, and slouch hats. Thev are armed with the i-ee-Enfield, and as one of the lessons of the Boer war they do not cari v swords hut. ;t <. moot point whether this is a. step in the right ■ direction, as in a charge they would be practically helpless without either swords or lances. To all intents and purposes the Yeomanry are now mounted infantry. The men receive Gs. 8d a day, and from this 4s. (id. is deducted for food, which Is supplied by Mr. Baker, Tattenhall. An allowance of £5 is made for each horse, and each animal receives 121b. of hay and 1211). of corn each day. Revedlee is sounded at 5.30, and by 0 o'clock the yeomen are expected to be attending to their horses. The latter remain outdoors all the time. In front of each line of tents is secured a stout rope, and to this the horses are tethered, while a short "hobble" attached to the near hind leg and a peg serves to prevent the animals from becoming restive. Though some I ot the animals naturally objected to this treat- ment, it is surprising how soon they become accustomed to the restraint. The regi- ment paraded on Wednesday morning in drill order, and on Thursday, when the drill was a little later owing to the rain, they paraded for dismounted service. Unfortunately, on Wednesday one horse broke its leg and had to be destroyed, and on Thursday two troopers met with accidents. The drill that has been arranged for the training is decidedly of a useful character, and a good feature is that in the afternoon lectures will be given on squadron arrangements, mining work, advance and rear guards, reconnaissauce, &c. On Sunday morning there will be the customary church parade, and given fine weather there should be a large attendance of the general public. Monday morning next will be devoted to outpost duty on Tuesday the regiment will be exercised in the protection of troops on the march and the inspection by Col. Courtenay will take place on Monday and Tuesday week; the dismissal being fixed for Wednesday week. An excellent programme of sports and entertain- ments has been arranged, and there should hardly be a dull mon.ent in camp. Football and cricket matches will be played by teams representing various squadrons, and cricket matches have been bed with Tattenhall and Hartford. The officers will also meet teams representing Hooton Park Club and Liverpool at polo. The sports and tournament will be held on Saturday. On Sunday the Rev. Mr. Prodgers will lecture on his travels abroad, and on Bank Holiday a Yeomanry fete will be held in Oulton Park. while for Wednesday a sing-song camp fire has been arranged. On Thurs- day evening an enjoyable smoking concert, promoted by Lieut. Harry Barnston, was given in the canteen, and this example will be followed by Major Brocklehurst and Captain Wilson. The officers' dinner has been fixed for next Friday, and on the following Sunday there will be a display of the American biograph. It will he seen from this that life in camp has its enjoyable, as well as its business side, and all that is needed to ensure success in both re.3pects is fine weather.

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