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"RIFLEMEN, FORM!" We are glad that the Government has met the rising spirit of the people as it ought to be met, and has issued a circular to the Lords Lieutenants of counties, authorising the formation of volunteer corps, under the Act 44 Geo. III. c. 54. We have no doubt that this circular will be responded to in every county; and that numbers of our young men will eagerly enrol themselves in the ranks of the defenders of their native land. The movement, how- ever, is unpleasant to our friends of the" Manches- ter Scho' 1. II We ask," says their London organ of Saturday, what frightful peril is impending, that all England is to be at once converted into a vast parade ground, and quiet citizens, abandoning their peaceful avocations, are to enrol themselves in rifle brigades, and strive to become adepts in the art and mystery of target shooting?" The peril is this- the absolute uncertainty of peace-the chance, that without any fault of our own, we may be involved in the quarrels of our neighbours, and find it im- possible to keel) beyond the hostile pale. The events of the present year prove that war may come upon us suddenly, without giving us time for preparation and what would be our position if we were plunged into hostilities, in the unprepared state in which we thould inevitably be, were the councils of the Man- chester School followed? If the leaders of that school can persuade France and Russia to disband their armies,—if they can induce the Emperor Na- poleon to put his ships in ordinary instead of in com- mission, and to cease enlarging his fleet, and increas- ing his naval forces, then there would be wisdom in their opposition to large and expensive armaments at home. But in the present state of Europe,—and looking at the alteration in naval warfare which the introduction of steam has occasioned,-any Govern- ment that would neglect our national defences, or discourage the patriotic martial spirit of the people, would most egregiously fail in its duty. We do not believe that any Government would act so unwisely at the present moment. Even if such a thing were possible, as that Ir. Bright could be placed at the head of affairs, we believe that that stalwart quaker would be the last person under present cir- cumstances to take upon himself the responsibility of-arresting the national defences and of repressing the national spirit; and on the contrary 'he would be amongst the first to join in the cry of' Form form! riflemen, form!" We do not wish to join the cry that has been raised inmany quarters against the Emperor of the French and we deprecate that vulgar abuse of his imperial Majesty, in which some of our senators are not ashamed to make common cause with the most disreputable of our press. But till France disarms both her fleet and her troops to a great extent, Eng- land must keep up both her army and her navy; and, as in the event of a war, a descent upon our coast would be made much easier than it would have been in times of yore, we hold that the formation of volunteer corps is an essential step towards the suc- cessful defence of our hearths and homes, should an enemy assail them; and that the wish to organise such corps, should not be checked or pooh-poohed but encouraged in every possible way.

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I CHARISES WYNNE, ESQ., M.P.

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