Empire Review Volume 10

Empire Review Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...was adjourned till the following day, and which was marked throughout by the absence of any spirit of pedantry, it was evident that the Head Masters fully realised that their own united efforts, unsupported by any parliamentary legislation, must be the main motive power of any policy to secure rifle-shooting and physical training as part of the school curriculum. The difficulties certain to arise were frankly faced and by no means minimised. They included the usual matters--cost, lack of time and opportunity, possible objections of parents, the cry of Continental conscription, and the thin end of the wedge of militarism. But as a final result a motion was carried, with three dissentients in a meeting of forty headmasters, to this effect: --That it is desirable for the Committee to consider the desirability and feasibility of making training in the use of arms compulsory on boys in the Public Schools, and making common cause for the promotion of that object. Here, perhaps, I may quote with advantage from a letter addressed to Lord Meath by Dr. Wood, in which the headmaster of Harrow says: --Every boy at Harrow has to learn to handle a rifle and to pass a standard in shooting. At the back of our minds in making this new departure was the conviction that the alternatives were conscription or rifle-clubs. Conscription being, at present, out of the question, it remained that every patriotic citizen should render himself fit to act in defence of his country if the necessity arose. Our new short range and compulsory shooting are really due to the kindness and encouragement of Lord Roberts, who, in a letter to me, wrote strongly of the practical utility of the short range. We have a long range, at which boys who compete at Bisley still practice, but it is.show more

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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 426g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123665384X
  • 9781236653840