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'Old shed is being removed to Burwash for a ‘reading-room...'We have not traced what happened to it after that.
The official title of the competition was “The Spectator (S.R.)” - S.R. = ‘Service Rifle’. Otherwise known as “The Rifle Clubs Tyro Competition”, it was for teams of five tyros representing their club and consisted of 7 shots each at 200 and 500 yds. The prize was 5 rifles, one for each member of the winning team.[Information by courtesy of the National Rifle Association Museum]
The ‘Windmill’ target apparatus (Wood’s Patent) consisted of two frames of equal size and weight with a centre pivot. One frame held the target and the other the shot’s value panel. They pivoted sideways, counterbalanced, like windmill sails.
The Rottingdean Rifle Club was registered with this Association in 1900 and given the No 74. Listed as having 58 members with Hon. Sec. A.E. Coe, Preston House, Rottingdean.
This illuminating letter indicates clearly Kipling’s burning anxieties about military preparedness, but it suggests too the soldier manqué, in its terse peremptory sentences and pseudo-military phraseology.The letter is, in the view of this Editor,, well-expressed in language that indicates that Kipling had picked up some soldiering over the years, despite his remarkably short service in the 1st Punjab Volunteers.
Cordery, the coastguard, came out of the cottage, levelled his telescope at some fishing-boats, shut it with a click and walked away. He grew smaller and smaller along the edge of the cliff, where neat piles of white chalk every few yards show the path even on the darkest night.By 1900, however, advancing technology in ships and arms had outmoded this style of naval reserve and the organisation acquired many functions of great service to mariners - working in close collaboration with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Control passed to the Board of Trade in 1923. Now known as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, it was reformed in 1998 from the amalgamation of the Maritime Safety Agency and HM Coastguard.
‘Where’s Cordery going?’said Una.
‘Half-way to Newhaven,’said Dan. ‘Then he’ll meet the Newhaven coastguard and turn back. He says if coastguards were done away with, smuggling would start up at once.’