The Royal Military College of Canada, Annual Militia Reports, 1906-07.
Kingston, July 1, 1906.
- To the President of the Royal Military College of Canada.
Sir,—I have the honour to forward my report on the Royal Military College, for the six months ending June 30, 1906.
- At the beginning of the half-year there were 82 gentlemen cadets. To June 30, this number was decreased as follows:—
- .Commissioned in Imperial Forces 6.
- Commissioned in the Canadian Permanent Force (seven having been already commissioned in 1905)……….. 2.
- Commissioned in the Reserve and Militia Forces…..14.
- Withdrawn from service………2.
- Total decrease to June 30…….24.
- Thirty-eight candidates passed the entrance examination in May to fill thirty-five vacancies. Estimated strength for September, about 90 gentlemen cadets.
CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE.
- The conduct and discipline of the cadets were stated by me at the end of the term as ‘fair’ and ‘poor,’ respectively, but I am most confident that I shall be able to report a great improvement in both, in the autumn, and I trust that the gentlemen cadets are beginning to realize the true meaning of the word ‘discipline.’
- The results of the midsummer examinations have been good. Since writing my last report, the number of instructors has been increased to four, with, I consider, very satisfactory results.
DRILLS AND EXERCISES.
- A good standard has been maintained in drills and exercises. The cadets did not go into camp, but several of them joined the various militia camps throughout the country. If my recommendations on this question are approved, every cadet must carry out at least one annual training with a militia unit in order to obtain his diploma of graduation.
- I have much pleasure in stating that, not only has the Ontario Government again presented the college with the sum of $100, but that the Government of Quebec has also given the same amount for rifle shooting at the Royal Military College.
OFFICERS’ LONG COURSE.
7. One ‘long course’ for officers has been held during the half-year. The total number of officers attending was 26, of whom 6 were officers of the permanent force preparing for promotion.
- .It is a matter of great disappointment that the work on the new servants’ quarters and on the new drill hall was not commenced this year; and it is hoped that provision for these buildings, which was made in the Estimates for 1905, but omitted in 1906, may again be made at the forthcoming session, so that work may be begun without more delay. These buildings are urgently required.
CHANGES IN THE STAFF.
- During the half-year, Lieut. E. F. Dawson, Royal Engineers, joined the College, and Lieut. T. Y. Anderson, Royal Canadian Engineers, rejoined his corps for duty.
- The following gentlemen obtained commissions:—
- D. Gemmill, Royal Engineers.
- E. Macrae, Royal Garrison Artillery.
- F. Budden, Royal Field Artillery.
- S. Billman, Royal Canadian Engineers.
- P. Henderson, Indian Army.
- G. Hagarty, Royal Canadian Artillery.
- J. W. Spread, Imperial Infantry.
- R. M. Kirk, Imperial Infantry.
DIPLOMAS OF GRADUATION.
- Diplomas of graduation ‘ with honours ‘ have been awarded to the following gentlemen:— J. D. Gemmill, A. E. Macrae. A. T. Powell, S. T. Layton, E. F. Budden, and E. G. Cameron.
And diplomas of graduation to:—J. McD. Eakins, A.’ A. Pare, R. S. Billman, F. H. Greenlees, E. P. Henderson, R. C. McKnight, W. G. Hagarty, E. C. Hale, K. B. Carruthers, I. C. Campbell, E. J. W. Spread, Y. S. Ryerson, E. R. M. Kirkpatrick, R. Stewart, S. B. Coristine and K. Maclaren.
- The college prizes won during the year have been awarded as follows:—
Gold medal. Company Sergeant-Major Gemmill ; Silver medal, Company Sergeant- Major Macrae; Bronze medal. Battalion Sergeant-Major Powell. Sword of Honour, prize for conduct, drills and exercises. Company Sergeant-Major Budden. Class prizes, for highest number of marks in each class: 1st class, to Company Sergeant-Major Gemmill; 2nd class, to Sergeant Rhodes; 3rd class, to Gentleman Cadet Carson.
Subject prizes, for the highest number of marks in the several subjects:—
- Company Sergeant-Major Macrae, for military engineering, tactics and reconnaissance.
- Company Sergeant-Major Gemmill, for physics, chemistry, surveying and civil engineering.
- Company Sergeant-Major Budden, for drills, exercises and practical work.
- Corporal Carruthers, for conduct.
- Sergeant Rhodes, for mathematics and artillery.
- Corporal Ridout, for geometrical drawing.
- Gentleman Cadet Hodgins, for military administration and law.
- Corporal Cowley, for military surveying and topography.
- Gentleman Cadet Tremblay, French, in 2nd class.
- Gentleman Cadet Langford, French, in 3rd class.
- Gentleman Cadet Ringwood, English, in 3rd class.
The Alliance Frangaise medals, awarded for competition in French language and literature, have been won as follows:—In 1st class, silver medal to Company Sergeant-Major Budden; in 2nd class, silver medal to Corporal Hammond, and in the 3rd class, bronze medal to Gentleman Cadet Langford. Gentleman Cadet Tremblay would have received the medal in the 2nd class had he not been debarred by the conditions of the competition. The Dundonald Mounted Patrol competition was won by ‘A’ Company (Sergeant Henderson, Company Sergeant-Major Budden, Corporal Kirkpatrick and Company Sergeant-Major Billman).The Ontario Government Rifle Shield was won by ‘D’ Company.
Sir F. W. Borden’s Shield, for revolver practice, was won by Cadet Campbell.
- I have the honour to be, sir.Your obedient servant, E. T. TAYLOR, Lieut-Colonel, Commandant, R. M. College.
Kingston, Ont., July 1, 1907.
To the President of the Royal Military College of Canada.
- Sir,—I have the honour to make the following report on the year now ending.
1. The number of cadets on the strength in September, 1906, was 90; two have since withdrawn, leaving a present strength of 88.
CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE.
- The conduct and discipline of the cadets have been good. The standard of discipline depends, to a great extent, on what the senior non-commissioned officers make it, and I wish to express my high opinion of the way in which Battalion Sergeant-Major Rhodes has carried out his duties.
- The result of the term examinations has been, generally speaking, not as satisfactory as I could wish, except in the case of the 3rd class.
DRILLS AND EXERCISES.
- The normal standard has been maintained. The interest shown by the staff and the grants made by the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec have brought about a keenness with regard to musketry which is having a good effect.
CHANGES IN THE STAFF.
- Lieut. Bodwell, who joined the staff as Instructor in Civil Engineering in September last is, to my regret, resigning this appointment. Lieut. Blair, R.F.A., has joined as Instructor in Artillery since my last report.
- The following Gentlemen Cadets obtained commissions:—
- Battalion Sergeant-Major G. D. Rhodes, Royal Engineers.
- Corporal P. de L. D. Passy, Royal Canadian Engineers.
- Sergeant T. C. Greenwood, Royal Garrison Artillery.
- Sergeant J. G. Gibson, Indian Army.
- Gentleman Cadet A. C. T. Lewis, Royal Canadian Artillery.
- Corporal G. S. Browne, Royal Canadian Artillery.
- Gentleman Cadet R. J. S. Langford, Royal Canadian Regiment.
DIPLOMAS OF GRADUATION.
- Diplomas of Graduation ‘with honours’ have been awarded to the following gentlemen:—G. D. Rhodes, F. P. V. Cowley, C. P. Tisdale, H. R. Hammond, G.
- Ridout. H. R. McQueen, A. E. Humphrey, F. O. Hodgins.
- Diplomas of Graduation to:—P. deL. D. Passy. E. G. Hanson, C. T. Trotter, F. G. Malloch, T. L. Tremblay, A. T. C. Greenwood. R. C. Darling, J. G. Gibson, G. S. Browne, M. A. Scott, W. J. Moffat, C. B. Russell, H. E. Snider, A. C. T. Lewis.
- The College prizes won during the year have been awarded as follows:—
- Gold Medal, Battalion Sergeant-Major G. D. Rhodes.
- Silver Medal, Company Sergeant-Major F. P. V. Cowley.
- Bronze Medal, Sergeant C. P. Tisdale.
- Sword of Honour (prize for conduct, drills, and exercises) Battalion Sergeant-Major G. D. Rhodes.
- Class prizes for highest number of marks in each class:—
- 1st Class, Battalion Sergeant-Major G. D. Rhodes.
- 2nd Class, Corporal E. Bristol. .
- 3rd Class, Gentleman Cadet C. E. Reade.
- Subject prizes for the highest number of marks in several subjects:—
- 1st Class—Battalion Sergeant-Major G. D. Rhodes wins the prizes for military engineering, tactics and reconnaissance, surveying, civil engineering, chemistry, drills and exercises, and conduct. Company Sergeant-Major F. P. V. Cowley wins the prize for physics.
- 2nd Class—Sergeant C. F. Carson wins the prize for mathematics and mechanics.
Gentleman Cadet W. D. Adams for geometrical and engineering drawing. Corporal Bristol, for military law and military administration,, and field sketching and map reading. Gentleman Cadet Langford, for French. 3rd Class—Gentleman Cadet J. A. A. Cote wins the prize for French and Gentleman Cadet C. E. Reade wins the prize for English.
- The Dundonald Mounted Patrol competition was won by “D” Company 2nd team. Battalion Sergeant-Major Rhodes in command.
- The Hon. Sir Frederick W. Borden’s shield, for revolver competition, was won by Corporal F. O. Hodgins.
- During the year several other prizes have been presented, and are as follows:—
Riding Challenge Cup presented by Major G. R. Hooper, won by Gentleman Cade A. Scott.
The Lt.-Col. Ernest F. Wurtele Gymnastic Shield, presented by Lt.-Col. Wurtele, with cups for the best gymnast in each class, were won as follows:—
1st Class—Sergeant T. L. Tremblay; 2nd Class—Sergeant C. F. Carson; 3rd Class—Gentleman Cadet W. D. Weller.
The Ontario Government Cups for the best shot in each class in the annual musketry course were won as follows:—
1st Class—Company Sergeant-Major G. L. Ridout; 2nd Class—Gentleman Cadet A. R. Spain; 3rd Class—Gentleman Cadet D. A. White.
The Quebec Government Cups for the three cadets making the highest score at 200, 500, and 600 yards, at a rifle meeting held on June 15, were won as follows:—
- 1st, Gentleman Cadet C. W. Coursol;
- 2nd, Gentleman Cadet A. E. Grasett;
- 3rd, Company Sergeant-Major G. L. Ridout.
Tent-pegging Challenge Cup, presented by Captain E. C. Hamilton, was won by Corporal W. T. Moffat. A pair of Binoculars, presented by graduates, 1880 to 1885, now in the Imperial Service, to the cadet obtaining the highest marks in the military subjects, were won by Battalion Sergeant-Major G. I. Rhodes.
A pair of Binoculars to the cadet making the best marks in cadastral surveying, presented to Major Ernest Hubbell, R.O., were won by Company Sergeant-Major F. P. V. Cowley.
- I have the honour to be, sir. Your obedient servant, E. T. TAYLOR. Lieut..-Col., Commandant, B. M. College.
REPORT OF THE BOARD OF VISITORS, ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE, 1907.
Ottawa, March 25, 1907.
Sir,—I have the honour to submit herewith the report of the Board of Visitors of the Royal Military College for the year 1907. The Board much regret the unavoidable absence of their esteemed colleague, Monseigneur O. E. Mathieu, C.M.G., the rector of Laval University, who was unfortunately prevented by illness from attending.
- I have the honour to be, sir. Your obedient servant, P. LAKE, Major-General Chief of the General Staff, Canadian Militia. Hon. Sir F. W. Borden, K.C.M.G., M.D., M.P., Minister of Militia and Defence, Ottawa.
The Board assembled at the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ont., at 9.30 a.m.,
March 14, 1907.
Chairman:—Major-General P. H. N. Lake, C.B., C.M.G., Chief of the General Staff.
Members:—Brigadier-General W. D. Otter, C.B., A.D.C., Comdg. “Western Ontario Command; C. E. W. Dodwell, Esq.. M.I.C.E., Halifax, N.S.; Major H. A. Panet, D.S.O., R.C.H.A., A.A.G.
Acting Secretary:—Major C. F. Winter, ‘The G.G.F.G’ Lieut.-Colonel E. T. Taylor, Commandant of the Royal Military College, was in attendance.
Monseigneur O. E. Mathieu, C.M.G., Rector of Laval University, was unfortunately prevented by illness from attending.
The Board decided to follow the procedure adopted in 1906 and to record the results of their inquiry and their recommendations under the same headings, viz.:—
(a) Admission to the College and Course of Instruction.
(b) Personnel and Administration.
(c) College Grounds and Buildings.
ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE AND COURSE OF INSTRUCTION.
ELIGIBILITY OF SONS OF GRADUATES SERVING OUTSIDE CANADA.
- The Commandant reported that the recommendation of the Board this year upon this head had been adopted by the Militia Department, and that sub-para. 7 of the R.M.C. Regulations had been amended accordingly. The sons of graduates who are on government service anywhere within the Empire are now eligible for admission.
PREFERENCE TO SONS OF OFFICERS OF THE MILITIA.
- The Board desire to repeat their recommendation of last year. They then advocated that, with a view to preserving better the military characteristics of the College and its connection with the militia , some preference should be given to sons of militia officers. This preference might advantageously take the form of a reduction of the college fees, either upon entrance or during the course. To entitle a cadet to this reduction he should be the son of an officer who had given not less than twenty years’ service in the militia, and who would thus receive some recognition of his public services.
GRADUATES SERVING IN THE MILITIA.
- The Board cannot but regret that a larger number of graduates of the college do not enter the active militia of the Dominion, as distinct from the permanent force. That the training and experience gained at the college would be of the highest value to the militia is shown by the services rendered by the graduates who already belong to it, and the Board recommend for the consideration of the Minister and Militia Council the question whether it might not be possible to offer special inducements to graduates to join the force.
- It is even more desirable that graduates should freely enter the permanent force. That is suggested that some remission of fees paid during the college course might be made to those who enter the permanent force on leaving the college.
- The recommendations made by the Board in 1906, as to the qualifying standard of marks for admission, have been adopted, in regard to mathematics, in the proposed syllabus for 1908, but not for English, geography and history, or French. This appears to be due to an oversight.
- The Board consider that the same system should be applied to the examinations in these latter subjects, and they desire to emphasize their previously expressed view, that the scope of the examinations might with advantage be restricted, provided a thorough grounding in all subjects and a higher qualifying minimum of marks be exacted. The same percentage should be adopted as is laid down in the report of the Board for 1906 and the syllabus for 1908.
ENGLISH AND FRENCH.
- Their recommendations of last year have been carried out.
DURATION OF COURSE.
- The Commandant again expressed to the Board the unanimous feeling of the professors and himself in favour of reverting to a four years’ course at the college. He reported that, in accordance with his undertaking given last year (see para. 10, Report Board of Visitors, 1906), he had consulted the parents of 79 cadets then at the college. Of these 79, 59 had replied. Of these, 40 were in favour of extension of the course to four years; 8 were definitely opposed to it; and 11 were in favour, but with reservations. Should the popularities of the college course, with parents, continue as at present, the Board consider that the general tenor of these replies would justify further consideration of the proposal for extension.
SYLLABUS OF INSTRUCTION—ALLOTMENT OF TIME.
- On the question of the allotment of time to the various subjects taught during the course, the Commandant drew the attention of the Board to the fact that a considerable rearrangement of the hours allotted to study had been made. On close examination of the subject he had come to the conclusion that it might be possible, by a redistribution of hours throughout the course, so to allot the time to the various subjects that, although there would be an apparent decrease in the total number of hours given, yet the actual time devoted to study of each subject would not be diminished. The main features of the redistribution were a reduction in the total number of hours allotted to mathematics and to the combined subjects of field-sketching, reconnaissance and surveying, together with a comparatively small reduction in those given to civil engineering. The reduction in mathematics had been made possible by recasting the syllabus, so as to adapt it more closely to the future requirements of civil engineering and surveying. The reduction of the time given to field sketching, reconnaissance and surveying had been made possible by treating the two former subjects more as branches of surveying proper and tactics. The main portion of the time thus saved had been allotted, in accordance with the recommendation of the Board of Visitors last year, to further instruction in tactics, military administration, military law and French. An increase in physics and chemistry had been made corresponding to the reduction in civil engineering. The Board on the whole approve of the redistribution of time for both theoretical and practical work, but consider that the results of these changes should be carefully watched.
INCREASE IN INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF.
- The recommendations of the Board last year, for an increase in the instructional staff, have been carried out by the Militia Council, with beneficial results.
ALLOTMENT OF MARKS.
- The Commandant laid before the Board a new allotment of marks to the various subjects, both theoretical and practical, taught during the course. This rearrangement was in accord with the views held by the Board and was concurred in by them.
PEESONEL AND INTEKIOE ADMINISTRATION.
- The Commandant reported a total of 90 cadets on the books of the collage.
PERSONNEL AND PHYSICAL RECORDS.
- The cadets were inspected on parade, and all classes were seen at exercises in the gymnasium and at study in the class rooms. Their physique, demeanour and address appeared to be highly satisfactory. They were also seen at work in the cadets’ workshop.
- The Board saw and questioned representative cadets from the several classes, and asked if they had any complaints to make, or matters which they desired to bring to the attention of the Board. A very general opinion was expressed that the quality of the messing was not entirely satisfactory. This is a somewhat difficult question in view of the fact that the charge—50 cents per diem—is moderate, and also that the occasions on which justifiable cause for complaint had occurred appeared to be few. The Board were not satisfied that any further steps were necessary than to request the Commandant ‘to see that the company officers exercised close supervision over the cadets’ messing.
- The following records of the physical development of cadets of the third class, who joined September, 1906, after six months in college, at the date of inspection in March, 1907, are of interest:—
- Average age, 18 years and 3 months.
- Average height, 5 feet 8 ¼ inches.
- Chest, fully expanded, 35 ¼ inches.
- Chest, not expanded, 31 ¼ inches.
- Average chest measurement, 31 ¼ inches.
- The clothing appeared to be on the whole satisfactory, but there seemed to be some doubt as to whether the quality of serge supplied for the undress uniforms was sufficiently good. The Board consider that this question should be looked into.
- The overshoes issued for winter wear, though apparently a fairly good article, will not stand the constant use to which they are put by being worn almost incessantly throughout the winter. The Board think that either an extra issue should be made, or that a leather lining down the back of the overshoe, where it is liable to be rubbed by the heel of the boot, should be added before issue.
- The complaint made in 1906, as to delay in fitting the undress uniform to the members of the recruit class on joining appears to be no longer justified.
- The Board inquired into the question of the maintenance of discipline and award of punishment, both of which appear to be satisfactory. The Board made special inquiry from’ the cadets who appeared before them as to whether any practices such as “hazing’ or ‘fagging’ were going on. All stated distinctly that no such practices existed, and the Commandant confirmed their statements.
- The Commandant reported to the Board that, as there had been, in December last, four cases of enteric fever within the college enclosure, he had ordered an analysis of the water supply. The result of this examination was that’ the water was reported to be quite pure.
- As regards the defective water supply outside the inner enclosure, upon which the Board commented in their report of 1906, no changes have been made and the supply is still inadequate. With the erection of buildings for the Riding School Detachment, &c., a better supply will become even more necessary, if possible, than at present. The existing state of affairs involves grave risk in the event of fire, and constant inconvenience to the users of water.
- The Board visited the College hospital and found it in a highly satisfactory condition. The only two cases in hospital were slight accidents received while playing games. The Medical Officer reported that the present arrangements for the preliminary medical examination of Cadets before going up for the Entrance Examination, and for their Medical Examination after joining the College, were working satisfactorily. 23. The general health of the Cadets at the College during 1906 appears to have been uniformly good, with the exception that, towards the end of November and beginning of December, there was a considerable prevalence of influenza, and there were three cases of enteric fever. In addition to these three eases among the Cadets, it may be mentioned that the son of the engineer employed at the College, who lives within the College grounds, was also attacked. All four recovered.
- As has already been stated under the heading of ‘ Water Supply,’ an inquiry was ordered with a view to discovering the source of infection. The water supply having been found to be pure, the milk supply was inquired into with the result that it was found to come from an -unsanitary dairy. Careful inspection was made at the same time of the plumbing and drainage arrangements at the College, and both were found to be in a satisfactory condition. It is possible that the milk might have been the source of the infection, and the milk contractor was accordingly changed, but it is only fair, at the same time, to state that the milk supplied to the engineer’s family, in which the other case of enteric fever occurred, did not come from the same dairy, and also that there were numerous cases of enteric in the city of Kingston at the time, so that infection may have arisen from sources altogether beyond the control of the College. The Commandant reported that as a measure of precaution he had received from headquarters authority to have the milk and water supply inspected periodically and the milk pasteurized, and that periodical inspection of the drainage was already made under the regular College routine.
- The recommendation made by the Board of Visitors in IHOG for a rearrangement of the duties of the superior staff and for the appointment of a quartermaster have been carried out. Great benefit is expected from the latter appointment.
- The recommendation of last year that two buglers should be detailed to the College has been carried out. The Commandant was inclined to think that no further modifications of the existing subordinate personnel was immediately necessary, but the Professor of Physics and Chemistry desired to draw the attention of the Board to his need for a skilled X.C.O. assistant for the subjects with which he dealt. He pointed out that the syllabus involved the use of a large number of valuable and expensive instruments, which had to be kept in perfect order, and he remarked upon the danger of injury if they were looked after by untrained men. Hitherto the work of cleaning the rooms and taking care of the instruments had developed upon one of the servants of the College, a man of the labourer class rather than the N.C.O. class.
- The Board appreciate the considerations urged by the Professor of Physics and Chemistry; but consider that the question should also be examined from the point of view of what other work such a K.C.O. could be usefully employed upon, and desired the Commandant to enquire into the question and put it forward officially with his recommendation.
- With regard to the subject of providing pensions for the members of the Civil Staff, both superior and subordinate, in reference to which the board submitted a recommendation in 1906, to which they still adhere, they have to report that the members of the Superior Civil Staff have addressed to them a memorandum on the subject in which their views are set forth. The Board conceive that it does not come within their province to advise as to the exact conditions under which pensions should be granted, though they think a pension system very advisable in the interests of efficiency. They have therefore contented themselves with annexing the memorandum of the Superior Civil Staff as Appendix ‘A.’* *This appendix has not been printed.
PAY OF SUPERIOR STAFF.
- The Board in 1906 drew attention to the comparatively low rates of salary paid to the superior staff, both civil and military. First-rate work is expected, and adequate remuneration should be given. Some small addition to the pay of the civil professors has been made as a result of their recommendations. But the pay of the Military Staff remains the same. At the wish of the Commandant the Board annex a memorandum by him on the subject. (Appendix ‘B’)*
- The Board’s recommendation of 1906 as to the grant of militia rank to the Commandant, military professors and instructors has been carried out.
RECREATION OF CADETS.
- The Board desire to repeat their recommendation of 1006 on this subject. They then stated that they found the recreation-room accommodation for cadets in the main building to be sufficient, but that they were impressed with the need for providing better means for the outdoor recreation and health of the cadets in winter. The gymnasium is made use of to its fullest extent, but it is not by itself sufficient. They recommend that a building should be provided which would fulfil the double purpose of a skating rink in winter and drill shed suitable for bad weather at other times. A drill shed is much needed.
GUN SHED AND ARTILLERY ARMAMENT.
- The Board examined the gun shed and the armament provided for artillery drill. They desire to draw the attention of the Militia Council to their report of last year and to the fact that the guns and stores then recommended for provision have not yet been supplied. Apparently no attempt has been made to rectify the deficiency. Even in such a small but important matter as an automatic sight for the -l-T gun. Which is merely the question of manufacturing a special cam, the requisition has not been complied with. They would again emphasize their opinion that the course of instruction in artillery should embrace a thorough knowledge of one or two types of guns, and that, as a consequence, specimens of these guns should be provided, completely equipped in every respect. The Professor of Military Engineering drew attention to the obsolete and unserviceable nature of sonic of the engineering equipment on charge. The Board consider the complaint to be justified and they recommend that two pontoons and two boats (cutters) for bridge work should be supplied. It is highly desirable that the cadets should be up to date in their engineering training. The pontoons might possibly be lent from the spare equipment for the Militia Engineer companies, while the cutters will be of great utility for transport purposes to and from Cedar Island and other places.
COLLEGE GEOUNDS AND BUILDINGS.
- The Board desire to repeat their recommendation of last year with respect to the care of the grounds. They would draw the attention of the Militia Council to the fact that nothing to improve their condition appears to have been done since their last visit. As they then stated, much of the work recommended by the Commandant for the improvement of the shore to the east of the College along Navy Bay appears to them to be necessary for reasons of utility as well as appearance. They pointed out that some of these measures would be requisite if the water supply pipe was to he •This appendix has not been printed properly protected. After the expiration of a year this protection is even more desirable.
- They would draw attention to the present condition of the boat houses. These are -now useless for their proper purpose and it is necessary to keep the boats out in the open during the winter rather than in the houses in their present condition. This makes it essential to have the boats painted afresh every year, an unnecessary expense to the public. They cannot but feel that the care of the grounds should receive more attention from the department, in the interest of the reputation of the College in the eyes of the general public.
- The rifle range is reported to be suitable and safe, though the accommodation is limited. It has been used during the past season by the 14th Prince of Wales’ Own Rifles, pending the acquisition of a new rifle range for Kingston.
- The Board inspected the whole of the main buildings and found their condition to be generally good.
- The dormitory building was in good order and in a satisfactory state of sanitation. No progress has, however, been made in the replacing of the present soft wood floors throughout the greater portion of the building by hardwood. This change had been in progress, but has been discontinued during the past year. The Board consider it should be carried out as soon as funds can be made available. The wooden floors of the lavatories should be replaced by cement.
- Very general complaints were made by the cadets that the rooms during this last hard winter had been too cold for comfort or work. Owing to the construction of the rooms it does not appear easy to secure at once proper ventilation and warmth, but the Commandant was requested to go into the question thoroughly and make recommendations to the department, looking to improvement in this respect.
- The main building was inspected and found on the whole to be in good order. The messman’s quarters, and kitchen were well looked after, but, as last year, the Board consider that better accommodation for the messman’s stores of food is desirable in the interests of health.
- Last year the Board remarked on the position of the grease trap for the interception of grease from the mess scullery, and reported that they had received complaints that it was apt to give out an offensive odour. They recommended its removal outside the building, if possible. The Commandant now’ reported that much trouble was found in making any satisfactory arrangement outside the building to replace this receptacle. Some slight alteration, to the grease trap has been carried out and apparently no recent complaints have been made. At the same time the Board consider that, should it prove feasible, as suggested by the Commandant, to fix some arrangement, in the shape of a cowl, over the grease trap, with ventilation to the open air, it should be done.
- The gymnasium was visited. The building and equipment are up tu date and satisfactory and the deficient accommodation in the shower bath and lavatories, remarked in 1906, has been made good. The Board understand that the swimming bath and shooting gallery originally proposed in the basement of the gymnasium are not now considered by the college staff to be desirable. So far as concerns the swimming bath they concur, but they are strongly of opinion that a shooting gallery should be installed as soon as possible. They also recommend the issue of a sub-target gun. CIVIL subordinates’ quarters.
CIVIL SUBORDINATES’ QUARTERS.
- The Board did not consider it necessary to inspect again this year the civil subordinates’ quarters on Cataraqui Bay. Last year they had no hesitation in concurring in the general and long standing condemnation of these buildings as unfit for habitation. The quarters have not been improved since then, and are a continual eyesore. In their report of 1906 the Board suggested that buildings in the nature of flats would be suitable for housing both the civil subordinate employees who ought to be lodged within the College grounds, and also the detachment of men required to look after the Riding School horses and stables. They strongly recommend that at least 16 quarters for the civil subordinates, as well as the quarters for the Riding School Detachment, should be undertaken at the earliest possible moment. As they pointed out last year, some of the married N.C.O’s reside in town at a long distance from their work. Other married N.C.O.’s and civilian servants reside nearer, but also outside the College and are drawing lodging allowances. Lodgings in the neighbourhood are very difficult to obtain and are, not infrequently, unsanitary. As the Cadets” washing is done by the families of these servants, there is always the risk of the importation of infection in consequence. Last year, washing had to be withdrawn from one family, the members of which were found to be suffering from diphtheria, largely due to the unsanitary condition of the only house they had been able to rent.
- Last year the Board inspected the new stables destined to accommodate the horses for riding instruction of cadets. They pointed out that these could not be utilizedm until quarters were provided for the detachment in charge, as well as other necessary buildings, such as cook-houses and lavatories. They also pointed out that there was no connection between the interior drains and the main drain outside, nor had a proper water supply been laid on. The drainage has now been completed, but the water supply is still deficient here and in other buildings outside the inner enclosure. To provide stable buildings which cannot be used, for want of quarters for the men who look after the horses, is an arrangement which cannot be described as either business like or economical.
- The Board caused the fire alarm to be sounded in order to test the fire arrangements of the College. With the exception that the screw cap of one of the hydrants had been broken within the last few days and was undergoing repair, the arrangements worked well. The Cadets and officers appeared to be acquainted with their duties. The pressure was fairly satisfactory. The Board think it would be desirable to add an extension ladder to the fire equipment.
- The Board desire to again draw attention to their report of last year, paragraph 48, which stated that no arrangement has been made to provide hydrants, or other fire appliances, for the protection of the buildings outside the inner enclosure, viz; the Commandant’s house, married officers’ quarters, civil subordinates’ quarters, the new stables, and the two N.C.O.’s houses near the entrance gate to the grounds. In the event of fire at any of these places, the only means of combating it would be the use of water buckets, until the city fire brigade could arrive. The Board consider that the expenditure necessary for providing fire hydrants within easy reach of these buildings would be amply repaid by the protection afforded. This work might be carried out at the same time as the provision of a suitable water supply for the new stables.
TRIP TO OTTAWA.
- The Board consider that the desirability of bringing the College and the work performed there to the notice of Members of Parliament, Ministers and other officials at Ottawa, during the session of the Dominion Parliament, should not be lost sight of. They advise that the Commandant should consult the Department as to the possibility of either inviting Ministers and Members of Parliament to visit the College during term time, or arranging a visit by the Cadets to the Capital during which they would give an exhibition of drill and gymnastics.
- In conclusion, the Board desire to report that they found the College generally to be in a satisfactory state, and to show an improvement upon its condition at the time of their visit last year, for which the Commandant and Staff deserve credit. At the same time they wish to draw attention to the points upon which they made recommendations last year which do not appear to have received attention.
- They are favourably impressed by the appearance and general state of health of the Cadets, by the nature of the instruction given, and by the good condition of the more important buildings. They have directed the Commandant’s attention to a few minor points of detail, which, in their view, are capable of improvement.
- On the whole, they are of opinion that parents of Cadets at the College may feel satisfied that their interests are properly cared for.
- PERCY LAKE. Major-General, C.G.S.,
- W. D. OTTER. Brig.-General. Comg. West Ontario,
- HEN. A. PANET, Major, D.A.G.,
- C. E. W. DODWELL.
CHARLES F. WINTER. Major, ‘The G.G.F.G..’ Acting Secretary. Kingston, March 16, 1907.