Appendix No. 1
REPORT OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL COMMANDING THE MILITIA.
Headquarters, Ottawa, 24th November, 1890.
SIR,—I have the honour to transmit herewith my report for 1890, as Officer Commanding, there being no Major-General available for duty, together with the reports received from Officers Commanding Districts, the Commandant Royal Military College, the Inspector and Assistant Inspectors of Artillery, the Commandant of the Schools of Military Instruction, &c.
MILITARY DISTRICT No. 5.
Montreal, Headquarters, 18th November, 1890.
- Sir,—I have the honour to forward, for the information of the Adjutant General Commanding, my annual report on the state of the several Corps under my command for the year 1890.
Up to the present date only three of the Cadet Corps receiving Government recognition have been inspected, viz., St. Mary’s College, St. John’s School and Eliock School. I attach a report of these inspections marked Appendix “C.”
- I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, C. F. HOUGHTON, Lt.-Colonel, Deputy Adjutant-General, Military District No. 5. To the Adjutant General of Militia, Headquarters, Ottawa.
CADET CORPS OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES.
Head Quarters, Montreal, 18th November, 1890.
- Sir,—I have the honour to report that, in accordance with instructions, I inspected the Cadet Corps in this Military District—so far as practicable up to the present date—with the following result, viz:—
St. Mary’s College: I inspected the above Corps in the Victoria Skating Rink on the 6th November, when they paraded 14 Officers and 220 Non-Commissioned Officers and privates, including among the latter an Ambulance of 20, and buglers, drummers and signallers, amounting altogether to 22. They presented and exceedingly smart appearance, in the uniform of the College, and their arms and accoutrements were clean and well cared for. They were joined on this occasion by the Highland Cadet Corps, mustering about GO of all ranks, which is also an exceedingly smart Corps, wearing the uniform of the “London Scottish.” This latter Corps, however, is not under the supervision of the Government, not coming under the regulations as a School or College. After the General Salute and inspection in line they went through the performance of Trooping the Colours, under the Command of Captain Trudel, which was exceedingly well done. They then marched past in column and quarter-column, and subsequently performed a number of Battalion movements and the manual and firing exercises in a manner highly creditable to themselves and their Instructor, Captain Trudel.
St. John’s School (Lady Bussel’s Cadets): I inspected this Corps on the following day, 7th November, in their School-room, Montreal. They mustered 3 Officers and 56 Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates. Their uniform is a grey shell jacket and trousers, with red facings, and stripe with a service cap to match, which, with their russet leather waist and cross belts, looked very neat. They have not as yet been provided with arms, but after inspection in line went through several movements in Company drill in admirable style, under the command of their Instructor, Major Atkinson, who afterwards put them through a series of physical exercises to music, which was executed with the greatest precision and in a manner to elicit the wonder and applause of the spectators, a considerable proportion of the lads being under twelve years of age.
Eliock School: This Corps was inspected by Lieut.-Col. Mattice, my Brigade-Major, during my absence on duty at St. Johns, Que., on the 17th November, who reports that they mustered in their School-room, Montreal, 3 Officers and 31 Non-Commissioned Officers and privates. Their uniform is a blue patrol jacket, trimmed with gold braid with yellow lacings, dark plaid trousers, and red and white dice-band Glengarry caps, with russet leather waist and cross-belts, the whole uniform presenting an exceedingly rich and imposing appearance. Lieut.-Col. Mattice also reports that their arms and accoutrements were clean and well cared for, and that their movements, which consisted of General Salute, manual and firing exercises, Company movements, and physical exercises, with and without arms, were very well performed, and evinced the greatest steadiness, reflecting the highest possible credit upon their Instructor, Sergent Goodfellow (late), of the Royal School of Infantry at St. John’s, Que.
The Montreal High School Cadets: This Corps will not be ready for inspection until the end of May or beginning of June next. I have, however, inspected them twice during the past summer, viz. on the 5th of June in the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association grounds in the presence of H. R. H. The Duke of Connaught, when all the Montreal Cadet Corps were present in Brigade for his inspection; and again, some time subsequently, in the Victoria Skating Rink, on the occasion of their giving an exhibition of drill before the public, on both of which occasions they acquitted themselves in a highly creditable manner to themselves and their Instructor, Captain Macaulay, of the 6th Fusiliers.
The Bishop’s College School, at Lennoxville, and the St. Remi College, at St. Remi, have not yet reported that they are ready for inspection, but have been requested to do so as soon as possible. A supplementary report on these Corps will be forwarded when they have been inspected. Before concluding this Report, I beg leave to suggest that the most suitable time be holding these inspections would be in the month of May, when they could be held in the open, either together in Brigade on the Champs de Mars or other suitable ground, or inspected separately on then1 own play-grounds as found most suitable or convenient from time to time. This would also have the advantage of allowing the boys to have had their full spring training before inspection, and would scarcely, if at all, interfere with their outdoor sports and pastimes which can hardly be said to commence much before the 1st of June in this part of Canada. As the regulation for inspections now stands, the weather at this season precludes the possibility of holding them in the open, and therefore either necessitates the hiring of some public hall for the purpose, at their own expense, or else confining the inspections to their own school rooms, which are not sufficiently large to enable the Inspecting Officer or their friends to see them to the best advantage.
- I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, C. F. HOUGHTON, Lt.-Colonel, Deputy Adjutant General, Military District No. 5.
- To the Adjutant To The General of Militia, Headquarters, Ottawa.
MILITARY DISTRICT No. 6.
Brigade Office, Montreal, 14th November, 1890.
- Sir,—I have’ the honor to submit, for the information of the Officer Commanding the Militia, the following report on the state of the Militia in the 6th Military District under my command.
The Drill Associations have become latterly such a factor in our Military organization that I must draw your attention to their state and the benefits the force may derive from them. Some of them are doing splendid work, but most are badly armed, and I pray you to call the attention of the proper authority»upon the necessity to arm the young Cadets with smooth barrel arms (as they would be less expensive) more proportioned to their size, age and strength, and which could at the same time fire blank ammunition. I would also recommend that the gazetting of the pupils as Officers or Acting Officers in the Official Gazette be done away with, and that the Directors of Schools or Colleges be left to appoint at their discretion and for the time being the best and most competent pupils.
The present regulations should also extend to the Primary Schools such as those of the Friars, as it is from their midst that our rank and file will recruit later on. I have the honour to enclose you a schedule respecting the Drill Associations, their armaments, dates of inspection, &c, and the regular tabular reports of the Annual Drill.
- I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, G. d’ORSONNENS, Lt- Colonel, Deputy Adjutant General, Military District No. 6. To the Adjutant General, of Militia, Ottawa.