Mr. JOSEPH RUSSELL (East Toronto).
Mr. Speaker, I desire to-refer briefly to an event of very great national interest of which the cable has brought the news since our last meeting. I refer to the splendid achievement of a fellow-citizen of Toronto, Private W. J. Clifford, in winning the King's prize at the meeting of the National Rifle Association at Bisley. This, I need hardly mention, is the crowning honour of the great competition in marksmanship participated in annually by upwards of three thousand of the riflemen of the Empire, all the overseas dominions being well represented, tvhile the flower of the regular and volunteer forces of the mother country enter into the keenest competition for the honours of the meeting.
Private Clifford is of the Tenth Royal Grenadiers, a regiment that since rifle shooting has been in vogue as the pastime of the volunteers of Canada has been second to none in the distinctions it has achieved as a training school for marksmen. It is especially fitting, therefore, that the honour achieved by Private Clifford shall be shared by a regiment so generally recognized as worthy to bear it. It is the young rifleman's second visit to Bisley, but for several years Private Clifford has been conspicuous at the great Canadian meeting at Roekliffe, in 1909 for instance, winning one of the three prizes so generously offered by His Excellency, the Governor-General for competition here.
Besides winning the King's Prize, Private Clifford has won also, at Bisley this year, the Prince of Wales' prize for a competition entirely distinct, an achievement never before accomplished during the fifty years of the National Rifle Association competitions. Examination of the records shows that the same has figured only twice before since the very beginning, as the winner of these two prizes donated by royalty, but in each case the honour was achieved in separate years for each prize. Thus Sergt. Lawrence of the 1st Dumbarton won the Queen's Prize in 1882, and the Prince of Wales' Prize the following year; while Major Pollock won the Queen's in 1892 and the Prince of Wales' in 1896. It has remained for Private Clifford to set a new record for the new reign, and so to identify himself for all time with the generosity of His Majesty King George and Edward, Prince of Wales.
This is the third occasion, it is fitting for me to mention, that Canadian competitors at Bisley have brought distinction to their country as well as to themselves by winning the Queen's or the King's Prize. Hayhurst, already well-known as an Old Country rifle-
man, led the way in 1895, shortly after he had come to Canada and joined the Thirteenth Regiment of Hamilton. Then Private
S. J. Perry, a young Canadian of Vancouver, was the King's Prize winner in 1904; and Private Clifford is our third Gold Medallist.
Rifle shooting means much more to us as a nation than does any other sport. It is generally recognized as the mainspring of the interest in the training of many regiments, and it is the sole bond of communication between our volunteers in the several cities and provinces of Canada and between Canadians and their comrades in arms from over the seas. In addition rifle shooting is recognized as involving the best development of physical manhood and of character. No one but a good citizen, an exemplary man, can be successful as a marksman. The honour won by Private Clifford il specially worthy of recognition, and I therefore extend to him my congratulations and those of his friends in this country.
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS-WINNER OF THE KING'S PRIZE AT BISLEY.