24 NOVEMBER 1866, Page 2

The report of the Recruiting ComMission ' Was published 'eztenso

on Wednesday, but the text does not differ from the analysis we published last week. As a whole; it is, we shcluicl imagine, the weakest report ever presented to Government. Its only ittportant suggediOns are that the first period of enlistment should be extended from ten to twelve years—which will drive away hundreds of recruits—thatthe pay should be'raised a shilling a week after the &St period, the Commissioners evidently esti- mating the difference between skilled and unskilled labour- at that• value; and that soldiers should have more meatwithout paying for it. They decline to suggest proposals for a Reserve, alleging with well founded humility that plans should be left to " statesmen ;" but in a gleam of returning self-confidence suggest that the Old Pensioners might be increased a little. There is not a marching

captain in the Army who could not have drawn up a better report, and we can only account for its prOduction by secret instructions directingthe Commission not to adfise expendithre, not to touch theMilltia, and not to offerrthelaintest suggestion impairing the ariatotittic constitution of the Array.