31 JANUARY 1903, Page 19

The annual Report of the National Rifle Association affords very

encouraging reading for those who, like ourselves, con- sider that it is sound policy to educate the British people in the use of the rifle. The Association now has three hundred and twenty-eight clubs affiliated to it., and these clubs have a membership which amounts to nearly twenty-five thousand men. This is a very great achievement. That it is due in no small measure to the tact, zeal, and courtesy of Colonel Crosse, the secretary of the Association, cannot be doubted. In its ordinary and normal work the Association has done well. Last year it increased its surplus by close on £3,000, and its total surplus is now £31,613. If the rifle club movement still further develops, as we believe it will, we see no reason why the funds of the Association should not be doubled or trebled.