The management of the Shooting Club ought to feel much gratified at the number of men present last Friday and their interest in the matches, as well as at the excellence of the shooting. Every one wanted to shoot, so that the last two matches had to be hurried a great deal to enable the men to catch a much later car than they usually come down in.
Why cannot this interest be shown in the weekly shoots? Ordinarily there are few men present, and everyone is ready to come down by four or half-past, thus losing the best part of the afternoon, for from four to five or half-past there is seldom any wind, and all the conditions are favorable for good work. So, after this, let enough men go up each week to keep up the interest in the matches, and to obviate the necessity of closing matches on account of the lack of entries, as was done last week. To repeat what we said a few days ago "no matter how good a shot a man may be, practice cannot fail to improve his work," and above all it is important to have practice in matches. The strong team is that which is made up of men in no danger of becoming nervous, and who in critical moments can be depended on to shoot fully up their average. To become such a man it is necessary to shoot as often and as well as possible, never to fire carelessly, but to shoot each shot with as much care as if the result of a match depended on it.