The first parade of the new Town Guard at Cape Town.
The members of the newly enrolled Town Guard t Cape Town recently made their first appearance as a unit, when the various companies were inspected on the Grand Parade by Colonel Cooper, Base Commandant, who complimented the men on their smart bearing.
After the late inroads by the Boers into Cape Colony, the inhabitants were advised to arm themselves against a further invasion. As a result a Town Guard has been enrolled in Cape Town. According to recent telegrams this Guard has grown until it is 9,500 strong. Most of the men wear khaki uniforms and are armed with Lee-Metford rifles, and the artillery, cavalry and cyclists are fully equipped. Everyone is astonished at the rapidity with which men have assumed a soldierly appearance and have mastered the element of drill.