Montreal Daily Star, 8 July 1880, page 2

Note and Comment

It is impossible- and it would be foolish even if it were possible- for this country to keep up a standing army, but it is not necessarily bad policy to endeavour to have in readiness for any emergency the material from which the officers of such an army might be drawn should it ever become necessary to levy one.  If well-trained officers are available, the work of raising a well-trained army becomes a comparatively easy task; but if the officers have to be educated after being commissioned, the work of organizing an army is necessarily slow and discouraging. There are some uses to which the Kingston cadets may put their knowledge at once, and the more they do in the way of applying it to useful purposes the better; but after all, the fact of having a class of good men scattered here and there over the Dominion with a first-class military education is sufficient to justify the existence of the College, provided the expense of maintaining it is kept down as low as possible. – Toronto Globe.