Lancashire Evening Post 28 September 1908
2000 BOY SCOUTS AT MANCHESTER.
General Baden-Powell’s scheme of “Boy Scouts” has evidently appealed to the adventurous spirit of boys in the Manchester District, for about 2000 boys have become “scouts,” and a great number of them assembled on Saturday afternoon in Albert-square.
The youngsters had wide-awake hats and cowboy shirts, with belts, knapsacks, and food cans. Some of them had great clasp knives hanging from their belts, some with evident joy carried axes with glittering edges, and all had long thick poles, for the most part broomsticks unsuccessfully disguised. They looked as much like imitation cowboys as anything else.