I/OifDow. Janaity 4. A second deputation, headed by Sir Wm. Armstrong, waited on the Premier to-day, urging that the defence of ports was a national duty, and not a local one. The Marquis of Salisbury, m reply, said while they ought to avoid taking any steps which might lead, to panic, the existing state , : of. affairs throughout the world rendered it imperative that England should strengthen her defences. He admitted *hat>such defences were of a national character, but contended that the localities so de fended should bear a portion of the expenditure. The Government, he added, intends to submit the question for consideration to the House of Commons.
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BRITISH DEFENCES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2030, 7 January 1889
BRITISH DEFENCES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2030, 7 January 1889
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