SPEECH BY SIR C. DILKE.
(PER IV. i'SS ASSOCIATION.)
London, May 7.
Sir 0. Dilke m his speech at Dean Forest said even if it were admitted to be hopelees to defend Canada, Australia was able to defend herself. The nation, however, would still be obliged to defend Indii and the Cape. He considered the high average of intelligence and general comfort m Canada, Australia, and Booth Africa was the most gratifying fact m the history of the Empire. He regretted the Government was not on good terms with the colonies. He believed that Australians were profoundly disappointed that they were not represented on the Samoftn Conference at Berlin. Ho condemned the extraordinary indifference of England to colonial questions and characterised the method of assessing the property tax m New Zealand as excellent. He also condemned Lord Wolseley and other military advisers for allowing the country to live m a fool's paradise.
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