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IN NEW ZEALAND.

THE KING'S MESSAGE

TO THE PJiDPLTfi OF NEW ZEA-

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THIviGOVEJINOft, ANNOUNCES DECLARATION OF WAR. ,„

WELLINGTON,, August 5. .. A gathering ot several, thousand people assembled in front of the Old Parliamentary Buildings this afternaan to hear His' Excellency the Governor 'Lord Liverpool) read a message from the King, thanking the people of New Zealand for tho spontaneous assurances of their fullest support, which, His Majesty said, recalled the generous self-sacrificing help given- in the past to the Mother Country. I

His Majesty continued: "I'shall be. strengthened in the discharge- ot ,the groat responsibilities which rest upon me, by confident belief thaft in xhis time of trial my Empire will stand united, calm, resolute, trusting in God."

His Excellency then* read his reply;: which "assured ..-Hisi. Majesty that come good or ill; New, Zealand, in company with the other Dominions, was prepared to make -any: sacrifice to maintain its heritage and/birthright. ; Then followed a cablegram from the Eight Hon. L. Harcourt (Under-Secre-tary for the Colonies) stating that war has broken out witlv ■ Germany, the reading of which was received with a loud outburst of cheering and the singing of the "National Anthem." Speeches were delivered by the Hi.

Hon. W. F. Massey and Sir Joseph Ward, urging the people of New Zealand to be steadfast and calm in this, emergency. 0

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IN NEW ZEALAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8909, 6 August 1914

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