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(Received April 11, 2 p.m.) LONDON, April 8. The House of Lords read a- second time the Service Bill. - ' Lord Buckmaster moved its rejection-, but Lord Curzon pointed out that the war was not yet over, and wai-i conditions might revive, and the clouds buret at any moment in a more sinister form than in the past. It was absolutely certain that the troops in Mesopotamia,- Syria, and Palestine must be maintained intact. The small force in Russia would be withdrawn at the earliest ?moment. The present army of 560,000, of which 208,000 were non-combatants, was necessary to protect the Empire and the conquered territories. Britain held the latter in order to secure a fulfilment of the Peace Treaty. The position in Vienna was serious, the authorities fearing an outbreak of Bolshvism, and affairs were similar at Budapest. Our assistance was required. To similar appeals from various quarters during the past four or five
months we had not responded with avidity, but the power to respond 'is a guarantee of the .peace of the world.
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BRITISH ARMY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9584, 11 April 1919
BRITISH ARMY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9584, 11 April 1919
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