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JELLICOE'S VISIT

FAREWELL IN LONDON

LONDON, February 27. ' [Prior to the departure of H.M.S* New Zealand for India and Australasia, Admiral Viscouiyi Jellicoe was farewelled by the- New Zealand High Commissioner (Sir Thomas Makenzie), at a dinner at Claridge's Hotel. During the course of a valedictory speech, Sir .Thomas Mackenzie remarked that their guest was about to go forth as the representative of the greatest Navy the' world had known, with the record of unsurpassed achievements behind it, to 'visit an. Empire greater than any sovereign, had previously ruled. "Your work," he, said, turning to Lord Jellicoe, "will be important in many respects. Perhaps the social side may strain your constitution. When the first captain, of H.M.S. New Zealand, now Admiral Halsey, visited our hospitable shores, he welcomed .hundreds: of thousands of New Zealanders on board. The names of his officers were on the books of 150 clubs. He attended over 100 dinners, and 'tripped the light fantastic' at 75 ■ balls, and last, but by no means least, received a cordial welcome from some ' of the beautiful Maori,.; ■ maidens -. in that gem.of I\ew Zealand-—the Bay of Islands. Your observing eye will notethe vast. unpeopled territory of our peoples overseas, v, You will recognise that if these' lands are to be retained for the Bi-itisli Crown they must bepeopled. You have.on the one hand ■ congested population of the Old Country and on the other the enormousareas, of unoccupied' territory. You. will recognise that the policy of the Home country should be to attract those- who wish to emigrate to the overseas- Dominions.. We must, recognise., that there-is at present a great" . unrest here, due to many causes, and there is a desire of a very -■ considerable part of the population \to go abroad. I believe that the Dominion I represent is the favourite' of all oversea countries. It should be the duty of this country, in , conjunction with the overseas Governments, to see d that every facility is placed at.the disposal of those who wish to go abroad, and on' the part of the overseas Governments to welcome these splendid men. and women, who wish to make their homes in other pans of His Majesty's Dominions. By this process you will not lose your population,, -for'; these emigrants are missionaries of civilisation, and,the good results to Empire will far outweigh what some may consider a temporary loss to this country.. In New Zealand we require population of the right description. We have suffered severely not only through the ravages..of war, but more recently owing to the influenza. epidemic. The time hiay come 'when-, we may require to organise our own defences and to 'do''that our land ■must bo^peopled^and : .never.in -the/history, of the 013. Country would you .find a finer .race .of men 1 and women than these now desirous of going overseas. There is a. vast undeveloped, afield in New Zealand. The lands could be still mpro closely occu- < pied, but our. first duty in this res-

l>eet, is. of course, t-o our own people. Industries could W. widened, the woollen industry especially, ■for- it has .already been demonstrated , that we can turn out a certain class of goods at a lower price than in the Old Land. Seed growing, , carpet manufacturing, and many other new industries could be established. I will conclude my remarks with these lines from Kipling indicative of what- must be the policy of the British Empire—the Old Country standing behind us and we to the extent of our ability assisting the Empire : y "AlsO; we will make promise. So long as the blood endures,. I shall know: that your good is mine; ye shall feel that my strength is

yours: In the great day of Armageddon, at the last great fight of all, That our house stand together and the pillars do not fall." LORD JELLICOE'S REPLY. Lord Jellicoe thanked Sir Thomas Mackenzie for his expression of goodwill, and said than one. could-not but realise the great deeds of New Zealanders aad the gallant assistance rendered by the Dominions , during the war. Sir Thomas Mackenzie had mentioned their deeds on shore, and the whole world would never forget the magnificent work that was done on j Gallipoli. "It has only been my lot to ! see a little of their work in France," i said Lord Jellicoe. "I shall never for- ' get going over the battlefield where the Fourth Army had fought. I was | filled with amazement at the magnifij cent work done by ■ the New Zealand. i Contingent. 1 have seen the work on the New Zealand. No ship in the British. Navy has added more lustre to the splendid roll of honour of New ■ Zealand's sons. She was only once hit ! throughout the wax, and I attribute ! this to her extraordinary good shooting. She hit the other fellow so hard that he could not hit her. j "The mission I am about to start j upon is not ah easy one. I have ilO misconception of the task before me ; but I know I shall be helped by the i people of the Dominion. I am going in a ship that helped to make a good cause successful. The only thing that strikes me with consternation is the.' hospitality mentioned by Sir Thomas Mackenzie, particularly his reference to Maori women. I am informed that Admiral Halsey, on his visit to New Zealand, .made 164 speeches ( and attended 74 banquets. I hope 1 shall not be called upon to do that, but if I am I shall do my best. I have not visited Australia or New Zealand previously, but we have taken an enormous amount, of ■■literature on board, and Commodore Dreyer has, in fact, taken. so much that we have had to .leave behind a portion oi" the ammunition. I have a feeling that my difficulties are not diminished by not knowing what kind of a world we are going to have in ;three or four months' time, but it is a great help to me on setting out on my mission to receive the High Commissioner's' hearty greeting, and I wish to thank him for his most kind invitation and for giving me the opportunity of meeting so many who liold important and high positions in our overseas dominions."

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JELLICOE'S VISIT, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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JELLICOE'S VISIT Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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