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THE PACIFIC NAVY.

THE GEELONG COLLEGE

We may be paying dearly for oui young naval officers, but we are cer tainly getting what we want (writethe Metbourne correspondent of tht "Sydney Sun"). A visit to tho uava College at Geelong leaves an imprea sioa of uuraixed happiness, glowing health, keenness foe sport and work even for lessens—and an all-round efficiency. The 28 youngster, who began the college in January last have coat the country nearly £500 each for the first year of their training. The expenditare seems about that needed to fit a aoy for ft throne, and it may be argued tbat the cadet midshipmen have received nothing further than good secondary training. But naval leadership is everywhere expensive. Aa Lord Denman said at the opening of the college, it taken only two years to build a Dreadnought and one year to make an able seaman, but to make a boy into a naval lieutenant requires nine years. One may Wonder how all the officers and sea men at the institution spend their time, and whether it is wise to begin our naval training with tho idea tbat an office must have everything done for him ; but allowance must be made for the expensiveness of Royal Navy adaptations ; for the cost of initiating a college, and for the fact that the nation is paying not only for tbe food and instruction of the cadets, but for their clothes, their pocket money, and even their sports The idea is to have the college open to any Australian boy With ability to get there, whether his firsts be rich or poor. The fact that most of the boys come from workers' families, and that we ate thus getting ihe pick not o/ily of one Olaas, but ail classes, is a consoling aspect of the high cost. At the end of this month the second year's class of cadets, 81 in number, will join tho college, and the expense for the 59 cadets during tbis year will not be more than £850 a head. Cap tain Eertiam Chambers, the College oommandant, eltimj that th:'s v not an unduly high amount, He begj the public to wait before it comjlains of its outlay. The average cost in British naval colleges is £200 a boy for units of 400. The parents contribute about «bout half that amount, and also pay for clothing, bo that Great Britain gets "her naval leaders for a small

percentage of the cost to Australia. When everything is in running order afc Jervis Bay, the site of the permanent collegej and there are 120 boys in residence, the Co3fc per boy will ba reduced to about £250—really less than the British cost, considering the difference in the cose of living in Eng ■ajirl and Au^Maua. Ibere is no doubc about the boys' happiness, their good health, and their progress, They are a good looking lot of Australian youngsters, clear skinn ed, clear eyed and ambitious. The average age is 14 years 5 months. The tallest is sft Bin.-a real Australian '"streak," lithe and agile. The short est is 4ft 9^in. —a good enough aizt for his age , and the heaviest weigh: 140ib.—a big chested Sydney welter weight. All have gaintd considerably in -weight and height at Geelong, exCPp.t the fat boy, who claims that it ban bec-u his eagerness to woik that has reduced his bulk by 12 b. He is proud of bis achievement.

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THE PACIFIC NAVY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4366, 23 January 1914

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THE PACIFIC NAVY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4366, 23 January 1914

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