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DEPUTATION TO KING OF SWEDEN. Stockholm, February 9. Three thousand persons from all parts of tbe country marched to the I Royal Castle and petitioned King Gustav in favour of an immediate increase in tbe national armament, declaring the peasantry's readiness to make all necessary sacrifices. The King, in replying to the deputation, said he was determined to insist on an early settlement of the defence question He contended that tbe fleet should be increased. Thirty two special trains brought | tbe peasants in. Tbey attended ser vice at the churches prior to marching with banners flying to the palace. Two hundred delegates, of whom ten were from each province, surrounded King Gustav's dais, and affirmed their willingness to bear the burden of in creased armaments. Thunders cL applause greeted the King's reply. The demonstration was the! more noteworthly because until 18661 the peasants were a separate estate of' the realm. j [There has recently been fear that Russia has designs on Sweden,] The special trains were cramped with peasants. They demonstrated in front of the palace, and informed the King that the peasants were will ing lo pay the increased cost of anna ments. The multitude sang the national anthem, the King joining.

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INCREASE IN ARMAMENTS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4370, 10 February 1914

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INCREASE IN ARMAMENTS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4370, 10 February 1914

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