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CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES.

PATRIOTIC JuEGtISIATOBS. (By Telegraph.—Press Association-) WELIJISIQTON, Monday. Sir Joseph Ward told a "New Zealand Times reporter to-night that he is receiving numbers of congratulatory telegrams of a strongly pa-triotic nature, regarding the Government's proposal. Hβ feels certain the offer Trill be endorsed by everybody irho gives the position serious thought. People of both sides of politics iave telegraphed their appreciation and endorsement. H* fully recognises the responsibility. At a juncture ot this kind, delay would be out of the question. If we wanted to be of service to the Old Land, the only thing -was to act at once, an-d choir the outside Tvorld thai Germany's extraordinary 'building programme provided a Bitua.t'ion ■which justified }toy Zealand in showing that the Old Country can rely upon the assistance of the people in her outlying dependencies. The actual interest Tve trould pay for 6*l undertaking of this kind, added Sir Joseph, -nrould amount to only 1/3 per bead. The moat dispassionate critic would recognise this as a very small thing to pay for the value received in the chape of protection, apart altogether from the loyal desire of the residents of 2Jew Zealand to maintain the power of ifchpJT OV7H Empire.

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CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 70, 23 March 1909

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