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PRESS OPINIONS.

t c (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent) a WELLINGTON, Monday. c : " NEW ZEALAND TIMES." n The "New Zealand Times" says: "While the Commonwealth has been merely discussing the question of presenting ' a Dreadnought to the Imperial authorities, Now Zealand has acted, and demonstrated that 'when_ right is right, to follow right were -wisdom in the acorn oi consequence.' The cordial approval with which the Government's action has beei U received by representative men in all walks of life Iβ , proof that the welfan 7 of the Empire ranks above all parochial considerations in the breasts of the people >r of thi3 Dominion. That the action of th< ° Ministers, on behalf of the people, wil ' entail a considerable amount of eaerifia 1 on the part of the community is cheer 1 fully recognised, but the fact thai ° amongst those who are most cordial ir approval are men of a class upon whon £ the burden will financially fall is highly significant and hopeful." ' The "Times" regrets that opportunity C ' was not taken to obtain the views of leg f islators upon the proposal, but feels con fldent that the Government has only fore stalled the almost unanimous approva with which it would have been received The Government is urged to place iti L own house in ordeV in the matter of de .I fence, and the opinion is expressed tha I if the opportunity were taken to put the ij community to the test it would be foun( l s that the people would cheerfully respom ' to the requirement that every able-bodie( * citizen should go through a course of mil j itary training, and thus demonstrate iiii preparedness to give personal service t< ' his country. Eor this gift, the "Times' ji. adde, posterity will very largely have t< j foot the bill, but it Is by personal servici ' and personal sacrifice that each unit cai f B best express now his loyalty to the highe: ideals, and his patriotism to home ant Empire. "THE DOattNION." "The Dominion" says:—"The publi expected, and desired, that the Govern ment would do something, and somethinj handsome, but it cannot have been pvc pared for the Btaggering size of the offe which has bean made to the British Gov ernment. The capital cost of two first o t class battleships of the latest typo will b tt very olose to four millions sterling —. >n ' lttTger sum than the real necessities of th ;n case' require from a State In New Zea m land's po'sitien." The ''Dominion," how o f' everi urges that Cabinet should at leas ar have consulted membors of Parliamen It by telegram. While the moral effeot c m the gift must be great, it coiild hardl a l be regarded as a genuine sacrifice, as th I action of the Government really implle j,t a loin, _the chief burden of whjch wopl as Test on posterity, While convinced tha 3S the Government has not acted in tl ie wisest manner from several points c a,t view, the paper willingly admits that i IS lias .been seriously ansieiis to ftffar-d ■y. moral lessen pf a, valuable kind to th i| nations of the -\y-erld,

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PRESS OPINIONS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 70, 23 March 1909

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