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OTAGO OPINIONS.

(By Telegrapii. —tress .association.) DLTNTSDIN, this day. Mr Sidey, M.P., considers that if the Bituation is really such, as to jeopardise the supremacy of the British ■ navy, the action of Cabinet should be warmly approved. *The moral effect of New* Zealand's offer must be tremendous. The Port Borough Council, on the motion of the Mayor (\fr Mill), who described the Premier's action as a mighty stroke of policy, which would be heartily endorsed throughout the Dominion, unanimously decided to send a congratulatory message to the Premier, expressing appreciation of the Dominion's offer, Col. Stoneiain 3 addressing , the City

Guards, said the presentation of a battleship was one of the very best ways of conveying the dominion's patriotic sentiments. The moral support of such an offer would be worth much nibre than the expenditure of even a million and a quarter. Mr. Fraser, M.P. for Wakatipu, approves of the Premier's offer. "Great Britain/ he says, "needs no assistance from her colonies to build up an adequate navy, but the colonies owe it to themselves to give the world tangible proofs that the sentiment of kinship is vital and indestructible, and to face the situation regardless of the sacrifice it may involve." The Hon. Sinclair -warmly approves of the proposal, and thinks the Prime Minister has rightly gauged the feeling of the country. Sir James Mills entirely sympathises with Cabinet in their offer, which, he says, will be aU the more appreciated on account of its spontaneity. ' Without the maritime supremacy of the British established, the Dominion will be at the mercy of a hostile Power. The Hon. Callan, formerly a major of volunteers, says most of Germany is militant, and her immense army is spoiling for fight. Mr Malcolm heartily approves of Sir Joseph Ward's action, and "he wishes it had been possible to consult Parliament; but the truth, that "he gives twice who gives quickly," certainly holds now. Colonial support of the nature of New Zealand's will undoubtedly strengthen British statesmen in making any representations they think necessary. The Dunedin "Star" says: — "Sir Joseph Ward and his colleagues acted in a spirit in which the late Right Hon. R. J. Seddon would have risen to the occasion, and accurately gauged the sentiment of the Dominion.. At such a crisis, promptness is everything, and on this ground the plea for a special meeting of Parliament lacks force. There are times when constitutiooal rules must not be pedantically pressed, and the Government may rely upon their ready and sagacious actions being sanctioned by the Legislature and by the people.. The minority will be a negligible quantity. Nor should the demand for detailed evidence regarding the urgency of the situation be too in- i sistently advanced. Ministers, doubtless have more information than is expedient to be published. . The hour has struck for a new patriotic movement on sane and resolute lines, and New Zealand may take legitimate pride in leading the way."

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

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