CHRISTCHtTRCH, Monday. I
The "Press" says: "There is no question that Sir Joseph Ward's offer will be received at Home with, enthusiasm as a splendid display of patriotism oil the part of a young country which has only just completed its first million of population: Its moral effect in strengthening the hand of the Mothere Country cannot fail to be great, especially if the example is followed by other portions of the Empire." The "Press" Hoes not think for one moment that the contribution is too large for New Zealand to make. The money will have to be borrowed in London, and the loan would go off like wildfire. If it is raised at 3J per cent, "it will mean a permanent acfidtion to out naval contribution of £70,000 a year. Thij amount would bring the total to leas than 3/6 per head of population, whereas the people ot Great Britain pay 15/ per head per annum. The "Press" urges, however, that Parliament should have been specially called together to consider a step .of such importance. If the moral effect is to have its full value the action must be prompt; but the mere faot that the New Zealand Parliament was being Specially convened would have been sufficient proof of the earnestness and patriotism of the New Zealand people, and if Parliament at once agreed to the proposal with practical unanimity, as would nave been the case, the moral effect would have far exceeded a mere offer of tlje Government, made without Parliamentary authority. In conclusion, the ,r Press" says: "It is more than ever fitting that the maintenance of the security of the Empire must not he allowed to rest on the chance impulse of patriotism, which may move its component parts when the crisis has arrived. Whether the Empire is HnKed together by preferential trade or not, its defenoa ought to be made a federal affair."
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