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"OTAGO DAILY TIMES."

{By Telegraph. Correspondent.) DUXEDIN, Monday. The "Ofcago Daily Times" says that had the Hon. R. J. Seddon ibeen alive some such offer as the Government is now ■ making would probably have been made by him immediately on receipt of the intelligence that the Sydney "Daily Telegraph" suggested that Australia should undertake t6 supply the Admiralty with a Dreadnought. The "Times" goes on to ', say that the obligation undoubtedly rests J upon the British colonies, which rely . upon the Imperial navy for protection of i their shores and their trade, to accept ■ their due share of the burden to be enj tailed to strengthen the fleet to such an . extent as may be required to meet the i exigencies of the situation. Moreover, it • is difficult to over-estimate the value of 1 the moral effect that would be exerted • by the spectacle of the younger members i of the Imperial family rallying to the . side of the parent in a time of anxiety. "The unconstitutional course pursued by the Government of committing the country to heavy liability, in ex-pecta-tion of Parliament sanctioning the offer, is one which the Federal Premier would probably hesitate to adopt. Still Mr. Fisher has struck the obviously true note when he says that all the resources of the Commonwealth are at the disposal - of the Imperial authorities in the even! : of international difficulty. The integrity . of the Empire must •Dβ preserved at all j 'hazards and at whatever cost. No sacri- - flees thafc may be demanded of a British . community wherever found must be count- . Ed too great .when this object is in view f Whether circumstances have arisen that l seriously imperil the stability of the i Empire is a question upon which it can 1 not be pretended colonial opinion is ol 3 any real value." After deprecating hy--1 sterlca and agreeing that the oolonies 5 must accept their due »haTO of the bur j den entailed in strengthening the fled 1 to the extent that may ibe required bj 3 the exigencies of the situation, tiu - "Times" concludes: "Whether the necoasi t ties of the case are such as really justifj i the offer of, us ivo are entitled to say i suah generosity as that made by th< p Government of the (Dominion, we cannol pretend to judge. The Government lia< j opportunities denied to the man in th< :- street of gauging the position, and n< - doubt it will be prepared in this insbanci - to accept complete responsibility for it! 1 action."

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"OTAGO DAILY TIMES." Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 70, 23 March 1909

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