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AN AUCKLAND APPRECLATION.

MESIISTRY WARMLY PRAISED. At the meeting of the Newmarket Council Hγ. E. Davis moved: —"That in view of the serious state of affairs disclosed on the navy requirements, this Council places on record its appreciation ot the Ministry's action in offering to present a battleship to the Imperial Government, believing that the whole funda-, mental basis of peace, and the security of New Zealand in particular, is founded on the strength of the British navy. Mr. Davie thought that it was necessary for all Councils to express an opinion on such a matter as this. Parliament was not assembled, and it was necessary for New Zealand to speak. Property and peace were at stako, and it is well that this Council should express ite appreciation of the Prime Minister's action. Mr. Kinder seconded, and suggested that, an allegation should be made so that a letter of congratulation should be sent to the Premier. Newmarket was a small 6oction of the community, but this was a matter which would be much discussed. Canada ana Australia were large colonies dependent on the navy, and they sent but a niggardly contribution to the Empire. New Zealand recently increased its navy vote, and we should be proud of that. We should feel p«md we hod men at the head of affairs who could grapple with this question. In that evening's paper he had seen that Australia was thmking about giving a battleship. Australia could send four to our one, and not foel it. Australia was a wealthy nation. If all the colonies would do the. same, the Empire's enemies would see the futility of - their ship-building scheme. ' Mr. Davis: Hear, hear; it is the prin- ■ ciple of the thing. 1 Mr. Kinder: The effect would paralyse ! them. If they saw that New Zealand ; was sending one or two, Australia four, ■ Canada several and so forth, the Germans, 1 the French, the Italians, and other Jor--1 eigners would see that it was no good ! going on. The Mayor, Mr. Bennett, supported the ■ motion and was pleased by the loyalty ', of New Zealand. This was not the first ■ time we had shown our loyalty. We had 9 been about the first to send contingents f to South Africa, and had not been satis--1 fled with sending one contingent, but had 3 gone on sending them till ten had gone. 3 The other colonies were just as loyal, but 1 perhaps a little glow to move. { Mr. Leek said that we should not laud f ourselves to the disparagement of other 1 colonies. We should give without ap- " plauding ourselves—say "Here's ours, a-nd 3 there's more if you want them." Mr. Teed: "I will support It for tho • reason that wo will soon be so much in fc debt, that as for an invasion no one will 6 bother about U3." Mr. Davis: "I am surprised." * Mr. Davis offered to withdraw his mo- " tion to allow the Mayor to move it. The 9 Mayor accepted the offer, and the motion '" was put in his name. '* When tho motion was put, its only opy ponens was Mr. Edgorley, who eaid that 0 Sir Joseph Wa-rd had acted as he had, '" simply to make himself appear to be a f big man. ._«_„_

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AN AUCKLAND APPRECLATION. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 70, 23 March 1909

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