NEW ZEALAND'S NOBLE GIFT.
A CONTRAST OF NECESSITIES. SIR J. G. WARD'S SUPERB WORDS. LONDON, March 23. The "Daily Chronicle," in a leading article, headed "Party-made Panic," deprecates exaggerated alarm, but admits that, after allowing for the value of the pre-Dreadnought fleet, the maintenance of superiortiy in Dreadnoughts is the vital question for the future. The "Daily News" snys that by 1912 there will certainly be 13 German Dreadnoughts, possibly 15, but it cannot be more than 17. "We shall," the paper adds, "certainly have 16, and the Government is prepared, if necessary, to increase the number to 20 Meanwhile <New Zealand's very handsome action should do something to restore the shattered nerves of our imperialists. The colonies enjoy the protection of the navy, and this offer is an earnest of their readiness should the burden increase, to take .a share in the cost. But it must not increase. There is no need for it to indefinitely increase." The "Standard," in welcoming New Zealand's noble gift, contrasts Sir Joseph Ward's superb words, "if necessary, two Dreadnoughts," with Mr Asquith's "if necessary," grudgingly applied to conditional Dreadnoughts for April, 1910.
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