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BRITISH GOVERNMENT'S ACCEPTANCE.

BATTLESHIP NOT NEEDED THIS YEAR. MAY BE BUILT IN 1910. AMPLE SECURITY IN PRESENT PROGRAMME. (SPECIAL TO THE "STAB.") WELLINGTON, this day. The Prime Minister, Sir Joseph Ward, lias reoeived the following cablegram from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, tlirowgh His Excellency the Governor : "In further reply to your telegram of the 22nd March, I desire you. Zα express to Six Joseph Ward and to you: Government,-in the warmest terms, the feeling of appreciation and gratitude with which His Majesty's Governmemi have received the offer so generouely and patriotically made. "In view of the uncertainty that exists as to the character and extent of the demand which may be made on the national resources in the following year the offer of the Government of New Zealand to bear in that period the cost of providing one flrst-clatis battle- - ship of the latest type, and of a second of the same type, should ~ subsequent events show it to be necessary, is moat gratefully acaccepted by His Majesty's Government. " Yonr Government will douo tSeas understand that it is impossible to enter into details by telegram, but you will receive at an early date full communication by dispatch. " His Majesty's Government desires to consult with the Govern-. meat of Sew Zealand as to the' time it may become appropriate to give effect to their public-spirited proposal. "So far as the coming financial year is concerned, the provisions and powers for which sanction is being asked in the Naval Ettimates mow before Parliament afford ample security." KING EDWARD DEEPLY GRATIFIED. NEW ZEALAND'S SPLENDID OFFER. FINE PATRIOTISM AND GENEROSITY. WELLINGTON, this day. The Prime Minister has received the following cablegram from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, through his Excellency the Governor:— " X am commanded by His Majesty the King to inform you that His Majesty is deeply gratified by the patriotic feeling displayed by New Zealand towards the Mother Country in the splendid offer, and to convey at once hi« p-atinde and high appreciation for the fine patriotism and generosity shown in .the magnificent offer made so promptly and spontaneously."

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BRITISH GOVERNMENT'S ACCEPTANCE. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 73, 26 March 1909

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