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THE DREADNOUGHT OFFER.

SURCHARGE OF FOREIGN IMPORTS SUGGESTED. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) CHRISTCKURCH, this day. The following resolution was passed at a meeting of the council of the Chamber of Commerce: "The council of the Chamber of Commerce conveys to Sir Joseph Ward its appreciation of the spirit prompting his action in connection I with the offer of a Dreadnought as a. gift from the colony to Great Britain, and, in connection therewith, would sugj gest that the cost of the interest on the same should be provided by surcharging European and Continental importations to the Dominion to the extent necessary." MR. TAYLOR CHALLENGED. (By Telegraph.—'Press Association.) CHRISTCHURCH, this day. The""Press" issues a challenge to Mr. Taylor to resign his seat and fight a by- | election on tiie Dreadnought question. llt is rumoured that a petition is in circulation rstring him tc resign. STORMY MEETING IX CHRISTCHURCH. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) CHRISTCHURCH, Tuesday. A meeting was held in His Majesty's j Theatre this evening to discuss the : Drealnought offer. The gathering was I very largely attended, and over 2000 parsons were unable to gain admission. Air. J. A. McCuHoHgS, of the Arbitration Court, presided. From the j outset it was evident that a eonsiderjable portion of the audience opposed the I object of the meeting, and the speakers ! were frequently interrupted by the sing- | ing of '-Bed. White, and Blue," ""Rule :; Britannia," and other songs. Mr. T. E. Taylor, M.P., received a . mixed reception on rising to address the ! audience, but it waa apparent hia cup- ;: porters were more numerous than oppoir- ; cuts. He moved, "While recognising the f necessity for «ffieient defenc* of the ! British possessions and commerce, and , while approving of cordial co-operalion : to that end,' this l meeting protests i against the impulsive and entirely uncon- » stitutional action of Cabinet in making , an offer oi a Dreadnought ta the Imi penal Government without the represent ta tires of the people fir.-t being given ar opportunity to distuss" the proposal." 1 Mr. Taylor delivered a lengthy speech, ii - support of the motion, whitli was second < ed by Hγ. A. D. Hart, president .of th« c Trades and Labour Council. f Mr. Magnus Badger mounted The plat c form. and moved, as an amendment 1.1 '•That this meeting pledges itself to de '- J lay expressing an opinion on the Dread c noueii; offer until Parliament .has con eidered the- ques-tion." (Great, t There was "no seconder, and after i r show of hands the chairman declared tfr t- motion carried, applause and hootinj k greeting the announcement, n A motion moved by Mr. D. SnlHTar - expressing appreciation" of the stan< ■c taken by Mr. Taylor,wae carried, amids great cheering. d _^^__^tm^mm"

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THE DREADNOUGHT OFFER. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 83, 7 April 1909

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