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SIR HARRY RAWSOX'S ADVICE. The densely-packed audience at tha Town Hall last week, when Sir Harry Rawsoh said farewell to the citizens of Sydney, were reminded by his Excellency of their responsibilities in regard to the defence of Australia. " The Australian flag is a grand flag, and one you will alway be proud of," Sir Harry said, " but I want you to remember that up in the corner of that flag there is a little Union Jack—(cheers) —which has always stood for that liberty which your forefathers and mine fought for and won, and that we now enjoy. We have inherited it— we had not to fight for it.

" Xow, I want to impress upon you that Australia is a young country," Sir Harry continued, " but yet you have a long history behind you, because the history aud glories of the old Empire belong to you just as much as to mc. (Cheers.) I want you, as I am certain you do, to love your Australian flag, and at tha same time I want you to love the Union Jack. (Cheers.) It is the flag that binds us all together. We all belong to the great Empire which may be termed 'the Greater Britain.' It is an Empire widely spread, and comprises, you might say, the pick of the plums of "the whole world. There are nations that have no such areas, and that are looking for outlets for their population — maybe looking for such spots of fete world as this, and wishing they may get them. " You have a magnificent country, and I am certain that, if I am alive to see it, in 50 years Australia will be one of the finest spots in the world. You have everything here but the population, and I hope you will get that.

" But 1 especially want to impress on the young men and boys of this country that they will have to defend it from the eovetousness of any other nation that may want to plant a foot in it. lam certain that, if necessary, you would willingly die in the effort to protect your country.

"Don't be led away with what took place in South Africa. You men did magnificent work there; but you must remember that you were fighting a verybrave enemy, but not an enemy that moved about in thousands under real discipline. They were excellent scouts and magnificent guerilla lighters. But if you have to fight a nation that means business, 3'ou will find it a very different thing. You must therefore give yourselves up to drilling together to become not a mob, but a machine that will work without friction. No nation has been saved by guerilla warfare. You can go light back in history" to prove this. Yon may be told that you have the men—you have good men, good shots, and good riders—but unless they arc drilled together and able to be formed into what may lie termed 'an army,' then any real disciplined army would be a great deal too much for them."

His Excellency, continuing, said he admired what was done by Australian troops in South Africa. They did magnificent work, and he knew that they were grand comrades, lie was not trying to detract from the magnificent qualities they had shown; but he wanted them to remember that the defence of this country would depend in a great measure upon themselves. " It is not right," concluded Sir Harry, "that I should lecture you like this; but I could not help saying what I have, because I love your country." (.Loud cheers.)

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"DON'T BE MISLED.", Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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"DON'T BE MISLED." Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909