GIFT OF A DREADNOUGHT.
CONTEMPTIBLE CHARLATANRY (Received 10 a.m.) SYDNEY, this day. The Federal Minister for Home Affairs (Mr Hugh Mahon) says the talk of giving a Dreadnought under existing financial conditions is mere charlatanry, so transparent as to excite universal contempt. A ONE-HAN DEPARTMENT. FISHER'S REGIME AT THE ADMIRALTY. LONDON, April 10, The "Times," hitherto a consistent supporter of Admiral Sir John Fisher's regime, now alleges, in a long article, that he has made the Admiralty a one-man department, and prevented continuity of the navy policy. AUSTRIA'S DREADNOUGHTS. THEIR EFFECT ON BRITAIN. LONDON, April 10. The "Spectator" reports that the Austrian Dreadnoughts will possibly be completed in 1911. In any event, they will cause the withdrawal from the British North Sea fleet of four Dreadnoughts; for the permanent station in the Mediterranean. GERMAN SOCIALIST WARNING. FEARFUL DISASTER. BERLIN, April 10. The Berlin newspaper "Vorwarts," the organ of the Socialist party, warns the majority in the Reichstag that unless an agreement with Britain on naval armament is reached there will be a fearful disaster sooner or later. The "Vossiche Zeitung" says that reasonable Germans are aware that, owing to •her colonies and commerce, Britain is bound to have, and will have, a superior navy.
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