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B? Electric Telegraph.—Copyright.] IPeb Press Association.] FEDERAL DEFENCE. SYDNEY, August 23. (Ucceii cd August 23,1889, at 1.15 p.m.) The question of garrisoning the Australian coaling depots with Imperial troops is attracting general attention. The ' Daily Telegraph' says : —" The colonies are in\ited to concur in garrisoning Thursday Island and King George's Sound with Imperial troops at the colonial expense. This is the second proposal of military vassalage which has emanated from that sinister Colonial Conference, the first being the naval tribute scheme." The 'Telegraph' urges that the depots should be manned by Australians, and the Queensland Government insist on this being done. Premier Gillies, of Victoria, is iu favor of employing Imperial troops. ASSISTING THE SAMOANS. SYDNEY, August 23. At a meeting of the Samoan Committee discredit was cast on the telegrams from Auckland stating that there was no fear of famine, but it was decided to await definite information before taking action. TASMANIAN POLITICS. HO3ART, August 23. The Payment of Members Bill has been rejected.

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INTERCOLONIAL., Issue 7993, 23 August 1889

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INTERCOLONIAL. Issue 7993, 23 August 1889

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