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SUBMARINES AND DREADNOUGHTS, » WHAT THE UNITED STATES ADMIRALTY THINK. WASHINGTON, December 10. (Received December 11, at 2.5 p.m.) Tho Secretary of the Navy (Mr Daniels), in his annual report to the President, recommends two now Dreadnoughts yearly as essential to tho United States. Six destroyers, eight submarines, and ono gunboat also are recommended for immediate construction. Recent developments in ■warfare had strengthened his faith in tho eflicacy of submarines, but although Admiral Sir Percy Scott advocated the cessation of the rapid construction of Dreadnoughts, tho United States advisers did not think such action advisable. Dreadnoughts still remained the chief fighting force of every well-proportioned navy, and the command of the seas could only be taken and kept by the navy that keeps the sea in all weathers, and overcomes the strongest enemy brought against it. The backbone of all navies must consist of tho strongest sea-going, sea-keeping crafty mated that tho present submarine strength of the various nations is as follows:—Great Britain 84, France 76, United States 51, Germany 31, Japan 17. Mr Daniels recommends the addition ultimately of a strong diivsion of sea-going submarines as necessary in auy important oversea operations of the entire fleet. Aeroplanes also aro needed, the United states being very weak in tliis arm. VICTORIA LEAGUE ESSAYS. *_ 111 the Victoria League essay competition—' The Relation of the Navy to the Food Supply of Great Britain'—the results are as follows: Albert Edward King, South School, Oamaru, 1; Alice Willocks, Balclutha D.H. School, 2; K. Stronach, Albany Street School, 3; Lionel Stevens, Albany Street School, highly commended; special prize awarded to Reuel Lochore, Oamaru North School. THE LICENSING POLLS. ALLIANCE SECRETARY INTERVIEWED. A Wellington P.A. telegram states that the Rev. J. Dawson, secretary of tho Now Zealand Alliance, was asked it lit; had anything to say in regard to the result of yesterday's poll. He replied that until the. figures were complete he could not say very much. He was surprised at the very small percentage of three-fifths men elected to the House, and there was consequently some hope of getting more democratic legislation passed. He deplored the attitude of the public Press on such an important matter. " The system of advertising to which they have become a party lias undoubtedly misled thousands of people. . ". . I particularly refer to the improper and misleading use made of the remarks of Sir R. Stout, who has always been a consistent supporter of the majority rule on the liquor question. ELECTION RESULTS. Rangitikei.—Final : E. Newman (Government), 3.C37: R. E. Hornblow (0.), 2,205. Grey.—Mr Webb's (Social Democrat) majority over Mr Michel (Government] is 959. ___________________ LICENSING RESULTS. Otaki. —Local No-lkense : For 3,041, against 2,166. National Prohibition : For 2,731, against 2,503. Greymouth.—Local optton : Continuance 3710, No-license 2,681. National Prohibition : Continuance 3,325, Prohibition 3,016. BOYS' HIGH SCHOOL. This year's dnx of the school (who takes the Board of Governors' gold medal and Dux Association's prize) is Herbert John Colvin. POLICE COURT. Angus Pollock, William John Newman, and Alfred M'Farlana plv.deri not guilty to the charge of stealing the sum of 2s 8J from John Jones, and ■ also using personal violence towards him, and were committed for trial at the next sitting of the Supreme Court, bail being allowed, two sureties of £SO and self in £IOO in respect of each accused. At a sitting of the Juvenile Court a lad under 16 years\ of age was charged with forging a guarantee for a railway fare. Accused pleaded guilty, And was committed for sentence, and to be kept in custody until dealt with.

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STOP PRESS ITEMS., Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914

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STOP PRESS ITEMS. Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914