British Imperial Interests
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British Imperial Interests

The situation in Great Britain not so gloomy. A summary review of the economic position of Great Britain. Difficulties to be overcome. Great Britain growing steadily in wealth, in power, in knowledge, and in strength. The first interest of the British Empire peace. Being careful that the love of peace is not used as a cloak to press forward proposals which would weaken or injure the enduring strength of the British Empire. The first security of the British Empire the navy. Some words about British naval supremacy, and its accomplishments. The United States and Great Britain very differently situated from the point of view of naval danger, and how that is so. Equality at sea for the British Empire and the United States. Another instance where subversive activities inside the British Empire tend to work injury to our imperial interests: the case of Egypt. A look back to see why the British Empire went into Egypt. Responsibilities for the protection of foreigners, of foreign powers, for the protection of minorities. A review of the issue of self-government. Canada's interest as a partner in the Empire in the decision of these great matters. Another stage in connections between the Mother County and Australia: the situation in Singapore. A description of Singapore in terms of its importance to the British Fleet. The subject of Empire trade. How to make more of it, to keep more business, to make business flow more easily within the circle of the British Empire. Some things the speaker thinks we should not do. The speaker's proposal that the leading business men of Canada, or of Australia, or of South Africa, should meet together with the leaders of British industry, quietly and soberly examine the whole problem upon its merits, to see what could best be done for what is after all the greatest merger that has ever been thought of in human experience. A look at difficulties overcome in the past. Bonds which unite the British Empire. Trusting those ties to enable the wonderful association of states and of peoples; to tread the path of destiny hand in hand and side by side.