Hamilton, Captain C. Frederick
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Speaking as a Canadian who is anxious that his country should pay her own way in the Empire, and as a Canadian who desires to see his country bear her part in the Empire's affairs by developing her own individuality, by exercising those faculties and qualities which are her special characteristics, and by guarding against her own special dangers. The revolutionary changes undergone by the strategy of the Empire in the course of the last decade: a review and explication. The decline of the Russian and French navies. Three new great centres of naval force: Germany, America, and Japan now the Empire's rivals in the matter of naval strength. Strategic base positions of the American and Japanese navies; now two very strong sea forces nearer to our Dominion than is Great Britain. The very big and serious European problem the United Kingdom has on its hands. The attempt to organize Western Europe into, if not one State, then one system of States. A brief history of this movement. The possibilities and potential for war that this attempt at organization often brings. The profound difference between the spirit of Germany and the spirit of all English-speaking nations. The dangers to Great Britain of a strong Germany navy. Reasons for the speaker not to expect an Anglo-American war, not all of them sentimental. The alliance between Great Britain and Japan, to expire in 1915. The German calculation that the United Kingdom must drain her strength by supporting the force in the Pacific. The possibility that we, the people of Greater Britain, were to club together and supply support for that force. A consideration of Canada's position in this regard. The observation that one joint fleet would equally serve the interests of all three British Dominions which border on the Pacific. Effects of such a strategy, especially on the German calculation. Canada's establishment of a naval force of her own on the Atlantic coast. Our real danger as the defenceless condition of the Pacific. The speaker's urging for Canada to put her real effort into the establishment of a joint Imperial fleet in that great ocean.