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THF, I,AURII;R MINISTRY.   343

 

The Imperial As in Queen Victoria's jubilee years, ad-Conference. vantage was taken of the presence of so ~°cou cc manv colonial statesmen in London to discuss matters of special interest to " Greater Britain." In 1907, the Imperial Conference, as it now began to be called, ULd again, and amongst its members was the redoubtable General Botha, representing the Transvaal Colony. (iThis year it was decided that the conference -should meet every four years;;.that a staff of secretaries should be established to keep the 'lotherland and the dominions constantly in touch with one another;3and that steps should be taken to improve the system of defence throughout the Empire and the steamship communication between, Great Britain, Canada and Australia), The Imperial Conference met, as planned, in 1911, and was attended by the premiers of Great Britain and the five self-governing dominions of Canada, \Newfoundland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Strange to say, the conference assembled once again at the time of the holding of a great royal ceremonial, for some thirteen months earlier, on May 6th, 1910, Edward VII had passed away, and our "sailor-king," George V, had ascended the throne.   0 Coronation of III June, 1911, grey old London was once

George v. more the scene of gorgeous processions that impressed upon the mighty throngs in the streets the reality and the vastness of Britain's empire overseas, and it was the King's wish to have it so. He desired that the dominions should be represented, not only by their ministers, statesmen, and legislators, but by officers and men of their naval and military forces. With the latter Canada sent seven officers and seventy-five men of her Roval North-Rest Mounted Police. She sent also a company of Boy Scouts, 130 strong, and for about a month her representatives made holiday in England and gained new understanding of the old 'Mother and her ways.),


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