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TRAFALGAR DAY. That most patriotic of institutions, the Navy League, is once more bestirring itself respecting the proper celebration of Trafalgar Day. The MAYOR of CHESTER, in common with the chief magistrates of all the towns in the country, has received a communication from the Secretary of the League, requesting co-operation in making this ever memorable day one of national rejoicing. It is hoped that the municipal buildings throughout the Empire will be decorated with flags on the anniversary of our great Naval triumph, on Thursday, the 21st of October next, and Chester, as a loyal and patriotic city, will, of course, participate in the :rejoicings. If the celebration had nothing behind it but the fostering of a Jingo spirit, and an oppor- tunity for national self-glorification, we should hesitate before recommending the pro- gramme of the Navy League; but when it is known that the Navy League exists for the purpose of urging upon the Government of the day, and upon the electorate, the paramount importance of an adequate Navy as the best guarantee of peace, all objections to the cele- bration are at once silenced. There is a good deal of truth in the observation of the SECRETARY of the LEAGUE in his letter, to the effect that the serious ignorance which pre- vails amongst all classes about Naval matters forms a source of danger to the country. There is also a widespread feeling that our Naval defences are in such a condition as to require little further attention, which in reality is far from being the fact. Although much money has been spent in doing that which is necessary for the public safety by the Government, there still remains a vast amount of work which will only be accomplished when the British nation is alive to the sense of its danger. Therefore the educational programme of the Navy League must be pushed forward." To permit the growth of any ignorance or apathy on the vital question of our Naval defences is suicidal in view of the facts that two-thirds of the food we eat, the bulk of the raw material used in our manufactures, and our commerce, valued at XI,750,000,000, are borne upon the ocean. This is no mere party question; it is a matter of the life and prosperity of the Empire, and every statesman of every shade of politics is agreed that the maintenance of our sea supremacy is the natural basis of the system of our Imperial defence. The Trafalgar celebration affords a convenient object-lesson for the benefit of all our fellow-countrymen, and as such deserves every success.


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