National Geographic : 1916 Mar
Photograph from-Lieut.- W. K. Harris CLIFF'S OVERHANGING NATIONAL PASS, IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, .NEW. SOUTH WALES Geologists tell us that the continent of Australia is one of the oldest existing land surfaces, having been good dry land when much of what is now Europe and Asia was still under water. Its mountains are low, mere worn-off stumps, it would seem, for the greatest peaks are only about 7,00ooo feet high. In the interior the scenery becomes rather monotonous because of its flatness, but in the mountainous country, which follows the general direction of the coast-line, wonderful views, full of color and variety, are to be had upon every hand. ception of a small but vociferous faction in Quebec, this feeling has entirely disap peared. In South Africa there had been, as a condition, the Transvaal War and the objection of the Dutch colonists to Eng lish control. That was solved by the war and by the statesmanlike dealing with the question under Lord Milner and others since that time; so that now, in a mar velously short period, and because of the generous and just dealings of England with the dissentient Dutch element, a de sire to separate from England has been confined to a comparatively few, if we can judge by the insignificance of the rebellion headed by De Wet since the war began. GREAT BRITAIN IS NOW REAPING HER REWARD England has levied no taxes, has re quired from these dependencies, if they may be called such, no contribution to the heavy cost of the imperial defenses of herself and her New Englands and her other dominions. Whatever has been done in the way of the construction of a navy by Australia and whatever has been proposed to be done by Canada in this regard have been entirely voluntary.