The evidence as to the popularity of compulsory service in Australasia is conflicting. Dr. Nodsham, lately Bishop of North Queensland, writing in the **Nineteenth Century**, quotes facts and figures to prove that 87.45 per cent of the people who make up the religious bodies of the Commonwealth are either in favour of compulsory service or not opposed to it. On the other hand the Rev. Leyton Richards, a well-known Congregational divine of Melbourne, asserts that the opposition to the movement is growing rapidly, and that whereas the Australian Freedom League only numbered two members a year ago, it has 35,000 members today. The truth is, no doubt, that there is a class of people in Australia opposed to conscription, some on religious and others on political grounds, and that, in the unrest consequent upon the enforcement of the new system, these elements are obtaining a certain measure of support. It is impossible to believe, however, that the Commonwealth will go back upon a decision arrived at deliberately and in the face of conditions which may at any time imperil its very existence; and when compulsory service has been in force for a sufficient time to exercise its physical and moral influence upon Australia’s youth, all opposition to it may be expected to die away.
KARACHI MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
A Lively Contest
(From Our Correspondent)
Karachi, Sept 20
The triennial municipal elections in Karachi, the results of which were declared today, have created extraordinary interest. There was a lively contest all round conducted with admirable temper. Although a strong feeling of partisanship was naturally evidenced, it was by no means extreme. Analysis by religion of the new council as elected by the voters and without regard to the nominations, which have not yet been made, shows 13 Hindus, 5 Mahomedans, 2 Parsis, and 4 Christians. Comparing the new constitution with the old elected councillors, we find that there were hitherto 12 Hindus, 5 Mahomedans, 3 Parsis and 4 Christians. So that as the result of the present electrons the Hindus gain one, the Parsis lose one and the Mahomedans and the Christians are the same.
DISTURBANCE AT THE OPERA CINEMA
The performance at the Opera House drew a packed house last night, but unfortunately the pleasure of those who attended was seriously interfered with and the whole show marred by the behaviour of a section of the audience. The management were eventually compelled to ring down the curtain and stop the entertainment almost at the commencement of the second part of the programme. During the interval a number of parties arrived, the members of which took positions near the stage, seating themselves along the footlights. Others swarmed into the boxes nearest the stage. When the lights were put out a number of these young men climbed upon the stage and danced before the screen with the result that the view was obscured. The audience naturally objected, and a perfect pandemonium ensued. The management stopped the picture and turned up the lights, and the police were called in to deal with the situation. Eventually the management were compelled to bring the performance an abrupt conclusion. There was subsequently a disturbance at the grand café, which resulted in three men being arrested.
Start By Delimitation Commissions
London, Sept 20
The Austro-Italian Commission has started for Scutari to delimit the northern boundary. The Commission is escorted by a hundred Austrian troops and a hundred Italian troops. Another commission, composed of representatives of the five great Powers, has started for Monastir to delimit the southern frontier.