The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 57
"Yesterday saw not perhaps the inception but the formal public inauguration of a movement which is destined to mark a momentous turning point in the history of the British Empire. Which are we to choose? A fairly drafted and practicable scheme of federation would consolidate, perpetuate, and expand the proud position to which we have attained in the world. To drift down stream to the cataract of disintegration is to decide upon the act of suicide which nations employ to extinguish an effete and paralytic dotage."