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Sir John Monash. Sir John Monaeb will receive an en" tbusiastio welcome when he returns to Atetralia. He must be given a place among the builders of the nation, and he should be appointerl Minister for Dafeuce. No oue in sight is more ftled for this important position. Years before the war this great citi+. zen was known widely as a civil engin eer, and also as an euthusiastic officer of militia, He spent his holidays In military camps. Naturally, he became ebief of the Intelligent Corps, and in time be and his junior oticers made maps of all the roilitary areas in the Victorian military distaict, which takos in the Riverina. A robust person, Colonel Monasb, as he was then, was the fi at up mornings in the military aomps, and the first under the allower bath. While other officers were lin gering over breakfast, he was up in the saddle and way over the hil's with his corps of professiounal men. Only at night would he relax eulT oiontly to talk about non military matters. It was known that hbe was a highly educ ated man and a member of the Univers ity Couucil, and his opIuion was often sought by ofilaers at the pow-wows bold after mateueuvree, and in c >nvers atious at the mese lables. In intellect he towered ovor all others, and even the district commandants turned to him for approval or disapproval of plane when talking man to man. He bhrs proved that he is a great adminis trator, as well as a gifted and Ifarless s ildier, and it will be a loss to the nation if, when he returns, he is not given a seat in its counsels. It has -been suggested that Sir John Monosh should he appointed Chief O~mnmis. sinner of Railways in Victoris, but this positior, though a lucrative tine, is eot big enough for a gr at man. "The Nation."