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Mr. Saunders made a very strong appeal to the Government on Saturday night to take under their protection such witnesses as gave evidence before the Civil Service Commission of a “ manly and straight-forward ” character. Translating this character into plain language, they gave evidence of a nature the reverse of favorable to the management of the railway department, and they fear persecution for their outspokenness. In fact, it was stated by the Hon. E. Richardson, that “ the thing they greatly feared had come upon them,” inasmuch as he had received telegrams from two or three of these witnesses complaining of the persecution to which they had been subjected. The Hon. Mr. Oliver promised that he would take care no civil servant suffered because of the evidence he had given before the Commission, and we are glad he gave this assurance. There is nothing more persistent and hearty than petty departmental hate, and ninnies in authority are always unscrupulous in their animosity; but we feel

assured that any attempt to persecute a man because he gave evidence that was ugly for the railway “bosses” will be pounced upon by a higher power, and dealt with promptly.

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THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 146, 31 August 1880

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THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 146, 31 August 1880

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