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The London correspondent of th "Argot" writes- thus m roforaiicn to ft matter that was more thau odo> r« forred to In last month's oable mepfiages : — There has been a groat daal of fmi m the papers and the Law Courts ivbout an astounding hit of arblt-ay bfanderirg on the part cf the Adoilra ty and other dopart raonts la relation to an uu' apiy mlUti* rco u't named Thompson m November I'>et a ssaman named Fir yd, azod t weiity-foQ", deserted turn H M 8. Otll'.opo at Sydney. A clrcalar w*i m dae coureo issued to tbo po'lca *v • o <hv In K^gUnd, a )lfyin# tbo d stJrtl n nd desorioioft the d«se' tor. A or-alo protpmatu*a'!y acnti de em vu a w D Thy "detrotai" tha deserter m tbo person of Thonrion, a militia re or alt, who hsp pined to be seven yrars younger, two looho» aKoMyr, Rud quie d^ffrreiily cnirked, Tbe dotecUva thereupon claimed tho osutl reward, through hit superior, which t'jo Admiralty opieir to have paid, at the B»mo tiro* ordering a certain Oipla'n Woodward at Parttunoorh to pani«h Thotnpßnn »ntnm»rl!y, nod then s^nd htm to sea. O«p'ain Woodward accordingly gave him ninety d*ya' hard labor, without any evidence of his guilt, and when m prison he got threa days' bread and water for saying that he was not Floyd. After ho came ont , of goal it began t > dawn on the admiral at Portsmouth 'hat, aa he differed to every physical particular trcm Floyd, he possibly might not ba that person. It was also a future m tbe oiß3 that he turned up at Derby about three weeks after Floyd had den 3r ted at Sydney : but the naval authorities appear to have Bach an en'husUst'o belief In the steaming achleve2i<*nts of the Aqatralian mail steamers that thn fact of Itself had no weight with anyone In authority. At this stage of the affilr, (n view of the offensive doubto thrown upon tbe wisdom of their previous proceedings by the admiral, my lords appear to have oonoalted Sir A. X Stovonson, the tfollcltov of the Treasury, who 1 advised that if Floyd— i «. Thompson*— "admlted" tbat be was Thompson (whloh he had been ornoMy puaiihed for asserting) he should be sent back under eeoortj ma I' be wera a deserter, to the militia de[.dt at Derby — he never having deserted at all. At thleS stage of the proceeding* the sopernfttural'y acute detrc (ye created a dlvoraion m favor of ha friends at the Admiralty by arreatlog Taooapjon on a charge of Bte»llng mon«y froaa hla landlady. Bnt (hh mattar was not gone Into, and the oharga ii nld to be wholly groundleae. The o*se has now comn on a writ of habeas corpus bafore two Jodgns (Mathew and Manisty)ln tbe Qaeen'u B^nch, who have " att»ohcd " Oaptaln W oiward, and are likely to make the thing nnpleastnt tit otherr, Riroly ii m.dorn times has snob. &tlrI ring langaige m f «vor of the liberty of tbe sohj ;ot been heird from t.he Bench. In Mi Junio > Mathe^ It la oosy enough to understand the pleaaaro It has been to him to take up this line, He Is a nephew of tbe famous " Father- Mathew '.' ani a atrocg JErluh Nationalist, but he is ojolce outdone m the strength of hlsltngutge by his oolieagne. Mr J ottlpe Manlsty, a fioe old Tory — formerly a member lor Cambridge jUnlveraity—of ejght^ ye»rs old, who until a month ago had drunjr. a bottla of pitt wine every day of hi* life slnca he left co'lege, The other day be got the gout for tho first time, ana the dootor reduced h'm to a pint of port ■ day j but on this nllowonoe tbe grand old m«n g ■""• a&dly weak, and therefore the docf O r said, » r: 1L * tblok on i h t,r bol 7 ou ) had better go back to yoT hottl ° » £% Henceforth jou may iodulga m a w bottle , eaoh day." "Aye, aye, doctor,' repliod tie Judge, who has preserved » stroni? YorkHblre acoeot : «• that's all very well, but how about the arre-e-a-rt ?" Ho settled that question himself by adding eaoh day Bomething on account of arrears and the Bar notice that he has bien I "•tronger judge" ever slooe. The Admlralty are aodlog hioj qoplaaitßtlv

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A DESERTION AND ITS SDQUEL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2202, 17 August 1889

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A DESERTION AND ITS SDQUEL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2202, 17 August 1889