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+ _ sThb Wellington correspondent of the " Ohristchurch Press," telegraphing; on Friday night, says.' —The Waste Laftds Committee continued its investigation into dumniyisiujtp-cbiy. Mr Baker, Crown Lands Commissioner for Canterbury, was examined. It is stated'thatjhe mentioned the case of a certain company which had obtained some land by practising dummyism, the dummies being the manager and a number of employees.'; It is said that as a proof of the case being one of dummyism, the cheqjues for the sections were numbered consecutively, ' It is understood that the commissioner also mentioned the case of a family who had applied for fifteen sections, sending m 120 applications for about 10,000 acres of land. He explained that when applicants made false declarations the law appointed no one to prosecute them. . Sir Robert Stout was also examined, and I hear "lie gave evidence, about a case m which he had been engaged m; the Supreme Court m punedin' last month, m which four men swore that they had acted as dummies. It is stated that one man was mentioned Who acted as a professional dummy, making his living by the process. After hearing the evidence of Mr Baker and Sir Robert Stout, the committee adjourned for a few days, the; chairman (Mr Fulton) being indisposed. ;

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DUMMYISM., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 14 July 1890

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DUMMYISM. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 14 July 1890

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