Story of an Akaroa Settler.
An interesting case (says the European " Mail " of July 12th) occurred the other day illustrative of the strictness witfi which our Republican neighbours in France deem it necessary to enforce .their military laws. It appeaw that in the year 1874 a young Frenchman went from Hamburg as a New Zealand Government free emigrant, and settled in Akaroa, where in due course he married, and has now three children. Having received most urgent entreatiesjffrom his mother in France to come home and see her before she died, he ventured back in 1886, and was at once arrested for leaving his native country before going through his proper period of military service, and what is more, he was tried and condemmed to five years' imprisonment in Algiers. He produced his official letters of naturalisation as a British subject, but these did not avail him, as he was informed that they were quite invalid, because they were taken out when he was under 21 years of age. Surely this is a very hard case. Well to continue my story, this unfortunate man had actually to undergo imprisonment in Algiers, but owing to his good conduct he was released after four years, and presented with a passport and two hundred francs. He then raanaged to find his way to London, and applied to the Colonial Office, whence he was sent to the New Zealand Agency. On being fully satisfied with the truth of his story, the Agency communicated with Mr Savill, of the Shaw ? Savill and Albion Company, who most kindly arranged for the man's passage to New Zealand by employing him as an under steward on board the Doric. It is satisfactory to state that he is a tall, strong healthy-looking man, and one who is likely to be a gain to the colony. It should be add that he was quite overcome with gratitude at all that had been done to enable him to rejoin his wife and children.
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Story of an Akaroa Settler., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2498, 22 August 1890
Story of an Akaroa Settler. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2498, 22 August 1890
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