The New South Wales Lands Scandal.
United Press Association—-By Electric Telegraph—Copyright Sydney-, May 23 Sensational developments occurred at the lands enquiry to-day. Mr Bath, a city land agent, gave evidence that he knew Mr Crick intimately, and frequently saw him when he was Minister of Lands m connection with land cases. In reference to the Myall Creek Estate, whioh was purchased by the Government, Mr Crick told him Mr Willis was going to England, iind had asked him (Mr Crick) to look after the matter. Mr Criok said he could not himself go into the matter, aa tho Minister had a very narrow majority. Witness at his own suggestion was appointed to represent Willis while m England, and an agreement was drawn up. He was to receive about onefourth of the commission on the sale of the estate. Willis did not go to England, nevertheless witness got his share of the commission (£1500), consisting of Willis's cheque for £1322. and a bill for £150 for the balance of the money. lie handed the whole to Mr Crick, who bought the Government debentures for him. He handedth9 cheque to Mx Crick, because there was something about it he did nofc wish to reveal. Although Bath was repeatedly preseed by Mr Justice Owen, who said he would be compelled to enforce the penalty of ,£2O for not answering, he refused to answer the question who drew the bill, and at this stage Bath left the room to procure the debenture?. At the afternoon sitting Mr Crick was I called. He declined to answer questions put by counsel for the Crown, on the ground that he had been insulted and was not going to allow any understrapper to insult him. He added, if there was anything m the Commission against him he would resign his seat m Parliament. Replying to Mr Justice Owen, v he do clared he did not make a farthing out of fche Myall Creek property. Asked what become of the £1500 Bath had received, he declared he would not answer m public, but he had a document which he would show Mr Justice Owen aud then, if he were asked to answer the question he would do so. After Mr Justice Owen had inspected the document, Mr Crick left the room. Meantime Bath was called several time?, but failed to appear. Mr Justice Owen, m adjourning the sitting, announced that he intended to take action against Bath for his refusal to answer the question, and for his n nappearance, Eeceived May M, 9.55 a.m. Sydney, May 24 Mr Willis declined to give the name of the man who drew the bill included m Bath's commission. Ha declared he was protecting another man, a member of the bar, and did not think it proper to drag his name before the public and thus injure his credit. He consented to write the name and handed it to Mr Justice Owen,
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6578, 24 May 1905
The New South Wales Lands Scandal. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6578, 24 May 1905
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