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United Press Association—Per p]loctric Telegraph—Copyright. London, June 15 . Sir William Butler's report on the Bales and refunds to contractors in connection with the South African war has been issued. Mr Arnold Forster's preface declares that further investigation is necessary, hence matters affecting individuals mentioned in the report are still subjndice. Several whose conduct had been impugned had not yet been heard. The report contains startling disclosures, also grave indictments. Tt emijhasises the evils of divided responsibility and joint administration, .wherein Colonel Morgan, director of supplies, wai the predominant partner with or over Colonel Hopwell a month after a letter arrived in Pretoria to relieve ' him. The report declares that extensive loss or destruction of documents occurred, and censures the absence of regular methods of peace administration in disposing of surplus stock. It declares that there is no instance of selling to the same contractor forage on one hand, and buying from him the same article, or of a similar description, on the other hand. Mr Meyer, formerly connected with the Cold Storage, was a daily gainer in oats alone of £2000. Colonel Morgan's brother, Meyer's servant and agent, and & mushroom company's salried servant, favoured the firms. The evidence fills 500 pages of a Blue-Book.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6597, 16 June 1905

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A SENSATIONAL REPORT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6597, 16 June 1905