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London, Jane 15 Sir William Batter's report on the sales and refunds to contractors m connection with the South African war has been issued. Mr Arnold Forster's preface declares that farther investigation is neceasary, hence matters affecting individuals mentioned m the report are still subjndice. Several whose conduct had been impugned had not yet been heard. The report contains startHag disclosures, also grave indictments. It emphasises the evils of divided responsibility and joint administration, wherein Colonel Morgan, director of supplies, wa^ the predominant partner with or over Colonel Hopwell a month after a letter arrived m Pretoria to relieve him. The report declares that extensive oss or destruction of documents occurred, and censures the absence of regular methods of peace administration m disposing of surplus stock. It declares that thore is no instance of selling to the same contractor forage on one band, and buying from him the same article, or of a similar description, on the other hand. Mr Meyer, formerly connected with the Cold Storage, waa a daily gainer m cats alone of £2000. Colonel Morgan's brother, Meyer's servant and agent, and a mushroom company's salried servant, favoured the firms. Tha evidence fills 500 pages of a Blue-Book.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6598, 17 June 1905

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A SENSATIONAL REPORT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6598, 17 June 1905