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A Solomon Islamd Affair

A PECULIAR CASE,

united Press Association— By Electric Telegraph—Copyright

Received July 13, 9.14 a.m. Sydney, July 13 On an application of Habeas Corpus the Court has ordered the release of Hazelton, the Island trader and ex-assistant Commissioner who was arrested a few days ngo at the instance of Oliphaat, acting-Com-missioner of the Solomons. Oliphant's affidavits set out that he received information that Hazelton was trafficking in arms to the Solomons and he issued a search warrant. The search discovered arms aboard the schooner Hazelton was running. He then issued a summons against Hazelton and viaited his schooner to obtain certain data. Hazelton threatened that he would be thrown overboard if he came aboard without showing his authority, and catching Oliphant's arm which was resting on the gunwale shoved him back into the boat. Oliphant issued a warrant to arrest Hazelton on a charge of laying hand& on threateningly and openly insulting His Britannic Majesty's Acting Eesident Commissioner of the Solomon Protectorate and Deputy Commissioner of the Western Pacific. Oliphant, in bis capacity as magistrate, tried the case himself, and sentenced Hazelton to pay a fine of jfilO or three months' imprisonment in'Piii and directing him to pay the expense of'his removal to Fiji. Both parties came from the Solomons in the same steamer and on reaching the Brisbane river Oliphant issued a new warrant for; the detention of Hazelton who, on the arrival of the steamer at Sydney was placed in the lockup on the the strength of the Brisbane warrant, pending his removal to Fi]i. Justice Cohen ordered his release on the ground that Oliphgnt, in issuing a warrant in Brisbane has acted outside the territory wherein he had jurisdiction.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXI, Issue 6620, 13 July 1905

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A Solomon Islamd Affair Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXI, Issue 6620, 13 July 1905

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