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1 " GROSSLY ILLEGAL, BUT NECESSARY." ' v o»er Pressy Association—Copyright). (Received February 20, 8.30 a.m.) , CAPETOWN, February 19. Mr Burton (Minister of Native Affairs) declared that he did not act a-j a constitutional, lawyer, but in bona fide. The conviction and deportation of tiie ringleaders was necessary ■; he would do the same again under similar circumstances. He admitted that the deportations were grossly illegal, but men of the class deported constituted a real white peril to the country. Mr Smartt said the proclamation of martial law had the support of the vast majority of the country, but the deportations were a mistake. The Government should have submitted a Bill authorising the deportations immediately Parliament opened. He would support the- Government -rather 'than take the ; responsibility'of allowing the deported men,to return and continue their nefarious practices. '■' Mr Hull; regarded the story of a widespread conspiracy as merely an afterthought to justify the deportations. It was the* height of nonsense to allege a conspiracy -because nine jackasses made inflammatory speeches. The root-cause of the trouble was the unhappy relations between masters and men at Volkstein. Mr Harcourt had interpreted with, absolute accuracy the Imperial position, and deserves the unstinted gratitude of the Empire for his sagaciops and necessary warning against the; offensive criticism of colonial politicians by English parliamentarians, i , "; ' Mr Burton declared that.the railwaymen were deluded, and bamboozled, and duped by rascals. According to a ' secret code <-of the Railwaymen's So- ' ciety, preparations were made to run the trains and issue an ultimatum 1 against Lord Gladstone and the Govern- " ment. • ' ' 1

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DEPORTED LEADERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8799, 20 February 1914

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DEPORTED LEADERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8799, 20 February 1914

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