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The number of small; boys, and perhaps some small girls, who, when they reared the wrath of the school teacher, have fallen back on the expedient of calling in the aid of a chum to write a

note " from father" explaining why they had been late, absent from school, or why they wished to " get out early," would certainly run into many figures. Needless to ■ say, the forging of such notes is a criminal act, and under certain circumstances may lead to serious consequences (says the "Post"). Walter Herbert Chiyers, a steward on the steamer Moeraki, was charged before Mr W G. Riddell, S.M., at the Magistrate's Court in Wellington with having' forged a letter purporting to be written and signed by William McLennan with intent that ife should be acted on as genuine. On Saturday, March 8, a son of ,Mr, McLennan, about 15 years of age, went on board the Moeraki, and drivers, suggested that he should join up as"'a member of the crew. The boy replied that he would rather like a trip to Sydney, but that he could not do so without a permit, and that he would not have time to go home to obtain his father's consent. Accused then wrote a note over the father's name, purporting' to grant authority for the issue of the permit for the employment of the boy in. the deck department of the vessel. The lad applied at the Permit Office, but was told to call on the following Monday. He mentioned the letter at his home, and the matter was referred to the detectives, with the result that. Chivers was arrested. Chivers stated that he wrote the note at the hoy's reauest. He pleaded guilty, arid was committed to the Supreme Court for I sentence.

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STEWARD'S "FORGERY.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9585, 12 April 1919

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STEWARD'S "FORGERY." Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9585, 12 April 1919

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