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A new phase of Bolshevism has manifested itself at Sydney, where a policeconstable attacked a, returned soldier and called him opprobrious names. Following so closely on the heels of the action of the Brisbane police in pro-^ tecting Russian Bolsheviki in that city, it is a remarkable development, whichhas stirred the Sydney .''Telegraph'; .tooutspoken criticism. It says: "Astonishment is a mild word with which, to characterise the public feeling -engendered by the evidence given in the Police Court in the case in which Captain Henry Maddrell, a returned officer of the A.1.F., was proceeded against by Constable Layeock on a charge of assault. In the course of his evidence Captain Maddrell stated that this constable said to him: 'That will do, you jackdaw; Willie, where's your cane?' Witness replied that he was no Willie, and that he had 4} years' service to his credit. He asked the constable to leave his sister's name out of it, and to take him into custody instead. He was then 'taken in charge. As the Magistrate, after hearing further' evidence, dismissed the case against Captain Maddrell, it may be inferred thajb he believed the statement of tho mili tary officer to be more reliable than that of the constable. It can hardly be denied by any unprejudiced person that the words said to have been used by the constable to Captain Maddrell were grossly provocative and insulting. The decorations which the returned Anzac wears are marks of honor conferred on him by his country for courage and good service in the field. That, a constable should sneer at him for wearing these decorations is incredible. ... For a policeman charged with the responsibility of preserving the peace to use insulting language to any citizen calculated to provoke disorder would be intolerable, but to insult the uniform and the honor decorations of a soldier who had served his country in the war is outrageous. Surely the matter is not going to rest where the Police Court proceedings left it." ■ ■'.••■■ -■

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9587, 15 April 1919

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SOLDIER AND POLICE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9587, 15 April 1919