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London, May 27Whitaker and Minto were found guilty in connexion with the canteen scandal. Whitaker, in his defence, said no favour had been shown to Lipton's The only money received by him was in compensation for a visit made by him to Crete. He read » letter from Colonel Fiennes, representing a firm of Maidstone brewers, offering .a free trip, and asking him to use his in fluenoe on a colonel in Crete on behalf of their beer. Mr Justice Darling, in summing up, said it was regrettable that Colonel Fiennie, who was now Barone Saye and Sele, whose ancestor put his hand to biagna Cbarta, should have written such a letter. Whitaker, in broken accent, said be was unaware that be was doing wrong. At the instance of the gentleman named he did it, because be was in need of money, having seven eons at Sandhurst. He threw himself on the Judge's mercy. Mr Justice Darling, in adverting to the letter, sternly commented on the decadence shown by the representative of a great family in cadging orders for beer.

Whitaker was sentenced to cix months' imprisonment. The other military accused were bound over. Minto and Oausfield were fined £500 each, Craig £100, Laing, Owen, Pegley and Lynch £5 each, and Swaine bound over. Whitaker made a second appearance [or clemency, but the Judge ordered his removal.

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THE CANTEEN SCANDAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4399, 29 May 1914

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THE CANTEEN SCANDAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4399, 29 May 1914

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