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DRASTIC REGULATIONS GAZETTED A proclamation has been made by the Governor (and already has effect), which gives great power to the Defence authorities to deal with treachery or espionage in the Dominion during the currency of the war. Military officers or any person authorised for that purpose' may arrest suspects without warrant. An aljpn enemy arrested may be brought before a Magistrate to be dealt with, or may be detained by the military, unless disoharg. Ed by the Minister of Defence. Houses and other buildings on land, and ships that come under the nupicions of the military authorities, miy be entered by forcp, if necessery, and Feaioh> d, and documents, instruments, or anything else may ba Feiz^d; Boats or ships entering or leaving a defended harbour may, if unidentified, be fired upon bj day or night j Guards stationed at buildings or elsewhere 1 may fire, or otherwise attack persons at* tempting to leave or enter such places who disregard warnings from the guard. Alien enemies can be tried by court martial on the information of the Attorney General, laid before the Governor. Powers ara given by (he military authorities to elicit information, and such informi* tioa mupt be given to them by eny person asked for it. By clause 14 of (he proclimation, no person shall in any manner publish or ppread false reports 1 kely to create dißiift" c ion or alarm. Private wireleps apparatus withoui a licrnso is prohibitpd.j . Under clause 19, no person shall, without permission of the military authorities < r of the Minister of Defence, publish or com , munioate, or permit to be published or communicated, any information with respect to the movements or disposition of any of the forces, ships of war, or material, of his Majesty, or his Majesty's Allies, or with respect to plans of any naval or military operations by such forces or ships, or with respect to any works or measures undertaken tor or connected with the fortifications or defence of any plane, or as to any military or naval matters, if the information is such as might be directly or indirectly useful to the enemy. Communication with prisoners of war ehall not be made without permission of a military authority, except through the poet office. < No r erson shall by day or night show any light or do any other act whatever which is intbnded as, or mcy reasonably be suspected to be a signal to, or a communication with the enemy or any prisoner of war. The powers conferred by these new regulations are in addition to, and not in deroga , ■tion of, any powers exercisable by members of the defence forces or the police force

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TREACHERY OR ESPIONAGE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3452, 13 November 1914

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TREACHERY OR ESPIONAGE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3452, 13 November 1914