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THE RAILWAY APPEALS.

JiNOTKER PORTER'S: CASB.^ "# &. ./ft-., £*' & ft- /■:. & M%, ALLEGED OVERLOOKING. The North Island Railway Appeal Board continued its sitting yesterday afterno&fafter wfe ( went 'to* pressi.-Messrs; Hi J 0 Uyfe TKenny, S.-M*.v _:s__ Lee, and C. Pi Ryaii constitute the Boafdi •T. Robertson, porter and assistant guard, Auckland, appealed against his noappointment to a positon as second grade guard. Mr. McEenzi* the*appellant, and Mr.-Davidson represented, the department. -.The appellant stated that he had been about eight years in the service, and while on the Auckland section had been In charge- of most ,of the*; important trains as .'guard. :.'. The evidence which was called in support of the appeal was to the effect that the appellant was an efficient and particularly willing guard, and that a certain maii of leslef capabilities was at the present time on the Auckland section, ranking as a guard. Enginemen gave evidence that their trains were not delayed, and they had no difficulty in running to time. fcx-stationmaster Cromhie gave evidence that the appellant's claims for promotion were considered when the annual review was being made, but he had not seen his way to recommend him. ' This case will be considered by the Board to-morrow morning, but it is not likely that the result, or the results of any ' of the cases will be made known until after the decisions have beSn sent to Wellington. A GUARD'S- CASE. The next case taken wtig that Of Phillip Melburn, s?cond grade guard, Auckland. This appeal was on all fours with the others, except that the appeal is in the second grade, and he appeals because : he has not been put in the first grade.The appellant gave evidence as to the . importance of the work he was given, amd called evidence to uphold his statements. The evidence was strongly in favour of the appellant's case; most of the witnesses describing him as being equally good with th.; first grade guards, and all putting him dotfn as A man of energy, capability and great activity. It was stated in evidence that he was better than some of the first-class guards. Stationmasters whom he had been under deposed in terms of high praise of him. William tiromfoie, formerly Stationmaster at Auckland, said that he had been unable to recommend the promotion of the mm. He considered that the appellant in the discharge of his duties had shown a want -Of energy, and had done his work in a perfunctory manner. After, a lot of questions to bind him down from generalities to specific answers, Mr. McKenzie elicited from the witness that he had observed the appellant take about twice the time to deal with the way bills and the correspondence in the van that some other guards would take. ■ (Proceeding.)

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THE RAILWAY APPEALS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 70, 23 March 1909

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