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MISSED PITCAIRN.

RUSE THAT FAILED. STOWAWAY ON TAINUI. VOYAGE ENDS IN ARREST. A free lance journalist, who grew a beard during a sea voyage that brought him into the dock in the Police Court this morning, Henry Kirkpatrick Jones, aged 54, pleaded guilty to a charge of stowing away on R.M.S. Tainui at Auckland on August 20, and to four other charges of riding on the railways between Wellington and Paltnereton North, Palmerston North and Porirua, and Auckland and Palmerston North without first paying the fares, which totalled £2 17/9. Mr. K. C. Aekins appeared for Jones. Detective-Sergeant McHugh said Jones was found on board the Tainui shortly after the ship left Auckland for London on August 20. He was landed at Balboa, and brought back to Auckland by the Mataroa, another ship owned by the same line. "Tie has also been travelling on trains between July 7 and August 10 without paying his fare," added Mr. McHugh. "Before he stowed away he was seen by a railway official about his failure to pay his fares and he promised to pay, but did not do so. Jones is a free lance journalist, and has been in New Zealand for about 20 years. He is well known, and this is the first time he has ever been in trouble. He Is a remittance man, and receives £4 4/2 per week provided he keeps out of England. The total amount of the return fare on the ships is £63 10/." Mr. Aekins said Jones did not intend returning to England. He was invited to stay with a resident of Pitcairn Island, and was trying to get to Pitcairn to interview residents and gather material. "Although he worked on the Tainui peeling potatoes, he is charged the full return fare. Jones comes from a good family, and he was educated at Cambridge University. His money is sent to a bank at Palmerston North, and there is £30 waiting there for him. This can be used to pay the costs. As a matter of fact, he tendered a cheque to the Railway Department, but they would not accept it. As he was in custody for six days in Balboa and has never been in trouble before, I would ask that he might be leniently dealt with on this occasion." Jones was convicted and ordered to come up for sentence if called upon withiri six months on the charge of stowing away, and was ordered to pay £30 to the shipping company in such manner as was decided upon by the probation officer. On the other four charges 1;« was fined £1 on each

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MISSED PITCAIRN. Auckland Star, Volume LXIX, Issue 239, 10 October 1938

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