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[Special to the Star.] AUCKLAND, May ?2. Under the heading "A Felony Compounded " the * Observer' publishes a long racy narrative as to how the recent charge of larceny was "squared." It throws the blame on the Justices and police, and says they should be censured. The statements made by the employer and the father of accused show that the case was compounded by the former accepting three times the amount of money charged as stolen. The employer also admits trying to extort L2O additional from the father of the accused, who states: "On the morning after the trial I called on Mr X, and asked him to give me the boy's certificate of service. He said he could not do that, and made a long statement against the boy's character. I left but went back on the Monday following, and asked for the certificate. Mr X said : " I have come to tho conclusion that if you give me L2O I will give you a certificate.' 'Do you want to blackmail?' I asked. 'I don't care what you call it,' he said; 'I want L2O —LIO for tho trouble and loss I have had, and LlO for the certificate.' Nothing came of that interview ; but after a scene at the lodge, for which I had to apologise, a friend went to Mr X, and he gave up the certificate without any payment." This was before the ' hush' money was paid. QTl.e employer's statement is that the first LlO was to recoup him for loss, and the other LlO to go to charities. The 'Observer' says that making this demand casts a shade of suspicion on all the employer's action in the matter, and it asks: Is it reasonable to assume that the Justices, police, and all concerned were tools of a designing scoundrel who wished to levy blackmail ? It also asks : Will the Minister of Justice order a prosecution for compounding a felony ? Is it his intention to ask the Justices of the Peace for an explanation of their conduct ? Will Major Gudgeon cause an inquiry to be made into the action of the police ?

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A CASE FOR INQUIRY., Issue 7914, 23 May 1889

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A CASE FOR INQUIRY. Issue 7914, 23 May 1889

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