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A CAUTION TO JUMPERS.

As the case of Jenkinson v. Campbell has been exciting considerable interest wc reproduce from the Southland ‘ Times ’ of 4th March, 1884, the following “ Assessment Court, Invercargill Borough, before H. M’Culloch, Esq., Judge, Duncan Campbell applied to have his name inserted on the roll as occupier of section 16, block 71, and section 19, block 63,—Mr Scandrett (valuer) objected. Ho said the sections belonged to two children who were in the Industrial School, the offspring of one Egbert Jenkinson, deceased. The applicant had no right to occupy the sections, and he (Mr Scandrett) did net look upon him as the occupier,—The applicant said he had been in occupation of the sections since 1861. He had fenced them and taken crops oft' them. The Robert Jenkinson who had bought the sections was now in Scotland, was a single man, and had no children in the Industrial School. —Mr Scandrett said he did not believe applicant had ever seen Jenkinson, but had only known the original purchaser, .lohn Westlake. He objected to allowing applicant to obtain any sort of title, and he would endeavor to protect the interests of the infants.” The boys referred to, having attained their majority, took steps to prove their identity, and lodged the deeds and an application to bring the land under the Land Transfer Act. Mr Campbell lodged a caveat against this being done, and presented an application for a title to himself on the ground of occupation and claim for money advanced. Recently Messrs Stout and Mondy, of Dunedin, commenced an action of ejectment in the Supreme Court on behalf of the sons of Robert Jenkinson, and Sir Robert Stout came specially to Invercargill to conduct the case. The defendant averred that Jenkinson came to Invercargill in 1861 on his way to the West Coast and borrowed LIOO from him (Campbell), and told him to hold possession of the sections until he was repaid. The plaintiffs had, therefore, to procure information of the movements of Jenkinson from his arrival in New Zealand, until his death in 1875. In this they had, we understand, been entirely successful, having brought witnesses who could prove that Jenkinson was a man of considerable means between 1860 and 1872 ; that ho bought the sectionsfroma friend, whowanted the money, in 1860, without ever having seen the property ; and that he had never visited Invercargill from the day of his arrival in Dunedin until his death. Several local persons were also subpoenaed who were prepared to declare that the sections were entirely vacant land until the Fire Brigade station was removed to Don street in 1872, when Mr Campbell some time afterwards fenced the frontage, which made the land a paddock. As will be seen from our report, the defendant has withdrawn from thecase,theplaintiff allowing him LlO, being about one-fourth of the amount paid by Mr Campbell as rates. The young men will, therefore, come into possession of their own, and as the land is worth something appoaohing LI,OOO it should give them a good start in life, — ‘ Southland Times,’

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A CAUTION TO JUMPERS., Issue 7989, 19 August 1889

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A CAUTION TO JUMPERS. Issue 7989, 19 August 1889

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