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WELLINGTON,. November 22. The r Hon. T. Thompson, Minister of Justice, examined on Commission before the registrar of the Supreme Court in Mr Mills’s libel action against the .. * Press ’ and the * HaUy Times,’ was questioned as to the circumstances of the removal of Constable Jeffreys from Picton to Takaka on February 3. He said it was one amongst thirty-one; transfers, and the transfer had been recommended by the Commissioner some time before the General Election. No. complaint was'*made to him about names being removed from the roll by the constable. He only heard of. it recently. He

had had no conversation with Mr Kfllln before the transfer, so far as hs could recollect. After it was done he spoke "to him about a petition', from' the people of Picton, and Mr Mills said ; that as far as he was concerned-he‘had-no.desire to see the man injured, and would be pleased if the Minister oohld see his.’ way %) let him' remain.- . He told Mr Mills', that he, (witness): had nothing to do with any trouble at... Pioton, and that the transfer - was made solely on the Comraisaioner’a recommendation. A large number of questions which were |)ut to the witness were objected to, and will be submitted to the -Judge before' the) answers can be allowed &u&ppear in the, The witness said it'was some time after the transfer that he.learned that Constable Jeffreys was not aaupporterof Mr Mills. He had never seen any newspaper articles connected with the matter. The examination is proceeding.

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THE LIBEL CASES., Issue 10477, 22 November 1897

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THE LIBEL CASES. Issue 10477, 22 November 1897

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