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| FROM s.s. buieshire. wanted to RKAcn the fro>tc. Five deserters fiom the Buteshire were before the City Police Court this morning. l-'.jur ui them icft the s'hip with tho object of -iiioJlnitr with the Expeditionary Forca which left Duntdin yesterday morning, :'n.! hud so enrolled. And two at least would hive been valuable -cquu-ition«. Leonard Reginald Lindgo has served 14 years in the Navy, of them on actual active service, and held the highest noncommissioned rank "her, his time <.sp;red ; whiio Clias. Frederick Mills has served in the British army. The other men charged were Root. Logan. Joseph Parrott, and James M-F.'irland. Tho iaet-viamcd aioiw pleaded trciltv. Chief-detective Hort.'i-t, •■t.-it-d that M-i'arland decried at Wellington, and had "pinned on" the Victoria here when Detective Ward arrested him. The other four had er.lisud with the Expeditionary Force, and were about to k-avt: with tile Untch despatched !.y the first express yesl'. -i-dav when Detective Ward anesfced them. W'rn. H. Brodie (master of tho Buteshire) fi-iid that came to him on Saturday and .said he had enlisted. Then he left" the ship On Sunday momi/sg trudge and Parrott came and produced their orders to parade at 6.45 on .Monday inoiTiini*. Witness told thern he would take steps to prevent them going, and he saw Detective Ward and Captain Eraser. Through one of their number the men said that if the captain had stated he would .stop them tiiey would not have gone. Onoe they enlisted they thought they were under military orders. Gudfie said : " It was not a matter of petting out of tho ship because we disliked her. I thought it was time to do something for tho country." Captain Brodie said the men could have enlis.ed at Home if they had wanted. Their spokesman replied that they had beeji refused at Home because they were over the age. Dtective Ward said that he found ffoa men at the Defence Office. They wen ordered by the military authorities to stand out of the parade, and remained behind. The Magistrate (Mr S.M.) ordered that the men be plaetd on board befoTO the ship sails this afternoon. Each, was ordered further to pay 7a court costs.

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DECENT DESERTERS, Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914

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DECENT DESERTERS Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914