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MILITARY SAVAGERY.

TO I IIK EDITGE.

Sir.—-When the thort telegram appeared on Monday evening stating that F. E. X. Gaudin had been sentenced to five year.-' hard labor for committing treasonable ads, my comment was ‘‘Servos him right.' 1 For I am one who advocates no half measures with German spies. I beliovo that there are still Germans at large in New Zealand —even here in Dunedin—who should lie either interned or made keep quiet, 'this feeling, however, did not pro* vent me reading the full report of the military court proceedings, as telegraphed from Auckland. To say that the reading of that report, filled mo with amazement is to put it very mildly. T read tho report again, and vet again, to try io find the least measure of justification for such a savage sentence by the military court I tried to persuade myself that tho repent, must be inaccurate, hub failed to do so. The facts arrayed themselves boldly that a man who somewhat <;u<?lo.«dy, in a spirit of obligingness, did certain things that constituted a trivial offence, is branded as a traitor. Amazement at tho judgment of t lie court turned to shame that a British court should act in this way. It may bo true that there is something behind what has been made public, and that there is no room for supposing t hat the military court, was suffering from spy fever or something worse.

As the case .stands, it seems to me. that every patriotic liritou should endeavor at. once to remove, the stigma upon. Mow Zealand. Tim report of this case will go through our newspapers all over the world, and the longest list possible of German atrocities and injustice will not Justify us in the slightest degree. If there is to bo a. petition in Gaudin's favor, surely there are many thousands of fair-minded Britishers who will .sign.—l am, etc., Ar.iix. Don. January 6. [The subject Is dealt with in our leading columns to-day.—Ed, K.h.J

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MILITARY SAVAGERY., Issue 15693, 6 January 1915

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MILITARY SAVAGERY. Issue 15693, 6 January 1915

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