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APPEAL TO THE GOVERNMENT. MERELY AN "ACT OF INDISCRETION." [Feb United Press Association.] AUCKLAND. January 3. .As a result of a meeting hdd on Wednesday in connection with the sentence of five years' imprisonment passed upon F. E. N. Gandin at Samoa. Mr Baxter, who presided, ha.s written to the Minister of Defence stating that the. people of Auckland feci keenly that a serious wrong- has been done to a. fellow-eitiz-en for what, at most, appears to have- been an act of indiscretion. "It appears quite clear." says the writer. " that Gaudiu did not at any time intend to injure his country or benefit the enemy, and that he merely failed to observe certain regulations, breach of which involved no risk to the- lives, property, or interests of any kind of any person or community, and that failure to observe such regulations was due to : (1) a, desire to oblige persons with whom he was associated in business or otherwise personally acquainted ; (2) his desire to collect (hibts to his firm without the collection of which his firm could not have continued to carry on business." Ho urges the Minister to consider whether t-ho 'breach of the regulations could, not bo adequately met bv line.

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GAUDIN'S SENTENCE, Issue 15695, 8 January 1915

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GAUDIN'S SENTENCE Issue 15695, 8 January 1915

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