SAMOAN AUTHORITIES TO BE COMMUNICATED WITH. [Per United Pkess Association.^ WELLINGTON, January 11. The Hon. J. Allen. Minister of Defence, .states that the Governor lias received tho full record of the court martial which inquired into Oaudin's case. As a, result of its perusal it appeared that it would be necessary to communicate with the Judge Advocate-General and the Administrator in Samoa. No further announcement than this could be made for a, few da vs. Full publicity would be given as sooii a- possible. ' [lt is not generally known that Gaudin was at one time a, prominent A'olunteer officer i n Auckland, and held the jwvsjtmn of adjutant to the Auckland Tnfantry Battalion. A ] wa \ <,„i w , r knew Gaudin intimately describes him a.s being a good sport and very popular with his men. Gaudin took " a keen interest in municipal politics, and was a. Rughv footballer of representative standard, 'in the last issue ol the army lief, .-if the New Zealand Forces Gandhis name appeatv on the, list, of ro?c-r\-c officers, he holding the rank of captain in the 3rd (Auckland) ."Regiment (Countess of Raufuriy's Own'. The officer with whom a ' Star"'reporter had a chat was. strongly of opinion that, a. trial by court martial was the fairest in the world, and, given the choice of trial by court martia' or jury, lie would fake the former without an inM.int's hesitation. He, also fronts the jrlea- that, a, prisoner was not allowed lbs .assistance of a counsel in his trial.] Coiiim'til i r u on the Gaudin "wai treason" case, the f brisi.clmrch ' Picss sa,yp : --■'• I'nloiv. theic is something in 'he case which lias nut. yet come nut, wc think the sentence pronounced on Oa.urlin of Jive veaie" penal :-<.". vi'iudc is altogether disproportionate. Arts of undoubted espionage or treason wc "nope will always be punidvd with the utmost rigour—if necessarv with the puni.dmu-nt of death. That it;'the. only effective way to repress ?tich crimes. B u t for such a minor breach of the military .Proclamation as that of which G.'i.udin has been convicted we think ■a substantial fine--say £IOO -»r £2so— be suiricientiy detenent. and sufficient to moi'l. tho. justice of the ease. The whole question of maitial law is in eueh a. very unsettled rtate throughout the British Emphe that it would bo dangerous to dofrinaiit-e on th-o subject. If, was stated during '.ho proceedings that there was no appeal from the decision of the. Military Court. Wo hope the Government, will instruct th" Crown Law Officers to inquire into the matte-. ,- in d if, ae wc suspect, f.o bo the rase, it is found that His Excellency '.ho Governor has jurisdiction in the matter, and the facts are no worse than those hitherto disclosed, we Tiope, that Ministers will advise, the Governor to remit th-' sentence of penal servitude and impose, a substantial fine inftcad."
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GAUDIN'S SENTENCE, Evening Star, Issue 15697, 11 January 1915