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THE Marlborough Express.

" Givb me the liberty to know, to utter,. and to rrgue freely according to conscience, above all other liberties —Milton The Court of Enquiry was opened yesterday morning m the Provincial Hall by Lieut.-Colonel Andrew Hamilton Russell and "William John Warburton Hamilton, Esq., the Commissioners appointed by the Governor m Council to " make enquiries into charges made against William Henry Eyes, Esq., Sheriff, Receiver of Land Revenue, and Commissioner of Crown Lands at Blenheim, m the Province of Marlborough, of having brought his said offices into disrepute," &c. The proceedings were conducted much m the same way as m an ordinary Court, except that no legal gentlemen were allowed to be present for either party. On the one hand were the accusers, m the persons of the late deputation, m the order as follows : Messrs Henry Dodson, Henderson, Collie, Davies, Hutcheson, and Captain Baillie. On the other side Mr Eyes, with Mr John T. Robinson, as a friend with whom to confer. The only other person present, except the witness actually under examination, was Mr C. J. Rae, who was engaged professionally to report the evidence for Mr Eyes. The mode of procedure was an examination of the witnesses by Mr Dodson, then Mr Eyes cross-examined them, after which the Commissioners asked any further, questions they thought proper. During the day the following witnesses were examined : — Messrs G. Henderson, D. Watson, Humffreys, Mrs Moore, T. Williams, Robert M'Artney, and John Watson. The evidence of each was taken down m writing by the Court, and signed by the testators. We are, however, obliged to stop here, as the Commissioners made it a strict point of honour binding ' upon all present, both at the commencement and close of the proceedings, that none of the evidence should be disclosed. There can be no doubt, however, that at no very distant date, we shall be enabled without impropriety to make some remarks upon the event, but at present we cannot follow the example of the worshipful deputy editor of the News m what appears to have become a confirmed habit, of discussing matters at a time when they are considered to be sub judice by all honourable minds. It is impossible to say when the Enquiry will 'close, as we understand <%it there are upwards of thirty witnesses yet to be examined.

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THE Marlborough Express., Marlborough Express, Volume VIII, Issue 468, 25 January 1873

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THE Marlborough Express. Marlborough Express, Volume VIII, Issue 468, 25 January 1873

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