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QUARANTINE ISLAND.

Sip.,—l trust you will spare me space to protest against the methods employed by the military authorities on Quarantine Island. On Saturday wo attempted to fish off the island. We were anchored about 50 or 40 yards from the shore, and, without being challenged in any way, we were ordered to quit by having rifle bullets fired over our heads. We had no intention of landing on the island or of holding any intercourse whatever with any of its occupants. There are no notices posted up warning one of danger zones, and how long have the military been allowed to use rifles mthe harbour when, for doing the same, private individuals would, if caught, be haled before a magistrate? This is not the first time that fishing parties have been treated in this way, and' I trust, Sir, you will help to put a stop to this very dangerous praetico ere a valuable life is lost. Those on the_ island have little to do, and to erect notices would entail no hardship, and, if one does unwittingly come within the proscribed area there are other methods to pursue to warn them off without shooting over them, especially when they are in open boats and in full view of the whole of one side of Quarantine Island.—l am, etc.. H. T. S.

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QUARANTINE ISLAND., Otago Daily Times, Issue 16975, 11 April 1917

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QUARANTINE ISLAND. Otago Daily Times, Issue 16975, 11 April 1917

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