THE DEFENCE ACT.
A Caution To Volunteers.
At the New Plymouth Police Court on Friday, A. B. Edgecombf, a young man, was charged wich three breaches of the Defence Act. He was charged (1) with failing to deliver up in good order two pairs of trousers and a haversack; (2) with wrongfully damaging two pairs of trousers; and (3) with negligently losing one haversack. He pleaded guilty to the first two charges, and not guilty to the third. The informations were laid by Claude Horace Weston, the Captain of the Taranaki Rides, who stated he wished to withdraw the first charge, as it entailed imprisonment only, and as the accused had pleaded guilty to two charges he would also withdraw the third charge, as a conviction on the second charge would be sufficient to show volunteers like Edgecombe that they could not do what they liked when they wanted to leave the company. Sergt. Lister gave evidence as to the value of the damaged trousers. His Worship said he would order defendant to pay o4s, double the value of one pair of trousers, without costs. Defendant asked for time to pay, as he had lost two or threo days' work owing io conaing from Palmerston North. He was allowed one month. Captain Weston said tho chief object of the prosecution was to act as a warning.
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THE DEFENCE ACT., Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 7675, 27 January 1904
THE DEFENCE ACT. Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 7675, 27 January 1904
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