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HIGH RATES IN THE TOWYN PARISH.

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WHAT THE "LAW TIMES" THINKS.

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WHAT THE "LAW TIMES" THINKS. The Law Times discussing the reported murder says If the facts are as here stated, the incident will require strong, and in the case of hostilities against eivilised belligerents, unprecedented action on the part of the authorities at the close of the present war. It may be admitted for the sake of argument, that in the constitution of the Orange Free State a power to commandeer aliens for the defence of the country is claimed. The constitu- tion of the South African Republic undoubtedly contains an express provision to that effect, and there are articles in that of the Free State which might be held to assert a similar right by im- plication. But no municipal law could entitle a belligerent in the eye of the nations to seek to coerce an alien into bearing arms against his own country and the punishment of a refusal to submit to such a monstrous demand by death is an act not of war, but of murder. If the melancholy announcement above referred to, however, is accurate. The Orange Free State has gone far beyond the worst of the bad traditions of the past, and has committed an outrage upon civilisa- tion. It will be the duty of the High Commission- er, when the war is, as we hope it will be, success- fully ended, to discover the instigators and perpe- trators of this abominable crime, and, if it is judicially established against them, to consider the question whether they ought not to be hanged as convicted murderers.

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