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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 70



In conclusion the whole ease against Murphy has, I am glad to submit, broken down completely. I am glad not only on Murphy's account, but Mrs. Blythe's also, whose name was so improperly linked with his; and I think he will receive the applause of every noble-hearted man in confronting all his traducers, and whilst suffering all this peculiar and anxious enquiry for the protection of his own, at the same time clearing the character of an innocent and highly respectable lady from the foul and untruthful accusations of a conspiracy, I submit Murphy has been unfairly treated from the beginning. The Department had no charge to make, they said, and made none. Yet in an unusual and hasty manner they dismiss page 31 him, without asking of him one single word of explanation about the so-called "disclosures," which, but for Mr. Malfroy's simplicity or candour in appending the Surveyor-General's telegram to Murphy's letter of dismissal, would not have so readily come to light. An explanation from Murphy would have been easy and conclusive, and much time, anxiety, and money would have been saved. In this light, I say, the Department is more on its trial than Murphy, but I have no desire to take up that ground. I simply say this enquiry proves that there have been no improprieties between Murphy and Mrs. Blythe; if that be so (and it cannot be otherwise without pronouncing Mrs. Blythe guilty, which, I presume, the Department will not pretend to do), then there are no "disclosures." Therefore, the so-called "disclosures" are unfounded, and the "sole cause of dismissal," as the Surveyor-General telegraphed me, go by the board, and Murphy should not have been dispensed with. This element of the case being gone, there is no dereliction of duty on Murphy's part. No report has ever been made against him, and I finally submit that such a recommendation should now be made by the Department that Murphy be, by the Minister of Lands' approval, reinstated in his former position, and in the district where he has been before (Rotorua), or so long as the Government may need his services there.

I ask this especially, as otherwise a slur, though imaginary, perhaps, might rest to some extent on his character in the minds of those persons who appeared against him, and whose prejudices would possibly be by this proper course removed.

J. A. Tole.