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A Maori Maid

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Mr Harry Vogel has in the press a story entitled A Maori Maid which is to be published by Pearsons in May, 1898. The manuscript was concocted some years ago during a period when Vogel was in quest of gold in the neighbourhood of Inland Patea.

London Letter, 10.4.1898.

Canterbury Times." 18.5.1898.P.45.

A few days ago Mr Harry Benjamin Vogel, son of the late Sir Julius Vogel, appeared at the Windsor Magistrate's Court to answer a summons for driving a motor-car at eighteen miles an hour. The defendant asked to see the stop-watches used by the police, but the head constable said they were borrowed from a local jeweller. Mr Vogel here interjected: "If you can give me a certificate that my car was going eighteen miles an hour I might be able to sell it." "If it will assist you in selling your car" replied the Clerk of the Court, "I will give you a copy of the conviction." The Magistrate imposed a fine of £3. On the defendant paying his fine the Clerk said: "for another 2s 6d I will give you a certificate for the purpose of selling the car." Mr Vogel instantly tendered a half-crown, but the Clerk explained rather lamely and shame-facedly: "it was only my joke."