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a member of the force, and any office held by him in his capacity of a member of the force, shall cease and determine. And any person that has been a member of the force, and that has ceased to be one, that shall not on his so ceasing to be a member of the force deliver up his arms, clothing, accoutrements, and all other property in his possession belonging to the Crown, shall, on conviction in a summary manner, be liable to a penalty not exceeding 201., and in default of payment to be imprisoned for any period not exceeding three months.
7. Any member of the force that shall receive or take any fee or gratuity, pecuniary or otherwise, either directly or indirectly, except as hereinafter provided, or that shall aid, assist, abet, or connive at the escape, or at any attempt or preparation to escape, of or by any prisoner or person in custody or under arrest, or that shall desert his post, or assault his superior officer, shall for every such offence, on conviction in a summary manner, be liable to a penalty not exceeding 201., and in default of payment to be imprisoned for any period not exceeding three months, with or without hard labour.
8. No member of the force shall without the consent in writing of the Commandant leave the force unless he shall have served the term of his engagement. Any member of the force offending against the provisions of this section shall, on conviction in a summary manner, be liable to a penalty not exceeding 201., and in default of payment to be imprisoned for any period not exceeding three months, with or without hard labour.
9. Any member of the force that shall disobey the lawful commands of bis superior officer shall, on conviction in a summary manner, if a commissioned officer, be liable to be dismissed the force by order of the Administrator, and if a non-commissioned officer or constable, be liable, on conviction in a summary manner, to be imprisoned for any period not exceeding one month nor less than two days, with or without hard labour.
10. Any non-commissioned officer or constable wbo, witbout leave from his superior officer, shall absent himself from duty, shall, on conviction in a summary manner, be liable to be imprisoned for any period not exceeding three months.
11. Any commissioned officer or constable who, being under arrest or imprisonment, shall leave or escape from his confinement before he is set at liberty, or who shall wilfully or without reasonable cause or excuse fail to appear at any place of parade or rendezvous appointed by his superior officer, or who shall go from such place without leave before he shall be relieved, or who shall, when any person has been committed to his charge, wilfully or without reasonably cause or excuse fail to report that such person has been committed to his charge, shall, on conviction in a summary manner, if a commissioned officer, be liable to be dismissed the force by order of the Administrator, and if a non-commissioned officer be liable to be reduced to the rank of a constable by order of the Como andant, and also, on conviction in a summary manner, to be imprisoned for any period not exceeding two months, and if a constable be liable, on conviction in a suimary manner, to be imprisoned for any period not exceeding two months, or be liable to be dismissed the force by order of the Commandant.
12. Any non-commissioned officer or constable who shall malinger, or feign or wilfully produce in himself any disease or infirmity, shall, on conviction in a summary manner, be liable to be imprisoned for any period not exceeding thirty days, with or without hard labour.
13. It shall be lawful for any commissioned officer of the force to suspend any non-commissioned officer or constable for misconduct, and report such suspension to the Commandant, who may, if he thinks fit, direct that any part of the pay of such noncommissioned officer or constable shall be detained. The Commandant may also in the first instance, and although there has been no suspension by another officer, exercise the like powers. Every detention of pay under this section shall be forthwith reported by the Commandant to the Administrator, who may confirm, reverse, or vary the order of the Commandant, and may, in addition, order that all or any portion of any pay so detained as aforesaid shall be forfeited.
14. In cases of petty breaches of discipline, the commissioned or non-commissioned officer for the time being in charge of any station or any portion of the force may himself inflict a penalty not exceeding fourteen days' confinement to quarters, or forty-eight bours' imprisonment.
15. In every case in which a member of the force shall be imprisoned, all pay accruing to him during his imprisonment shall be liable to be forfeited by order of the Administrator.
16. In addition to any punishment that may be imposed under this Ordinance upon any member of the force, the Court may order that a portiou of the offender's pay shall be stopped and forfeited to make good any loss or damage to any property whatever occasioned by the act or neglect constituting the offence of which he has been convicted, or any expense incurred by reason of such act or neglect. And in addition to all other punishments, any non-commissioned officer convicted of any offence against this Ordinance may be reduced to the rank of a constable by the Commandant.
17. All ones and pevalties iinposed upon any member of the furre under this Ordinance may, in addition to any mods of recovery
allowed by law, be deducted from his pay by the Commandant, who shall pay over all sums so deducted to the proper officer for the use of the possession.
18. Every member of the force shall have the same protection and indemnities in the discharge of his duty as any constable or police officer in Queensland has by the law of that Colony.
19. The Administrator may grant rewards and gratuities to any member of the force whom he may deem deserving of the same, and any money so granted shall be paid out of the funds of the possession.
20. The members of the force shall execute all process and serve all summonses and warrants that may be sent to them to be executed or served by any Court of the possession. Tbe members of the force shall also be bound to perform within the possession all the duties and functions that police officers and constables in the Colony of Queensland are liable and bound, as such police officers or constables, to perform in that Colony; but no member of the force shall be respousible for any irregularity in the issuing of any process, warrant, or summons, or for want of jurisdiction in the Court or person issuing the same.
21. Any person that shall assault, obstruct, or interfere with any member of the force in the execution of his duty, or that shall not assist any member of the force in the execution of his duty when called upon by such member so to do, and any person that shall induce or attempt to induce any member of the force to neglect or omit to perform any duty, shall, on conviction in a summary inauner, be liable to a penalty not exceeding 201., and, in default of payment, to be imprisoned, with or without hard labour, for any period not exceeding three months.
22. Any person, not being a member of the force, that shall, without a proper excuse, have in bis possession any arm, accoutrement, badge, or any uniform or part of a uniform of any member of the force, or that shall assume the description or desiguation of, or falsely pretend or represent himself to be, a member of the force, shall, on conviction in a summary manner, be liable to a penalty pot exceeding 201., and, in default of payment, to be imprisoned for any period not exceeding three months with or without hard labour.
23. In the event of the number of men fixed by resolution of the Legislative Council as that of the number of the force D. being obtained by voluntary engagement, every male aboriginal native of the possession who is of sound bodily constitution, and who is, so far as can be ascertained by the person appointed to enrol such native a member of the force, between the ages of 17 and 40, both ages inclusive, and unmarried, shall be liable to be
enrolled as a member of the force. Due regard shall, in compelling enrolment as aforesaid, be had that not more than a reasonable proportion of men be enrolled from any one district. Provided always that the Administrator may from time to time exempt the inbabitants of any specified portion of the possession, or any person engaged in any specified occupation or specified calling, from the operation of this section.
24. Every person enrolled in the force under the last preceding section shall be enrolled for not more than three years, nor for less than one year, and shall, unless legally discharged or dismissed from the force, be obliged to serve as a member of the force for the period for wbich he has been enrolled, and no person so enrolled shall be liable to a second term of service.
25. Every enrolment, whether voluntary or compulsory, shall be conducted in such manner as the Administrator may from time to time direct.
26. A book to be called the “ Roll Book of the Armed Constabulary” shall be provided and kept in the custody of the Commandant. The name of every member of the force, and such other particulars as the Administrator shall from time to time direct, shall be inserted in such book, and each member of the force shall be bound to sign, by signature or mark, his name in such book in that place in the book in which he shall be required to do so, and every such signature or mark shall be witnessed by some person that can read and write English. The production of such book, or an extract therefrom certified under the hand of a resident Magistrate, shall be primâ facie evidence of the truth of the contents of such book or extract, as the case may be.
27. A badge or other distinguishing mark or article may be provided for members of the force ; and any person that shall wear or bear about him such distinguishing badge, mark, or article sball, until the contrary be proved, be deemed a member of the force, and be treated and obeyed by all persons accordingly.
28. Nothing in this Ordinance contained shall be deemed as preventing the Commandant from being suspended or dismissed in the same way that any other officer in the service of the possession may be suspended or dismissed, or as absolving the Commandant from the duty of obeying any proper order that he may receive from any superior officer in the service of the possession.
29. All offences against this Ordinance, and all matters to be decided by conviction in a summary manner, may be heard and determined by the Commandant in his capacity as a resident Magistrate, if he has been appointed as such, or by any resident Magistrate having jurisdiction, or by any two or more Justices of the Peace having jurisdiction : Provided always that where there are difficulties in the way of bringing members of the force before a resident Magistrate or Justices of the Peace, the Administrator may appoint any person or persons to hear and determine offences against the provisions of this Ordinance by any member of the force; and for the purpose of hearing and determining such offence, and of carrying any sentence imposed therefor into execution, such person or persons so appointed shall, by virtue of such appointment, and without taking any oath of allegiance or of office, be clothed with all the powers and authority of a resident Magistrate in offences punishable on summary conviction.
30. This Ordinance may be cited for all purposes as “ The Armed Constabulary Ordinance of 1890.”
Passed in Council, this 20th day of May, 1890.
CORRESPONDENCE respecting Affairs in the East (Serbo
Bulgarian Relations; Montenegrin Immigration to Servia; Ex-Queen Nathalie of Servia ; Prince Ferdinand's action ; Bulgarian Loan; Major Panitza's Conspiracy : Bulgarian Debt to Russia; Brigands on Greek Frontier; Alleged Massacres of Christians; Ecclesiastical Grievances in Macedonia, &c.; Bulgarian Bishops ; Berats ; Greek Church; &c.).*-1889, 1890.
Mr. F. R. St. John to the Marquess of Salisbury.-(Received
September 6.) (Extract.)
Belgrade, August 31, 1889. The present unusual activity in the Servian War Department, to which the public seemed to attach exaggerated importance, and which I endeavoured to explain in my despatch to your Lordship of the 5th instant to be only a measure resorted to by every continental country, though neglected during the past three years, has not unnaturally, after their experiences of 1885, caused the Bulgarians to take alarm, and induced them to adopt such countermeasures as are deemed necessary to guard against another surprise.
These precautions in Bulgaria have, in turn, bad for effect so to alarm the Servians that it is difficult now to tell which Government is most afraid of the other, while each, I verily believe, is unaffectedly anxious to remain at peace with its neighbour.
* This correspondence is extracted from Parliamentary Papers, Turkey, No. 2 and No. 3 of 1891.