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STIR IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
ADEIJAIDK, Friday. Under Hie name ol Graeme Mawioll, it «as alleged (Ii.it Koit- aki Griggs,, the husband ol JOniily Griggs, who died iront the eil celt, ot poison at "Oiiieo, obtained an engagement bj (lie Home Miss- ion Committee of die South .Aus-
tralian Presbyterian Church, as pastor ol' theColoiu-I Jiijjltt CJar ilcns Chin t'fi.i^
Eaçly in June, a man Who gave the name of Maxwell, applied lor a posi-
tion 4n a. church (in South ^Australia, I representing that ' he liuurfpulated at Melbourne University, and lib was en- gaged on "probation tor throe, months.
The Home Mission,Committee then re- ferred his credentials lo Victoria, the
matriculation certificate also being forwarded, as it 'appeared to carry the traces of a name originally written having boen erased, and another name substitutccî. t ,
A fortnight ago, information was re- ceived from Victoria to the effect that
they believed thqjl Maxwell's name
was Griggs, and . in consequence his engagement .was lerniinatedr
Maxwell has been Hying with a man at Seaton Park, with whom ho for- merly, served at the war. II is stat- ed that Maxwell was the,malden name of Griggs' mother,
Mr. A. R. Stevens, dairyman of Sea- ton Park, a suburb of Adelaide, told to-lay how, after Griggs' acquittal, he had-sent for^him to come to South Australia. "Wo -were together at Weymouth Camp headquarters, and
worked side by side for six months, when we were members ol the A.I.F.," he said. "It was my knowledge of what a white, man he was, that made me send lor linn. Griggs appeared low-spirited, and when he came to South Australia, "he accompanied mc
on my milk i (ninds."
Mr. Stevens said thal several of his customers recognised Griggs, an J commended him- for the attitude he had taken in assisting' Griggs. Visi- tors to his liiousc were charmed with Griggs' manner, and took an immedi- ate liking to Griggs, although they knew who he was. ' ' i
. Stevens said he was sorry when Griggs decided lo continue his con- nection with the church, as he thought it would be better for hlih. to follow some occupation in civil life. Griggs, however, was determined ' to make good in -the ministry. He continued to stuly, with" the aim of eventually being ordained. * .
When it came to the knowledge of the church authorities who ho really was, sympathy was expressed in lil.1 endeavour to start afresh. Three leading members /of the church said they would do all possible to help him in- some new occupation.
Griggs has gone to Westprn Aus- tralia, where he will probably enter
'I hare boon criticised* in ' some quarters for giving Griggs shekel, but I do not take any notice, as I be- lieve that a man should live up to the Digger spjrit," Mr. Stevens con-
' Griggs hud preached on six occa- sions, and was highly praised by the
local church paper.