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Long Walk Original Manuscript [LWOM_266.jpg]

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  • 1976 - (Creation)

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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a secret one of violence. Failing to make headway in this advocate Trengove became desparate and discourteous, but Chief remained calm, unruffled and dignified, and the strongest remark he ever made was "I think the Crown is running wild."

The Treason Trial was not in its 4th year and for us accused the task of attending court daily had become a routine. In many respects it was becoming a test of stamina demanding much spiritual resources to keep us from becoming inattentive through boredom despite the gravity of the charge. A brilliant defence team tearing the Crown case to shreds through vigorous cross examination of Crown witnesses had given us much to savour. Now that the trial had entered the stage where the defence withnesses were entering the box we began to feel more as if we were directly involved. Those of us wo were due to give evidence anxiously prepared ourselves for the ordeal. The manner in which Dr. Conco and now the Chief were conducting themselves in the box gave each of us a tremendous boost.

In the meantime events outside the courtroom were unfolding evern more dramatically. Suddenly on the night of the 30th March 1960 the police swooped down on us again taking hundreds of men and women into custody. The fact that 30 of us were appearing in the Treason Trial turned out to be no imunity from re arrest and those of the accused who were easily traceable to their residences found themselves re arrested that night. I was among those accused who were picked up and we were unable to attend court next day. Those trialist who had not been re arrested attended court as usual only to find a large number of their co accused absent.

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