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Ashburton Trotting Club.

fiv -v !'■'«;■ A vyell attended meeting of the above club was held at Bald vein's ,Cen fcral Hotel on, Saturday.hight, s Mr. Matthew' Stitt in the chair. _ V : The; folio wing- ruled were!.; discussed and fagreecl to :—“ That when ai;Eorse..;bre&'ks,i the rider shall Squill r and g 6 within’ one .- chain,;, or ho disqualifiMyfor the ‘ race The qualification fee was fixed at 10s. 6d,, the member’s subscription being the same and the deposit to accompany protests a like amount. In all races to be run under the auspices,of the club, horses,shall carry,, not less that 12st. 41b., except in maiden races, where |lie tiyeight shall Dot less that! lOsh J and '’a' maiden ’‘horse hors& c whteh ;! > ! has r - s nev6i < 'hVbir i L 5 in public.” . 'r d:.- ;! It was decided that a - trotting meeting bo held on the racecourse, on December ,10th (Anniversary Day), jind ther| be jpne race in two-whocled* vehicles ; one in four-wheeled.;-ami -thryc-in,saddle, riddenwith the following weightslOst.) i2sr.' 41bs., and 15st., Eqsppoi{iy£ly f >; |lft t 'tjie. first harness race, all the horses start from scratch, and in-.the^sepondrtof^lje.,luaiycli-/ capped. Messrs. D. ’bigby, James Scott,’ H. C. Jacobson, M. Stitt,, and James, Wilkie were appointed as asub-Confmittee' to arrange the programme, Ac., and f the‘ meeting teriniriamdl '* ■’ . -l ‘ ! , * M ’

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Since our last telegrams, a native named Tuahi has been apprehended oh suspicion of being concerned in the murder, and circumstantial evidence-, appeals, ,to.j .h,e ; strong against him, while that against Stannard, the European, becovnes. .weaker

every hqur. .i M ■> 1 14 . The iiiquest. oil, the,body .yas’commehpqcT at 6 o’clock ! 'on ’SatimUy 'ancb proceeded until midnight when,it. r \vas adjourned until Monday 1 morningP -Tlie’ evidence’ is not favourable to Tuahi , (the 1 . native arrested on suspicion). On the day of thomurder Jio; \v,as, seen - ridipg in -the direction. Miss Dobie went. /..A: jiaiv iof' .moleskin trousers, saturated with blood, were foundwithin three ,yardg of the.iJj.ody : and were sworn tp .be similar to, what tli.e, .prisoner, •wears.- Thfe ! ' : trousers ' lie wore ydicn arrested had blood on them, and a human hair, corresponding ineqlqr and texture, to that of the deceased. 1 Prisoner is su ! p)x)ded ! to have had two pairs of trousers on, a moleskin pair outside, which, Jie -is,sup-?, posed to have thrown away* corresponding with the, pair found.,} Hone Pihania and some people were passing by thepcene when Hone’s daughter ■ exclaimed, “There is a horse, saddle .. and bridle. ” i No person noticed it at the time, and sub-, sequcntly hearing of the crime. Hone at once, in company with Mr. Hursthouse’and Colonel Roberts, proceeded to the spot, and, stfaiigedb say, : in pointing out where the horse was tied, it turned’out do be nearly the exact spot where the body was found. .'ThS liorse proved to. be black, and similar 1 todhe ohe'riddeniby Tuahi on that day to Opunake. A knife '•--bearing l signs of .blood-: ,wasTfpund i near the. j Sitae' place-with “ T, H.” on the handle, which looks like his.

At the inquest twenty-sixwitnesses,, wore examined, and Several 'nloro- were yet. to be heard when'the adjournment took, place. j = ;.'i ’Major Goring, inspector, in charge at Opunake, deponed— Mary Doblbwas a spinster, aged nineteen. I last, saw her. on the morning of the 25th. Her body was lying about a mile and a quarter from Opunake,.and.iwas .cold.. .Deceased:, wore little jewellery, and did not carry much cash, and what she wore was found on the body. Her clothes were much disarranged. 1 ‘ ••• * At this; stage.’the prisoners, the European, Stannard,,and Tuahi alias Te J£aria, : a Maori, were brought in and- charged with the murder. Mr. Wilson Hursthouso 'was sworn as' interpreter/ and "'the evidence taken wastranslated and,Read.to both .prisoners.,: IVts

: W. Eyes; foreman of the jury, deponed —X saw Miss Dobic bring a pencil to have it. sharpened at the store on the' 25th. and proceed along Taranaki road. I saw the Maori prisoner about half an hour later riding a black horse in the same direction. I’ observed that the prisoner had “ap-parently-two; pairs: iof tfdusefsj ■ an old ragged moleskin outside. I wondered where he .was going riding, so fast.. I saw him later at my whare, about ifour.and a half miles south of Opunake. ; >;The prisoner appeared frigatoned. He saw me. , .- { ..jr ■Thomas Reilly, laborer, deponed—l. left, my work,about 1 . six; miles '. north;, of Opunake, to,coine to tpwxx f°¥.prpyisioifs.i I -arrived there abqut .2,30.: Met Constable McGrath and, the prisoner S.tanpard .on the road about'one and a half miles from where the body was found. I did no.t meet a lady on the road. At -4.40. I returned to my place of abpde.,; /OnQiny return 1 met Staunard leading a horse and riding a bay horse. * The led horse was; restive. * f. .] 5

■ Constable McGrath—l deft Opunake with Bte,ubard,- - with two" black dogs about forty yards from the Telegraph office. I travelled with Stannard about eight miles. I "saw no blood on? Stannard at tlia(n time: 1 We arrived at Bishop’s, Wilhora, about 3.3 Q. i ’ Constable Wilson deponed—There was a hat undemeath when,found., A. pair of tipnsersr.weib. ,ia a flax btish' about 'three’yards ’from''the body. They were cut and .much, stained vdth Iblood. - i Constable' Hawden deposed—l met Stannard on the 25th near To Hauru, leading one horse and riding another. There was no bi’idle on the led'librae.' About 6 p.m. I waS Dobie, and cooeyed several times, and noticed the dogs. Theycame frpm : where the lady was afterwards, found.- , , Constable Taylor—T‘ know Tuahk I noticed h,im on the 25th with two,pairs of ti’ousei‘3 bn. The inside likg dark tweed. On r o pair of trousers came so low down that I could not see any cut ‘bn the ankle. Prisoner, thendxiid a light coat on, not like the present one. Tuahi hero- iNd, this-isf riot' the, coat I then; wore. ”

Mr Eyes, recalled, said—l do not recognise the trousers, prqducod as Tuahi’s. His were riot so much torn then. Coixstable Shearman —I saw Tuahi wearing a pair of very ragged tweed trousers., about 6 a.m. at Opunake om the : 25th. He had only one pair on then/ ' It 'would not be, necessary fox*, him! to .Come along .the main road to reach Opunake from Te Ngamu. Prisoner was the’ri riding a black .horse. . ~ ,

, ' Caroline‘PuTti deponed—Oh,the 25th T 1 was cOMihg’front Pafiliaka/,in‘ ‘tile afternoon--' ! I J saw l a black horse ! tied up hear Te Ngatriu. 1 saw, hb’bn'd near* the horse. The hotelkpppbr ;atr Opud&&.>Vduld know the time 5 T'arrived. ‘ I 'd’d hot kiioiv the time. The horse produced is very much like the horse I saw near the scene- of the murder at the second bridge from here. Tfdid not see him porpe to(tjie (ijpacl.) ( • , • Hbni Pihama deponed—1 1 first heard, Tuahi' dd-Winfe'day after- 1 noon, when I was driving into Opunake. :;He. askedome; on -arrival* too bring himUv pair 6f itrousers, did ■did •.pah. ■ ‘H-cannot say whether when Tuahi first spoke-he was on footor on horseback. ■ Mr. Middleton, hotelkeeper, Opunake 14-1 believe Tuahi pairs pff trousers on., I think it was after dinner ■ ; that lie said he wanted to go to Te ISTgamu for oi horse. I did not .again .until, .about half-past’fouiy when:Hbm ■ Pihama‘ arrived. Prisoner asked for a flask of brandy, which he took into the stable and, there broke it. He kept on asking me'to’ buy Ipm a pair of moleskins. He also asked nje.td lend a h],-idle> t a,s his.Jivas, "Prisoner appeared guite sdber. ■

did not ask for ilio-trousers before returning with Honi/Pihama., Martin-Qoffey, storekeeper, deponed— I believe, that the trousers produced (No. 2) were thq-pair, Tuahi was wearing. Miss Dobie came brand bought., a. pencil from rny shop/ - iTiiahi appeared'under the influence of drink. . . ’>• ■

A., Harvey, servant at the Hotel, deponed—l sajv Tpahbpbout eleven o’clock on Thursday. He was then on 'fool*; I saw him frequently up till 1 p ih., biit not later until evening, when he came to the stable for a bridle. I lent him an old bridle, bllt.-.none of the broken pieces pro:, duced correspond with the one. I lent Him,- ' Ho had trousers on similar to ibe cut ones produced first. I noticed his HMss-af i c,Constable Knowles, deponed —We brought Tuahi from Punehu on Friday. I did not search the prisoner. We halted ab<Jqt| jthrep; r jtuficis| .and the last time prisoner could have got rid of anything.

vrF ; Hickey, deponed;—l jup] eleven years? old. I found a knife with one blade on op? vneay ?!the • :placp3,1 where Constable Knowfes said he stopped with the Maori prisoner yqsterday; jabout seventeen yards from the exact place. 1 saw blood on the knife, .when -I .picked it up. My father said it was blood. - ' The knife has T.H. put bn the handle, .■ / Carpyrdeponed—l...received the, knife produced, find it has vyh'at l to be blood etaiiis/bn the, I. produce ,it, in,, th'e.state in vvhich,! received' if./ / : l . / ' i1 : The hdtvS to-day 'is 1 to the effect that' the prisoner Tuahi,is a tall fine looking man, abdiit ; 'b(6nty,''Arid is ted -and has been crying. It is said that a cut ’in, the/collar. ofvthb /dress .’worn by Miss Dobie exactly corresponds with the blade .of the strong brown liandled knife found Land)- prbduc,ed ■ To/day a stained-blanket has been picked up ip. an old whare.at .Te i Ngamu. Blood has been found on the-, "knee",and, seati ■-fjf.rthe pair;? of j tweed trousers found '6h‘ Tualu. when arrested. ■Tdlday : a' J c'arefiil ;: s6afch ‘of the ground is -being-made, and a coat has been found ( Adiich/is supposed‘ to belong’ to Triahi; ’ ■There particulars’aliodt this yet. -Stannard accounts for the, blood on his coat by’ 'HisoKofserbavihg Tut him after ,hurting;,its-, pose. ; TheihorseAiiidsa was: certainly bleeding-.-evidence th.it a large stain was found on the. moleskin .trouqers found widely corresponded with" and was such as would be caused by a sore winch is still running An Tuahi’s apcle. / The Scene of the Murder. - - ' - The spot is about a hundred yards from ■an uriihhabited pah'at To-/'lgamu,' on a road-leading to a.bay of the same name, into which a stream called the Otohi runs. Te Ngamu is about forty-seven miles from New Plymouth,: and about a- milepfrom; Opunake,’ the Government township. It is the place where the Opunake Flax Company had their works,, , The land -towards -the s6a is/ much bpoken,. and thickly, "covered with flax, small .wood and- under-/ growth, which reaches to the edge of the' • stream/ ‘The spot fs : a 1 very' lonely one, and where such an atrocious crime could be committed with impunity. We hear thdt .-AYiiemu Kipgi, of Tenipa, was taken to see tlib body of‘the unfortunate young lady, , and; .was .asked his opinion as to whotlief it- was the act of a native. The ; old chief,shook his head, and-replied; in the negative, saying, i.hat Maoris did not kill in tha-t Wi Taranaki Herald.

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Ashburton Trotting Club. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 203, 29 November 1880

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