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. r , The; j‘ . notorious, Dunedin; . orinuqsL ' Biftlor, who sometime transferees! to gaol for safer custody, "has been ] olice more displaying his bloodthirsty propensities. This time his design Svas tb take the life of a fellow prisoner .with Tftirig,' whose'; cell 1 Min, the ‘close vicinity of'thaf'df ahd 'for some' ' time previpug te , .waa ' unfriendly feeling existing between’them. .'lt is .‘stated that,. rpplyingj to- so|nethjng ,that Sutler had’said to Irving, the' latter .retorted, “ ; Alt,.<you would like; te| temp-; . hawkl me, I suppose,” a remark which Butler doubtless fplt, keenly in connection* > with his trial for the murder of the Dewar 1 family in Dunedin. He is said to have ] .answered Irving savagely, *J Yes, I 1 would.” Butler was >■. in the ' printing department of the gaol at Lyttel- 1 ton, ijnd after these words had occurred 1 between hintaelf and Irving, '-beds said to * harjfe endeavored ito mbtain the use of a kiiire.from one of the other prisoners or workmen iu itlie " printing (Office,; making* •* the excuse that h® i wanted; h sharp‘dhe* With which to pare his corne.. So' did 1 not succeed in this, however, and after 1 jbeing; locked iupin his cell on Wednesday he . must have set to work very determinedly to arm himself with as 1 deadly a weapon as the scanty furniture c I of* Ids prison apartment contained. He s succeeded during the. night in wrenching i the leg off the little‘table in' fho ceil, and j on Thursday morning he got an oppor- t tonity A hatred a heavy 1 blew, on the back of his s 'head,! whilst. I at'tljiujde. He was, of course, at once seized t by tli£ warders, and put out-of power of c .doing farther harm. The gaol surgeon, t Dr Rouse, aU^nded. .the, ii prisoner, and, thV.iisningr justices! have. h been i consulted with reference to the a propel restriction of his liberty as a felon. His h (fay: Why of prison punishment fourteen n villainous act has brought upon him. o days’! solitary add •. thide -h months in irons. — Press. n

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THE CONVICT BUTLER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 356, 28 May 1881

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THE CONVICT BUTLER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 356, 28 May 1881