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DETAILS OF THE CAPTURE

Murray is at last In the hands of the polloe. He vrta captured at half past two this morntag m the Lyttelton tunnel. When leave w»b gWen t> employ the permanent Artillerymen In chase, Sergeant O'taallep, ths officer m charge of the Lyttelton polioe, divided bis force into patrole of two men each, stationing them m varioai oommandlog parta of the town and violnlty. Two artillery men named Stanley, aod Constable MoOormaok, who captured Murray after bis first eioape, m Salt's gully, were ambushed not far above the month of tbe tunnel. At a few Ententes after two o'clock they saw Murray carrying three small Backs and creeping along opposite them. They made a dash it him, the Maori dropped the bags and made off, the officers m hot pnrsult. The polioe encombered with revolvers and great coats were rather at » disadvantage. An exciting obase through the streets ensued McOormaek leading the pursuit, and now and then firing Ineffectually at the Maori. A few blasts of a whistle brought the other patrols up In hot haste and enabled them to head off the fugitive wbo had rnndown tbe hill on to tbe breastwork and wharves, and turn him m among the railway trucks. For a few momenta he was lost to view, then Hatherly, a oivillan, suggested that he had entered the tunnel. A lantern was procured, and May no, Oonstab'e sO'OoDnor and several others, dashed m *fter Murray. About half way through j they found the* Maori oronohed m the gutter between the water pipe and the wall. The two above Darned pounced on him, and seeing the odds overwhelmingly against him the Maori this time made no reslstenoe. He treated theanSlr phlloav ph'oally, explaining tbat ho had Intended running right through tho tunnel, but stopped on feeing lights at tho oth«r end. He took these to be the lights of policemen watching tbe tunnel. Ar a mattet of faot they were platelayers. The bigs be dropped were found to conUln provisions. Murray was taken to Lyttolton look-up {n a cheerful mood whloh sustained him h rough an early breakfast and until 1m waa brought to Ohrlstchurob where he was brought up at the -R M. Oourt and remanded till Friday. In tbe bags were found provisions and a butcher's knife with the point bent aa if by prizing opea windowr: Murray admitted having been at Rice »r ton las* Saturday, bub did not ray anything ♦boat the Lyttelton burglaries. Ho sayi lie will escape again soon. After hit arrest a resident of Lyttelton, oamed Bacon, reported that his bouse bad been broken into about 1 a.m. and a quantity of food stolen. Tbla was found among the provisions In Mnrray's bags. £Le waa n eating a oap Ukeu from the Rev J. Bill' a home and tr oncers stolen from Hani at Rleoarton. He says tbat when caught be was on hii way to Banks' Peninsula and stated that Sergoant O'Malley and Constable Bleasel, twice ptistd olose to him on the hills. His capture oaused Interne exoltement m Lyttelton where a number of civilians •Milted the police m tbe ohaae.

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DETAILS OF THE CAPTURE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1999, 17 November 1888

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DETAILS OF THE CAPTURE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1999, 17 November 1888

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