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A SYDNEY SENSATION.

A LEGISLATOR CHARGED WITH MJRDER. A PECULIAR CASE. [bt hkoibio telegraph— copyright] (mr prbßs association.) (Received Maroh 9, 1. 67 p.m.) Stditbt. Maroh 9. Papers have been laid on the table of the Legislative Assembly m connection with the case of Walker, member for Northumberland, against whom a verdict of murder was recorded 13 years ago by a coroner's jury at Toronto, Canada. In accordance with instructions given by Sir Henry Parkes m 18S7, the police made enquiries, from which it appears that Walker was a spiritualist* It is alleged that he and a friend named Saunders took part m a private seance when some phosphorous ignited, and Saunders sustained such injuries that he died. Walker absconded and the Coronet's jury on Saunders returned a verdict of murder. The Canadian Government have replied to the New South Wales Government that owing to the lapse of time since the occurrence, and the death of witnesses and the Coroner they would not be justified m extraditing Walker. They add, further, tbat it does not appear whether the facts proved at the inquest would be sufficient to establish a' case of murder. Walker states tbat the matter hat been raked up to ruin his political life. He state* that Saunders' death was due to an accident while experimenting with phosphorus. He says that the verdict of the jury was a disgrace to them, and that he never evaded justice, having informed the Canadian police of his whereabouts.

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A SYDNEY SENSATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2083, 9 March 1889

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A SYDNEY SENSATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2083, 9 March 1889

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