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Wellington, Jo ie 2*

A post mortem on the body of Hawkins J who jgaa found dead on a road near his farm, waa conducted all yesterday, and Is ■till going on, but tbe authorities are very reticent as to what hai been discovered. To all appearances, however, a most determined and at the same time, a moet cowardly murder has been committed. From enquiries made en the spot and the aature of the wounds so far ascertained It ii evident that the poor fellow waa fired at twice/and his life finally oxtingnUhed by the blow! >f a knife. Portions of his yes 1 and ooat which were blown away as by the dlaobarge of a gun, were found on the road come dlslßDoß from the body, and stones marked with blood are lying abont In various places along with the fragments of oloth, and the remains of Hawkins' pooket knife, broken up and twisted as though considerable foroa had been used. There was a great deal of blood Where the body l»y,but little anywhere die. In • golly 25 yards from the soene was found a stone weighing parbapi IJlbr, jagged aud partly covered with blood. There were no signs of tbe body having been dragged from wbere the pa'ohei of oloth and knife lay, t o tbe spot w here It was found. These dtaooverlea dispose of the possibility ol Hawkins having been killed by a simple fall from a traps and besides it Is known that he always used to walk up this part of the road, whioh is very steep and aitrrow, and dominated by banks on either >ide. When It was fonnd tha', besides the wounds In the throng there was a oharge of shot In the shoulder, the police at once regarded it as a oase of murder, and began to look for further dues. Tbe theory whioh an Inspeollon of the locality seems to favor. Is that the aiiaisin watted for his vlotim on the bank, In a position wher« he wonld be very close to anyone toiling up the stoep hill. As toon as Hawkins earns neat he fired om barrel of a shot*guD, but did little mor« than out aw»7~thc portion of clothing found on the road, Hawkins Instinctively auftpeotlng. perhaps, with whom he bad to deal turned and ran down the road for his life, but a oeoond shot bettor aimed struok him m the shoulder and bronght him down before be had gone many yards This wound was not necessarily faul, bnt the murderer, determined to leave nothing to chance, must then have gone up to the prostrate man and finished hit work with a knife or other sharp weapon. Hawkins was lyings on his faoe, and from the posl. tlon of the bands, wonld seem to have put op hla •rmo to w: rd off tbe blow of the knife. This is tbe opinion tho polioe have formed of the clroamstanoea of the tragedy and on It they are working. Dr Oahlll has given It as his opinion tbat no blood would spurt op from the wounds lO.jnade by direct downward foroe, and consequently the murderer may have gone away without a spot on him, Having come to the conclusion that It was a oaie of deliberate murder, the polioe turned their attention to the assassin. From the facts that the dead man's watoh waa not taken, and that If he had any money on him It was not a large sum, the cause of tbe crime Is at present believed to be vengeaDOd rather than robbery. Amongst Hawkins' neighbors Is an Italian, who has been heard, so It Is alleged, to utter threats against hin In consequence of tome litigation In whioh they were engaged. His hiuse was searohed and a bone-handled dagger. with a doubled-edged blade abont Six Inches m length was fonnd, A shot flask was also obtained. The dagge^ however, bore no signs of blood and the shot m the fltek were not of the same blbo as those m the body. No olothes were discovered at all blood stained and none bad been recently washed. The demeanor both of the man and ha wife was oa.'m and not that of guilty people. Inspeotor Thompson said the detectives were busy i all yesterday and to day prosecuciog their i eoarcb, but up to the present it m not kuown whether they have found anything more conclusive. It may be mentioned that this is tha ficot murder whioh has ' oooucred m Wellington since a bauk manager named Miller killed his mother and "father on Wellington Terrace and then committed luloide, some nine years ago. Dr Ofthlll finished his post morttm late la the afternoon, but h»n declined to give any Information till after the Inquest nhlohifl fixed for 9 to-morrow morning. In the search at the Italian's house a double barrelled shot-gun was found and a double set of traoks leading from his bouse to the road where the crime was oommltted were discovered,

"Wewjngtqn, Jane 3,

At tbe inquest on ih>o body of Hawkinß his wife gave evidence that about two months ago deceased coma home much put out beoause Loqlb Chemls, a man who worked on the road, had sworn at him and said he would have him yet. There was a lawsuit pending m respeot of a 60 acre section rented from her husband by Ohomis.

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A BRUTAL MURDER AT WELLINGTON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2141, 3 June 1889

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A BRUTAL MURDER AT WELLINGTON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2141, 3 June 1889