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Dtooedik, Jane 8.

Very few particulars are yet to hand as fo the supposed murder at Waltahuoa of Jaß. Bradford by his mate Bobt. Waddell. It appear! that the deceased and tbe aeensed worked together m s olalm a mlla from anyone else, and it is known that tbey did not agree. Bradford baa been mixed i!no» tbe 301 b ult. A search party wai out yesterday looking for him, and bis body was found after dark last night fn • gully about a ohatn from where he was last working. There are marks of a violent blow on the aide of the head. Tbe body was partly concealed with fern. Waddell has been working at the claim sihoe bis mate has been missing, but took bo active steps to search for him. Mr fiterell opened the etqulry this afternoon, but after identification of the body an adjournment was made. Dr Withers is oondcotlng the post morttm examination.

Tbe '.* Dally Tlmei" special reporter Who vlalled Waltahuna sends the following particulars :— On arriving at Waltahuna 1 found • great deal of excitement prevailing regarding the auspeoted murder. Inspector Weldon and Chief Detective Henderson were paeaengera by the same train, and talked over the Investigation of the matter. At present but little can be learnt, Tbe polloe are unusually retioent, and nothing but the barest outline of the fheta can be obtained from them Intpootor Weldon wai very oour:ecus and oautloue, and was kind enough to be nteient during my Interview with tbe local pollee for the purpose of preventing tde learning too muoh from tbe polloe. Little more information oould be gained than wa§ conveyed m tbe telegram yon received early this morning. The man who ia supposed to have been murdered is a miner named James Bradford, a widower, who has been residing In tbe dlitrtet for tbe past fifteen years, but he does not appear to have been Intimately known by many people. Bradford has been missing siooe the 20 :h of laat month. . On the 17th and l£th be' was working at him olatm with, hla partner, Robert Waddell, who was this morning arrested upon a charge of wilful murder. B.tb Bradford and Waddell lived In hnta m Waltahuna Flat olose to tb^e Railway Station, Bradford lived by himself, and Waddell, who wai married, lived near Bradford. Topy were partners to telelm atOogghlll's Hill. When last geen alive Bradford wai going out of "ho township towards their olalm on the morning of tbe 20th May. On belag mltsed search wai made bat without revolt until yesterday, when the body of Bradford was found shcriy before eleven o'oloek Uat evening: m a narrow gully •boat a ebaln aoove the dam at he data. The body was not muoh decomposed, and It bad on It two brolies, one on the face and one ou the tblgh. Tbe Metsed, Waddell, was srreited at tbe olaim, which he had continued to work, this morning, and after belpg taken to tbe look-up at Waltabnna, was brought on to tbe Lawrence gaol this evening. Tfcfa afternoon, Mr Coroner Retell ao •embled a'jory of six, of whom MrW. Atrid waa ebosen foreman, and tbe body of the deceased which had been removed to Laffey'i Hotel having been viewed, formal evidence of Identification was given by James Toner, and the ir quest was then adjourned for a week. T>uhbdjh, June 4.

A " Times" apeolal i»y« that en quirks en the spot ellolted that Bradford and Wsddell had not been on good terms for ■en* time. Waddell resided lv the dlstrtet for twelve month*, having come from Balclutha. Six months ago Bradford jcmed Waddell In working a plaint at Uogbill Hill. The claim was cot of much •Mount apparently, and they' were anything bat contented partners* They had do water rights, and Bradford came to the Warden at Lawrence, and made application for a dam and water «raoe In ble own name, not mentioning hit mate, and vhrtaally baoomlng proprietor ot the elalfla, Th'a Is what la freely atated. After thil the relationship between the pettier* became leia agreeable, but no threata of violence were made one of. What la regarded as suspicion* Is that Waddell never reported hla uute mlulng, off took any part In the aearoh for 4ilm beyond helping to remove the fall of earth at the claim under which It wai thought pocslble Bradford's body might be found. Another singular cireomstanee Is of a mysterious obaraotes. The body was foood at night by the aearoh party who were directed to the very> spot where the body was fonnd. This apoonnts for its be jog discovered at nearly Midnight,' At » o'clock l t)n Sunday night a dote was fouri^ tied to Constable West's Mm s*ying that Pr»dfor<i'B body wtfntd be fonnf} m. a gully a little above the dajn %\ the olaim. The constable got some men \a tfce district ip go with him and t^e found the body on the spot Indicated, It was bidden by the growth 'pf ferpe, pof" by ariything pjaced py«r it to psocpal Jr, but still ft fcas so situated and shielded from view that a olose secroh was necessary to discover it. Notbiog is known as to the writer of the note, and the most probable conjecture regarding it is that it may have been written by come one who aooidentaily found tip body, and did not w*nt,itobe troJabled about giving evidence. It is said the body bad the>ppearanee of havtag been In *Bter,and there were signs of death having resulted from aspbxia. A bruise on the face and tag-on thtf thigh w«re evidently the resalt Of » considerable degree* of violence, bat wbaM be Ininnloleak to amount for death Whether bruises suoh as these oould h»ve Keen eanaed by a fall, depends largely opdn &d Dfcture of *he looMlUy where the body Was fca'nd. If 'lf "«»ld|f Vf Aose who know to&tillhf>i tbftl thii Is improbable, aod if so, the Inference that Bradford was mopdared is almost Inevitable,

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THE WAITAHUNA MURDER, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2142, 4 June 1889

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THE WAITAHUNA MURDER Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2142, 4 June 1889