THE KAIWARRA MURDER
(PBB PRESS ASSOOIATION, Wellington, Jay 16. All the papers express the uimo t BUTprise at thti verdict m (he Kaiwaua murder case. The "New Z mland Tim jb" thinks the evidence strong, but the evening papers oonsider it weak, and the .atter express a doubt about the evidence of the fragments of paper. All the papers agree that the general impresßioD was that Ohemiß was the murderer, bat thut the jury would not venture to convict on the evidence, and all three papers are unauimouß m coudemuiug the snpineaess of the police, on the ground that it ought to have been known the Bame nig&t that a*, murder had been committed, and that steps should have baen taken linmtjaialely 10 proaecute enquiries. The papers pom ■>Qt that the criminal was given neatly 16 hours m which to conceal or muke nway witti damnatory evidence* A petition ban bean drawn up praying for the oommuiaiton of the aentenoe. The " Evening Post " caya :— -It Is the work of some gentlemen who feel that the priaouer ie not the re»l murderer, A number of oltiz »na waited upon Mr Fisher, the Italian Oonsol, to rtqaest that ne Wtuld take stdps m Ohemis' qabb with a view to obt»ln a oommatntion of the aentenoe. Mr Fiaher ondortcok to do all m hla power to oirry out the wishes of the deput»tiou, expressing at the same time his oonoatrenoe In the belief of forty oat of every fif.y people that the evidence was not Buffijiently strong to justify » conviction.
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