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THE CHEMIS CASE.

("Post") Tho death of Mr 0. UJ, Bunny is one of the saddest Inoldents ojnnect-d with the Kaiworra tradgedy. Struggling for the life of his olient, he sacrificed hiß own, for undoubtedly tho mcntul und bodily BUaiu of conducting the defence preoipitated, if it did not actuilly oause, hia death. He was indefatigable m hiß attention to tho oa^e and his exertionß on behalf of Ohemls, and his defence was an exeat dingly able one. He certainly did not indulge m any theatrical display, bully tht witnesses, or make any scene with tha Oourt, but he did his duty faithfully to his olient, without forgetting his own position as a gentleman. His oross examiuation w»b olevtr and Incisive, and not a point m the prisoner's favor but what was made the most of, not on^y as the oase proceeded, but alsj m hia final address to the jury. It is right aluo to say that tho prosecution wub conducted by Mr 801 l with great moderation nnd oonsplcuoua fairness. It is greatly to be regretted that any attempt k hould have bean made to discredit Mr Bunny's conduct of th 3 case for the delenoe, or to offer, however vaguely, any suggestion that bad other counsel been employed tho result would have been different. It would have been cruelly unjust to do this had Mr Bunny been alive and woll. It is Inexpressibly painful that it should have been done vrhlle he lay on hie deoth bed, and be apparently continued now that he Is lv hh coffin. Ohemls aud hia friends are ex- ' trembly HI advised to make any such Imputation, or to ralso the question lv *'>y way. His position oartalniy cannot bo improved now by making nuoh statements as thut which we publish elsowhere, bat It may bo vory injuriously affeoted by aotiou oalsu.Htcd .0 alienate at least a part of the sympathy which is now so wld&ly felt for him. Tho trial waa a petf^otly fair ono, and, oxoopt In the verdict of the jury, ovary jnatioo wai doup, and imputations to tho contrary can now do nothing but harm the accused. It there ia auy fresh evidence procurable tending to establish Ohomle' Innocence, no time should bo lost In bringing it under the notloo of His Excellency the Governor and the Executive, who will no doubt wllllugly hear and oonslder everything submitted to iheni. Those most anxlouß to secure a commutation of the death sentenoo, however, mu*t deplore what ha* taken place since It was pronounced, and lt Is to be boped that the true friends ot tho unfortunate mun will use their m flaetioa to prevent ar.y fuvtbor Imptudeuoj on his part. Such action Is only tighten Ing the toils by whioh hs is etioompaßßed,

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THE CHEMIS CASE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2179, 22 July 1889

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THE CHEMIS CASE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2179, 22 July 1889

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