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AUCKLAND,, March "2. A thousand-dollar operation was held '. by a prisonei at the Supreme Court this pfioriioon to be a harrier between - himself and' the pure, honest life he led ii] i till seven years ago. The prisoner was a-young man l-i-tned Evelyn Vino Kitso:i, who ple.'idi'd guilty to having obtained money j»y false pretences at Hamilton, and to attmpted suicide afc Wellington. When asked if he had anything to 'say he made a rambling statement about being sorry for hiscareer of crime. a:id explained how hard iL was (o reform. Ffis first lapse was due to a tjnixrjti" action, and he had become harde<ed as a result of his incarceration. Gaol crushed all re- . finement and lino . feeling in a man.: and tltcye was absolutely nothing for the intellect to ,I'eed on.' He had tried to live a goiifV r\ if..'> in Tahiti, but tho French had reduced persecution- to a line art. AYhoji lie jirrivcd in Wellington hl.' licmi-i! ".h* police were after him^frd nuhr:;..than. sta"d in the felon's dock again, a Worn for all men, ■ he detemjj"<»d to-end his life, and took , cprholi", which i>e.-,rly but not quite killed him. Kit son said the orvjse of his trouble could be removed by m oneratioii. which he could notafjfovd. , lie; li:ul, ;i bone pressing on his I'lVMn, ri-Ml \i'~]t were removed he woi;kl be all right ngnin. His earlier life had not i}c>a clouded ' with sin. . iV Prinoner handed ui> letter to th« # P-^iifh. In aiihwer to the Judge, ho' admiti.ed having hoc;' • convicted in iW Scith Wales. Queensland and other places oi false nretences, theft, forrrry n"d .-i i'.cmpt^d'suicide.

His Honour s;W<| \ho sentence of thoCourt would Ik> that nrisoner would bt* sentenced tr> 12 mo»thV imprisonment, and declared an habitual criminal. Thelettor the prisoner Jiad* handed up would bo placed before tho gaol surgeon, who was an able man. and the prisoner would be examined to see. if"' his story about the bono pressing on his brain was con pot. If such an operation as was alleged was necessary, it might have considerable influence on his future.

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A PRISONER'S PLEA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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A PRISONER'S PLEA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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