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SOLDIER'S ME.

FERRY STEAMER TRAGEDY.

. DUNEDIN, April 1. The Military Court of Inquiry resumed its inquiry to-day into the disappearance of (Private George -Mould from the steamer Maori on .February 3. Major Fleming gave evidence as to the olEcial steps taken on the disap-' pearance being reported. Sergt.-Major Wheeler, who was on the Maori when she brought the Matatua's draft, corroborated Lieut. McCarthy's testimony at the previous sitting, as to the assistant-purser of the Maori telling them that on the night. of Mould's disappearance, he saw what he took .to be a boy, blindfolded with a handkerchief, go over the side. It was possible that the assistant-purser said "soldier," but witness thought he said "boy."

.Frederick Percy Ussher, soldier per the Oxfordshire, said that he saw Mould was intoxicated and brought to bed by a civilian. In the morning ■ there was no appeax%ance of Mould. A man named John Campbell 'McGill was Mould's "cobber," but witness knew him as they were in camp together, and would describe Mould as of a very quiet disposition and in every way sound and reasonable. There was nothing whatever aboux him to suggest he was likeJy to disappear ja. this manner. Colonel Colquhoun, president, said. that McGill was now in Gisborne. His evidence would be taken here. The evidence of Leslie James List, purser of the Maori, now on the Moeraki, and also the evidence of Captain Cameron and purser Munn of the Maori would be taken at Wellington, .to-morrow. The Union Co. had handed him the following telegram from -Wellington: "Press telegrams regarding the soldier lost overboard from the Maori entirely misleading regarding the assistant-purser. The latter was working in the office with the purser when the matter was reported by another soldier. 1 The .captain immediately was advised by the purser, but a considerable time had elapsed before any mention was^made of the man going over- ( board."

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SOLDIER'S ME., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9574, 1 April 1919

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SOLDIER'S ME. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9574, 1 April 1919

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