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SOLDIER'S FATE

ASSISTANT PURSER'S EVIDENCE.

(Per Press Association.)

DUNEDIN, April 4. The Court of Inquiry into the disappearance of Private Mould'from the Maori on February 3, was resumed today, for the purpose of taking the evidence of Leslie James List, assistantpurser on the Maori at the time. This .witness said that he could not tell the Court anything whatever about the alleged disappearance of Mould. He made a statement on February 21 to an officer and a non-commissioned officer, while crossing the Strait, to the effect that on January 27, a returned man named Mason reported to the purser, witness being present, that about 11.30 at night he saw a man coming out of the steerage doorway, wearing an overcoat. He was a thickset man and was smoking a cigarette. This man took a handkerchief and put it over his eyes, walked out and stood on the rail, and took a neat header over the side. That was Mason's statement. He (List) did not say he saw the man go overboard. If an officer and noncom, had said a statement to that effect, he would contradict it. He did not see the man go overboard. Mr Neill, appearing for Mrs Mould, asked Lieut. McCarthy whether he was prepared to stand by his evidence that List did say he saw the man go overboard. McCarthy: Yes, I can vouch for it. List repeated that there must have been some misundertanding. He totally denied that he at any time said he saw the man go overboard. Mr Neill asked whether there was any record of another man, named Burns, going overboard. _ List replied that there was an official record of the ship being stopped and turned round on January 2nd. M Rudd, assistant-secretary to the US S Co., said that there was no record in the office as to Mould's disappearance, but there was a record or Burns's disappearance. The Companys impression was that it was Burns and not Mould that Mason was referring The Court adjourned ftll next Wednesday.

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SOLDIER'S FATE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9578, 4 April 1919

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SOLDIER'S FATE Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9578, 4 April 1919

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