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SOLDIER MISSING

I N.QU IR V C 0 NTIN UE D.

; WELLINGTON. May 13. The inquiry into the,:;. disappearance of. Rifleman! .Russell- was> jesumed today. ■ ;.'. . ...... „-'" .■•.■■■•.. .-.;.■ .-. ■

The examination of Sergt. Stephens, who had charge of Russell, on the journey from Wellington,; was continued. He , stated that it was-about daybreak when Russell disappeaj'ed' from the ship. There were few people aboiit and. a man could have gone over the side.; unobserved. : He did; not see Russell, until just before the ship sailed.. His im.preiMiqn had beea:.that lie hat] charge of a sick cast*. Russell appeared normal, and it was notruntil. later that witness understood the^man was men-'' tally .unbalanced. Witness- teft Russellalone'on deck for a few minutes dur-. ing the afternoon. , ■, . . ■

William J. Hocking . .<ss.id he was butcher on the Mararpa a.t the time of the disappearance. He. : $aw Stephens aboard the steamer during the evening. Stephe-ns was looking for Ins patient and said, he was. flot. going to worry him^eH 1 very much; about the , ul&n. 'ahd was not going over the side after him if the man went. over. Up to 10.30 p.m. witness had seen ' Russell tvrp or 'three.;times walking the length of ih.& bottom deck alone.* Between 2 and. 3 a.ill* HuSfpii Epsed witness's room caltins .'o\lt, "Wlifj'e is that, woman?" Witness had k'riown Russell weft. Deceased appeared nuite unstrung. Witness saw Stephens on one occasion diirinix the trip in the \steerage bar. Ho clid not see Stephens with Russell 1 during the voyage.' y 3/ 1 • Ser'gt. . Stephens,: reca;l!led, "s&id tfhati'the .military police fi'b'm whom: he received Russell did not "tell him'that the mans was mentally' -**> upset or r: give him any ihs'tructibns; Witness did not think it nef.'e«So4'y to appjy "to have Russell locked tip. as the jnan's abnormal condxict conHisted'. simply in trying to get down below to an imaginary woman. Witness misiht have said he would not go over the side after Rtis«el.T, but hf had not .said"he would not worry . much about the ni.an.

The inquiry will be continued tomorrow.

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SOLDIER MISSING, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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SOLDIER MISSING Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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