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TO-DAY'S PROCEEDINGS.

Edith M'Gowan, a young girl who at the time of the murder resided in Britanniastreet, Petone, deposed that on the 27th August last she left her home at 10 minutes past 7 o'olock to go to her music-lesson. Ou her way she called in at the J oneses' shop for a lead pencil, arriving at the shop one or two minutes after leaving the house. Mr. Jones attended to her, and she immediately went away. After her music-lesson she returned home, passing the Joneses' shop ou the way, but not noticing it particularly. She arrived home about a quarter to 9 o'clock. Frederick Albert Godfrey, an employe" at the Government Railway Workshops, Petone, described how his attention was attracted by Mrs. Atkinson when on his way to work shortly after 7 o'clock on the morning following the murder. He entered the Joneses' house by the scullery door, and found the bodies as has been already described. Before witness went away Bosher came and said in the course of conversation "I go dere last night, and knock, knock, knock, and maku nobody hear; and I go again this morning and knock, knock, knock, and make nobody hear." This was referring to the Joneses' house. Regarding the footprint outside Joneses door Bosher said " You can't go by that footprint I may have made it myself going in this morning." Cross-examined by Mr. Wilf ord — Witness did not lose his senses when he entered Joneses house and saw the bodies. Did not know if anyone had been in and seen the Jones's before he went in. Mrs. Atkinson and Bosher told him separately that they had been into the house before him that morning. There was only one footprint that he noticed in the house — just in the doorway. It was a lump of mud on the floor' with the footprint in it. It looked as if made in entering the house. This mud could not have clung to the boot while walking more than a few steps in the house. Constable Cox did not seem at all stunned or knocked up at what he found in the house. He was quite calm, and seemed to be thinking what he should do. Mrs. Atkinson, when she called in witness, was greatly excited, and hardly seemed to know what she was saying. She had a dazed manner, and kept saying over and over again that Mr. and Mrs. Jones were dead. The mud found inside the Joneses' doorway was more like mud from their back yard thau mud from the roadway. To the Bench— The muddy footprint on the floor would only represent a portion of the sole of the'foot. Frederick Priest, hairdresser at Petone, deposed to going to the scene of the murder with Constable Cox. He was cross-examined' at some length as to the footprint in the doorway, but nothing new was elicited. Frederick Wallace, bricklayer, Petone, also gave evidence as to the footprint, of which he took measurements for Constable Cox. Bosher was at the house when witness was there, and said, speaking in broken accents—"Oh, ze horrible sing; ze old man kill himself !" At 1 o'clock the Court adjourned till 2.30. James William Pettit, an employe of the Government Workshops at Petono, gave evidence as to a conversation he had with Uosher on the morning following the murder. Bosher told him of the murder, and witness told him to tell the police. Mary Ann Recce, who was married to Bosher and living with him as hie wife at the time of the murder, staled that she married accused in 1892. She remembered the night of the murder. Bosher went to Wellington in the morning, came back, and remained at home in -the afternoon until after tea— about half-past 5 or a little later. They had visitors to tea — Mrs. Hawes s.ad her daughter. After tea Bosher said he was going to the Army (Salvation Army) meeting. The out-door meeting of the Army was held before the meeting in the hall, which took place at 8 o'clock. Bosher went out shortly after 7 o'clock that evening, and before he left witness? told him not to forget the butter she had earlier in the evening asked, him to get. Believed he said " All right." Did not s-ee the accused again until he returned from the meeting a little before* 9 o'clock. He brought her the butter, and asked her for the book for Mrs. Hawes— a story-book promised to Mrs. Hawes He took the book, and went out again. When he returned from the meeting witness asked him how it was he had returned so soon, and he replied that tliero were not many there. After taking away the book he returned to tho house soon afterwards and lighted his pipe. (Left sitting.)

The Tree Chopping and Sawing Competition, which was to have come off to-morrow afternoon at tho Exhibition is postponed to next Saturday week. '

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TO-DAY'S PROCEEDINGS., Evening Post, Volume LIII, Issue 12, 15 January 1897

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TO-DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. Evening Post, Volume LIII, Issue 12, 15 January 1897

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