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The police have been most active in following up the movements of the deceased, but, having got to a certain point, they have become somewhat perplexed. The isolated character of the party’s claim and Bradford’s regular and unobtrusive habits have possibly prevented the forthcoming of the usual clue. Meant me, Waideil is as silent as the grave; lie has made uo admissions, and is not likely to do so. At any time ho is not a man of a very communicative turn, and Ids present position a not likely to improve his disposition in that respect. At the same time, he dots not appear to be very deeply impressed. T sere is another very strange circumstance in connection with Bradford’s disappearance, even more pregnant with meaning than the stealthy visit to the constable’s gate with the pencilled note that led to the finding of the body. Miners who live a “hatter’s” life are accustomed to leave a box outside their hut into which the butcher and the baker when on their r unds deposit the usual supply of “tucker.” It is now well known that during tire early period of Bradford’s disappearance the usual supplies were twice placed in his 11 tucker box” at his hat, and on each occasion a portion of the supplies became minus. Our Waitahuna corre-pondent writes:— I am led to believe that evidence will bo forthcoming at the inquest to the effect that Waddell admitted that be was at the dam (owned by himself and Bradford) on the morning of tho 20th ult., when Bradford was last seen alive ; and that evidence will also be tendered that a coat was seen lying near the dam about ten o’clock on the morning that Bradford is supposed to have lost his li*e, and that tho roan now accused of the crime admitted that it was bis coat, thus confirming that he (Waddell) was at the dam on the morning in question. I am inclined to think that Bradford was struck a severe blow on the face, rendering him unconscious, and causing him to fall into die dam, which ot-n*aius some Bft or 9ft of water ; and that after death the body was removed to the spot where it was sub-equently found by Constable West.” The inquest will be resumed on Monday morning, Inspector Weldon conducting it.— ‘ Tuapeka Times.

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THE WAITAHUNA MURDER., Evening Star, Issue 7928, 8 June 1889

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THE WAITAHUNA MURDER. Evening Star, Issue 7928, 8 June 1889