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THE KAIWARRA TRAGEDY.

WELLINGTON, June 14. After the adjournment the witness George Bowles, a laborer, was cross-examined by Mr Bunny, counsel for accused.

Witness said that Hawkins's house was nearer to the scene of the murder than the Khandalla railway station. Witness was milking at Hawkins's at 5.30 p.m. on the night of the murder. Mr Henry Norman was with witness. He heard no shots that night, nor did anyone in the house tell him they had. Witness did not believe that if shots were fired he was sure to hear them. Certainly he was no more likely to hear the shots than anyone at Khandalla railway station. Ho did not think tho wind was likely to send the sound In the direction of Hawkins's house. The spot where the body was found was half a mile from the house. No surprise was expressed at the absence of deoeased until about 7.45 p.m., when witness said he would go to look for him. When witness found the body he did not think Mr Hawkins had been murdered. He merely turned the body over, and then went for assistance. He saw blood on Hawkins's neck, but did not form any opinion as to death. Deceased's clothes were saturated with blood, but witness did not get stained on tho hands or clothes. Re-examined : Witness was not sure whether the direction from Hawkins's bouse to the scene of the murder was S.E. or vS.W. The wind was S.E. on the night of the murder.

Mary Hawkins, widow of Thomas Hawkins, said she had been married eighteen years. When deceased left home on the day of the murder he had L 7 15s on him with several papers. These were in a large pocket book. She identified the damaged knife produced as that of deceased, and said he had it in his possession on the day of the murder. When Bowles brought back the horse and trap, she went out to see what had become of her husband. She heard of the murder later in the evening. Dr Cahill was next examined. He described the position of the body and the wounds found on it, also the result of the post mortem examination which he made. All these facts were adduced at the inquest, and wired at the time. He concluded that the weapon with which the wounds were made must have been a very strong instrument, and from the nature of the wounds was double edged. All the wounds which were incised might have been done by the weapon produced (a Btiletto). He had applied this weapon to some of the wounds, and came to the conclusion they must be done by that or a similar weapon. In the shot wound he found a number of pieces of paper, which he extracted and took away with him. The paper, shot, flesh, and blood were mixed together. These he toazed out with water. Some of the shot he handed to the police. He removed the blood from the paper as best he uould by soaking it in successive dishes of tepid water. When the paper was sufficiently clean he removed it from the water to clean white blotting paper. He pressed the fragments and then dried them in an oven. He took the paper to Inspector Thompson, who asked him to go to the Government Buildings in order to hand the parcel to a gentleman who was making some investigations for them in connection with this case. The name of the gentleman was, he believed, Tasker. The paper, which was in a small box, was handed to Mr Tasker.

Cross-examined by Mr Bunny : It would require an extremely strong knife to have done the wounds, and a weapon similar to the one produced would do it. The weapon must have been double-edged, tapering, and very Btrong. Immediately he inspected the wounds his suspicions of foul play were aroused. He first communicated to the police hiß suspicions about eleven o'clock on the night of the murder. Re-examined by Mr Bell: Drs Robertson and Hassell called at the morgue while he was making a post mortem examination. The latter saw the wounds after the body was opened. The former only saw them externally. By the Magistrate: He concluded that whoever fired the shot must have been very close to Hawkins, otherwise the paper wad would not have been forced into the wound. By Mr Bunny: He was first shown the Btiletto by Inspector Thompson on Saturday evening;, Since he saw the weapon the verdigris round the hilt had been removed. The blade was marked with rust. When the stiletto waa first shown to him there were no blood stains on it.

The case was adjeurned until 10 am. on Tuesday.

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THE KAIWARRA TRAGEDY., Evening Star, Issue 7934, 15 June 1889

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THE KAIWARRA TRAGEDY. Evening Star, Issue 7934, 15 June 1889

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