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[Fbom Orjß Own CoKREBrONBENT.] WELLINGTON, Jplt 16. The Italian residents are promoting a monster petition in regard to Cherais, concerning the trial and its result. The ' New Zealand Times' says:—" Viewed impartially, it must be admitted that the evidence formed a chain of considerable strength. At the same time, it is not tbe fault of the police that it was evidenoe at all. They allowed the accused ample opportunity to escape. Dr Cahill swearß positively that he informed Sergeant-major Morice on Friday night that a murder had been committed. An instant investigation on the spot ought to have taken place, and this would, or should, have led to Chemis's arrest on suspicion within an hour. Instead of that, nothing at all seems to have been done till about the middle of the next day, and the gun was not secured until the second day after the murder. Surely this was trifling in a most scandalous way with a frightful crime. We can imagine no possible defence of the extraordinary dilatoriness exhibited by Sergeant - major Morice. It would scarcely have been possible to bungle a case more: grossly than this one was bungled at tts outset, when ipeoial promptness and intelligence were all lm» portant in the initial stage of the affair."

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CHEMIS'S CASE., Issue 7960, 16 July 1889

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CHEMIS'S CASE. Issue 7960, 16 July 1889

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