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The * Post ’ says that the petition for the commutation of the death sentence is the work of some gentlemen who feel the prisoner is not really the murderer. A number of citizens waited upon Mr Fisher (Italian Consul) and requested that he would take steps with a view to obtain a commutation of the sentence. Mr Fisher undertook to do everything in his power to carry out tho withea of the deputation, expressing at the same time his concurrence in tho belief of forty out of every fifty people '.hat the evidence was not sufficiently strong to justify the conviction.

The following is the text of the petition Tlu condemned man, up to tho time of the present unfortunate occurrence, had lived in (ho immediate neighbothoed of Wellington for a | oriod of upwards of fifteen years. During that period he had canducted himself as a true and loving subject <f Her Mi jeaty. He had earned the respect and confidence of his fellow-men ; ho had earned promotion in his employment by bis steadiness of habi's, moral character, and iudus’iy. He bore the reputation of a true and loving husband and father, and for his snehl qualities was generally held in high esteem by ail his neighbors Thisman is now condemned todicthedcath of a felon by the hand of the common hangman. Your Excellency, wc humbly prey you to review the case. Wo know that the man has been condemned according to British law. We know that this law i> just; wo know that this law is firm, and that in convicting tho accused those concerned have only done what they considered their duty. But, your Excellency, whiirt the British law is just, whilst the British law is firm, we know also that the British law is merciful. Tho law s. ys this man is to die, hut the same law which says this says also that the Crown may extend tho Merging of mercy at discretion. Tho evidence upon which the condemned man was convicted was wholly circumstantial, and wo venture to suggest to your Excellency that it was circumstantial evidence of the moat narrow class. The whole of the surroundings aro so enveloped in doubt, the doubt is apparently so strong, that we feel that if tho sentence of the Court be carried into effect, this man’s iifo may possibly bo sacrificed. H»d the man Chemla arrived in bis present position step by step in crime, wc, Her Majesty’s law-abiding gu jects, would have paused before preparing cur petition in his behalf; but it is not so, and as the law says that whilst meting out justice the Crown may exercise the prerogative of mercy at discretion, wo humbly petition your Excellency to take his oaao into your metollul consideration and extend tho clemency of tho Crown to this unfortunate man, L uUChcmi’g. Ve he' sure that time will unfold the mystery, will remove the doubt surrounding tho case, and reveal the true murderer, whomsover he may be.

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Issue 7961, 17 July 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER. Issue 7961, 17 July 1889

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