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THE KAIWARRA MURDER.

WELLINGTON, July 19. The petition in favor of the reprieve of Louis Chemis is being numerously signed. The prime movers have written to the Minister of Justice asking him to name a date when it can be handed in ; also if he ;\ ill allow a deputation to present it to His Excellency direct. Last evening Mr Jellicoe visited the Terrace Gaol, and had a lengthened conversation with the prisoner, but the utterances of each were taken down in shorthand on behalf of the Government by Mr H. M. Gore, private secretary to the Minister of Lands. The gaoler (Mr Garvey) was present during the interview. A transcription has been forwarded to Mr Jellicoe, who is now engaged in looking up evidence on behalf of the prisoner. The following letter was sent to the Minister of Justice to-day :

Wellington, July 19,1889. Sir,—l acknowledge receipt of your letter of yesterday, and I think if you dispute the oircurn&tanccs as staled tn mine of the 17th inst. you ebould say so plainly, and point out in what particular respect those statements are inaccurate. I certainly agree with you that it will be better that our communications in future should be made in writing. I went to the gaol at a quarter before six last evening to confer with and advise Chemis on tho evidence I have been able to secure towards establishing his inncconce, and I was surprised to flod that the Government had adopted tho unprecedented course of sending an official shorthand writer to take a noto of our private conversation. I venture to assert that such a oourse would not be adopted in any other portion of Her Majesty's dominions, and I am not prepared, seeing that my efforts and tho interest of justice may be thwarted by Buch a pracico, to discuss with him tho details of evidence I am prepared to lay before His Excellency the Governor. The prisoner Chemis urgently desires a private into'view with mo, and that only for the purpose of establishing his innooence. I, as counsel, tell you that a private interview is absolutely essential, and I beg that yeu will not further interfere to prevent it.—lam, etc., E. G. Jbllicob. The Government have not taken Chemis's case into consideration, as they are waiting for the Judge's formal report and the evidence which Mr Jellicoe is said to be preparing.

The following curious passages occur in the evidence of Edward Bradford, Government armorer, who was one of the principal witnesses for the Crown. Witness said he was not able to form any opinion as to how long a time after it had been fired it had taken to assume the condition in which it was when he made the examination. His Honor: How short a time, then ? Witness : J would not like to say. His Honor: It is possible, in your opinion, that though the left barrel was left habitually unused, but used four days before you saw it, that it could assume that appearance? Witness : No. Witness went on to state that when he examined the gun in the lower Court the left nipple was full of a white powder, which was not in it now. At the request of Mr Bell, the gun was handed to the witness, who admitted that the nipple contained a white powder. He asserted, however, with some warmth that the powder was not there when he examined the weapon in the Supreme Court a few days ago.

Mr Bell said there was not the slightest foundation for the statement. The gun had

been in the custody of the Registrar all along, and tho powder must have been there when Mr Bradford was before the Court previously. The insinuation was perfectly monstrous.

Witness (warmly): lam on my oath. I will swear that when I saw the gun in your Honor's Court before the vent was perfectly clear, as if a pin had been put through it. This powder has been thrown up since. His Honor: What do you suggest ? Witness: I don't suggest anything, your Honor.

Mr Bell pointed out that when the witness was examined in the lower Court he stated that on examining the gun the first time he was of opinion that neither had been recently fired. Ho asked the witness whether, on looking, down the breech, he could see any .difference in the barrels. Witness: No.

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Issue 7964, 20 July 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER. Issue 7964, 20 July 1889

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