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THE KAIWARRA MURDER.

Further correspondence between Mr Jellicoe and the Minister of Justice re, Louis Chemis has taken place. In one of the letters Mr Jellicoe states:—" You say that ever proper facility will be afforded the prisoner to place before the Government any statement or facts that he may consider material to the due consideration of this case. For nearly a week you have successfully prevented him from doing this. Every moment's delay is prejudicing his interests, and you, as Minister of Justice, are re* sponsible for it. I am therefore compelled to say that I will not allow these interviews to be trifled with further, and unless I receive on Monday an absolute authority to interview the prisoner, I shall deem it my duty to report all the circumstances to His Excellency the Governor, in order that the aid of the Imperial Government may be obtained by cable." Referring to the petition in favor of the prisoner, the • Evening Press' states:— "The signatures reoeived represent members of both Houses of Parliament, medical men, justices of the peace, merchants, etc., while among them, also, Mr Fernandos states, are those of most of the grand jury and one of the common jury which sat on the trial H B further informs us that be

knows of two other members of the convicting party having signed the petition, and has reason to believe that still more will add their names before the lists are called in. In connection with it it is rumored that one of the common jurymen signing the petition is in a well-known shop in town. The owner of the shop, after the signature was attached, asked the owner of the name how he could sign the petition in the face of the verdict he had returned, whereupon the juryman replied ' that had the jury had any idea that public feeling was running so strong in favor of the prisoner they would never have returned such a verdict; in other words, would have reversed it.'"

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Issue 7966, 23 July 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER. Issue 7966, 23 July 1889

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