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THE KAIWARRA MURDER.

WELLINGTON, August 22. On resuming the case after lunch the ba'.xlls.'X formed the subject of investigation. Mr Jellicoe said it wa3 not in the same state now as when it left his house, and had evidently been tampered with. A piece had b':cu cut off round the rim, and he noticed that yesterday Mr Bell suggested this piece had used to wake wads with since Chemia's conviction. He called one of his clerks, who deposed to au alteration in the (ondition since he had delivered the box at the Premier's room.

At this point the Resident Magistrate suggested an explanation might he offered of how the box came to be mutilated, and save the trouble of calling evidence, but Mr Jellicoe said he preferred to go about the matter in his own way. Other clerks proved the mutilation of the box. \V. H. Warren, shorthand writer, was then called to prove Mr Bell's questions to Mrs Chemis yesterday regarding an alteration in the box and the inferences he sought to draw, Alter a sharp argument, the Magistrate ruled that the question waa inadmbiib'e, and also atimilar one relative to the LI notes which Mrs Chemis stated were in a tin in a drawer. Mrs Chemis (recalled) was re examined by Mr Jellicoe. She said she was responsible lor thi3 prosecution, and wa3 paying for it. She had told Benjamin she would prosecute him if she had to sell the last stitch of her clothes.

Mr Jellicoe a'ked her if she would time the distance from her houss to the road with a watch for the satisfaction of Mr Bell, but the latter paid he did not want it done. His object in pressing for a reply was a very dill'ereiii; one to what Mr Jellicoe thought. A cask was produced and nworn to which her husband had filled with mangolds on the : , evening of the murder. He first washed . and tliv.n cut them up with the chopper product)!. She waa in the cowshed when he c.unc home, but did not notice the time. She asked him shortly afterwards, and he said it wa3 after five. H< r husband never leftthc premises from the time he passed her at the cowshed till they went to t.a, which was near six o'clock—at any rat: nearer six than any other hour. The gnu waa hanging in the bedroom all the time. After tea her husband read the pipere. In answer to further questions witness Bivid she still swore no fragments ot newspaper were brought iu the handkerchief to'inspector Thorns ?n on the day the police first'came to search. She usually kept the right-hand drawer, in which the cap?;icd wads were, locked to prevent the cnildi'tu getting at them. The documents examined by the police were in the left-hand drawer, and the key of the other drawer was there on Tuesday. This week Mrs Richardson, wife of the Minister of Lands, called at htr house with a notebook and pencil. She said that she was Mr 3 Richardson.

Mrs Richardson was next called. Mr Bell stated that this was a breach of faith. Mr Jellicoo had promised that the lady should not be called. Mr Jellicoe said he had consented on condition Mr Bell finished his cross-examination of Mrs Chemis, but he now understood Mr Bell declined to do this at once.

Augusta Richardson said she was the wife of Mr G. F. Richardson, Minister of Land 3. On Sunday afternoon she went to Mrs Chemis's house, accompanied by two of her daughter?. She went of her own accord. No one sent her. She talked with Mrs Chemia about the newspapers found by the police in the housc.and wrote down twodates —June and May 23—nothing more. Witness's object was to inquire into Mrs Ciiemu's condition, aad see if she could help her in any way. It was her usual practice to carry a notebook. She asked Mrs Chemis if she had paid any of her lawyers' bills. The two dates were those of the two newspapers. The conversation with Mrs Chemis was of a general nature. By Mr Bell: Wa3 not requested by any police officer to go out, but Colonel Hume knew she was going out, and asked her to find out anything she could about evidence likely to clear up the murder. Much amusement was caused when, in answer to Mr Bell, witness said she had taken an active part in getting up a petition in favor of Chemis, and was, in fact, a member of what counsel described as the Chemis faction. She was greatly surprised to hear that sho was supposed to be on the side of the police. Witness said sho believed Chemis to be innocent, and it was not likely, therefore, she was going to try and get evidence for the police in this case. What she intended to do was in Chemis's interest and not in that of the police. She was trying to prove his innocence ; she was not thinking of the police or the perjury cases in any way. She did not know till now she had been held up to opprobrium by counsel for the prosecution as one who had tried to get evidence for tho police. i'y Mr Jellicoe : Knew Colonel Hume was making inquiries on behalf of the Government, He remarked that he thought Mrs Cnemis would talk more freely to her, being a woman, than to anyone else. He suggested witness should take particular notice of what Mrs Chemi3 said, and make a note of anything sho thought important. She saw him on her return at her house, and told him what had taken place at Chemis's. By tho Court: Colonel Hume knew witness was a believer in Chemis's innocence.

PMdence was next called as to the money in Hawkins's possession on the day of the murder, the object beiDg understood from the remarks of counsel to show that the money alleged by Mrs Chemis to have been in the tin in the drawer could not have been Haw kinß's.

Mr Bell said on the day the search was made the police had a warrant to look for a pocket book supposed to contain L 6 or L 7 in notes, and could not possibly have known at the time what came out afterwards as to Hawkins's money being banked. John Daly corroborated Dybell's evidence as to the purchase of a wad-cutter for Chemis on April 13. The Court then adjourned till Monday morning. Considerable interest is being taken in the case, and several members of Parliament were present during the day. The Premior has been present from tLe beginning of the proceedings.

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Evening Star, Issue 7993, 23 August 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER. Evening Star, Issue 7993, 23 August 1889

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