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AUCKLAND, September 30. During the voyage of the Rotorua from Wellington to Manukau Major Jackson, M.H.R. for Waipa, disappeared in a most mysterious manner, and there seems to be little doubt that the unfortunate gentleman fell overboard between the hours of ten o’clock on Saturday night and yesterday morning. Major Jackson was returning from the Parliamentary session, and was a passenger by the Rotorua. At ten o’clock he was seen by the steward asleep in his cabin, and yesterday morning, when that officer went to arouse him for breakfast, he found the cabin empty. Supposing that Major Jackson had gone on deck, he took no special notice at the time, but subsequently, when he found that that gentleman did not come to breakfast, he went to his cabin again to ascertain whether he wanted any* thing. The cabin was empty, and the steward reported the matter to Captain Neville, who caused a thorough search of the ship to be made, but no trace of the missing man could be found. It appears to be certain that he got up during the night, put on his clothing and boots (as they are missing), and went on deck, and that by some accident he fell overboard. His watch, purse, and pocket-book were found in his cabin. Nothing unusual was observed in his manner during the voyage, and he appeared to be in good health and spirits. It is needless to say that the sad event cast a gloom over the whole ship. When the steamer arrived in Onehnnga the news was at once conveyed to Major Jackson’s brother, Mr S. Jackson (of Jackson and Russell), and his other relations,

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A MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE., Issue 8025, 30 September 1889

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A MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE. Issue 8025, 30 September 1889

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