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INVERCARGILL, September 21. The evidence in chief taken up to the adjournment did not vary from that taken in the Police Court. Dr Torrance, in crossexamination by Mr Solomon, said he attended Mrs Matthews in October, 1895. Ee went to England in April, 1898, and never heard a whisper about the alleged offence till he returned in June, 1897. He was greatly surprised that it was sought to make an offence of Mrs Matthews's case. He noithert eceived nor was offeredany reward for his professional services to her, and the case was entered in his books in the usual way, the ordinary fee being charged. He did not at any time give the woman anything to procure the end she desired, and he did not know of- anything given or done which would have that effect. He could not account for what had happened on any other supposition than that it was a natural development. Mrs Gorman, in whose boarding-house at the Bluff the offence is alleged to have been committed, said, in cross-examination, that when she got the £5 and the promissory note for £95 from Hall she did not believe a criminal offence had been committed. The money was given she considered to keep Mrs Matthews's name quiet. Hall did not dare her to inform the police, and she had not done so. She thought £IOO was little enough compensation for the damage to her business.

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THE HAIL-MATTHEWS TRIAL., Evening Star, Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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THE HAIL-MATTHEWS TRIAL. Evening Star, Issue 10426, 22 September 1897