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AUCKLAND, November 12. The Commission inquiry before Mr Kenny, S.M., are sitting to consider the following charges.against.lnspectorEmmerson ;—That oh the Ist.May, 1887, bn the Dingadee, he played cards and drank till two on the Sunday morning, and retired the worse for liquor; that oh the Sunday evening, May 2, he landed, at Gisborne'to inspect the station and the men, and returned intoxicated, an .d was guilty of disgusting conduct, spitting on the floor of the cabin, eto., and was .so much under the influence of liquor that he was unable to remove his boots or get into hiabunk without assistance, but lay on the floor until those who occupied the same cabin came to his aid; that he used obscene and threatening language to his fellow-passengers, and by reason of such conduct brought, the force into disrepute; and that ho was guilty of conduct which renders him. unfit to continue in the force. . Mr William ■ Cooper, barrister of the Supreme Court, deposed that he was a passenger by ’ the Dingadee, which left Napier for Gisborne early on May 2 (Sunday). He heard Inspector Emerson go into the saloon on the Saturday night about eleven, and heard him conversing with the stewardess apparently. One or . two of the stewards heard him ask if someone would play cards. - He got someone to play with him. They were playing euchre. To the best of witness's recollection they were playing till nearly two' on Sunday morning, • He gathered that they \Vere playing for drinks, because he heard Inspector Emerson claim more than once that he had won a drink. He. was very garrulous and rather noisy. The boat arrived-at Gisborne a little after six in the evening. The inspector went ashore about ten o’clock. One of the stewards conducted Inspector Emerson into the cabin which witness occupied.- The inspector was in -a stale of helpless intoxication. He .took off his coat with much difficulty and sat on the edge of witness’s, bunk and tried to take off his bools, hut was not able to do this. He then attempted to clamber over witness into Henderson’s berth, but came down with a crash on the floor. He appeared to be unable to rise again... The ship was steady at the lime. . Witness assisted Emerson into his bunk. He commenced uttering incoherent prayers. Two or three hours afterwards he got up again. Witness threatened to report him to the captain. Ho replied with a vulgar expression which witness would not repeat. Early in the morning he commenced spitting over from his berth to the cabin floor, and some of the saliva fell on-witness’s face. Witness said nothing the first time it happened, but shortly afterwards the inspector commenced spitting again, and again seme of the saliva fell on witness’s face. Witness complained to the chief steward, and declined to occupy the same cabin with Inspector Emerson any more. Inspector Emerson was subsequently provided with a berth in some other part of the ship, ______

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THE POLICE COMMISSION., Evening Star, Issue 10469, 12 November 1897

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THE POLICE COMMISSION. Evening Star, Issue 10469, 12 November 1897