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THE POLICE COMMISSION.

AUCKLAND, November 12. Adam Henderson, shipbuilder, gave corroborative evidence as to some of the incidents deposed to by Mr Cooper. 0. M. Main, a member of the ' New Zealand Herald' Btaff, gave evidence on behalf of Inspector Emerson as to his general habits from his seven years' acquaintance with him, and deposed to being at a meeting at which the Rev. F. \V. Isitt made btatements regarding a police officer similar to those contained in the commission. Witness expressed to Mr Isitt, at the close of the meeting, bis surprise at the statements made, and said he was bound to speak of a man as he found him.

NoVEMBKK 13. Captain Adams, formerly of the Dingadee, being called to-day, deposed that Inspector Emerson frequently travelled with him on the Da.gadee. He never had reason to complain of the inspector's conduct, nor had any complaint been made to him. He saw Inspector Emerson come on the steamer iu May last, and remarked that he did not look very well, whereupon the inspector complained that he had influenzi. Card playing was not permitted on the steamer after twelve o'clock on Saturday night. There was uo sign of inebriety about Inspector Emerson on the trip. John Campbell, second officer of the Ding.idte on the dates in question, deposed that he went ashore with Inspector Emerson, who, on reluming, climbed the ladder at the steamei's side without assistance, and as far as he could see the inspector was sober.

Mr C. F. Beckett, of Opotiki, barrister, deposed that he had known Inspector Emerson for.; sixteen years, and never observed that he was other than sober. He saw Inspector Emerson at Auckland in May last, and there was not the slightest sign of liquor on him. Mr Tole addressed the Court for the defence.

November 15. John Emerson deposed that he was appointed inspector in 1868, and rendered important service in several Native disturbances, being complimented by Sir H. Atkinson and Mr Seddon. He suffered from influenza prior to his trip to the East Coast on the Dingadee in May last, and was several days in bed. On his return to Napier he was suffering from bronchial catarrh. This caused him to spit a good deal. On the Dingadee he played cards in the saloon from a quarter to ten till eleven, but not for drinks. He had no drinks before embarking, and only two small shandies before going to his berth. On the next day (Sunday) he had no drinks. He had a small whisky and soda at Napier—perhaps two. There was a nasty roll on, but he got up the Dingadee's ladder on returning without assistance. It was utterly untrue that he was in a state of helpless intoxication. He undressed without trouble, and did not spit on the cabin floor. Mr Cooper remonstrated with him for coughing and spitting, but he was spitting into a handkerchief, and said to Cooper "I consider you an unfeeling brute." When he said he would kick Cooper he did not mean to do bo.

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THE POLICE COMMISSION., Evening Star, Issue 10471, 15 November 1897

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THE POLICE COMMISSION. Evening Star, Issue 10471, 15 November 1897

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