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AUCKLAND, November 15. Mr Tole read a letter which he had received from the Rev. Father J. L. Ahern, now at Pukeknhe, in reply to a telegram from Messrs Tole and Maca'.ißter. In his letter the. rev. father said he had met Inspector Emerson at Gisborne at the Turanganui Hotel on May 2 last. As far as he could judge the inspector was sober at the time.

Mr Kenny said as the statement was not on oath it should be sworn to before a justice of the peace at Pakekobe, and it would then be included amongst the notes of the evidence.

Mr Tole said this would be done. Mr Haselden asked, as evidence to character had been called for the defence, whether the other side could not call rebutting evidence. Mr Kenny said this could not be allowed, rs it would be contrary to judicial prooedure, ai d when a man's official life was at stake juoicial procedure should broadly be adhered to. Some effort should be made to find the paß3tDger M'Donald, who could be called either ut Gisborne or Napier. He was believed to be at Hastings, n?ar Napier. Mr Haselden Biid the Prohibition League had endeavored to find M'Donald, but had not succeeded.

Mr Tole stated that the witnesses on the inspector's behalf at Gisborne and Napier would, be Sergeant Black (of Gisborne), Captain Neill and a deck hand of the launch Snark, Dr Menzies, Mr Jacob 3 (chief steward of the Dingadee), and Mr M'Donald (passenger) of Hastings.

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THE POLICE INQUIRY., Issue 10472, 16 November 1897

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THE POLICE INQUIRY. Issue 10472, 16 November 1897

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