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RUAHINE TRAGEDY

ROTTERMAN ARRESTED [Per United Peess Association.] WELLINGTON, January 3. As the result of a well-laid plan the police on Saturday effected the arrest of the young German Arthur Rotterman (21 years old), who was wanted on a charge of having murdered a farmer named M'Cann, together with his wife and child, at Ruahine, nine miles from Mangaweka, on or about December 28. Word was received by the police in Wellington on Friday evening that a man answering Rotterman's description had on the previous afternoon put in an appearance at a whare at Karori Bock (near Cape Terawhitij, where men are engaged in connection with the lighthouse. He was at the hut when the occupier left for town on Thursday afternoon, and ho slept there the same night. Detective Lewis, Mounted-constable Dunn, and Constable Thompson were despatched on horseback via Island Bay along the beach to the locality. Detectivesergeant Rawle, Detective Dempsey, and Mounted-constable Pearson were sent to Terayvhiti via Makara. When the police reached the whare where Rotterman had been left it was found that he had disappeared. The two parties separated. .Detective Ivcwis and the two constables with him were allotted the southern portion of the country, and Detective Rawle's group the rorthern. The latter party went on to Te Kamara station, and there learnt that a man, apparently a foreigner, had left that place about 6 p.m. on Friday. Presumably ho had vacated the whare at Karori Rock shortly after the occupier left for town on New Year's Day. The latter went homa by way of Island Bay, while the foreigner proceeded in the other direction to To Kamara. reaching that station about 6 p.m. 113 had evidently taken his departure from the station just before the arrival of Detective Rawle and party, and it was supposed that lie had made his way into a clump of bush not far away. Tha officers thereforo surrounded tho bush and closed in, and eventually found Rotterman sitting down alongside 'a tree, apparently in hiding. They covered him with a revolver, and he was taken in charge without offering resistance. This morning he was taken over tho hills to Makara, which was reached about 1 p.m. A conveyance brought him the rest of the distance to Lambton quay police station, where he was taken ov?r by the authorities at a. quarter to 6. ACCUSED REMANDED. WELLINGTON, January 4. Arthur Rotterman was brought before th* Court this morning, and remanded to appear at Wanganui on the 12th inpt.

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RUAHINE TRAGEDY, Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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RUAHINE TRAGEDY Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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