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DISCOVERY OF THE POISON AND REVOLVER IN THE WOOD.

The body of James Battle, was found last T;uesday, near to the Hering^ river, in this Province, at the spot indicated by Sullivan in his confession. It was broxight into to^vyn on Tuesday night. An inquest was held on the body the same evening, and nexf; day the Coroner's Jury returned an open verdict to the effect that James Battle l\ad been wilfully murdered. The liottle of poison (strychnine) and the revolver, which was spoken of by Sullivan, as having been hidden in a hedge in The Wood, was. found, on Tuesday .afternoon. Sulliyan, accompanied by Mr Shallcrass and Captain -Clouston', went in a cab -to the place, with some of the policemeii, who searched the locality ; but after spending some time, }eft without discovering the articles. An hour afterwards the. poison and the pistol were, found by a boy, who had made a search after the police party had gone. The strychnine was in the usual dry form, in powdery crys.tafe and there was enough to kill sixty or eighty men in the bottle, which was one of those short round phials with a broad lip; a large part of which was broken off apparently by. the. "prizing" of a knife to taM Q\\t tlie. stopper. The stopper itself, a cork one, is broken in numerous places, as if small angular bits had been snapped out in the attempts to open it witl^ a knife. It would thus appear ithat it had. been frequently used ; at least repeatedly opened and shut, which of itself implies use. The poison was handed to Dr. Cusack, who, to test it with certainty, administered a dose to a dog, which speedily died after exhibiting all the tetanic convulsions which poisoning by strychnine always produces.. To the same gentleman various portions of the clothes and sw.ags q£ Ijhe. prisoners, containing what appeared to be blood-stains, have been handed over by the. authorities in order to, be submitted to niicrosccCpic examination, The. stains having been prepared for scrutiny, snowed under the microscope clear evidences that they were blood-stains ; and, the minute corpuscles of the blood in the field of the instrument were precisely similar "to those of human blood taken, for the purpose of more careful, comparison, and placed under the microscope. The^test is not yet complete ; but the scientific evidences, prove the stains to be blood stains ; and, judging ffona the similarity referred to x we should conclude were atajns majieby human ;blood. \, ; It is said that Byjgess. 1\0(S accusod Sullivan of haying committed .many mxirders in Australia, and tlia,t a number, of skeletoiis, will be found buried in his garden ajb Koorong. On the other hand, it is stateji that there are persons-, here who knew Sullivan years ago in Australia, and who. describe him as boing looked on as a respectable man, but top fond of gambiing: . '

The following telegram from Nelson, on the 10th instant, says : — Sullivan, Levy,.' Burgess, and Kelly, charged with the Maungatapu murdets, were brought up for further, examination this morning. The evidence of several witnesses having- been taken, the charge of murdering James Battle was preferred against all four, and they were demanded for the production of further- evidence until Thursday next. Sullivan seems to suffer much, and has fallen into a very weak state of health.

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DISCOVERY OF THE POISON AND REVOLVER IN THE WOOD., Grey River Argus, Issue 79, 14 July 1866

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DISCOVERY OF THE POISON AND REVOLVER IN THE WOOD. Grey River Argus, Issue 79, 14 July 1866

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