ON THIS DAY…… 31st August 1903

The charge of murder preferred by the police against Henry Stevens, in connection with the death of Elizabeth Johnstone, at Ballarat on August 31, has been withdrawn.

The charge of murder preferred by the police against Henry Stevens, a collector of marine stores in connection with the death of Elizabeth Johnstone, at Steinfeld street, on August 31, was withdrawn when the accused appeared at the city court this morning. Stevens had been arrested principally on a statement made by Mrs.Croft, a neighbour of the deceased. She said that between 6 and 7 o’clock on the evening of the day mentioned a man, whom she believed to be Stevens, quarrelled with Johnstone, when threats were made and a noise as of a fight, ensued. When the case was called on to-day, Superintendent Young stated that inquiries made by the police had satisfied them that Stevens was not in any way responsible for the woman’s death. The accused was then discharged.

Subsequently the inquest into Johnstone’s death was resumed, before Mr. W. Dickson, P.M., and a jury of seven. Several witnesses gave evidence, but nothing fresh was adduced. A further adjournment was then made till Tuesday.