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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

Contradictions and Corroboration

Contradictions and Corroboration.

The rest of Lambert's cross-examination at Meikle's trial went to establish a series of contradictions between him and various witnesses afterwards called for the defence. He had not told Templeton that he was offered £50 to "go for poor old Meikle," but he would stick to Meikle—though Templeton subsequently swore that he had. He had not told Mrs. Shiels or William Harvey or George Davis that he was to get £50 for setting a trap for Meikle, nor had he said anything to anybody about being offered £50 to put sheep or skins on Meikle's property—though each of these witnesses subsequently swore that he had made such statements. It was also elicited from Lambert that he was at Meikle's a night or two before Arthur's arrest—a fact of which the sinister significance will presently appear.

The only attempt at a direct corroboration of Lambert was by the evidence of John Gregg, a neighbour of Meikle's, who received a visit from Lambert on the night of the 17th October, afterwards accompanied him part of the way to his hut. After they had parted, Gregg heard Lambert speaking to somebody whom he was unable to identify, but "to the best of my belief when I heard voice speaking to Lambert, it was like Arthur Meikle's."