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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

An Alibi for Lambert

An Alibi for Lambert.

McGeorge was also a link in a chain of four witnesses (Barclay, Fraser, Waddell, and McGeorge), who between them proved conclusively that on the night of the 17th October Lambert was in a hotel at Mataura between 8 and 9 o'clock. Yet Lambert had sworn to having seen the sheep stolen twelve or fourteen miles away between 9 and 10 that evening, after first visiting Meikle's house and Gregg's, which were respectively a mile and half-a-mile away from the supposed scene of the crime. It is impossible to detail here the convincing proof of this most remarkable alibi; but a perusal of the evidence (P.38-40) will suffice to satisfy most unbiassed readers that the alibi was both honest and accurate, since what any one witness deposed to is of very slight value standing alone, and only gains importance when pieced together with the similar testimonies of all the others. Concoction and fabrication are accustomed to proceed by less remote and circuitous methods.