Mrs ANN MURRAY, Widow, Cattlefield (42)—examined.
26186. Professor Mackinnon.
—Have you a house at Cattlefield?
—I live with my mother-in-law.
26187. Were you here in the morning when Mr Mackenzie gave his evidence?
26188. And you have heard what the ground officer has said now?
26189. Have you anything to say upon the matter in dispute?
—Yes. On the morning of the election he came up and said to my mother-in-law if she wanted the factor's favour not to go to-day; that he would rather want the votes than that she should go.
26190. If she wanted the factor's favour?
—If she wanted the factor's favour not to go down to vote to-day. He would rather want her votes than that she should go.
26191. Was that all?
—There were some more words, but I don't recollect them.
26192. Was that all that concerned the matter of voting?
—I think so; most of it.
26193. Sir Kenneth Mackenzie.
—You are quite sure he did not say that if she wanted to vote in the factor's favour she had better not go down?
—He said if she wanted the factor's favour not to go down; he would rather want her votes than that she should go —if she was going to give them to another. He heard that Mrs Murray was going to give them to another man.
26194. He said so?
—He did not say so, but I believe he heard that, and I know of my experience he did.
—[Alexander MacHardy]. This woman never saw me on the morning of the election at all. They have
a little ill-feeling in the matter because they were summoned out, and the holding was given to another. It is quite erroneous, I had no hand in the summoning her out.
26195. But the question is whether you ever said to her that if she wanted the factor's favour she should not go to vote that day?
—I never made such a statement.