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A Thief’s Suicide.

Another strange story illustrative of the extraordinary eccentricities for which Russian military officers of late years have rendered themselves unpleasantly notorious, reaches us from St. Petersburg. It would appear that on the 17th ult. a lady of rank was travelling on the Fastova line of railway in a first-class compartment, the only other occupant of which was an elderly cavalry Captain, with whom she casually entered into conversation. Arrived at the Uatinovka station’ sho summoned a gendarme to the window of her carriage and informed him that she had missed IGO roubles from her hand bag, and suspected her travelling companion of having stolen them. A few minutes previously she had requested him to take her ticket out of the bag, which ho had done, and since that time she had discovered her loss. Search was forthwith institured upon the Captain’s person for the missing money, and a hundred-rouble note was found thrust into one of his hoots. No sooner had this evidence of guilt been brought to light than ho produced a small parcel of bank notes from his pocket, with the remark :—“ As you have got the 100 roubles, I may as well give you the other 60.” Directly after he had spoken these words he drew a revolver from the breast pocket of his coat, sot its muzzle against his right temple, and blew his brains out. Insensible to the dishonor of theft, that of detection seemed to him so insupportable that, rather than endure it, ho died by his own hand.— London Telegraph.

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A Thief’s Suicide. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 223, 22 December 1880

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