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Mr John Brown, farmer, residing near the South Town Belt, Ashburton, committed suicide by hanging himsel this morning. The deceased lived with his brother, a married man. He had breakfast this morning at the ordinary hour, when he appeared to be in his usual health and spirits. He then left the house, and must have proceeded at once to lay violent hands upon himself. He was found in the chaff-house adjoining the stable, hanging to a beam, with his feet hardly two inches off the ground. On the ground beneath was a round kerosene tin, which the deceased had evidently used to spring off. He was at once cut down, and every effort made to restore animation, but in vain. Dr Murdoch was also sent for and arrived very quickly at the house, but all he could do was to pronounce the man dead. He imagined that he must have been dead for at least two hours in fact. No cause is assigned for the rash action. The deceased was thirty-three years of age. An inquest will in all probability be held to-morrow.

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MELANCHOLY SUICIDE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 542, 24 January 1882

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MELANCHOLY SUICIDE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 542, 24 January 1882

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