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The following further particulars are to hand concerning the attempted murder at Auckland, referred lo in yesterday’s issue 1 ,—lt is now considered possible that the woman Olsen, brutally attacked by her husband with an axe, may recover; She has a terrible gash, four inches in length, under the left eye, and nine pieces of bone, deeply embedded, have been extracted. The cause of the assault was jealousy. She had a protection order from her husband. Hearing from one of the children that another man had been cohabiting with her, the husband went up on Wednesday night to effect a reconciliation. She declined his overtures, and he returned to his vessel. About three o’clock yesterday morning he went back to the house and effected an entrance. Th m, taking an .axe, he deliberately inflicted a blow with the sharp edge of the weapon on the side of the woman’s face. Olsen then left the house, and gave himself up to the police. He was brought up yesterday morning, and remanded for eight days Olsen is a Norwegian, and a seaman on the schooner Christina. The captain and crew stated that he was temperate and quiet. Elizabeth Olsen has been married twice, her first husband, by whom she had several children, being named Brown. The match with Olsen has not been by any means a happy one, and quarrels led to the Bench granting the woman a protection order, and compelling the husband to pay LI per week towards her support. This happened five months ago, and as a natural consequence, the husband and wife have been living apart since then. He went to the house last night with the object of effecting a reconciliation, but she refused his overtures, and declined to live with him again. Ho lay down on a sofa in the parlour, and she went into her bedroom, taking two of her children to sleep with her. At midnight he went out into the back yard, and is supposed then to have got hold of the axe which was in the yard. He is supposed to have attempted suicide at hia vessel, which was 100 yards distant, before or after, as the clothes he had been wearing were found wet on the deck of the schooner, and he had changed hia clothes. Mrs Olsen recovered consciousness at the Hospital, and seems disposed to talk of the assault. She says she was married in June last to Olsen, and that from the very day of the wedding up to the present time she had been bounced, bullied, and ill-treated by her husband. Mrs OJsen is a robust woman of 37 years of age. Dr Goldaborough visited her late last night at the Hospital. She is now somewhat better, and hopes are entertained of her recovery. There is danger that erysipelas may set in, but the copious

flow of blood will render it lesßcifatnlr nent.

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THE ATTEMPTED MURDER AT AUCKLAND., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 829, 29 December 1882

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THE ATTEMPTED MURDER AT AUCKLAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 829, 29 December 1882

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