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An extraordinary oase of self mutilation is reported from Dublin. A medtoal student, named James E. Gannon, aged 86 years, living at 20 Northumberland avenue, Kingstown, left his residence oq Monday morning with his brother, Edward Gannon. Abqut one o'olook a girl named Bessie Oarr, aged 12 years, sir him walking aoroßS a little pasture field whioh lies between the rear cf seme cott«ges adjoining the Royal Cinal and the LJflfey Junction Railway. He held a pookethandkerchief to his eyes, and appeared to be bleeding very muoh. She ran end told, her mo>her, who went out and found Gannoa lying In the field. Mrs Care assisted him to her houae* and bathed his face with cold water. He declined to give any particulars of the ocourreno9 t but said, "I am blind; let ma rest foe an hour." Mra Oarr's husband reported the circumstances to the police, and two constable* prooeeded to the houue and found that the unfortunate gentleman had both bis eyei. out. His bauds and onffa were besmeared with blood. He said, "My eyes are m jured ; take, me to the . - hospital," whereupon |he ,ftons table a procured' a "oati. and' conveyed him to the Mater .Mleerloordise Hospital, where it was found that both the eye* had been taken out of thelv sockets, and that the injuries had been selMnfliotecL On being searched, a second oltes return ticket, 9i ll£d m cash, a watch and a chain, si pooketboek with some letters therein, and a bunch of ke^l were fonnd m his possession. Two police constables' examined the field where it is supposed the extraordinary aot was committed. la a dry dyke, about one hundred yards from, where the gentleman was fonnd, boti the eyes were discovered, about 2ft apart; among some nettles. They viere taken to the hospital by the offioers, and the house* surgeon took charge of them. A hazal walking stick and a piece of twisted wire, both of whioh were marked with- blood, Were also found m the field. Mr Ganon was visited at the hospital by his brother and Dr M'Dermott, of Kingstown.' 'The brother who conversed with the. patient m private, stated that he told him the whole faots, but at present he could give no information. The latest report from the Mater Miserlcordisa Hospital is to the. effect that Mr Gannon is doing well. Onleaa iofiairmation of the brain Bhould supervene, his reoovery is probable. The- Self-in-flicted injuries. »r,e terrible, both ayes being Absolutely torn from their sockets. The patient is still laboring under melancholy delusions, aud is quite inoapable 6fc Qomprejiending his condition.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1981, 27 October 1888

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PLUCKIM OUT HIS OWN EYES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1981, 27 October 1888