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On the 22st inßt the 6.5 p.m. train from Maryborough to Avooa^ ran over and dßoapltated a bQy named- Thomas Beveridge, about twelve years of age. Tfae accident happened between Maryborough and Adelaide Lead. The lad, who was the aon of W. Beverldge, a railway engine driver, was observed by Driver Kioaella as he was taking hia train clown an Inoline. Ho reversed the engine, and the fireman, Kyan, applied the brakes, bat it was too oloae to poll np m time. 'I he boy was lying with his head across the tail. One wheel passed over hia nook, completely severing his head from bia body and throwing it Borne 18/ da away, whilst the body was thrown several feet m the air, The remains were picked op and brought to Avooa, where the lad waa not known. They were then taken to Maryborough .by the next train, when hfi identity waa discovered. The head was taken off cleanly, without a aoratoh on the face, which bore a plaold look. The left arm waa broken, bat no other Injuries was itfi'otod oh the body. At the inquest the evldenoe revealed a singular and deliberate case of ' •uloido. William 6evtrldge, railway engine driver, stated that deceased was his son, and was twelve years of age, He last taw him alive about five o'clock on JTriday eyenmg at his residence, when he was In perfect health and obearfal In manner. He left 1 home for a pHop In the town at which he waa m the habit of patting up the shut tees every evenlDg, He was not subject to fits or anything of the kind, and he could not account for his son being m the place where the «ooldent ooourred. The boy played truant from school on Monday and Tuesday last, and his mother threatened to tell witness about it with a view of getting him punished. Witness was not told that the boy had played truant hntil after ho heard of his death. The father added : Peoeaeed was rery sensitive, and if threatened would think a week over It. The jary returned a v'erdiot that deoeaied had deliberately placed himielf. op the line with the view of thni procuring his own death.

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A BOY SUICIDE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1988, 6 November 1888

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A BOY SUICIDE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1988, 6 November 1888