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A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY.

MURDER AND SUICIDE AT OHBRTSEr. A VILLAGE SETTLER SHOOTS HIS WIFB DEAD, AND THEN SHOOTS BIMSSLP. At noon to-day Information reaohed us that • man named Franoii Fahey, a village settler at Ohertiej, ihot hli wife 'dead thli morning, and then shot himself, ai ft proved with fatal effect. D* Tweed snd JBergeant Felton were sammonedto the Men*, whither alio oar reporter ptooeeded* Pending reoelpt o f hla despatch we hava gathered the following partlcnlaro :— lt Is sopposad that family troubles were the cause of the tragedy. Fahey was m town yesterday with • oomplaint about his wtfe'a leaving him. He saw three or foar carriers, and spoke to them about removing his furniture, but when they heard that It wai a ease of family trouble they refused to go. He then uld, " Ton will sever ace me under the sun again," and purchased a revolver at Mr John Orr's, with which it Is presumed he on bis return •ommUted the murder. Newa reaobed us about 1 p.m that Fahey died' jnst as Dr Tweed reaohed the soene of the double tragedy. (By Thigrafh.)

(FftOX OKI% OfIKETBST OOUEBBPOWDBKT.) '

Ohzbtsbt, January 18" ' There has been a tragedy here. A man darned Fahey, who baa been living for some time on bad terma with bis wife, ' ■hot her this morning with a revolver, j and whan tbe constable Attempted to ' ■rant him he fired at his own head. He ' Boirlies m the Oiiertsey Hotel m a pre- ' ■ations oondltlon. Tbe woman is dead. '

(FBOH OOS BFXCIAI. BEFOBTBS ) 1

Ch«btßßT, January 18. There wai a terrible tragedy here this morning. A man named Franols Fahey deliberately murdered bis wife and committed sulelde Immediately afterwards. Fabey is a village settler, living on the settlement about a mile north of Ohertsey. It appears that he and his wife were having constant disagreements and yesterday the wife went to the police eonatable at Rakala to complain of his conduct. She stated to the oonstable that she would stay at the house of Mrs Thompson, next door but one to her own, till be csma down In the morning. The constable went to Ohertsey by express train this morning, and tbe murder was oommltted In his full vbw. He was about seven chains from Mrs Thompson's house when he saw Fahey outside struggling with his wife. She was screaming loudly. Suddenly Fahey fired two shots out of a revolver at bis wife while he had hold of her, and she fell. When she was on the ground he fired another shot Into her body. He then ran ont of the seetlon on to the road. The constable ran. toward him, oaliiog on him to stop Fahey took no notice of the Constable's Injunction, but pointing the revolver at his own head fired. This shot apparently took no effect, and he again fired. This time he fell. When the oonstable came tip to him he was apparently dead, and the constable went to Mrs Fahey, whom be fonnd quite dead* Four surfaoemen by this time had Arrived on the scene, and the oonstabla arranged with them to take the bodies on to Ohertsey on a trolly. He then went to Fahey and finding that he was still alive telegraphed to Ashburton for medical assistance. Sergt. Felton and Dr Tweed asms by the eleven o'clock train but Fahey breathed his last just as the doctor entered the door of the room 1b which he. was placed. Limb. Fahey fired three shots at his wife. One bullet entered under the chin- and travelling ootsfde tbe jaw bone went out just below the left ear. The next bullet entered a little In front of the right ear, and penetrated deeply Into tbe brain. This was sufficient to oanse almost Immediate deatb. Another shot entered the abdomen In the vicinity of the stomaoh this apparently being the one fired while the woman was on the ground. This wound nould have been mortal even If the other had not had a fatal effect. The first shot Fahey fired at himself only graxed tbe skull, going ont of the crown of Us hat and taking away some of his half. The next shot entered above tbe tight, ear and renetrated the brain, bat In spite of the terrible Injury Fahey liyed an hour and forty minutes after the self fit flloted wound, the man just expiring as Dr Treed arrived from Asbbnrton; The bodies now lie at (he Chertsey hotel where an Inquest wOl be held this afternoon. (F3S P£ZBBABBOo£a.TION.)

Chbistohueoh, January 18.' Francis Fahey, who shot his wife and attempted to shoot himeelf at Chertsey, near Afihbutfor). was known here nrider tne «ticu£> of Mjchae J Fahey and* Michael Flattery. He was formerly night watchman for the Bank of New 'Zealand and tirove a cart for the guffoljf B ewery. He VM addicted to drink.

The "Otago Daily Times;" states that Mr Frinee, the electrician, who has been paying •> visit to Lake Te Anau, has decided to place an electric launoh on the lake; and Mr Patenon, of Inveroargil), is at present selecting a eite fora firat-olass hotel, whiobit is bis intention to build at an early, co that before another year there is every date likelihood of full provision being made to meet the }Wfrt faga wfafeb U UklJj ft BQt m,

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A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2040, 18 January 1889

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A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2040, 18 January 1889

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