THE LATE CAPTAIN RUSSELL
A SCENE AT THE GRAVE.
Tbe Woodvllla correspondent of the '.' Post ''sttys:— The untimely death of Captain Ruaeell by shooting blmielf has been a great sensation for the time. To see a man one day Jn his usual health and In unusually high spirits, and the next to sco him dead by his own hand, 1j Indeed —• ««ational, but the high spirits whloh bo — - In were only an indloapoor Russeii v»«« . ""* 4 "w oo the tion to the publio and to iuo j. , lnqueat that his mind was not In a normal condition. On the one, band he was making arrangements for investing largely In property, and on the other hand he was beset with a small difficulty of about £25, whloh belonged to tbe Rlfld Corps, and whloh at that moment he oould not lay his hand upon. Between the large negotiations to buy a big property and tbe magnified difficulty re this paltry £25 (whloh 20 men In Woodvllle would have advanced to him had he asked them for It), It was evident his mind was very muoh a lhlnged. Thai poor Russell was an honest and well meaning man there oould be no d iubt,andthe muddle he was m was canned by an unbalanced mind . He was therefore <aken to his grave amid an assemblage of sympathising followers. But it appeared there was one man destined to Ignore tbe grave and unprejudiced enquiries of a Coroner's jary and violate the feelings of an acquiescing people, and this was no other than the Anglican minister, the Rev O.Doan, who In the most Inexplicable manner, after leading those entrusted with Russell's burial to believe that he would be burled with the full ritnal, left the grave after he had said only a few sentences of the service. The Rev O. Dean had bis conscientious eoruples, and In vain it was argued that he promised to read the full service, but be was inflexible, and. not content with thl«, he also rofueed to allow hie book to be used by a layman who offered to oooolu.de the service, and left the ground. The mourners prcoured a prayer book, and the full service was read. That the verdict of six intelligent men who had thoroughly Investigated ail tbe circumstances leading to Euesoll's death should be set aside as worthless by one man whose knowledge of the case was very Inadequate to form an opinion on Is Indeed a surprise, and one whloh It la intended to call on the Rev 0. Dean to explain away. The " Woodvllle Examiner " gives the following particulars of the career of the deceased aentleman : — Captain Russell bad seen ootlvo service. He was trampeter m the Bih Hussars m 1857. He served eighteen montha d urine the Indian , mutiny, and was wounded at Meornt, and discharged as unfit for eervloo. He after* warda joicel the Vlotorlan Volunteers, and was In the Ca-itlemaine Dragoons under Burko, the explorer. Busaoll was also In service In the Quoonslapd Mounted Troopers. In New Zealand ho was In the Ohrlatohuroh Volunteers, and four years latterly a gunner m the D Battery New Zealand Artlllory at Wellington. He held the India a and New Zealand war medals. The deceased's life was Insured m the Government Life Insurance Office for £500 |
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