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SHOCKING TRAGEDY AT SWANSEA.

A MURDEROUS STRUGGLE IN TBE DARK.

Swansea was early on the morning of February 10th the scene of a dreadful murder. Mr Frederick George Rent, landlord of the Gloucester Hotel, and. Mrs Kent, retired to bed en Saturday night, havmg safely looked all the doors, including that of their own room, whioh they fastened from the inside About 5 o'clock it appears, Mrs Kent was awakened by the sound of a match being struck, and, looking towards the dressing table, she saw a black man m the act of lighting the oandle whioh stood on the table. She nudged her husband, and said, '' Fred, there's a man m the room." Mr Kent jumped out of bed and dosed with the intruder, who struggled desperately. Mrs Kent, who acted with great coolness, remembered that her husband kept a rwb'vpr under 1 h f»il ow. Sho frund it, and j raped out of bed, with the Intention of fchooting the intruder. The-.oandlej however, had not been lighted, and it was too dark for her to distinguish the men separately. They were still struggling, and In a few minutes one of the wrestlers threw the other on the bed, where they still oluug to eaoh other. By this time Mrs Kent had lighted the oandle, and, aiming at tbe stranger, she shot him iv the thigh. He fell to the floor with a loud impreoarion, and crept under the bed. Mrs Kent then ualooked the bedroom door and called 'for assistance While she was doing so, the man crawled from under the bed, and, seizing the looking-glass, burled it at Mrs Kent. Happily, it missed her j but the diversion caused by this violence enabled the villain to extinguish the candle, rush for tbe door, and escape. When a liyht was again obtained, it was found that Mr Kent had been terribly out by a razor on tho throat and about the stomach, and was dying. He^ was sufficient y conscious, however, to give an acoount of" what had happenei to the police, and stated tbat he was sure his assailant was a colored man. Two hours later tho unfortunate victim died.

A hiie opd ftry was immediately raised, under the dfreotion of Oaptain Oolquhouo, Chief of Police. Thousands' of people joined m the search, and at' noon a negro seaman was found concealed m a furnace at the Globe Dry Dook. " He was covered with blood marks, and there woe « ballet wound In his thigh. The crowd made deiperate efforlß to seize the man, and one of them struck him a severe blow on the head with an umbrella. The police, however, oonduoted him safely to prison. On being charged he made a statement praotically admitting that he was the man who bad committed the grime. He said that a servant girl had invited 14m to tbe house. There can be no doubt thap he entered the house before closing time aud concealed himself, with the object of robbery. He gives his name as Tom Allen. He is suspeoted of having oommitt«d other outrages. Mr Kent, who was v 38 years of age, was a native of Plymouth. The objeot of the murderer, it is supposed, was to steal Saturday's takings. He hed been a ship's steward, hut for some time had been hanging about tovyn. He is a short, slim man, and by no means powerful. Great admiration is expressed for Mrs Kent's bravery and ooolness. '" ?

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SHOCKING TRAGEDY AT SWANSEA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2113, 18 April 1889

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SHOCKING TRAGEDY AT SWANSEA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2113, 18 April 1889

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