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THE MURDER OF DR CRONIN

pFor saverai weeks past wo have sojrooly over been able to publish any cable nowß without same reference to the O.onin murder. Aftor the tantalising manner of -o»bl© moaaagan, rrfaito iru banro-fatitt many 3O f»PPy Homo ia coaneotlon with this oase, we have ad yet had no very olear atatemant as to who Dc Oronln was, and the aotuai oiroumstanoes of the alleged murdbr. After painfully wadlug through ouluoona of small typ* and large headings m the Amerioin papers, ire have succeeded .m, elioiting ooma iuformation on these points. Dr Oronln wa« a Canadian by b|rtb, forty years of age and spent twenty years of his life m the United States. He praotised as a pbyeichn m Ohioago, bad a h|gh reputation for skill, and ia eald to have ooaapied a good social status m the city. He was at the same time an Irlah Nationalist, taking a prominent position iv the League, and a member of the Olac-Na-Gael, making no eeoret of his advooiop of "physical foroe." Iv August, 1888, a meetiug of a Committee of the Olan-na-Gael was held to invoati'gato charges against Alexander Sullivan, Michael Boiand, and Denis O. Foely, mambers of that body, the prlnolptl counts m the indiotment being violation of their oaths and misappropriation of funds, amounting m. the aggregate to 128,000i01. Dc Orooln was one of the Oommlttee, and Sulllym objaoted to his preseuoe as that of an c looiv who was always trying to lujure bim. The Committee oonaisted of B ix m-mbers. Four of these abßolred Sailivau and his colleagues, but two, MoG*hey tod Ornln, made a minority report sustaining the ohargea. From that time Oronln seems to havo felt he wa3 m danger of his life. Vie told the people W'th whom he lived that, if he ever away from home more than twelve hours, , to Inform the police, as he had been warned that ba would be murdered Late ona night early iv May last he was oalled oat by »n ioa-man, n»med P. O. Salilvan, ostensibly to attend a patient. From that time he was never seen until his body, horribly mutilated, was discovered iv a sewer. It was subsequently aaoortained that ho was induced to enter a oottago In Lake View, Chicago. Cries and a noise like ''pounding or crunchlog" were heard to issue from the building, and three-quarters of au hoar later a man named Williams opaned the door, signalled to an expresoman, named Woodruffe, who was In read!* nese, and with the assistance of a third m»na trunk was handed into Woodruffe'* wargon. Aooording to a confusion made by Woodroffe, the men first tried to deposit the trunk In the lake but were disturbed by a policeman . Then one of them nuggeated the sewer. The maahole was opened, the top of the trunk knooked m, aad Dc Cronla's remains hurriedly deposited where they were afterwa-ds found. The investigations made by the police following up Woodroffe's confession served to Implicate a member of the detective foroe \a th,e horrid pclmo. Thiß was Daniel Oo'qghllo, a member of the time political soolety as Oronin. When tbe mall left Oooghlln, Sullivan, the loemin, and Woodroffj wore on their trial for tie murder. Aooordiog to this morning's telegrams tho number of prisoners has Increased to seven.— "Press.'

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THE MURDER OF DR CRONIN, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2163, 3 July 1889

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THE MURDER OF DR CRONIN Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2163, 3 July 1889

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