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THE TIMARU SUICIDES.

4. [PXB PBBSS ASSOOIATIOM.] Timaru, Septembe* 8: At tbe inquest it transoired that the man Heath bought two lots of laudanum on<Auguit 19, one of an ounce and one of half -an-ounce, from different chemists. The couple were last I seen by a neighbour on August 25 (not August 17). The written statement blamed Mr Beck* ingbam, a late employer for injustice ; but Mr Beckingham was called and denied that he had acted unfairly. He had engaged the man on condition that he kept from drink, and as he could not do so, witness discharged him. The statement was not fully read, as it consisted chiefly of reflections upon various persons, the only passage bearing on their act being: "We are neither of us forcing each other, but getting on m years we find it hard to be knocking about far a living." Drs Hogg and Lawson made a post mpitem examination, and. found no other cause of death than poisonV The Jury found a verdict of " Suicide from tempo* rary insanity." The couple were married about fifteen years ago, m Timaru* They had no children, and are believed to have no relatives m the colony. The wife had been an actress at Home m her youth. All the money found m the house was two pennies. An order was given for burial at the expense of the Charitable Aid Board. .7,^5 The Heaths were for some time resident (m Ashburton where the man was employed as a cabinet-maker. They were occasionally ad* dieted te drink when here, and losing employ, ment removed to Timaru last year.

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THE TIMARU SUICIDES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2221, 9 September 1889

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