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A DRUNKEN MADMAN

HE STABS HIMSELF TO DEATH,

A man named Thomas Lee,' suffering from drunken mania,?caused a great sen- ,=-- J-nnir.T:i:7-'.ho 4-h;^rr-,- 4-AfolV.urr.o= v>orrty ■.':■■' •■>\M\ <>■,!■. : v t .:i .V- i> ..i-i|ii: re-!' ■'„; _'■' 'i.ii. lli-!i i !■■ . i i-- ■r\!i':.i!> ; k -i'ii'-i!i. where Hhe met with an accident which necessitated his coming to ■ Melbourne to obtain proper -'medical treatment. Arrived there took up his residence at the Camera'-^Arins Hotel in Elizabeth street He fii-fonrlprl'i'if' the Melbourne Hospital as .'in nii; ■!•■:■. inr. In spite of the doctor's, warnings he persisted in going .in for heavy- drinking bouts. He,«frad never become violent, however, untii the date mentioned, when shortly after seven o'clock he made his, appearance in the bar of the: Carriers' Arms.Hotel. Hewasdressedin a shirt and trousers only, and.in his hand he t carried -a' large carving knife, which appeared to'have been recently sharpened. He seized, an .; empty lemonade bottle, which, was lying upon, the bar counter, and 11 threw it at a girl named Mary Coughlan, who was. cleaning up the place. The bottle Narrowly missed her, and he' then attempted to, seize hold of her,' but she rrlifii thr-v.ifth the back parlor and

■ i.'iii! 'I '"■■!■ lurlp. Her .cries, seemed to increase his drunken fury, for he hurried out into; the street and .made.* :his way round %he/ c corner into La'trbbe street,' shrieking 'wildly all the time,, and savagely stabbing himself the knife. He: entered the bar parlor; of the-Duke of Kent Hotel, in Latrobe street, and there saw a young woman named Elizabeth Ronalds, whom he tried to Seize hold of, but she also eluded his clutches, and escaped. "' of the occurrence had in the meanwhile been given fco the police, and Constables Taylor and .Page .were ■ soon on the scene. When the man saw the constables he attempted to lock himself in the bar parlor of the Duke of Kent Hotel, but they forced their way in, and as they entered he made a furious rush at them with the knife. Constable Taylor picked up a chair and knocked the knife out of his hand. The constables then closed with him, and after -, ■' : : T.l V ■: ■■ ■ifi r?. .' during which the ;. ■:' ■!■.',..■■ ■„ '■; i: ! ■ ■,'■ profusely, they succeeded in gutting him into a wagonette, t and took (him? to thel Melbourne Hospital.' 'Here the terrible, wounds which he had inflicted upon himself were dressed and every attention 1 shown him, but from the first no hopes ! ■were entertained *of his ■r^very SancCl though he lingered on throughout the day in a marvellous way, he diedat about six o'clock in the evening.

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A DRUNKEN MADMAN, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2426, 10 May 1890

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A DRUNKEN MADMAN Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2426, 10 May 1890

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