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A Mad Bridegroom.

Henrich Raboczynski, the son of a well-to-do gardener, of the village of Walle, in Prussian Poland, married a pretty young girl a few weeks ago. The wedding was celebrated in good style, and when the couple retired late at night to their little homestead bride and groom were in the best of spirits, and acknowledged a serenade which was given by the villagers with .every manifestation of pleasure. When the doors and blinds of the coCtage remained unopened, the next morning the fact excited no especial comment; but at four o'clock in the afternoon, no sign of life being observed, the villagers held council, and, after endeavoring to get some answer to their calls^ decided to force open the doors of the cottage. A horrible sight met their view. On the floor was the dead body of the bride, covered with blood and-wounds. Her ears,-nose, and lips were-shockingly lacerated, and her breasts" and four of her fingers eaten away as though by the teeth of a wild beast. Her husband was lying on the bed as though asleep. His lips Were covered with foam, and the flesh of his right arm was 'eaten away. When the people touched, him he jumped s from the bed with: a ' hbundlike ' bound, arid >he barked, snarled like a dog, ground his teeth, and tried to bite the people. Then began aterriffic struggle, and it was oniy after he had been struck to the ground with an iron grate bar that he could be controlled. A. few weeks ago Raboczynski was bitten by a mad dog, but nothing was thought of it then, although the wound, which was not a very serious one, was freely cauterised at the time.. Under the stress of a day of excitement incidental to his wedding, he suddenly, when the strain was over, developed a clear case of hydrophobia. Shut up alone with his unfortunate bride, he quickly frightened her to death, and tore her literally to pieces. Raboczynski died almost immediately after being overpowered.

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A Mad Bridegroom., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2434, 26 May 1890

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A Mad Bridegroom. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2434, 26 May 1890