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The Murchison Tragedy.

United Press Association—Per Electrics Telegraph

Nelson, July 17

In connoction with the Murchison explosion, a Murchison correspondent of the "Evening Mail" writes, under date July 14tb, that the Police Inspector noticed Sewell's eccentric behaviour, arid enticed him outside the Court room and, with Constable Scott, went to arrest him. SawoU evidently guessed their intention and fumbled in his waistcoat pocket, his action being immediately followed by a fenrful explosion. Sewell's body, except the legs, wasiblown to atoms. Inspector Wilson and Mr Bunn lay stunned close by, while the concussion seriously injured Constable Scott and Mr Fittall, who were 100 yards away. The direction of the explosion just missed others standing by, or all would have been blown to atoms. Evidence of the force of the explosion is shown by the fact that a fence three yards away was blown to pieces. The explosion just missed the hall, of which a corner was brokan, but the building was shifted three inches out of plumb. All the^wiadows in the vicinity, within sixty feet, were smashed to atoms. The explosion was heard six miles away, and the concussion,affected crockery two miles away. Great praise is due to Inspector Wilson and Constable Scott for getting Sewell from the building. Mr Bunn is not expected to recover. Westpoijt, July 15

Sewell, who was responsible for the Murchison tragedy, wa3 a peculiar man in many ways. He was engaged in carrying on the Bailer Road at one time, and was in the habit of fastening the reins to his body and going to sleep, allowing the horses (o jog along a dangerous road without control. A few years ago, when a solicitor asked for payment of an account, Sewell produced dynamite and caps, saying, " Well, we will both go up," and then proceeded to attempt to explode the dynamite. The solicitor managed to pacify him, and wrote off the account. Last year an infernal machine whs found near the house of Neame, tho plaintiff in yesterday's action.

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The Murchison Tragedy., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6623, 17 July 1905

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The Murchison Tragedy. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6623, 17 July 1905

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