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AN INSANE SCHOOLMASTER.

COMMITTED TO MENTAL ASYLUM. BERLIN, February 4. Wagner, the schoolmaster who ran amok at Muhlhausen, in September, suffered at the time from mania that he was being persecuted, and he has been iplaced in an asylum. ; : i Wagner became insane and ignited several houses. When the people AVere rushing out he shot arid killed eight persons and wounded 10. /. Before going to Muhlhausen Wagner fatally stabbed his wife and four children. Wagner, who is 40 years of age, gave no evidence of mental disturbance until he attempted to fire the town. He ignited several barns and nouses before he was detected. The villagers attempted to capture him, be-^ lieving that he was. a briga,nd,_ as -he 'was wearing a mask and veil, and carrying two army revolvers, with 250 cartridges. Wagner quickly fatally shot 10 persons, apart from his own family, and wounded 23 others. Finally, he took refuge in a cow-shed, and killed a | bullock with his last bullet. Most of the villagers fled panic-stricken. A few armed with pitchforks and scythes cut j him down, and terribly injured him. One of his hands was cut off.

Wagner. was a highly respected schoolmaster. Papers found in his home showed that he had carefully planned the crime! He addressed a letter to a Stuttgart newspaper, declaring that he wished to become the devil's ally.

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AN INSANE SCHOOLMASTER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914

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AN INSANE SCHOOLMASTER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914

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