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(Per Press Association.)

CHRISTCHURCH, February 21. A shocking tragedy occurred;. last evening in a house, No. 329 Durham Street, situated between Chester and Kilmore Streets. .Enquiries- made by Senior-Sergeant Mathieson disclosed a shocking and sordid story. A. labouring man named William Baxter had been boarding for some time with Mrs Thomson, whose husband is an inmate of Roto Roa Inebriates' Home. Her son, Alexander Ihomson, aged 23 years,, who had been away harvesting or grass-seeding, reJ cently returned home, and there were also two daughters living in the house. About 6 o'clock yesterday evening Baxter and the son started a quarrel about some boot-laces, and soon came to blows. Young Thomson is alleged to have knocked Baxter down in the din-ing-room. Mrs Thomson and her son went out into the back yard, and Baxter followed them. The son is alleged to haye _ struck at Baxter, but the woman intervened, and was knocked clown. In falling, she struck the sharp corner of an empty fruit-case, causing a large varicose ,vein in the lower part of her body to burst. She bled very freely, and was plainly in a serious condition. She was assisted 'first into the bathroom, and thence across the yard into the bedroom, and placed on the bed. Medical men were at orice summoned, but-before their arrival the woman had died.

Senior-Sergeant Mathieson and Constable Maggin then arrested Alexander Thomson on a charge of wilful murder, and took him to the police station. It is stated that the accused was somewhat under the influence of liquor at the time. At the station he made a written statement regarding the tragedy. He said that when he and Baxter were quarrelling in the back yard he struck at the latter, who evaded the blow, which caught his mother in the face and knocked her down.

William Baxter, who is a labourer about 50 years of age, gave another version of the tragedy. He stated to Chief-Detective Bishon at the. police station that young Thomson knocked him down in the dining-room. Mrs Thomson then went out- into the back yard with her son, and Baxter followed them. Mrs Thomson tried to quieten her son, who was much excited, and who, according to Baxter, deliberately struck her in the face with his open lia^d. fall heavily on the fi".;it-casc and break the varicose vein.

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A WOMiN^S DEATH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8800, 21 February 1914

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A WOMiN^S DEATH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8800, 21 February 1914

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