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"Dear Jack,—l am getting out. You linow what that .means'? ' 1 feel both mentally and physically' unableVte,.cope with a new scheme'..of t -life at : 54, .after, all my previous .worries and griefSvThis strike affair has finished me. Good-bye, old man. You have been agood'frierid; It will be a long sleep how.—Yours as ever, Alfred J. Stevens." '•,:•,. ... ;•; • This is an extract from a note vvhich Alfred James Stevens, a sailor, wrote, to a friend on a letter-card just/before taking poison . at<a house in Austin Street on Friday., last. The note Was written in ink, in a hand and in a style, disclosed, a hjgji- education,' and a steadiness -that showed not the slightest trace of mental perturbation.- '. ', . .'•-' ' •.

At the inquest to-day the evidence showed that the deceased had been out of work for some time, and had spoken of. suicide. The Coroner returned a verdict of death from poison, taken while Stevens was' of unsound mind.

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A SAILOR'S SUICIDE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8814, 10 March 1914

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A SAILOR'S SUICIDE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8814, 10 March 1914

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