By Electric Telegraph
From Oub Bpeoial Correspondent.
A. CHKISTCHURCH TRAGEDY. Christchurch, May 24. When opening, up the premises known as Nicholls' auction rooms in Manchester Street tbis morning, the shoreman, Mr J. A. Rosie, was horrified to find the body of a man, subse quently identified as that of Heirberfc John Keane, banging to a ladder in a back room.
Mr Rosie states fcbaft he went to the premises at 8.30 thi3 morning, and on going to leave bis bicycle in a room at the back, found deceased hanging by the neck to a ladder Rosie ran out into tbe street, and called in a Mr Sheridan and then rang up the police, who arrived about ten mimites' later: Constables Simpson and Shearan cut tbe body down, and empk lyed artificial respiration until the a rrival of Dr Inglis, who had been tal ephoned for. Dr Inglis could only pr onounce life extinct.
Deceased was about 44 , pears of age, a married man with three children, and resided at 182 Montreal Street. Until January last be w is a oartner In the firm of P. S- Nit ihqlla'& Co., furniture auctioneers for about three years. Upon the dissolut ion .of partnership he was retained a & auctioneer until about a month a/?o, when he ceased his connection. Hfi' had formerly had a business as a tobacconist in Invercargill, where he was very well known, and was the, Southla nd repre sentative wicket keeper. life was in the West Cbristcbnrch senior team hero Mr Keane suffered froca mental depression as tbe result of financial and business difficulties. H;is knowledge of tbe premises enabled bim to gain access to them. He slept in a room at the baok last' eight, and his bat, shoes and pipe wi jre found this morning. I
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