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DEATH OF EX-INSPECTOR BROHAM.

A telegram from Wellington stalest that news has been received there by private cable announcing the death at Rome of Mr Thomas Brohaijp, ex-In-spector of Police in New Zealand. Ths cause of death .was pneumonia-.

The late Inspector Brohani was we'Jl known throughout the colony, and was an energetic and very capable police officer. He had been abow forty years in the New Zealand police force, and had only 'recently retired from the service. He was born in Limerick, Ireland, and came out to Victoria when a youth. For some time he serv-

sd .in the Victorian Mounted Police with the Bendigo-Melbourne gold escort. He was on the Otago diggings for about a year, and then he joined the police force in Canterbury, where Mr Brannigan was Commissioner of. Police. He was sent to the West Coast in 18G4 on the discovery of gold there, and went through some exciting experiences in the old gold digging days, Upwards of thirty years ago he became inspector in charge of the Auck* land district. In 1877 he was trans* ferred to Canterbury, and then to Timaru. In ISSB he was again transferred to Auckland, and remained here till 1593, when he was sent to Christ-j church. On leaving here he received d presentation of plate from the citizen^ of Auckland. THE CYRUS HALEY AFFAIR, One of, the principal exploits of tho late Mr Br.oham during his service in' Auckland was the sensational capture of the notorious Cyrus Haley, on Jan. 28, 1872. Haley created great excitement in Auckland at the time. He had gone out to the. residence of Mr Thos. Russell, at the Pa Farm, on January 23, after sending a most peculiar letter threatening- shooting, stabbing, fire' and "tortures" to Mr Russell, and had.fixed eight revolver shots through the windows into the house. Mrs Eussell and Mr Russell, junr., had narrow escapes from being- killed. On January 27th Haley set fire to two hay ricks at the Pa Farm. Inspector Broham left town early on the morning of the 2Sth for the farm, taking the Mount Eden Road. He was about 300 yards past the Eden Vine Hotel when he noticed a man approaching. The man jumped over the fence at the side of the road. This suspicious action caused Broham to at once jump off his horse and follow. He chased the man for some distance and at last came up with him and found the fugitive was Haley, Avho put himself in a fighting attitude. They struck' each other several times. Broham had a whip in his hand and he struck Haley with it. They then took hold of each, other and had a struggle. They fell, with Broham on top. Haley, who1 knew it was the Inspector of Police, continued to struggle, but Broham raised his whip again, intending to strike, when Haley, cried: "I surrender! I surrender!" The inspector got him to his feet, holding the prisoner by the collar. Brot&am then charged Haley with having fired the shibts in Mr Russell's hoiise and also with set* ting -fire to the hay ricks. .Hettookj Haley down to Albert Barracks. A number of revolver bullets were found in his pockets, and a revolver was subsequently found in the prisoner's house. Haley had a grievance against" Mr Russell over shares in the Caledonian gold mine. Inspector Broham received great kudos for his capture of Haley, who was subsequently ifoimci* guilty' of attempted murder, j

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DEATH OF EX-INSPECTOR BROHAM., Auckland Star, Volume XXXII, Issue 1, 2 January 1901

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DEATH OF EX-INSPECTOR BROHAM. Auckland Star, Volume XXXII, Issue 1, 2 January 1901

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