.AN EXCITING CHASE.» \ | NEWCASTLE (N.S.W.), April 77" At ah early hour this morning"' a man, whose name is given as Augustus Budda, was shot while in the vicinity of the residence of Mr. Percy Taylor, at the corner-of Bqurke and Ha'rgEave.-, streets, Carrington: He now lies in a precarious condition in the Newcastle Hospital.
About midnight Mr. Taylor, who was superintending stevedoring operations on one of the wharves, received a telephone message from his wife stating that some pejrson was endeavouring to hreak"~ihto" the house, and that she believed he had secreted himself' underneath the building. He rang up Sergeant Turnbull, and asked that officer to proceed at once to his residence. r 1
The sergeant had just reached the house when he heard a loud report, and Mr. Taylor appeared almost at "the" saih'e instant on the verandah with a smoking revolver in his hand, and' explained that he had fired the shot merely to frighten the man from beneath the house. Apparently the shot had the desired-effect, for Mrs. Taylor from the other side of the house suddenly called out, "You've missed him; he's running this way." Darting round the premises Sergeant Turnbull and Mr. Taylor saw a man scuttling away at top speed. - The police officer called out, "Stop, or I'll shoot," and was about to draw his revolver, when ■Mr. Taylor fired again; The fugitive, however, failed to stop, and for the third time i Mr. Taylor fired after him. This time the shot took effect, and the man staggered and fell to the ground.:'. When picked up he was found to have been shot in the left thigh. ; A cab was procured, and the injured man was taken to the surgery of Dr. Crawley, who on making an investigation found in addition to the shot in the thigh a bullet wound in the right side of the back.- The bullet had appar- | ently passed almost through the body, and was embedded under the skin of the left breast. Dr. Crawley regarded 'the injuries as of such a serious nature that the ambulance was sent for, and the man conveyed to the Newcastle Hospital. Before being placed in- the cab the man, in reply to Sergeant Turnbull, stated that he was a seaman on the steamer Period, which is lying at the sulphide wharf. He appears to be about .30 years of age, and is a foreigner.
The Hospital authorities state that the patient may recover, although his injuries are of a serious nature.
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