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A YOUNG-WOMAN'S ESCAPE.

' ' FROM : H^ : JEALOUS LOVEK." KEVOLVIIR MISSES FIllB. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) : CHRISTCHUROH> Friday. : An inquest -was held at the' , hospital this morning by Mr.; H. W. BishopjCoroner, concerning the death? of James Orr, 1 a wharf labourer, 30 years of age, who shot himself on Wednesday in a fit of on the doorstep of No. 73, : Falsgraveetreet, after quarrelling with a young woman with whom he had been keeping company. V Sophia Spoor said she had not been engaged to Orr, although she had been keeping company with him. with a view to marriage. Orr asked her to marry him, and she asked for a couple of months to arrange matters. On Wednesday he. asked her to marry him in a fortnight. She said she wished to go on a fortnight's holiday, and would many him when she came back. He was very jealous, and said she should not go. About 0.15 p.m. •he said, "You will be a corpse to-night, and mc with you." They got inside the gate, and he said, "I have got the thing here to do it with," pulling out a.revol-. ver. He caught both her ' hands, and aimed the revolver at her forehead, pulling the trigger three times, but the weapon did. not go off. When it refused to fire, he let her go and rushed to the gate to.get near a lamp, apparently in order to see what was wrong with the weapon. She then ran inside! Afterwards he fired a shot In the back yard-to test the weapon. The previous evening he said, " I don't think you have enough love for mc, but you have had your day and I will have mine." This referred to Easter Monday, when she had gone to the races without Orr. She had liked him very well up till last week, but had not intended to throw him over. , "Are you sure he clicked the revolver?" asked the Coroner. " Yes," responded the witness. " Then you must have had a very narrow escape from losing your life," replied Mr. Bishop. " You are a very lucky woman, for by the look of the weapon he evidently meant business." Constable McCormaok said that' he reached the house about 9.50 p.m. in company with Constable O'Connor, and did not see Orr until they got to the gate. He was standing in the doorway speaking to somebody inside. They crept up.quietly and got on to the lawn, but ■when they were about six feet away, he slightly turned his head, and they saw a flash, the man falling on.his left side. , The Coroner returned a verdict that Orr committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver, and added that there was no evidence as to his state of mind.

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A YOUNG-WOMAN'S ESCAPE. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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