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MYSTEHIOCS DEATH FROM ACONITE OF A CHAMPION PEKINGESE £100 REWARD OFFERED. Choo Tai of Egham. a champion Pekingese dog. valued by its owner. Miss Violet Ashtou Cross, of Lea House. Egliam. at £2.000, has died mysteriously of aconire poisoning (says "Lloyds Weekly" of May 4). The owner offered £100 reward- for information that wonld lead to the detection . of the slayer. 1 It is suspected that aconite was placed in I its pen at the Southampton show, at which it was adjudged champion, during the dog's absence in the ring. Miss Ashton Cross had been warned that there might he danger of poisoning, and had taken every , precaution as she supposed. j But the little animal became ill after the I judging, and was taken home, where it gradually became torpid, and. despite the most skilled treatment, died on Monday. ! Although the dog was only two years old. it had won five championships, the Pierpont Morgan Cup, and neariy two hundred other prizes. Miss Cross, who" is known ail over the country for her successes at dog shows, had refused an offer of £1,500 for him. "Choo Tai was the best dog I ever had." said Miss Cross, in an interview. "The only theory I can form is that someone put a piece of poisoned liver in his cage while he was away to be judged, and that it escaped our notice afterwards. On the day before -we went to Southampton Choo Tai had been 'best dog' in the show at Newbury, i "He was all right at Southampton till the , afternoon, and then he was very sick. The next day he was sleepy, the next day a little better, and then, though he was given oxygen and everything was done that could ! be dene, he grew rapidly worse, and died j in his sleep." i

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£2,000 DOG POISONED., Auckland Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 141, 14 June 1913

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£2,000 DOG POISONED. Auckland Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 141, 14 June 1913