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SUICIDE OF A WELL-KNOWN MAORI.

THE INQUEST.

George P. Mutu, at cne time dhurch minister, shot himself through the heart in his. house at "Tuahiwi," Kajapoi, yesterday morning. . He was a well-known Maori, and owned a large property in the Native Reserves. Dyspepsia and mental depression are alleged to have been the cause "of his. rash act. -•,-,'-

The deceased was the only son of a distinguished Maori, who' saw the advent ofEuropean settlement. Under the tuition ' and training of the' Eev. Canon J- W. Stack. _fr Mytu showed great proficiency in .earning the English language, and read up for Orders, and was ordained by the late Rev. Bishop Harper. He took great interest in, St. • Stephen's Church, the foundation stone' of which was laid by the late Governor §ir .George Grey, and opened iv 1867. For many yeai*s he continued-to conduct the Maori service, and was a membsr of. the "Anglican" Synod. He' was twice married, his-first wife being Wickitoria Mtitiij a descendant of the chief of the Arahura hapu of the Nga'tahu tribe. His 'son; died at the.age of 18, and a memorial window to him is erected in St. Stephen's Church. ,One daughter, the wife of At. -Taiaroa, son of Hon. IT. K. Taiaroa, M.L.C., died some years ago?and his surviving daughter is the.wife of Lieut. W. XJm. Notices have-' been sent to all the native -settlements' of the South Island, and a large tangi is expected to be held. Th* remains will probably be enabalmed' till all can he assembled.

An inquest was hef.d before Mr H. W. jJLshop, Coroner,,and a jury,"of which Mr J. Lowthian Wilson was foreman, at deceased's late residence, Tuahiwi. ' Meowa Mutu, widow of the deceased, stated that site last saw Mut_ alive before she got up.- He came and kissed, her. and seemed in his usual health, which had not been very, good. She knew of no reason why he should take his life.. \Valter* Poliio said deceased called' him before 1 a.m. *in the house where he -hot himself, and told him to go to Kaiapoi. He put the horse fo the cart, md was told by deceased, to wait fcr orders. Witness returned in an hour, and .en going to the house, noticed a smell of powder. lv, the next room he saw decea-*ed lying 011 Ids back, ' dead- ''Deceased had said nothing about shooting himself. Constable Simpson deposed to finding r.n ths mantelpiece" five letters addressed to different natives. One to Mr Taitaha Ha.pc. dated June 22nd, said the people were not to think the deed was the act of any other than himself, committed after duly considering it. The letter also referred to mortgages and debts which , he • found it impossible to meet. The other letters were to a similar effect.

Dr. J. A. J. Murray stated that he examined the body. There was a gunshot wound in the chest, and death must have been instantaneous, as the gun had been presssd hi ird in. He had attended deceased for chronic indigestion and chronic bronchitis, with occasional attacks of

asthma. Th\s might cause insomnia, and so probably create ' depression of. deceased's mind. - „- . The jury forthwith found a verdict that deceased's death was caused by «■ gunshot wound, self-inflicted, whilst temporarily insane.

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SUICIDE OF A WELL-KNOWN MAORI., Press, Volume LIX, Issue 11307, 24 June 1902

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