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SUICIDE.

A sad case of suicide occurred early this morning in Taranaki-street. The name of the deceased was Steinmuller. He shot himself through the head with a revolver shortly before 2 o'clock. An alarm was promptly given, and a doctor was quickly on the' spot, but at once pronounced the/ case a desperate one. The unfortunate man was alive but quite unconscious. He was removed to the Hospital under the care of Sergeant Price, and received every attention, but sank quickly, and expired about 9 o'clock without having had any return of consciousness. It appears that the deceased, who was a tinsmith by trade, latterly had believed himself in somewhat straitened circumstances, owing to a falling off in his business. Some time ago he purchased Borne goods from Air. E. W.. Mills, bet soon after went to that gentleman and begged him to take back the balance remaining unsold, which Mr. Mills kindly consented to do. It is conjectured that the depression arising from this embarrassment, real or imaginary, may have preyed ou his mind, and led to the act. We learn, moreover, that he for- i merly lived in Queensland, and experienced a sunstroke there, and that subsequently on the voyage from Melbourne to England he made an unsuccessful attempt to commit luieide. This, therefore, is the second '

attempt, and unhappily has been only too successful. The deceased leaves a widow and family, several of whom are in employment. He was in the habit of sleeping in a separate room, and last night retired apparently as usual, and nothing was heard until the family were aroused by the report of the. pistol. Possibly more particulars may be forthcoming at the inquest, which will be held by the Coroner, Dr. Johnston, at the Hospital to-morrow afternoon.

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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume XII, Issue 148, 21 December 1875

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SUICIDE. Evening Post, Volume XII, Issue 148, 21 December 1875

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