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''Mr. Evan Prosser, who committed suicide at the North Shore, Sydney, on the 20th instant, is well known in New Zealand, and especially in Dunedin, as a member of the firm of Kempthorne, Prosser, and Co. The event is thus reported in the Sydney Daily Telegraph : — A deliberate case of suicide and attempted murder occurred at Neutral Bay shortly after noon yesterday, ■when Mr. Evan Prosser shot himself at his residence, Raymond-road, and afterwards twice fired at his wife. About minutes after 12 yesterday Mrs. Prosser, having heard the discharge of firearms, immediately ran upstairs, and, going into the bedroom, saw her husband lying on the floor, with blood flowing from under his right ear. She endeavoured to raise him to Ms feet, but while doing so he pointed a revolver towards her and fired two shots, one of the bullets grazing her neck. She eventually managed to get possession of the revolver, and immediately sent for Dr. Shirlow, who, upon his arrival, ordered the removal of the unfortunate man to the North Shore Hospital, where attempts were made to locate the bullet by Drs. Shirlow, Clarke, and Rorke. When the revolver was handed to the police it was discovered that four of the chambers had been discharged. Mr. Prosser retained his consciousness until he arrived at the institution, when he collapsed, and expired about 4 p.m. Mr. Prosser, who was 60 years of age, was at one time connected with the late firm of Messrs. E. Prosser & Co., wholesale druggists, of Sydney, which business passed into the hands of the Australian Drug Company some years back. The matter was reported to the Coroner, who has ordered an inquest to be held.

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MR. PROSSER'S SUICIDE., Evening Post, Volume LII, Issue 58, 31 July 1896

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MR. PROSSER'S SUICIDE. Evening Post, Volume LII, Issue 58, 31 July 1896