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THE INVERCARGILL TRAGEDY

BAXTER'S WILL. Sitting in chambers this morning, Mr. Justice Chapman granted probate of tho will of James Reid Baxter, late of Invercargill, seedsman, deceased, to the Public Trustee. Details of the tragedy which a fewmonths ago startled and horrified everyone throughout the Dominion will be fresh in the minds of our readers. Mrs. Baxter and her children were discovered in a dying condition. On a search being made of the house, in which the Baxters lived, the husband and father was found in the bathroom with his brains blown out. The evidence at the coroner's enquiry indicated that he had first attacked his family with a piece of iron, and then shot himself. His widow and children succumbed to their injuries. The will left by Baxter bequeathed all the estate to the widow, and administration of her estate was therefore granted by the court to the Public Trustee. On her death the estate devolved on her children, and vested finally in the last surviving child. Accordingly, administration was also granted ,to the Public Trustee of the estate of John Colin Baxter, a minor, deceased, and Phyllis Baxter, a minor, deceased. A devolution of the whole estate of the father and mother became vested in Phyllis, the last surviving child, and distribution will now be made amongst her paternal and maternal relatives.

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THE INVERCARGILL TRAGEDY, Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 139, 12 June 1908

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THE INVERCARGILL TRAGEDY Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 139, 12 June 1908

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