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CHRISTCHURCH, August 7. At the inquest on Hugh Wilson, who died through taking strychnine yesterday, it transpired that Mrs Wilson separated from him three years ago, but went to see him on Monday night, when he complained of being unwell. She thought that he had been drinking. A neighbor saw him get a drink of water at 9.30 a.m. yesterday, and half an hour afterwards heard groans. She went in and found him in great agony. Wilson said to her that he had taken sixpenny-worth of strychnine, having bought it at a chemist’s that morning, saying that he wanted to poison a dog, A verdict of "Died from poison taken while of unsound mind ” was returned.

WELLINGTON, August 7. .lames Barrett, a messenger at Parliament Buildings, hanged himself this morning. He had been drinking heavily for six weeks, and was drunk last night, when he seemed to be very depressed. He was found in a closet behind his house. Ho had fastened the door and tied his hands behind his back. His windpipe was fractured.

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SUICIDE., Issue 7979, 7 August 1889

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SUICIDE. Issue 7979, 7 August 1889

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