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A DOUBLE SUICIDE. " DEAD FOR OVER A WEEK. TIMARU, September 7. A remarkable case of double suicide was discovered this morning. An elderly couple named Heath, the man being a cabinetmaker who lost his employment three or four months aco through drink, were found dead in bed. They had been dead at least ten or twelve days. The couple occupied a four-roomed house, and neighbors, though only ten feet away, say that they had not seen them Bince Augu├čt 1?; but this is not reliable. The man bought an ou,nce of laudanum on the 19th ult. They left a long written statement, signed by both, stating that they were tired of the world and had made up their minds to leave it. No money was foutd in the house, and the larger portion of the furniture was gone. There was plenty of small furniture and some food. They had slept on bedding on the floor. Everything was scrupulously clean, and they appeared to have pu,t everything tidy before laying down to die together. The place was altogether very neat. They had washed themselves, put on their best, even new sleeping garments, taken the laudanum, and gone to bed to Bleep for ever. The bodies were found through the landlord getting the police to. enter the house, as he had been informed that his tenants had "cleared out."' The neighbors were under, that impression. Tbe couple were on very good terms, but had been given to drink, when they sometimes quarrelled.

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TIRED OF THEIR LIVES., Evening Star, Issue 8006, 7 September 1889

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TIRED OF THEIR LIVES. Evening Star, Issue 8006, 7 September 1889