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What appears to have been a case of determined suicide occurred this morning at Caversbam, when Arthur Empson, aged thirty-two years, cut his throat with a knife. Deceased, with bis wife, occupied a four-roomed house at Josephine street, Darley, Caversbam, having lately arrived from Western Australia. About eight o’clock this morning Mrs Empson got up, and, after getting breakfast ready, took a cup of tea to her husband, who was lying in bed. He refused to take the tea, knocking the cap over and spilling the contents over the bed. He said that he did not want the tea, and that if he did he would get it himself. Mrs Empson then left the room and went into the kitchen. She had been there some time when her husband came into the room, and, deliberately picking up a bread knife which was lying on the table, cut his throat, but only inflicted a flesh wound. His terrified wife ran outside, screaming, and immediately informed a neighbor—a Mr Waterson—that her husband was cutting his throat. Mr Waterson ran to the door of Erapson’s house, and saw decased standing in the middle of the kitchen with a knife in his hand, and with blood streaming from a wound in his throat. Mr Waterson, naturally very mnchexcitedat the spectacle, appears to have somewhat lost his head at this stage, and immediately left in search of a policeman. Constable Higgins meadwhile arrived on the scene, bat upon entering deceased’s house he found Empson lying dead in a pool of blood between the kitchen and a Small storeroom. The bread knife that deceased used in the presence of his wife was found lying on a sheet of newspaper, but another knife, the back of the blade of which was cut sawfashion, was found lying near, and the supposition is that deceased inflicted with the second knife the wound which resulted inhis death, Some years ago he owned a station at Rangitata, from which place he proceeded to Western Australia, and only arrived in Dunedin a short time back. While in Australia Empson developed signs of in. sanity, which we are given to under-' stand is hereditary, and was confined in a hospital there in consequence of the malady becoming more pronounced. Since bis arrival here deceased had been unable to sleep, and had fancied that daring the night telephones were ringing and people pursuing him, so that there is little doubt but that the deed was committed during a fit of insanity, He was a native of Yorkshire. He had no family, but has a brother residing at Wanganui. An inquest was held this afternoon, when the jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased committed suicide while insane.

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DETERMINED SUICIDE., Issue 8009, 11 September 1889

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DETERMINED SUICIDE. Issue 8009, 11 September 1889

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