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Ihe Birmingham coroner recently invests gated a case in which r young journeyman baker, named -Joseph Smith, committed euicida by throwing himself under a railway tram because his sweetheart had given him up. The young woman was called as a witness, and she appeared to be in great distress. She -produced the following letter which she had received:-"My dearest Love,—l am now taking up my pen for tho lastt time. lb breaks my heart to know what you have told me to-night. I cannot put up with it now it has come to that. When you were in the avenue it was come over, but now I am not good enough. But though we are parted on thia earth, we shall meet around that throne in Heaven. I hope, I know I shall be forgiven. It seems hard when I think of it. When I heard you singing those lovely hymns last bunday ! While you are singing them tomorrow I shall be gone to be with my Maker, where I shall be watching and waiting for-you. I hope I shall be put in the ditch by the roadside when lam found. I shah not say where all my savings are. They may rust away. No one else shall nave it. I have bad to screw to save it, bnt maybe someone will come" across it. I daresay people think I have got nothing because 1 dia not dress as fiuh as I might do, bub 1 have never had to run to «uncle's' with them.. My darling, I wish you to state things to mother, and do me a kindness, if you will. I wish you to put your photo with me when lam buried—the one I bought. Perhaps your heart will soften when you see me there. My only love! I have been true to yon in life, and I shall be in death. I cannot write more ; my hands are all trembling; so it will soon be all over. I remain, your heartbroken lover, J. Smith. So good-bye my darling till we meet again. With the love that I have always had for you. Farewell, love. I have done this for you. Some will say it is insanity, but lam in my right miud. It is lovo for you." It was stated that the deceased had saved nearly £IOO. A verdict of " Suicide durine temporary insanity " was recorded.

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A LOVER'S FAREWELL LETTER., Evening Star, Issue 10423, 18 September 1897, Supplement

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A LOVER'S FAREWELL LETTER. Evening Star, Issue 10423, 18 September 1897, Supplement