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A shooting tragedy occurred at Bathurst on September 5, when Charles Randwick Da Clouet shot hia wife, Mary Martha De Clouet, twioe in the head, inflicting wounds %vhich will, it is feared, prove fatal. De Clouet, and his wife t were married About ton yearo iigo,aud have lor the past two years lived at Mudgeo, where for a time the man was employed on Cox's Coola Station. Latterly he ha:V been out of employment. His wife was a dressmaker, and while her husband was , unemployed she is said to have been the only support of a family of four children, ranging in age from eight years to eighteen months. De Clouet i 3 said to have had cause for jealousy, and in consequence he and his wife quarrelled and separated, the husband taking the two boys and the wife the two girls. The former came to Bathurst, and his wife went to Sydney. tJe Clouet took rooms at the Oxford Hotel. His fiiends noticed a peculiarity in his manner and conversation. He subsequently left by the train with the children, stating that he Was going to Sydney;' but having Written td hia wife, promising that all the past would be forgiven, she left Sydney, and they met at Wallerawang, returning to Bathurst the same day. He, with his wife and family, stayed at the Oxford Hotel, and the ing day took a house. De Clouet and his wife went to inspect the house, and while there he drew a loaded revolver from his pocket, threatening to shoot her. She parleyed with him, inducing him to replace the weapon. He afterwards promised that' if she would not speak of . the affair he would return the weapon to the gunsmith from whom he. purchased it. Returning to the hotel, they continued to live together, but those around them noticed that strained relations existed. On September 5 De Clouet told his wife he was going to work, but he contradicted himself, aud she threatened to tell his elder brother unless ho did something for her support, aud with his consent she was preparing to leave for Lithgow by train. After breakfast the two retired to the bedroom, where words passed, and soon afterwards shots were heard. Mr Lawlcr, the licensee, was upstairs at tho time, andj passing the room, saw the wife in a stooping condition, and with blood flowing from a wound in the temple. He rushed to her assistance and was removing her from the room when her husband fired a second shot, the bullet lodging in the back of the head. He then rushed away towards the watchhouse, and meeting Senior-sergeant Morris in the street surrendered himself, telling the officer what had occurred, and handing over his revolver. He gave as his reason for committing the offence the unfaithfulness of his wife. In the meantime medical aid had been called, and Drs Machattie and Moore examined the wounds. Tho first bullet entered the left temple, passing through the eye, and lodged in the bridge Of the nose under the skin. The second bullet was found in the back of the head, lying against the bone. The bullet in the nose fell out, and that in the head was easily removed. The woman was removed to the hospital, and the doctors fearing fatal results the coroner was corns municated with, and her dying depositions were taken. De Clouet appears to feel his position keenly. After his mother's death he expected to come into possession of some property, but was disappointed, and it is thought that this preyed on his mind. He is about thirty years of age, and his wife is twenty-six.

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A BATHUKST TRAGEDY., Evening Star, Issue 10425, 21 September 1897

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A BATHUKST TRAGEDY. Evening Star, Issue 10425, 21 September 1897