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* ■— Dr G. Danford Thomas held an inquest at St Panoras Coroner's Court on the body of Catherine Steward, aged sixty-three, a widow, who lately resided at 51 Little Clarendon street, Somers Town; and was drowned in the waters of the Regent's Canal, near St. Mark's Bridge,' Regent's Park, under extraordinary circumstances. The deceased had lived with an aged shoemaker, named James Bull, of whom she was very fond. Unpleasantness arose with her family, and she frequently threatened to drown herself. The deceased and Bull were seen struggling in the water in Regent's Park Canal, and, at great personal risk, Constable Farrington dived in and got them out, with the assistance of Constable Pulle. The woman was dead, but the man was resuscitated, and, on ooming to himself, i Baid : " Where is my Kitty ? Is she dead ? We jumped in together. I thought my hands j would never do any more work." Bull, a grey-haired, decently-dressed man, chose to give his testimony, which he did under the influence of considerable emotion. He said he was a widower, and.had known the deceased two years. She was very unhappy because of family matters. She threateued to drown herself, and he stuck, to her throughout the night and all the urxt day, trying to dissuade her. She was determined, however, to end her life, "and,*' added witness, " we deliberately did it—the pair of us. She would not live without ine, and I would not live without her, so we agreed to die together. When I found she was determined I said :.«. If you do it I will. We will both go into the water together.' She had hold of me when we jumped into Che canal." The jury found " that the deceased died from suffocation by drowning, and that James Bull aided and abetted her self-murder, himself attempting to commit suicide at the'time." Bull was then arrested, and was formally committed for trial.

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ROMANTIC SUICIDE., Evening Star, Issue 10429, 25 September 1897, Supplement

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ROMANTIC SUICIDE. Evening Star, Issue 10429, 25 September 1897, Supplement