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DRINK AND CRIME

♦- . CORONER'S CAUSTIC.' COMMENTS The inquest concerning the death at 0311*1101: of Alexander Rao was continued last week. Rae, it will be remembered, first attempted to take the life of his wife early on the morning of the 4th infit. by cutting ner throat with a razor, and then inflicted two ghastly wounds, on his own throat, to which he 6uccumbed. After taking the evidence of Mre Rae at a private hospital, <he coroner found that the deceased had oomm'tted suicide whilst in a state of madue.-s induced by drink supplied to him by some jierson unknown. In announcing his verdict Mr J. T. M- Horneby said : I cannot stress strongly enough the feeling of abhorrence of whoever it was who conveyed the liquor to the lale Alexander Rae, the liquor which caused him to do the awful deed. Whoever did so convey the liquor to a man who was prohibited, and who was known to go mad wher. he obtained drink, must be held guilty of being the primary cause of the dreadful happening on the night of the .3rd inst. Surely anyone with the feelings of a man in his breast should realise the horrible natwc of the crime he commits when he carries to a prohibited man the means to drive that man crazy. It is mater for keen regret that the evildoer in the present instance cannot be discovered, but I would appeal to every nuin in the community to reprobate such acts, and to those who . may at any time be tempted to supply liquor to prohibited persons I would say : " Don't- commit this crime against your own manhood."

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DRINK AND CRIME, Issue 15633, 26 October 1914

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DRINK AND CRIME Issue 15633, 26 October 1914

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