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TRAGEDY AT AUCKLAND

DOMESTIC DIFFERENCES

IPee United Press Association.]

AUCKLAND, November IG. A shocking tragedy occurred on Mount Pleasant road, Momrt' Eden, on Saturday uiternooii. Residents in the neighborhood heard four shots ring out from a house, and a few moments later saw Mrs Elsie May Ganelin run out of the dwelling screaming for help, with blood flowing from her breast and left arm.

The police entered by the back door, which opened into the" kitchen. Lying half in the kitchen and half in the passage-way they found the dead body of Albon George Ganelin, the husband of the wounded woman. Ho was lying on his right side, his head was in a pool of blood, and in bis right hand was clasped a new five-chambered revolver. The chambers had _ been all loaded and four of the cartridges had been discharged. Gaudin had committed suicide by discharging the revolver into his mouth. There was a pool of blood near the kitchen grate, and a bullet was found on the floor. Search resulted in the finding of a box of revolver cartridges in deceased’s bedroom. Five of the cartridges were missing. Reside this box of cartridges was a receipt for the purchase money, dated Saturday, November 14.

Tho deceased was 23 years of age, and is believed to have had no relatives in Auckland. He was employed as a liftman. Mrs Gaudin was removed to tho hospital, where she is making satisfactory progress. Sho said she was 2.'i years of ago, and had been married only a few years. They bad one child. At first they had lived happily together, but latterly they had quarrelled over money matters and on a certain question of principle. The discord reached its climax on Friday last, when, picking up her baby, she walked out of the, house to return to her mother’s homo in Newton, vowing never to return to him. As sho was going away her husband threatened her, but she did not take any notice of tho threat, and returned to her mother’s place. On Saturday morning at about 10 o’clock sho decided to revisß her homo to get some of the baby's clothing. When sho reached the house she found it locked up, so awaited her husband’s return. After having dinner with a neighbor. -Mrs Gaudin saw her husband unlock ami enter his house, and she went across almost immediately. When sho applied for admittance ho said “Come in,” and sho went in, telling him tho object of her visit. After she had made up the parcel of clothing she went along tho passage into the kitchen, when her husband sprang from a back room and brandished a revolver. Refore she could get away lie fired, and the bullet went through the palm of her left hand. Holding tip tho injured hand she had advanced but a step or two towards the kitchen door when he tired another shot, the bullet entering her left wrist, traversing tho bone of tho forearm, and emerging from the loft elbow. Upon the discharge of the second shot she made a dash for the kitchen door and endeavored to open it. As she turned the door handle her husband fired a third shot, which entered her left breast, a couple of inches below tho heart. She succeeded in getting out of the bouse, and screamed for help. THE INQUEST. AUCKLAND, November 16. At the iuque.-t on Gaudin Dr .Houghton described th- injuries. He said the woman i had complained to Inin that her husband i was si. frightfully mean man, that the wari Qage had been an unhappy one, and that 1 .dm had to ;i, oat to work and keep thha’oy. Tho inqv c-.t v;,w adjourned.

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TRAGEDY AT AUCKLAND, Evening Star, Issue 15651, 16 November 1914

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TRAGEDY AT AUCKLAND Evening Star, Issue 15651, 16 November 1914

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