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It is >vith pain tyiafr we have to record tlie occurrence of another violent death, the circumstances connected with which appear to point to suicide. Shortly before eight o'clock yesterday ano^ning, the "persons in Johnston's Melbourne B^otel were startled by hearing the discharge of a : g«n, which appeared to proceed from, the large sittingroom up stairs. x On the room being entered, a gentleman named Couche, a lodger in the hotel, was found dead on th,e floor, and a gun, recently discharged, lying beside him., On an examination being mnde, it was found that the deceased had bepn* shot through the head, th,e charge having passed from the moujih through the hinde? part of the head, scattering the brains about 'the room,' and blowing away portions of the skull. There , were no marks or wounds on the face,' and ifc appealed evident that the jrazzlc of the gun had been placed in his mouth. On a table close by, the portion of the rainrocl which iits over the screw used for drawing charges, ■was found, and the ramrod was also otaclied from tlie stock. The dece t ased had got up as usuAl about sjeyen o'clock and gone down stairsinto the bar, had some conversation with Mr Johnston, .and paid him an order for his hotel bill. '• He then went upstairs, and was seen by the house,nmid with a gun in hi^ hand,' which he said he was going to return^tn some person from whom he had borrowed it. -He passed into tlie large sitting room.-and nothing further is known of his movements up to the time that he was found dead on the ffoor. The deceased had for some time been employed as a clerkin^the Custom-house, but had recently left the service with the intention of going into busincs. On the preceding even- . ing lie appeared to be in his usual spirits, and had engaged to breakfast with a friend on. the fatal morning. " Nothing is known of any probable cause of filicide ; but he had been observed of late to be occasionally in an absent and desponding state, supposed to arise from some losses. he had. made in pecuniary matters.- The jmjuest "takes place at two o'clock' this afternoon at the Melbourne Hotel. ■■ ■ ' We have to remind our readers that the Amateur Concert in behalf of the funds of the Hospital takes place to-morrow evening, "at -the Religious Institution Rooms, Gresson street. We trust there will be a full room. We have received information of a suspected case of attempted — ami what may prove to be actual — murder, committed at Duffer v s Gully on Monday last/ A man, name unknown, a German, was found by his mates in. an insensible and apparently dying state, with a severe wound in his head, as if inflicted with a hammer. He r was at once conveyed to where assistanjc could be rendered him, and infoiniation was given to the police at the camp at the Little. Grey. We hear that the man, though insensible and in a- dangerous state, Ms not yet dead, but quite unable to give, any clue -to the matter. An extraordinary general meeting of 'the shareholders of tlie Greymouth and. Saltwater Creek Tramway Company, (Limited) was hoM in Kilgour's Union Hotel, on Tuesday evening, Mr H. Kenri'ck in the chair. The letter from Mr Commissioner Sale, granting protection to the line upon certain condi; tions was read by the Chairman aud submitted ■for the approval of the shareholders. . After some discussion, during which an opinion . was freely expressed -that the conditions'im--poseil by the Government were highly favorable to the Company, it was unanimously resolved, to accept the offer of "the Govern-, ment, and to have the Company registered ■forthwffh. -At a subsequent meeting of the directors it was resolved to push forward the works with vigor,, and at once to .call fortenstlers^for the necessary materials required. ,In the meantime,- Mr Baiii, tliccu'strJct surveyor, will complete the survey of. the line, which is already far advanced. • Mr James Payne ' was appointed <Jie paid Secretary to the Company, and a number of matters of a routine nature were disposed of. ■ ': We .are glad tt\ state that there is a possibility of Greymouth being visited by that highly talented, vocalist, Julia Mathews, but it much depends on .the support that ■will be guaranteed to the ~ enterpreneuf I ' Mr Kilgour whether an " engagement can be entered into or not. Wo would suggest that the course be adopted here which has been successful and satisfactory elsewhere, viz., that a certain number of tickets for the series of concerts be guaranteed by the public. At a ineeting of the Church Committee, held on Tuesday evening, at the Relifdous Institution Rooms, Gresson street, a letter was read fromj Mr Sale, enclosing a copy of the Educational. Ordinance, 1564, with instructions thai if desirable il would, be necessary to communicate directly with -the' Chairman of 'the Board of Education at Christchurch, and* stating that under certain conditions a sp'pcial site woul4 be granted for school purposes. The^ Secretary was instructed tq write and thank Mr Sale for his courtesy and attention. A letter from the Hospital Committee was read,, thanking the" Church i Cpuim^ttee for their donation to that .institution in the shape of a collection. ' An application frojin Mil Warren for the use of the room for a school was declined. A discu6sionj3nsuect' I;pn1 ;pn the. subject of- letting-the scats in th,e .building,* and a plan of the seats" was adopted, as also arrangements respecting th.c accommodation o£ -tlie choii\. ■

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Grey River Argus, Grey River Argus, Issue 108, 20 September 1866

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Untitled Grey River Argus, Issue 108, 20 September 1866