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CHRISTCHURCH SENSATIONS.

SUICIDE OF RETURNED SOLDIER

REMITTANCE MAN RUNS AMOK

(BY TELEGRAPH —PS4ESS ASSOCIATION.) CHRISTCHURCH, Nov. 2. Corporal Archibald Burns, a returned soldier, shot himself with a revolver this .afternoon. Two men, motoring into Christchurch from the Rangiora Show, met him at Belfast and ottered to give him a ride into town, which he accepted. At Papanui he expressed a desire to alight, and the car was stopped. As his manner was strange, the motorists communicated with his parents, and, at their request, they returned and induced him to come with them, promising him they would take him either to the Waimakariri river or New Brighton. Coming down the Papanui road Burns became restless, and made to open the door of the car. He was prevented from doing so, and immediately produced a revolver and shot himself in the head, dying at once. At the inquest a verdict of suicide while in a state of unsound mind was returned. Deceased left with tKe Canterbury Battalion of the Main Body, and was wounded at Suvla. He was invalided to England, where he was under treatment for a severe nervous breakdown following his injuries. This afternoon, Willam Henry Allen, a remittance man, ran amok on the lawn in front of the Supreme Court. He asked a gardener, C. Morris, a returned soldier, if the Supreme Court were sitting, and, receiving a negative jeply, produced a bayonet and rushed at two^ carters who were conveying a case into the Magistrate's Court building. They fled. Allen, pursued by 'Constable Ryan, rushed into the court room, giving the Magistrate, the officials and others an unpleasant jar. Tn trying to intercept Allen, Constable Ryan was gashed on the arm with the bayonet. Escaping from the court, Allen, followed by the constable and Morris, rushed down Armagh street, where he was cornered by some carriers .and thrown, and the bayonet tak^n from him. This weapon gone, he milled a carving: knife from beneath his CO3+ and stabbed Morris above th<* -eve. He" was then handcuffed and ,+aken to the police station and placed in a padded cell.' Morris had his wound s+itched at the hospital. ?nd afterwards was able to proceed to his home.

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CHRISTCHURCH SENSATIONS., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LXXII, Issue 0, 3 November 1916

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CHRISTCHURCH SENSATIONS. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LXXII, Issue 0, 3 November 1916

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