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THE MURCHISON TRAGEDY.

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THE SUICIDE OF SEWELL. THREAT TO BLOW UP THE COURT HOUSE. REMOVAL JUST IN TIMEII kki'GJEiiibtjiiß ANb their QUARRELS. Further particulars regarding the ' suicide of the man Sewell (by dynamite at Murchison. yesterdaty, merely amplify the details from ouo own correspondent published yesterday, i It appears that Sewell had ..A 1 '■ longstanding dispute wiih Walte* , Nte&me' atod tho/t tho two have <beeq ' tin-friendly for a consi-deraibla pariqfd- ' I " e quarrel culminated on i this occasion in a civil suit) "brought 'by Neaane in connection with the purchase or ownership of some cattle. Sewell, who* was ; an elderly man of retiring Jiajbfits, was deemed to be eccentric, as he ha/d Ideas and -diotin-ns considerably In advanCa of the time. It fs fsai'S that he devised a Scheme of too tor traction long .before, motor cars or busses were tidimndll, amd Kis place bf a few acres. _has . sotthe curious and ingenious, mpohaaiioal contrdvaiices of his own ponstruotion*. He also seemed to; natve realised, tne Value of "open air treathieat'' long before medical science endorsed it. For health saike hnd other reasonsi he ujsed to sleep i*rt a vaaj.' which he had covered in, •j,nid ibecanso of, this he was fe-*3Jai*d-Sl as - A littlfe "dotty," Those tono knew Sewell very well, however, describe him as a quiet intelligent old man, extremely sensitive and retiring, but of a warm and impulsive temper. It appears that Sewell was greatly excited over the suit brought against him, and it is said that he had a revolver in his possession whioh it was said He intende'd to take with him to the Courthouse. It is also said that on Thursday some Murchison people declared that they Would not enter the 'building while Jewell was. . tiiere. Yeiarteraay morniiig,. at DQwnie's fiali, where tiie .Court :• was. being hold, SeweH is reported to have become violejjtly excited durina the progress of the suit, and he threatened to blow up the hall. The Magas irate, Mr Kenrick, reasoned with him, and advised him to go. .outside till he was calmer. Sewell went out, and Inspector Wilson; and Constable Scott followed, it is said with the Intention of placing him under proper caro. Whilst Inspector Wilson was speaking to Sewell, outside the door of the hall, Sowell put his hand to his waistcoat, and immediately there , was a dreadful explosion, evidently of dynamite cartridges. Sewell 's body, was terribly mutilated, a portiort being blown a distance away. Inspector Wilson, Constable ,Scott, and Mr Eliiah Bu*m "were the nearest to Sewell at the time and otherbystanders were not far away. All were stunned and dazed by the concussion, but Inspector Wilson and Mr Elijah Buan appear to have been the only others who were seriously hurt. Mr Bunn . was rendered insensible from .his injuries, but last night a wire received stated that he had recovered consciousness, and that there were hopes of his recovery. No advice had been received by 11 a.m. today regarding the condition of Inspector Wilson and others who had! been injured. Dr Conlan, of Reefton, was telegraphed fbr as soon as the tragedy occurred. It was providential that the Magistrate, Mr Kenrick, induced 'or ordered Sewell to leave the CourtVOoTT ?J, ° ther wise the dreadful dodd T ou « „« havo boen Perpetrated In a conftood space, proßa^ly killitog several people if is cerWn fch^ the roof would have been so shaken hfr« A bn -? g . do^ thti heav y tfanwall" JM* l S *» tI P portion <> f ««» T-, 7, f the hall :n the vicinity of the door, near where the explosion occurred, is blown in, and £. u>ral windows (of the adjoining premises have been shattered. S P

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THE MURCHISON TRAGEDY., Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XL, 15 July 1905

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THE MURCHISON TRAGEDY. Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XL, 15 July 1905

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