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SLEEPWALKER'S PISTOL.

A clkrk named Hollis, of Washington, his killed his wife while he was asleep, and did not know of his crime until he was awakened. Hollis has been a sleepwalker since childhood. Numerous burglaries having taken place in the neighbourhood of his house, he purchased a revolver, and kept it by him. His wife rose very early in the morning to attend to a fretting baby. As she returned to her own room Hollis, still asleep, heard her, and fired a shot. _ Mrs. Hollis' mother, Mrs. Forsythe, heard the sound and hastened to her daughter's room. She found her clinging to the bedpost. " Hugh shot me," said Mrs. Hollis, and died in her mother's arms. It took the mother some minutes to awake Hollis, who became frantic, and twice; tried to .shoot himself. Mrs. Forsvthe declares there is no doubt that Hollis was asleep when he fired, even the sound of the explosion not. waking him. Though a coroner's jury has exonerated him, Hollis is in* hospital, a nervous wreck, and was unable to attend his wife's funeral.

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SLEEPWALKER'S PISTOL. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 13757, 23 May 1908, Supplement

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