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A SPATE OF SUICIDES.

Remittance Man's Rash Act

During the lont few weeks many tircd-of-llfe citizens have purposely shuffled off thin mortal coil. A month ago :i woman vet the ball rolling- by cutting her throul with a razor, and about two days afterwards a morbid minded male swallowed a bottle of lysol and passed out without unction. A wook afterwards a man with a length of hemp about his neck deliberately stepped Into eternity at about the same time a* a woman living a short distance out of Chrlatchurch shot herself. Then a couple of days later a Chrlstchurch vet. passed In hia checks, per prusalc acid route, and a. fellow At Hanraer went ratty with a roaor, but mis-cued and atlll hangs on to life. Last Friday a young fellow named Sidney Hipworth brought up tho tall end of tho cpldomte by taking poison on the river bonk, almost m the heart of the city. Illpworth'H contribution to the lift of suicides wns characterised by particularly pathetic circumstances. Sidney Hipworth was twenty-four yearn of ago, and was a recent arrival from Kugland. His people In Kngland had placed to his name In a Christchurch bank an nceomit on which ho could draw, at the nitc of ill a week, but tho young fellow, a ntntnjjcr m n, Nlrangf hind had longed for company and had reverted to splrlu to drown

his hankering for home. This had failed and presumably death had appealed to the despondent, friendless fellow as the only means of mental peace. At the inquest the Coroner, by a question put to one of the •witnesses, learned that Hipworth's father was m a big way m England as a flour miller and that Hlpworth's people had apparently sent him out to New Zealand to get rid of him. The deceased's wordly possessions, wjien' connected one with the other, suggest that Hlpworth was sent out to this country m order that he might forget his affection for a girl of whom his parents did not approve, papers belonging to Hlpworth, Indicated that he was a vocalist and had appeared on the stage m England. In his coat .pocket was a post card photograph of a pretty < girl, evidently an actress, across the face of tho card was Inscribed, "always faithfully yours," Doris Trevelyan. The deceased left the following note which was evidently intended for the original of the photograph: Good-byo Doris. I have never forgotten you and our meetings. 1 hope you aro now happier than 1 am. Farewell my little girl. Always — Sidney. On the following page of tho diary m which the note was written, the deceased expressed his thoughts: Miserable at wedding. Might as well be dead. Under the earth m three hours. To hln parents the unfortunate Hlpworth wrote exactly as ho felt: Oh, God! How can 1? after promising so much, and behuving liko a mad fool ever since, but thfs is all my fault? 1 I behove that had 1 remained under homo Influence things might have been . different. But here, away from till friends, I can't seem to be able to face anyone or nnything. Though my darling father and mo J thor' have done their best for me out (hero), I don't think they understood me, even ns a child. But no ono could have done more thon they- have In their love. But to what purpose? 1 am simply drifting, and to what end? God alone knows. God bless you, my dear \ ones, and thank you for all your ! goodness mmy many, many sins towards you. I feel that even death Is happier thnn life, now no one wants mo, •» Farewell, , SIDNEY. i At the inquest, formal evidence waa tendered, and the Coroner returned a verdict that Hlpworth committed suicide, by swallowing poison while m a Htuto of uriHound mind.

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A SPATE OF SUICIDES., NZ Truth, Issue 477, 8 August 1914

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A SPATE OF SUICIDES. NZ Truth, Issue 477, 8 August 1914

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