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Suicide of a Socialist. A Bohemian's Sad End in New Zealand.

A countryman of the unfortunate Bohemian, Taroslay Marie Schmoranz, who committed suicide about a fortnight ago by taking poison in Cambridge Terrace, Wellington, has sent to the local papers the following very interesting memoir of the deceased :— I was surprised to see in your paper the account of the suicide of Taroslav Marie Schmoranz, who is my friend, and came with me in the same steamer from Hamburg to Sydney, and again with me in the steamer Hauroto, of the Union Company, from Sydney to Wellington. He is from the same town in Bohemia as myself, and I have known him from his childhood I would not trouble you with a letter, only I saw in your paper the remark of the foreman of the jury that he thought someone blameable for not preventing the young man from taking poison. Sir, his father is a wealthy chemist in my birthplace, about 12 miles from Prague ; and Schmoranz was educated te carry on his father's business.. But from his fifteenth year he became a member of the "Socialist" party, and was a leader of a branch of this 1 Society in my native town, which was a cause of ruin, to many hopefu . boys. He himself was many a time im-' prisoned, and the Government refused to grant him' a license to carry on his father's business ; nor was he allowed to sell any drug, for fear that he would poison Jews or officers of the Government. Our Austrian Government keeps every branch of that business or occupation under control. Schmoranz; was altogether lost, and his only hope was to emigrate. I was at that time home from New Zealand, and I advised his father to send him with me, because here in ]New Zealand ' there is not such a party as Socialists, and I had a hope that he might be a useful member of this colony, more especially as he had money to get at the age of 25 years. His father paid his passage and deposited some money with me, and went with us to Hamburg to see him off, in April last year. Every family that had a grown son was glad to see him gone. His Socialist thoughts made him completely useless for any steady occupation, and he wap dissatisfied with everything. He was in the habit of carrying with him morphia and strychnine, and took every day a dose of poison, saying that he wanted to forget his miserable life. I had authority from his father to take away any poison I could find with him, and was told not to give him any cash for fear that he should buy poison, but there was no help. Even sleeping he kept the small strychnine bottle 'so firm in his hand that it was impossible to get it. On our passage out he was always contemplating suicide, and I think he had a nature that was born for self-destruction. He was this year 22 years of age. He wasn't a swindler at all, and he could reasonably expect money from home, because his father promised to send him money so soon as he knew his address."

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Suicide of a Socialist. A Bohemian's Sad End in New Zealand., Unknown, Volume III, Issue 132, 12 December 1885

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Suicide of a Socialist. A Bohemian's Sad End in New Zealand. Unknown, Volume III, Issue 132, 12 December 1885

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