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TERRIBLE TRAGEDY.

Sydney, August 30. A terrible trageedy was enacted in George street this forenoon, re. suiting in a girl named Lily Garrick, being shot dead by a tobacconist named Lisson, wnile several others were wounded. Lisson is carrying on buoiness in the street named, and the girl murdered was a sister of Mrs Lisson's, and was staying with the Lissons. Lisson opened his shop as usual this morning, and shortly after he went upstairs to the rooms where the family lived, with a traveller named Mordaunt. Subsequently a shot was heard, and Mordaunt, wounded in the head, rushed out. When the police arrived on the scene, they found the girl shot dead. Lisson's two little boys heads were badly battered, and their condition is regarded as serious. Mrs Lisson, who endeavoured to save the children, was seriously wounded in the arm. Mordaunt states that Liseon suddenly attacked him with a hammer, and after a severe struggle he managed to escape. Subsequently Lisson attacked other members of the family, and then attempted to cut his own throat. He was taken into custody. Later Particulars. Mordaunt, who was traveller for Lisson, quarrelled with him a few days ago, but the latter expressed regret, and asked Mordaunt to come this morning and sign an agreement. It was while writing this dooument in the office that Lisson felled Mordaunt with a hammer. In the desperate struggle for life which ensued Lisson dropped the hammer and rushed at Mordaunt with a knife. Just as the point of the knife touched the lobe «f Mordaunt's ear, the assailant slipped, and Mordaunt, breaking away from him, escaped. Lisson's wife, evidently hearing the struggle, entered the room and threw herself upon the infuriated man, and prevented him pursuing Mordaunt. Lisson then shot at her, and as she wrenched the revolver away the bullet passed through her hand. Lisson then dashed out of the room, when he met his sister-in-law. He meanwhile had pioked up a shot gun, which was fully loaded, and he fired at his relation at a short range. The full charge entered under her ohm, inßtantly killing her. Lisson's two sons, Victor and Rowley, aged 9 and 7 years respectively, were his next victims, the father battering in their heads with a hammer. A police officer smartly seized Lisson, who (contrary to the first statement) made no attempt on his own life and went quietly to the Police Station, remarking that he wished he had finished the Jew, referring evidently to Mordaunt, and said he ought to have killed the whole lot. The eldest boy is making good progress, but the youngest is being operated on. The prisoner is of French extraction, bui a native of the Colony. He is a mac of means and property, but he has an ungovernable temper, and is re gardea as a somewhat dangerously violent man. He occupies his tim< in the cell in whist ing and singing So far the actual cause leading tc the tragedy is not known.

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TERRIBLE TRAGEDY., Colonist, Volume XLI, Issue 9264, 31 August 1898

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TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. Colonist, Volume XLI, Issue 9264, 31 August 1898

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