A Wife Poisons her Husband.
THE WOMAN ARRESTED
Wellington, This day,
At 2.80 this morning a woman named Ellen. Blake was arrested at her residence, Frederick street, on a charge of attempting to murder her husband, James Blake, by administering poison. Blake, who is an old man of 73 years of age, has been removed to the Hospital, and is in a critical state. For some time Blake has been under medical treatment, suffering from stricture, for which he was using mercurial ointment. He was in the Hospital and recovered, but a week or two ago he was seized with illness, which had symptoms of general debility. A diagnosis of the case, however, led the medical men to suspect the presenqe of poison. It was suggested that this might have been caused by the ointment which Blake had been using, but enquiries on the part of the police resulted last night j in the arrest of Mrs Blake. i It is suspected that the poison used was calomel. Some of this drug was found in a purse or bag belonging to Mrs Blake. Her husband was removed to the Hospital. Blake is believed to be a remittance man in receipt of money regularly from a relative at Home. The woman now iv custody is his second wife. She is about 50 years of age. Later. Slake in a Critical Condition. Blake lies in a critical condition at [ the Hospital. For some time the medical gentleman attending him had a suspicion that he was suffering from poison, and on his complaining that the medicine had not been administered to the patient Mrs Blake changed the doctor. The new attendant held the same opinion, and late last evening the police were informed. At midnight the Inspector and a detective visited the accused's home, and took her into custody.
Calomel was the poison used, and the police are endeavoring to ascertain where it was purchased.
Blake is in receipt of remittances from his brother in England. Mrs Blake before the Court.