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Yesterday afternoon (says Tuesday's New Zealand Times) Mr W. Tustin, painter and paperhanger, discovered a man in a frightful state of agony under one of the shrubs in tho Cambridge terrace Reserve. Ho assisted him to the City Hotel, nnd in answer to enquiries as to whether the imfortunate man knew anybody, ho repeated " Strike " two or three times. Mr Tustin went as quickly as possible to Mr Strike's factory, and acquainted him with the fact. Mr Strike enquired if Mr Tustin had seen a bottle in the man's possession, aud receiving a reply in the affirmative, the former exclaimed, "He has poisoned himself." It seemed that the man had threatened to do something of the kind in the morning, but little importance was attached to what he said, as he appeared rather moody at times. In the meantime Dr Fell had been sent for, but only arrived jnst as the unfortunate man expired. It is supposed that he poisoned himself by taking a dose of arsenic, as ho showed Mra Strike a Bmall phial about 1 p.m., aud stated that he had not more than five minutes to live. He represented himself as a doctor, but had been working for some time with Mr Strike, who employed him more out of compassion than for his ability as a workman. He stated that his name was Faroslav Marie Schiuoranz, and gave it to be understood that he was a " remittance man." He actually drew a cheque for £li>Q a few days asjo, and requested Mr Strike to cash it. Yesterday morning he gave another cheque to Mr Jacobowitch, tailor, Courtenay place. Both cheques were drawn ou the Bank of Australasia, and wore dishonoured. Those circumstances are supposed to have pieycd on his mind, and to have prompted the fatal act. At the inquest, Mr Fitzgerald, solicitor, said Schmoranz had told him he was the son of a chemist residing at Prague ; that he had studied medicine, and was a duly qualified medical man, but showed no diplomas. He appeared to have learnt English out of books, and spoke it very correctly, though his pronunciation was defective. The Coroner stated that great callousness had been shown by the people in whoso house ' the man lived, and who had seen him take the poison. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased committed suicide whilst in a state of temporary insanity,

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THE POISONING CASE AT WELLINGTON., Star, Issue 5454, 30 October 1885

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THE POISONING CASE AT WELLINGTON. Star, Issue 5454, 30 October 1885

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