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CHATHAM ISLANDS.

A SENSATIONAL ACCUSATION. AN UNFOUNDED CHARGE OF MURDER. ATTEMPTED SUICIDE. [From Our Correspondent.] CHATHAMS, Jan. 23. We have had rather stirring times since 1 last wrote you. A charge of murder has been laid against Mr Langdale Hunt, of Pitt Island. It appears that a Portuguese named Manuel died some weeks ago, and a discharged servant of Mr Hunt's professed to think that his death had been accelerated by that gentleman. The case has been investigated by the Resident Magistrate, who has found that there is not a tittle of evidence to support the charge ; and further, that everything was done that could be done to render the last hours ot the deceased as painless as possible. Much sympathy is felt for Mr Hunt at the groundless accusation. On Jan. 12, a case of attempted suicide took place, the culprit being a Burnham lad named Charming. He has been working for a settler. The boy was brought before the Resident Magistrate, and stated that he "could not stand the life he led. Ho could put up with the hammering he got, but conld not stand the jaw." The youth got a rope, tied one end round his neck, and climbed a tree, tying the other end to a branch. He then jumped, but the branch broke. He was not, however, to be defeated. He chose another treo and went through the same performance. This time tlie branch held, but the noose round his neck did not tighten up. He was discovered hanging about two feet from the ground, black in the face. Mr Mitchell cut him down and carried him to Mrs Beamish's Hotel, where he was cared for. The police removed him from the custody of his employer, and intend sending him back to Burnham. The boy bears tho character of being a hard-working lad. Our Resident Magistrate is investigating a charge of aggravated assault preferred by Mr Black against Mrs Ritchie; the latter having, ib is alleged, attacked the complainant with a poker and inflicted some severe wounds. Mr Black is an elderly man, and has received a considerable shock to his system.

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CHATHAM ISLANDS., Star, Issue 5782, 28 January 1897

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CHATHAM ISLANDS. Star, Issue 5782, 28 January 1897

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