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SUICIDE AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE.

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SUICIDE AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. On Friday, Mr W. Carter, one of the coroners for Surrey, held an inquest at the Star Hotel, Norwood, on the body of a young man named Lee, who com- mitted snicide on Tuesday by throwing himself off the northern tower of the Crystal Palace. Mr Hart, and Mr Rose, clerk of the works, attended to watch the proceedings on behalf of the Crystal Palace Com- pany. The evidence adduced at the inquiry went to show that between five and six o'clock on Tues- day afternoon, as the men employed about the Palace were leaving off work some of them heard a noise in the vicinity of a smith's workshop at the northern end of the building as if of something which had fallen down from the tower. Two of them went forthwith to find out what had happened, and dis- covered the body of a young man about twenty feet from the shop door and ten or twelve feet from the northern tower. i surgeon was immediately sum- moned to examine the body, which he pronounced to be dead. The skull of the deceased was crushed, and several of his bones were literally smashed to pieces. The features of the face, however, were not in the slightest degree mutilated or distorted. Some silver and a cigar case were found on the deceased, as also a church service, in which his name, Thomas Lee, was found inscribed, with the date the 18th of January, 1868. It appears that deceased had been a draper's assistant, first at an establishment in Essex- road, and. secondly, at another house at which a similar business was carried on in the Borough. On Monday he entered the service of a West-end firm as salesman. He was at the same time informed by one of the managers that it would be necessary for him to obtain a recommendation from his former em- ployers. He referred the manager to the principals of the house in Essex-road, in which he had at first served as assistant, and they, in reply to a communi- cation addressed to them regarding the character of the deceased, stated that they had already given him a recommendation to the firm in which he had been employed in the borough. On application being made with a view to obtain the recommendation required, the principals of the last-mentioned estab- lishment returned such an answer that his actual employers found it impossible to retain the deceased in their service. It appears now, as stated in evi- dence by one of the brothers of the deceased, that there had been two persons named Lee in the em- ployment of the firm in the Borough to which refer- ence had been made. One of these was the deceased, who had always been well conducted, and the other was a man of a most dissipated and irregular charac- ter. When the firm iu the Borough was applied to for a recommendation of deceased, they believed the inquiry was made regarding the other person of the same name to whom we have alluded. On being compelled to leave his employment the deceased was greatly depressed, so much so, that one of the prin- cipals advised him to consult with his brothers, with a view to obtain the necessary recommendation from his previous employers. Be called twice at the house in the borough, in which he had formerly served as an assistant, but on both occasions the manager was out. His brothers advised him in the meantime to go down to the house of his mother, who resides in the neighbourhood of Norwood. Instead of doing so, however, he (proceeded, it would appear, direct to the northern tower of the Crystal Palace, from which he precipitated himself. The boy who was in charge of the tower deposed that deceased looked very pale and sickly when he applied for admission. Deceased must have thrown himself off the top of the tower, for it would have been impossible for him to have thrown himself out of any of the windows in the structure. It was stated that the distance from the gallery of the tower to the place in which deceased was found is over 200 feet. The coroner having summed up the evidence, of which we have given the material portions, the jury returned a ver- dict to the effect that deceased had committed suicide while in a state of intense mental depression. The Coroner added that he wished it to be publicly under- stood that the circumstances regarding the refusal of a recommendation of the deceased had arisen entirely from a misconception. We are requested to state that the northern tower will remain closed until an iron cage be erected around and above the gallery of the structure similar to those which have been placed on the Monument and the Duke of York's column.

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THE CHURCH ASSOCIATION.

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