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ATTEMPT To MURDER A NON-COMMIS- SIONED OFFICER. A shocking attempt to murder a non-commissioned officer has Just ocourrod at Fulwood Barracks, near -Ike companion of Private Hayes, of the 2nd Regiment, was locked up at the dniTik +ha ^kitsuntide festivities for being w. ? gay,e the order being Sergeant Sweeney. Hayes got very angry at this, and deter- mined to have revenge of a most murderous kind. It °ffl^7;n°+>1i1ln0n"COmmissionedofficors to have P^ade in tahe larSe square at the barracks, and whilst they were going through this the next morning Hayes came out of his quarters, and marched within about 25 yards of the men, for the purpose, as it transpired, of seeing where Serieent Sweeney was placed in the ranks. Having satisfied himself he retired to a dis- tance of 40 yards from them. He then raised a rifle, whioh he had brought out with him, took an aim and then deliberately fired it at the head of the parson whom he thought to be Sergeant Sweeney, but who was afterwards found to be Sergeant Rogers. At the time he discharged the rifle he exclaimed, I'll give it you now," and then made off. By a most fortunate circumstance the life of Sergeant Rogers was saved. The rifle which Hayes had brought out with him was sighted for a distance of 400 yards, and as he was only about 40 from the sergeants when he fired the ball went higher than he aimed it, but so near was it that all the sergeants heard it whizzing just over their heads. Sergeant Sloan, of the 68th Regiment, followed Hayes immediately the ball had passed, overtook him, seized him by the neck, and held him until assistance came. Hayes was then taken to the guard-room and handcuffed. He was afterwards taken before the captain, and on being asked why he had fired the rifle he openly confessed that he wanted to shoot Sergeanb Sweeney, and no one else. He has been about a dozen years in the 2nd battalion of the 21st Regiment, and has been at Fullwood Barracks about twelve months. He is a middle-aged man, and before enlisting in the 21st Regiment, was drummed out of the Marines for de- sertion. He was removed to the guard-room to await further proceedings

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