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SENSATIONAL SUICIDE OF A SWANSEA TRADESMAN. SHOOTS HIMSELF IN LLANDAFF CHURCHYARD. On Tnesday afternoon, in the Llandaff Cathe- dral Yaru, a lad discovered the dead body of a gentleman who had committed suicide. Pinned to the coat was a telegraphic message, with a sixpenny stamp affixed, addressed to Davies, 3, St. Helen's Crescent, Swansea," and reading "Am lying dead near Llandaff Cathedral.— EDDIE." Enquiries by the police served to identify the body as that of Mr. Eddie Geen, who carried on a large plumbing business at the Swansea Docks, and who was held in great re- spect in the town. The news of the tragedy created the profoundest regret in Swansea. Mr. Geen belonged to a respected family. His father died only a few months ago, after a long illness, and the plumbing business had latterly been car- ried on by Mr. Eddie Geen and his brother. Mr. Geen was a married man with four children, his wife being a step-daughter of Mr. Councillor David Daviea. The deceased had been in very poor health latterly, and he was greatly concerned 011 account of his business, which, he thought, was falling off. The circumstances under which the tragedy took place conclusively show that it was premeditated. In one of his pockets was found a. receipt for a revolver, purchased in the name of Mr. Edwarda, B,8. Clarence, Cardiff." A box of cartridges was aIM found in the pockets, together with JE9 odd in money, and certain papers which indicated that the deceased had been engaged in settling up his father's will. INQUEST. On Wednesdsy evening, Mr. E. B. Reece, coroner, conducted an inquiry into the oircum- stances of the death of James Edward Geen, who was found dead in the Cathedral Yard at Llan- daff, on Tuesday. When discovered, deceased was lying en his back near a hedge, bleeding from a bullet wound in the head.—George Henry Geen, the first witness, said he lived at 26. Keiisington- crescent, Swansea, and was a marine engineer. Deceased was his brother, and was 32 years of age last April. Deceased was a plumber and coppersmith, and resided at 15, Brynymor-crescent Swansea. He was a married man, and left a widow and four children. Witness last saw de- ceased alive at half-past 9 on Tuesday, at one of his shops in Harbour-road. He did not then a&y he was going to Cardiff, and witness was not aware that be had any business in Cardiff.—The Coroner Did you notice anything the matter with him r-Ye5; ho was in a very nervous state, as if he bad St. Vitus' dance, and his condition was such as to cause me alarm. I asked him what on earth was the matter. Deceased, how- ever, pooh-poohed the idea that there was any- thing the matter with him, and said it was nothing.—It is reported in the papers that he had been in ill-health P—Yes, that is 80. Four months ago my father died, and an objection was raised to his will. The objection was afterward" with- drawn. He worried about this. He subsequently suffered from a very bad attack of influenza. He has been under the impression, also, that trade was luaving us. That had a lot to do with it.— The Coroner: From papers found on him it was shown that he was settling your father's will.— Yes. Witness continuing said deceased had been very low-spirited for some time. As late as last Monday, while he was at his desk, he euddenly exclaimed, throwing down his pen, "It's no use I can't direct my thoughts." The first intimation of the tragedy he (witness) received was a tele- Sram stating, Come to Llandaff at once; Eddy as been shot."—Rev. Edwin Wolfe, clerk in holy orders, Bolton, brother-in-law of the de-I ceased, identified the body.—Other evidence was I called regarding the purchase of the revolver and I the finding of the body, and the Coroner, in sum- ming up, remarked that the case was an exceed- ingly sad one. As to the fact that three of the five cartridges had been discharged, the only con- clusion to be deducted from that was the deceased fired off two in order to see that the revolver worked all right, as there could be no doubt that the discharge into the mouth up to the tem- ple instantaneously killed him. There could be no doubt that deceased was worried about his father's will, but that. would not have upset him to any great extent. He bad, however, been very ill, having suffered from influenza and peritonitis, and had been in a low state ever since. Influenza was an insidious rlisease, and affected sone people very strangely. It very often left great depres- sion of spirits behind, and deceased's mind for a time had no doubt been unhinged.—Tbe jury im- mediately leturned a verdict to the effect that deceased committed suicide by shooting himself whilst temporarily insane.

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