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DOMESTIC TRAGEDY. Six Children Murdered. SUICIDE OF THE FATHER. ^VBaliifcury correspondent telegraphs that a "*3*39 waa discovered at Amesbury, a '"age od the borders of Salisbury Plain, in the J?* hoars ot Saturday morning, a father, it is J'ftRed, having murdered his six children and JjJ1 committed saicide. man's Dame is Peter Head, and he was a **«ired sergeant-major in the Royal Garrison rf|lery. He was in receipt of a pension, and °ded to his income by acting as insarance On Friday afternoon it is stated he suggested *? oi»wife he should take the baby, a nine months apparently in J8 good spirits. He called at the Bchool for "?• five other children, who were in attendance ^ere—three boys and two girls—whose ages ?nKed from tbree to 10, and they were all sesn 7 the villagers as they passed along the road, • father chatting playfully as they walked. Nothing more was beard of them, and as the fell and they did not return the police *ete communicated with. Soon after midnight Policeman made a gruesome diicovery. Passing an unfrequented road which skirts a deep °°aea gorge, the light of his bull's-eye fell upon dead bodies of the baby and the eldest girl, lo, lying in a pool of blood, with their j?'°*ts cut, and about 80 yards further on, by "ids of some ricks, he came across another -e girl, also with her throat cut. On the other Were the father and his three little sons, J;1 With their throats horribly hacked, and on Staas hard by was a blood-stained razor. *he man lay without coat, waistcoat, collar, J1 *'•, and these, vith another razor! which bore of having been employed in the crime, tre found piled up in a heap. is A letter was found upon tbe father in which it ? s'ated b& acknowledged the authorship of the but gave no motive for his terrible act. The Wieg were removed to the workhouse, and a examination showed that death took *2b some five or six hours before the unfortu- >ictima were found. U a family of nine only the mother and one *°ghter survive. Head had only lived I Amesbury some IS months, coming u001 Andover, HantB, though it is not i°°wn where his home is. The nsigh- ui??8 in the village say he was a very in- ,"IRent man, who led a most respectable life, «o (ar as is kn^wn, wqs not in difficulties. Widow is naturally prostrate with grief, and throw no light upon the occurrence. From ju# Position of the bodies as found it appears tae eldest child endeavoured to runaway v the baby, as tbeir corpses were considerably J'er the high road than the others. e«^n Andover corresnondent says:—The tragedy & painful sensation at Andover, where and his family were known. When he left T^'Und he invested his savings whilst in the ]t<ny in the purchase of about seven acres of Jod kt Picket twenty, on the outskirts of {^dover. and this he developed as a poultry fit?0' -^he venture, however, proved a financial |T -r" .md he is said to have lost all his j 'Oga. The neighbours say that Head was J^'ion&tely fond of hiscbildren, and waa of a disposition. He was known to have oon°iderably from sunstroke whilst in • »rmy jn India and when at Picket Twenty careful not to expose himself to the sun w1°l> Weather. He was in receipt of about £ 1 a 12ek. He resided at Picket Twenty for about 1 Months, and it was here Alfred, one of the children, was born, When he left Andover q w»s employed at the Institute at JBulford )hV*1", Dnrrington, and elsewhere before moving 0. to Amesbury. It is believed that the loss lip C'flltal on the Picket Twenty holding preyed mj? ">8 man's mind, and latterly he had an "itionaJ trouble in being called upon to sup- 1_" bis mother as well as his own family. The was let to a tenant, but Head himself not a»ain face the scene of hia fiuancial Mrs Head visiting the farm in February. tw"1 inquest into the circumstances of the w^dy on Salisbury Plain, in which six children 5?*" murdered by their father, who afterwards h0>tt8d smcide, was held at Amejbury Work- 8ft* on Mo.id«v evening by the coroner for Wilts, Mr Richard Wilson. >». Robert Head, was stated to be 47 oJ R"e» ani* tbe cames Bn<* aRa* U **n were given as follow :—Wildred Grace, ,i « Florence Ellen, seven; William Robert, (} Peter, four Alfred, two; and Froderick nine months. U» • Coroner having briefly referred to the J» r,tl9 nature of the tragedy and to the fact that wife was quite unable to the evidence of identification was given by Edward Kingsley, Portsmouth, Head s S^er-in-law. k?-S. Scott described the discovery of the ffiS and said that the youngest boy was blind- ed with a handkerchief. Head s body was $^ Tartly dressed and hia jacket and waiBtcoat apparently baen carefully placed on the uj0Q&d wite bis hat on top of them. Underneath bat was a pencil-written note, addressed to Coroner, which read All are dead and in GoS have mercy on my soul. I have 1\ a terrible sufferer." Qbr. Lockver, of Ameabury, who said that must have been practically instantaneous ?*ery case, stated that he knew deceased very fc*nv and he had lately said he was greatly rrUd over non-com pi sted proposals for insur- Evidence having been given by Charles schoolmaster at Amesbury. as to deceased 8t the aehool for bis daughter Grace on k?day afternoon and afterwards walking to- the downs with bis children, IJ^ttery-Sereeant Stamp, of the Royal Garri- Artillery, stationed «t BnUord, deposed to a letter from Uead, in which be said t1 »tti going to cioss the line with my poor With aU hope of successful work gone, I to take my life and the lives of my tfc11 boy*" well. I cannot leave them to Will you accept my medsls, as I have Ij °«e to leave them to." This letter was Ij one to leave them to." This letter was Tp'd, Yours, not a coward, P. R. Head." ^be Coroner re*d a letter which Head had to the vicar of Amesbury, in the course ^hich he snid, I have to thank you for your to me. I am sorry I have lost all .hope w ^etting on. I am completely worn out with and reverses. God forgive me for all, but » triei har J to be a good man and lead a life. Do not think too hard of me. 1 have been to your chuich and asked my God to Ijj 1116 and have mercy on mi. Bury us all Ijj me and have mercy on mi. Bury us all I w'dow, in her statement made to the u 0l>er at her bouse, said they bad lived happily Mother, and her husband's first thought was tk^Ss for her and the children, He had never oc suicide, and when he read of any such c0 fences he would say, He must be a fen 5 if anything happened I would face the Some years ago he had a fall from a iurp&rt, and she thought that had aSected his On Wednesday night he complained of »0 and said he feared be would lose bis rea- ls. 'f thev continued. Her husband had a psn- i>?, £ 1 a week. Hd0 ia-ty retarned vardictof" Wilful murder suicide whilst insane."

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