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TRAGIC SUICIDE AT CHESTER. ♦ 'BETTER DEAD THAN LIVING.' THE BODY NOT IDENTIFIED. Another sad case of suicide with carbolic acid has to be recorded. At midnight on Thurs- day, P.C. Pruett, of the City Police Force, was informed by Mr. Jas. Owens, of 23, Watergate- street Row, that a man in the Row was behaving in a suspicious manner. The officer there- upon immediately went to the Row, being just in time to see the man take the fatal dose out of a bottle. He shouted to him What are you doing ?" and snatched the bottle from him. The only reply he received was I have done it." The bottle was labelled Carbolic acid. Poison.' The constable had in the meantime signalled for assistance, and Inspector Culliford was promptly on the spot. Drs. Hopkins and Harrison were sent for, and pending their arrival Inspector Culliford and P.C. Pruett gave the man lime water. Dr. Harrison applied the stomach pump to the man, and after doing all he could for him, re- commended that he should be taken to the Infirmary, where the unfortunate fellow died. He is a stranger, and is aged about fifty years, his name being unknown. He has dark brown hair, and a beard turning grey, and was wearing a brown jacket, tweed trousers, low boots, and a soft felt hat. In his pocket was found a railway notice bill, on which was written the following pathetic message:—" I am a mechanic out of work. I am knocked up with tramping from place to place, and cannot get food. I am better dead than living." THE INQUEST. Mr. E. Brassey, city coroner, held an enquiry into the case on Friday afternoon at the Infirmary.-The Coroner said the police had made exhaustive enquiries about deceased, but had failed as yet to identify him. His photo- graph, however, could be taken before his burial, for the purpose of identification.—James Owens, residing in Watergate Row, said about 11.30 the previous night he noticed from his house a man sitting in the row on the stall opposite, acting in a somewhat suspicious manner, and watching around him as if looking if anybody was about. Presently a policeman came past, and witness drew his attention to the man.-P.C. Pruett deposed to finding deceased in the row in an excited condition. Witness turned his lamp on the man's face, and at that moment deceased snatched a bottle from his coat, and putting it to his mouth, appeared to take a big gulp of the contents. Witness took the bottle from him, and the man then said, i I have done it; it is all over." The bottle (produced) was at present two-thirds full of car- bolic acid, but witness could not say whether it was full before deceased drank of it. Other policemen came to witness' assistance, and Dr. Harrison also arrived. The man was eventually taken to the Infirmary. Deceased had in his possession nothing except the railway notice bill. Dr. Harrison said he found deceased in an unconscious state, smelling of carbolic acid. He had bad an injection of ether, which had partially revived him. Deceased was ultimately removed to the Infirmary.-Dr. Emmerson, Infirmary surgeon, said deceased was admitted about two o'clock that morning, and died about half an hour afterwards. The body was fairly well nourished. —A verdict was returned that deceased com- mitted suicide, but there was no evidence to shew his state of mind.

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