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' PAKLIAMETfTAM JOTTINGS.…

A HUSBAND'S LIABILITIES.

THE GREAT HANDEL FESTIVAL.

ATTEMPTED MURDER AND SUICIDE.

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ATTEMPTED MURDER AND SUICIDE. On Wednesday, shortly before ten o'clock, a de- t or rained attempt at murder, followed by the saioide of the assassin, took place in the Trodegar-road, leading from the Old Ford station of the Great Eastern Rail- way to the Fairfield-road. Thomas Robinson, a rigger, about thirty-eight veara of age, accosted a man named Charles Lewis, a Thames waterman, who was at the time walking with his (Robinson a) wife, who, it appears, had been separated some time from her husband. Robinson went up to his wife and asked her to return to him and his two children at their home. She replied that she would not live with him any more, that he had threatened to murder her, and that she did not feel safe in his company, adding that he had not the children now. He continued to urge upon the woman to go home with him, and the altercation became more and more violent. Near St. Stephen's Church the woman called out that Robinson had a pistol in his hand, and her companion instantly closed with him, and with the assistance of a man named oovin, who was passing1, the pistol was, after some struggling, taken from him. Robinson then put his hand into his coat-pocket, and pulling out a second pistol discharged it at Lewis's head, who staggered to the bank by the aide of the road, blood flowing freely from his face, Robinson then drew a razor from his pocket, and looked for his wife, who had run away. He approached a lady who was passing, and greatly alarmed her by his looks and the weapon in his hand, but finding she was not his wife he did her no harm. He then rushed along the road, and on proceeding some fifty yards stopped and cut his throat in a. complete and dreadful manner, expiring almost immediately. Mr. Garman, divisional surgeon, was soon in attendance, and found that Robinson was dead, and that Lewis, who had been removed to a neighbouring surgery, had received the contents of the pistol in his right eye, the whole of the face being scorched and bleeding.. He was removed by the police to the London Hospital, where he now remains in a bad condition. From inquiries made by the police it would appear that Mrs. Robinson had been cohabiting with Lewis for the last two years, and that the deceased had con- templated the murder of both and his own destruction for some time. The body of the deceased was removed and placed in the dead-house of the district, and in- formation has been forwarded to Mr. Humphreys, the coroner. £ The Inquest. Mr. Richards, deputy-coroner for Middlesex, has held an inquiry at the Three Cups_ Tavern, Bow, re- specting the death of Thomas Robinson, thirty-eight who committed suicide, under very shocking circum- stances, after attempting to murder the paramour of his wife. Inspector Kerressey had the management of the case for the,police authorities. The widow of the rWn^Arl was in court, and appeared to be quite overwhelmed at the truly painful nature of her position. Inspector Kerressey handed in the following certifi- cate relating to the state Oi Charles Lewis, the man whom the deceased shot:— • T lS t0Jef? ^i^arlos Lewis was admitted into this hospital, June 28, with a gunshot wound in the eyeball and eyelid, and that he is not in a fit state for removal. T OA „ TR GEORGE W. MACKENZIE, June ou. House Surgeon, London Hospital. The inspector said that it would be impossible for Lewis to appear to give evidence for a fortnight at least. Frances Robinson, the widow of the deceased, de- posed: I live at No. 7, Alpha-place, Roman-road, and I am the widow of the deceased. I do not know where he lived. He was not living at 9, Bermuda-street, when I lived with him. but at 14, Rutland-street. I was married to him about fourteen years ago, and we bad thras children, two of whom are living. I left him fcarteen months ago. The Coroner: Why did you leave him ? Witness: Because of his ill treatment. I had left him = i three years before. He turned me out of doors. I don't i know whv. There was a quarrel. I don't know what about. When I went home one day I found he had another woman there with him. He would not allow me to stay in the house. He struck me and pushed me out of the house. I went to live with a remade friend at Woolwich for six months. My husband did not make me any allowance. I had not then seen Lewis. The affair with my hus- band was made up. I returned to him, and he treated me worse than ever. I left him then, fourteen months a??" •ii_ T .no*: quarrel about Lewis. I never went t i bad several quarrels about Lewis. 1 lett him to go and live with a Mrs. Brown, and I got my living by needlework. I have lived with Lewis ten months. He is a waterman on the Thames, and is forty years of age. My husband was a rigger. I only saw my husband twice during that time. He came to my house three weeks age. One of the chil- dren is at school, the other is at sea. When my hus- band called he threatened my life. He took a razor out aad said he would cut my throat. He attempted to take my life. The landlady same and calmed him. He then wanted me to leturn and live with him, but I refused. He then went away. The second time I saw him was Wednesday night, at ten o'clock, at the Old Ford Station. I was walking with Lewis. Inspector Kerressey said that deceased called when his wife was in the house during the day, but she would not see him. The witness continued: Deceased said, I have caught you at last." He took a pistol out of hia pocket and attempted to shoot Lewis, A gentleman passing wrested the pistol from him. I Deceased then ran after Lewis and took another pistol. I ran away. He shot Lewis. He then ran up the road after me, but missed me, for he ran the wrong way. I had the first pistol with me. I had helped with the gentleman to wrest it oat of my husband's hand. I cannot identify the pocket pistol produced as that pistol. Lewis is a married man; his wife is living. My children are aged respectively twelve and fourteen. I have a child by Lawis two-and-a-half years old. A j uror said that the witness's evidence about Lewis at least was contradictory. The witness said that her husband knew that she had the child by Lewis. He saw that child when he called upon her three weeks ago. Henry Colvin, 101, Armagh-road, said that on the night of Wednesday he saw the last witness and two men near the Old Ford Station talking excitedly. One of the men said, I want my wife to comelJack to rae." Lewis said that she might go, but the lady said she would not go. Lewis walked away, but the deceased called out, "Do not go away; lam not done with you yet." The lady called out, Oh, my God, he has got a pistol! H,-Ip i Witness and Lewis closed in upon him as he was about to fire, and got the pistol from him. Lewis put the pistol in his pocket and walked away. Mrs. Robinson said that she took the pistol out of Lewis's hand, and ran with it to the surgeon's. The witness said that deceased followed Lewis and shot him with another pistol. Witness ran and sup- ported Lewis, who said, "I can't stand; don't put me down." The deceased ran up the rsad, and stand- ing in the middle of it cut his throat with a razor. He fell, and crawled on one side. The police, who had heard the report of the pistol, came running up by that time. Mr. Garmau was called, and said that deceased was quite dead. The deceased was put on a stretcher and carried to the deadhouse. Alfred Barnes, a la"1, ga,ve evidence similar to the last witness, and added that when L,-wi-a got the first pistol he tried to discharge it downwards, but it would not go off. The deceased took out another pistol, put a cap on it, and, running after Lewis, shot him. He then ran to find his wife, and coming to a young woman pre- sented the pistol at her. He seemed to see she was the wrong woman, and he threw the pistol down. He palled out a razor and went down the road. He then jumped about a bit, as if glad, and then cut his throat. Wi saess ran for the police. This happened in the Tredegar-road. Miss Lucv Hutchinson, Globe-road, Mile-end, said tllat sh wa.s on the evening in question going towards F&iraeld-road when she hoard a pistol shot. A man came towards her as if running after some one. He came in front of her and looked at her. His eyes were half out of his head and he had the appearance of a madman. He had something in his hand. She believed it was a piatol. He seemed to think that he was mistaken, and he went away. Joseph Nioholls, 450 K, said that he was called into the deceased, and found him in the Tredegar-road with his throat cut. Witness got a handkerchief from a gentleman and tried to staunch the blood. He died almost immediately.^ Witness found on him a silver watch and 17s. lOd. in money. Joaeph Goodson, 227 K, said that he found a re- cently discharged pistol in the Tredegar-road about fifty yards from where the deceased lay. There was a spent cap on the pistol. The shot in the loaded pistol wa.s duck shot. Mr. Cornelius E. Garmau, Fairfield-road, Bow, said that he was called by the police to see the deceased in Tredegar-road. He was quite dead; his throat was fearfully cut, all the great vessels being divided. His death must have been nearly instantaneous. The wound had been inflicted with a razor. A juror asked whether the deceased wag sober at the time that the dreadful occurrence took place. Susannah Holmes, 9, Bermuda-street, Mile End- street, deceased's landlady, said that deceased lived as a bachelor in her house. He lived with no woman. He was a very sober, quiet man. For the last month he seemed to be out of his mind. He said on Wednes- day afternoon he could not bear to see his wife with another man, and that he could not stand it any longer. After tea he said, "Now I must have a glass for the last time, for I will do it." Witness took no notice, for he had often said he would kill Lewis if he could not get his wife. He was quite sober at the time. He used tg fret like a child. The Coroner having summed up, The jury returned a verdict, "That deceased com- mitted suicide in the public road while in a state of mental derangement."

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