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THE SUICIDE AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Mr. Carter, the coroner for East Surrey, held an inquest on the body of the workman who on Thursday jumped from the North Water Tower of the Crystal Palace. It was testified that the deceased Thomas Jennings was 43 years of age, and had been employed as a workman by the Crystal Palace Company, off and on, during eleven years. His occupation On Thursday was with a gang of men collecting tbebroken iron, so that it could be weighed, from the ruinfed end of the Palace, next Rockhills, where the great fire had been. They were working at the base of the Water Tower. Jennings, after making some ordinary inquiry of a man with whom he was engaged, walked away from the gang. In a few minutes his voice was heard from the top of the 'tower. He shouted loudly, Good-bye, chaps. He was standing on the rail that surrounds the gallery at the "base of the great tank, and was waving. his cap. In- stantly he threw his cap up into the air, and sprang from the gallery. As he. descended the body turned once-round, and it struck the grovuM shoulder foremost. t The height from which lie had fallen was 220 feet. His corpse wahorribly mutilated. 1 lie had for some days previouslybeen very desponding, and had "been on the drink," one witness said, on Monday night, and had re- marked that it would be the death of him, that he never intended to have drunk again, and that he could see all manner of colours." On Tuesday night he was very low spirited, and said to his wife that he thought "something would happen" to him. On Thursday morning when he left home his wife remarked that he particularly kissed her and the youngest of his five children to whom he said'" Good-bye." This was unusual with him. The jury, after some deliberation, returned a verdict- That the deceased destroyed his own life by leaping from the top of the North Water Tower of the Crystal Palace while in a state of sudden temporary insanity, and the jury requested, that as the act committed might be an incitement to others of a similar character, that the Crystal Palace Company should take the precaution of so closing the tower that no other workman should be able to go up there without having first obtained the leave of some person in authority. Mr. Edwin Rose, the Crystal Palace Company's Clerk- of Works, said that instant arrangements would be made to prevent the possibility of any similar Occurrence for the future. J

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