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SUICIDE OF A BARONET'S SON.

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SUICIDE OF A BARONET'S SON. An inquest has been held at Conndon, near Bishop Auckand, touching the death of Mr W. G. G. Stokes (30), M.B., M.A., of Cambridge, who died on Satur. j day morning from morphia poison taken between Thursday night and Friday morning. Sir G. G. Stokes, who, with Lady Stokes, had travelled direct from Ireland on receipt of a telegram, identified the body as that of thpir son.—Evidence showed that Mr Stokes only arrived in the district to take a partner- ship with Dr Wardle on the 15th ult., and he took up reidence at Coundon on Tuesday last. The house- keeper left him in the surgery, but getting no answer next morning, she and a neighbour entered the room and found him apparently sleeping, but breathing heavily. On the mantel was a letter in ink aa follows:— August 24th, 1?93. My memory is going fast. My nerves are gone. I feel I am going mad. I mean to sleep sound to-night. May God and my family forgive me. WM. G. G. STOKES. 1.20.-1 am getting drowsy, but have not slept. 2.45.—Have got no sleep. I am tired of this. Dr Wardle kept him alive by artificial respiration, and kept the heart going by the action of electricity for 16 hours but he was never conscious.—The jury at first found that death had resulted from an over- dose of morphia taken during temporary insanity.— The Coroner: Does that mean he committed suicide by an overdose of morphia taken whilst temporarily insane ?—The Foreman No.—The Coroner explained the law, and pointed especially to the letter, and the jury then found that the deceased man committed suicide by taking an overdose of morphia whilst temporarily insane.

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