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SUICIDE OF A CROYDON MAN. PITIFUL, STORY OF FAMILY DIFFERENCHS. Giving evidence at Friday's inquest on Robert Thomas, 69, a Croydon coachman, who drowned himself in the Wandle, Mrs. Emily Thake, his daughter, said ho had been out of work and suffered from rheumatic gout. To- wards his support witness and her husband contributed four or five shillings a week, and deceased also received half a crown from her younger brother Herbert, and another half- crown from the Foresters. About five weeks ago her father was taken to the infirmary, and his sons thought he ought to stay there, and offered to contribute towards his maintenance. But deceased said it would be slow murder to remain in the workhouse, and took his dis- charge. Since then her eldest brother had taken no notice of him, and witness thought this had worried him. When he was taken out of the water the following letter, writen in pencil and addressed to the witness, was found in his pocket. I My Dear Emily,—A few lines to say I have not heard of Herbert-, and I leave my lodgings to-niglit, and I have nowhere to go, and I am tired of my life, and I must see you all shortly. You and Her- bert have been my best friends, BO my things, any- thing that you have got, you keep or sell, and that will help pay for my washing. If Herbert wants anything, let him have it. There is a few thines at my lodgings, and but one week to pay, 2s. 6d. Give my love to the children, and Charlie and Her- bert. God blees you all. Don't fret for me.—From your broken-hearted father, ROBERT THOMAS, Oroj-don. Good-bye. William Thomas, the eldest brother referred to, who was called at his own request, stated that he kept the Cricketers, Southbridge- place, Croydon. On Tuesday night his father came into the house and asked for a bottle of ginger-lieer. Witness declined to serve him, and told him not to spend his money on such things as tliait, but to buy food. Witness had a reason for doing this. De- ceased had previously stopped in the bar for five or six hours at a time, and had been a nuisance to witness in his business on many occasions. (Hisses from Mr. Thake.) Witness asked very sharply that his brother-in-law shonlrl be ordered to leave the court. The Coroner said lie took it that witness and his father were not on good terms. Witness Yes, we were. I merely tried to keep him in his place for his own good. I had done a good deal for him. Witness had paid half deceased's payments to the Fores- ters for five years. His father left the infir- mary in oppoeition to the wish of witness, who had guaranteed, with his brother, to pay 7s. a week for his maintenance, as he did not think it safe for the old man to be out, because he had twice threatened suicide, So far as lie knew, his father was not in want. They had done all they could for him. Witness complained bitterly of the hostility of his brother-in-law, Thake, who, he said, had seriously injured him in business. The jury intimated that they had heard quite enough of this part of the case. Dr. Oressysaidjfthat on examining the body,he found three or four superficial wounds on the throat, indicating that deceased had tried to cut his throat with a blunt knife. The body was well nourished and well dressed. The jury returned a verdict of "Suicide while temporarily insane."