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WIFE LEAVES HIM, HE PUTS BULLET IN HEAD John Craiq of Sea Girt, Following Quarrel, Attempts Suicide Walks Street After Shot Is Fired, Singing. Is Now In Hospital Tetanus Is Feared. 5F.A OTRT, March 24. John Craig, a laborer who has been employed by the boro of Spring Lake, is lying in the Ann .May Memorial hospital almost dead, as the result of an attempt to kill himself in the bedroom of his home in Broad street, this place, yesterday shortly afternoon. His wife. ho left him last week folowing a family row In the Broad street home, in ill from the shock of her husband's attempted suicide. Craig's life depends upon the success of the physicians to ward off tetanus. Antitoxins are being administered almost hourly. . Last Monday night Craig abused his wife and as a result of j verbal battle between the two he and his son-in-law, Frank Tilton, engaged in a free for all fist fight which later developed into a battle with ehinaware and condensed milk cans. Craig attempted to reach his bedroom to secure a revolver but it was hidden and Tilton took a position st the head of the stairs with a shotgun and warned him away. Tilton's wife, who was in a bedroom with a four days' old baby, became so, nervous over the affair that Mrs. Craig moved her furniture from the place the following morning and Mrs. Tiiton was carried on a cot to the home of an aunt, Mrs. William Mars, in Sea Girt avenue, Manasquan. Mrs. Craig declared at that time that she had been cruelly treated by Craig since she married him, her second husband, 17. years ago, and that she hadn't dared to protest to the authorities because of his terrible- threats. Yesterday Miss Margaret Ross of Spring Lake saw Craig walking toward his home shortly after 2 o'clock She told Harry Eton Jhat there was a man in the street whose neao bleeding terribly and who was singing. Eton recognized Craig and went to his aid. When first spoken to Craig re fused to answer but replied later by threatening to kill 'tharnegro." Eton secured an admission that he had shot himself and assisted him to his home, where- medical aid was summoned from Manasquan. Dr. A. S. HlgKln advised his Immediate removal to the hospital. At the institution he was operated upon immediately by Dr. Joseph Ack-erman, and the shattered bullet removed. The ball, which was from a 44 calibre revolver, had torn the upper .iaw bone to leees. knocked out four of his teeth and embedded itself between the jaw bone and the eye. The bullet has struck on the cheek bone and broken into, several pieces. The Chaig home was bespattered with blood where the man had moved from one. room to another and It was evident from the dried spots on the bed that he had shot himself almost two hours before he was found walking in the street. He apparently kneeled by the bed when he pulled the trigger and. remained unconscious for some time, because there was a large pool of blood beside the bed. Apparently with the Intention of walking to the trolley to go to the hospital he left the house and walked about a quarter of a mile.' It is thought that he felt his strength waning and had turned to go back when Miss Ross and Eton noticed his condition. Twice he passed the house where his wife and children were living and neighbors declare that they saw them watch him (Continued on Page Eleven)

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  1. Asbury Park Press,
  2. 24 Mar 1913, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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