Dec. 26, 1884

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KILLED BY HIS BROTHER GLOUCESTER'S CHRISTMAS TRAGEDY. Police Officer Bernard Lyons Arrests Hit Own Brother For Murder Tha Fatal Quarrel Caused by a Drunken Spree of William Lyons. While Police Officer Bernard Lyons, of Gloucester City, relieved from duty, knelt in prayer during the celebration of tbe Christmas service in the little Catholic church there yesterday, his ten - year - old nephew John, a son of his brother Thomas, rushed In and. plucking him by the coat, asked him to come outside. 44 Papa has been bit on the head," sobbed the boy In explanation, 44 and is bleeding." Tbe policeman waited for no more, but set off on a run for his brother's bouse, only two squares off. 44 No. he's at Uncle William's," panted the sobbing boy, as he ran alongside his uncle, and In a few moments the pair had reached the dwelling of William Lyons, the youngest of the three brothers. As the policeman gained the bat door of William's house he found Thomas Lyons lying with bis head In a pool of blood Just outside of the threshold. He was quite dead. In the kitchen William Lyons, whose hand had struck the blow, sat in a stupor, so drunken that neither tbe consciousness of his crime nor the cries ot his frantic wife, who had witnessed the deed, could rouse him. Policeman Bernard Lyons raised the dead body of his brother Thomas from the doorstep, and, having done so, in the line of bis duty arrested his brother William with his own hands, marched hlin staggering through the Gloucester streets and locked him up in the City HalL

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  1. The Times,
  2. 26 Dec 1884, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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