A shearer named Emanuel Consett Polsen was shot dead by a man in the bar of the Royal Hotel, Uralla, on Friday. In the midst of the excitement the man who fired the shot escaped. He is said to be an experienced bushman, and the police anticipate some trouble in getting him. The tragedy was the outcome of a dispute over the “eternal feminine”.
– The Border Morning Mail and Riverina Times (NSW )Monday 12 February 1912.
At the Armidale Court in April 1912 Alexander Handcock was charged with murdering Emanuel Poison at the Royal Hotel, Uralla after a quarrel on February 9. The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter and the judge sentenced Handcock to “the rising of the court”. This is the shortest possible sentence allowable under NSW law, and means that Handcock was set free immediately after the court case finished. It appears from the evidence given that Handcock shot Polsen “under extreme provocation” it was reported.
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