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TRAGEDY AT CAMBRIDGE
Undergraduate Kills Tutor
Shoots a Detective
Then Commits Suicide
LONDON, June 3.
Returning after a week's absence, Mr. D. N. Potts, a student in King's College, Cambridge, using a revolver, wounded a detective in a shoulder and leg, and then shot dead his tutor, Mr. A. P. H. Wollaston, F.R.G.S. (medical officer and naturalist with the Mount Everest expe, dition in'1921). Potts then turned the re- volver on himself, dying subsequently in hospital. ' The detective is expected to recover.
Mr. Wollaston was interviewing Potts in the presence of the detective, when the tragedy was suddenly enacted.
It is understood that Potts was being interrogated regarding his absence with- out-leave, but it ls belleved that no more serious offence was disclosed.
Mr. Wollaston's wife is absent from Cambridge, and has not yet been in- formed of tho tragedy. Mr. Wollaston recently became joint hon. secretary of the Royal Geographical Society.
Potts's father, wbo ls an iron mer- chant in bondon, is prostrated, and re- fuses to see inquirers.
HOW IT CAME ABOUT.
Tho first thing that was known of the tragedy was the sight ot a man stagger- ing on.the steps of King's College, hold- ing himself to the door.post, and shout- ing, "Help! There has been shooting here!" He then collapsed. The porter rushed across the courtyard, but all that the man could say was, "Go Inside." . 'The-porter followed the trail of blood to a small study, where Mr. Wollaston was still sitting on a chair dead, the upper part of his body lying across the desk. He had.been shot through the heart. Potts was laying on the carpet with a bullet wound in the head and an automatic pistol in his right hand.
Tho man outside proved to be Detec- tlve-Sergeant Willis, who ls now in hos pital. He said: "The three of us were sitting close together in the tutor's room. I was asking questions, whet Potts pulled out a pistol. I jumped for- ward. Potts fired three times. I tried to throw myself in front of the tutor but Potts got me. Then before I could do anything, he turned tho pistol on
THE DEAD STUDENT.
It has been gathered that Potts hat been absent from, collegè for 10 -day and had been reported to the police, who stated that they had received- recently six different complaints respecting his conduct, in regard to which they were very anxious to question him.
Potts conducted a dance band, con- slsting of 12 undergraduates.
The Dean of King's College (Mr. Mil- ner White) said: "I know nothing of his trouble, except that lt was in some way financial. He was rather myster- ous, with a garish taste for clothes He had won a good scholarship, and had a. promising future."