Accidents and Fatalities.
Manawatu Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 7129, 3 January 1901, Page 4
Accidents and Fatalities.
• _ j fl'ress Association.) i Westpoet, January 1. j The Fire Brigade ushered in the New Year with a magnificent display of fireworks and a hearty peal of bells. j The proceedings were marred by an accident owing to the bursting of a rocket, while the fireman m charge sustained a compound fracture., of the thumb and a slight puncture in the abdomen. A second rocket burst and knocked three men over, but no severe injury was done. On Taesday afternoon an unfortunate accident befell Mc J. Rankin, one of the competitors in the 1 ] wrestling contest at Apiti. Rankin i was in the act of being thrown , when his right leg snapped below the knee, the fracture being a bad one. Mr Rankin was taken to the Palmerston Hospital.—Star. At the Timaru Caledonian Society's , sports a distressing accident happened j in the first heat of tbe mile bicycle j race. A. L. Finch's machine, while ' he was riding down the straight in the first lap slipped, and Finch fell heavily on the asphalted track. He splintered his elbow, and sustained a compound comminuted fracture of the left forearm, the bones protruding and lacerating the muschs and the tissues. He was removed to tho hospital at once. It is highly probable that he will lose his arm, Tbe accident caused much of a shock and a sensation to the spectators, as it happened right in front of the crowded lawn. While a settler named Charles Hall was returning from Yerong to W'agga on a railway tricycle the other day, he was overtaken by the Melbourne mail train. He jumped from the tricycle just in time to save his life. The tricycle was smashed to pieces, but Hall escaped without injury. A narrow escape from drowning occurred at Cambridge on Friday. The young son of Constable MeGilp was fishing from the river bank, and by some means or other fell into deep water. A companion named Michael Gallagher, who is but 11 years of age, realising tbe danger, ran to a bank lower down, and wading out as far as he could, dragged MeGilp to dryland. But for Gallagher's prompt action MeGilp would have assuredly been drowned. An unfortunate occurrence at the ■ Masterton sports on Tuesday was the oollision of some of the contestants in the Hurdle Race with one or two of the competitors in the Mile Bicycle Handicap. The result was that N. Bannin, of the cycle riders, collided .with the fence and was rendered temporarily insensible, and a little girl named Mackay, who was i sitting on the fence, received a severe injury to her leg.