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Per our Special Wire.

INTERPROVI NCI AL. O AMARU, Nov. 10. A very serious accident happened today to a man named James O’Brien. He was engaged with another man in cleaning a well near the town boundary, and while at the bottom the lining gave way about 15 feet above him, and fell on his head, inflicting dreadful injuries. Assistance was procured, and the unfortunate man was drawn up in an insensible state, and was attended to by Dr Do Latour. Subsequently the sufferer was taken to the hospital, where an operation was performed by three medical men. They found the skull badly fractured. O’Brien, at latest accounts, was still unconscious, and is not likely to recover. A still more painful accident occurred later in the day. It appears that a number of children were playing near Mr Morton’s milldam in the Oamaru Creek, when one, a boy named John Woodcock, aged 11, took off bis boots and socks and waded into the water. He however got out of his depth and disappeared, and his sister aged 14, radio 1 in to save him. She also disappeared. Despite the efforts of a boy named Brownlie, who bravely endeavored to save them, tho children were drowned. The bodies were not recovered until a late hour this evenin °' Dunedin, Nov. 10.

A shoemaker, named Joy, 18 years of age, living at Bright >n, was killed on Saturday night by the upsetting of a wagonette. . , , A small cottage at Hillside, occupied by R. Telford, was completely burned down this morning. It was insured in the Colonial and Standard offices. As usual, the origin of the fire is not known. The weather to-day is splendid for the ‘holidays, and.alarge number of visitors came to town.' r , , The volunteer parade, review, and sham fight this morning was a great success. Large numbers of persons witnessed the fire brigade demonstration to-night.

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Per our Special Wire. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 20, 11 November 1879

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