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An inquest on the body of Charles McCarthy, who died at South Rakaia, was held at the Railway Hotel yesterday, before J. E. Trevor, Esq., coroner for the district, A jury (of whom Mr. T. A. Winter was chosen foreman) having been sworn, and having viewed the body of the deceased, Constable Rowse was sworn, and deponed—lt was reported to me yesterday morning that a man named Charles McCarthy had died suddenly the night before at Beachgrove farm, near Kyle, South Rakaia, the residence of Mr. Carruthers. I proceeded to the place, and found deceased lying on a bed in an cuthouse. He was quite dead, and partly dressed. Examined the body. Found no marks of violence abont it, nor disturbance of the clothes. He appeared as though he had died quietly in his sleep. I had the body removed to the Railway Hotel,'Rakaia, where lies. David Carruthers, sworn, said —I am a farmer, living near the beach at South Rakaia. Deceased was in my employ for the last few weeks. He had been addicted to drink, and was generally out of health

after drinking. He had not been drinking lately. On the morning of the 14th deceased complained of a pain in his stomach. Carried him some warm tea, which he took, bat soon threw it up again. Ho said a little brandy might do him good. I returned to the house and fetched him a small quantity of brandy, which deceased drank, but presently threw it up. He continued vomiting. I applied a mustard plaster to his stomach, which remained on for about a quarter of an hour. 1 proposed going for a doctor, to which he objected, on account of the expense. I said I would wait two or three hours, when, if he was no better, I would fetch a doctor. About 2 p.m. I started to fetch a doctor from Southbridge. Saw Dr. Chapman, whom I told of the man’s symptoms. Dr. Chapman said it was too late to cross the river that night. He gave me a prescription, and instructed me as to the man’s treatment. I brought the medicine home, where I arrived about 7 p.m. I thought he seemed better. T gave him the medicine, and carried out my instructions. Saw deceased about 9 p,m., when he appeared quite comfortable. Returned to him about 6 a.m. next day, and found him dead. He was lying in the same position as I left him in the night before. I then went to the Rakaia, and informed the police of the death. Deceased was suffering from the effects of drink when he came to me, a few weeks ago. He had not been drinking since. He appeared to have died in his sleep.

Dr. Ross, sworn, deponed—l examined the body, which I found to be that of a thin and spare man. It was fairly nourished. There were no marks of external violence. The nails of the fingers and toes were intensely congested ; the features were pinched. I opened his chest, and found the left lung adhering to the side. The substance of this lung was much congested. The right lung was bound down throughout nearly its whole extent by a recent effusion of plastic lymph. It would have been impossible to remove the lung from the side without lacerating the substance. The right heart was gorged with blood, and the left empty. All the other organs were healthy, but much congested. The stomach and bowels were empty. The small intestine was congested. The death resulted from acute pleurisy. By the foreman—lt was a case for medical attendance, but it would have been impossible to have benefitted the man.

The jury gave a verdict that death rc suited from natural causes.

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INQUEST AT RAKAIA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 114, 17 June 1880

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INQUEST AT RAKAIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 114, 17 June 1880