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To the Editor.

Sir—Your leader in Wednesday’s paper, I honestly believe expresses the opinion of the general public, relative to holding unnecessary inquests in cases of death from natural causes, which I observe has been practised here to an unlimited extent —the result of which lias been, first, sad and painful feelings to the relatives of the deceased* subjected to such unnecessary investigations ; secondly, the inconvenience and annoyance to jurors summoned to attend for no real reas on ; and thirdly, a professional fee paid to the coroner, who is also a medical surgeon, whose usefulness would be greater were he not coroner. I think the time has arrived when a general meeting of the inhabitants should be held to request our representatives to demand that the 11. M. of the district should be appointed coroner, at a fixed yearly salary, which granted, I honestly believe would prevent half the inquests being held that are now.—l am,&0. , A J URYMAN.

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CORONER’S INQUESTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 207, 3 December 1880

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CORONER’S INQUESTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 207, 3 December 1880

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