SAD SHOOTING ACCIDENT.
An accident happened on Saturday evening, which resulted in the death of Alfred Kishngbury, aged 13. He, with his brother and a number of companions, went out shooting skylarks and rabbits. They had two guns with them —one a single and the other a double barrelled. John Kislingbury was carrying the double-barrelled gun, and when in one of Mr. R. B. Martin’s paddocks, he was in the act of placing the right hand hammer on the nipple, when the left barrel exploded, and the contents lodged in Alfred’s side, causing death in a few minutes. Alfred cried out “Oh, Jack, Jack, you have shot me.” John said —“ Alf, are you dead ?” and Alf replied, “ Not quite.” Deceased’s brother then called on the other boys to help him, but they all ran away except two, with whose assistance the wounded lad was carried to Mr. Martin’s house, where he expired almost immediately. At the inquest to-day the Jury added a rider, suggesting the institution of a gun license throughout the colony, and returned a verdict of “ Accidental Death.”
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