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Invbroargili., Oc l ober 25. A lamentable accident occurred this morning at the Mataura Island, m the river of. that name. A man named Andrew McFarlane, a ploughing contractor, residing at hdendaie, having got employment at Otara Dairy Factory, neaf ifortrose, started with a two horse team for bis now location yesterday, taking with him big household effects, his wife and child and wife's brother and eiater, together with a boy who bad been living with him. They reached the island m the a'ternoon, croaaing the main course of the river on the bridge. Thu o'h< r branch of the stream m ordinary circumstances ia shallow, and no bridge ia provided, but heavy rains had made it daDgerou3 to cross, and McFarlane, after trying the fotd, remained on the island all n'ght. Mr ttpmtt, farmer there, advised him not to attempt to parsue his jouruey that way, tni rutuoi a id cross the river «t Wyndtium bridge. McFarlaue demurred to this detour of twenty miles, and early this morning entered the river at the ford. 'J ho te m had only advanced a few yard* when the wheel dropped into a hole, the dray uwung round, and the occpan's sauted among the furniture, which «ras not secured, were swept into the river The la'i slipped out of the dray to & box, on which ho safely floated to a point about a quarter of a mile below, where be got ashore. The occurrence was not seen by any one from the banks, but as none of the other fire occupants of the dray have been seen since, it is almost certain that all were drowned. The dray did not capa'ze, and the leader dragged it and the drowned shatter out of the river. None of the bodies have yet been recovered.

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A SHOCKING ACCIDENT, Ashburton Guardian, Issue 1980, 26 October 1888

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A SHOCKING ACCIDENT Ashburton Guardian, Issue 1980, 26 October 1888

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