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WEHnraTON, March 19,

Farther particulars of the accident at Otaki yesterday show that four menthree Baropeana and one Maori— whose names are Walter Grant (• surveyor's laborer), Willlim Maxwell (a laborer), John Robertson, and Te Watti (a nephew of Honl Taipua, M.H.R. for the Maori Western District), were oorionaly injured, and it 1b feared tbat two of the oaseß will fatally. Two or three rockets had been successfully fi>ed, and others were lighted, when two of them suddenly shot down amongst the orowd iv front of the hotel, where they exploded, Inflicting terrible wounds on three of the unfortunate men, who happened to be standing close to where the explosion oooorred. Grant and Wattl are most seriously hurt, the former havlog been pierced either with a rooket stick or atone thrown up by the force of the explosion m the left breast, the missile pausing oat the other side, inflicting a fearful wound, through whloh part of the entrails protruded. Waltl was pieroed over the right long, presumably by a stone, %hloh, It is thought* still remains, m the wound. The man Maxwell received a wound on the right temple and one on the left thigh under the abdomen, severing an artery, and Robertson was hurt m the right arm, which was severely laoerated and pieroed by some missile, The men most noverely wounded were removed to the hotel, where the doctor remained m constant attendance during the night, until hl*\. patients were pluo.ed m the Wellington ]|>apltal this morning. It \i presumed lhat the explosives, whloh were shfp rbckatß, had not been properly directed and lighted. Inveboargill, Marohl9. A boat acoldeut happened m the. Estuary this evening, by wbioh it is supposed that a young man named John Oranley was drowned. Four members of the Railway Rowing Oiub went out m an Inrigged skiff for practice. A gaety north wind waa blowing m the Hne of the Obannei, and the evening was most unsuitable for iqoh a boat. It seems to have done well enough while going with the wind, but on returning the water got m through a rent m the oanvas deck forward, and the boat began to fill. The flits were bare, and the men made (or the bank, but the skiff went from under them. Oranley secured an oar, and made foe the mud flit, The othera joined hands over the bottom of the boat, and held on till rescued, about an hour after. Hall, one of tb,9 orew, saved Ooxswaln Hj*wkQ by swimming after him *nd bringing him baok to the boat. Whan they had time to look round Oranley had disappeared, and as the banks were close be would have been seen If he had reaohed them, bo that there is little room to hops that he escaped. Oranley was m the parcels. offlce at tho railway station, and his mother resides at Wetheratones. He was a good swimmer, and was entered for a race at the Regatta tomoriow,

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ACCIDENTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2093, 20 March 1889

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ACCIDENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2093, 20 March 1889