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Wellington Tragedy

[PEE I*I!ESS ASSOCIATION.] 1 Wellington. October 1. An inquest on the body of Thomas James Smith, who was stabbed to death m the alleged aflray with Chinamen on Monday night, was held this morning. The evidence of Dr. Wilford .showed that three wounds were inflicted upon deceased by very sharp instruments—one on the outside of the left knee, and two on the left arm. The blow on the knee severed the poplatciil artery, and death was caused by an excessive flow of blood fro.ll this wound.. ->Tlip fact of JSniith being m illlicalth did not m any way hasten, his death. The doctor was of opinion that the blow on the leg was not intended to cause death, as it was only by - the slightest chance that the , artery was severed. i Hobbs, one of the participants m the fight, stated m the earlier part of Monday evening he and two others threw stones On the Chinamen's hut from the road. They then returned to the township, and about eleven o'clock several other young fellows joined them, and ft band of seven again visited the -huts, which they assaulted with stones.. Three Chinamen rushed out from behind a gorge fence, and the lads took to their heels. Deceased, lagging behind, the Chinamen soon made up to him, and as he called for help, Hobbs returned to his assistance. One Chinaman was then holding his neck and cfrie his legs, and both Chinamen had l|nives m their liands. Witness distinctly saw one Chinaman stab deceased m the arm and one m the leg. Witness could not identify the Chinamen m custody on the charge of hitirder. The- other young men then returned to the attack, and fitness saw one Chinaman knocked down By a rail thrown; at (him. /The rail was about 11 feet lo*ng and six inches thick. The weapons; used by the Qhinaman looked like daggers* « s . |,

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Wellington Tragedy, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890

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Wellington Tragedy Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890

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