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The inquest on the bpdy of Duncan Gordon, the m.-m who died sudd only .* $£ Flemingtoii Cheese Factory on Sen foreman. After tho usual formal* tiea tho 'following evidence was taken .— John Bell, former, Waterton, said deceased was iahis employ, and on Saturday witness sent him with a team to Asu- „ burton for a loiul of coal for the Ohoeje Factory. Deceased was a man who would get drunk if he got a chance, and witness was careful to see him on the way safely. Deceased was sober wheu he started. Some' time afterwards witness left the town to go :liome. At Timvald he saw Ms own team tied up at the hotel. Called m to have Gordon sent on. Saw him attain on the top of the dray at Flemington. He had every appearance of a man under the influence of liquor. # R. Holland, farmer, Flemington, mid. lie was driving homewards on baturday with a horse and dray/ He went into the Tinwald Hotel, and saw Gordon there; Had a glass of beer with him. Believed Gordon had had one before that. Gordon had been m at the atables getting a sack to use as cl< ak against the rain. They took two bottles of beer with them, and about a mile and a half, or two miles on the road they stopped to have a drink. They drank between them about half the contents of one of the bottles, getting down from their drays to do so. Ihey accomplished another mile or so of the road on foot, when witness got up on deceased's dray. Deceased followed, and llirow himself down on the load beside witness, rolled over, and pitched right out. of the dray Vad first.' Witness stopped both drays, and went to attend to Gordon, whom he found ptitfecfcly helpless, and only able to mumble out something about not being hurt. Was not able to get him oii the dray withmit assistance, and waited there by deceased for about threequarters of an hour until Mr A. •>. Houston came and lent him aid in getting; deceased into the dray. They then proceeded to the Factory cottage at .Flemington, where they put Gordon in unarm chair by the firo and treated him as well as they could, believing that he was only /suffering from too much liquor. At ten o'clock,"' however, the man died. Gordon ■did not require any assistance in getting on ins dray at Tinwald, and did not appear to be the worse for liquor then. Witness was quite sober. . A- J. Houston, farmer, Flemington, corroborated the previous witness's evidence from the point where he joined j Holland and Gordon on the road. Thought the latter was the worse for liquor. Dr Tweed made a post mortem examination of the body. The man died from ' apoplexy. The whole of the vessels of the brain were in a very much diseased condition, and although no external marks of violence were risible, the shock of a fall from a dray would burst these vessels. The disease was much advanced, and he feared that medical aid, even if it had been procured immediately, would not have been able to save deceased's life. It was quite natural and excusable oh the part of the witnesses who had given evidence to attribute Gordon's condition to excessive drinking, because few people, except medical men, could dis^ tinguish the different symptoms. Deceased had evidently been addicted to excessive drinking, but there was no appearance of any recent excess about the body. The jury returned a verdict in accord.ancewith the medical evidence "That deceased'died from apoplexy, accelerated by injuries received through accidentally falling off a dray.

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INQUEST., Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2556, 29 October 1890

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INQUEST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2556, 29 October 1890