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I TO THE EDITOR. I . _____ - ' >!. Sir,—No one who is acquainted with the I' fac»s of the case can do otherwise than de- !,' plore the sad circumstances which resulted • in the death of the late Duncan Gordon. 'When an official inquiry is held i;he public I inustacceptjtljn verdict as being OfHcially correct Bnt in this case, there is a verdict, which if not official, is still more in accordance with the truth, as supported by facts. The medical evidence was that the deceased eame-byjhis death from apoplexy, accelerated by a fall. But the public are asking, " How <Vid the man come to fall out of the dray ?" There as plenty of evidence to show tljat the poor fellow had been drinking, that he had drink >vith him in the dray,, and alsd as to where he got the drink. Whatever the verdict of tlic inquest may be, that of a much larger ji. ry—that of public opinion—Will be that the iife of Duncan Gordon has been sacrificed to* that traffic which is the curse of every ration where it is established, and which cla.uns its scores of victim? annually, in strong drink. I regret exceedingly even in Kew. Zealand —namely, the traffic that there is such pressure on your columns that the oublic have not had an opportunity of having r.he whole facts of the case brought out. —I am, etc., J. Nkwman Bcttle. , Ashburton, October 29fch.

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

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

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