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TO THE KDITOR. Sirs,—The Rev J. Newman Buttle never misses an opportunity to rush into print and denounce the "cursed traffic." The "cursed traffic" is to him what tho proverbial red rag is to the., provprbial bull. This time he plunges into tho question of poor Gordon's death, and discovers that a Coroner, of much more than tho average intelligence, and a jury of six mou of ab least the usual run of common sense, who had all tho frets laid before them, including tho detailed evidence of a duly qualified medical practitioner —and at least a fairly intelligent one at that (surely this much Mr Buttle will allow)—are leas able to come to a truo verdict as to the cause of the man's; death than is Mr Buttle, who takes it upon himself to speak for the whole public. There *.yas ample evidence given to prove that Gordon had a couple o? classes of beer at the Tinwald hotel. There was no evidence at "all to prove that he had had a single drop anywhere else. There was also evidence to prove that Gordon and Holland got away with them two bottles of beer, and that half. the contents of one bottle was consumed between them on the road. But there was no evidence to prove, when deceased fell off the dray, and after Holland stopped the horses to see to him, that he was tho worse of liquor. Dr Tweed's medical evidence was to the effect that the body was that of a man who drank to excess, but that there was no evidence on the body itself to prove that he had been guilty of any recent excess ; that Gordon died from apoplexy, accelerated by the fall from the dray. The whole tenor of the medical evidence seems to me to point to this, that Gordon was not drunk when he fell off the dray, but the fall was caused by the disease he suffered from acting upon the brain ; that the fall accelerated the work of tha«i disease; and that the witnesses who thought he was suffering from the effects of liquor were unable to distinguish between the effects of apoplexy and the effects of alcohol. It is neither a sin nor a crime to drink two glasses of beer, and a portion of what was m a bottle, but if you are an apopleutie'jjsubject, and should-, happen to die from apoplexy after taking this quantity it seems that Mr Buttle thinks it the right thing to do to rush into print to tell the world that the " cursed traffic" killed you, so branding you ab once as a drunkard, and putting on the brand after you are dead and powerless to defend yourself. Surely the zeal of Mr Buttle outruns his discretion. I for one an least decline to accept him as fch» representative cf the general public on this matter. —I am, etc., Charity


Sir,—t think Mr Buttle would show far more Christian feeling if he, let the poor fellow rest who lost his life by a fall from a dray, instead of holding him up by name as an advertisement for his pefc hobby. I feel certain if he had been a relative or friend of Mr, Buttles he would not care to drag his tnanie before the public again—at least that would be my feeling »nd I think tho feeling of most of us. '" ' '■'"■ .''''■' I understand that no oneffollowed the ; deceased's remains to their laat resting place. ■'■.-• ' I think our worthy minister forgot for the time that good old rule : " Do as you would be done by."—l am, &c, Drvy Whbei.

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THE LATE INQUEST., Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2557, 30 October 1890

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THE LATE INQUEST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2557, 30 October 1890

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