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Accidents find Fatalities.

United Press Association— By Eleetrio Telegraph. Auckland May 17 When the members of the Land Commission were (proceeding from Rawene to Taheke by steam launch, a man, J. Thompson, fell overboard. In an attempt to put the helm over the steering gear broke, and various articles were thrown overboard. Thompson was seen swimming a long way astern, and when the launch reached him Captain Blundoll jumped overboard with a lifebelt and rope, which accidentally pulled into the water Mr George Dixon, a gum merchant, who was unable to swim. The three men were m the water together, but all were rescued, Messrs Thompson and Dixon being m an exhausted state. The Coroner held an inquest into the cause of the death of Bertha Margaret Forrest who died m the hospital the previous evening from the effects of carbolic aoid. William Forrest, residing m Dundonald street, stated that deceased was deaf and dumb and unmarried, Lately she bad been m poor health. He could not assign any reason why bis sister should take her life. The jury returned a verdict that the cause of death was carbolic poisoning, self-administered, whilst m a depressed state of mind. f At about half-past ,5 o'clock to-day, a lad named Edwin Williams, who resides m the Domain, reported to the police that a man bad shot himself. Constable Skinner went! to the spot and found an elderly man lying bleeding from the mouth. He was alive bnt unconscious. A six-chambered revolver, one barrel of which had recently been discharged, was" lying beside him. The Constable took the man to the hospital, where it was found that the bullet had passed through his brain,|and that recovery was impossible. A box of cartridges was found upon him, and m one of his coat pockets was fch6 following'statement:— "iJamea Trahair, a Coruishraan, who is tired of life, and who has been a great sufferer from indigestion [and kidney disease, and who has spent almost a small fortune for little or no good. I can neither eat nor sleep. I have been m New Zealand thirtyone years, and am 64 years of age." At about 6 o'clock the police were notified that the man had died. Inveecargill, $fay 17 Mr Townson, a Permanent Way Inspector, while riding a velocipede north of Waipahi, was overtaken by the South bound express to-day, and thrown to the eide of the line. He landed m water, and, although a bit dazed for a few minutes, he was well enough to return to duty after getting dry clothing at his home m Gore. It has not transpired how tho accident occurred, but it seems probable that the train overtook him (just beyond a sharp curve, where the driver's view was short. The Westinghouse brake eased the impact to a large extent.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6573, 18 May 1905

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Accidents find Fatalities. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6573, 18 May 1905