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Accidents and Fatalities.

Unitedi Press Association—Per Electric Telegraph Auckland, May 30 At the inquest m connection with the ! death of a bricklayer named Henry Burfoot, Fredk. Johnson stated that on Saturday he was working on the satue building as deceased and John Henry Fairall. Deceased asked Fairall for a cigarette. Fairall replied that Bur foot should buy hia own cigarettes. Burfoot retorted warmly, and challenged Fairall to fight him for £2. Fairall replied that he had not £2 to throw away. On Monday morning, Burfoot challenged Fairall to come and settle it. They fought two rounds, and Fairall was thrown twice. After the second fall deceased said he had had enough. The fighfe than ended. Burfoot.had the better of the struggle. F. Freeman said he saw the fight, anal considered that Burfoot got the best of it, He did not see deceased (fall and strike his head or Fairall give any foul blows. Deceased was very quick tempered, and did his best to induce Fairall to light. Dr Stopford said that the cause of death was laceration of the brain, which injury might have been caused by a, fall or blow. The laceration was old, and could have taken place some time before death. The jury returned a verdict that the cause of death was laceration of the brain, caused during a fight with Henry Fairall, bnt that thei.e was no evidence of malice on the part of Fairall. The jury expressed sympathy -with the deceased's parents. ■ ' Gibbobne, May 31 A fatal boating accident is reported from Waipiro. Some Maoris were returning; from fishing, when their boat capsized ia v the breakers, and one of them, Teanaer* Taniwhi, was drowned. The other twc were saved. Efforts to restore respiration were made, but without avail, by Messrs Maoindoe and Culpan, of Auckland.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6585, 1 June 1905

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Accidents and Fatalities. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6585, 1 June 1905