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The Alleged "Orari Mystery."

From what we can gather from the best informed sources (says the "Timaru Herald "), a great deal more has been made of the suspicions of foul play m connection with the death of the man Chambers, near Orari, tbe week before last, than there was any good ground for. The whole of the " mystery " alleged to surround the man's death, appears to have originated from exaggerated descriptions of the nature ot the wound found m the man's throat, and from the vague description of the quantity of blood fouad where the wound was probably inflicted, a3 " a pool of blood." The impression evidently got abroad that the wound was of an immediately fatal nature; and that the " pool of blood " was such as implied inability to walk a quarter of a mile. We are assured on the authority of a careful observer, that the " pool" represented not more than a pint or a pint and a half o£ blood, and the loss of that quantity would not seriously weaken a strong man of thirteen.or fourteen stone, like the deceased. The wound has certainly been described m exaggerated terms by some of the few persons who Baw it. A simple explanation of the occurrence suggests itself when it is stated that the man did not bleed much, because none of the larger biood vessels were severed, but that the windpipe was wound«d. In such a case a man might easily walk some distance, aud then succumb to suffocation from blood its way into the trachea. Most careful enquiries have been made by police officers and detectives into the whole surrounding cir3umstances including tbe deceased's behaviour during some days preceding his death, and the result leaves no room to doubt that his death was due to his own act.

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The Alleged "Orari Mystery.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6593, 12 June 1905

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The Alleged "Orari Mystery." Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6593, 12 June 1905