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A Compensation Claim.

At the sitting of the Arbitration Court at Christchurch yesterday, Denis Murphy, of Highbank, Rakaia, farmer, claimed from W. R. Lyttleton, of Rakaia, sheep farmer, the sum of £36113s compensation for death by accident of his son, Edward Murphy. Mr Malley appeared for the claimant, and Mr Harper for the respondent. Mr Malley stated that ou August 13th, 1904, Edward Murphy had, while employed by Lyttleton, met with an accident, which, though thought at the time to be trivial, ended m bis death. The claim was made by Denis Muiphy, on behalf of himself, his wife, and two daughters, all of whom were partly dependent on the earnings of Edward Murphy. Edward Murphy, at the time of the accident, was employed by Mr Lyttleton at ,£1 a '"p.ek and found, with an annual bonus of £10. Practically the whole of his wages went either to his father or hi.-? 6ister, and the deceased was really the mainstay of the family, for £he married members could do no more tbsn support themselves, Edward Murphy was m Mi' Lyjbtleton's employ for twelve months previous to the acoident. Evidence m support of the claimant's case was given by Denis Murphy, Elizabeth Clarkson and Hannah Murphy. Mr Harper stated that ho would leave the matter to the Court to assess the compensation. His Honor stated that the Court would reserve its decision.

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A Compensation Claim., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6596, 15 June 1905

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A Compensation Claim. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6596, 15 June 1905

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