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WELLINGTON, February 6. On Anniversary Day, while attending the Yacht Club's races in ■ the harbour, a man named Antonio Bogram received in his leg a wad from a blank 'cartridge fired from" the* starlingcannon. Blood-poisoning supervened, and the man subsequently died. - At an inquiry held to-day, evidence was. given by the secretary of the club that"' before firing tlie cannon at the start and finish of' the races he warned the people to stand back, as tlie cannon had a-tendonev -to "kick." When ho fired the shot i**< epiestion, there was no one in front of the cannon, but twominute's afterwards he heard that aman had received a nasty wound in the front, of his leg. The usual blank cartridge was used. After hearing the evidence, the Coroner emphasised * the necessity of people in charge of yncht races taking every precaution* to keen the people at a safe distance from the gun to be fired. A verdict was returned that deceased died from exhaustion following on a gunshot wound accidentally received.

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AN UNFORTUNATE MISHAP., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914

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AN UNFORTUNATE MISHAP. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914

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