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(Per Press Association.)

CHRISTCHURCH, February 23. A dreadful state of aftairs was revealed at the inquest on the body of an illegitimate child named James Joseph Nolan, held at the Morgue this afternoon by Mr H. W. Bishop, S.M. The child died in the house of its mother, 213 Salisbury Street, yesterday, and there was no medical man m attendance. At the morgue, Mr Bishop invited a reporter, a representative of the "Evening News'," to look at the body. The reporter did so and was horrified at what he saw. The poor little body was in a frightful condition of emaciation and the child appeared to have died of starvation. The little arms and legs were no thicker than a man's thumb and the bones showed plainly under the skin. "It's a mere bag of bones," said Mr Bishop; "a most dreadful state of affairs. Really, with some of the cases I have had to deal with lately, I don't know what the city is coming to. The mother of this child seems to have neglected it from the start. I have never seen anything like it." ■•■,'■ 1 Dr F. G. Westenra stated that the body was attenuated and shrunken. There was a.,general absence of fat in the tissues; the stomach was dilated and empty and pale in colour. There was a complete absence of fat in the abdominal cavity. The cause of.death was malnutrition. .

Mary, Ann Nolan, a married woman, stated that she had not seen her husband for four years and did not know where he was. 'He had left her. They had not been legally separated. Witness had had four children altogether and two were dead. The first two were by her husband, two being illegitimate. Both the illegitimate children were now dead. , ■

Mr Bishop: "It's a funny thing that both illegitimate children are dead." Witness: "Yes, sir. The other one died in the hospital from whooping cough and convulsions." Deceased was born on January 9. It had been delicate since birth. Witness did not suckle it, but started feeding it on patent foods. ' The Coroner recorded a verdict that the child died from malnutrition.

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" A BAG OF BONES.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914

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" A BAG OF BONES." Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914

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