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. CHRISTCHURCH, This Day. The inquest oil the: bodies of. the three victims of the fire at the Silver j Grid was opened by the Coroner (Mr T. A. B. Bailey) yesterday afternoon. Senior-Sergeant Wohlmann appeared for the police, r . John Percival Smith, proprietor of the Silver Grid, said Mrs Stack was I^^2inployed by him at the place as a THe other deceased were ./boarders. Thomas David Smith was /no xelation of his. He identified two . of the bodies : in the morgue as those of Mrs Stack and/Hatch. Smith occupied, room No. 15, just at the top of the stairs. Witness did not see him on Sunday, night. Witness had not seen him since Saturday night. All boarders names were placed in the register every .'night. ■„'■>. Henry Ernest Smith, ironmoulder, said he was practically certain that one of the bodies in the morgue was that of his brother, Thomas David Smith. There were no marks on the body to identify him with. Witness spent the evening with, deceased the previous day with a niece (Mrs Wiltshire). Witness accompanied him part of the way to the Silver Grid, where deceased was lodging, and the last he saw of him was at 20 minutes to 11 o'clock on Sunday night. Deceased was perfectly sober. He had had no drink at all. He suffered from deafness, and his'eyesight was so bad that' he could not distinguish the marks on V the cards' during a game of euchre on* Sunday night. He was 46 years of age. _ .-. ■,;.■■ : .;" ■. :■: : ■ : Louisa Jane Smith,, wife of Thomas David Smith, said he had been living vat the Silver Grid in order to be near liis,worlc. She had seen the body in'< the morgue, but could not identify it, except that she recognised' a mark on the chest and the fact that a certain tooth id the body in the morgue was broken the same as one possessed by k her husband. She was almost certain 'that the body was that of her husband, jpjfo reply to the Coroner, Senior-Ser-/'geant Wohlmann said there was nothing found on' the body except the charred trace of a singlet. The Coroner suggested that there should be a search in the debris for a watch or 6ome other evidence of iden--1 tity, and this Sergeant Wohlmann promised to have done. Mrs Smith said she heard that deceased had some money with him; but the Coroner pointed oiit that if he had it would probably, be in notes, and these would be destroyed. The inquest was then adjourned till next Tuesday, at 11 a.m.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 9149, 20 November 1917

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THE INQUEST ON THE VICTIMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 9149, 20 November 1917