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Sydney Reid, a married man, aged 35. .with six chilcireri who resided in Victoria Terrace' WpLlston, was killed on Thursday night asfa result of being caught in ; a shafting -at the \\oolston, JGlue Works! He was engaged as, nightr watchman and tumbler, and when last seen alive, about 8 p.m., he was preuaring to attach a belt to the shaft which was in motion. Half an hour later his mangled body, stripped oi clothing, was found lying in a vat below the shafting. The body was removed to the' morgue at the Christchorcli Hospital. . Yesterday morning, at the Courthouse, the inquest was opened before the Coroner. Mr S. E. McCarthy.' ' Levi James, shift engineer at the glue works, said that about. 8 o clock on Thursday night he passed a belt up to deceased, who was standing'on a: platform near the shafting about eight Feet above the ground. -Witness then; went,away to the fires." The machinery; was in motion, and the deceased was. near a shaft which was driven by a motor. There was a rail between Reid. and the shaft. In half an hour's time, witness returned to oil up. He looked to see whore Reid was, and he saw something flying round the shaft. Witness stopped the motor, and . round deceased's clothes on the shaft. He went down below, and found the body of defeased lying in a yat. Life was extinct. * The rope which Reid had been carrying before witness left him was found wrapped round the shatt, and it was not attached to the belt. Witness . thought the accident must ' have happened after Reid had taken the rone off the belt. The operationof placing the belt on the pulley could be performed with perfect safety, tne rone was only used when the belt had to be repaired. . The inquest was adjourned till next, Friday. '

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WATCHMAN KILLED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 19 April 1919

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WATCHMAN KILLED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 19 April 1919