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AUCKLAND,: April 24. An inquest regarding the tragedy at Waikoria Beach on ' Monday, by which three Natives were blown to atoms by a Gorman mine, was opened yesterday; After taking evidence of identification, etc.. the inauest was adjourned sine die to enable expert evidence to be obtained as to the'probable cause of; the tragedy. The Natives were given permission to bury the remains, and preparations are now in hand for a taugi at Pulierewa. The beach presented a gruesome sight after the tragedy, fragments of victims and their horses being strewn in all directions.

Mr Rvan, who heard the explosion, stated that there were, two explosions. The first was a djill boom, followed almost immediately' by a sharp, deafening report.; On examining the beach lie found two parallel lines xlrfewn on the sands ill' 1 the directionsof the water, as if some heavy object been carried in by the tide, dragging--on'the sand as it came ashore. It is surmised that the three 1 men, seeing' an -.object on the beach, went out to inspectl it, and tampered with it, with fatal-results. It is also suggested that the mine may have been buried in the sand and exploded by one of the horses _: standing on it. The Natives at the-, scene of the tragedy stated that somennionths ago a mine name ashore * near; .the- entrance to Raglan Harbour and',.exploded -with a terrific report against ..the . cliff on the beach. They stated!-that fragments of, the.mine were in the possession/of local Natives, but no, report had eyer been made of the occurrence.: .

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MINE FATALITY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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MINE FATALITY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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