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MR E. HAY'S SON DROWNED. A very sad accident occurred on Friday last, whereby Thomas Car i-nthern Kay, tho three year old son of Mr E. Hay, met bia death. It appears that in the garden a small tank made of a box was fixed under a tap. Ifais j box was empty of water, and at mosfc could only contain 10 inches of wntor, in which it could hardly be thought a. child could drown himself. The little boy was iv the habit of carrying a small tin of water round fcbe garden to water the flowers. Hβ must have got into the box, and turned the tap p on u Then he must have slipped on the wet boards and fallen face downwards, stunning himself. In the

meantime, the wattr from the up! must have filled up the , box, and po drowne the child. The tragical part of the whole incident was that the gardener was working only 85yds away, but, unfortunately, wns out of sight of the child. The tragedy was just one of those curious accidents which could never bave been foreseen, and in which no blama could be attached to anyone. The keenest patby is felt for Mr and Mrs E. Hay in their sad los 3. They have only returaed lately from a trip to the Old Country. The child was a healthy bright little boy, and it spems very sad that he should lose bis life in this manner. INQUEST. An inquest was held at Mr E. Hay's house on Saturday before John Pettierew, Esq, J.P, Coroner. The following acted as a jury :—Messrs David Hunt, John Charles Crowther Reynisb, Robert William Kelly, John McKay, Sydney Reynisb, and John Hugh Davies, The following evidence was taken : Ebenezer Hay said he was the father of the child, who was three years old, and in his usual state of health on Friday He bad always been a healthy child. Angus Mathieson said he was? gardener in Mr E, Hay's employ, He was weedingwben be found the child's body in a email bole, lying with his ' bead down. He thought be bad been , there a quarter of an bour. There were eleven inches of water in the tank, The tank was about 3 feet by about 10 inches. No water was ever left in the tank. He bad been at the tank twenty minutes before, and there ■ was no water in it. J To the foreman: It wa3 impossible ' to bear any cry from (be child. To the constable: Was working about 35yds from the spot at the time . of the accident Could not see the spot from where he was working. To the foreman ; The child could ! easily turn the tap at the tank. Charles Seaward Cantrell, medical , practitioner at Akaroa, said be got word about the accident at 2.45 p.m. , on Friday. He arrived at Pigeon Bay about 4 p.m.,"and saw the body of the child, He considered the child had ' been dead about an bour and was past j all medical help. Judging by the ap- | pearance of the body, the child had got its face in the water. There was ( a certain amount of blood about his ' mouth. He would judge the child ' had died from drowning. He saw the spot where the child was found, and . it could not be seen from where the gardener was working. The body ' otherwise was healthy and well de veloped. . . ; , After hearing the evidence, the jury gave the following verdict: —Dβ f ceased met bis death by drowning, no ' blame being attachable to anybody. The jury banded their dues to be devoted to the Belgian Relief Fund

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FATALITY AT PIGEON BAY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3461, 15 December 1914

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FATALITY AT PIGEON BAY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3461, 15 December 1914

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