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An inquest touching the death of Mrs Amy Arenas, who wYib found drowned in the oreek at Hickory on Sunday last, was held at Mr Knight's homestead on Tuesday after, noon before G W, Thomas Esq., acting coroner, and the following jury:—Messrs W. H Moore (foreman), A. M. Moore, F. Cavalieri, H. E. Aklridge, Jos. Phillips and Jno. Phillips. Jas. Knight, of Christchurch, deposed that he bad known deceased about nineteen years,- and see waa a widow. About c month ago she had come to Hickory. At midday on Sunday she was in good health. At a quarter past six in the evening she wae missed from the house, and was supposed to be at the manager's house. Witness went to ccc if ahe were there, but did not find her. A search was then made, and the body found in the creek by Me.Gilbert. He was of opinion deceased could not have got into the creek by accident. Ho reports the matter to the police after having made oflort te restore her.

Mrs Knight, wife of the previous witness, gave evidence that deceased had been her friend for twenty years, She appeared to be io good health and in an ordinary State of miud. Witness had always found her cheerful, and was not aware she had anything to worry her. She had walked with her during tbe afternoon, and bad left her with Mre Gilbert, deceased say ing ehe was going to the beach.

Mrs Gilbert, wife of Mr Qeo. Gilbert, Mr Knight's manager, deposed that she had been in company with deceased on Sunday afternoon, near the creek, where they were watching the swans. Decaesed had remarked that a little child might get drowned in the creek, bat not a growu up person, Witnesß had replied that the water was very deep. Deceased then went on towards the beach. Witness lost sight of her about a cbain away round a corner.

Dr C. S. Cantrell stated he had examined the pool where tbe body was found, and in hie opinion it would be quite easy for any. one to fall into the creek while looking at anything in the water. Be considered it quite possible deceased slipped into the water and if she oried out see would not have been heasd from the house: Deceased had been drowned. .

'~ The jury returned the following verdici

That the deceased met her death by drowning, there being not euffioient evidenos for the jury to Gay if accidental or intentional.

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FATALITY AT HICKORY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3459, 14 May 1915

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FATALITY AT HICKORY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3459, 14 May 1915

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