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SINGULAR FATALITY.

NEW FEATURE IN CHRISTCHURCH CASE. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) CHRISTCHURCH, this day. Further developments are expected at the adjourned inquest this afternoon on Douglas Hardie, aged 70 years, who, on tho 21st, was found dead outside hie cottage at Richmond. Medical evidence at the inquest, opened on Tuesday last, was to the effect that Hardie was lying in the middle of the road, and was struck by something, probably a motor car. The post-motein showed that eight ribs were broken and had penetrated the lungs, and that the spine was dislocated, death following quickly. There were no external marks on the body.

It is now alleged that the police have information indicating that two young men were driving a motor, which is alleged to have run into Hardie. A peculiar circumstance is that the body was found fifteen yards way from the scene of the supposed accident, with a Maori kit under the head. Hardie was paralysed from the injuries, and it is considered impossible for him to have walked the distance and put tho kit under his head.

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SINGULAR FATALITY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 76, 30 March 1909

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