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On Friday, about 1.30 p.m., Mr William Bennington, platelayer and ganger on the . 'Rangiova section of the Northern railway, died very suddenly near the Aahley road traffic bridge. Deceased had accompanied Mr H. D. Dansey -with some surveyor's polea to mark off the ground for the proposed Ashley protective worka. Having spliced two together and put them in a position as directed by Mr Dansey, Mr Bennington was seen to fall on his back on the ground, Mr Dansey called to him, and then went up to him and opened his clothes .end rubbed him to promote circulation at ■the heart, but the deceased gave one or two 'right and expired. Mr Lofmghan, who was driving past, conveyed the intimation to the police at Rangiora, and Constable Johntton, with Mr E. W. Relph, conveyed the bod; to deceased's late residence, where its vtivttl produced a severe shook on his wife. Mr Eennington was of a cheerful disposition .'fttftli times, and had not been noticed to be 'out of hia usual health. He was about fifty ■Tears of age and a son of the late Mr John JJennington, of Lyltelton and Kaiapoi. He leave* a family of thirteen children to lament his decease. Immediately the news became known Bro. H. J. 0. Bailey, W.M. of the Ashley Masonic Lodge, undertook to . trtange for a Masonic funeral, and oommusiekte with friends at a, distance. Mr Ben•fiiqgton was about accepting office as J. W. .of the craft, with which he has been for #ome years identified. The suddenness of the aflair caused a general shock and gloom jn Rangiora. An inquest will be held to- * day.

(PRSftS ASSOCIATION tXLKGBAM.) : DUNEDIN,May 21. •t Mr W. G. Sttohaohaied tfr'fcy-'attfturo" well from -the effects of the accident by vwhioh he had hie leg out off by a wire rope '- in the Cromwell coal mine, of which he waa proprietor.

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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES., Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897

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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES. Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897