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REMITTANCE MAN'S DEATH

THE CASE OF GEORGE S. HENRY CORONER'S ENQUIRY. The inquest concerning the death of George Stewart Henry, of Lower Hutt, who died at the Hospital on Saturday last, was resumed this morning. Mr. W. G. Eiddell, S.M., conducted the enquiry. Chief Detective Broberg represented the police. At the previous hearing, Dr. Fyffe, who made the post-mortem examination, said that the cause of death was concussion of the brain and shock following upon it. There was an abrasion upon the forehead and a scalp wound two inches long. Dr. Mirams, Lower Hutt, deposed to attending deceased when he was lying in a serious condition at the Bellevue Gardens Hotel. He noticed a slight wound, two inches long, on the back of his head. There were a few other abrasions about the head. From symptoms he formed the opinion that the deceased had concussion of the brain, with pressure supervening. To Chief-Detective Broberg : He considered that the scalp wound had been caused by a fall. Thomas D. Mildurn, licensee of the Central Hotel, Lower Hutt, said he knew the deceased. On the 22nd inst. Henry had a drink on witness's premises about 10 a.m. He looked ill and tired, and witness allowed him to lie down on a bed upstairs. Witnpss did not see him again until about 5 p.m., when he came into the bar and said he was going to get some tea. He next saw him between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.. when witness refused to serve him with liquor. About 9 o'clock ho saw the deceased go away with a man named Ca-ssells, a man known a-s "Scottie," and a stranger. Witness had requested Cassells to take the deceased home. The third man was an utter stranger to witness. John Ca-ssells, labourer, said that he knew the deceased. On the day in question he saw him in the bar of the Family Hotel. Lower Hutt early in the evening. The deceased was all right and sober, although he might have had one or two drinks. They had tea and a drink, and afterwards went to the Central Hotel. Deceased seemed to collapse on his way home. Witness and a stranger took him to the Bellevue Hotel. They left him on the steps near his room. Witness asked deceased if he was all right, and he replied, "Thank you." Ralph Manning, 'bus proprietor, Lower Hutt, stated that on the night of the 22nd he saw deceased and Burns in company. Saw deceased fall, striking his head on the ground. Burns raised Henry, who again fell. Burns did not seem responsible for the fall. ' Dr. Christie said he knew George Stewart Henry, who was the son of Cononel Henry, of England, and wa-s a remittance man. Witness treated deceased professionally. Henry had previously fallen and injured his head. Witness attended Henry for attacks following on the injury caused by the fall. Maria Campbell and Catherine Thomas gave evidence. Fritz Dolling, barman at the Bellevue Hotel, said he knew deceased, Henry, who was a remittance man. Ho understood that Henry received a ri mittance of £50 every three months. On the night of the 22nd, shortly after 10 p.m., witness found deceased lying in the passage close to his oWn room. Witness and the licensee, Mr. Campbell, took Henry to his room and put him to bed. Deceased had a. wound on the head ; the hair was matted, and there was dirt in the hair round the wound. There was not much blood. Formed the opinion that deceased had fallen on the ground when intoxicated. Witness and Mr. Campbell bathed the wound and bandaged it.' Next morning witness visited Henry and found him to be unconscious. Dr. Mirams was called in and ordered Henry to be removed to tne Hospital. Neil Stewart Campbell, licensee of tho Bellevue Hotel, Lower Hutt, said deceased boarded at hie hotel. He cashed a cheque for deceased for £3 2s 6d on th& afternoon of the 21st. Henry spent a, few shillings of the amount that day. Deceased was not a heavy drinker ; he was more of a spendthrift. A small quantity of drink quickly affected him. The tobacco pouch produced was very like one which deceased had. John Charles Tandy Dick also gave evidence. The inquest was then adjourned till Monday next, at 4 p.m.

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REMITTANCE MAN'S DEATH Evening Post, Volume LXXXVII, Issue 26, 31 January 1914

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