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A letter from the Rev. Hugh Kelly, of Invercargill, was read at the meeting of the Southland Hospital Trust last night, in which he complained that the ward in which the late Mr Douglas, stationmaster, was lying was broken into by a tradesman engaged in ventilating the building, and that the windows were thrown open to give exit for the plaster dust; that the patient had been going on favorably till that day ; that next day pneumonia set in, and Mr Douglas died about a week after. Mr Kelly said he did not write in a vindictive spirit, but suggested that inquiry should be made to ascertain who was to blame for the work being done while the patient was in a critical state. The house surgeon (Dr M'Leod), reporting to the Trustees, admitted that the work had been carried on against his instructions and without his knowledge, owing to the house steward being ill that morning. Mr Douglas did not die from pneumonia contracted through exposure, but from a septic form of disease which was complicated with the severe operation ho had undergone. An affidavit from the bricklayer denied that the windows were opened for the purpose alleged, and were only open tor a few minutes to enable him to communicate with a workman outside, The Trustees resolved to hold a special meeting to consider the correspondence and take evidence. The matter has been the subject of a great deal of obscure Press correspondence.

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