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An inquest was held at Oamaru yesterday afternoon touching the death of Henry Gottlieb Berger. We extract the following from the * North Ofcago Times ':—

Sergeant O'Grady said about seven weeks ago he had found Henry Berger, son of deceased, diunk on his own premises, and with him there was a prostitute named Ross, Deceased, who was lying in bed in the room, coughed frequently. He heard the son say to the deceased that if he did not knock off that cough he would knock his head off, and other like expressions. The woman Baid she would not allow the son to touch his father, and he might cough away as much as he liked. Two days subsequently the father had, in reply to a question, declined to make any complaint against his son. The Bon was accused of illtreating his father, but denied doing so. Henry Berger, a painter, said his father had died about six o'clock that morning, His father bad been living with him about

three years, He cape from Auckland without being invited, and had lived with him ever since. When he came he was very weak, and had a bad cough. He had never complained of want of bedclothinj/. When witness went to his father's bed yesterday morning he found his face cold, and he thought he was dead. Deceased had never been compelled to leave the room beoause he (witness) had women in the room, and he had never turned him out of doors. He had never called in a doctor, nor had his father ever desired him to do so. Dr Garland said death had resulted from natural causes, and he did not think that deceased had been starved.

The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence, and added this rider :—" We are unanimously of opinion that deceased's son, Henry Berger, is worthy of censure for the neglect of deceased through drinking habits and acts of immorality in the room occupied by tli3 deceased. 1 '

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A PRECIOUS SON., Issue 7908, 16 May 1889

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A PRECIOUS SON. Issue 7908, 16 May 1889

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