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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES.

Mr J. Lindsay, a carrier at Gimmerburn, was kicked in the face by a horse at Kyeburn on Friday, and died the same afternoon, He was twenty years of age. Mr Coroner Carew and a jury of six, of whom David Robertson was foreman, held an inquiry at Green Island on Saturday into the circumstances under which Elizabeth Rae met her death. William Rae deposed that deceased was his mother, a widow, born in Carlisle, had been twenty-eight years in the colony, and was about fifty-four years of age. He had peen nothing wroDg with her. Dr Will, who was called at 8.15 a. m. on Saturday, Baid that on examination of tho body he found that death had taken place some hours previously, Deceased was subject to fits of melancholia, and by his advice was sent to the Seacliff Asylum in September, 1887. Andrew Pollock said that the well was about 9ft deep, and had Oft of water in it. There was no likelihood of her having fallen into it accidentally. Constable Power also gave evidence, after which the jury returned a verdictof "Found drowned." While Dr Maunsell's horses were being harnessed to the trap this morning they bolted out of the stable yard and along George street, turning down into Cumberland street, where they were stopped before any damage was done to animals or vehicle. Fortunately neither the doctor nor his groom had taken their seats in the buggy when tho horses started off.

One of the most painful fatalities to my knowledge on the Coast for some time is that which befel August Olsen, a solitary miner living high up on a range overlooking the Totara River. Olsen had a water race and claim of his own, and was consequently in a comfortable position, were it not for the dreadful loneliness. He was not entirely beyond reach of communication, for another old miner named John M'Ewan, living two or three miles away, lower down the range, used to exchange signals with him by blowing an ox-horn. They do not seem to have had any preconcerted signs by which to convey their wishes or intentions, but simply blew on the horn to let each other know they were about, M'Ewen so blew on Friday evening, but got no reply. He die 1 not pay much attention to this, but felt puzzled when on signalling the following day he still failed to arouse his friend. On the Sunday he was again unsuccessful, and concluded that Olsen had gone to Ross. On Monday he became alarmed, and went to his friend's, when he found him in his bunk, dead, tho body already partially decomposed. It appears that he had fallen from a height either at his claim or else along the lino of race, on his feet, and the violence of the fall had forced up the spinal column, fracturing the skull. From thence he had contrived to drag his way to tho hut, crawl into the bunk, and slowly die, away from all human help and sympathy. Poor Olsen was a simple, unsophisticated fellow, full of great plans, as so many solitary dwellers in the wilderness often are. The last time I rambled in his neighborhood he showed me with much pride and satisfaction a pair of moleskin trousers that he had dyed an extraordinary-looking color, somewhat resembling crimson lake. This dye he had discovered amongst the trees near which he lived, and with it he was going to make an enormous fortune for himself, and find profitable employment for all the people on the Coast.—llokitika correspondent of the ' Lyttelton Times.'

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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES., Evening Star, Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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