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LOST IN THE BUSH.

[From Our Own Correspondent ]

PALMERSTON NORTH, May 25.

A short time ago it was reported that a boy, nine years old, named Wm. Geruschadt, was missing from his home, between Feilding and Watershed roads, on the Manchester block. Several search parties have traversed the district since the date he was missed (April 10), but no trace of him could be found, lie was in the habit of remaining in the bush for days, living on berries, on one of these occasions staying out three days and three nights. Yesterday flans Jensen discovered the remains of the boy in a gully about ten chains from the house. The body was jammed between two logs, his feet being about six inches from the ground. He had evidently been choked to death, and it is surmised that he slipped in crossing the log, and, in his efforts to save himself, pulled the other against him, The remains were much decomposed. May 27.

Owing to rumors that the boy found dead in the bush had been subjected to ill-treat-ment, an inquest was held yesterday at Ashurst, but nothing important was elicited. The boy was born six years before his mother's marriage. Geruschadt and his wife both deny that tho boy was ill-treated, although he ran away from home. One resident deposed to the husband beating the boy while holding him by tho hair of the head ; and another stated that the boy had been harshly treated. The jury returned a verdict of " Found dead."

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LOST IN THE BUSH., Issue 7917, 27 May 1889

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LOST IN THE BUSH. Issue 7917, 27 May 1889

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