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A death, so far surrounded by mysterious circumstances, occurred at the Upper Kaiwarawara last night. Mr Thomas Hawkins, a well-known settler, who lived in the district named, left town at five o’clock last evening, and was found about eight o’clock lying dead in a branch road which led to his farm. The body was lying at full length and bore marks of violence on the neck, and his vest was considerably torn. Nothing is known as to how the deceased came by his death, but it is supposed that he either fell or was thrown from his trap, and that the horee kicked or a wheel passed over his body. Dr Cahill, who examined the body, says that death resulted from hemorrhage of the jugular vein, but he declines to express an opinion as to how the wounds were caused until he makes a post moTlem this morning. Two wounds were found on the neck. Hawkins was a man much respected in town.

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STRANGE FATALITY., Issue 7922, 1 June 1889

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STRANGE FATALITY. Issue 7922, 1 June 1889

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