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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES.

A carpenter named Alexander Dempster, while working this morning in the gutters of the Exhibition building roof, was accidentally cut with a chisel which entered the right leg about two inches above the knee. The man was carried to a cab and conveyed to Dr Martin's for attendance. The doctor says that tho cut ia two inches deep, and that there was considerable bleeding, though none of the larger arteries were severed. The accident means a lay-up for Dempster for several weeks. He is a married man living at the corner of St. David and Leith streets. Immediately on hearing the news, Mr Joubert sent to the contractor a letter of sympathy from the Executive Committee inquiring if the man was seriously hurt and whetner the Committee could do anything in the matter. Andrew Johnston, aged nineteen, met his death at the foundry of Messrs J. Anderson and Co., Lyttelfcon, yesterday. Ho was keeping some chains from being jambed between a truck of coal which was coming through the yard and the end of a largo boiler in the course of construction for tho Templeton Freezing Works, when somehow or other he got his head between the truck and the rim of the boiler, the result being the complete crushing of the back part of his skull, causing almost instantaneous death. Dr Lewis, who was passing the yards at the time, was called in, but the young fellow was too far gone for him to render any assistance. He made no cry nor any sound, but W. Cliff, who was working on top of the boiler, says he heaid a gurgling noise, and on looking down saw deceased jambed between the truck and boiler. Deceased's parents reside at Sydenham. The 'North Otago Times' reports that a serious accident occurred yesterday afternoon at the conclusion of the sale at Taipo, whereby Mr Gray, of Messrs Reid and Gray, had his thigh broken, and his clerk, Mr Blythe, had also his thigh broken, while Mr Sumpter sustained injuries about

the head and was severely shaken. Mr Gray and Mr Blythe were riding in a gig, and had juat started forOamarn. Mr Gray's horse had been feeding, and had had the bit removed, and the party were descending the hill leading from Taipo when Mr Blythe discovered that the bit was not in tho horse's mouth. He accordingly got out, and was in the act of putting the bridle right when the horse took fright and bolted. Mr Blythe stuck to it for fifty or sixty yards, when he. was knocked down, the gig wheel passing over him and breaking his thigh. The horse careered down the hill, overtook Mr Sumpter's buggy and collided with it, Mr Sumpter being thrown out on to the bank of the creek, while the buggy was overturned and smashed to pieces. Mr Gray did not escape so well. Ho also was thrown from his scat by tho collision, and had his thigh broken, and wa3 also somewhat bruised. The horses escaped uninjured.—A telegram received by Messrs Reid and Gray to-day says that Mr Gray's leg is badly broken, and face very much bruised; but he was in good spirits this morning. Mr Blythe's leg is badly broken, and he spent a bad night.

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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES., Evening Star, Issue 7926, 6 June 1889

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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES. Evening Star, Issue 7926, 6 June 1889

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