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Coroner Quiu held an inquiry at Kelso on Friday touching the doath of Robert Kirkpatrick, a laborer, who died while staying for a couple of days at Officer's Hotel. Tho licensee said he came there on the 3rd inst., and remained till his death on the evening of the 12th. He complained of having a very bad cold, and drank hot rum as a euro for it. He was never the worse for liquor while in the house, but was giddy at times. Other witnessos deposed that Kirkpatrick was never drunk on the premises, though one saw him fall, and another thought he was a little "jolly." Dr De Latour said when ho was called to attend deceased on the evening of the 12th ho found him suffering from an apoplectic fit and in a dying condition, and he died shortly after hia removal upstairs. The fit was due to the rupture of a blood-vessel on tho brain. There was nothing in deceased's appearance to indicate anything else than apoplexy, but if he had been in tho habit of drinking it would pre-dispose to apoploxy. Had he been called in earlier he might have saved deceased, but his case was hopeless when bo saw him. A verdict of " Died from natural causes, accelerated by drink," was returned.

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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES., Issue 7938, 20 June 1889

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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES. Issue 7938, 20 June 1889

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