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An apprentice named William Moreton, aged eighteen, belonging to the ship East Lothian, lying in Wellington harbor, was drowned on Saturday afternoon. He was sent on to the poop for the purpose of pulling a boat hanging astern up to the gangway. Being absent some time, search was made, and the body was observed sinking, and although an attempt was made at rescue, it was without avail. It is believed that Moreton struck the boat in falling over the rail. Deceased was the son of a retired clergyman in Surrey. A child named John Edgar, aged one year and eleven months, and son of Mr John Edgar, residing at Green Island, was burned about the legs and body on Saturday morning, and in consequence of the serious injuries received died during the aftarnoon pf the same day. It appears that Mrs Edgar was engaged in some domestic occupation in the house, and requiring some articles from outside left deceased with his sister, aged three years, in the kitchen. A few moments elapsed, and Mrs Edgar was returning to the kitchen, when she saw her little daughter running to meet her, and crying out at the same time words to the effect that the child John was being burnt. Mrs Edgar ran into the kitchen, where she saw deceased standing at the door with his clothes ablaze. She put out the flames, applied suitable remedies, and sent for Dr Will, who attended to the child's injuries. The little one lingered until 3.30 p.m., when he succumbed, the cause of death being shock to the system, caused by the severity of the burns. As to the exact manner in which the child's clothes caught fire it is only a matter of supposition, but as deceased bad a habit of frequently lighting pieces of paper at the fire it is surmised that he must have been doing something like that when the accident happened. An inquest was held at Abbotsford at four o'clock this afternoon, before Coroner Carew and a jury of six, when evidence to the above effect was adduced; but the inquiry had not concluded when we went to press.

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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES., Issue 7941, 24 June 1889

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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES. Issue 7941, 24 June 1889

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