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While three rabbiters were returning from Roxburgh on Thursday evening to the Teviot Station, where they were employed, one of them—Frank Taylor—fell over a precipice some 50ft down, receiving injuries that caused his death. The men (says the Tuapeka Times) had evidently been having a day of it, and left Roxburgh at nine o’clock in the evening. While engaged in a friendly tussle for the possession of the inevitable bottle at a very dangerous part of the road, two of the party rolled over the embankment, though one it seems was fortntunately able to save himself before he had fallen far. His less fortunate mate was precipitated headlong to the bottom, receiving terrible injuries in his descent. After the unfortunate man had fallen about 40ft, he appears to have struck a projecting ledge, rebounding, battered and udoonoious, on to the sand below, a further distance of 10ft. Had the river been high the waters of the Clutha might have claimed what little life remained in him, and prevented even the poor satisfaction of recovering his body. Deceased was thirty-two years of age, a native of Remington (England), and had been about eleven years in the colony. At the inquest the jury abided to their verdict a rider calling attention to the extremely dangerous condition of . the road where the accident occurred, and directing the attention of the authorities thereto. They also suggested that at the place referred to, as well as several other parts of the road which are dangerous, a hand-rail or parapet should be erected.

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FATAL RESULT OF LARKING., Evening Star, Issue 7955, 10 July 1889

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FATAL RESULT OF LARKING. Evening Star, Issue 7955, 10 July 1889