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A servant girl named Eliza Crimmin, who had been stopping for three weeks at a boarding-houso in Christchurch, died yesterday morning suddenly. The circumstance was reported to the police, and an inquest was held to-day. Evidence was adduced that Dr Townsend, who saw she was pregnant, recommended her to tell Mrs Higgs, witli whom sho was lodging. Subsequently a policeman asked for a certificate, which the doctor declined to give. He made a post mortem examination, and found her seven months enciente. There were no marks of violence, The blood vessels in the brain were more or less empty, showing that probably syncope preceded death. The color of all the blood in the internal organs was a very bright scarlet, showing that the probable cause of death was metallic poisoning. Mrs Higgs stated that deceased had been sick during her stay in the house. Sergeantmajor M'Donald said ho found a white powder—evidently chalk, a packet of sulphate of quinine, a box of Widow Welsh’s female pills, and a bottle containing medicine, which the doctor said was not deleterious. Dr Townsend (recalled) said death probably resulted from syncope. The coroner remarked that there was no evidence of deleterious drugs having been bought. He would, if the jury decided, have an analysis made. This they considered necessary, and the inquest was adjourned to the 19 th iust.

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A MYSTERIOUS DEATH., Issue 7982, 10 August 1889

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A MYSTERIOUS DEATH. Issue 7982, 10 August 1889

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