A man named R. W. Champney died at Timaru on Saturday. After his death a rumoi arose that it had been the result of poisoning. The medical man in charge of Champney, who had given a certificate that death was due to tabes dorsalis, hearing of the rumor, acquainted the police, and as a result the funeral was delayed in order that an inquiry could be held. Mr Champney, in her evidence, said that her late husband had a fall from his horso four years ago, and was laid up for a few days. He then appeared all right up to a year ago, when disease of the spine presented itself. A doctor was called in. One Bymptom of the disease was frequent vomiting. Dr Reid said that he attended Champney, and found him suffering from the disease named. Since his death he had made a post mortem examination, and had verified the certificate given as a correct one. There were no indications of the deceased having taken an irritant poison, the coating of the stomach being in a natural state, and the internal viscera in their normal condition. Sickness was, as was the case with many poisons, a symptom in the case; and it was because of the rumor Btated that he had spoken to the police for the sake of the widow. The jury, without hesitation, returned a verdict of " Death from natural causes."—' Pres?.'
Permanent link to this item
UNFOUNDED SUSPICIONS., Evening Star, Issue 7985, 14 August 1889
UNFOUNDED SUSPICIONS. Evening Star, Issue 7985, 14 August 1889
Using This Item
Allied Press Ltd is the copyright owner for the Evening Star. You can reproduce in-copyright material from this newspaper for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons New Zealand BY-NC-SA licence. This newspaper is not available for commercial use without the consent of Allied Press Ltd. For advice on reproduction of out-of-copyright material from this newspaper, please refer to the Copyright guide.