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A Wingatui Bettler named William M'Pherson was working in that locality on Saturday evening with another man named Sparrow, employed by Mr Poter Cooper. Some hags having been brought by and emptied out of a dray, Sparrow and M'Pherson jumped into the vehicle, the former driving. A short time after the dray had started Sparrow heard a groan, and glancing round saw that M'Pherson was lying motionless behind the dray, and in a line with the wheel, which had evidently passed over his chest. Sparrow and some other men working at the ironworks went to M'Pherson's assistance and conveyed him to his home, but he never spoke, and died about half an hour after the accident. It is supposed that the dray gave a jolt through one of the wheels going into a rut, and deceased was thrown out in front of the wheel. He leaves a m£b and two children, and was not of intemperate habits. An inquest was held at Wingatui this afternoon before Mr Coroner Carew, and the verdict was that M'Pherson was accidentally killed through a wheel passing over his body. A cablegram from Sydney, received in town last night, reports the finding in Sydney harbor of the body of Mr W. C. Kennedy. Deceased, who was a son of Sheep Inspector Kennedy, was well-known in business and athletio circles, having been a prominent member of the Dunedin and Phienix clubs, and an office-bearer of the Cricketers' Association. He first entered the office of Messrs J. L. and C. Burke, and afterwards went into that of Messrs Neill and Co., leaving the latter to enter into partnership with Mr A. G. Fenwick as lessees of the Kerosene Bond, and in an agenoy business. Deceased was married to a daughter of Mr Paul, of this City, and leaves two children.

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FATALITIES., Evening Star, Issue 7995, 26 August 1889

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FATALITIES. Evening Star, Issue 7995, 26 August 1889