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A boy named Prospere, about thirteen years of age, has died at Auckland from poisoning through having eaten the roots of the wild kumara.

A distressing case of suicide occurred at Brisbane on the 24th ult. Mr Donald Campbell, of the firm of Campbell Brothers, tobacconists and fancy goods dealers, shot himself through the head with a revolver in the cellar of his shop in Queen street. The deceased was in the shop talking to a customer and the assistant. He left them abruptly and went to the cellar, where his body was found soon afterwards. He was bleeding copiously from the mouth, and a revolver was lying alongside him. A note to his wife hurriedly written in pencil was found on the body, in which he said: —“I have had judgment signed against me to-day for LI3O for football goods. As lam unable to meet it, and my troubles have been too much, I trust you will forgive this rash act, and forget the many sorrows I have caused you. I leave you now, and God bless you and the children.” The deceased, who was only about twenty-seven years of age, leaves a widow and two children. His death has caused a profound sensation in athletic circles, with which he was very prominently connected, being an enthusiast in all field sports. He was treasurer of the Queensland Cricket Association, assistant secretary of the Northern Ruc>by Union, and hold prominent offices in a number of cricket, football, and other clubs.

A shocking accident occurred at Messrs Cheetham Brothers’ steam grindery works, Sydney, recently. One of the members of the firm, Mr Abraham Cheetham, was grinding a pair of scissors, when the stone oroke into fragments, flying in all directions. One large piece struck Mr Cheetham in the face, knocking his head nearly off, and killing him instantly. Another fragment struck one of the employes in the face, cutting it badly, and destroying the sight of one of his eyes. Margaret O’Keefe, who was found on the Brighton line yesterday morning, must have passed a fearful night. On Monday she wandered on to the line, and was knocked down by a train, which severed her leg above the ankle. With remarkable fortitude she tore her clothes, and applied bandages which stayed the bleeding and preserved life. That done, there was nothing for it but to lie awaiting the dawn.

In great physical suffering, and not knowing whether day would Bring her succor, or be heralded by the rush of a train which would crush her to death, she must have endured agonies which would have unhinged the reason of a weaker woman. Each hour would seem terribly long, and yet its passing might simply bring her so much nearer a horrible fate. Fortunately the driver of the first train saw her betimes, pulled up, and alighting discovered her plight. More fortunately still, there were members of the Ambulance Corps at hand, and she was well tended. Her condition when taken to tho hospital was so critical that the doctors would not ply her with questions, and her life is despaired of. How she came to be on the line there is, at tho time of writing, nothing definite to show. There are, as usual in such cases, vague and contradictory rumors. Sho may have crossed the line in her desire to take a short cut. If so, of course, she acted imprudently, and has paid a very heavy penalty for her folly. But be the cause of the disaster what it may, we cannot withhold our tribute of admiration from a woman who so retained her presence of mind in face of a shock such as happily few are called upon to experience. —Melbourne ‘ Telegraph,’

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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES, Issue 8027, 2 October 1889

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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES Issue 8027, 2 October 1889

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