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Au inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Donald M'Master, Saddle Hill, was held yesterday before Mr Coroner Garew and a jury of six, of whom Mr Peter Finnic was chosen foreman.

Hugh M'Master, nephew of deceased, said tho latter was a farmer by occupation, was born at Inverncsshirc, and had been in the colony about twenty-six years. He was about seventythree years of age, and was unmarried. He was always a very strong man, and appeared to bo in good health, except that ho complained of cramp and pairs in his legs. He was sometimes laid up in cor sequence of them pairs, occasionally as long as a fortnight. Deceased would never let anyone go for a doctor when he was bad, and witness did not know of him getting medical advice. On Monday la-t deceased seemed all right, and took his dinner as usual. He was cutting seed potatoes during the day in a barn about a chain distant away from the house. About five o’clock in the afternoon witness was sitting in the house when Robert Turnbull informed him that his uncle was lyingon theground. Theywentoutsideandfonnd deceased lying on the ground near the corner of the house. They tried to raise him to a sitting position, gave him a drop of whisky, and bathed his hands and forehead with cold water. Deceased gave one or two gasps after he was lifted up, and then seemed to be dead. He was carried inside and the. doctor sent for, but he never spoke again. Deceased had taken eimilar fits before.

Evidence was aLo given by Donald Hunter (who paw deceased walking from tho barn to tho house, when bo seemed in his usual health), Margaret M'Master, and Dr Will fwho said that deceased had died from natural causes), and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony,

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INQUEST., Issue 8034, 10 October 1889

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INQUEST. Issue 8034, 10 October 1889

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