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DavicV Gillies, who for; the past;, twenty- 1 two years haa aoted-a<s engineer for the Walton ;Park ■:Goal? Coihpaay,' ; ioai I hia Jife yeslerday .morning;;%' falling down., the shaft.. the latter is 175ftdeep, and at"the bottom there is about SOfbofiwater. ■? ', At half-paßt nine Gilließ-aSd: the deputymine manager {MrjDavid .Marahalfy.were going down the shaft to repair a leak in the pump, .Ttiey had descended about 80ft when:: Marshall remarked .to deceased hot to look up or he would get- dust in his : eyes. Gillies replied "All: right I'; but almost immediately v after Marshall heard him emit a sound like a sigh and then drop, splashing into the water below. Marshall shouted to the .mine manager, Mr John Kenyotf,: who.- was further Tip;- the shaft in the.act of comiflg],down.. Mr Kenyon immediately desaended" some 40fti tafcw the spot whence Gillies fell, "and, realising that • it was hopeless -to - endeavor-to effactr a ,resoue, hurried to the s« riace. The hands were got together, and preparations were immediately made, to get to the water. Men were lowered in a barrel alternately, and' worked with great vigor, but it was not till late in the afternoon that the manager hooked the body with grappling irons. He made it fast, and then came to the surface thoroughly exhausted. The deputy-manager and ex-Manager Pollock afterwards went-, down and brought the body to the top. Dr Will, who was sent for when the acci; deufc oocurred, was in attendance all day.The manager suffered so much' from exhaustion and from inhaling the fire-damp that he had to. receive medical aid and take to his bed. How deceased managed to fall can only be surmised. That he was overcome by noxious gas is hardly probable, for if this were the cause the relief parties could not have descended to the water at the. bottom of the shaft. The probability is,' however, that by soms means he lost his hold, and was thus precipitated to the bottom. Deceased was fifty-nine years of age. He leaves a wife and ten, some of whom are grown up. IXQCEST.

An inquest was held on the body at Fairfield this morning before Mr Coroner Carew and a jury of six (Mr W. Geddes, foreman). Mr Hodgkins appeared to watch the proceedings on behalf of Mr Patterson, owner of the mine.

Lucy Evelyn Gillies, wife of deceased, said her husband was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and had been thirty-three years in the colony. He was fifty-nine years of age last Saturday. He had been in perfect health, and never suffered from fits of any kind.

The Coroner then adjourned the inquest until a quarter to ten on Tuesday next, in order to give the inspector of mines notice to attend.

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A MAN KILLED AT WALTON PARK MINE., Issue 10448, 19 October 1897

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A MAN KILLED AT WALTON PARK MINE. Issue 10448, 19 October 1897

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