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A correspondent of the London ‘Daily Telegraph 1 writes with reference to the death of Mr Edward Martineau that the accident took place in the valley of the Anza, a,tributary of the Toce, which flows from the Simplon. Mr Martineau, who went out from England about five years ago, had arranged with another Englishman named Cooke, employed in the mines, to go on a chamois-hunting expedition. The latter started on a Saturday afternoon to make a of Mount Moriana, and spent the night in a mountain hut. It was agreed that the two sportsmen, who expected to find a chamois on the mountain, should meet at some fixed point in the Quarazza Pass, between Mount Moriana and Mount Rosa, on Sunday afternoon. Accordingly, on Sunday afternoon Martineau started on his lost and fatal journey in the hopes not only of meeting Cooke, but shooting a chamois that; he ; presumed his comrade would drive over the mountain. On reaching the Quarazza Pass he settled himself in the shade behind a boulder, enjoying his pipe. At the same time one of the miners—an Italian, Bonomi by name—was approaching with his rifle in an opposite direction with the sun full in his face, and when within about eighty yards of Martinean, seeing something move, he fired, thinking he had at last shot his. chamois. Great was his consternation and distress when the report of his rifle was followed by a shriek. Making his way to the spot, he was horrified to find what he had done. The bullet had entered the right side, passing clean through the body out at the left side. Bonomi asked whether Martineau was much hurt, and the latter only managed to say “Very badly” before ho fell back, quite unconscious. He only survived about ten minutes after this, but not another word passed his lips. Martineau's companion, Cooke, was approaching the place of meeting at the time, and hearing the report of a rifle concluded that his comrade had landed a chamois. Martineau, who was twentytwo years of age, was one of the most popular assistant-engineers at Pestarena, Soliloquy of a Witness.—" I stepped into the court room at Nupa one day,” said Attorney Garret M'Euerney, “ while a murder trial was in progress. A prominent citizen named Wilson had been shot down in his field, and the only witness, a half-witted relative of the deceased, was on the witness stand for the prosecution. ‘ What did you do when he fell?’ asked the prosecuting attorney. ‘I walked up to where he was lying.’ ‘Then what did you do? 1 The witness paused, reflected a moment with contracted brows to concentrate his scattered faculties on the matter, and then replied very solemnly: ‘I said: “There he is. (Pause.) School trustee. . (Pause.) Notary public. (Pause.) Justice of the peace. (Pause.) Delegator. (Pause.) All gone to Hades in one pop.” 1 ”

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HUNTING ACCIDENT IN THE ALPS., Evening Star, Issue 10469, 12 November 1897

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HUNTING ACCIDENT IN THE ALPS. Evening Star, Issue 10469, 12 November 1897