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THE TURAKINA ARRIVES

ax UNFORTuy.vn-: voyage. FIVE DEATHS ON BOARD. The New Zealand Shipping Company's steamer Turakiim arrived- at Wellington from London last evening. Nn less than five deaths (including one suicide) occurred in 22 days. Two of the deaths were of passengers and three of members of the crew, one being tho ship's surgeon. The first death occurred on October 5, ivhen a steward named Frederick Wiackworth, a native of Bath (England), succumbed to an attack of pneumonia. The sadness which this death occasioned hung over the ship's company, and four days later a trimmer named John Lowis. aged 23, a. native, so far us is known, of London, committed suicide by jumping overboard. The. attempt to rescue Lewis was an exciting event. Thespa. was choppy at the time. Lewis jumped overboard in full view of the officers and suaiueu of the watch at 4 o'clock in the morning. The alarm was given immediately, and the- ship was put astern. Two boats were quickly manned and lowered, but tho attempted rescue was most difficult, as it was pitch black. A thorough seareli was made iu the vicinity, and lifebuoys were thrown in all directions, but no trace of the unfortunate man was discovered. One of the crow stated that Lewis had been brooding all the way from London over the war news, and was continually talking about the German atrocities, until he- worked himself into a pitiable state of frenzy. Other than this no reason is assigned for his action in taking his life. The nest blow to tho.-e on board came when it became known that l)r Llewellyn Thomas, the ship's suigeon, was seriously ill from the effects of a .hill caught on the voyasro. Ho lnpidlv senk, <i!;d died mi October 15. The doctor, who w,v; U years ot age, was vciy popular on boav<|. (7e. had been a special favorite with the women and children, and bis death was deeply regretted. Needless to say. by tin's time the passengers' nerve* were in a stale of prostration at tin- sad events ■coming so closely on top of each other, and a gloom settled over the siiip, which .social functions, music, conceits, and panics absolutely failed to clear a.wny. Tii" steamer did not make the- customary call at Cape Town, and iliis added to the monotony and depression.

On October 20 another death occurred, and the passengers began io think that the ship wa.s possi'-.-cd of nu evil influence. After an attack of double pneumonia, a popular third class passt-nyer. a motor cor driver, named Denis Walsh, succumbed. Walsh had been foremost in trying to cheer up his fellow-travellers, and his death was a, great blow. He was ;m Irishman, having been boni at I'.rosna. and w;;* only 20 years of a^c

'Four day:- later eiileii- fcyer and heart failure carried otf laurence. Maudslev, a

farmer, who was returning to New Zealand after a visit to bis icitive town, of Hisbton . Laiiiashireb Mr Maud.-lev \ve well known in the South Canterbury di~ trict. He had a faim near Wainiate for four years, and was much respected, lie was 60 years of age.

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THE TURAKINA ARRIVES, Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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THE TURAKINA ARRIVES Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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