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ACCIDENT AT STRACHAN'S BREWERY

! - An inquest touching the death 01 James i Thomas Neve, who was lulled ;it Mes-. i and Co.'? brew-iy, Great, Km--trc-t • . -UTaav ioivnoon, at the City : morgue," before ".Mr 0. C. Graham, S.M. : Sergeant M'Keefrv represented the ponce, : Mr II J). BedfoiJ appeared for the doI ceased* mother, and .Mr \V. (.'. MacOre<rur „-; l-.-li.-ilf of Messrs Strachan and Ci. i° ]tr M'Kdlar deponed that in answer to ! a iiKsfa..:e he proceeded to Strachan and ; t'o.'s brcwerv, where he saw the body of I deceased, lie made, an external examination of tlu; body, ati-.I found the pupiLs 1 widely dilated, and the hands were parj tiallv" clasped. Under the chin there wae ' a hrirn. shaped like a crus.", which exactly i fitKd the. guard of an electric lamp which ! was Known to witness a-s having been used i)v deceased. His opinion was that the e.'.use of death would be electrocution. He s-urgesti-d that deceased had slipped and fa hen, and in doing eo had brought the lamp in contact with his chin. He douln.'d if a post mortem would reveal evidence of electrocution. In answer to Mr MaeCregor witness fa id the deceased had three symptoms of having died by dec trocutioii. First, the dilated pupils; .sacend, semi-contract-ed arms : aid. third, burned scar under the chin. He had not previously had personal expcrienoe of a death by electrocution. l'o Mr Bedford: He lia.l no reasonable doubt in his own mind but that deceased died by electrocution. Harold Smith, foreman at Strachan and Co.'.s brewery, fiaid deceased started work at 7.45 a.m. yesterday, and was engaged den nine; out a'eonereto tank Ho was pro. vjded with an electric portable, lamp 'produced], a reservoir hose, and an ordinary scrubbing brush. He was at work on a. •:,Mond tank for a short period when he iwitnecs) was railed. He found the engineer and two other men lifting deceased ou!, of the chamber. He (deceased) had no occasion to go into the tank. 'I he water was running through the h"se into the tank which deceased ned been on-aped in washing. liecca.ed had apparently fallen alongside the tank. 'i'o Mr Bedford : Only some, five or six minutes elapsed between the time he had last seen him alive and when he. was rdied ami found him dead. Hi di J not see the position of the lamp when the body was removed. Deceased was a healthy man ami had never been otf work as the" result of sickness. Cornelius .Machin Mora, employed at. Strachan's brewery, said he had "occasion to e () into Hie freezing; chamber to take the temperature. When in opened the door he found deceased lying on the tloor, between the door and the tanx uhieh he had been cleaning. He was lving on his face with the lamp under his chin. When he caught hold of deceased to Jilt him up he (witness) received a electric fiiock. There were no indications of life. The lamp was burning when he attempted to lift the body. It was probable that he (witness) might have touched the lamp when iio attempted to lift the bo<y, ana that may have Riven him the blight, shock which he exparienct.l. He switched off tho light befoio again attempting to lift deceased. The floor aas very slippery, and this may have caused him to fall. Tho Coroner said tho evidence elicited had, bo far, not convinced him of the actual cause of death. He thought tho onlv course was to have a post mortem. The man may pos.-ibly have had a fit or something of "that kind, and nothing short of a post mortem would settle the question. As far a.3 the lamp wa« concerned, there must have been some defect if that was the cause of death. Tho inquest would stand adjourned until 10.30 a.m. to-morrow, a post mortem to be held meantime.

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ACCIDENT AT STRACHAN'S BREWERY, Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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ACCIDENT AT STRACHAN'S BREWERY Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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