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A BOY ELECTROCUTED

Yesterday afternoon, about 5.30, some children were crossing tho reclaimed ground from Logan's Point quarry towards the cement works, amongst them Martin Lyons Park and his little sister (whose parents reside in Leith street) and Edward Warren. An electric wire, the line of which is front tho Logan Point converter istation across the reclaimed ground, was broken and had fallen. Tho boy Park picked up one end of this wire and fell, being at once unconscious. Edward Warren pulled tho wiro out of his companion's hands; and carried him to the cement works, where two of tho workmen did what they could, artificial respiration being carried on until Dr Evans (who had been promptly rung up) arrived at the works. The doctor continued the attempt to restoro animation', but tho case was beyond medical skill. These wore the particulars in tho possession of tho police this morning. Tho inquest was fixed for 2.30 this afternoon. THE INQUEST.

Mr C. C. Graham held tho inquest at the Morgue. -Sergeant M'Keefry represented the police. Mr Ramsay appeared for tho Citl Corporation. Dr Evans said that he was called to the Cement Works at 12 minutes to 6, and reached there about 6.2, finding the body in the. North End Boating Club's shed. To all appearances the boy was dead. There was a slight scorching of tho right arm. A bystander remarked that there had been pulsations shortly before ho arrived, so he tried .artificial respiration for half an hour, but without effect. Tho cause of death was paralysis of the heart muscles resulting from tho shock. His wet hands and wet feet and wet clothing probably diverted the electric current into the body much more readily than if ho had been dry. There was no mark of the entrance of the current. The symptoms, together with tho history of the case, confirmed his opinion as to tho cause of death. He had tho scorching of the arm and tho fact that the boy had touched the wire. There was no other possible cause of death.

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A BOY ELECTROCUTED, Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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A BOY ELECTROCUTED Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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