A BRAVE DEED
[Per United Fbess Association.] WANOANUI. January 2. The inquest on Gwen Christina Whitford, aged 13, who was drowned in tho river yesterday, disclosed a gallant attempt "by Mr* E. W. Merry weather to savo deceased'* life. He dived, half drtssad, hut collided with a log. In a second attempt he obtained hold of two girls, but th* weight of his clothes and the two girls prevented him coming up. Ha pushed them off and rose to the surface. He dived again, caught one girl, and managed to bring her to the ettrface, but sank with her. Finally, however, he got her safely ashore. He then made repeated efforts t ofind the deceased. The coroner commended Mr Merryweather's action, and recommended it to tho Eoya lHumane Society for recognition. A verdict of "Accidentally drowned" was returned.
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A BRAVE DEED, Evening Star, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915