DEATH OF TROOPER SAXON.
OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE. In connection with the articles that have been published in the “ New Zealand Times” concerning the death and treatment of Trooper Saxon, of New Zealand forces, we have received the following letter from Captain Smith, staff officer to the Commandant : Headquarters, Wellington, September 13. As considerable correspondence has appeared in your paper regarding the treatment of late Trooper Saxon, I have the honour to request that you will be good enough to publish the enclosed extract from Surgeon-Captain t’s report on the matter,’ and report by Farrier Hardham. [Copy-] Klerksdorp, 25/11/1900. Surgeon-Captain Wytt, Fourth Regiment N^J.R.R. Dear sir,—As regards the affair of the late Trooper Saxon, on the day on which O squadron loft Boira for Bambo creek. There not being room and accommodation in the train for all horses and equipment, I was left behind with six men to bring on same at night. Just before the train in the morning left I was called by Colonel Sommerville, and told that arrangements had been made for the removal of Saxon to the hospital ship, and if these were not carried out I was to see that ho was taken aboard. As I was very busy, I did not go over to the shed in which Saxon wag lying until 'about twelve o’clock, and then I and Trooper F. Dixon took him some food and sodawater for his dinner. Just as I came away from the shed, Dixon and I met Mr Morton (war correspondent), and asked him if he would see the authorities, and get Saxon taken to the ship, which ho wag very pleased to do for me. He (Mr Morton) went into town, and got some men and a stretcher, and before three o’clock in tho afternoon Saxon whs taken away under Mr Morton’s charge. This I am positive of, as after they left I wont to the hospital shed, and got some books and papers that had been left behind.—(Signed) W. J. Hardham. Farrier-Major, Fourth Regiment N.Z.R.R. (Extract from report by Surgeon-Cap-tain J. Watt to officer commanding Fourth New Zealand Regiment, dated Klerksdorp, 2oth November, 1900.] '• With regard to poor Saxon’s death, I am not prepared to say how long ho wag under my charge, as my sick reports were left behind at Buluwayo, I think two or three days. Tho day before we left Beira, I considered him well enough to come on, but the evening before we left there was some rise of temperature. This was enough to justify my leaving him, hut not sufficient to cause the slightest alarm. _ I saw him tho next morning, gave him his medicine, and saw to it myself that he had breakfast, and then arranged with Colonel Sommerville that ho should be s ®nt off as soon as possible to tho hospital ship. I enclose report of the non-com-missioned officer who arranged for the patient’s removal. Colonel Sommerville, who, I understand, ha a now returned to New Zealand, will, no donbt, be able to corroborate tho truth of what I have said, and also to report on the condition of my hospital, which ho used to visit regularly. I have the honour to request, through you, that the Commandant of the New Zealand Forces should, if he could see his way clear, make a publio contradiction of the report to which I have referred.”—(Signed) James Watt, Surgeon-Captain, New Zealand Fourth Regiment.
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