MR E. M. SMITH, M.H.R. New Plymouth, April 19. Mr Edward Metcalf Smith, M.H.E. for Taranaki, died at the Hospital tonight as the result of a railway accident this morning. He had been in ill-health for some time, but felt considerably better this morning, and was attending to some business. He boarded the 11 o'clock train at Elliot Street for town, standing on the carriage platform. As the train was rounding a curve he was seen by a letter carrier on the road to fall between the carriages, it is presumed during a fit of giddiness. Miraculously he fell between the rails and the wheels did not pass over him, but he received severe bruises and laceration of the head and face, being dragged some distance by the undergear. The accident was not noticed by anyone on the train. When picked up Mr Smith was conscious, and his painful injuries were attended to on the spot. He was subsequently removed to the hospital in a dazed state. A protracted operation was performed to relieve concussion, but without effect, Mr Smith succumbing in the presence of his family shortly before 8 o'clock.
Mr Smith represented New Plymouth from. 1891 till 1896, and the Taranaki electorate from 1900 to the time of his death. He was 68 years of age, a Taranaki pioneer, and one of the province's most enterprising spirits. With the efforts to develop the ironsand industry and petroleum he has been prominently connected for over 40 years, indeed most of his whole life and fortune were dedicated to the former. With the removal of " Little E.M." New Plymouth loses its most familiar figure.
THE INQUEST. New Plymouth, April 21. At the inquest on the body of the late Mr E. M. S-nith, M.H.R., to-day, a verdict of accidental death was returned, the jury express ; ng sympathy with the bereaved wife and family. A. large number of telegrams of sympathy have been received from members of Parliament and the Cabinet. The telegrams include one from the Acting-Premier and one from Mr Massey. MILITARY FUNERAL. New Plymouth, April 21. The Government has ordered a military funeral for the late Mr E. M. Smith, M.H.R., who served with the Imperial and Colonial troops as armourer, Th. 9 Cabinet will be represented at the funeral by the Acting-Premier (the Hon. Hall-Jones), the Hon. J. Carroll and the Hon. R. McNab.