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Shortly before eight o'clock this morning tho wind began to blow strong from the North-west, soon increasing m forco to a perfect gale, indeed such his not been witnessed m South Canterbury for several years past. Cloud 9of dust (no thanks to the Timaru Borough Council, who have not, for some unaccountable reason, allowed the watercart to distribute water along the main streets of the town during the stason) of such density as never belore experienced here, poured along the Btreets, causing, as a natural spqucneo, no person to vonture out of doors, but those who were absolutely compelled to do so, and all places of buainesa had their doors closed. It. is our painful task to have to record a shocking fatal accident, which occurred at about 11.30 this morning. While the gale was at its height, it found a weak place m a house whereon to vent its fury, viz., a concrete lean-to m Nurth-etroet, on the property now owned by A. Ormsby, EBq , and occupied by Mr and Mrs Drew and family, Mr Drew being m the employ of Mr Ormeby at the Belford Flour Mills contiguous. The wind lifted the galvanised iron roof clean off the building, causing the chimney, which was built inaide, to fall, catching Mrs Drew (who wqb Bitting near tho fire - place with an infant seven months old m her arm;) on the back, forcing her forward with the infant under her, causing its almost instantaneous death- On assistance being immediately rendered, aud the mother and infant extracted from their position, Dr Williams was quickly on the spot, Dr Macintyre arriving a few minutes after, who, on examination, pronounced the infant quite dead, and the mother only lived 10 minutes afterwards, her lungs being futally injured. The bodies were removed to Stono's Commercial Hotel, where they await an inquest being held by the Coroner, R. Beetham, Esq., R.M. On concluding this report of one of tho saddest accidents which has occurred m Timaru for a long while past, we cannot help animadverting on the fact that the roof was merely placed on the concrete walls, without being pinned down or connected therewith m the slightest degree, and we trust this accident will bo a warning to all architects, builders, und others m the future to have roofs properly Becured. There is no doubt, had this been the case m the present melancholy instance, we should not have Bad to take up our pen to rocord what has taken place to-day. We aleo hear of sundry fences, &c, being blown down, particulars of which, however, are not fully to hand.

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SHOCKING FATAL ACCIDENT., Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1298, 16 November 1878

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SHOCKING FATAL ACCIDENT. Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1298, 16 November 1878

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