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IFATAL GUN ACCIDENT.

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FATAL GUN ACCIDENT. On Friday week a sad accident happened at Ty- nohir, near Machynlleth. Mr. Davies, of Rhiwlas, and Mr. M. Lewis, of Garthgwynion, were out shoot- ing, with Robert Roberts, one of Mr. Davies's ser- vants, When Roberts was accidentally shot by a charge from his master's gun. The gun had hung fire, and Mr. Davies was about examining- it, when the charge went off,and entered the unfortunate man's head, canning instant death. The inquest was held on Saturday, at Caedu, before D. R. Pughe, Esq., coroner; and the particulars will be learnt from the following evidence William Henry Davies said,— I live at Rhiwlas. The deceased was my servant. He was in his usual health and "pints yesierday (Friday) morning. He went out shooting with me about ten o'clock. We went towards Tynohir. We were at Tynohir about alf-past twelve, when the accident happened. Three of us were walking together, making for ano- ther place to look for some game, and in a corner of a field, where we were making for a gap, a hare got up close to us. I fired one barrel, and missed her, and attempted a second barrel the second barrel hung fire, and then went off in my hand. After hanging fire I was going to look what was the matter with the gun but before I got it down into a proper position it went off in my hand, and the first thing I noticed was, that Mr. Lewis had thrown his gun down, and rushed to the deceased, and then I rushed to him myself, and found a gunshot wound at the hack of the head. Mr. Lewis raised him in a sitting posture, and, seeing the wound, I told him to lay him down, as he appeared quite dead. I do not think he even breathed after we had got him down. There was no one else with us at the time. I stayed and watched him until Mr. Lewis went and got assistance. It was on the border of Cynffyrch and Tynohir. Maurice J. Lewis said,—I live at Garthgwynion. I was out shooting with Mr. Davies and his servant yesterday morning. We had been walking all Ihe morning about Tynohir and Cynffyrch, and about twelve o'clock we found ourselves on Cynffyrch land, on the border of Tynohir. A hare got up by the side of the hedge; she ran to meet us. Mr. Davies shot his first barrel at her, and, in trying his second barrel, Mr. Davies made the remark that his gun had hung fire. I saw the poor man stagger, and I put down my gun and ran to him immedi- ately, and got him into a sitting position as near as could be. I perceived where he was shot, and found the blood pouring all over my hands and clothes. When I was perfectly satisfied he was dead, I went off for assstance. I went to Tynohir for a cart, and got the body conveyed to this house. I heard Mr. Davies say his gun had hung fire, and saw his gun as if it had jumped in hie hand. I did not see the charge go off, as I was too attentive to the hare myself. I was aiming at the hare myself, and tried to shoot her but the cap snapped, and the charge did not go out of the gun. Hugh Lloyd said,—I am a surgeon, practising at Machynlleth. I have examined the body of de- ceased, and find a very large wound under and be- hind the left ear, evidently a gunshot wound. A portion of the lower part of the ear had been shat- tered, and, on examining the wound, I found that a portion of the bone behind the ear had been frac- tured, hut not, in my opinion, so as to communicate with the brain. On probing this wound I found that it communicated with the mouth. The course of the wound was back and towards the upper part of the spine and my belief is, that the cause of death was serious injury to the spiual cord. It was not injured by the shot, but from the violence of the shock and concussion, which was quite sufficient to cause immedia'e death. A verdict of" Accidental death was returned. The deceased was a single man, about twenty- seven years of age, and a native of Bala.— Os. Ad. >

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