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T^E .MTJILDER OF MAJOR, BE WERE. Coroner's Inquest. Thomas HillFi, 'Eaq., the coroner for West Kent, opened the inquest on the body of Major Francis HJrafcio De Vere, at the Sun in the Wood public- h.use, on Thursday -morning1, before a very respectable jury, wish Mr. Honey as foreman. The jury having been sworn, The Coroner said that the jury so-well understood tie nature of their duties that it would not be neces- ary for him the (coroner) to explain them, but the nurder of Major Da Vere was now so well known that i; was only requisite to say that their duties-would be ionSned'to two points—firstly, the oaas& of dearth; secondly, whether any and what degree of eriminality ittafehed!to 'the act of any one-in causing the death. The jury then, proceeded to view thefbody, which was laid out in the room to wbreh the gallant officer aad been carried (No. 3, officers' quarters), and where le died. His ccantenance, though very pallid, was 3&lm and placid. On the Mtutn of the jury to the inquest toortf the following evidence was taken :— Arthur George Darnford said: I am lieièJtenantin the Royal Engineers. On the 11th the men of the engineers Were on parade, in Brompton Barracks. Major De Vere wf1sthe commanding-- affioer at the time on the parade. The deceased was first captain in the Royal Engineers and major in the British army. He was thirty-six years of age. I was present on parade. About on« O'clock p.m. I heard the report of a rifle and on looking round I satv M De Vere in Captain Frederick Hime's arms, apparently in a fainting con- dition. I went to render any assistance I could. Major DeJVere ejaculated Oh, my God i ..twice, and immediately became insensible. We got about half way off the parade, when, by directions of Dr. Leddall we laid "the deceased on the ground. a consaquence Of a,n observation made by a bystander I went to the guard room and sent men to be posted at the back doors of K and L houses to prevent any man Isa-ving them. I also went to post men at the front door. On arriving at K house I saw a sapper named Mason, and called to him to halt. He said the man who had fired the shot was in that house. I went to an up- stairs front-room, and there I found Sapper John Currie of the Royal Engineers standing in the room by himself. There was a smell of burnt powder in the room. I said to him, Did you do this ? "and he re plied, Yes, sir." Ithen asked for his rifleand pouch. He pointed them out to me. The rifle was ia the &Tm- band, and-theipouch was hangingupon the peg at the head of the bed. The rifle bad just been discharged, and there was deficient from the pouch one round of ball-cartridge and two caps- There was an ej 4 loded cap on the nipple of the rifle. He said nothing more to me. I went with him to the guard-room, and 'he. was piMedin custody. When I saw the Major in the arms of Captain Hime, I noticed blood on his trowsers coming from under his coat, and I also found blood on my own coat and glove froci assisting. I have the rifle and pouch in my charge. William Mason dep osed: I am a sapper in the Royal Engineers. On the llth inst. I was cook's mate at No. 3 room, at K house, in Brompton Barracks. About a quarter-past one I heard a noise, but did not know what it was. I thought it was the fall of a wall of some building. I looked out, and on the parade I saw Major De Vere in the arms of some of the officers, The coroner having summed up, the jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder" against John Currie rho warrant was then given to Superintendent Everist i for lodgment at Maidstone Gaol, and the inquiry r berminated. (

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