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SINGULAR DEATHS OF A WIFE AND HUSBAND. An inquest was held at Hawkhurst, Kent, on Saturday, on the bodies of a gentleman named Durrant and his wife. It appears that for several weeks previously Mrs. Durrant had, at intervals, exhibited symptoms of a deranged mind, and a female attendant had been engaged- to look after- her. On Friday. having eaten nothing for three days, Mrs. Durrant expressed her wish to have a glass of sherry and an egg. The attendant left her for a moment to order the egg, but the moment she had turned her back the unfortunate lady went into the conservatory, through the garden, and at a rapid rate made towards the pond. Mr. Durrant, Mr. Cooke, a medical attendant, and the female attendant followed, and the whole distance, about 120 or 130 yards, was done by the four as quickly as possible. Mrs. Durrant having slightly the start, and being more active, reached the side of a pond in the grounds of the house, and instantly plunged in, and was some distance from the bank when her husband reached it. He seems to have hesitated for a moment, and then stepped in, and was gone immediately, the bank being very steep. Neither of the bodies rose in the water. A portion only of Mrs. Durrant's dress was seen near the surface. In a few minutes help was at hand, bat, as no one on the spot could swim, grappling-hooks were procured, and both bodies were landed, after being under the water nearly a quarter of an hour. In each case life was found to be extinct. Mr. Durrant was 87 years of age, and Mrs. Durrant 47. Verdicts in accordance with tha facts were returned.

TWO DOCTORS THAT DIFFERED.