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-1RURAL COUNCIL. 1

Local Minister Summoned.I

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HARBOUR TRUST.I

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EUROPEAN POLITICS. I

iThe Harbour's Success.I

IMaintenance Order.i

TRAGIC DEATH. I

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TRAGIC DEATH. I I AGED WOMAN CHOKED BY MEAT. i I An old age pensioned named Margaret Thomas, Columbia Row, died suddenly on Friday under tragic cirucmstances. Whilo she was partaking of her dinner, a piece of meat remained in her throat, and this choked I her. Dr. Samuel Williams and Dr. J. L. Davies were immediately in attendance, but found life extinct. I THE INQUEST. I The deputy Coroner (Mr. W. W. Brodie) conducted an inquest at Calfaria Chapel Schoolroom on Saturday evening. Catherine Howells, daughter of the de- ceased, gave evidence of identification, and said the deceased was 74 years of age. About half-past twelve on Friday she was partaking 'I of her dinner, who consisted of some lamb chop and potatoes, and in a few minutes she showed signs of sickness. By the Coroner: What did you think was I the matter? Witness: I thought something had stuck in ¡ her throat. I Did you do anything to relieve her ?--I gave her some water and some eggs. Did you send for a doctor?—Yes: I sent for Dr. Davies, but Dr. Samuel Williams was passing, and he was called in. When did the deceased die?—She died dur- ing the time the doctor was in the house. Was she in good health?—Yes, with the ex- ception of a slight attack of rheumatism. Was the deceased insured ?—Yes, for a small sum. The Coroner intimated to the jury that on account. of Dr. Davies's inability to ascertain the cause of death he ordered him to make a postmortem examination on the body. Dr. J. L. Davies said that when lie went to the deceased's house, 'about one o'clock on Friday, she was in a dying condition. Her face was quite black, and she appeared to be I suffocating. He was unable to state the cause of death, and in consequence he made a post- mortem examination on the body that morn- ing, and as a result he was able to state that j death W(h undoubtedly due to. suffocation, I caused by a piece of meat accidentally plug- ging the windpipe. The jury returned a verdict accordingly. ,J I

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