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Tuesday 29 July 1862, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser

(From the Tamworth Examiner, July 26.)

FATAL ACCIDENT.—A magisterial enquiry was held on Tuesday last, at the Caledonian Hotel, Tamworth, by Mr. H. G. Master, P.M., into the cause of the death of a man named Stephen Pratt, who had been in the employ of Mr. S. W. Cook, of Neminga Flat, and whose body had been found dead in the bush, about two miles from the residence of his employer. The following evidence was taken. Samuel John Swain deposed:— The last time I saw the deceased, Stephen Pratt, was on Sunday, the 20th instant, about ten a.m. ; he was then on foot ; he asked me to assist another man to catch a horse, while he (deceased) rode into the bush to find a horse for me ; he then started, and I saw no more of him till I saw him dead at the spot stated, namely, near the Little Gap about seven and a half miles from Tamworth. The deceased had evidently been drinking the previous night. John Toohey deposed:— I was in the bush on Sunday evening last in search of deceased, having been told that his horse had returned without him ; I did not see him till yesterday morning, between nine and ten o’clock, at the spot you viewed him, he was then quite dead ; he appeared to have been dead several hours ; I did not examine the body, except to observe that deceased evidently came by his death by being knocked against a tree, on which there were marks of blood, some eight feet from the ground. An opinion was recorded that deceased came by his death accidentally.

BUSH FIRES – The mountains at the back of the township were on fire during the whole of the past week The wind being very high, the fire spread for miles along the tops of the hills, and presented a startling appearance after dark. At this time of the year, spontaneous combustion is not likely to have been the cause, but arose probably from a desire to have young grass early in the spring for lambing.

THE WEATHER, – The weather during the past week has been very unsettled, Wednesday and Thursday being very boisterous, and on the latter day some heavy showers fell. We shall most probably experience this month a heavy fall of rain, as we have not had much this season as yet.

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July 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm

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