Fatality at Farrell’s Flat

Fatality at Farrell’s Flat.—On Tuesday last, Mr. Richard P. F. Mahon, who once carried on business in Clare as a baker, but lately has been at Mintaro as a butcher, met with a tragic death at Farrell’s Flat. He had finished his round and left Farrell’s Flat for Mintaro about a quarter to 12, when just after leaving the hotel yard something it is supposed went wrong with the harness, and the horse bolted along the Clare road. When attempting to turn on to the Mintaro road, which is short distance from the Flat, the cart was capsized, turning right over twice, the wheel pinning Mr. Mahon to the ground by the neck, his skull and jaw both being fractured. Mrs. A. E. Austis was the only witness of the bolt and capsize, being some distance away. She at once informed Mr. Rielly, storekeeper at Farrell’s Flat, who ran down and lifted cart of (sic) the deceased. He was not dead but unconscious, and remained in this state until he died, three hours afterwards. He was conveyed to the Farrell’s Flat Hotel, and Dr. A. A. Smith, of Clare, was sent for, but before his arrival the deceased had expired. An inquest was held at the hotel on Wednesday at 1 o’clock, before Mr. E. W. Crewes, of Burra, M. C. Carter, of Clare watching the proceedings on behalf of the police. The jury returned the following verdict:—’We unanimously come to the opinion that Richard Peter Francis Mahon came by his death through his horse bolting, and that no blame is attachable to any person, it being an accident.’ Altogether seven witnesses gave evidence.