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Tragedy at North Portland. -x Young Lad Killed. * When news was crculated on Tues. day afternoon that a young man had met his death in tragic circu. . stances at North Portland, quite a gloom was cast over the town. The facts, as given to us yesterday, were to the effect that John Henry Donovan, aged 15, residing with his parents at North Portland, and a companion named ltaxwell E. Ed. wards, went to the Walook Swamp, not very far from home, with the intention of cutting some stakes for tomato plants, and also to shoot sonime water hens which were destroy. ing beans which the former had growing at his home. For this pur. pose the lads took a single barrelled gun with them, and went on to the swamp in a flat-bottomed boat. Donovan was standing about the centre of the boat, with one hand resting on the barrel of the gun for support, but with the motion of the frail craft, it is surmised that he lost his balance, and that the left side of his chest fell on to the barrel of of the weapon, which exploded. The unfortunate lad received the full contents of the gun in the heart, death apparently 'being instantan. eous. Realising what had happened, Ed. wards pushed the boat hurriedly to the edge of the swamp and ran to the Portland Freezing Works for as sistance. Accompanied by the manager (Mr. Hugh Keiller) and Mr. Lionel John Bishop, they returned to the scene of the mishap, and dis covered Donovan lying on the floor of the boat in a pool of blood, with the gun beneath him. He was dead on arrival. In the meantime, Dr. Duncan AMcKellar, who had been notified of the accident, speedily drove to the spot, covering the two miles in the remarkably short space of three minutes. The victim was past all human aid, however, and the doctor pronounced-life extinct. The police were at once acquainted with the facts, and Constable Shan. ahan had the body removed to the Portland hospital,mortuary, where a post mortem was held a few hours later. The deceased, who was of a most jovial nature and popular with his fellow employes, was employed at the freezing works, and was only discharged from the Portland hos pital on Friday last, being under ob servation for appendicitis. lHis sudden death came as a great shock to his parents, who are well known and highly respected citizens of the town. The greatest sympathy of a large circle of friends and acquain. tances is extended to them in their sudden bereavement. The funeral, which took place on Wednesday afternoon, from the Wesley Church, was largely attended, the officiating minister being Rev. 0. J. Boyle, while the funeral arrange ments were carried out by Mr. B. L. Wilkins. An inquest into the sad affair was held this afternoon.