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KICKED TO DEATH BY A
A sad accident occurred at Oakleigh yes- terday morning, between 7 and 8 o'clock, by which Leslie Miller Couper, son of Mr Daniel Couper, an old-established butcher in the town, lost his life. The lad, who was 9 years old, was leading a horse by a rope around its neck to place it in a paddock, and had fastened the rope around his wrist, meanwhile reading his lesson book, when
the horse lagged, and deceased struck it
with the rope. The horse bolted and dragged the lad about a quarter of a mile, kicking at him and inflicting terrible in-
juries, the whole of the scalp being torn off, and the cranium fractured in almost every direction from the crown of his head. He was soon picked up and taken to his parents' residence, but died about 10 minutes afterwards. A magesterial inquiry was held before Mr. C. E. Boltinbroke, J.P., and a verdict returned of accidental death through being dragged and kicked by a horse.