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The New Zealand Evangelist

Accidents.—Loss of Life

Accidents.—Loss of Life.

It is with deep regret that we have to record this month the loss to the colony of two valuable settlers;—a loss irreparable to their respective families. Mr. Ewen Cameron, while ascending a narrow foot path to his own house, and within a short distance of his own door, missed his footing, was precipitated over a rock, and killed instantaneously by the fall. Mr. W. Caverhill was crossing the Wairarapa river on horseback, and whilst his horse was mounting a steep bank, it missed its footing, and both horse and rider tumbled back into a deep part of the river. Mr. Caverhill had evidently been either stunned by the fall, or had got entangled in the river, as he never rose to the surface. We sincerely sympathised page 168 with the families who have suffered these trying and afficting bereavements, and pray that God may pour the balm of consolation into their wounded spirits.

The number of deaths by accidents here, as in all new Colonies, is unusually large, and this feature in our annual bills of mortality should lead us to cultivate a habitual preparation for death, to live daily a life of faith upon the Son of God, and to feel ourselves constantly under the powers of the world to come.