Verdict of accidental shooting returned by jury
Grimsby Independent, 17 Mar 1915, p. 1

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17 Mar 1915
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15 Mar 1915
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Hogarth, George ; Hogarth, Minnie
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Widow identifies rifle and says, "Nobody in God's world will ever make me believe he done it himself" - "We, the Jury, empanelled on the 15th of March, to inquire into the death of Geo. Hogarth, find that he came to his death on March 6th on Lot 19, Con. 2, Township of North Grimsby, and from the evidence given at the inquest held this day and we find that his death was the result of a bullet wound. And in the opinion of this Jury, the same was accidentally inflicted." The above verdict was returned by the Hogarth Jury on Monday afternoon after being out about 20 minutes. The inquest opened before Coroner Alexander, in the Council chambers at 1:30 and was over by 3:30. County Crown Attorney Brennan appeared for the crown and Leroy Awrey for the widow. The first witness called was Mrs. Minnie Hogarth, widow of the deceased. Her evidence was as follows: " He was 29 or 30 years old in December last. We were married 8 years ago this June, moving to Grimsby in October last year, purchasing the farm from Mr. Gillack through an exchange of property. On the day of his death, he was in his usual spirits. He left the house about 12:30 or 12:45, just after we had finished dinner. He got up from the table, walked over to the window and rolled a cigarette, and asked me if I would go out and help him set a hen, and I told him to wait till I had finished the dishes. He then went out whistling. I had just finished clearing up the dishes when I heard a noise against the door like something falling against the door. The force of his falling broke the door open. I made a quick movement and saw him falling in the door, I caught him and put him on the couch. I said, "My God, what has happened", he said, "They have got me at last, Min, they have got me at last." I said, "who has got you", but he only nodded his head. I had no idea who it could be. I said, "what will I do", and he said, "Lay me down, I am getting so cold, so cold", and I covered him up with blankets. I looked through the telephone book, but could not find a doctor. He said, "Ring up Sturch". I did so and Sturch phoned for a doctor. That is his rifle but I have not seen it since we moved on the place. I had no idea where it was. I had forgotten about it. When he brought the milk to the house in the morning he told me that somebody had been in the barn the night before. "Min, I could have told you he would get me before night" were his dying words to me. He had no enemies that I know of, and was always very cheerful and optimistic, nobody in God's world will every make me believe he did it himself". Constable Konkle, Mr. Stevenson, Mr. Page and several other witnesses were examined. Dr. J.R. Smith, who conducted the post mortem, in his report stated that he found no marks of external violence except a small mark about two and one half inches in size and about two inches below the heart. Internal examination showed everything normal in the chest cavity. The opening of the bullet penetrated the 7th inner space, passed through the lobe of the liver, grazing the stomach, but not cutting it, and cut through the right kidney, and lodged in the 11th inner space very close to the spine, which showed that the bullet went in horizontally. Blood was found clotted in the stomach and at the back of the stomach. He apparently died from hemorrhage caused by the bullet. the vest was not injured by the bullet,but it penetrated both shirts, which were somewhat stained with blood.

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Verdict of accidental shooting returned by jury