Hotel falls make the news

Last updated 12:49 15/01/2014

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In this instalment of a series of stories of interest from the Marlborough Express files, a man's fall from a hotel bedroom makes frontpage news. Maike van der Heide shares the story from June 1, 1905. 

Sidney Buckley was "skylarking" with another man when he somehow got locked into his own bedroom at the Commercial Hotel in Kaikoura.

Thinking he could simply climb out of his predicament he clambered out of the window, crept along the parapet to the next bedroom along but over-balanced and fell.

His fall made the front page of the newspaper.

"He severely hurt his feet, but no bones were broken," read the article on Sidney's escapades, which no doubt hurt his pride more than his ankles.

Luckily, Sidney was in good company: Mr George Schroder, the Express went on to report in the same issue, severely sprained one of his ankles by falling from the loft of the Adelphi Hotel stables.

While men were busy falling off buildings in Kaikoura, Mr C J Reakes, assistant chief veterinarian, was in the town investigating "heavy mortality among lambs".

"Mr Reakes informed a Christchurch Press reporter that the disease from which the lambs were suffering was either braxy, or a disease similar to braxy and with proper treatment could be stamped out."

Mr Reakes recommended burning the remnants of the dead lambs to wipe the disease out, adding that braxy was generally found among hoggets fed on turnips.

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- The Marlborough Express

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