C.W. Flock Testimony on death of John Donnelly

Province of Ontario, County of Middlesex. To Wit:

Information of witnesses severally taken and acknowledged on behalf of our Sovereign Lady the Queen touching the death of John Donnelly,

[...] C.W. Flock M.D., Lucan, being sworn saith:
On the evening of Feb. 4th 1880, at the residence of Mr. Michael Connors in Lucan I made a post mortem examination of the body of the late John Donnelly of Biddulph. The Body altho not fat was well nourished and in a state of rigor mortis. There were no bruises or appearance of injuries to the head; []. At the upper part of the right side of the chest, in front and at the base of the neck adjoining there were numerous small holes or openings somewhat blackened by contusion about 30 in number, such as might be made by a gunshot. They covered a space of about 3 or 4 inches covered by blood. In one of them was a small sliver of wood not a half inch long and as thick as a match. None of these wounds were large. [] The clavicle (or collar bone) and first rib fractured. The large vessels in this region lacerated. I probed among these parts with my finger but could not find any foreign body. [] I then removed the right lung []. In its substance I got two or three gun shots. [...] I am of the opinion that John Donally came to his death by shooting. I consider the immediate cause of death to be hemorrhage in consequence of the laceration of the large bloodvessels together with hemorrhage from the lung. The other injuries inflicted on the parts below would probably have proved fatal but not so soon unless from nervous shock. [...]

C.W. Flock, M.D.

Source: J.J. Talman Regional Collection, Universityof Western Ontario Archives, Donnelly Family Papers, B4877, File 42, C.W. Flock, C.W. Flock Testimony on Death of John Donnelly, March 2, 1880.

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