DEATH OF DR R BORROWS.
Dr Borrows met with a very serious and dangerous accident on the 14th ult., and it is somewhat remarkable that it did not terminate fatally. It seems that the doctor was being driven from Roslyn at about five o'clock, and that when at the top of Rattray street the horse became restive and kicked violently, breaking the front part of the buggy. The driver either jumped out or was thrown out, and the horse bolted with the buggy, in which Dr Borrows remained seated. After galloping a short distance down York place the horse brought the buggy into collision with a butcher's waggon and Dr Borrows was thrown out, and struck the front wheels of the waggon with great violence. Mr R. Donaldson, who witnessed the collision, ran and drew the doctor from his perilous position, for at the time he was liable to be kicked by the horses. Dr Borrows was then taken into Mr Scoullar's house in an unconscious state. He was first attended by Dr Stenhouse, and then by Drs Alexander and Coughtrey. After some time he regained consciousness, and was removed on a stretcher to his own residence, where Drs Hocken, Mausell, Alexander, and Coughtrey took charge of the case, which unfortunately is one of a very serious character. Dr Borrows received some wounds on the head, and an extensive compound fracture of his right hip-bone. Numerous fragments of bone were extracted, and the injury was such as could only have been caused by extreme violence. Doubtless the patient will receive the most skillful treatment, and many in the comnmuity will be glad to learn that on inquiry he is making favourable progress.
It is with great regret we have to announce the death of Dr Borrows, which took place on the 22nd ult. It wil be remembered that last week he received serious injuries through the bolting of his horse, with buggy attached, from Upper Rattray street, the vehicle in which the doctor was sitting coming into collision with a butcher's waggon, which was drawn up in York place. The doctor was thrown out with great force, and landed on the iron step of the waggon, which penetrated his side, causing a very ugly wound and completely pulverising part of thigh-bone. From the first his medical attendants, Drs Hocken ami Maunsell, regarded his case as a serious one, and on Tuesday morning the late Dr Borrows had no hopes of his own recovery. The immediate cause of death was peritonitis. Dr Robert Borrows was born in Glasgow, and spent the early years of his life in that city. At the age of 19 he left Scotland for England, and after having acted as assistant to a medical gentleman there he entered the navy. He was was for seven years on the Bermudas station, and had charge of the hospital there. He returned to Scotland on leave of absence, and took his M.D. degree at St. Andrew's. After that he was for some time in one of her Majesty's ships on the Cape station. Dr Borrows subsequently retired from the navy on half-pay, and decided to sail for New Zealand, arriving here about 14 years ago. The first two yeurs in this district were devoted to the practice of his profession in. Tokomairiro and vicinity. He then removed to Dunedin, and soon gained warm friends and admirers in the city. Dr Borrows was well known and highly esteemed by all who were brought into contact with him, and his kindliness of disposition and his generosity will be cherished in grateful remembrance by many in our midst. By those who knew him more intimately, however, his loss will be felt very keenly. He leaves a widow and young child to mourn their loss, and we feel sure they have the heartfelt sympathy of the community in their sad bereavement.
At the monthly meeting of the Medical Association held at the hospital on the 23rd, it was resolved that the transaction of its business should be adjourned as a mark of respect to the late Dr Borrows. The proposal and seconder of the resolution spoke in high terms of the deceased as one who had been an active member and warm supporter of the Association since its institution, and whose loss would be greatly felt. It was further unanimously resolved that a letter of condolence be forwarded to Mrs Borrows.
The funeral of the late Dr Borrows, which took place on the 24th, was largely attended by members of the professions and leading citizens. The cortege extended from the Octagon to Hanover street, and included over 100 persons on foot and about 10 carriages. The Rev. Mr Best officiated at the grave and made a few appropriate remarks concerning the life of the deceased gentleman. -Otago Daily Times, 2/12/1881.