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JAMES PARKER - The death of this child was brought under the notice of the Department by Mr Elton, M.P., who forwarded a letter on the subject from the employer of the boy's father. The letter stated that on 31st March the boy complained of headache and remained at home: on April 3rd he became delirious and raved about his school sums, and died within 10 hours. From inquiries made it appears that the boy was 11 years of age, and had passed Standard IV. He was a quick bright intelligent lad, above the average in mental capability, but nervous and shy, and in appearance short, thin, pale, with a heavy look about the eyes. He had been absent sick twice for a week at a time in 1883, and also from February 22nd to March 10th last. He last attended school 31st March, on which day he was kept in for a quarter of an hour to re-copy some sums, which had been correctly but untidily worked. While doing this he complained of headache, and was at once excused and sent home. The medical man who attended him was not called in till April 3rd, when he found the boy already insensible. In his opinion the boy died from tubercular meningitis,- a disease, he added, which might be dormant for months or even years, but which any excitement might bring to a crisis. He considers that the mere fact of the child making himself over anxious about his lessons was sufficient to be the exciting cause of a disease already latent. As to this it appears that Parker, although well in front of his ordinary work, had been showing great anxiety to obtain the good conduct prize of his class, which he had won twice before.