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This article was published in the 18 June, 1910 edition of the Grey River Argus of New Zealand;


  The Western Highlands are ringing with the story of a doctor's heroism. Dr Gunn, medical officer at Lochbroom, in the early morning received an urgent call to a keeper's house 25 miles distant, and although he left behind a patient who must be visited that night at all hazards, he made his departure on his cycle.

  The day proved a most tempestuous one, and when the time arrived for returning, cycling was out of the question.

  To walk back by the road might, because of the delay, imperil the life or the patient at home. The only way was to take a short-cut over the hills. That entailed climbing the dreaded Coighach rock, a spur of the Benmore Coighach. By day it is calculated to try the nerve of even the hardest mountaineer; by night it is regarded as the height of foolhardiness to attempt it. Nevertheless, accompanied by the most reliable guide in the district, Dr Gunn accomplished the seeming impossibility and after a terrible struggle arrived at his destination in a very exhausted condition, but in time to render his patient the urgently needed aid.

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