Trove Tuesday - Trouble with horses (2)

My last Trove Tuesday post told about an accident my grandfather Jim Moore of Wallangarra had with a horse.

The previous year his father-in-law Philip Merchant had a more serious accident involving a horse which according to the Sydney Morning Herald left him in a critical condition.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Thursday 12 March 1931, page 10

Unfortunately, The Tenterfield Star is not yet on Trove but I also have the story from that publication.

The Tenterfield Star, 12 March 1931.

I wonder which newspaper is correct - critical condition or severely injured?