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SFDDEN DEATH OF MR.1 EDWARD…

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VThe following appeared in our Second Edition of Saturday last. J I SFDDEN DEATH OF MR. EDWARD BATH, AT SWANSEA. PAINFUL SCEE IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER. An incident full of tragic solemnity occurred in the Swansea Council Chamber on Friday morning, during a meeting of the special Gas Committee in connection with the corporation. One of the most highly-respected and cultured mombers of the corporation died in the presence of his brother members whilst making one of his best efforts in the interests of the town, in a manner which caused the greatest consternation amongst those assembled. The Courts of Quarter Sessions were proceeding in the same building, ■ and the precincts of the council chamber were crowded with the witnesses and other usual at- tendants. Amongst these the news, which caused a profound sensation, not only of sadness, but of curiosity, was spread with great rapidity, and was communicated to the interior of the courts and throughout the town almost irv less .ime than it takes to say so here. Mr. Edward Bath had arrived at the committee meeting in his asuai health, and as he walked through the pas- sages with Mr. Maliphant gave the usual salutations o acquaintances. The question for discussion, which was that of the purchase of the Gas Works by the corporation, was one in which the deceased gentleman took a very lively interest, and he had evidently on this occasion prepared his views on the subject with great care, and was determined, if possible, to impress the corporation with his arguments. Before the subject catce forward, however, be chatted with his brother councillors a usual with great freedom was jocular—as most councillors are—with Alderman Thomas on the subject of the remunerative investments of the corporation in open spaces," and a3 he itood on the hearth seemed, physically, quite up to his ordinary state. Mr. R. Martin took the chair at the committee, and his worship the mayor and nearly a dozen other gentlemen were resent. Mr. Lath in the course of the meeting made a very able and exhaustive speech in support of his theory that the corporation should cot burden themselves with the purchase of the GasWorks. He had studied the subject from a scientific point of view, and went elabo- rately into the difference in lighting power between candles, gas, and electricity, his point oeing that the corporation should await the development of electricity with the object of utilising it in preference to gas. Several of the members say that Mr. Bath's speech was one of the best he had ever delivered. He seemed to be suffering from some excitement, but it was com- pletely subdued. All at once Mr. Bath paused, and placed his hand on his forehead Dr. Rawlings was the first to notice the pallor in the speaker's countenance, and rose at once to proffer his assistance. Mr. Bath sank back in his chair and uttered but one word, h Water." Dr. Rawlings immediately poured out some water, which Mr. Trew gave him. Both gentlemen then laid him gently on the floor, where he died in the space of one minute. The council were completely paralysed. Messengers were despatched for members of Mr. Bath's family, and Mr. E. H. Bath (the eldest son of the deceased) and his brothers arrived soon afterwards. It was decided to hold an inquest immediately, if pos- sible, but on Mr. T. N. Talfourd Strick making his appearance it was thought pre- ferable that no inquest should be held, as the causa of death was palpable and beyond dis- pute. Mr. Bath has suffered from attacks of heart disease on previous occasions, and Dr. Griffiths has attended him on account of this ailment. The cause of death was declared by Dr. Rawlings to be syncope, or failure of the heart's action. About an hour after the occurrence the body of Mr. Bath was removed, under the direction of Mr. D. C. Jones, to his home. It is unnecessary to say that the circumstances of Mr. Bath's death have caused a painful sensation, not only amongst the immediate witnesses of the occurrence, but amongst the inhabitants generally. Mr. Bath, who married a daughter of Mr. Lambert, of the Port Tennant Copper Works, the well-known millionaire, lived for many years in South America, where he superintended extensive copper-smelting works, the regulus from which was shipped to England to undergo a further pro- jess. He, on the death of Mr. Lambert, undertook the management of the Port Tennant Works, which are among the most important in the kingdom. Mr. Bath was for several years a member of the Swansea Council, where his calm and unemotional character was not the least important of his many business qualities. He was also vice-chairman of the Swansea Board of Guardians and a member of the Swansea Harbour Trust. He leaves a large family, to whom the Dereavement is incalculable; He was about 58 -ears of age.

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