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OCCIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT. CARDIFF SOLICITOR'S SAD DEATH. F. Hill, solicitor, of Cardiff, and ^«1 ? ^r" ^ran^ Hill, the well-known fcgnjj international footballer, who was knocked down and rendered un- V nCl°Us at Portlicawl on Tuesday evening C^,e °yclist named Willie Drage, died between and two o'clock on Thursday without NCO ring consciousness. Hill was one of the oldest and most ^fleeted solicitors in the district. He was jetary of the Cardiff Incorporated Law since its inception, and his great %H,j ty ori its behalf and his enthusiasm g}0 Persistency in the retention of profes- W Privileges gave him an influence in fjjj. circles in the town which was always and recognised. In the stirring days of j^Orst battles between Bute and Barry Mr. loj.. came into prominence as the first citor for the promoters of the Barry ertaking, and in that capacity he H w 6ere<* the first Barry Eill in Parliament. *e as a fruitless effort, but the Barry group a dauntless people, and they were not ^atnUraged' *n ^eir °ther Parliamentary by however, they were not represented *°rsV *or tlley transferred the solici- P to Mr. Downing, then a young and <ln £ ?!?Wn man, but whose abilities were UQJ. fly recognised, and he is still the jjCltor for the Barry Company. Hid 3111 was admitted in Michaelmas, 1859, "e came to Cardiff about the year 1862. 8^rme time be was managing clerk to the tQ r- Benjamin Matthews, then solicitor took Taff Vale Railway Company, and he a prominent Part the assistance he ered to that gentleman professionally, wf^ving Mr. Matthews deceased started in ^j^tice on his own account in offices gJacent, to those he has now for W»J0l,g occupied. A few years back Mr. Hill elected as president of the Incorporated W. Society, and was presented by his pro- Silvl°nal friends with a handsome service of te^'Plate in recognition of his faithful if es- H0^r" Hill'a death will be deeply regretted, by ^be solicitors of Cardiff, but by circle of friends and admirers, the ker of whom was constantly increasing. ^AGIC DEATH OF A FARMER. ltor i^Quest respecting the death of John age<* 31, farmer, of Church Farm, •Dor* • "waB held at the Town-hall, New- Of t, on Friday.-Miss Hannah Morgan, sister on 11 deceased, said her brother left home Oettg ^ay afternoon to deliver a load of r4 Ot Newport. He was accompanied by tat.1411 named Frank Miles, who had for- *ho y been employed at the farm. Miles, >»lyi driving the wagon, stated that 8ki<W it was going over Ponthir Bridge it and the horses could not hold it. Vt tried to hold the shaft horse back, 9 an £ wheels p aspect Gier his body, the had called at gome ^e°ea. an<* ^ad beer and whisky. Jfae however, was sober, but witness e0ia 1Jl?<^er the influence of drink.—Mr. Harris went up and spoke to the after the accident, when deceased v «ted to Miles and said, Oh, that drunken ^tl." Deceased wae taken to Newport Hos- where he was found to be suffering a fractured pelvis, fracture of the w^der, and internal haemorrhage. An im- t, operation was performed, but he died following morning.—The Coroner (Mr. ti-o don Moore)' in summing up, said charity the 3*ry not to Pr°be very closely deceased's condition at the time of t.b.a.t a,cldent, but there could be no question Wiles was not in a fit condition to have fcoij, two horses and a lieavy load whilst ^a.tgH°Ver a narrow bridge.—The jury found Of J, Qeceased died from syncope as the result H yfQe .accident, and expressed the hope that uid be a warning to Miles for the future. 0 BARRY COAL-TIP FATALITY. then,»?ri(*ay afternoon Mr. E. Bernard Reece, triCt coroner, held an inquiry into the °f William Davies, foreman hydraulic ^eacer' of 52> High-street, Barry. The evi- e of William Davies, cradleman, son-in- IlII- of the deceased, showed that on Thurs- VJJJ horning the deceased was standing <1^5 r the cradle of No. 16 Tip, and it «le on him before he was able to get —'The jury returned a verdict of "Acci- f ^al death." SWANSEA. COLLIERY FATALITY. s aQ inquest held at Plasmarl, Swansea, 8,g6(,aturday on the body of John Williams, Qineteen, who was fatally crushed trucks at the Mynydd Newydd Col- t}^ on Thursday, evidence was given that the a must have tried to pass between tigt trucks before the couplings had eaed, otherwise he would have been te0ia "^Ir" Hobson, inspector of mines, j5^e(i that this was the first accident of *ind for four years. ISTTOR'S SAD DEATH AT PONTY- lWr POOL. ILII i. H. Roberts-Jones, district coroner, held t1 QclUcst at the Horse Shoe Hotel, Pont- 0} -J^ydd, on Monday respecting the death fw^iUiam John Howells, a young visitor Hi Tenby, who died at the Pontypool Hospi- tv,, C'll Friday. On the previous Wednesday the deceased left his uncle's house ^j^ttiynysycoy to go and play with his gr brother. Not knowing the dangerous Owf .of the locality, they, unfortunately, got lQto the quarry fields, and the deceased iigi °ver into the-old quarry, and rolled a 00 between 60 ajid 70 feet. He was t). up in an unoonscious state, and Dr. Jones, Pontypool, who was immediately Cojjj for, discovered that he had sustained a ^(j^°Qnd fracture of the left frontal bone Alty. a laceration of the base of the brain. 0tl8h operated upon that night, the boy re-gained consciousness. The jury- t, tirned a verdict of "Accidental death." DEATH OF ABERDARE MOTOR- CAR DRIVER. J. Rhys (district coroner) held an on Tuesday at Aberdare Police- into the circumstances touching the **1^ °f Frederick Henry Taylor, a married Q lIi- Of 69, Bute-street, Aberdare, who djed 1)11 t Onday morning from injuries received Wl? Preceding Saturday night through a between the motor-car which he wae ^6, and a break.—Walter Thomas, oollier, b.e jj^rview-terrace, Cwmaman, deposed that seated alongside Taylor when the 'ojjjj^t took place. The car, which was from A be ram an, struck the kerb- '■bow +* the result being that it skidded for R'x yards, swerved sharply across the •■t and capsized. The car was travelling lki Moderate pace.—David Davies, who was "atrd on the box at the side of the ■iHe said that the break was on top of °ar before he realised the position.— jJHw Lewis, collier, Gladstone-street, Aber- sP°'i'e to the effect that he was on the apd seated at the side of the driver. ebicle was on the left side. The car across the road "like lightning." wae quite a panic among the passen- ^ben the collision took place. The riTer tried to pull up the horses.— Williams, the driver of the break, a.V t-bat it WEUS quite impossible for him V a collision.—The jury found that lliQ. eceased met his death through a. pure 4tellt. and returned a verdict of Acci- 11). 1 death." a cab.
THE "SILENT WOMAN." Hibner, the "Silent Woman," was Q bought up at Maidenhead on Wednes- ibrn a charge of wandering about without At .ns °f subsistence. last, hearing she was dumb to all les, and would answer no questions. Haw Previous convictions were proved r her under the Vagrancy Act. She several offers of assistance, and ^*4 ^toprison for three months without
DISASTROUS FIRE AT MERTHYR. SERVANT GIRL BURNT TO DEATH. In the early hours of Wednesday a disastrous fire, involying the loss of life, occurred at Merthyr. The fire took place at the residence of Mr. George Fleming, M.A., headmaster of the Merthyr Boys Higher Grade School, who lived at 9, Fair View-ter- race, Twynyrodyn. The house consisted of three rooms on the ground floor, four bedrooms, and bathroom, and the household comprised Mr. Fleming, wife three children (Robbie, aged fifteen, Violet, eleven, and Winnie, three), and a servant girl, twenty years of age, named Elizabeth George, an orphan, who, however, has brothers living in the town. Mrs. Fleming, who was sleeping in one of the back bedrooms, was aroused by a smell of something burning. She immediately awoke her husband, who went downstairs to the back kitchen for a bucket of water. When he returned to the stairs he found that it was impossible to get to the top on account of the dense volumes of smoke, and he shouted to those upstairs to make their escape. His wife and children got through I one of the back windows, ana. as he stood in the yard belew, Winnie (his daughter) dropped into his arms, and he I caught the others as they scrambled down, Miss ELIZABETH GEORGE. Victim of the fire at Merfchyr. Nothing was seen of the servant girl, and Mr. Fleming made another attempt to ascend the stairs, with a view of rescuing her. The effort was futile, and his face was badly scorched in the endeavour. Presently ths hauise became enveloped in flames, and the sky was lighted up with a glare, which alarmed the whole neighbour- j hood. People, aroused from their sleep, j came running from all parts, and in a short time a large crowd had gathered to witness the conflagration. Mr. Brit-ten iMetirs. Allsopfi^'aScl Co.'s"repre- sentative), who lives at No. 7, had in the meantime rushed to give information to the police, and with a promptitude which was highly commendable several members of the force, under Inspector Rees, repaired to the spot with the fire appliances. Superinten- dent Townsend, who lives in the immediate vicinity, was also there. The police were assisted by a number of willing helpers, and aoon got two hoses into play, but the fire ha.d got such a hold that all hope of saving the premises had to be abandoned, and the firemen directed their attention to saving the contiguous property. They got the fire under control in about an hour. Mr. Fleming's house was entirely gutted and the contents destroyed, with the excep- tion of a safe, which was absolutely the only thing which was left untouched. Subsequently the body of the servant girl was found. The two adjoining villas were considerably damaged, if not gutted. MR. FLEMING INTERVIEWED. Mr. and Mrs. Fleming and their children were given shelter in the house of Mr. David in Hampton-place. Mr. Fleming, seen by our Merthyr reporter, stated that he went to bed at eleven o'clock on Tuesday nijht, the servant girl having retired a little time before. "I slept in one of the front rooms with Violet," he said. "The servant slept in the other front room next to Mr. Owen's house, and Mrs. Fleming slept with one of the youngest children (Winnie) in one of the back rooms. Robbie slept by himsolf in another room. My wife was awakened by Winnie, ancLas soon as she awoke she was conscious of the presence of smoke. She came to my room and knocked me uP. and also knocked at the door of the girl's room. I ran downstairs to ascertain the cause of the smell, but I could see nothing to account for it in the passage or kitchen, where there had been a fire. The coals were dead, and there were no signs of smoke. I proceeded to the back kitchen and caught up a pan of water that was in the sink, and ran back to the bottom of the stairs. The flames and smoke met me in the face, and I could not ascend, so I went outside the back door and called out to those inside to got out through the bathroom window. This they did with the exception of the servant, and I caught them in my arms. Then I alarmed the whole terrace, and the neighbours were knocked up. -aq iicm Â.IaA louuao I po.,AclilOj ItllAk cause I was too upset to take note of what happened. The servant was a native of Cae Van Twyll, Merthyr, and she was an excel- lent girl. I am not aware that she has been in the habit of reading in bed, and, there- fore, I cannot say as to whether the fire originated in the way in which the police sur- mise. One of the most precious possessions I have lost was an entomological collection, which I have spent many years getting to- gether. The building was insured in the Manchester Company and the furniture in the Royal.
THE INQUEST: GRUESOME DETAILS On Thursday Mr. R. J. Rhys, coroner, held an inquest at the Plymouth Arms Inn, Merthyr, touching the death of Elizabeth George, who perished in the fire which took place yesterday morning at the residence of Mr. G. Fleming, 9, Fairview-terrace, Twyn- rodin. Mr. C. Morgan Davies was chosen foreman of the jury. John George, 9, Saxon-street, brother of deceased, gave evidence of identification, and said that his sister was twenty years of age last June. "Was your sister fond of reading? asked the coroner. Yes," witness replied, but not to any great extent." Mr. George Fleming said that the girl had been in his service for some months, and slept on the premises. Her bedroom was in the front over the passage. She went to bed on Tuesday night at about 11.30, and she used an ordinary bedroom candlestick. Witness slept in the front foom adjoining, and his wife in one of the back rooms. When Sketch of the house after the fire—from the outside. he was aroused he went to the head of the stairs. He saw smoke and went down- stairs and got a bucket of water. He tried to return upstairs but could not succeed, because of the smoke and flames. He went into the back and gave instrnctiolls to the inmates to escape- through the baci windo^ This they m v The Cor over: Do you know if riie had been in the habit of READING IN BED? Witness: I think my wife found her doing it once, and gave her a caution. Did you hear her screaming at all?-Not a sound. Robert Fleming, son of the last witness, said that he was awakened by smoke, and tried to rouse the girl, but the smoke was so dense that he could not get to the door. Mr. Owen, of 8, Fair View-terrace, said that he heard Mr. Fleming shouting for help and the children crying. The police came upon the scene in a short time. The fire seemed to have broken out in the girl's room. because it raged most fiercely there. Mr. Jenkins, 10, Fairview-terrace, said he got a ladder and put it up against tile front of the house, but it was impossible to get through the window owing to the flames. He was told that the whole of the inmates had got out safely, including the servant. GRUESOME DETAILS. Inspector Rees said that when the police got to the house the place was all ablaze. They found the body of the deceased lying near the door on the ground floor, and the right leg in inside the front room ,and the right leg in the passage. Both feet were burnt away. Up to the breast the body was only charred, but the head and the breast were simply roasted. At first it was thought that the deceased had lain on the bed in her clothes, but that morn- ing he found on examining the body that underneath the outer clothing she had on a flannellete nightdress. There was an excellent supply of water for putting out the fire. Before the police from the central station got to the scene of the fire Police-constable John, who lived in Plymouth-street, was already there playing upon the flames. VERDICT. The jury returned a verdict that deceased lost her life through the fire, but how the fire originated there was no evidence to show. They expressed the belief, however, that it must have occurred in the girl's bedroom. They complimented the police upon the promptitude with which they had got to the fire and upon their work in extinguishing it. The Coroner said he thoroughly endorsed the compliment. Sketch of the house from the inside. The X indicates the spot where the body of the sirl was found.
ALLEGED MURDER IN NORTH WALES. AN OCTOGENAHIAN LADY KILLED. The Carnarvonshire police on Wednesday arrested a married woman, named Mary Ann Williams, residing at Glandwr, Llanrug, near Carnarvon, on the charge of murdering an old lady, named Jane Williams, Park Farm, Llanrug. She was conveyed to Car- narvon and lodged in the cells. The accused is the woman who, it was stated, attempted to commit suicide, and whom the police have all along sus- pected. PRISONER BEFORE THE BENCH. The prisoner was on Thursday brought be- fore lir. Issard Davies, one of the county magistrate, at Carnarvon. Having been confined to the house since the attempted suicide last week, her arrest was quietly effected. She' was conveyed to Car- narvon in a closed carriage, and the ^suspi- cions of the townspeople ""were not in the least aroused till the conveyance had almost reached its destination overnight. She was in the immediate custody of Superintendent Griffiths at the police-station. The accused, who is 31 years of age, appeared in court with the back of her head bandaged, and, though she walked firmly, she was accommodated with a seat. She wore a dark brown jacket, and a fur boa was thrown over her neck. She did not appear to be in any way disconcerted by the pro- ceedings or by the presence of several of her neighbours. Mr. J. T. Roberts, who appeared for the police, said that he was there to prosecute Mary Ann Williams on two charges-one of attempted suicide, and the other of having wilfully murdered Jane Williams, of Pare. At present he intended to apply for a remand for eight days. The Magistrate: Is there anybody defend- ing her? The accused replied that somebody would be engaged if her husband were communi- cated with. Superintendent Griffiths explained that he advised the husband to see to that matter at once. Her husband was not in court. Superintendent Griffiths then stated that he arrested the accused on the previous day. The accused was remanded without bail.
MARRIED A WIDOW. A CARDIFF TRAMWAYMAN'S COM- PLAINT. Before Messrs. T. H. Stephens and Joseph Howard at Cardiff police-court on Thursday, a case of some interest was disposed of, in which marital trouble was caused, as alleged, by a wife's alcoholic excess. Charles Butler, a Cardiff Corporation tramway timekeeper, summoned his wife Naomi, whom he alleged, under the recent Act, to be an habitual drunkard, and under the circumstances he applied for a .ti.n. Mr. Harold for complainant, said that Jjissglieat rtttumied seven years, and his wife vvhepr married her was a widow: Within a month of the marriage she showed signs of intemperance, and was, m fact, in the habit of drinking to excess. She had pawned nearly everything portable she could lay her hands upon. Complainant had tried her often, but she did not improve. If they found the charge proved then, he said, they should give the husband an order of separation, and if he was able to prove mis- conduct they should see to it that thero should be no maintenance. Mr. Stephens: What we have to deal with is the question of habitual drunkenness. Mr. Lloyd urged that if he could prove the misconduct he should be allowed to do so with the object of influencing the minds of the bench as to the amount of the order they should make. The magistrates conferred, and then Mr. Nash (clerk) said they had decided to accept all the evidence Mr. Lloyd had to tender. Defendant did not appear. In her absence Butler told his story. He said he lived at 19, Brunswick-street, Canton, and was happy only until three months after marriage. Defendant knew the case was coming on, but said she didn't care a DRINKING BOUTS. As to her habits, she would be abstemious for three or four days, and then relapse, and the drinking bouts would last so long as the money held out. She often smashed things in her frenzy, and would wait in the morning for the public houses to open, so as to slake her thirst early. He thought at first that she was preparing his breakfast, but was soon disillusioned, there being no fire, whilst the household duties were all neglected. Through his wife he had occupied three houses in the same street. When he married defendant she had three children-two sons and one daughter—and there had been no children of the present marriage. Witness produced a number of pawntickets relating to blankets and quilts and other articles dis- posed of to get drink. Bottles of spirits and beer were found under the pillow, and between the mattresses and in other places. Once she complained of insensibility on one side, but Dr. Brierley said if she didn't stop drinking she would probably die in a few months. On Monday, the 12th inst., witness accused her of misconduct on the previous Saturday. She denied it at first, but after- wards owned up in these words, What odds is it to you if he did come upstairs? I could always get men to keep me without you. You will leave me and take your with you." Mr. Harold Lloyd asked, "Who was the man ?" Witness: She represented him to be an uncle from Aberdare, but the description did not correspond with the uncle's appearance. I said, Your uncle wouldn't go upstairs with you. You turned the boy out. Uncle wouldn't have done it." Elizabeth Jones, single woman, Ernest- street, Merthyr, said defendant was her mother, and most of her time she was far from sober." Witness knew, because she had assisted for a time in the household work. Police-constable Anthony Thomas corro- borated. The next witness was Bernard Charles Butler, a,ged twelve, complainant's son. He said that on the Saturday afternoon in ques- tion a man knocked at the door and was admitted by defendant. The man sat in the armchair; defendant sat in another chair alongside. Another man called and asked to be let in, but defendant said, "No; there is another man here." Witness was sent out of the house. After further evidence the magistrates granted a separation, and made an order upon complainant to pay his wife 5s. a week maintenance and costs. They were not satisfied upon the evidence that the woman had committed misconduct.
"MAN THEY COULD NOT HANG." The release from Portland Prison of John Lee, who in February, 188o, was convicted of murdering his employer, Miss Keyse, of Babbacombe, will shortly take place. Lee was sentenced to death at Exeter Assizes, and although placed on the scaffold three times, the drop refused to act. The result was that the prisoner was taken back to his cell pending the. decision of the Home Secretary, Sir William Harcourt. who after- wards commuted the death sentence to one of penal servitude for life. According to an ex-convict who has just been released from Portla.nd, Lee is in good health, and looking forward with great joy to his forthcoming freedom. "I knew Lee very well," said the ex-con- vict, "and found him to be a quiet, decent fellow. He always protested his innocence of the murder, and said it was God's wish ho should not die. He told me that those awful twenty-five minutes when they tried to hang hini are always in his thoughts, a.nd that he can never forget it. Sometimes he wakes up suddenly during the night shaking nervously. 'It is when I dream of the execution,' ho sa-ys. "At Portland he is known as 'the man they could not hang: a-ad -he is quite a hero among the oouvioto." ENTERING THE LISTS. THE CHAMPION (Mr. Lloyd-George): Of course, I know my armour is a bit defective; but I must trust to luck!
PROTECTING THE COLLIERS. SERIOUS CHARGES AT PORTH POLICE-COURT. At Porth Police-court on Thursday William Charles Jones, a haulier at Messrs. Insole's Colliery, Cymmer, was charged with a breach of the special rules of the colliery in having matches or any other means of smoking in his possession." Mr. C. Kenshole appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Charles Mat- thews defended. Mr. Kenshole, in his opening statement, commented on the seriousness of the case. which was one of the worst he had had to appear in.. On Sunday night, whilst about 1,000 yards or so from the bottom of the pit, a boxot. matches was seen to fall fromdeien- dant's pocket. One o? bae defendant's feliow- workmen then called out to him with refe- rence to the matches, whereupon the defen- dant, either by accident or design, turned round and put his foot on them, with the result that they got ignited. One of the men at once got some water and put out the fire. What made the affair still more serious was that this particular spot was in the return airway, and, consequently, the most dan- gerous spot in the mine. Some of the officials passing along this spot afterwards detected the smell of sulphur. A night labourer, named Kane, said that he saw the box falling out of the defendant's pocket, and that when it became ignited another workman, Christopher Norton, got some water and poured it on the burning matches. The Presiding Magistrate (Mr. T. P. Jen- kins) Did the box fall on a dirty part of the road?—Yes, sir. Mr. Williams, the manager of the colliery, said that when taxed with the offence the defendant stated that he could not account for the matches being in his pocket. He was not aware that they were there. It was about seven o'clock on Wednesday evening that he (witness) was informed of the inci- dent. The defendant had not been long in the company's employ, but when engaged he had stated that he had been underground for seven years. The defendant expressed his contrition at the mishap. He could not say how the matches got into his pocket. It was a, pure accident on his part to tread upon the matches, and he did not do so with the view of avoiding detection. The Presiding Magistrate (Mr. T. P. Jenkins) remarked that it was defendant's duty to see that he did not have matches in his possession. There was no excuse for such carelessness, and, bearing in miiid the seriousness of the offence, a fine would not meet the justice of the case, and defendant would be sentenced to one month's imprison- ment, with hard labour. A SEQUEL to this case was then dealt with, in which four men employed at the same colliery, named Norton, Preece, Nelmes, and Hodges, were charged with a breach of the rules in not having immediately reported the inci- dent related in the foregoing case to the management. Mr. C. Kenshole again appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. W. P. Nicholas de- fended. Mr. Edmund Jones, fireman, and Mr. Wil- liam Palmer, nig-ht overman, stated that though the places of these men had been visited three times on the Sunday night, none of them had reported the affair until the Monday. Mr. Williams, the manager, stated that the only excuse given by the men for not having reported the affair in proper time was that they had got frightened. He had nothing to say against the men as workmen. Mr. W. P. Nicholas pointed out that the men had acted with a good deal of presence of mind in what they did. As a matter of fact, it was very difficult to carry out the I rules of the colliery literally, and what was really the case was that the defendants had given the previous defendant an opportunity of reporting himself. The Bench, having expressed their apprecia- tion of the coolness shown by the defendants under the circumstances, mulcted them in the costs of the action only (16s. each). PIPE IN THE MINE. Robert Galloway was then charged with having a pipe in his possession at the same colliery. It was stated that the defendanT was an elderly man, was an ex-soldier, and bore a very good character. He pleaded in defence that he was not aware that he had the pipe in his pocket; it was never his cus- tom to do so. He had fully intended taking it out before going down the mine. The Bench said that no doubt could be ascertained as to the defendant's respecta- bility. He would be fined C2 and costs.
THE NEW ARMY SCHEME. CONVERSION OF MILITIA INTO LINE TO BE BEGUN. It is stated on trustworthy authority that Mr. Arnold-Forster has determined to give effect, ait least tentatively, to his proposed plain of converting a portion of the Militia into line. A circular has been addressed to certain Militia regiments inviting them to go over bodily to the Regulair Army, the rank and file being taken on for home service on the new terms, amd the officers being incor- porated with the general body of regular officers. If the flTst steps are encouraging the measure will be extended to the thirty bat- taJjollS as indicated. A notification is being issued to every regi- ment serving in the United Kingdom that any man who has completed three years' service may transfer to the Reserve. The approximate pay per man while with the colours is 2B. per day, and when in the Reserve he receives 6d. per day. Men avail- ing themselves of this offer w £ l not be allowed to re-join the oolonrs uniesa called up in case of emergency.
STRANGE DEATH AT CARDIFF. a MARRIED WOMAN FOUND SUFFOCATED. The inquest on the body of Mrs. Mary Ann Lewis, the victim of tie Canton tragedy, who was found lying dead at her house, 73, Albert- street, Cardiff, on Wednesday, was held by Mr. E. Bernard Reece at the Cardiff Town- hall this afternoon. Mrs. Margaret Evans, of Aberdare, identified deceased as her eiater, whose maiden name was George, and who was about 45 years old. She was married about 20 years ago to Harry Lewis, a Swansea butcher. She did not know whether he was alive or dead She knew her i Albe. -street, and saw her three ycart ago. The nei-t witness was Frederick Albert Crouch, a cabinet maker, of 75, Albert-street. He said the deceased, whom he had known for three years, had been living alone for about two years. He last saw her alive about 2.30 on Tuesday, when she was in the street and walking towards her own door. Just before noon on the following day he met Mrs. Stani- forth, who asked if he had seen Mrs. Lewis lately. "Not since yesterday," he replied, and so, an Mrs. Staniforth's sugestion, they Mrs. MARY AifN LEWIS. decided to enter her house. They gained admission by witness's front door key, which fitted the lock. Entering the deceased's bed- room, they found her lying dead, with her body on the bed and her feet touching the ground. She was fully clothed, bat the lower ■part of the body was exposed. Her face was discoloured, and her nose had been bleeding. Witness said, "Come on, I will go for the police,' and they both left the house. MRS. STANIFORTH'S EVIDENCE. I Mrs. Annetta Staniforth corroborated this statement. She added that deceased used to drink heavily. Detective-inspector Douglas Rankin, who reached Albert-street about ten minutes past twelve, said the deceased's face was purple. She was lying in such a position that her chin was resting on her chest. There were no marks on the clothing, nothing in the pockets, but in the room was found a purse and six pawntickets. He also found a Post Office Saviiigs Bank book in the name of Mary Ann Lewis, and another in the name of Ernest W. Glover, showing credit for a shilling. There was also an insurance policy for X21. Glover, he was told, was a man who had lived with Mrs. Lewis. NO VIOLENCE. Dr. Marmaduke Pittard said that when he saw the body about 12.30 the deceased had been dead, for any time between ten and 24 hours. In the evening he made a post- mortem examination. There were no external marks of violence whatever. Internally there were no signs that she was a heavy drinker. He was of opinion that death was duo to heart failure, caused by a violent fit of coughing, following the lodging of food in the wind-pipe. She might have fallen into the position in which she was found during her struggles for breath. He was quitX satisfied no one inflicted any violence upon her. The Coroner, in summing up, said he wished all postmortem examinations were conducted as carefully as this one had been. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.
RAILWAY SMASH IN CANADA FIVE PERSONS KILLED: HARROW- ING SCENES. A terrible collision occurred between two freight trains early on Wednesday morning on the Grand Trunk Railway at Eastward Station, near Woodet-ock, Canada. Four men were killed, and one received fatal injuries. Three of the dead were buried under the wreckage, which took fire, and were burned beyond recognition, while a fourth was crushed to pieces under the wheels of the locomotive. The force of the collision was such that several cars were thrown on top of the station buildings, completely demolishing them. Twenty trucks which were wrecked con- tained live stock.—Reuter.
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TRAGEDIES IN THE DISTRICT. EX-HIGH SHERIFF'S THROAT CUT. Mr. Price, county coroner, held an inquest on Tuesday at Welston Cottage, near Pem- broke, on the body of Mr. John Evans, who died under painful circumstances on Sunday. Mr. R. Ormond, auctioneer, Pembroke, said he had acted aJ3 ag-ent for the deceased for the last seven months. He saw him on busi- ness on Saturday afternoon, and he seemed as bright as usual. On Sunday witness had a letter from the deceased, and went out to see him. Mr. Evans was missing, and aiter a long search they found his body in a small copse on the adjoining estate belonging to Mr. Summers. The body was cold. There was a wound in the throat and a. blood- stained razor lying by his side. Near at hand were the torn portions of a letter from his bankers regretting they could not conform to his wishes. In the pocket of his coat was a note addressed to his wife, wishing her and the children Good-bye," and saying be fefo very wretched. Alfred Scourfield, kennel huntsman, Milton, saw deceased at eleven a.m. on Sunday, and he a-sked if witness had good sport the pre- vious week. Police-oonstable Davies, stationed at Carew, said Mr. Evans had hung his coat on a, tree, and rolled his sleeves up. His arms and breast were covered with blood. The jury returned a verdict of "Suicide during temporary insanity." Mr. Reed, solicitor, appeared for Mrs. Evans and family at the inquest, and Sir David Evans (ex-Lord Mayor of Londoni- cousin of the deceased, was also present. THE DROWNING OF JUDGE PARRY'S DAUGHTER. The inquest on the body of Miss Joan Parry, aged fifteen, the daughter of Judge Parry, of Manchester County-court, was held (aa already briefly reported) at Aberdaron. The deceased, whilst with a pio-nic party ai St. Mary's Wells, on September 6, on the extreme end of the South Carnarvonshire promontory, fell into the sea, and the body was not recovered until Monday, when it rose to the surface within a few yards of the spot where it had fallen, apparently; having been entangled in the seaweed. Judge Parry said his two daughters, his only son, aged thirteen, and his nephew were engaged taking photographs on the rocks. He was thirty yards away sketching, when hia son ran to him and said: I must whisper this, father; Joan has fallen into the sea and is drowned." Not a trace of her could be found after she fell. All he could see in the water was her cap, which floated rapidly to the sea. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death," and passed a vote of condolence with the family. It was ae*mied advisable to hold the funeral immediately after fee inquest. The remains were accordingly interred at Aberdaron Parish Churchyard. Practically the whole village aa-sembled at the funeral, the service, at the express wish of Judge Parry, being conducted by the rector, the Rev. Henry. Lloyd, in Welsh. BARMAID'S SUDDEN DEATH AT PONTYCYMMER. Considerable sensation has been created at Pontycymmer by the news of the sudden death of a young lady, named Miss Hopkins, who had for some time acted as barmaid at the Llanharan Hotel, Pontycymmer. She was in the bar on duty on Monday evening, and a little time previously had been to a costumier, as she was to have started on her holidays. Miss Hopkins was the fourth or fifth daughter of the late Mr. David Hopkins, who at one time kept the Queen's Hotel at Porth- cawl. She was well krtown and highly respected at Porthcawl, where her sisters and brothers now reside. The cause of death is stated to have been inflammation. PONTYPRIDD WOMAN DIES WHILST TAKING TEA. Whilst Mies Phillis Harvey (33), a. single woman, housekeeper to Mr. Henry Thomas, 18, Llewellyn-street, Hopkinstown, Ponty- pridd, was taking tea on Monday afternoon she was suddenly seized with illness and died before medical assistance arrived. NEWPORT OUTCAST'S DEATH. An inquest was held at the Newport Town- hall on Wednesday relating to the death of John Pugh, aged 70, jobbing gardener, whose body was found in a field at Maindee Park on Monday afternoon last. The deceased had lately been an outcast. He had no friends, and the place of his birth was not known. It was variously stated to be Brecon and Carnarvon. He had no fixecl abode, and had been refused even casual shelter on account, it was stated, of his dirty and neglectful habits, though he was not given to drink.—Dr. Gratte stated that he had made a post-mortem examination and found tho body extremely dirty and verminous. It was the very dirtiest and most abandoned case he had ever known. He attributed death to inflammation of the bowels, more t)tan likely brought on by exposure—Verdict accordingly. STRANGE DEATH OF A KIDWELLY BOY. An inquest was held at Horeb Vestry on Monday on the body of a young lad, who met his death under strange circumstances. His name was Joshua Hitchens, aged eleven. He lived with his father, Benjamin Hitchens, -at Kidwelly. He attended school as usual on Friday morning, but during play the lad left school without permission. He was seized with sudden illness, and died the same even- ing. At the inquest, Dr. J. B. Bawden, M.D after a. post-mortem examination, stated that he found the brain in a state of intense conjestion, and a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony was returned. SUICIDE AT BRIDGEND. Mr. E. B. Reece, coroner, held an inqnest at the Police-court, Bridgend, on Tuesday touching the death of Mrs. Saul, of 49, Mack- worth-street. Police-constable Evans, who was called to the house, found the deceased at the bottom of the stairs, with a piece of broken cord around her neck. She had, appa- rently, committed suicide by hanging herself from the banister. Dr. Edmund Thomas attributed death to strangulation, and the jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased committed suicide whilst tem- porarily insane. TREDEGAR GIRL'S RASH RESOLVE Maud Jones, a young single woman, was brought before the Tredegar magistrates on Tuesday charged with attempting to commit suicide on the 23rd. The girl left the house, stating she was going to do away with herself, and she was followed to a pond. She divested herself of her jacket and' hat, but did not get into the water.—The Clerk: There was plenty of time for a change of mind.—She was cautioned and discharged.
THE HOOLEY CASE. At Bow-street on Thursday Ernest Terah Hooley and Henry John Lawson were again charged with conspiracy in connection with the British Electric Tramways Construction and Maintenance Company. Some delay in commencing the proceedings was occasioned by the late arrival of Hooley, who was detained orvernight at his country residence by the illness of his wife. Mr. Muir said he could not secure the attendance of Mr. Lot Craven, whose health was such that it would be unsafe for him to travel. Detective officers then put in various docu- ments and books found at the Albemarle Hotel, where Hooley was arrested, and at Lawson's offices, which prosecuting counsel proceeded to read. Both prisoners were committed for trial-