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CARDIFF. THE CHOLERA. We'regret that we cannot report more favourably of this fatal disease than we did last week. It is still raging in our r_1 midst. The following bulletins have been issued. It must be remembered that they do not comprise all the victims such of them ai are in respectable circumstances (though these are not numerous) are not included in this list REPORT OF CHOLERA CASES FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6. New Cases 16 Deaths. 9 Recoveries. 4 Under treatment 41 DXAllRUCEA AND PllEMONITOltY SYMPTOMS. Under treatment 118 REPORT OF CHOLERA CASES FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 7. New Cases 9 Deaths 10 Recoveries 9 Under Treatment 40 DIARRHCEA AND PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS. Remaining from last Report US New Cases 25 -143 Convalescent and Recovered 43 Remaininer 100 Altogether, the seizures have been 137, of which 71 have been fatal. There have, we understand, been more fatal cases to- day than on any other. A committee, consisting of the chairman and vice chairman, the guardians for Cardiff (the Rev. W. L. Morgan, Mr. John Batchelor, and Mr. W. Jones, Rose Villa), Rev. T. Stacey, Mr. C. C. Williams, and Mr. E. P. Richards, was appointed on Saturday at the Board of Guardians to carry into effect the provisions of the act for the prevention of cholera, and other -epidemic diseases. The committee has met at eleven o'clock every day since, and the numbers who have attended evince the greatest interest in the welfare of the inhabitants, and are indefatigable in their efforts to prevent the spread of cholera, and the saving of those attacked with it. On Monday there were present, Mr. C. C. Williams, Rev. T. Stacey, and Rev. W. L. Morgan. Tuesday, Mr. C. C. Williams, and Rev. W. L. Morgan. Wednesday, Mr. C. C. Williams, and Rev. T. Stacey. Thursday, Mr. C. C. Williams, Rev. T. Stacey, Rev. W. L. Morgan, and Mr. J. Batchelor. Among the measures already adopted, or in course of adoption, are the following :— Premises have been taken near St. Mary's church to be used as a temporary asylum for the reception of cholera patients, and medical gentleman from Bartholomew's hospital has been engaged to attend them. The town has been divided into seven districts, and a medical man is appointed to each. Directions have been given to cleanse the streets, courts, and alleys, and to whitewash those houses reported to require it. Lime has been pretty generally and liberally distributed over the streets and in the gutters. A report of the state of the innumerable hnes and courts of the town, by Mr. Edward John, was read to the committee yesterday. He gave a horrid detail of the liltli, misery, and disease existing among them. In one court (we believe it is Landore-court) there were not less than four hundred persons—Irish, of all ages. Peremptory instructions were given to the inspector of nuisances immediately to adopt jucans for the removal of filth, &c. Stanley-street is almost deserted. Houses that formerly lodged thirty or forty individuals, have now only four or six. Many are taken off by the disease, others have "ilji to more healthy spots. TlmET COMMISSIONERS.—A meeting of the Street Commis- sioners was held on Tuesday. There were present, Messrs. II. C. Williams, chairman; li. L. Reece, Jas. Lewis, Grover, lid. Evans, Mathews, G. Phillips, Pride, Broa lley, Milner, ■ij. Vachell, Rev. T. Stacey, Dr. Moore, and Captain Morgan. There was very little business done. Mr. Milner called the at- tention of the commissioners to the state of Bute-street. The drain at the bottom of the bottom of the street had been stopped, and several houses had several inches deep of liquid filth in them. The Chairman said they had no power to do anything, that the drain belonged to the Marquis of Bute! Mr. MÚncr said that four men could remove the evil in two days. We, believe the Sanitary Commission have taken up the mater. The meeting was adjourned to t'tie 26tli inetant. ACCIDENT AT THE BUTE Docs.—An inquest was held on Wednesday evening, on the body of a lad, aged 15, who had fallen from the mast of the French brig Ramil, of St. Malo, to the deck, and killed. He fell on his head, upwards of sixty feet. Verdict, "Accidental death." THE JUDGES met to select their circuits a. few days since. The judge for the South Wales circuit is Baron Piatt, for North Wales Mr. Justice Mauie. FIRE.—On Sunday morning ht between. 10 and 11 o'clock a fire broke out on the premises of Mr. Harris, cabinet-maker, High- tr et. Shortly after the alarm was given, the lire-engines were on .the spot, a well as hundreds of spectators, who were eager to reader their aid; indeed the number of helpers was so great that considerable inconvenience was found to wprk the engines. Great anxiety was felt lest the adjoining warehouses belonging to Mr. Colomttn, druggist, a id Mr, Roger Davios,-grocer, containing a large quantity of oil, tallow, and other inflammable materials, would t ike fire. but fortunately the fire was got under without doing any 'ierious damage. The loss which Mr. Harris has sustained is esti- mated at jjfiOii), which is partially insured. Mr. Coleman also suf- fered considerable loss by the harried removal of his goods and the quantity of water poured on t'-te.m. The lire, it appear, originated in a ware-room over the kitchen, in which was kept a quantity of mill-puff and 1loc!;f but the cause of it is not aieertained. We >inderstaiul,. that in future thcbeils will not be rung in case of fire, ow;n.g. it is alleged, to the inconvenience, ooeasioued by the large number of persons who attend on such occasions. -F, FOR WELSHMEN.—At the Board of Gurdians, on Sa- turday. Mr. John, the relieving officer, stated, in answer to a ques- tiou from Mr. Booker, that of all the cases of cholera that came Vi ider his notice, a id were relieved or buried at the public expense, there uas not one Walsh. They were nearly all Irish. Jaw U. II I/M AX IT "—W e have hoard •j?, instances during, the week of the most cruel and hard-hearted conduct on the part of the Irish in this town towards their own people and relations—instances we could not credit were we not assured of them by persons of un- doubted veracity. In a house in Mary Ann-street, a lodging-house keeper turned out to his back yard a niece of his, with whom she lodged, and allowed her to perish in the place. He very coolly went to the relieving officer to get the body buried. Another old woman, in Vaehell's-court, was put into a coal hole, where she suf- fered the agonies of cholera without help, until the surgeon acciden- tally rescued her. A female, complaining that her husband was ill of cholera, asked relief of a surgeon in Crockherbtown. She was given some medicine, and 3d. to purchase mustard to poultice her husband's feet. The relieving officer called, in a couple of hours afterwards, and found that the wretch had not given the medicine to her husband, and had spent the money before she reached home. Another wife drank 3s. worth of brandy, which had been ordered for the use of her husband, after he had died. A REWARD of E 10 has been offered for the name of any master of a vessel, who shall land Irish passengers illegally on the coast be- tween Abcrthaw and the river Rhymney. TEKTOTALISM;—Mr. 'Lomax, the well known advocate of this cause, delivered two lectures in the Town Hall on Monday and Tuesday evenings last, on behalf of the teetotallers, to large and en- thusiastic audiences. DEATH BY Ditow.Ni.NG.-An inquest was held on Monday, at the Town Hall, before It. L. Reece, Esq., coroner, on the body of Mr. John Slater, of the PRINCIPALITY office. From the evi- dence of Messrs. Drakeley and Beal, two of deceased's compa- nions, it appeared that the unfortunate young man bathed with them in the river Taff on Saturday evening last, at Ystalybout, in the parish of Llaudaff. One of the party was able to swim; and after cautioning deceased and his other companion against ven- turing from some large stones at the side, as the depth was un- certain and the current strong, he swam away from them. De- ceased was trying to float on his back, and while doing so got out of his depth. His companion on the bank shouted to the one who was swimming for assistance, and deceased called him once by name, but spoke no more. His struggles for life, ghastly look, and con- vulsive efforts to lay hold of his friend who had swam to him, had the effect of paralyzing the only person able to help him, who with great difficulty regained the land. Deceased, each effort growing fainter, was borne down the river by the current, and his companions were so bewildered and overcome as to be inca- pable of helping him. A young man named O'Brien, living in Bute-street, Cardiff, was passing the spot, and though in bad health he immediately stripped, gallantly dived for the body, and brought it on shore. Various remedial measures were adopted, me- dical assistance sent for to Cardiff, and the body lemoved to a neigh- bouring cottage. Life, however, had departed some time, as de- ceased had been under water nearly ten minutes. A verdict of Accidental death" was returned. Deceased was borne to the grave by his fellow-workmen, and followed by nearly all his profession in the town. He was aged 28, and the sou of the late Rev. Mr. Slater, Wesleyan minister. His unexpected death will cause great sorrow to a numerous circle of friends in Swansea, Haverfordwest, and Cardiff. -——— THE CHOLERA—DISPUTE AMONG THE DOCTORS. On Friday evening an inquest was held at the Town Hall, before R. L. Reece, Esq., coroner, on the body of James Price, railway labourer, aged 30, who died under the circumstances detailed in the following evidence;- Mary Allen, yworn, said: Deceased lodged at our house. He was taken ill on the 24th May. He complained of cramp in his legs and bowels. I went to Mr. Reece, surgeon, in the afternoon. Had powder and pills of him, which I gave to deceased. I was also ordered to put a mustard poultice to his feet. I went to Mr. lieece because he has to attend the railway men. Mr. Recce called in the evening, and gave him more medicine. Deceased also vomited and purged a good deal. He contiuued very bad Saturday, Sun- day, and Monday, during which time Mr. Reece visited him. On* Tuesday night he became much worse. I sent for Mr. Recce, and was told he was out, I sent to him again on Wednesday, but Mr. Reece did not come. Tuesday morning was the last time he called. Mr. Paine, who was attending me, called on Wednesday evening. I asked him to look at deceased. He said the man looked very bad, and asked who was attending him. I told him. He desired me to send up once more to Mr. Reece, and if he would not come after that, he (Mr. Paine) would. I sent the little girl, who returned and said that Mr. Iteece was not at home. This was about six o'clock. I then sent to Mr. Paine, who came and attended deceased till he died on Friday morning. Mr. Reece called about nine o'clock, and told me that deceased did not want medicine but good food. I told him that the food he had ordered (arrowroot, beef- tea, and port wine) would not stay on his stomach. He asked what business had Mr. Paine to interfere with his patient, and went out in a passion. He did not call again. Mr. John Reece here got up and wished to know why the in- quiry was held. He had not been summoned, neither would he have known of it, had he not inquired as he was passing what the number of men he saw at the door were doing. He walked into the room, heard a good deal about his name, and he wished to know what was it all about ? The Coroner To ascertain the cause of death. I desired Mr. Stockdale to call on you, and would not have proceeded with the inquiry, had you not been present. [Mr. Stockdale said he had informed him of the inquest.] Mr. John Reece still wished to know why the inquiry was held in this case more than in dozens of other similar cases. The case was one of English cholera, and he treated it accordingly. The 'I man was getting on favourably till Tuesday evening, when he re- quested that nourishing food should be given him. He then called on MI", John, the relieving-officer, and told him of the case. Mr. John said he could do nothing for him without an order from Mr. Paine. It was a mistaken notion to suppose it was a case of Asiatic cholera. He had attended upwards of twenty similar cases, not one of which proved fatal. This man died under Mr. Paine's treat- ment, and it was he alone was responsible. He did not see the ne- cessity for an inquiry, and he considered it a disgraceful interfer- ence with him. The Coroner said that no one would give a certificate to bury the body. He had therefore no alternative but to hold the inquest. The examination of witnesses was then proceeded with. The next witness called was Harriet Reed, with whom deceased had formerly lodged, and who attended him during his illness. Her evidence was similar to that of the witness Allen. She was pre-j sent on Tuesday evening when Mr. Reece entered, and told him that it was impossible for poor people to get the things he ordered. He said he would go to Mr. John, the relieving-officer, for them. She went for Mr. lieece on Wednesday evening. The servant girl told her he was gone to the barracks to dine. She then went to Mr. Payne, and while there Mr. Iteece passed. Slu went after him, and asked him to go to the deceased. Mr. Iletce said he could do nothing more for him—he had given all the purging medicine he required. Mr. Reece I said no such thing. That is not my mode of treat- ment. It may be that of some others. Witness continued: He said he would call by and bye. rr, Paine called in the evening, and ordered deceased's head to be shaved, and vinegar and water to be applied to his head. He also gave a blister for the back part of his neck, and a mustard poultice to his feet. Mr. John Recce made a few explanatory observations, after which Mr. Edward Evans, surgeon, then rose and said If Mr. Recce's remarks referred only to the cases occurring in his own practice, they would have required no notice; but having taken upon himself to speak in general terms as to the whole town, I feel called upon to give his statement a positive contradiction. I say without hesitation, that there arc now, and there have been, cases of malignant cholera in the town, to a fatal extent. To as.seut to the contrary, is, in the first place, all imputation on the medical men who have pronounced the disease to be cholera: and in the next place, it may have a prejudicial effect, by throwing the public off their guard, and deterring them from taking those precautions which are neces-ary to check the progress of the disease. To make the subject intelligible to the many, I will just explain the differ- ence between the two diseases. The English cholera is essentially a bilious disease, the discharge from the stomach and bowels being loaded witabile. It is of frequent occurrence during summer and autumn, and I have never known it prove fatal. In malignant cholera, on the contrary, there is a complete suppression of bile. The discharges have the appearance of rice-water, void of all colour and smell; the function of the kidneys is suspended, the eyes arc sunken, and the features shrunk; the violent cramp, the pulse- less wrist, the hollow voice, the lividity of the extremities, the blue- ness of the nails, and the cold, clammy state of the whole body, all taking place, and proving fatal in a few hours, show the distinctive character of the disease. I had ample opportunities of observing the disease in London in 1832, and have no doubt of its reality. I never saw it in a more fearful form than during the past week. Mr. Recce here stated that the disease he had seen was the Eng- lish cholera. Mr. Edward Evans: I thiuk it right also to state that every legally qualiiied medical practitioner in the town with whom I have conversed concurs in the opinion that the present disease is malig- nant cholera. The opinion of an illegal practitioner to the con- trary, who has never seen the disease, deserves no attention. Mr. Reece said that he was a member of the College of Sur- geons. « Mr. Evans said that surgeons were not qualified practitioners. Some further altercation ensued, after which Mr. Paine entered into an explanation of the circum:ance of the case, which in substance agreed with the statements of the pre- ceding witnesses. He desired the coroner to hold an inquest be- cause it had been told him that Mr. Reece, said that decease i had died in consequence of his treatment of him. lIe thought, there- fore, he was justified in the course lie had pursued. Ho repeat- edly refused to attend until Mr. Reece had declined to do so. He believed that deceased died of congestion of the brai-i and disturb- ance of the mucous membrane of the bowels. I Mr. John, relieving-officer, was them 1, but there was nothing in his evidence materially differing from the other wit- nesses. After some further conversation, Mr. Reece again assured the jury that no case of Asiatic cholera had appeared in Cardiff. The Coroner then summed up, dwelling strongly on Mr. Recce s conduct in neglecting to attend deceased from Tuesday morning to Wednesday I-light. The jury retired, and returned in half an hour, anil gave the following verdict;—" Congestion of the braiu, aud of the mucous membrane of the bowels," with an expression of re- gret that Mr. Reece did not visit deceased from Tuesday morning till Wednesday evening.





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