Liverpool Mercury, January 3, 1894

Coroner's inquests, Tuesday Jan 2nd, before Mr T. E. SAMPSON, coroner for the city of Liverpool

A fatal Boxing Night orgy

On the body of Thomas RYAN, aged 25, marine fireman, who lived in a court off Burlington St. Deceased occupied apartments with his wife in the house of his parents, on Boxing Night a company of friends were entertained there. It was stated by Mrs MORAN, the only person sober there that Mrs RYAN was handing round some soup for the company and in placing a mug on the mantelpiece her elbow struck against a paraffin lamp and knocked it over. The burning oil fell on her dress and she was rapidly enveloped in flames, her husband in an effort to save her had his own clothes ignited, he rushed down to the door where he met a seaman, who put him on the ground and extinguished the flames. RYAN and his wife were conveyed to the Northern Hospital, where he died on Sunday morning, and where she is still detained as a patient. Verdict, "Accidentally burned."

Fatal accident to a Capstan man.

On the body of William DOUGHTY, capstan man, in the employ of L and Y, Railway Company, aged 28, of 4 Marmonde St. On the 1st December last the deceased got fast in a capstan in the company's goods yard, Great Howard St, bursting his right hand, and the threw him, breaking his left leg. He died on Saturday night last at the Northern Hospital. He was in a delicate state of health from the first, the ultimate cause of death was gastro-enteritis. A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was returned.

Children suffocated

On the body of George Thomas CASS, aged 4mths, child of William CASS, dock labourer, of 24 Caryl St. On Sunday night the child was taken to bed with his parents and was found dead next morning at 6.30am. The parents were sober when they went to bed, the child was insured, verdict "Death from suffocation."

On the body of James BAXTER, aged 3wks, illegitimate child of Janet BAXTER, a widow of 78 Hankin St, who was found dead by his mother's side on Monday morning. The mother was stated to be a sober woman, verdict "Death from suffocation." Singular alcoholic poisoning

On the body of Thomas John DOYLE, aged 4, the son of a coal heaver of 68 Rockingham St. On Sunday morning the father left the deceased in bed, and going upstairs shortly after midday found the deceased had fallen out of bed onto the floor. Witness than found that all the whiskey he had in a bottle on the mantelpiece was missing, about a glass and a half. On being asked had he drunk it the deceased replied, "a pussy cat had taken it." The deceased smelled of whiskey but witness thought he would be none the worse for it after a sleep. Deceased was taken down to the kitchen but did not regain consciousness and Dr M. G ROBINSON was called, who found him in convulsions, presenting all the symptoms of alcoholic poisoning, he died at 4am on Monday. Death was due to convulsions caused by alcoholic poisoning, a verdict to that effect was returned.


Liverpool Mercury, January 4, 1894

Coroner's inquest before Mr T. E. SAMPSON, Jan 3rd

Paraffin Lamp Fatalities

On the body of Elizabeth M'NAMEE, aged 25, a single woman the daughter of a marine fireman living at 40 Kew St. On Friday last the deceased, her mother and two sisters were sitting at the table in the kitchen, a paraffin lamp was on the table and as the mother was getting up, the flame of the lamp shot upwards and caught the hair of the deceased who was sat reading close by. On seeing this the sisters sprang up and the table and lamp were upset, the deceased became enveloped in the flames of the paraffin. Her mother made frantic efforts to extinguish the flames and being severely burned herself she fainted. The deceased was conveyed to the Stanley Hospital where she died on Tuesday afternoon, through shock and exhaustion. Verdict "Accidental death."

On the body of John W. LAITE, aged 12, who lived with his parents at 36 Garden St. On Christmas Day the deceased with his little brother in the absence of his parents, while playing near the fire with a paraffin lamp, spilled some oil on his trousers which caught fire. He was severely burned and died on Tuesday at Mill Rd, Infirmary. Verdict "Accidental death."


Liverpool Mercury Feb 2nd, 1894

Coroner's inquests before Mr T. E. SAMPSON, February 1st

On the body of John HEALEY, aged 60, ship's boatswain, of 6 Cockspur St. The deceased returned from sea last Friday and went to bed quite sober, at 4am on Saturday, his brother who occupied the same bed awoke and found the deceased standing on the floor and trying to vomit, he said he had swallowed something but didn't know what. Witness knocked him on the back, but that did not relieve him, witness then sent for Dr SAMUELS, who said deceased should go to hospital as he had swallowed his false teeth. Dr A. B. J. COOPE, house surgeon at the Northern Hospital, said the deceased told him he had swallowed 5 teeth, and gutta-percha plate with two small gold clips, which were worn and fitted loosely. Witness tried to remove the obstruction from the gullet but the teeth were too firmly fixed. Another surgeon attempted to remove the teeth to no avail while the deceased was under anaesthetic. The teeth were eventually removed by operation, the deceased rallied round but through the distress which set up in the gullet he was extremely restless and excitable, and could not be kept, quiet, he wore himself out and died from exhaustion, "Accidental death." returned.

On the body of Benjamin TAYLOR, 10wks old, the child of a coppersmith of 86 Breck Rd, Everton, found dead in bed yesterday morning by the side of his mother, "death from suffocation" was returned.

On the body of William TURNER, a blacksmith's striker, aged 57, of 90 Benledi St. He left home on Saturday morning and his body was found in the Stanley Dock on Tuesday morning. The deceased had latterly given way to drink and appeared depressed and strange in his manner, but had never expressed any intention to commit suicide, verdict "Found drowned" returned.

On the body of Patrick O'CONNOR, aged 14mths the child of a master shoemaker of 45 Devon St. During the night of Tuesday the child had slipped down from his mother's arms into the middle of the bed, and the next morning it was found that another little boy aged 2yrs, who was sleeping at the foot of the bed, had crept up to the child and was lying over it, "death from suffocation" was returned.

On the body of Michael CONNOR, aged 60, a ship's watchman on board the steamer Sissostooss. The deceased had been missed since the 6th Nov last and the body was found floating in the Canada Dock on Tuesday, very decomposed, verdict of "found drowned" returned.


Manchester Times, Feb 16th 1894

Fatal Waggonette accident near Wigan

Shortly after 5am on Tuesday a waggonette accident occurred nr Orrell Wigan, one man being killed and several injured. A number of colliers were proceeding to their work at Park Colliery, Garswood. The left Orrell at 5am, 20 mins later, owing it is said to too many men being on one side of the vehicle, it turned over and the occupants pitched out. There were dashed against a wall and seriously injured. One names Thomas LIPTROT, aged about 40, died two hours afterwards. The others seriously injured where Jabez PYE and James WINSTANLEY of Orrell and William GASKELL of Billinge. The driver was hurt but not seriously, there were seven men on the waggonette one being the son of LIPTROT


Liverpool Mercury, Nov 23rd 1894

The funeral of Mr G. A. PATON, late chief engineer of the Campania, took place at Longmore Lane Cemetery on Wednesday

Shocking death near Ormskirk

Ann JOYNSON, aged 70, a widow living at Ball's yard Aughton St, Ormskirk, called about noon yesterday at Mr ALTY'S, Bath House Farm, Burscough, and was given some potatoes, less than half an hour later Richard GURNEY, a youth, found her lying on a field pathway dead, her forehead was gashed, while an entire colt was biting at her clothing. The poor woman had been killed by a kick from the horse.

Funeral of Balaclava survivor

The remains were interred on Wednesday at Penketh, nr Warrington of Sergeant James DONAGHUE, a survivor of the Balaclava Charge. He claimed to be the trumpeter who sounded the order to charge. He had the Crimean medal with bars for Balaclava, Inkerman and Sebastopol, the Turkish and French war medals for distinguished service in the light cavalry charge, also the Indian Mutiny medal and medal for long service and good conduct. DONAGHUE had a small pension, but was in such reduced circumstances that a few years ago he was an inmate of the Warrington Workhouse. He has left a widow who is practically destitute.

Sad death of a Wavertree Boy

The death occurred on Wednesday night of William LANDY, aged 8, who resided with his parents in Cumbermere St, Wavertree. He was admitted to the Royal Infirmary on the 6th inst suffering from a wound to his head. It is stated the previous day he was playing with some boys on vacant land nr Picton Rd, Wavertree, when another boy threw a piece of wood at a youngster named James NEALE, it missed him and hit William LANDY on the back of the head, causing injuries which resulted in his death. An inquest will be held.


Liverpool Mercury, Dec 21st, 1894

Fatal fall at Bootle

The County Coroner Mr BRIGHOUSE held an inquest last evening at the Bootle Police Court on the body of Catherine TAYLOR, aged 82 of Bank Rd, Bootle, the deceased was found the previous day lying at the bottom of a flight of stairs in her house in an unconscious state, a doctor was sent for but she expired shortly afterwards. Verdict, "Accidental death" returned.

Tragic death of Rock Ferry lady

During a concert on Tuesday evening given by the pupils of West Hey School, Rock Ferry, Mrs Frederica HANKINSON, one of the teachers attached to the school, whilst conducting a quartet was suddenly seized with illness and fell to the ground. Medical aid was at once sought but life was found to be extinct. Death was due to angina pectoris, for which the deceased lady had been under treatment for some time. It is said, she had been advised to avoid excitement and it was suggested she should not attend the concert, but her anxious devotion to duty led her to disregard these friendly warnings.

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