Liverpool Mercury, January 4, 1895

Coroners inquests, January 3rd, before Mr T. E. SAMPSON, City Coroner

Deaths from Burns

Robert JONES, aged 15mths, child of Thomas Godfrey JONES, warehouseman, of Wildegrave Place, Wildgrave St, on Monday morning the mother of the child placed it in a chair in front of the fire, she had occasion to leave the kitchen for a few minutes, when she heard another child 5yrs of age screaming. Returning at once to the kitchen she saw the child's nightdress was in flames. The child was taken to the Southern Hospital, where it died the next day from shock and exhaustion consequent on the burns, verdict accordingly, where the jury found the injuries were accidentally caused.

Thomas MURPHY, aged 4, son of a marine fireman, of Gay St. The deceased lived with his grandmother in Burlington St, and on Tuesday afternoon was left in the lobby of the house while his grandmother went to purchase bread. When she returned she was told the child had been burned and had been taken to the Northern Dispensary. It was afterwards removed to hospital where death ensued. Evidence was given that the deceased was playing with fire when his clothing ignited, a verdict of, "Accidental death" was returned

Catherine Hannah LEE, aged 4, daughter of a labourer of Freeman St. On Monday the clothing of the deceased accidentally caught fire and she died from her injuries the next day, "Accidental death"

The result of drink

Jane PEARSON, aged 55, married woman, said to have been addicted to intemperate habits for the past 28yrs. For 15yrs she had been separated from her husband, who had allowed her 12s per week. Of late she had been lodging in Sterne St, and on Sunday complained of feeling ill, she died during the night. Medical evidence, was to the effect she died from neglect and alcoholism, verdict to that effect returned.

Suicide of a tobacconist

James Cannon FORRESTER, aged 48, stationer and tobacconist, Soho St. For some time past had been depressed in spirits through bad health, and had been noticed to be strange in manner, and suffered from delusions. On Wednesday as his shop was not opened, in due course an entrance was effected and deceased was found suspended by the neck from a rope fastened to a nail in the cellar door. On a table near by a letter was found with the words, "to be opened by the police". The letter was of a rambling nature and contained the words, "This night is my last on earth". The jury found the deceased committed suicide whilst temporarily insane.


Liverpool Mercury, January 5, 1895

Coroners inquests, January 4th, before Mr T. E. SAMPSON, City Coroner

Joseph BETHEL, aged 56, dock porter, 8 house, 11 Court, Raven St, killed on Thursday morning whilst engaged in the removal of some bales of cotton, in the service of Messers Frederick LEYLAND and Co, shipowners, when a wooden lynch pin, which held on one of the wheels of the deceased's truck broke causing the wheel to come off and a bale of cotton about 7cwt, fell on the deceased from the truck, killing him. "Accidental death" returned and strong recommendations given by the jury a regular supervision be made over the repairs and order of the trucks used for this purpose, Mr Ernest LYNCH, watched the inquest on behalf of Messers Frederick LEYLAND and Co.

Robert ROBERTS, Telephone wire man, aged 22, 128 Hamilton Rd, Everton, on Thursday morning engaged in fixing some telephone wires on the roofs of Manchester and Apsley-buildings, Oldhall St, when through the frosty conditions of the slates he slipped and fell to the foot of the steps at the entrance of the buildings and was killed, ."Accidental death" returned and strong recommendations given by the jury that lines and step-boards be given to men in this dangerous work.

Martha FEAROR, aged 53, wife of Richard FEAROR, 15 Star St, who died suddenly on Thursday morning up to which time she had appeared in good health. Death from Apoplexy

Joseph DUGGIN, aged 44, who died on Wednesday last in the Southern Hospital. Deceased had been abroad to a warmer climate and since his return had been in ill-health, death from natural causes.

William John McKINZIE, aged 8mths, son of Ann Jane McKINZIE, 16 Aspinall St, baby was taken to bed by his mother on Thursday night and was found dead the following morning, the baby was very weak and died from suffocation from a slight cause, "Accidentally suffocated."

Benjamin THOMAS, aged 39, 5 House, 6 Court, Thomas St, , dock labourer, 18mths ago had portion of one leg amputated, since when he had suffered great pain in the remaining portion and had took to drinking. He died in the Liverpool Workhouse on Wednesday night, "Delirium tremens"

On the body of William BARRETT, aged 50, slater's labourer, 17 Linden St, employed by William CHORLTON, plasterer and slater. On Friday morning was working on a sloping roof on a house in Greyrock St, and slipped falling 14ft, in his hand was a hammer which as he reached the ground struck his head penetrating his skull. He was removed to the Southern Hospital, where he died from his injuries, verdict ."Accidental death" returned.

Hannah McGRATH, aged 9mths, daughter of dock labourer John McGRATH, 14 House, 1 Court, Clay St. The child was sitting before a fire on Wednesday night when it upset a can of boiling water and was severely scalded. A neighbour carried the child to the Southern Dispensary but on arrival at the institution the baby fell from her lap and struck its forehead on the floor. Death resulted on Friday morning from scalds, the effects accelerated by the fall, verdict ."Accidental death" returned.

Death by hanging

At the Green Lane, Hotel, Old Swan, on the body of William HUDDART, aged 54, carpenter, 41 Highfield Rd, Old Swan. On Thursday afternoon deceased was found in a back bedroom suspended by the neck to a thin cord, fastened to a staple in the wall. He had been out of work for a considerable time and had got into arrears with his rent. On the 2nd instant he was told if he did not leave the house the bailiffs would be sent in to sell up his goods. This frightened him and he went out and was not seen again until he was found dead by his wife. Mr BRIGHOUSE, said the case was the most distressing he had ever investigated during the eleven years he had been a coroner. He hoped relief would be found on behalf of the widow, the jury agreed with the coroner, and found the deceased had took his life whilst of unsound mind.

Before Mr F. A. JONES, Dept Coroner of South-West Lancashire

At the Zetland Hotel, Southport, on the body of Richard WILLIAMS, aged 55, plasterer who was found hanging at the premises of his son-in-law, in Hall St, Southport, verdict "Suicide during temporary insanity"

Before Mr F. A. JONES Dept coroner of South West Lancashire

Suicide at Southport

At the Zetland Hotel, Southport on the body of Richard WILLIAMS, aged 55, plasterer, who was found hanging on the premises of his son-in-law in Hall St, Southport. Verdict, "Suicide during temporary insanity."


Liverpool Mercury, January 9, 1895

Before Mr SAMPSON, Liverpool coroner, January 8th.

Margaret HUGHES, aged 75, who resided with her two sons at 13 Arlington St, deceased was very feeble and whilst proceeding downstairs on Thursday afternoon last she slipped and fell to the bottom. She was picked up unconscious and remained in that condition until her death on Sunday. Death was due to concussion and compression of the brain and injury to her arms, both of which were broken. The doctor in the case suggested there should have been a handrail instead of a rope down the staircase, the jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death" and expressed a similar opinion on the handrail, the Coroner said he would write to the property owner in question.

John McKEE, aged 33, late of 122 Aubrey St, cotton porter. Deceased was employed at the warehouse 72 Great Howard St. Connected with the warehouse is a jigger-loft from which a rope runs down the outside of the building for hoisting bales of cotton. The apparatus is worked by a gas-engine of which McKEE had charge, at 1.45pm on Monday deceased told another man named DAY that he was going to start the engine. Half and hour later when DAY went up to the jigger-loft he discovered the deceased lying sideways on the drum of the pulley, with the rope coiled about a dozen times round his body. He was released and taken to the Northern Hospital where life was found extinct, jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death"


Liverpool Mercury, January 11, 1895

Before Mr SAMPSON, Liverpool coroner, January 10th.

On the body of Alfred HOOTON, aged 45, 67 Peach St. On the morning of the 22nd ult, on the day of the great gale in Liverpool, deceased was passing down Mount Pleasant when a slate was blown off the roof of a house and struck him on the head, he was removed to the Southern Hospital where he died on Wednesday, from a scalp wound and a depressed fracture of the skull. Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death"

Henry CROCKETT, aged 65, 104 Needham Rd, , "Checker" in the Liverpool Tramways Co, a steady man. On the evening of the 29th November he was on the omnibus in Victoria Rd, checking the bus-conductor's way-bill. He stepped off the back of the bus to get to another of the company's vehicles, which was coming in the opposite direction when he was knocked down by a passing conveyance which went over his legs [according to his own statement]. He was taken to the Northern Hospital where he died on Wednesday night from exhaustion brought on by compound fracture of the leg. The jury returned an open verdict.

Florence JONES, aged 5, 20 Oil St. On Wednesday evening the child was alone in the kitchen, it is presumed, whilst attempting to reach some fish from the top of the oven her nightdress ignited. The child received severe injuries to her legs and arms from which she died at the Northern Hospital the same night. Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death"


Liverpool Mercury, January 12, 1895

Before Mr SAMPSON, Liverpool coroner, January 11th.

On the death of Jacob JACKSON, aged 62, cotton porter, 46 Prospect St, employed at the warehouse of Messers John ROW and Co, Atlas St, and on Wednesday 2nd inst he was turning over a bale of cotton with his hook, when the canvas burst, and the hook wounded his left hand. Dr McCANN stated, he saw the deceased on Monday and found he was suffering from pyaemia set up by a lacerated wound. He died from his injuries. Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death"

On the body of John LACY, aged 22, son of John LACY, a chemical worker, 28 Sylvester St. Deceased was a labourer at the Walker's Distillery, Vauxhall Rd, at about noon on Tuesday he and a fellow labourer went down to the engine-room to look at the engines working, they were returning in the dark behind the spirit stills when deceased fell into a hot water well, and was severely scalded. He was removed to the Northern Hospital where he died the next day. Evidence was given that LACY had no business in the engine-room and none of the employees were allowed to go near the still except the man directly in charge. The three stills were guarded underneath by railings placed in front. Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death"

Mary QUIGLEY, the widow of a dock labourer of 11 Mitchell St, employed by Mr W. H. SOULBY'S cotton-cleaning kiln, Bevington St. On Wednesday night she was walking across the kiln when she fell through the trapdoor. Dr SHELDON at once saw her and found she was suffering from a fracture of the skull and compression of the brain. She died from the injury the following day. Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death"


Liverpool Mercury, January 17, 1895

Before Mr SAMPSON, Liverpool coroner, January 16th.

Burning fatalities

William Isaac FISHER, aged 24, who lived with his parents at Scott's Buildings, Great George Place, deceased had been paralysed since childhood and was quite helpless. On Monday evening was seated in a chair near the kitchen fire, his mother who had left the kitchen heard him calling her and returned and found his clothing on fire. Deceased was burned about the legs and died the next day. Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death"

Hannah SAUNDERSON, aged 62, a widow, who lived with her son in Upper Park St. On Monday deceased was alone in the house, and was afterwards found lying on the kitchen sofa with burns on various parts of her body. She was taken to the Southern Hospital and died the following day, without having been able to state how she received her injuries. The jury returned an open verdict.

Eleanor Ann MORRIS, aged 38, a widow, who lived by herself in College St. She was of intemperate habits and was last seen on the 7th inst when under the influence of drink, as she was not seen afterwards a neighbour forced the door of her house and found her dead body in a chair in the bedroom, her face resting on the table. She was fully dressed and on the table was a noggin of whiskey. Death had taken place some days previously, medical evidence showed death was due to syncope caused by excessive drinking, a verdict accordingly was returned.

Elizabeth TWIGG, aged 83, a widow, who earned a living by hawking, and had recently lived in a court off Hornby St. On Saturday she went out hawking and in the afternoon a policeman found her sitting on a doorstep in Scotland Rd. She was very cold and weak, and was at once taken to the workhouse by ambulance, she died there the following day from syncope resulting from exposure, a verdict accordingly was returned.

Touching the death of a newly-born child, the son of Mary Ann HOSTEY, wife of Michael HOSTEY, a marine fireman of Blair St. On Friday afternoon Mrs HOSTEY was in Parliament St, she and her mother having been out hawking, when she was suddenly taken ill in the street, and was almost immediately delivered of a male child, which fell on the footwalk. The mother and child, which was almost instantaneously killed were taken to the workhouse. Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death"


Liverpool Mercury, January 19, 1895

Before Mr T. E. SAMPSON, Coroner of Liverpool, January 18th

Thomas MISSETT, aged 18, boiler-scaler, of Wolfe St. On previous day deceased was working on board the steamer Ambriz, lying in the Coburg Dock. It appeared the starboard boiler was being used, but that the port boiler in which the deceased was engaged scaling was cold, the two boilers were connected by a pipe and in the morning there was a sudden rush of steam into the port boiler, in his effort to escape the deceased became jammed between the furnaces and was so severely scalded that death resulted. Mr CURRIE, Board of Trade surveyor examined the vessel 3mths ago and finding everything correct granted a certificate. He could not say that the parts in question were examined, but all parts were examined in the course of 12mths, and every 5yrs the boilers underwent hydraulic tests. The Coroner thought it strange the Board of Trade examinations were not more frequent and thorough. The jury found a verdict that the deceased died from injuries accidentally caused, but added there was not enough evidence to show what caused the breakage of the valve that caused the escape of steam.

Dorcas Caroline TEUTACHER, aged 15, daughter of Gustav TEUTACHER, Boaler St. Deceased had been employed as a domestic servant in Boaler St and was described as being of a very hasty temper. On Wednesday morning she was found dead and a bottle that contained carbolic acid was in the room. The jury found the deceased had committed suicide, but that there was not sufficient evidence to indicate what her state of mind was at the time.


Liverpool Mercury, January 21, 1895

Before Mr T. E. SAMPSON, Coroner of Liverpool, January 19th

James FARRON, aged 52, timekeeper, who lodged at St Hilda St, Kirkdale. The deceased who was of sober habits had suffered with a bad leg for over 12mths. On Tuesday 8th inst whilst coming home from work he slipped on some ice in Orrell Rd and sustained severe internal injuries. He died on Thursday from syncope, due to shock, verdict to this effect was returned.

Herbert SENIOR, aged 6, lived with his parents in a street off Boaler St. On Sunday, following Christmas Day the boy was in the house with another boy who had a bread knife in his hand. While playing the deceased received a slight cut on his thumb, a chemist dressed the wound and the boy seemed quite well until Thursday, he then became convulsed and was removed to the Southern Hospital, where he died from lock jaw. Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death"

Thomas GUINAN, aged 4, the son of a bobbin turner, who lived at Cornholme nr Todmorden, but is at present residing in Fulton St, Garston. Some weeks ago the boy was at the house of Mr ASHWORTH a butcher, at Cornholme. He was playing with a collie dog which suddenly bit him on the nose. The wound appeared to have healed, but, on Wednesday the child woke in the night and commenced to make a yelping noise, a doctor was consulted and suggested the child be taken to the Southern Hospital. This was done on Thursday, the boy then became restless and nervous and suffered from thirst, but if water was offered he recoiled and seemed to choke. He had attacks of convulsions and died on Friday from hydrophobia. Mr ASHWORTH was informed the dog was examined but showed no signs of rabies, soon after the animal hanged itself from its chain by falling down a hole in a hayloft. Mr ASHWORTH had defrayed all medical and other expenses. Jury returned a verdict in accordance with the evidence.

Before Mr BRIGHOUSE, Coroner for South West Lancashire

Burning fatalities, Bootle Police Court.

Sarah Jane GIBBONS, aged 4, daughter of Michael GIBBONS, bricklayers labourer of 10 Windsor Rd, Litherland. Father's evidence, on the 14th inst his wife went out to do some washing and he was left in charge of the house. At little while before 12 o' clock he went into the back-yard, and whilst there the child ran out into the yard with her clothes on fire crying, "Daddy daddy" He rushed to her and by rolling her in the snow extinguished the flames. The child was immediately taken to the Bootle Hospital, where it died on Thursday last. Previous to her death the little girl said she was sweeping the floor when her clothes caught fire. Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death" without the slightest blame attached to the father.

Mary Elizabeth RUTHERFORD, aged 5, who resided with her parents in Arthur St, Walton. On Monday last week the mother went to borrow something from a neighbour, whilst absent a boy came and told her, her little girl's clothes were on fire. The mother rushed home and found the child's clothing still smouldering, she pulled the garments off and informed the police , the ambulance was sent for and the child removed to the Borough Hospital, where she died on the 16th inst. Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death"

At the Victoria Hotel, Waterloo on the body of Alfred COOPER, aged 47, who resided with his mother at 25 The Mews, Waterloo. The deceased had been drinking heavily up to a fortnight ago, he tried to break off his drinking habits and became ill and died on Wednesday morning last. Medical evidence showed death was due to excessive drinking, a verdict accordingly was returned.


Liverpool Mercury, Feb 6th 1895

Inquests held by the borough coroner Mr SAMPSON, Tues Feb 5th.

Burning fatalities

Concerning the death of Catherine FLEMING, aged 63, a widow, who lived with her son in Pringle St, Tuebrook. On Wednesday she was left alone in the parlour of the house and afterwards was found suffering from burns. She was taken to Mill Rd, Infirmary where she died on Friday last. Evidence was given that the inmates of the house heard screaming and seeing that her clothes were on fire extinguished the flames. She afterwards stated that while sitting at the fire her clothes ignited. Verdict, "Accidental death."

Also regarding the death of Jane DUNDAS, aged 71, spinster, who had lived in lodgings for the past 6mths at the house of a labourer in Howatt St. On the 2nd Dec last that landlady noticed the glare of a fire in the room the deceased occupied, and found the deceased on the floor a broken lamp beside her. The oil was burning and the carpet was on fire. The flames were extinguished and the deceased was put to bed. On medical advice she was taken to Mill Rd, Infirmary where she died on Sunday last from burns received. Verdict, "Accidental death."

A fatal fall

On the body of William Henry BARROW, aged 45, dock labourer, who lived with his daughter at 51 Hewson St. Deceased went to work on board the steamer Strath Levan, at the East Toxteth Dock, on the afternoon of the 28th ult. He had to work in the main hold, but could not descend by the ladder because of a steam pipe, where the steam was being let off. He therefore went down the ladder of the fore hold, one of the rungs was cut which caused him to slip, he fell a distance of 10ft on to the lower tween deck. He was at once removed to the Southern Hospital, where he died on Sunday from a fractured spine caused by the fall. The jury found death was the result of an accident, and that it was caused by a rung of the ladder being missing


Liverpool Mercury, Feb 7th 1895

Inquests held by the borough coroner Mr SAMPSON, Weds Feb 6th.

Death of a child from burns

On the body of James Malcolm PURVIS, aged 6, son of a marine fireman of 14 Turton St. About 10am on Sunday the deceased was in the kitchen with his nightdress on, whilst attempting to light a stick at the fire his nightdress caught fire. He was severely burned and on Monday died at the Stanley Hospital from shock from his injuries. Verdict, "Accidental death."

A rejected husband's suicide

On the body of Edward HOWARD, aged 48, Hawker, of 20 Haigh St. From the evidence of Mrs HOWARD, it appeared she had not lived with her husband for the last 9yrs, because of his cruelty. He was a very heavy drinker, but always had good health, on two occasions he had attempted suicide. On Monday she received information of her husband's death and saw his body at 25 Elm Grove, where he lodged. He was always jealous of her, though without reason, and the only cause she could assign for him taking his life was because she had refused to live with him. Mrs FREEMAN, with whom the last witness lodged, said she had not seen the deceased enter her house yesterday afternoon. About 3pm she was in the kitchen when she heard a loud report, and on going upstairs she found the deceased lying on the landing at the door of his wife's room. A revolver was at his feet, and he was bleeding from the mouth. A doctor was called and pronounced life extinct. The jury recorded a verdict of, "Suicide" there being no evidence to show the state of his mind at the time.

Death from exposure

On the body of Mary Ann STEWART, aged 58, of 47 Reading St. Two of the deceased sons allowed her 2s-6d a week between them, and she had to pay 1s a week for lodgings. She got food from neighbours but was always poorly clad. On Monday last deceased was found dead in her room. Dr POWER who saw the woman said death was due to syncope, accelerated by exposure to cold, verdict accordingly


Liverpool Mercury, Monday, March 4, 1895


COULBORN, March 2nd at the Slopes, New Brighton, aged 86, William Rushton Coulborn, also Feb 28th, aged 84 Edward Warburton Coulborn, also Feb 23rd, aged 83, Richard Owen Coulborn, Funeral service St James Church New Brighton tomorrow, Tuesday, interment of the two former at Wallasey Parish Church.


Liverpool Mercury, June 20th, 1895

Fatality at the Hornby Dock

Before Mr S. BRIGHOUSE, Coroner for South-west Lancashire, at the Police Buildings, Bootle, last evening.

On the body of Alfred GOODALL, watchman, employed on the steamer Merina, in the South Hornby Dock. Deceased had a wooden leg and while on the vessel slipped and informed the people at hand that the leather of his wooden leg had given way. He was taken to Bootle Hospital, where it was found he was suffering from a fractured skull and shock to the system, of which he died. Verdict, "Accidental death."

Suicide at Warrington

Before Mr S. BRIGHOUSE, Coroner for South-west Lancashire, inquest held yesterday at the Horse and Jockey, Warrington, on the body Samuel POWELL, master joiner, aged 51, who committed suicide on Monday afternoon by drinking carbolic acid. The daughter of the deceased Emma POWELL, stated that on Monday afternoon she called at the office shortly after 1pm, when going to school. The door was locked and on looking through the window she saw her father lying on a bench. He told her, "To be off home." She called again shortly after 5pm and saw her father lying on the floor face down, she called Thomas PERKS the next door neighbour, Mr PERKS, stated that POWELL'S breath smelt strongly of carbolic acid, and his mouth was discoloured. H noticed a bottle which had contained carbolic acid lying empty and flat on the desk and sent for Dr FERGUSSON, who did everything he could for the man, but, he died less tan half an hour later. Deceased had the delusion that something was growing in his stomach. His widow said the deceased had undergone several operations, and had been a sober man until recently, but had been under the influence of drink very much lately. Ernest Henry NAPPER, chemist, deposed to the deceased purchasing 3d worth of carbolic acid for disinfecting purposes. Verdict, "Suicide whilst temporarily insane."

The funeral of Mrs Nathan HOWARD, who died at her residence Victoria Rsd, Crosby, took place on Tuesday afternoon at St Luke's churchyard, Crosby, in the presence of a large gathering of friends, much sympathy is felt for the husband of the deceased who is well known and greatly respected.

Dr William MORGAN, public analyst for Glamorganshire, and chairman of the Swansea School Board, died at Swansea yesterday morning.

The death is announced as having taken place on Monday night at Pontypool of Mr David WILLIAMS, aged 55, who until a few months ago was a well known resident of Mold and resided at Bromfield Hall. He was connected for many years as a large employer of labour with the tinplate and iron industries in Pontypool and Mold, and was managing director of Alyn Tinplate Works, Mold. He was a Baptist member and staunch Liberal, and leaves a large family several of whom are connected with various buisnesses in Mold.


Liverpool Mercury, 1 July 1895

Fatal results of a paraffin lamp accident

On Saturday night Annie Chadwick, aged 51, living in a court in Llanrwst St, Toxteth Park. Whilst carrying a child upstairs to bed, let paraffin lamp she was carrying fall, the oil blazed up catching her cloths. Her screams attracted neighbours who rushed in and put out the flames, Police-constable 67C, conveyed the woman to the Southern Hospital, where she died yesterday afternoon. The child was comparatively uninjured.

Liverpool Mercury July 31st 1895

Child Fatally burned

Yesterday afternoon Margaret EADES, aged 4, residing with her parents in Steel St off Athol St was playing in the kitchen when her clothes caught fire. Several neighbours attracted by her creams rushed into the house an extinguished the flames, but not before she was severely burned. The child was conveyed to the Northern Hospital where she died at 8pm last evening.

Found drowned in Bootle district

Mr JONES Dept Coroner of South West Lancashire, held an inquest at the Red Lion Inn, Litherland, yesterday concerning the death of William TAYLOR, of Kendrick St, Seaforth. Deceased's body was found in the Leeds Liverpool Canal on Monday. There was no marks of violence upon it and no evidence was forthcoming as to how the body came to be in the water, the jury returned a verdict of, "Found drowned." An inquest was also held before the same coroner at the Bootle Police Court on the body of a man unknown which was recovered from No1 Branch, Alexandrra Dock, on Saturday morning. In this case an open verdict was returned.

The collision off Eastham

Mr C. W. TIBBITS dept Coroner for Birkenhead held an adjourned inquest at the Victoria Hotel, Cleveland St, yesterday, touching the death of Alfred McGUIRE, on of the crew of the steamer Stanley Force, which sank after a collision with the Ship Canal dredger Beta, off Eastham on the 4th inst. The body was recovered from the vessel after she had been beached and raised at Tranmere. A member of the jury asked why it was necessary to hold an inquest seeing that a verdict had already been returned in the case of the body washed ashore from the same vessel, and the coroner replied, that an inquiry had to be held in each district where bodies were recovered. The evidence given in the previous case, in which the inquest was held at Waterloo, was then repeated, and the jury returned a verdict of, "Accidental death."

The Mysterious Drowning case at Runcorn

Yesterday afternoon Mr WORSLEY held an inquest at the Police Station, Runcorn, on the body of Gertrude HINDLEY, aged 16, daughter of Capt James HINDLEY of 65 York St, whose body was found in the Weston Canal on the previous evening. The evidence showed that last Thursday night the girl went out to see the reception of Sir John T. BRUNNER Bart. M.P, and remained until 10.40, when she found the backdoor fastened. She had always been warned to be in by 9pm. On her mother coming down 5mins later she had gone away, and a search of 2 hours, failed to find her. Her father's flat was lying in the Weston Canal, close to where the body was found, and from scratches on the face and ear, as well as tar on her hands, it is supposed she had fallen into the water on trying to get on the vessel. The door was fastened for the purpose of frightening her, but it was never supposed that she would have gone away immediately after knocking. A girl named Elizabeth SOMERFIELD acknowledged that some time ago in the course of conversation, deceased said that if anything befell her she would drown herself. The case was gone into fully and the father and mother cross-examined as to whether they had ill-used their daughter, which suggestion they stoutly denied. A verdict of, "Found drowned" was returned and the jury exonerated the parents from blame.


Liverpool Mercury, Aug 28th, 1895

James WARD, dock labourer of Upper Mann St, Toxteth, who was admitted to the Southern Hospital on Sunday, suffering from concussion of the brain, died in that institution yesterday, he never recovered consciousness.

Yesterday afternoon a man named James MC KERNEY of Great Crosby, whilst working in Messers LUNT and Co’s soap works, Collingwood St, fell into a pot of boiling potash and was severely burnt about the body, he was conveyed to the Southern Hospital, his condition is critical.

Last evening Mr R. W. ROBERTS, pawnbroker, carrying on business at 287 and 289 Crown St, fell down dead in the street during an altercation with a man. The pair had been drinking in a public house, a dispute commenced on the premises and continued in the street. An allegation has been made against the other disputant who is detained in Dale St, Police station, that he struck the deceased.

An inquest was held yesterday at Douglas on the body of William BLACKBURN, 48, Landlord of the Forester’s Arms Blackburn , who died there on Monday on the arrival of the Liverpool steamer, jury returned a verdict of, death by heart disease.

Michael LYNCH, 50, a labourer, was found dead in bed at his lodgings, 57 Tontine St, St Helens yesterday. It is supposed death was due to heart disease.

Mr S. BRIGHOUSE held an inquiry yesterday at the George Hotel, Green Lane, in the circumstances attending the death of Jane GIBSON, aged 24, who lived with her parents in Vine St. It appears on Friday evening while walking along Hill Lane Croxteth, in the company of a young man to whom she was engaged, she took suddenly ill and sat down by the roadside. Subsequently she was taken to a doctor’s establishment and on arrival life was pronounced extinct. Jury’s verdict, death from natural causes.

The Funeral of Mr H. M. WILLIAMS. Hale

The funeral of Mr Henry Monier WILLIAMS, aged 48, Hale Cliff, Hale, stonemason, who was killed by a crane at his cement works, at Dungeon Hale, on Saturday morning, took place at Hale Church, yesterday afternoon in the presence of a large number of family and friends. The service was conducted by Rev R. B. STEWART Vicar of Hale, assisted by the vicar of Speke.

Those present, Rev's E. T. and C. D. VAUGHAN, Brothers in law, Mrs ROWEN, sister in law, the Misses ASHTON, representatives of Col R. Ireland-Blackburne, Capt WILLIS and the tenants of the Halsnead estate, Whiston, and many of the farmers of the district, members of Hale Parish Council, and School Attendance Committee of which the deceased was a member.

The coffin was covered by beautiful wreaths sent by Mrs WILLIAMS, Mrs ROWEN, Col and Mrs IRELAND-BLACKBURNE and family, Capt and Mrs WILLIS and family, Mr J. M. WILSON, Mrs R. R. STEWART, Misses STEWART, Miss HITCHMOUGH, Dr VEREKER, Mr C. E. TURNER, Mr and Mrs BENNETT, and the girls and boys of Hale School. Mr T. MAGUIRE, 7 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool was the undertaker.


Liverpool Mercury, Dec 30th, 1895

Coroner's Inquests, before Mr T. E. SAMPSON, City Coroner, Sat Dec 28th

Mysterious death of a Nigh Watchman

Concerning the death of Patrick GALLAGHER, aged 48, a dock labourer who lived in a court off Christian St. The deceased occasionally employed as a night watchman, on Thursday evening went to the Canning Dock, to act in the latter capacity, his body was after found in the graving dock. There was no evidence to show how he came by his death, the jury returned an open verdict.

Burning fatality

In regard to the death of Mary Ellen QUIRK, aged 18, who lived in Eden St and died at the Southern Hospital from shock in consequence of burns received on Thursday. During the afternoon of that day, the deceased who was an imbecile, was sitting near to the kitchen fire, when her clothing caught fire, verdict "Accidental death."

Before Mr BRIGHOUSE, Coroner for South West Lancashire

A child fatally burned on Christmas Day

At the Bootle Police-buildings, concerning the death of Edward WARD, aged 2, son of John WARD, labourer, Armagh Vale, Litherland. On Christmas Day the mother left the deceased playing in a room upstairs where there was a fire. Shortly afterwards she heard the child screaming, and, returning to the room found him with his clothes on fire. The deceased was severely burned about the legs and body. Information was given to the police and the horse-ambulance arrived and conveyed the child to the Borough Hospital. Dr DICKENSON, house-surgeon, promptly attended to the sufferer, who lingered until the following evening, when he died from the effects of the burns, a verdict of "Accidental death" was returned.

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