|The district coroner held an
inquest at the Railway Inn on Wharf Street,
Dukinfield into the death of a child who apparently
drowned in a mug of water. It was Miriam WILD
aged one year and eight months, daughter of
William WILD, platelayer of 49 St Marks
Street who died in unusual circumstances.
"Mrs WILD stated that
at five minutes to two oclock, she
had occasion to leave the home to fetch
some clothes from the drying ground at the
back of the house. The child was playing
at the bottom of the stairs." She returned
three minutes later to find the child with
her head in a mug half full of water.
"She had left the mug
on the kitchen floor. She immediately took
her out of the water, but she appeared to
be dead." Neighbour, Mrs HEGINBOTTOM
heard the mothers screams and ran
to her aid, calling for Dr MALLET. He pronounced
the child dead, saying "the blue wash
in the water had poisoned her."
I can only assume that the
blue wash was some sort of chemical.
The coroner recorded accidental death.
death by drowning, Im afraid, this
one the result of being too venturesome.
"A pathetic drowning occurred on Saturday
afternoon in the canal near Plantation Street,
Ashton. Hannah PINDLE, daughter of John
James PINDLE, a moulder of 15 Back Mount
Street, left home at 2.30 to visit her sister
On her way, she met Ruth HIBBERT
and two other friends and the walked the
canal towing path together. They came across
a boy with a ladder reaching down into the
canal and Hannah decided she would go down.
But as she started to climb back up, she
suddenly went white in the face and fell
backwards into the water Her friends called
on her to lift her arms out of the water,
but she quickly disappeared below the surface.
woman named THOMAS was found dead on the
stairs with a piece of window cord tightly
fastened round her neck. She had evidently
been strangled, but there were so many bruises
on her body that the doctors were puzzled
to account for them. The theory was that
she had hung herself, but that the cord
had become untied so that she had fallen
onto the stairs.
bizarre report of the inquest held at the
Robin Hood Inn, High Lane on the death of
Elizabeth WHITELEGGE, 48 year old wife of
Samuel WHITELEGGE who gave the following
"On Monday last, he was
in bed with the deceased at about three
oclock in the afternoon when she fell
out of bed and lay there. He asked if she
was hurt and she replied no. She was tipsy
when she went to bed. She had had a gill
of whisky and a quart of beer in bed that
morning and was intoxicated. He thought
she had taken no food for about a week.
He had not seen the deceased take any opium
or laudenum. He got back into bed again
and fell asleep for about a quarter of an
hour and then got up again and found his
Neighbour Mrs Elizabeth BAGSHAW
said that Mrs WHITELEGGE had been drinking
for three weeks and was scathing about the
state of the house. The doctor diagnosed
"heart failure due to excessive use
of stimulants and lack of food. Mr
WHITELEGGE was admonished by the coroner
for causing his wifes death by encouraging
her to drink to excess, but no other action
was taken. How would such a case be resolved
today, I wonder?
LETTERS FROM THE BOER WAR
Private N ADAMS of the Lancashire
Fusiliers wrote to his aunt and uncle, Mr
and Mrs A BORSEY of Beswick: "We drove
the Boers from Biggerabergs and then from
Glencoe, Dundee and Newcastle. Afterwards,
our brigade was ordered to Utrecht in the
Transvaal. We were the first regiment of
infantry of the Natal Field Force to enter
the Transvaal territory. I have been in
all the towns that belong to Cape Colony,
Natal, Orange Free State and the Transvaal.
Its not everyone who can say that.
And from Private R BOWER,
7732, 2 Cheshire Regt. (Staybridge volunteer)
from Joberg. "Things are very
dear out here. For such things as butter,
it costs 3s 6d per pound, milk condensed
1s 9d, jam 1s 5d per pound, bread (small
"I have had a novel and
dangerous task today. J GIBLIN and I had
to take a prisoner to a gold mine named
the Treasury Gold Mine Co and we had to
cross the veldt, reported to be occupied
by some rebels. We got our man safely caged.
By this time, it was getting dark and so
as we had nine miles to go to barracks,
we made our way to a station we could see.
There we encountered New Zealand volunteers
who entertained us to tea.
"Your affectionate son
a tobacco health warning from 1900. The
Edinburgh School Board issued the following
circular. "The prevalence of the practice
of cigarette smoking by boys and young lads
calls for serious attention. Its injuresome
effects on the physical and moral nature
of the young is recognised by medical men
of eminence in our own and other countries
and in some countries, legislative measures
have been adopted for the protection of
their youth from this evil."
The tract continued and was
spot on when it observed that tobacco causes
"serious organic diseases, such as
cancer and heart-disease" which makes
you wonder how the tobacco manufacturers
have managed to fight a rear-guard denial
campaign for so long. Perhaps the medical
arguments were undermined by the conclusion
that cigarettes "stunts their growth,
blunts their mental faculties and ruins