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ITHE INQUEST.

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THE INQUEST. Great public interest was taken in the in- quest, which was held on Thursday morning before Mr. R. J Rhy^ coroner. Mr. W G. Phillips watched the case on behalf of the Con- stitutional Club and Institute. Alfred Ford, Cwmaman, said the deceased was his daughter, and she would have been 18 years of age in July. She had been a do- mestic servant at the club for twelve months, On Saturday night, at a quarter to nine he saw her at the club; he had no particular reason for going to see her. She seemed to ba as usual, and was not in the least strange in her manner. He knew cf nothing that troubled her. She had been out oncc or twice with a young man. He knew of no case of suicide in the family. Josiah Mumford, steward of the club, said he kept two servants, and of late they had slept in different rooms. Last Saturday night he saw deceased at a quarter to nine, when she spoke to her father. She afterwards went to the kitchen, which was on the top storey of the premises. He noticed nothing strange in her manner. He went up to the kitchen between eleven and 11.10, and heard a shot. He rushed into the girl's bedroom and found her lying on the floor. She was conscious, but he noticed that her blouse was blackened, and that a re- volver lay by her side. She called out, "Mo- ther, mother, I have done it; I have done it." He saw no blood. The weapon was a Webley's service revolver. He used to be in the Army, and served in the South African War. He always kept the revolver under his pillow in his bedroom. It was not loaded, but there was one cartridge in one of the drawers in the kit- chen, and he had two more cartridges down- stairs. Deceased used to make his bed. She might have had occasion to go to the drawers. When he heard the shot the other servant followed him into the room. His wife was in the bar downstairs. Only one cartridge had been discharged. Deceased had never seen him use the revolver. He found the bullet em- bedded in the wall opposite to where the de- ceased lay, about three or four feet from the ground. He never saw the girl hysterical. In reply to the foreman, witness said that the girl left his employ last Thursday, going to another situation. Whether she liked the change or not lie could not say, but she re- turned to the club accompanied by her father, and he took her back. In reply to Mr. Phillips, witness said the girl returned to the club between 6 and 7 o'clock. He heard she had left her new place, and next day he asked her to return. He went upstairs on Saturday night to close the billiard, card, and reading rooms. He saw two parcels of groceries on the stairs, and took them into the kitchen. It was when coming from the kitchen that he heard the shot. He always kept a revolver under his pillow, and so did his wife. Jane Roberts, 16, said she went into service at the club on the previous Wednesday, and slept with the deceased that night. She did not seem troubled or worried. Deceased re- turned at 6 o'clock on Saturday, and they were together in the kitchen most of the time until the occivtence. Deceased was very quiet all the cveil,no:, and made no communication to witness. Witness said she did not make Mr. Mumford's bed. In reply to Mr. Phillips, witness said that during supper deceased asked for a blacklead and paper. She wrote something, and after- wards threw the writing on the fire. Deceased then went to her mistress's room. Witness fol- lowed, and saw her sitting by the head of the bed It was under the pillow that the revolver was kept. Mrs. Mumford, who wept bitterly, said she had never shown deceased how to use the re- volver. She last saw her at 10.30. o'clock Sat- urday night. Dr. E. J. Trevor Jones said he was sent for by Dr. Scale, and went to the club. There was a bullet wound about Hinches below de- ceased's heart. The girl vomited about a pint of blocd. He came to the conclusion that the best thing to do would be to take her to the hospital, and perform an operation; that was the only chance to save her life. He asked her if she had a statement to make. She said she had kept the cartridge for ten days, and loaded the revolver on Saturday night. She placed the woapon quite close to her clothes, and pulled the twigger with both hands. He operated up- on her, and found the bullet had passed through the stomach, and the lung, and out through hor back. Next morning deceased was conscious, and she repeated the statement. At 5.30 she died from shock. A portion of the clothing had been carried into the wound. She was perfectly cool and quiet.on Saturday night, and also the following morning.' She was not pregnant. The jury returned a verdict "that the girl died from a eelf-inflicted wound, but there was no evidence to show the state of her mind at the time the de2d was committed."

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