THE SUSPECTED POISONING CASE.|1867-08-10|The Brecon County Times Neath Gazette and General Advertiser for the Counties of Brecon Carmarthen Radnor Monmouth Glamorgan Cardigan Montgomery Hereford - Welsh Newspapers Online
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THE WATER-WORKS QUESTION.

BRECON POLICE INTELLIGENCE.

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THE SUSPECTED POISONING CASE.

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THE SUSPECTED POISONING CASE. The inquest on the body of Margaret Taylor was brought to a close on Tuesday last. We give Pro- fessor Herapath's evidence, as it contains the principal facts of the case of death without prejudice to any person. He deposed I received the viscera of the deceased from Serjeant Rodman, on the 18th day of July last; there were five bottles with the box 'and jar containing the viscera on opening the jar I found the stomach, the two orifices of which were tied on opening the stomach I found it empty, and in a state of high inflammation, particularly in the lowest part; this state of inflammation distinguished it from ordinary inflammation, and there was a patch at the bottom of the stomach about four inches in diameter; I had no doubt it was from an irritant poison of some sort; I produce a portion of the darker part which I speak of as the most inflamed part; as there were no contents I proceeded upon the stomach itself; upon operating on certain detached portions of the stomach I proved the absence of all metallic and mineral poisons I then saturated the remains of the stomach with ether, and then evaporated down the ether I then made the follow- ing experiment: I wrote on a piece of paper with nitrate of silver, and, upon introducing it into this, I found the silver reduced, which I present; this showed me the presence of phosphorus; from the results of this experiment I have no doubt that the irritated state of the stomach was produced by phos- phorus, and the inflamed state of the stomach was sufficient to cause death I examined the contents of the five bottles one or two contained vinegar three, a herb resembling hyssop four, a bottle of beer; five, oil scented there was nothing in either of them to produce the appearance in the stomach; there was a quantity of iron in the vinegar and beer. By the Coroner.—The appearance I found would not have been produced by ardent spirits; the body does not decompose more quickly after poisoning by phosphorus than by other poisons it would not turn colour in consequence of the phosphorus I did not see the smoke or smell the phosphorus; it was too far gone; it disappears more quickly than other poisons phosphorus is an irritant poison, and a very violent one a person may die from it quietly or in convulsions I should not like to say that one-eighth of a grain would cause death I should not like to take it; death would ensue in an hour from taking it; there is plenty of phosphorus in the body, but it could not produce these appearances I am of opinion that death was caused from inflammation of the stomach produced by some irritant, and that irritant was phosphorus. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with Mr. Herapath's evidence, adding that, how, when, and by whom, administered there was no evidence to show.

HAY."== THE WATERWORKS COMPANY…

. ABERGAVENNY.

BRECON TOWN COUNCIL.