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j DROWNED NEAR BRECON. I Sad End to Servants' Bathing Party. A sad bathing fatality occurred in the River Usk, near Brecon, on Thursday last. About six o'clock in the evening three of the maids at Peterstone Court went to bathe in the river, which runs close to the house. Neither could swim, but they selected a shallow spot. After being in the water for about 15 minutes, they walked along the river towards the suspension bridge. Two of them, Miss Alberta Tanner and Miss Mary Terheege, were hand-in-hand, and coming to a deep pool, of the depth of which they were evidently not aware, suddenly found themselves in difficulties and cried out for help. Miss Bessie Williams, the other maid, who was wading nearer the bank in shallow water, pluckily went to their assistance and with great presence of mind obtained a bough of a tree which was near by and threw it to the girls. With this she succeeded in getting Miss Terheege out of the water, but Miss Tanner by this time had disappeared. In the meantime Miss Walters, another maid, who happened to be on the bank, ran for assistance to the house. Mr. Alfred Jones (chauffeur), as soon as he heard of the mishap, immediately ran to the river and recovered the body and tried artificial respiration for half-an-hour, but without result. Deceased, who was a parlour- maid at Peterstone, was 30 years of age and came from the London district. THE INQUEST. The inquest was held by Dr. W. R. Jones (coroner) at Peterstone Court on Saturday evening, Rev. H. J. MeClellan being foreman of the jury. Evidence of identification was given by Mrs. Emily Dean, Barry Dock, sister of the deceased. Miss Williams said on Thursday evening about O-30 deceased. Mary Terheege and her- self went down to the river to bathe. Miss Walters followed, but did not intend bathing. They first went into the water some distance above the bridge and stayed there about 15 minutes. Neither could swim. Deceased and Terheege then suggested walking along the river until they got to the bridge. Tanner and witness were together, but Terheege went to the opposite side of the river and walked alone. I Itimately Tanner crossed over to join Terheege and both of them walked hand- in-hand. The water was then up to their waists. Witness did not follow them, but made her way to the bank. The next thing she heard were cries for help from both and on looking round she saw them up to their chins in the water. She immediately tried to get to them, but found it too deep. She shouted and Miss Walters, who was on the bank, ran for help. Witness saw Terheege disappear under the water and appear again. She then got a 1 bough of a tree and threw it towards Terheege. at the same time shouting to deceased to come towards Mary." Tanner, however, could make JI0 effort. After a lot of struggling she got Terheege to the bank. The Coroner I think you did your duty remarkably well. and there is no doubt you ran considerable risk yourself in doing this. < The jury expressed their concurrence with the Coroner's remark. Miss Walters said she told the .girls when they started not to go too deep. She was just going home when she heard the cries for help, and she ran towards the house to get assistance. Alfred Jones (chauffeur and mechanic) said I he was fetched from his cottage by the head housemaid. When he got to the river he could I only see a bathing cap floating on the surface. By getting on the bridge* he saw deceased's j body in the pool.'which was about ten feet deep. It was floating below the surface. He entered the water and recovered the body and tried artificial respiration for half-an-hour, but with- out eiiect. In his opinion life was extinct when he reached the body. when he reached the body. The Coroner I am glad you tried artificial I respiration. I compliment you on your promptness, and commend you very much-for I what you did. Dr. Rees gave evidence that the cause of death was drowning. The Coroner said he did not propose calling I Mary Terheege unless the jury wished. She I was very depressed and. suffering from the effects of her experience. He did not think she could add much more to what had been said, and they did not want to add more dis- tress where < there was plenty already. '(Hear, I hear). They had been fortunate in having I good witnesses, who had brought out the facts I plainly, and there was no need for him to make any remarks, except to say they all deeply de- plored an accident of that kind. The girls in- curred a very great danger, especially when neither could swim, and there was no doubt they found themselves on the shifting sand, and II got out of their depth quite unawares. JURY'S COMMENDATION. The jury immediately returned a verdict of I accidental death, and strongly commended Miss Williams for her pluck and resource in rescuing Miss Terheege, and for the efforts she made to I save deceased's life. They asked the Coroner I to bring her action to the notice of the Royal Humane Society. The jury also expressed i sympathy with the relatives of the deceased aii(,l i with the family and household at Peterstone il Court, and returned their fees to the deceased's mother. I The Coroner, addressing Miss Williams, con- veyed to her the jury's expression, and added that in his opinion she acted with great presence of mind. We all think," he said, that you could not have done better or more efficiently. You considerably risked your own I life, and by your action you saved the life of another. I will, as directed by the jury, bring vonr conduct to the notice of the Royal Humane Society." Humane Society." The Coroner also thanked Mr H. E. Gray 'j (who was present) for allowing them to hold the inquiry at Peterstone Court, and in placing at their disposal all facilities for the purpose. Miss Bessie Williams is the daughter of Mr Miss Bessie Williams is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Williams, Talbot Terrace, I Newmarch Street. Llanfaes. Brecon. j.

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