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MRS. KATE FREEMAN. SWANSEA LADY'S TRAGIC DEATH IN LONDON. The death is announced of Mrs. Kate Freeman, of 11, St. Leonards-terrace, Chelsea, S.W., which occurred on Friday night at the Westminster Hospital. Mrs. Freeman, who was a personal friend of Mrs. Lloyd George, had been on a visit to 11, Downing-street, the official residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and whilst walking along Whitehall she failed to notice an ap- proaching motor 'bus and was knocked down. She was so seriously injured that she died a little later at the hospital. The deceased lady was 50 years of age. She was the widow of Mr. Thomas Freeman, who, before his death, was a tinplate manufacturer at Swansea, of which borough he was Mayor some 20 years ago. Mrs. Freeman was the sister-in-law of Mr. V! Llewelyn Williams, the Liberal M.P. for Carmarthen District. She was a native of Carmarthen, and came to reside in London some six or seven years ago. Leaving Downing-street soon after six o'clock, Mrs. Freeman and her friend at- tempted to cross Whitehall. An omru- bus struck Mrs. Freeman and threw her to the ground; it did not touch her friend. Mrs. Freeman was taken to Westminster Hospital and died five minutes afterwards. The house surgeon who attended her, Dr. Lloyd, happened to be an old Welsh friend. Injections of oxygen proved futile. The case, un- happily, was hopeless from the first. Mre Lloyd George, summoned by telephone, arrived too late to find her friend alive. Her stepson, Captain Freeman, of the Royal Field Artillery, was at once sum- moned to London from Aldershot. During, her residence in Swansea, Mrs. Freeman took a prominent part in the public life of the town. She was a member of the old Swansea School Board. She was also a zealous and influential supporter of Liberalism. A bright and attractive speaker, she rendered excellent service to the party. For several years Mr. and Mrs. Freeman, resided at Sketty. Her death will be mourned by a large circle of friends throughout South Wales. Mrs. Freeman was clee" to the Swan- sea School Board in 1897, and remained a member until the work of the Board was taken over by the Swansea Council in 1904. During the last term she was chairman of the School Management Com- mittee. In 1904. in recognition of the excellent services she had rendered she was co-opted to a seat on the new Swan- sea Edutation Committee, of which she remained a member for several years. It is of interest to note that the School Board members included three ladies, the other two being Miss Dillwyn and Miss Brock. Mrs. Kate Freeman, a 6ketch by our artist from a photograph of Mrs. Free- man taken the day the old Swansea School Board ceased to exist. A member of the "Herald" staff writes: Those who were closely associated with the work of the old School Board, and followed its meetings month by month, will not quickly forget the years of Mrs. Freeman's membership. She was a lady who could not be anywhere long without her strong personality bringing her to the front. Upon the whole, the Swansea School Board of her time was a peace- able enough body, but the writer recalls meetings at which Mrs. Freeman stood to arms in defence of principles she held dear, and at which she fought with real Celtic impetuosity. And woe betide the man who then stood in her way! The Pressmen of that period had to keep well. sharpened pencils to follow the torrential eloquence of Mrs. Freeman at such times of excitement. But, although she was not slow in attack she possessed qualities which made her extremely popular even among the ranks of the enemy. She was-a thorough ed ucationist, an ardent politician, she was always ready to give her assistance to good causes, and when she left Swan- sea for London a blank was left in our I public life which has not yet been filled. I The Inquest. An inquest was held Saturday at West- minster Coroner's Court Mr. Llewelyn Williams, M-P-, K.C., identified the body as that of his sister-in- law, aged 51. Miss Barbier, Kensington, said she left Downing-street with deceased, and com- menced to cross Whitehall. They crossed to the first refuge, and remained there waiting for the bus to pass. Then she saw deceased lying on the ground a few yards away. Alice Baker said she saw the omnibus earning as the deceased started to cross. She saw the deceased lady lying on the ground. The 'bus was going slowly, and pulled up at once. Witness thought the driver could not have done anything to save the lady. Dr. Joseph Lloyd, Westminster Hos- pital, said the deceased expired almost immediately from shock following in- ternal injuries. The driver of the 'bus said he was tra- velling very slowly on account of the bad roads and light. Deceased stepped off the refuge in the front of the -bus. He put on both brakes, shouted, and turned to the right. The 'bus stopped immediately, and the wheel only just passed over the ladv. The Coroner said the driver seemed quite free from blame. The jury returned a verdict of acciden- tal death, and exonerated the driver from blame. The. Funeral. At Highgate Cemetery, North London, the funeral took place. Among the mourners were Mr. W. LI. Williams, J £ -C., M.P. (deceased's brother-in-law), and Mrs. Lloyd C&n-ge.

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