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TERRIBLE ACCIDENT AT MANCHESTER.I

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TERRIBLE ACCIDENT AT MANCHESTER. On Friday a deplorable accident took place at Manchester. A music-hall in Victoria-street, fre- quented by the lower classes, and known throughout Lancashire as Ben Lang's,' was the scene of the sad event. The price of admittance to the ball was 2d, and it is said that the room was packed with some 3,000 people. It was the benefit night of one Mr Clifford, a favourite vocalist. The performances (says the Manchester Examiner) commenced at half- past six. All went well till about ten o'clock. Shor tly after that hour, some of the youths who were in ti e back part of the audience in the pit, in their eagerness to obtain a better view of what was going on uilon the stage, lifted themselves by the gas- pendants, three of which were soon broken off. No evil consequences couM have followed had not some- bedy in the pit raised an alaroi of Fire.' There was immediately a rush to the staircase from the two tipper galleries. The staircase is six feet wide, and winds up between walls from the ground floor to the top gallery, with a landing-stage on each floor. The crush of people attempting to leave was terrific, and appears to have been the sole cause of the loss of life. Men and women precipitated themselves recklessly one over another down the first flight. The degree of pressure at the onset may be judged from the fact that out of an audience of nearly 1,000 in two gsilertes, scarcely a score forebore to rush to the common staircase. The other half of the who were in the pit, would find compara- tiVE")' safe egress fiorc a separate staircase. At the time this account was written it was not ascertained how many were injured from the crush on the stairs, or how many by the attempts to save themselves through jumping from the windows. From a quarter, pa t ten to eleven o'clock 26 dead bodies were re- ceived at the infirmary. A large number of severely injured cases were also taken to the infirmary, oF which 13 or 14 were considered so serious that they weiv sent for lreatmeht to the surgical wards. Of thf'f> several are set down as dangerous cases. Eight persons, after receiving treatment for bruises and eon used wounds, were sent out. Shortly after the acc'-dent occurred, and as soon as inforniati-on of its serious nature had had time to spread, a large and deeply excited crowd gathered outside of the Infir- mary gates, 'rnnny of whom were women, wl o, believing that their friends might be among tl e kil!ed, madeclamorous and weeping entreaties to be admitted to the dead-house, but up to midnight it was impossible to admit anyone within the walls, and none of the bodies had been identified. 40 THE WKJIEVAN CONFERENCE.—The Conference at Liverpool was resumed on Saturday, the president in the chirr. After sinking and prayer the daily record was read and the business proceeded with. The Rev J. Hargi-eives, chairman of the Liverpool district, staled that no chapel in the town could accommodate the numbers anxious to be present at the ordination services, and who had in fact received tiokets of admission. Several of the principal ministers were strongly opposed to a division of the services, chiefly because it was very desirable that all should hear the chairman and ex-president. After a prolonged con- versation it was agreed that usage should yield to utility though at great personal sacrifice, if not risk, and the services should take place in two chapels. The Rev. W. Arthur submitted to the earnest solici- tations of the conference, and promised to deliver an address to the newly-appointed ministers in the second chapel appointed for the ordinary services. The Grove-street and Pitt-street chapels were fixed upon for these services. The question respecting the candidates for the ministry was then considered. GORED TO DEATH.—We are sorry to have to re- cord the death of Mr Walter Rogers, of the Fron farm, near the Quinto, from the effects of being gored by a bull belonging to him. On Thursday week he went into one of his pasture fields adjoining the house for the purpose of driving the cattle to water in the yard, and in doing so passed close to the bull, which appeared to take no more than ordinary notice of him. On his driving the cattle to the yard gate be had to pass through them in order to open the gate. In doing so the bull rushed behind him and struck him down. Some time afterwards the servant girl, in passing through the yard, saw the bull trampling upon and tossing something on the ground, which, on closer inspection, she saw was her master. An alarm was immediately made, the animal was driven away, and Mr. Rogers was carried into the house. He was perfectly conscious after the first effects of the shock were over, and was enabled to give particulars of the affair. On Friday evening be began to sink under the injuries, and on Saturday evening, about 5 o'clock, he died. Deceased was 80 years of age. Osivestry Advertiser. COMPENSATION Faa THE Loss OF A HUSBAND.—At the York Assizes on Thursday, the case, 'Bulmer v, Harris was heard by Mr Justice Lush. Mr D. Seymour, Q C., and Mr Kemplay appeared for the plaintiff: Mr Price, Q.C., for the defendant. The declaration stated that the defendant had negligently discharged a gun, by reason of which Mr Jeffery Bulmer lost his life. The plaintiff was the widow of Mr'Eulmer, who was a master builder at Middles- borough. He was in the 29th year of his age at the time of his death, and he left a widow and four children. She brought this action for compensation for the less of her husband by death, which had been occasioned by the negligence of the defendant, who was 19 years of age. He was said to be the son of a Jady who was a partner in the firm of Messrs Harris and Co, of Middlesborough, shipowners. On Satur- day, the 14:t11 of December last some pigeon shooting took place in a field of Mrs Harris', the mother of the defendant. Five persons, including the de- fendant, met together to shoot, and they took their stand side by side, ready to take a shot as the pigeons were released from the trap.' The deceased "was standing behind the men when they commenced sh>oting, and the defendant fired two shots. His first did not kill, but turning round he fired at a bird, and instead of hitting it the shot took effect upon Mr Bulmer, who fell down dead, the back part of his skull-having been taken off. It appeared that Mrs Hams had given Mrs Bulmer X2, and had offered her 5s per week for two years, but she had refused to accept the offer, and her children Jzad been maintained by her friends. It was stated that the defendant only earned jE20 a year, and submitted, in defence, that the deceased had contributed to his death by his own negligence. He placed himself in a position of danger, he knew the danger, and he stood within the range of the gun. He ought to have removed himself out of all danger, and he not having done so, took upon himself the hazard and peril of quick firing. It was submitted that the action ought not. to have been brought, as it was known that. the defendant was practically a pauper, and this was characterised as an attempt to obtain money through the tears of Mrs Harris. His lordship was of opinion that the defendant was responsible to the widow and children of the deceased, and that Mrs iiulraer and her children were entitled to pecu- niary compensation for pecuniary loss. The jury returned for an hOllr, and then found a verdict for the piaintiff for £50, and £ 200 for the four children, nuking £250 altogether.

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