Hide Articles List

12 articles on this Page

[No title]











INQUEST ON THE BODY OF MR. GEORGE MASTERS. On Saturday last, W. Brewer, Esq., the coroner, held an inquiry into the cause of the death of Mr. George Masters, as reported in our last publication. The jury assembled at the Crown Inn, and after viewing the body, the following witnesses were examined :— James Ball, who appeared to be suffering from the injuries he had received, said he was an assistant in the spirit shop of the deceased. Last Monday he drove Mr. Masters to Caerleon in the dog-cart, and at about eight eight o'clock at night drove him back, Mr. Hope, the publican, and Tbos. Norton, the porter, being on the back part of the trap. They arrived at the Rope Walk, near the old road going up to Maindee, when he saw something a-head, and as he was hoarse, he told the por- ter to sing out; he did, loudly, but there was no answer. They came nearer, and saw a coal-laden cart and horse, with two men riding on the cart. He was not driving fast, but their horse was young, and hard in the mouth. A collision took place when he had no power to get out of the way. A Juror He knew the horse. It did not appear to be properly broke in. Witness: It was very dark, and they had no lights. He saw no one walking along by the cart or horse. When the collision took place, the wheels being locked, their horse fell, and Mr. Masters and himself were thrown out—Mr. Masters into the hedge, and he near the cart! The two riding on the dog-cart were not thrown off. There was a man at the head of the coal- cart horse when he got up, and he said to him (witness), When saw room on the other side, why didn't you go there ?" He said to him it was too late to do so when he met his cart. Two men were then lifting up Mr. Mas- ters, who appeared senseless. He was placed in the dog-cart, and supported by the porter and another. When they got to the turnpike-gate, Mr. Masters be- came conscious, aud took the reins from him, saying, It is all right now," and drove home to the door. He complained of his left shoulder, spying he feit a slight pain there. He advised witness to go home, as he thought he was much hurt. lie saw nothing more of him until next morning. Levi Leonard said he was a haulier, living at Caerleota. He was going home with some coal on Monday, near nine o'clock in the evening, and when just past the rail- way bridge, and off the middle of the road, on the near side, a trap came by, and he thought the footstep of the trf p caught his wheel, where there was a mark of it on the spokes. He drove on, and did not stop, until a man collared him, and stopped him. He had heard somebody calling out before the collision, but he did not know what it meant. He didn't tell the driver he should have driven on his (witness's) side of the road. He hid a pint of beer at White's, in Market-street, before he left town, and had been drinking before, but he was not drunk- only a little" fresh." The indifference of this witness on the night of the oc- currence, was strongly commented upon. Leonard said, in reply to a juror, that there were no men at all riding on his cart at the time of the collision. Mr. James Hawkins, surgeon, said that on Tuesday morning he attended Mr. George Masters professionally. He found him suffering from apoplexy, and in an insen- sible state. Could find no external mark of injury on the head; the collar bone he found to be fractured he never rallied the only mark of injury was the collar bone; his opinion was that sickness ensued during the night, and that a vessel gave way, and there was evident compression of the brain one pupil of the eye was dilated and the other contracted he was a likely subject for apoplexy. Thomas Norton, a porter in the employ of deceased, was with his employer on the day of the accident; saw the cart coming towards them, and a man leading the horse there were two men on the cart; he called out but the driver did not attempt to draw up or turn aside' and cursed in reply to their expostulations. Mr. Ball pulled up, and stopped before the collision; their horse did not fall; their wheel was knocked back the horse was steady he jumped down when Mr. Masters fell, and ,r,' Hope jumped off after. Mr. Masters came to him- self, and drove home, where he leaned on the counter, and asked if the trap was hurt. He (the witness) was not tipsy; bad only drank two glasses of peppermint and a glass of beer Mr. Ball was also perfectly sober; t4ey had not experienced any difficulty before on that day. Mr. Hawkins recalled I think it likely that the colli- sion was the cause of the apoplectic fit. The Coroner siid the evidence was most conflicting, and nothing could well be arrived at from what had been said, except that deceased died of apoplexy, after an ac- cident on the road. Verdict—" That the deceased died from apoplexy, oc- casioned by injuries received through a collision between his carriage and a cart on the Caerleon road." Levi Leonard, the driver of the cart, on the expressed desire of the jury, was severely reprimanded by the Coroner on the inhumanity he displayed both before and after the accident. The bGdy was interred on Tuesday last, and many of the neighbouring tradesmen closed their shops as a mark of their sympathy.