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bHOCKLNG DEA-TH: A PERPLEXED JURY. An adjourned inquest was held at tbe Glan Adda Inn near Bangor, onSaturday, before Mr Thomas, d.puty coroner lor Carnarvonshire, touching the death of Catherine Hughes, wife of Evan Huirhes Glan Adda, who was found dead in her beSfJom about five o'clock on the morniiip, of Tuesday last. Mr iI. Wilson was the foreman of the jury. Inspector Hughes watched the proceedings oa bixuJf of the police. Ihe deceased was the wife oi a master glider, living at Liverpool, and was given to habits of intemperance. The inquiry was commenced a few oe.vs ago, and was adjourned pendiug a port-mortem examination, which had since- be n made, on account of the serious aspect tLe inquest had assumed through the evidence of Thomas 1 ozzi, aged nine years, a son of the de- ceased. It was stated by this witness that he slept in the same room aJ his stepfather and step- mother, and that when the deceased, who was, Iff ,ana' 1>a drilik, came to bed, they started quarreling when the husband threatened that he would kill her, as he had his first wife. He caLed her some foul names, and then hammered her on the back with a boot. She never spoke, but leaiied hex head against the mantelpiece in the Sr8wen?to'h flte$th''s> the b'7 said, his step- lather w ent to bed and slept until early the next mormng when, on finding his wife defd Slabi heofn18hhab°}Urd- H^S ^epTaJher wis in mother 8 ■mtUGSS as weU as ^that no saw deceased about Christrats, when her head was cut open and her hair matted with blood the rea suIt, she stated, of a kick from her husband. She bId witness that ber l'ibs were a nlass of broises was rarely without a pair of black w if also threatened to kill her as hf» u?' n It r t,ue that .w XZJL had a most wretched home, and had to work to! her husband s support. Witney said thit at one time deceased received a blow on u i- hatchet, which cut it open her llp Wlth a Dr J. Lloyd now stated that he ma-^ n mortem examination, with Dr Lane-ford the Bangor Infirmary on Thursday last, and onei^ amining the bouy ot deceased externally he found a small laccrated wound on each of the knuckles of the four fingeis, of recent occurrence. They seemed to have been caused by knocking against something. He a.so found a bruise about the size of a crowa pieco on the back of the middle of the left shoulder blade, which discoloured the skin and on cutting through the 'kin there wa<- an ex' travasation of blood. The bruise was, no doubt, caused during life. These ere the only external marks. The bruise might have been caused by applied violence, and he was inclined to think so. That would not account for dea!h, as the wound was not in a fatal part, On examining the brain, he found t at there was extravasation of blood upon the surface, which showed it to be in an poplectic state. The lungs wete congested, and the heart, l-yer, and, in fact, all the organs, were diseased, which wa" the result 01 excessive drink- uig, aud. his opinion was that th>3 woman had died by apoplexy caused by excessive drinking, and he would not say the wound was the cause of death, t.iorigh it might have been accelerated by that. Dr Langford Jones corroborated the evidence of the previous witness. The Coroner, in summing up, siid he thought the jury would have no trouble in finding a ver- oict that the woman died from natural causes J.lie bruise was admim&tered a short time before rrfe.b?tthey M had ifci* evidence that it would not prove fatal. The jury considered their verdict in a very un- U'-UHl manner, and argued openly with the coroner onmany pa.tsof the evidence7 It was oS t.iat the foreman aid not coincide With the remarks of the coroner, and was inclined to place »uch reuance on the evidence of the little boy ?p £ t frem the medical testimony, and as Dr Lloyd hid stated that death might have b- en accelerated by the wound she received, he thought the poli C, should take steps 111 the matter. The Coroner explained that' they had nothing Wiiateier to do witu that, but only ass to the ver^ accordant?! tb6 jur> a verdict is giv^i addins'hS'n ra evidence should be obtain uftStf the,poliC3 shouid be ordered to to be i f -°n 11 P^ibIe in the matter fc,e ation f ^}mviour- Aft^ a short con- fciLowing vexdict was agreed upon kat deceaoca died froai apoplexy mnpnd by excessive drinking, and that it might hay been acceierated by a blow, but of which the jury had not sufiicient evidence to show." ,e ,C,oron.e?r then strongly censured the husband for his conduct, aud hoped that that would be a warning to him in the future. The house occupied by the man was most miserably furnished, there being little more than a couple of cnairs, all old table, and on old flock bed with rags upon it on which the body of the woman lay.