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Abercynon Lad Drowned.


Letters to the Editor.

Penderyn Tragedy.


" The Church In Wales."

Football Notes.

Error of Judgment.


Error of Judgment. ABERCYNON MAN KILLED. Mr R. J. Rhys held an inquest at the Holly-bush Hotel, Nelson, on Saturday touching the death of Charles Powell Jones, the young man killed in the Spion Kop" heading in the Abercynon North Pit. Mr W. P. Nicholas held a Federation brief, and there were also present Mr Bruce Jones (manager) and Mr William Saint (assistant-inspector of mines). Edward Steadman, timberman at the North Pit, told the coroner that the deceased was working with him in the Croyshed. A tram overtook deceased, and directly afterwards witness found Jones quite dead by the side of the trolley. He (witness) thought the de- ceased was struck by some of the lift. heavy timber on the trolley, which was over the rails, but not capsized. There was no manhole near. David Rees, of Quakers' Yard, the night fireman, explained that the tram broke loose, and another 50 yards fur- ther struck into deceased. Two shackles were left on the timber trolley and one wibh the journey. It was his own idea to use the shackles. The regular rider was not in, and he thought for safety he would do it himself. The Coroner For safety ? Queer safe- ty. The regular rider would have done it had he been in work ?-I don't know sir. Could you have sent this trolley in on the rope ?-It was an error of judg- ment on my part. I won't do it again. The Coroner I daresay not. Witness went on to explain that he could have sent the trolley on the rope, but as there were men coming out it would have caused delay. The shackles were not broken, so the pin must have dropped out. It was quite an exception- al thing for witness to use shackles. The Inspector: In coupling these shackles, if they twisted they would be- come horizontal ?—Yes. Don't you think you could have real. ised the danger ? The Coroner: Oh, he couldn't. He does now. Mr Bruce Jones, the manager, said the gradient was from 1 to It, except at one spot, where it was nearly level. It was possible that the trams blocked toge- ther and became loose, or a little bit of dirt got on the rail. The Coroner: Supposing you had been standing there, would you have acquiesced in the use of these three shackles ?—Most certainly not. The Coroner declared that the evid- ence was very plain. The boy was standing at the place where there was at the least amount of room. What the jury had to consider was whetner the fireman was culpably negligent. The man had made a clean breast of it and, to use his own words, had made an error of judgment." It was almost like wilful murder, but people made those mistakes. It was for the jury to say whether the man was criminally negligent or that it was a mistake. Mr J. W. England (foreman) said that the jury considered the affair accidental, and exempted the fireman from blame, as he did it for the best. The Coroner: Well, if this case proves anything, it proves the danger of using makeshifts. This might have served the purpose fifty times, but the only hope I can exprees ia that people- officials or anyone else,. I don't care which- won't use makeshifts.

St. Mary's, Aberdare.

Baptist Temperance Cymanfa.