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Abercynon Lad Drowned.


Letters to the Editor.

Penderyn Tragedy.


Penderyn Tragedy. MAN EATEN ALIVE BY VERMIN An inquest was held by the Coroner (Mr R. W. Jones) at the Lamb Hotel, Penderyn, on Friday afternoon touching the death of David John. Dr. Thomas of Hirwain, said that he was called to deceased about 11 o'clock on Wednesday night. He found him in an unconscious condition.. He had a big cut on his head, but the skull was not fractured. There were bruises on his legs. There were maggots in the cut on his head and also in one of his eyes. The bruises appeared to have been caused by accident. Elizabeth John, the widow of the de- ceased, who wept bitterly in giving her evidence, said that deceased was 41 years of age and the father of two children. On the 3rd inst. he left home. He stated that he was not sure whether he would go to look for work at a quarry or go and work on the hay. He promised to be back that evening. Her husband had been out of work owing to a strike at the quarry. He did not return that night. In the morning she told her neighbours of her husband having not returned home, whereupon they told her to let matters be because he would be sure to return shortly. As he did not return on Sunday and on Monday she went to some men in the village and asked them to go in search of her hus- band. They declined because they were busy at the time. She did not inform the police until Wednesday. Her hus- band was brought home on Wednesday evening last and died the following day. The Coroner at this point said that there had been a sericus neglect on the part of witness in not having taken steps earlier to find deceased as he had prom- ised to be back on the same night. He sympathised with the widow but she ought to have reported to the police. William Kemys, Pontneathvaughan, said that he met the deceased on the 3rd inst in Pontneathvaughan. They went into the White Horse publichouse together. Witness gave him some beer and some bread and cheese. Deceased told him that he was in search of work. Witness then promised him two or three days' work on his farm if he came up with witness. Deceased refused this offer on the ground that he promised his wife to be home that night. Witness, who was accompanied by Mrs Harris, the landlady of the White Horse, then left the deceased who proceeded to walk towards Penderyn. Witness noticed that he was in a very depressed condi- tion when they left him. William Jones, Green Cottage and Jno. Jones, Gwalia House, spoke to finding, deceased lying amongst some ferns below a precipice. P.S. Davies, of Cefn. said that he went to the place where deceased had been found. He found the clothing strewn about the ground, They also came across a pool of blood among some ferns. The path along the top of the precipice was about 20 feet from where the body of the deceased was found. The Coroner summed up, and said it was one of the saddest cases he had ever inquired into. The jury returned a verdict as fol. lows We are unanimously of opinion that the deceased met his death from the injury on his head caused by the fall from the precipice while on his return from Pontneathvaughan, and that death was accelerated by exposure after the accident. We are further of opinion that the Coroner should censure Mrs John for not having organised a search party sooner to go and look for her hus- band, inasmuch that he did not return on Tuesday evening as he promised. The Coroner read the verdict to Mrs John who on hearing it burst out crying. According to the two discoverers' story, when John's wife became very anxious as to his whereabouts, they undertook to walk over the mountain from Penderyn in the direction of Pont-Neath-Vaughan. When they reached the Dinas Rock, "on Cilhepste Mountain, they found him ly- ing on the bottom of a steep declivity. His trousers, boots, and stockings were lying some 50 yards away. When they got in sight the unfortun- ate man raised his hand as if making a signal for help, but when they reached him he was unable to articulate a word. His body was badly bruised as if by a fall, and there were several deep cuts on the head. His eyes were swollen, but whether they were gone or not is not known. One of the men at once proceeded to the village of Pont-Neath-Vaughan for some brandy and also to Glynneath, for a doc- tor. Here Dr. Dyke at once accompanied him to the spot where the man lay: and he ordered him to be taken home. There was no money on the body nor in the clothes. On the bank of the river was found a silver watch and chain and a man's hat, stick, and pipe at various points along the bank where he must have tumbled <!• vn. The funeral > David John took place on Saturday ev nig, thi; interment being at Penderyn Church. The body was carried on tiie shoulders of comrades and friends to the church, where the Rev LI. Jenkins, the rector, officiated. The widow was prostrate with grief and had to be carried away from the graveside.


" The Church In Wales."

Football Notes.

Error of Judgment.

St. Mary's, Aberdare.

Baptist Temperance Cymanfa.