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Sudden Deaths at Carmarthen.


Sudden Deaths at Carmarthen. Mr H. n. White, deputy-coroner for the Borough of Carmarthen, held an inquest at the Shire Hall on Thursday, the 30th ult, concerning the death of Henry Protheroe, aged 70, a travelling tinker. D. E. Davies, the proprietor of the common lodging house in St. Catherine- street, said Deceased was a lodger at my house. He came to lodge with me about ton days ago. 1 last saw him alive yesterday, at 3.30 p.m. He was active considering his age. He was a travelling tinsmith. He told mo occasionally that he suffered from pulpitation of tho heart. He was a sober man during the time he was at my house. Evan Roberts said I am a collier and a native of Aberdare. I have been lodging in the bt. Catherine-street lodging for six I days. I met the deceased yesterday afternoon, about 4 o'clock, in Water-street. I was in company of a mate of mine. I called deceased, and we all three went into the Saddlers' Arms. I called for a quart of beer, which we shared amongst three. We were all sober. We all sat down on the settle. We shared about four quarts of beer between us. I and my friend left the house about 9.25 p.m.; the deceased appeared to be asleep on the settle. I tried to wake him, but ho was snoring. I told the landlady to let him sleep that I would very likely call back for him. I did not call for him. I heard nothing more, until the police constable came to the lodging-house, and I told them all I knew. Mrs Eachel Jones, the landlady, corroborated. The three men appeared to be the best of friends. They had three or four quarts of beer, which they drank out of three glasses. Her husband tried to arouse the deceased at 10.30 p.m., and, on failing to do so, sent for the police. Sergt. Harries then fetched a doctor. Dr W. Lewis Hughes said ho was called to the house betweon 11 and 12 p.m. Deceased was then dead, but was warm. The cause of death, in the doctor's opinion, was heart disease. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony. Mr T. Walters, Borough Coroner, held an inquest at the Shire Hall on Monday, at 8 p.m., touching the death of James Davies u), a local character better known as Jim Pais." Mr J. T. Lewis, City House, was the foreman of the jury. Samuel Hunt, a grey-bearded old man, said I come from Devonshire, and I am a travelling lace-maker. Tho Coroner: Have you a hawker's liceiise ? Witness: Yes; I have that all right, thank God. The deceased and I stayed in tho common lodging-house in St. Catherine- street. At five lllillUtüt3 before 6 o'clock this morning he asked me for a drink of water. I said, Yes thanks be to Grod, I'll get the water for you." I fetched him the water, and he said, Thanks bo to God, you've got me the water." Then I put the basin from which he had drank under the bed. Ho then put out his hand, and shook hands with me, and said, Maybe it's the last time I'll ever see you again. Thank you, and God bless you." We slept in the same room on Sunday night. Ho was in bed all day yesterday. I was up before six this morn- tag. After giving him the water, I went downstairs to have breakfast. After break- fast I went upstairs; and found him lying dead across the bed. This would be about half-past six. His feet were hanging' over the side of the bed. The Coroner He was dead ? Witness Ho was dead oh, yes he was dead, light enough; he was as dead as a nail. Tho Coroner; You don't know whether ho had anything to eat ? Witness: To tell you the truth, the gentle- man of tho bouse gave him something to eat between I and 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, but what it was I don't know more than yourself. The witness, on examination, seemed confused as to whether deceased died on Sunday or Monday morning. He maintained for a long time that the death took place on Sunday morning. The coroner pointed out that the witness had said that the the deceased had slept in the same room as himself on Sunday night, and had some- thing to eat about 2 p.m. ou Sunday. How could tho deceased have been dead then since Sunday morning. 0 Witness You are a good scholar, sir —better than me, and you understand thorn things (laughter). I don't know an A from a B. David Davies, the master of the common lodging-house in St Catherine-street, said The deceased camo to my house on Wednes- day and stayed till Friday. lie was not there on Friday night but he came back on Saturday. I could not say for certain whether he had been drinking I did not come near enough to smell him. When be came in on Saturday night, he asked for sumo food. I gave him broad and butter. He baid he would rather have some cold water than tea lie took the water. Ho said ho had come so lato because he had not been able to raiso his lodging money. He paid me the money (4d) betore ho went to bed. I did not charge him anything for the supper. One of the jurymen (Ex-Sergt. Williams) said (hat the parents of the deceased were very respectable people. Deceased had been a soldier, and had been abroad. Ho used to hobble about when in Car- marthen; he worked sometimes as a labourer in the tin-works. David Davies, continuing, said that deceased had not money to pay for his lodgings on Sunday night. Dr W. Lewis Hughes said I knew the deceased. I never prescribed for him. I was called to the house this luoruilfx he was lying across tho bed dead. This was between 9 and 10 a.m. this morning. I 1should say fatty degeneration of tho heart" was the cause of death. Ho was a vury stout man. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony.

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