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DRINKING AT BUSINESS.

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DRINKING AT BUSINESS. In the course of an inquest at Lambeth Coroner's Court, on the body of Alfred Wm. Brandon, a corn broker and grain expert on the Baltic Exchange, who died from narcotic poisoning, it was stated that deceased took a certain quantity of alcohol a day with friends on the Exchange, but was never the worse for liquor. The Coroner (to a witness): Does being on the Baltic mean a certain amount of whisky a day? Witness: I should say it does. About 90 per cent. of them have two or three whiskies and soda during the day. A medical witnc-" ascribed death to nar-i cotio poisoning. The deceased's illness would have arisen from the continual use of a-lcbhol, and probably the deceased took to drugs to counteract the effects. The Coroner, in summing up, said it ap- peared that there were certain businesses where it was necessary for men to drink together. One would have thought that the days of Mr. Pickwick were now passed, and these mid-day orgies were no longer neces- sary, but the custom died hard in some places. This man, he said, drank a good deal, and no doubt suffered in health in oon- sequence of his habits. The jury returned a verdict of "Death by misadventure."

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