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RHOS MINER'S DEATH.

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RHOS MINER'S DEATH. THE INQUEST. Mr Coroner Kenrick held an inquest at Penuel Chapel, Rhos, on Monday, on the body of John Thomas (65), a c Mlier, em- ployed at the Vauxhall Collier j., who liv- ed in High-street, Rhos. It appeared that Thomas met with an accident at the colliery on Dec 28th, He did not return to work, and death took place on Wed- nesday, January 26th. The Rev Evan Williams was foreman of the jury. Mr George Saint of Vauxhall Colliery was al- so present. Edward Thomas, a brother, identified the body, and said his brother had always had good health. On Dec 29th he com- plained of having received a blow on the back at the colliery, which affected his legs. He said he was puliing the roof down, and whilst stooping a stone fell on his back. Llewelyn Williams, Hall-street, Rhos, a road repairer at the colliery, said he was working on the old Quaker seam with Thomas at the time of the accident. Thomas said the stone had hurt him very badly. Thomas sat down for the rest of the 44 shift and walked from his working place to the 44 eye of the pit with the aid of a stick. Witness walked with Thom. as as far as the Moreton Inn. Thomas then asked him to walk on, and said he would follow at a slower rate. He saw Thomas a fortnight afterwards, and he then said he was better. Dr J. C. Davies, Rhos, said Thomas came to see him on the day after the acci- dent. He examined his back but found no traces of injury Thomas complained of great pain in the back, and said he had great difficulty in stooping. He gave him the usual remedies, and saw him re- peatedly. The last time Thomas came to see him was on Jahuary 22nd, when he said he felt better, and asked whether he could resume work. He advised him to wait a few days. On Sunday January 23rd, he was asked to call at Thomas's house, but owing to another professional engagement he did not see him that day. He called next day and was told that a colleague of his had been called in on the previous day. He did not see him alive again. He was present at a post-mortem examination on the body on Saturday. Dr E. D. Evans, who made the examina- tion, Dr Moss, Dr Hiislop, and Dr D. J. Williams were also present. In his opin- ion death was due to acute inflammation of the bowels. Coroner Do you consider that death was accelerated by the accident ? Dr Davies Not in any way. Coroner Do you consider the accident was the exciting cause of the inflamma- tion ? Dr Dr Davies Ni)t in any way. Dr D. J. Williams, who was called in to see Thomas, on January 23rd, said he found that Thomas was suffering from partial paralysis of the right leg and par- alysis of the bladder. On Jan 25 he ex- amined the lower part of the spine, and found on pressure that Thomas complain- ed of great pain there. In his opinion death was due to acute peritonitis, pro- duced by a severe blow at the lower part of the spine. The spinal cord was dam- aged. Dr E. D. Evans, Wrexham, gave the result of a post-mortem examination of the body. He found no sign of external injury. The examiuation of the intestines disclosed signs of severe peritonitis. The intestines generally were greatly distend- ed with very thin walls which tore easily. The whole intestinal tract showed a con- dition of general peritonitis, and death was due to acute peritonitis set up by the distended condition of the bowels, the re- sult of stricture of the rectum. Asked if the accident accelerated death, witness said that if the accident of December 28th had anything to do with the man's death it would do so indirectly by lowering his resisting ppwer, and not by directly affect- ing the disease he was suffering from, which had evidently existed for some time prior to the accident. He did not think the partial paralysis of the leg was due to the accident. It was due to the absorp- tion into the system of the products of the acute Inflammation of the bowels. The Coroner, in summing up, said the medical men agreed as to what they dis- covered, but drew totally different con- clusions as to the cause of death. The jury, after deliberating in private for some time, pronounced the verdict, that Thomas died from acute peritonitis. They were of opinion that the evidence was of a-too conflicting nature to warrant them to say that the accident did or did not accelerate his death.

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