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A DEBAUCHED LIFE: SHOCKING DEATH AND PAINFUL DISCLOSURES. An inquest was recently held by Dr. Hardwicke, deputy coroner for Central Middlesex, at the Duke of York, Now Church-street, Marylebone, on the' body of Edith Bland, who resided at 4, Hanover-cottages, St. Johfl.'8-wood. Mrs. Sarah Bland, mother of deceased, residing, at No. 1, Shaftesbury-villas, Kensington, said My daughter was not married. She was living with a gentleman at No. 4, Hanover-cottages. I do not know anything of my daughter's death. She would, not eat, but drank hard. Swah Clements: I was servant with the deceased. She kept the house. I have been with her four years. She was not very well last Saturday night. On, Monday she was worse, but would not let me fetch the' doctor. She locked the door so that the doctor should I not come in. She was in the habit of drinking a great deal of brandy and spda. water, and brandy and water. I was with her on Monday night, and found so great a change in her that I sent for the doctor (Mr. James). When he came she had been dead ten minutes. In i answer to Mr. Hallam, the foreman, the witness stated ) that there was a gentleman lying in the next room to deceased. He was ill with delirium tremens. He was not well enough to drink with her on Monday. I Mr. William Reynolds James, surgeon, 23, Upper Gloucester-place, said: I, was, sent for to the deceased shortly after 12 o'clock on Tuesday morning. I found; j her lying on the bed quite dead. I had been in attend- ance at the house a week previously, but not upon her. [ have made a post-mortem examination. There are no signs of violence or-of poison. The jury here stated that they had observed a out over the lip, and a serious injury to the eye. The doctor said he had not noticed anything of the sort. The coroner said, you had better go and see the body again after concluding this portion of your evidence. Mr. James, continuing his evidence said: The stomach was quite empty, with the exception of a little pulp of orange. The cause of death was fatal syncope, through fa.tty degeneration of the heart. I did not examine the head. Charles Nevin said I am medical attendant upon the insane. I wag-engaged to attend upon Mr. Noel, whs was staying at 4,. Hanover-cottages. Ha was very ill from drinking habits. I have been in attend- ance upon him for a week. He was too ill to drink with the woman whilst I was there. He was in a dif- ferent room from her, an adjoining one. A Juror: Is this gentleman any relation to Lord GaiJasbofoughP Witness: I cannot say anything about that. As I was leaving the house at half-past nine on Monday night the deceased came out of her loom and. asked me how the gentleman was. The Foreman of the jury thought the doctor ought to have opened the head of deceased. Coroner: I agree with you, and I shall certainly reprimand him for that neglect. Sarah Clements, recalled, said she had not been enabled to induce her mistress to eat food for three or four days. She drank about half a pint of brandy a day with soda water. A Juror: Did not the gentleman give her < £ 300 ? Witness: He gave her some money, but I do not know how much. Mr. James recalled I have seen the body again, and I can assure you that all the marks on the face have come on since death. The jury returned a verdict of "Nataral death, I accelerated by habits of intoxioation." .d.

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