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MARGAM POISONING CASE.

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MARGAM POISONING CASE. DEPLORABLE DEATH OF TWO PERSONS. CARBOLIC ACID TAKEN FOR BEER. THE INQUEST. > A MELANCHOLY STORY. On Friday, Mr Howel Cuthbertson. coroner, ield an inquest at Old Park Farm, Margam, on he bodies of William Hussey, farm bailiff, and "bomas Davies, farm labourer, who met tbeir eath by accidental poisoning, as already reported a these columns. Mr Edward Evans was fore- man of the juiry. The following evidence was taken A WIFE'S EVIDENCE. Ann Hussey said: I live at Old Park Farm, Margam. The deceased was my husband. He was 30 years of age. He went to Bridgend on ""uesday last. He returned about five o'clock. I as not present when he drank the acid. I saw m about five minutes afterwards. We some- mes keep beer in the cellar. I was told lie had runk some carbolic acid. He was offered inilk ad water, but he could not take it. He drank he acid at half-past eight. I sent for the doctor ,t half-past nire. He died at five minutes past jne. Dr Davies had been by tbat time. The reason I did not send, for the doctor before was because I did not. think r.he stuff was so poisonous. The deoeaøed sent Philip Davies for the jar. The deceased was not ober when he came home. (U.. <r 1 xhomas Davies, came here with anot ..J om Mr Powell's for butter. I saw them at the door. They did not come in the kitcbeu. HOW THE SAD MISTAKE OCCURRED. Philip Davies said: I am farm boy at Old Park Farm. I was here on Tuesday night. "Hiomas Davies and another boy came here from 50 to?.*5 from Mr Powell's, They came for atter. They went in the back kitchen. The eceased sent me for a jar of beer. He told me t was in the cellar. 1 went to the cellar and brought the jar that I saw there. I did ot look to see if there was any label on the jar. he jar produced is the one I brought up. I did .ot know what the jar contained. When I wrought the jar up Mr Hussey caught hold of took it to the back kitchen. When Mr Hussey »ught hold of it he poured it into a Ju £ ■*ie iut the jug to his month, but did not drink any- tie handed it to Thomas Davies, who drank iome of it. Davies went to the back door and began setting, and told me that there was coal tar in it. I went back to Hussey and told him there was coal tar m it. When I told Limhe hook up the jug and drank some from He did not take auy notice of me. After he had drunk some he went on his knees and old us not to drink it. I should think be drank about a mouthful or two of it. There was an empty jar in the cellar beside the one produced. Davies drank two or three mouth- fuls I had never been sent to the cellar before for anything. Hussey was drunk that night. Davies after he went out, drank some milk, and had it up in the yard. He then went bomA. Hussey brought a jar of beer home with him from Bridgend, but I did not know where it was. What Hussey told me was to go to the cellar. ADDITIONAL WITNESSES. Mary Spears said I am housekeeper at Mr Powell's. I Bissard to Old Park Farm for some butter. He was rather long in coming back. Davies afterwards went to the farm. He was n. farm labourer for Mr Powell. He was 15 years of age in January last. I saw him on Tuesday night after he came home. It was about half-past nine when we met him coming home. He complained of pains in his chest, and said he had been drinking tar. We fcave' him some mustard and water, and then some oil. We sent for the doctor about half-past nine. The boy died about half-past three. Dr Davies had bean there before he died. He had very great pain before he died. William Henry Bissard also gave evidence. MEDICAL TESTIMONY. John Henry Davies said :—I am a physician and surgeon. I was sent for on Tuesday night at 10.10 o'clock. I sent my man for the carriage and left the surgeiy at 10.20, and arrived at Old Park at 10.50, and went upstairs to see Hussey. He was in a semi- comatose state, and his pupils were contracted. Both extremities were cold-in fact, be was in a dying condition. I told him he was sinking. He had been vomiting, and there was a brown mark round his mouth. The mucus membrane of his mouth and forces were contracted. For this reason I did not use the stomach pump, as it was too late. I bad to rely on antidotes. I gave him 6oz. of olive oil. I also gave him a solution of sulphate of soda, a table spoonful of which was to he given every half hour if he was able to take it. He was in a hopeless condition then, and I told him so. I then went to M r Powell's to see Thomas Davies. He was not so comatose, and I had a bed made up for him bear the fire. He was not quite so bad as Hussey. I was with him for three-quarters of an hour. I made a post- mortem examination of Hussey at 4.30 on Thurs., day afternoon. There were no marks of injury on the body. There was great congestion of the lungs, and also of the stomach. There were two perforations there, and several patches of mucus membrane. The cause of his death was coma, due to carbolic acid. The stomachs in both cases were empty. A post-mortem examination was made on Davies's body by Dr Jones. The brain was examined, and the fluid of the ventricles smelt strongly of carbolic acid. The membranes of the brain and the brain substanca were congested. The cause of death was the same in Davies's case. The Coroner, addressing the jury, said there was no doubt that both Hussey and Davies met their death by inadvertently taking poison instead of beer. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence. The bodies of the unfortunate deceased were interred in Margam Churchyard on Friday after- noon, and the impressive service was conducted by the vicar, the Rev Z. P. Williamson.

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