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Police-Sergeant's Gruesome…

An Eye-Witness Who Warned.

" A Good Samaritan."

What tfee Motorist Saw.

" Oh, Dear " !

Jlontgomeryshire Divorce Suit.

Journalists' Union.


The Inquest.


The Inquest. Jury's Advice to the County Council I've been on many inquests, but never felt it so much as to-day. I'm quite upset! A Welsbpool juryman, who spoke these simple words last Tuesday night, gave a faint idea of the strain on the nerves of several who had to inquire into the cause of the threefold highway horror. The story of the tragedy was told in the Town Hall, in the room where the Welshpool Corpora- tion, the Montgomery County Council and Educa- tion Committee and other local authorities hold their meetings. The usual atmosphere of this Council Chamber is one of cold, matter-of-fact routine and administration-as undramatic as the substantial tables and chairs which have served generations of public men. But last Tuesday at one of these same tables there were clustered not Town or County Councillors, but good men of the jury" "to inquire for our Sovereign Lord the King" when, where, and by what means William Corfield, William Jones, and Margaret Jones came by their death. At the cross-table Dr. R. D. Thomas, as the Welshpool Coroner, took his seat with the Mayor of Welshpool (Mr T. J. Evans) on his lett. Police Sergeant Hughes acted as Court Officer, standing at the doorway and summoning the jurymen in one by one from the landing: Alfred E. Bond, Thorn s Edwards, William Thomas,, Albert Turner, Joseph McKenzie, Rees James, Richard S. Roberts, James W. Davies, George Humphreys. T. W. Davies, William Grand, Ford, Albert Mytton, Alfred W. Humphrey. Fourteen of them, and they rose from their chairs whilst the Sergeant a few minutes after four o'clock opened Court with the quaintly- worded proclamation that begins Oyez! Oyez! Mr Bond was selected as Foreman. He was sworn separately, the others in groups of four. Meanwhile there had entered quietly Mr Martin Woosnam, solicitor, Newtown, who took his seat at the table to the Coroner's right. He was there instructed by Messrs Minshall, Parry Jones, and Pugh, Oswestry, to watch the proceedings for the proprietors of the steam motor-van. Police Con- stables Jones and Parry stood in attendance on the Court. SYMPATHY AND SORROW. The Coroner rose from his seat and spoke: Now, gentlemen of the jury, you are called together to-day to inquire into a most tragic affair. I don't know of any such sad occurrence as this during the time that I have been in the county, nor from inquiries I have made do I think there has been before such an occasion as to have three deaths at the same time to hold an inquest upon. Practically speaking, there were four deaths yesterday. On" inquest was supposed to be held practically when this tragedy happened. I don't think I can express sufficiently in words on your behalf and also on behalf of myself our feeling towards the bereaved friends upon their loss. His Worship the Mayor has very kindly come to this inquest to express, on behalf of him- self and also on behalf of the burgesses of the town, deep sympathy and condolence upon such a sad occasion. It would not be advisable for me at this stage to pass any remark whatever upon the merits or demerits of the case; that you will find out as wo proceed with the evidence. In cases of this kind there are all kinds of sayings and rumours in the district, some of them partly true and some the blind inventions of the fertile imaginations of some people. But I am sure the jury this evening will bring in a true verdict according to what they have been informed. The Mayor then spoke: I should be obliged if you will grant me permission to say how deeply we deplore the sad calamity that occurred on the Beriiew-road, the result of which was so disas- trous. I am sure f am expressing the feelings of every inhabitant of the town of Welshpool when I say how grieved we are over the misfortune. We all sympathise with the friends, and we sorrow with the sorrowing families of the deceased. VIEWING THE BODIES. The Coroner (to the jury) Now comes a matter which I hope in not the very long distant future will be done away with.—(The Foreman: Hear, hear.)—That is, the viewing of the bodies. As the law stands now, it is compulsory, and I am afraid I must ask you to view the two bodies that are down in the mortuary, and also the unfortu- nate man who is dead at the Institute. Will you just follow the police P The jury filed out of the Council Chamber, and from Hall-street they went down some steps into the basement of the Town Hall. Here there are quite a lot of cellars. Straight on in the gloom the jury went to the furthest door on the right hand side, and in this subterranean chamber, under the gaslight, they glanced at t,he mangled remains of Miss Maggie Jones and William Jones, the blacksmith of Brooks. Out into the open air again, and a walk down to the Nursing Institute, where the body of William Corfield bad been laid out. The jury was away from the Council Chamber altogether for twenty minutes. It was not a duty to tarry over. Meanwhile the Coroner, with Sergeant Hughes and Mr Woosnam, had been considering a sketch plan of the scene of the accident. With Mr Woosnam was a clerk of Messrs Minshall, Parry Jones, and Pugh. Mr J. E. Thomas, Oswestry, the senior proprietor of the steam traction engine and furniture vans arrived later, and took his seat near Mr Woosnam. In the meantime, atso, a woebegone little company of four countrymen sat on a line of chairs against the wall the opposite end of the room. Next to the corner was Mr William Jones, the driver and bereaved father. Near by also sat the matron of the Nursing Institute, whose nursing skill had been sought too late last Monday evening. The jury re-appeared, re-took their seats, and went through the formality of answering to their names. Then the Coroner stated that each of the thr..>e bodies would be identified separately, but the depositions would be taken collectively. In such cases as these he never called a medical man in, but if the jury wished Dr Skinner to come and give a description of the injuries, he would send one of the officers for him. The Foreman (to the jury) Is it your wish to have the medical officer? Voices: No. It's not necessary. The Coroner I agree with you. The first witness will be Frederick Corfield 1

IA Son's Testimony.

The Widow's Evidence.

Grief-Stricken Father's Story.

The Steerer's Story.

The Coroner's Charge.

i i Verdict: " Purely Accidental."

Stitch in Time.