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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.

IA Son's Testimony.

The Widow's Evidence.

Grief-Stricken Father's Story.


Grief-Stricken Father's Story. THEIR LAST MEAL TOGETHER. William Jones!" The Coroner called out the name. The grief-stricken father rose from his chair, and walked slowly forward towards the table. His uplifted right hand trembled, as be held the Testament to take the oath. The ordeal of giving evidence lasted 40 minutes by the clock, but no one knows how long it seemed to the bereft parent. Will you allow me to sit, sir ? he asked in a low tone after the swearing ritual had been performed. Certainly," replied the Coroner, who proceeded: Deceased, Margaret Jones, is your daughter, 26 years of age ? f. Hardly that, sir. I made a hit of a mistake last night," said Jones, meaning the statement he had made to the police. -1 She would be about 22! The Coroner: She looked older?—That's what her mother told me to-day. She was not married, a strong, healthy young woman, who never suffered from anything in her life. She was in that good health yesterday At this point the Coroner asked the Jury to take particular notice of a sketch-plan of the scene of the accident, which Sergeant Hughes had prepared, with measurements attached. The jury also bad handed to them a picture postcard, showing the steam motor waggon with furniture van attached. Well, now, Mr Jones ? he thr, n remarked, and the witness continued his story of how the daughter came with meto Pool in a trap. We started from home about 8 o'clock, arrived from half-past nine to ten, and put up at the White Lion. My daughter was doing marketing —she had butter to sell-and I was on my busi- ness. We started home from four to half-past." The Coroner: I take it you had food in the town?- Yes, sir. The last thing that William Corfield and me done was to have food together! Witness said his horse was a good, half-bred quiet vanner, rising six; he had reared and broken it in himself, when it was two year-old. The trap was an ordinary market trap. "I DO THINK THAT SAVED ME"! The Coroner: Holding how many ?—Four of us were in then. It would hold more—three in each seat like. Leaving the White Lion, myself and my daughter and William Corfield sat in front, with William Jones sitting behind. We proceeded from the White Lion for Berriew, and when we had gone just a mile to the end of Red Lane we overtook the traction engine. First we overtook Rogers, of Penylan's son on horseback just going up to it. I said, "Go on, Rogers," when I came up. No, I rather not," he says. He sank back I tried the horse would he draw on. I don't know what made him say No." I thought to go on because my horse was quiet. I thought to pass somehow-they were going very slow. I overtook the motor van soon after I passed Rogers—he was close to, he only turned on one side, and I went on on the right. The Coroner: Well, what happened now?—As I went on, the horse shied at a tar-sheet on the side of the engine. How far had you gone past the van?—It was going with us. How far had you gone alongside ?-It might be 10 or 15 yards. Had you passed one van ?—Yes, we were about half-way of the length of the engine and the motoi-van. The tar sheet was hanging on the side of the engine. The wind shook it right in the horse's face. And he shied on to the ditch. And the trap overturned right over to the motor- van lurry, whatever you call it. Did you see them being thrown on the road ?— Well, sir, I was holding to the horse. I didn't see them going. What was the first thing yoij/f knew after the trap was turned over?—The horse lugging me right from the traction engine with the reins. I do think that saved me. DRAGGED ALONG THE GROUND. Did the horse get loose from the trap ?-No. He lugged it a distance, and I held tight on to it. Where were you now, in the trap or on the round ?-On the ground holding the reins. The trap was on the ground. I worked my way and got hold of the horse's head. How far were you dragged this way ?—From 15 to 20 yards. How near did you go to the engine?—Real level with it! The horse stood very quiet. He didn't plunge. What did you do after ?—Called out for assist. ance to loose him. Who came ?—No one the flrat time. I called again. One of the men with the engine came, and helped me to loosen him. What happened after ?—I took the horse off in my hand, and called out to ask were they dead. I left the trap where it was on its side on the road, and turned round with my horse in my hand, standing by the engine with me at its head. Did vou tell somebody to go and look for the people W who were thrown out ?—They were with them. What do you know yourself after ?—I know I went with the horse on the other side ef the engine between it and the canal, and came around to the dead bodies, and looked at them. Then I don't remember no more about it. I was upset too bad after that. I couldn't remember nothing. Witness, who had been leaning forward de- jectedly on his chair, now buried his face in his right hand. But the Coroner's examination had to go on: In overtaking the motor-van were they on the right side ?—Yes, sir. Did they give you sufficient room to pass Well, it was hardly sufficient, I think. Bat it was all as was to be had. THE BLAME OF THE WHOLE THING. Did they give you as much as they could ?-I didn't look the other side to see whether they did. You said you came around with your horse?— There's a footpath there by, the side of the canal. At any rate, you passea on your right side. Did you think you had sufficient room to pass ?— Yes, and I would have gone if the horse hadn't bolted. Do I take it, then, that you put the blame of the whole thing on this sheeting?—Yes; it flapped out in the horse's eyes. On your side, before reaching this motor-van, there is a little embankment with grass for some distance ?—Yes, sir. Did you, or did you not, drive with one wheel over this embankment for some distance before coming to the motor-van ?-I couldn't say for sure. The Coroner: Now! Now!-—No, sir. That is a very serious thing against yourself. I don't think you understood me. You know there is a road in the middle. On the left hand there is a path. On the other side there are the road-scrapings ?—Yes. The Coroner: More or less in quantity with grass growing on them. Is it a fact, or is it not, that you tor some distance ueiore overtaking the motor-van were driving with one wheel over this ? —I'm not sure of it, sir. No, sir, I never was awore." Do you understand my question ?—Yes. You must have known that you were on the road or not ?-I think as I was. I wasn't U awore" that I was off. Or one wheel not on the road ?-I don't know. I didn't look. VERY STEADY." Leading from that question, you are not an abstainer, are you ?—No, sir. You take drink ?—Yes. Did you have much drink yesterday ?—No, very little. I had two bottles of Bass in the Smithfield-one with a bit to eat, and one after- wards. Of course, I want to be perfectly impartial.— That is all I had. The Coroner: I am given to understand from outsiders that you were in drink yesterday ?—Not the least bit yesterday. Also, that you were driving irregularly, and for some distance before coming to this van you were driving on the grass embankment?—No irregular driving at all, sir. Very steady. Were you driving on the road the whole way before you reached the van ?—I understood I was. That will not do ?—I think I was. You don't care-I don't want to tell un- truths. I don't know. You say you had only two bottles of beer from the time you came to the town in the morning until four o'clock in the afternoon. Is that correct ?—Yes, one with my food. Did you have any more ?-No, sir. We came to Mrs Reed's, and had something to eat with it. You don't think there was any blame attached to yourself at all yesterday in this matter?- Well, I might have missed a little bit guiding the horse going by. That is all. What do you mean ?-tle got on the side a little bit when going by. That is all. I don't quite understand you.—That was all. Just as going on he got the one" Wheel a little on the grass. You mean to say that if there was a fault on your part at all it was a little on passing that one wheel got on the grass ?—Yes, sir. That you could not avoid ?-No, sir. The Coroner now called the jury's attention to the sketch-plan of the accident scene. He pointed to a depression or drain in the road-scrapings em- bankment. Whether William Jones drove along there or along the road, he commented, the acci- dent happened when the one wheel got into it. That in itself was sufficient to throw the whole I thing over. ROAD-SCRAPINGS IN WRONG PLACE. At this point P.C. T. C. Jones brought in two brass candlesticks, which were placed lighted on the table in front of the Coroner. The Borough Surveyor of Welshpool (Mr Goorge Snook) was now standing in the rear of the jury, evidently following the proceedings with grave concern. The Coroner, in further explanation, said that on the roadside there was "a very bulky mound. I do not know- that it is the fault of the roadmen. But I certainly don't think that it should be there." Mr Tones, I happened to be there last night," continued the Coroner, addressing the poor old man. "Is it not a fact that the motor-van was within a few inches to the pi&th ?"-I' I don't know. sir." Mr James W. Davies: You have no idea what pace you were travelling at when driving ?-Oh! walking, sir. The Coroner How long were you alongside the engine ?—A bit, sir, because it was going. Andit takes longer when it is going the same way dinna it? Mr Albert Mytton: Would it be possible for you to pass and walk the same time?—Well, a sharp walk it was. I thought if I got on I could get by when we come alongst the turn [to the Red Lane]. Mr Martin Woosnam How is three of yourf'de in the front of the trap and only one behind when you started from WelshpooL?—We had no seat behind. And he was sitting on a bag in the V.l-Ut11.1 It's a very wide road, isn't it, Mr Jones, from Welshpool up there ?—Yes, with the footpath and where the dirt is. Ha<1 you no idea that you were driving on the ditch-bank before you came up?-No, I thought I was perfectly right. Well, it was light ?-Yes. Now, if the tracks of your wheels sho-v that you did in reality drive some 60 or 70 or 80 y.rds along the ditch-bank ?-Not so far as that. May I correct myself ? If the marks of some wheels, your wheels it is suggested, were to be seen for 80 feet-you cannot deny they are there to be seen plainly-before you came up to the engine or to the vehicle at all?-Well, I wasn't awora of it, if it was so.

The Steerer's Story.

The Coroner's Charge.

i i Verdict: " Purely Accidental."

Stitch in Time.