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THE FATAL BALLOON ACCIDENT AT SHREWSBURY. On Monday morning an inquest was held at Shrewe- bury on the body of James A. Whelan, asronaut of Huddersfield, who sustained injuries, which eventu- ally caused his death, while descending in his ballon Victoria" near Wellington, on the first day of the Shrewsbury fete. The first witness called was W. Naunton, one of the hon. sees, of the Shropshire Horticultural Society, who identified the body. He said deceased had been engaged for about 13 years by the Committee of the Society to make balloon ascents from the Quarry on the days of the annual fete. Charles Richard Clarke, tent oontraotor, said on the evening of the 22ad August be made arrange- ments with Mr Whelan, in Shrewsbury, to ascend with him on the following day. The ascent took place about a quarter to five. It was rather awk- wjard at the time of starting, but all right after they cleared the trees. Mr Whelan was not alarmed but seemed somewhat nervous. After they had been up a quarter of hour or so deceased began to let the grappling iron out qaietly, and they were floating very nicely, and looking out for a place to alight. Did not ask deceased how high they went, but not very high. They had some difficulty in consequence of the telegraph wires in finding a place to alight They chose a grass field, and intended to catch the grapnel in a wood which adjoined the field. They had not come low enough down, however, and they missed the wood, and the iron dropped in a field beyond, and went along and then caught in a hedge in buts lar Sloe, iney were going at a good rate, and when the iron caught in the hedge there was a jerk- rather a severe one, and Mr Whelan said" Look out." They had taken the seat out of the car, and were sitting on sandbags. Witness raised himself on his feet a little and caught hold of the ropes. When the car came upon the ground Mr Whelan was knocked over into the corner, but remained in the car, which went partly over. The balloon swerved and they went up a little and then down. The balloon then went into a tree. There was no iron in the car, nothing but s&ndbags. Deceased was not thrown out of the car. Witness got out first. There were two bumps very quickly one after the other. There was no time, hardly, between them. Deceased called out, 0 dear, I'm hurt," and he put his hand upon his loins. Witness got out of the car and assisted deceased out. Deceased was afterwards taken to Shrewsbury infirmary. William Wallace Jraig, house surgeon at the Salop Infirmary, said the deceased was received at the Infirmary and was treated for a fracture of the pelvis. Deceased improved slightly till the Thurs- day, and then gradually got worse until he died on the morning of the 211d inst. The violent bumping of the balloon would be sufficient to fracture the pelvis. The deceased was not in sound health; had be been he would probably have got over the injuries he received.—A verdict of Accidental death was at once returned.

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