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VOROX £ FTH\ INQUESTS, An inquisition was last lIight taken before Thomas Higgs, the deputy Coroner for the City I and Liberty of Westminster, at the White Horse public-house, in the Strand, on the body of John fietjen, one of the keepers employed at the Ex- I eter/Change Menagerie, who was killed by, the I elephant confined tltere. I The Jury having been sw-ornproceeded to view the body, which was still lyingon the pr«fl|I|Ss> and presented a fnost appalling proof t»f tnwr* resistible strength of live tusks of this enormous anifnal. The ribs protecting the chest were com- pletely shattered, so that the breast and back-bone migbt with the slightest pressure he brought into contact, and a medical gentleman present said he had no donbt but that the heart and lungs were burst asunder, and the cavity ■of the thest filled with blood. The Jury afterwards viewed the ele- phant, the unconscious causa oftheaccidelit, lie was remaining in his usnal cell, and appeared to be perfectly quiet. A persou present, who had not seen hint for the last six months, offered him a carrot, which he took and quietly ate. He is a most majestic animal. On the return of the jury the following witnesses were examined. Mr. William Tyler, of Aldgate, High-street, stated, that early that morning he was vicw- lug the beasts in tbe large room in Exuter- change. The deceased came into the room and began "to fondle the elephant, and cnlled to "witness to obstrvu the extreme docility and playfulness of the iiiiiiiial, who kept touch- ing the deceased's foot, which he held out to him in a most gentle manner. Immediately after the animal had his breakfast brought to him, which haviiv ate, the deceased and another man entered the den for'the purpose of cleaning it out. Wit- ness went to another part of the room, from whence he heard Mr. Cross, the proprietor of the me- nagerie, call out, Don't go near Inm John, or perhaps you may have your sore foot trod on. Shortly after witness heard the sound of a blow, S yr L o the den found the deceased ly- J™* »»J h!'» ST*™: and appeared to be quite dead g man arrived within five minutes, and pronounced him to be dead. »'»es not think the animal d^d .t designedly, as it might, if it pleased, tim e after- wards trampled upon him, or have wounded wit- ness when he dragged him out <;f 'e | Carter, the other keeper, stated, that on thed ceased entering the den, the anima played1 w. is him forabout three minutes. Witness brough ihe soear, which one of the two keepers employed in cleaning the den 11 silaily field for the purpose of kteoiiijr him in awe. The dt-ceasect saiti, "Never mind the spear, the animal knows me well enough," and at the same time took it out of witness's and threw it upon the floor (if the den. The animal placed his foot upon it, *nd kept rolling it about for some time, and afterw ards took it up in his trunk, and kept twirling it about without any attempt at mischief. The deceased who had a broom in his hand, struck the animal with it. and called to him to "Turn round.—The animal immediately obeyed, and in sharply turn- ing the corner of his den, brought his tusk into contact with the deceased, who immediately fell. The animal instantly stood still, and commenced trembling, as if conscious of the mischief he had done. Witness is perfectly satisfied that the mis-I chief was the resultof pure accident. rheaiiiiiial was particularly attached to the deceased. Wit- ness immediately afterwards proceeded to clean out the den, and during the time he was thus em- ployed, the elephant remained perfectly quiet.- Mr. Cross was always particular in insisting that iwo keepers should be present at the cleaning of his den, for fear of an accident. The spear was about 13 feet long, and so docile was the animo I that it only required that the spear should be held over him to make him do any thing. Mr. Hurst, surgeon of the Strand, said that he was called in on account of arf "accident, and found the deeased to be quite dead. The ribs and breastbone were completely beat in. The Jury expressed themselves satisfied that the melancholy occurrence was purely accidental and therefore affixed a nominal dtodaud oils, upon Ihe elephant. Tuesday 'ahinquest was held at the sign of the Malbvirough Head pubiic-hottse. in G- reeff ,-walk, Blackfriars-road, beforeR.'Carter, Esq., touch-, ing the death of Susannah Collett, a fine young womall,2i years of age. the daughter Of respect- able parents. residing in John-street, in the parish of Cfirist-Church, Black friars, wh° destroyed herself on Sunday last by taking an ounce of ox- alic acid. The Jury, Upon being sworn, pro- ceeded to view the body of the deceased, which was Iyillg at the parent's house. the countenance of the unfortunate girl, notwithstanding the ex- cruciating agony in which she expired, was pla- cid and serene as when in life. The gentlemen composing the Jury exhibited AtronT feelings of emotion during the performance of this painful part of their duty. On their return to the room, the following evidence was aiven explanatory of the circumstances which led to the unhappy girl's premature (iecease. Mrs. Ann Wilkinson, residing at No. 51, John- street. deposed, that on Sunday last, between four & five o'clock in the afternoon Mrs. Collett, the mother of the deceased, sent. for, her request- ing that she would immediately come down to her, for she was afraid her daughter Susan had taken poison, and that she was dying. Witness hastened to life and on enterinsr a room up stairs., she. saw the deceaced lying- in bed, ap- parently in great agony, and writhing with pain, The dofctor cariie soon afterwards, and adminis- tered medicines to alleviate her sufferings, an of which she took freely, without the slightest dis- f-, i'm position to reject any thing that was calculated to assuage her burning tortures. Soon after hav- ing taken a strong emetic, which had the effect of ejecting the contents 'of her stomach, the de- ceased fell into a slumber, from which, however, she awoke in, if possible, still greater anguish and pain, which continued with increased severity up to the last moments of her existence, which took place the 'same uig-ht about II o'clock. The Coroner bere asked the witness the length of time she had known tne deceased, and whether she had any particulars to relate to 'the jury re- specting her state of mind recently. MrS. Wilkinson, in reply, said that she had Known the deceased between five and six years, part of which time the latter was sho.pwoman at a pastry-cook's in Tottenham-court-road. For the )stt\velv'elnont'ln. she observed a; visible at. teration in the deceased's manner, who. from be- ing a girl of a lively disposition, became Ibw and I)o.. desponding, this change in her mind witness said she (VonseSentionsly believed was produced in consequence Of a fatal catastrophe that occur- red to a young- man to whom she was ardently at. tached, and between whom a reciprocal regard subsisted. Mrs. Wilk-lilson then proceeded to state that about twelve months sinceayounir mah, whose Christain name she Only kiiew to be tha| of Henry, paid his addresses to the deceased, ana they were to have been married at Christ-church el-L on a particular dav however* a day of two pre- vious to the performance of the intended cere- mony, her swe'etheart went out on an excursion of pleasure in a boat down the river, with some of his companions. and while in the act of passing under London-bridge, when the flood tide was running down, the boat was swamped, and all hands thrown into the water. The young man Henry was drowned, and from the (lay the news of his death was imparted to the unfortunate girl, who manifested the most dreadful anguish on that occasion, she had never, up to the time of her death, recovered the shock that so awfnl an event had made upon her mind. Witness, when sitting with the deceased, has heard her frequent- ly exclaim upon hearing titelle:-t-li-I)eli at Christ- church tollitit, "Oh, Airs. that this bell was tolling for ine. that I mig-ht meet mv Henry in that place where his soul is now at rest." Mrs. Wilkinson concluded her evidence by describ- I ing the -agonies of the deceased ia her last ou)- ments, the cost of whose stomach was comple- tely destroyed and ejected when the emetic was administered. Mr. Jamieson. the turgeon, who was called in, to attend the deceased, deposed that on the af- ternoon in question, he found her labouring under the effects of a strong poison. and upon looking on the .Ilie bed on which she was lying discovered several holes burnt through them. which were caused by drops of oxalic acid fat- ling upon them. She appeared to be suffering under the most indescrihle tortures, and when he asked her whether she had taken oxalic acid and what quantity, she admitted that she had to the extent of tilt ounce. On farther questioning her as to where she was supplied with the poison, she declined answering. He immediately admi- nistered strong emetics, which had the effect of ejecting the contents of the stomach, which upon examining, he found to contain the eoat or lining of that necessary oraran of life. He was then ejecting the contents of the stomach, which upon ejecting the contents of the stomach, which upon examining, he found to contain the eoat or lining of that necessary oraran of life. He was then aware that it was a hopeless case, and that it was out of the power ofhuman ingenuity to save her life, the poison having completed the work of death before the deceased's family were aware of what she had takeli. tie, however, continued to administer those medicines which were likely to assist in deadening the tortures which a poison of this description was calculated to produce on the human stomach. until the time of her death. Mr. Jamieson added, that he opened the body after death, and discovered that tne whole lining of ille stomach had been destroyed. It appeared that the unfortunate girl, after having taken the poison, rinsed out the cup and titrewit a way, in order that the family should not discover the secret* The Jury returned a verdict, that u The ile- ceased destroyed herself by taking oxalic acid whilst labouring under a fit of temporary in- sanity."


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