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DEATH OF MR WM. EVANS, I ST. ASAPH. CORONERS INQUEST AND VERDJCT. THE JL'RY AND THE SALE OF LAL tii. Quite a era sat ion was oatuocd at St. Asaph on P-at-utday morang Whll tihe news was circulated t&iat Mr William Evans had died during the previous night under somewhat tragic circ-uni- etances. L:-cC-ea,*xi was the senior lay clerk of the Cathedral; and had for tome years past iiliedl in a most satisfactory manner t'-o position of ,nd.-an-?o Of! -cr f,-)r the St.A?-?aTYii di?,- ,Sc,.hool Att, .c trict. Mr Evans was also in business a-s a news- a,gent and ch. na, dealer, and owned a con-side,r- able asiKHifc of property in the city. Tli.e c' -,s dcat'h -NA,P-.ro It'll Ib' detailed oil Monday exoning at an inquest- which was hold on his body by Mr Fred. fleiv. Jones, County Coroner. Mr Lothian was foreman of the jury. In opening' the inquest, the Coroner remarked that lie would like to express to Mrs Evans and bar family his sympathy in their bereavement, ai*d in doing so lie felt he was also expressing the views of tlie jury. He had known Mr 1 Evans lor the last six years, during which period tihe deceased was a fellow ollkval of the Fli-nt- eh ire Education Committee. The deceased was f highly respected, and was looked upon by the 'members of the County Council and Education Oojizmittee as an efficient- and painstaking oiliecr, ■who bore iJie hifeSicufc character. M,r Lcxthian, on behalf oi the jury, joined with a,o Coroner in the expression of sympathy. The hr.it w»tnes5 called was Mrs Evans widow of the deceased, who gave 'her evidence under fi sit sbtreee of amotion. She said her hu&band was 56 years of age. He died on Saturday mornillg at about 5 o'clock. On the previous Friday he went out about 10 o'clock, and rr. turned in about, an hour. lIe went to bed, say- ing he. waa not feeling very well, but that he would get up for tea. At about one o'clock she visited his bedroom, v.fne-n hoasketl her for a •lrink of water. lie also told her that he had drunk a lot of laudanum, and that she would' find the bottle in mother room. She went up to his bodi-oam again at about 3 o'clock, and found that he was uticonw:ous. Dr. Heap was at once rait- for, and 'ha attended the deceased up to the tim? of his doain. Mrs Evans further stated that about twelve months ago the; deceased had an attack of influenza,' and he, had sufi'ered from insomnia, more or less ever since. She knew he was in the ha b,, of taking laudanum to induce sleep, but sine df i not know that he took large quantities. She thought lie tcok about two leaepoonsruf. Deceased had also complained of pains in his stomach. Dr. Jkap said that when he was called to the t^eceiafled he saw that, he iN-ii6 deeply comatose, and the symptoms pointed to come form or other of opium poisoning. lIe did all he could for the deceased, but he never regained con- sciousness. lie saw a 4oz. bottle which had con- ] udanu aI-I). 'rl-,at quaritit,v woli!d ]?,aye AN ENORMOUS DOSE. fop a person to have taken, being equivalent, to 128 g-.rains of opium. The fatal n-iaximull) dose of op.um could easily bo exceeded without its taking e fleet-. The fatal dc-se to those not used to it would be two g'lains, but the average fatal ib&c was four grains. It was possible, however, foi> a person to ,go on increasing the dose f:o as to be able to take a very large quantity without its taking effect. In the present- case a small dose would not fce effective in inducing sleep, co that it would have to be. continually increaced in order to have any effect at all. The quantity of laudtaBium which a person could take varied immensely, and in one case an habitual opium- taker was known to have taken as much as nine ounces without fatal results. He had no idea that the deceased was taking laudanum, but no dicrjbt he died a* the result of taking an ovor- «'ese. Dr. Heap added that he had known the deceased for some time, and saw nothing in his demeanour that would indicate that he contem- plated taking h:s life, and the depression which followed his attack of influenza -was 4ie usual (!eprœion which followed such attacks. P.S. R. Rawlineom stated tha-i he had made inquir.es respecting- the purcliass of the lauda- num, ami found that, deceased procured it from Mr Price, chemist, 52. High-.street, Rhyl. He had ascertained that the deceased was in the 81abit of purchasing laudanum. 1-ii olutini 'ng UPt Coroner said ii(-, jui-y had, tÏ10 of tihrec verdicts: Suicide, death from misadventure, and an open one. The last should .be arrived at the jury were not satisfied as to how the deceased came by hits death. As to the first one., he felt that the jury would agree with Siim that there was absolutely nothing to suggest that the deceased took Ins own life. As regards from th,2y iikl he?artl iliat decl-ased waL, in the, ha?it of takinf, ltiu,iti, an<l no doubt. he ifiereas?? d th,,? d?D?-.P, when- lie found that he could not sleep. The Jury returned a verdict of ''Death from Illieadventurc." The 1' ore-man asked if there was no limit to the quantity of laudanum which could be sold. The Coroner said he was afraid it would not he practicable to lini, t the sale, because lauda- num was not like other poisons. They could see !from what Dr. Heap had raid that very large, quantities of it could be taken without effect, by habitual laudanum takers, while the same docea, iJ taken by persons who were net used to it, would prove fatal. A Juror: Do you not think lit should come through a doctor ? n'D C'DrOnC,7: I ',Iill al'ra-?(1 -vou ?kre asliing a qLlcs-t,on, A lar,7,c num'u,-2r of 1,,o' LI*13 ozc.1l.cd,tij_ and t.Ti-,ie is corivid(,rabie d.? _cl ffi,??ulty .:n getting- thorn..Some might agree that no poison should be sold only by being- discerned by a cheni.st from a prescription prepared by a medi- cal man. There is a great deal to be said for this view.

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