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Into Molten Metal. I THE TRAGIC END OF MR. STANLEY j .L..t .l..l.}.1. '>L £- -»- DAYIES. I VICTIM OF OVERWORK. I Tee tragic death of the Pontardawe head chemist, Mr. Stanley Davics. at Messrs. Gilbertson's Works (son of our esteemed townsman. Mr Richard Davics, Emporium), who committed suicide by jumning into a cauldron of molten metal, was inquired into by the county coioni r (Mr. Richard White Beor) on Thursday, at the Pontardawe Police Station. The remains, which consisted of charred bones, included portions of a thigh, a piece of the spine bone, and skull, were recovered out of the metal when cooled. Mr. Hilditch (K.M. Inspector of Fac- r tories) was present, and. wun the f.f;v;;nor. tragedy. Mrs. Edith Maud Davics, wife of de- ceased, of Eirinwg, Uplands, Pontardawe said her husband was 31 years of age, and head-chemist at Messrs Gilbertson's. She last saw him alive just after 9 a.m. I on the day of his death. By the Coroner: He was very weak. He kid not Ü.:ken a hnljcby for some time, only week-ends with her. He often said the works could not do without his services. She noticed latterly that he failed to take an interest in the garden j everything seemed too much to (1<:1. She did not know whether he slept all night but she often induced him to sleep. He would wake up about two o'clock ill the 1 morning. He slept on Sunday night very well. He had never threatened to commit suicide, and left home on the day of his death and went to business with I A joke on his lips. 1 I Richard Woodley, furnaeeman, said deceased came to him on Tuesday morn- ing about 9.40. Witness was engaged throwing magnesium into a ladle of molten steel, half-full. Deceased passed I him on the staging and said, "Move out of the way, Dick," and passed him. I Witness noticed after he passed him that ) deceased had a tube in his hand and i Put it to his mouth, J and without hesitating jumped into the j boiling ladle. The steel was running into it. By a Juryman: I don't think he slipped in, although it was possible. By the Coroner: Deceased had business at the spot, although he had not seey him there for three weeks before. By Mr. Hilditch: Deceased often would he there watching the charging oi mora]. John Daniel Rees, sample-passer, said he was at the end cf the furnace when the charge was running into it out of the ladle. Deceased came on and faced i where he was working. He drew a tuoe out of his pocket, which deceased looked at, and placed it to his mouth. He then i jumped into the ladle head foremost. I Witness saw him a litde bo lore walk ing J- 1 1 c. L.t ), ¡!Jb backwards and forwards in the sample- room—different to what he had been used to seeing him. 1r, Hilditch: Had you taken samples of the metal ? Witness: Yes, and I gave instructions to tap the furnace after deceased in- strueted me, as it was quite ready. De- j ceased saw the sample and passed it. Inspector Dan David said tnat at j J o'clock on Tuesday morning he was called to the steelworks. Froln what he was told he looked into the ladle which had just been discharged, and at the bottom with the slag he saw a form which ap- peared like i The shape of a body. Nothing could be done then, as every- thing was white hot. At 10.30 on the following morning he was present with Mr. Owen Davies, the manager, and workmen, wilen pans of the oody were recovered. There were no absolute means "of identification. Mr. Owen Davics (the manager) was sworn at Mr. Hilditch's request. Mr. I there anything par- I ticular in this charge on this morning to make deceased anxious f No, there j was not. There had been many similar charges. I Witness heard that deceased said he would prefer to come down that morn- ing to see the charge instead of going I for his holidays. Witness noticed noth- ing particular about his health. Dr. J. L. Rees, Pontardawe, said de- ceased passed his house to go to his home frequently, and a month ago he remarked to deceased that he was not looking very bright, and advised him to go for a holiday. Last Monday deceased con- sulted him, and he (witness) found no signs of mental trouble. Witness had seen the remains, which were human. There was nothing to indicate that de- ceased had had a seizure, although the night before his temperature was SO. De- J ceased might have had a sudden attack. Witness had given deceased sleeping I -tablets which he found had not been taken. The Coroner announced that there was I' a letter from deceased to his wife show- illg that they were on the friendliest of terms, and further than this he did not propose to read. Another letter was read from Mr. Gilbertson referring to a conversation with deceased the previous night, in which he had arranged for de- ceased to go away with his wife for a prolonged holiday. Deceased (said the letter) had been working at high pres- sure -on Government service, and had been overburdened, and Mr. Giioertseii referred to deceased as a most con- scientious man, and No words could describe the loss xo himself and the firm. Coroner reviewed the evidence, and the jury returned a verdict that "Deceased jumped into a ladle containing molten metal whilst temporarily insane."

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