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Sudden Death of Mr Luard, Llandaff. PARTICULARS OF THE SAD OCCURRENCE. The Inquest. REFERENCE BY THE DEAN OF _u_- LLANDAFF. Biographical Sketch. The news which was received at Cardiff en Saturday evening of the awfully sudden aearh of Mr William Charles Luard, of Llandaff liou-e, Llandaff, caused not only considerable surprise, but over Llandaff cast a gbom which the city not experienced for some time. Only a short timn previously Mr Luard had been moving am them in his usual health. He had, however, bsc-u suffering from sciatica, and, acting 'ind-r medical advice, lie wont to Boimiemous-.h a time, believing 1 lie change of air woiud e beneficial. During Irs stay at liourneniouv-li, was accompanied by Mrs Luard, Miss Luard, an-! Mr Gerard Maurieo Luarri, his younger n) As county treasurer, hiF presence wou be required at Cardiff on Monday, wSiea the magistrates assemble I at the Towst-liali lor tl., despatch of countylnuiness*, as it was nlr, diuy to present the various reports connected wivi financial position of the county an i h. left Bournemouth on Saturday morning, intend n.' co j spend the Sunday at Llandaff. When they ieft Bournemouth, he appeared well as usua:. tL L arriving at Gloucester, nn interval of more an hour occurred before the deparFe the train for South Wales. Deceased was a great admirer of ecclesiastical arehitectiuv, while Mrs and Mis.s Luard remained at the raid- way station, he, in company with his son, paid » visit to the cathedral. Hero he poin'eJ out many of the beauties of this graniloid structur-, and subsequently left with liii son to rpturii the railway station. They had not proceeded far before the son felt his faher leaning iieaviiy on his arm. The circm>v?i'tnce caused the son con- sioerable surprise, as up to that moment his father had been apparently as well as usual. The son called to his father, who was unable to reply. Some foot passengers in George street observed him, and procured a chair from a dwelling-house, and two of them ran for medical aid, but he died in a very few minutes, As it was necessary that an inquest should be held, the body was conveyed to the Spread Eagle, and on the coroner being informed ot the circum- stances, he at once held the inquiry, in order thf.u the body might be brought on to Cardiff night. A telegram was sent to Cardiff briefiy stating what had taken piace, and AIr-, Luard came on tf) Cardiff by the 10.30 train. Mr G. A. Stone, undertaker, had been oon.nmnt- cated with, and he sent a hear.se to the station, but owing to the inquest being tiiC body was not despatched from Gloucester the arrival of the down mail. In the interview a -hell had been made in which the body wasp:c-i, and, accompanied by the son, it was brought to Cardiff. At the railway station, Mr Shirley, Jun. and one or two friends from Llandaff were wait- ing. The body was placed in a hcar-e and conveyed to Llandaff House, followed by Mr Maurice Lu;ird and a fenv All the residents of Llandaff, on Sunday morning, had their blinds drawn c-iosely down, as a mark ol respect, and at the cathedral the prayers of the. congregation were desired for the mourning widow and family, for whom the greatest sympathy is felt. KEKKRENCE BY THE DEAN OF IJ.AMUFF. In the afternoon the Dean of Llandaff preached a sermon in aid of the Church Pastoral Aid Society, but before closing he said, quoting the words of his text, "Arise; shine —Ifc shall be our New Year's motto—it shaH be be the resolution of the New Year's life. There is much to make it an impress! call to-day. We have been startled, we have bjeu stunned, by a sudden sorrow. The windows ,{ one of our chief houses are darkened—wunin it are mourners, not refusing, but finding it hard, to be comforted. A beloved husband and father is laid low by a stroke of death in the midst of life, Half his home- ward journey yesterday was made by a living soul, theother half by a lifeless body. We have no words for a transition so sudden, for a shock so terrible. That stately and stalwart form will be seen no more in this congregation -th () ie powerful and manifold energies will speak no more in their various departments of usefulness. We of this cathedral have lost our right hand in the management of its business—we shall long miss the experienced counsellor, the man so learned in human dealing, so skilful in suggestion of wisdom. But what is all this in comparison of the desolation of the home so suddenly bereft of its beloved and loving head ? That home asks your prayers to-day—sorely does it need them. Pray for the widowed wife, pray for the orphan children, that the Comforter may be with them this long, dark Sunday, a very present help in their great trouble. Arise, Lord, in Thy power thine, Lord, with thy beautiful light," till they can say first, Thy will be done and then, Thou hast done all things well." THE INQUEST. I The inquest was held on Saturday afternoon, at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Gloucester, before Mr A. M. Sydney Turner, the city coroner. Mr William Fream was chosen foreman of the jury. The first witness called was Mr Gerard Maurice Charles Luard, son of the deceased, who identified the body. He said his father was a solicitor, practising in Cardiff, and registrar and chapter clerk of the diocease of Llandaff. He was also county trea- surer of Monmouth. He had not been in good health for the last twelve months and six weeks ago had gone to Bournemouth for the benefit of his health. That day (Saturday) they left Bournemouth by the 9.30 a.m. train on their way home to Llandaff. Having an hour to wait at Gloucester, he and his father went to see the cathe- dral, leaving his mother and sister at the station. The deceased and witness went through the cathedral, and then started back for the station. On arriving at Mr Hatton's brewery, George- street, he felt his father lean heavily on his arm. He looked to his father's face and «aw that he was unable to speak. On seeing him taken ill, someone came out of a house with a chair on which the deceased was placed. Witness unfastened his collar and medical assistance was at once sent for. Mr Edis, surgeon, and Mr Sidney Turner, surgeon, were quickly in attend- ance. He had never known his father have a fit, but his heart was always weak. He did not think his father was more unwell than usual that morning, and he made no complaint as to his heart. He believed deceased had taken light refreshments on the journey, but had had nothing at Gloucester. He had been under the care of Dr. A. Nankwell at Bournemouth, and previously to that he had been under the care:of Dr. Burnett, of London, He had scarlatina when a boy, and signs of dropsy and Bright's disease had developed themselves. Mr T. Edis, surgeon, [of Gloucester, deposed that on that afternoon, at four o'clock, IIP was called to the deceased at Mr Hatton's offices, George-street. He found the deceased lying down George-street. He found the deceased lying down oh the floor, evidently in a moribund state. There was pulsation at the wrist, but this ceased in less than a minute, and he died immediately- He had no doubt that he died from failure of the heart's action supervening on Bright's disease. The Coroner said he was there at the time, and agreed with Mr Edis as to the cause of death. The jury returned a verdict of Death from natural causes." BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH. Mr William Charles Luard was the son of Mr Luard, the general manager of the London and County Bank, London. He was articled to a solicitor, and after being enrolled he for some time practised as such at Gray's-inn, London. Mr E. Priest Richards, who was for many years solicitor to the late Lord Bute, and also solicitor to the estate during the present Lord Bute's minority, was Mr Luard's uncle, and on feeling the duties involved, owinc to the expansion of the dock property, becoming too great, he invited his nephew to come to Cardiff and assist him as legal adviser to the estate. Mr Luard came to Cardiff in 1354, and acted 111 cuacert with his uncle for severalyearii. Mr Richards was at the same time treasurer for the county of Glamorgan, and after some years he resigned the position of solicitor to Lord Bute. Mr L. V. Shirley then Came to Cardiff as a partner with Mr Luard, and the firm of Luard and Shirley carried on for many years the duties of solicitors to Lord Bute. Mr Richards at a subsequent period —in the year 1865—resigned the position of county treasurer. There were two candidates for the appointment, Mr W. C. Luard and Mr R. W. Williams, of Cardiff, between whom it was said the appointment would fall. Considerable excite- ment was felt in the election, which took place at Swansea. There were partisans in favour of r-ther can lidatf, among the county magistrates, and feeling on the question ran very high. In Mr Luard's address he claimcd to be the nephew of Mr E. P. Richards, but this was denied by j some of his opponents in the newspapers, who said that he was only a half nephew. Mr Luard's appointment was only secured by one vote, but since that time he has gained the respect and esteem of all who opposed him, and his uncle, Mr E. P. Richards, never soared the confidence of the county magistrates more than he did and at the meeting I of the magistrates tg-day there is little doubt but that there will be a general feeling of regret at his death. He was steward of Lord Bute's Manor, and held courts leet in Lord Bute's name; and was besides solicitor for several of the leading county families. On the death of Mr Dunuing h" was appointed, by the present Bishop of Llandaff, -eg.strar ot the diocese and chapter clerk. iio •• f-ntly fresh arrangements were made as regards val advisers of Lord Bute; Mr Shirley • -ccame Lord Bute's local solicitor and Mr Euard "•tired. tn his public capacity Mr Luard often seemed distant, and reserve; but in private life he was a man of kind and courteous manners. He 19 a member of the Athenaeum, the Oriental, an; several other cinbs in London, as weii as the: Cardiff and Coum.yCmbat Cardiff. He was a great reader, a man of cultivated mind, a.nd, as such, his society was always, sough;; and his presence greeted with r.-mi.'es and a hearty welcome. Many years ago tie purchased Lb-i'daff House, and Among the residents of the city few had a wider circle of friends. In the restoration of the cathe- dral he took an "r.ive part, aud, as was remarked IJV the Dean on Sunday, cathedral has sus- -ned a great ioss by his death. Mr Luard was twice married.. By the presenftMrsLttard there is •v.» family, but by the iirst wife he had two sons and one daughter, who arc hvmg. The deceased was 57 years f .#

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