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Sudden Death of Mr Luard,…


Sudden Death of Mr Luard, Llandaff. PARTICULARS OF THE SAD OCCURRENCE. The Inquest. REFERENCE BY THE DEAN OF LLANDAFF. I Biographical Sketch. The news which was received at Cardiff on Saturday evening of the awfully sudden death of Mr William Charles Luard, of Llandaff House, Llandaff, caused not only considerable surprise, but over Llandaff cast a gloom which the city has not experienced for some time. Only a short time previously Mr Luard had been moving among them in his usual health. He had, however, been suffering from sciatica, and, acting under medical advice, he went to Bournemouth for a time, believing the change of air would be beneficial. During his stay at Bournemouth, he was accompanied by Mrs Luard, Miss Luard, and Mr Gerard Mauriee Luard, his younger son. As county treasurer, his presence would be required at Cardiff on Monday, when the magistrates assembled at thp Town-hall for the despatch of county business, as it was his duty to present the various reports connected with the financial position of the county and he left Bournemouth on Saturday morning, intending to spend the Sunday at Llandaff. When they left Bournemouth, he appeared as well as usual. On arriving at Gloucester, an interval of more than an hour occurred before the departure of the train for South Wales. Deceased was always a great admirer of ecelesiastical architecture, and while Mrs and Miss Luard remained at the rail- way station, he, in company with his son, paid a visit to the cathedral. Here he pointed out many of the beauties of this grand old structure, and subsequently left with his son to return to the railway station. They had not proceeded far before the son felt his father leaning heavily on his arm. The circumstance caused the son con- siderable 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 of the circum- stances, he at once held the inquiry, in order that the body might be brought on to Cardiff that night. A telegram was sent to Cardiff briefly stating what had taken place, and Mrs and Miss Luard came on to Cardiff by the 10.30 train. Mr G. A. Stone, undertaker, had been communi- cated with, and he sent a hearse to the station, but owing to the inquest being held, the body was not despatched from Gloucester until the arrival of the down mail. In the interview a shell had been made in which the body was placed, 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 hearse and conveyed to Llandaff House, followed by Mr Maurice Luard and a few friends. All the residents of Llandaff, on Sunday morning, had their blinds drawn closely down, as a mark of 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. REFERENCE BY THE DEAN or OF LLANDAFF. in the aiternoon the Dean 01 Jjiandafi preached a sermon in aid of the Church Pastoral Aid Society, but before closing he said, quoting the words of his text, "Arise, shine It shall be our New Year's motto-it shall be be the resolution of the New Year's life. There is much to make it an impressive call to-day. We have been startled, we have been stunned, by a sudden sorrow. The windows of one of our chief houses are darkened—within it are mourners, not refusing, but finding it hard, to be comforted. A beloved husband and father is laid low by a stroke of deathin the midst of life. Half his home- ward journey yesterday was made by a living soul, the other 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 congregatioll-.tho,;e powerful and manifold energies will speak no moro in their various departments of usefulness. We of this cathedral have lost our right hand m 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. The inquest was held on Saturday afternoon, at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Gloucester, before Mr A. M. Sydaey Turner, the city coroner. Mr William Jb'ream 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 saw 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 Mdis, surgeon, and Mr Sidney Turner, surgeon, were quickly in attend- ance. He had never known his f,ither have a lit, but his heart was always weak. He did not think his father was more unwell than usual that morning, and lie 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 carejof Dr. Burnett, of London, He had scarlatina when a boy. and signs of dropsy and Bright's disease had developed themselves. Mr T. JSdis, surgeon, of Gloucester, deposed that on that afternoon, at four o'clock, fie was- called to the deceased at Mr Hatton's offices, George-street. He found the deceased lying down on 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 lie 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 Kdis 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 Bate's minority, was Mr Luard's uncle, and on feeling the duties iiivoived, owinc to the eX[Jansio;1 oi the dock property, becoming too great, heinvited his nephew to come to Cardiit and assist him as legal advi.-er to the estate. Mr Luard came to Cardiff in 1354, and acted in concert with his uncle for I several years. Mr Richards was at the same time treasurer for the oounty 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 either candidate, among the county magistrates, and feeling on the question ran very high. In Mr Luard's address he claimed to be the nephew of Mr E. P. Richards, but this was denied by 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 shared the confidence of the county magistrates more than he did and at the meeting of the magistratjs to-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 Dunning he was appointed, by the present Bishop of Llandaff, registrar of the diocese and chapter clerk. Re cently fresh arrangements were made as regards the legal advisers of Lord Bute Mr Shirley became Lord Bute's local solicitor and Mr Luard retired. In his public capacity Mr Luard often seemed cold, distant, and reserved, but in private life he was a taan of kind and courteous manners. He was a member of the Athenaeum, the Oriental, and several other clubs in London, as well as the Cardiff and County Club at Cardiff. He was a great reader, a man of cultivated mind, and, as such, reader, a man of cultivated mind, and, as such, his society was always sought and his presence greeted with smiles and a hearty welcome. Many years ago he purchased Llandaff 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 active part, and, as was remarked by the Dean on Sunday, the cathedral has sus- tained a great loss by his death. Mr Luard was twice married. By the present Mrs Luard there is no family, but by the first wife he had two sons and one daughter, who are living. The deceased was 57 years of age.



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