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Sudden Death of Mr Luard, Llandaff. I PARTICULARS OF THE SAD OCCURRENCE. I -I Theinquest. I REFERENCE BY THE DEAN OF LLANDAFF. I Biographical Sketch. The news which was received at Cardiff on Saturday evening of the awfully sudden derirh of Mr William Charles Luard, of Llandaff ttou p Llandaff, caused not only considerable surprise, but over Llandaff cut a gloom which tho city hns riot exl,erienced for soiiif,- 'iiie. Only a .short tiuw previously Mr Luard had been moving anion; them in his usual health. He had, however, been suffering from sciatica, and, acting -itici.r medical advic?, ho went to Ucumemouf.u ioi- a time, believing the chanyo of air wonhl (.0 beneficial. During h; stay at Bournemouth, was accompanied by Mrs Luard, Miss Luar, Ir Gerard Mauriee Luard, his younger vo As county treasurer, hiti presence W"1.1:: be required at Cardiff on Monday, when the magistrates assemble at the Town-hall for despatch of county business, as it was his dutv to present the variom reports connected wit. t;1 financial position of the county and 11, left Bournemouth on Saturday morning, intcmUn;' r,, spend the Sunday at Llandaff. When thev -eft Bournemouth, he appeared a* well as Usu i:. Oi. arriving at Gloucester, an ii-iterval of more than an hour occurred before the departure -.i the train for South Wales. Deceased was alwsvs a great admirer of eceiesiastical architecture, ana while Mrs and Miss Luard remained at the rail- way station, lie, in company with his son, paid # \i.r,tto the cathedra!. Here he points out many of the beauti«? of this grand old str>ic;ur and subsequently left with his son to return t. the railway station. Ti:ey had not proceeded f. r betore the son fe't his fa: her leaning heaviiy on liis arm. The, c.rc'iin-t, nine caused the son con- siderable fcunuve, as up to that moment his father had been apparently as- well as usual. The son called to his father, who was unable to re'.)!y. Some foot passengers in George street Some foot passenger!! in George street observed hiw, arId 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 inqueit should be held, the body was conveyed to the Spread Eagle, and on the coroner being informed ot ths circum- stances, he at once held the inquiry, in order the body might be brought on to Cardifl ti.t. night. A telegram Was sent to Cardiff b:iefiy staiing what had taken place, and and Miss Luard came on to Cardiff by the 10.30 train. Mr G. A. Stone, undertaker, had been coinm-.ini- cated with, and he sent a hearse to the station, br.t owing to the inquest being h?id. ti;o body was not despatched from Giouce.scer until the arrival of the down mail. In the interview a i ell had been made in which the body 'I and, accompanied by the son, it was bro- tu Cardiff. At the railway station, Mr Shirley, JUn. and one or two friends from Llandaff wore wait- I ing. The body was placed in a heaive and conveyed to Llandaff House, followed by Mr Maurice Luard and a few friends. All the residents of Lianuaff, on Sunday morning, had tlieirblinrlz5 drawn closely down, as a mark of respect, and at the cathedral the prayers of the congregation were desired for tilo iiic,iii-iiii, widow 0 and family, f,)r whom the greatest I sympathy is felt. REFERENCE BY THE DEAN OF LLANDAFF. I 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 :"—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 cdl to-day. We have been startled, we havo been stunned, by a sudden sorrow. The windows of (me of our chief houses are darkened—witnin it ure 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, 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 congregation—those 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 IXQUEST. 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 ix 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 óaW 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, surgeou, fof Gloucester, deposed that on that afternoon, at four o'clock, he 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 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 J'ldis as to the cause of death. The jury returned a verdict of "Death from natural causes." BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH. Mr William Charles Luard wa:5 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, owinir to the expansion of the dock property, becoming too great, he invited his nephew to come to Cardiff and assist him as Jegal adviser to the estate. Mr Luard came to Cardiff in 1354, and acted m concert with his uncle for several years. Mr Richards was at the same time treasurer for the county of Glamorgan, and aft4r 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, batween whom it was said the appointment would fab. Considerable excite- ment was felt in the election, which took place at w. n 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 lie 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 oniy secured bv one vote, but since that time he has gained the respect, and esteem of all who opposed him, and Ins uncle, Mr E. P, Richards, never soared the confidence of tho county magistrates more than he did and at the meeting oi the magistrates to-day there is little doubt but t hat there will be a genera! feeling of regret at his death. He was steward of Lord Bute's Manor, and held courts leefc in Lord Bute's name and was besides solicitor for several of the leading county families. On the death of Mr Dunnmg be was appointed, by the present Bishop of Liandaff, .egistrar of the diocese and chaper clerk. Re "Ilitly ire,;Ii arrangements were made as regards Lho lfgal advisers of Lord Bute; Mr Sliirlcv ecame Lord Bute's local solicitor and Mr Luard v#fc: red. in his public capacity Mr Luard often seemed !r1, distant, and reserve' but in private life he was a man of kind and courteous m::11110r: lie. •■vss a member .f t.iio Athenaeum, the Orient," and several other clubs in London, as well as the Cardiff and County Cinbat Cardiff. He was a groat reader, a man of ^cultivated mind, and, as such, hi3 society was always sough', and his present. greeted with smile- and a hearty welcome. Many yeurc ago he purc.'ias" Llandaff House, and among the residents IIf tho city few had a wider csrcle of friends, .tn t.fia restoration of the catbe• dial he took an active p; l't. HH(1, as was remarked oy the Dean on Sunday, tho (1,thrdral has sus- tained a great lo'-s by his death, Mr Luard was twice married. By the present Mrs Luard there is ■u> famdy, but by the ursc wife he had two son, ••■ne who are Jiving. The deceased was venrs -f

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