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-UU_- CONNAH'S QUAY DOCK MYSTERY, -_u- ADJOURNED INQUEST. The inquest on the body of Herbert Povey, whose death is recorded on page 3, was resumed by Mr. F. Llewellyn Jones, coroner, at the Con- aah's Quay PoLioo Station yesterday (Tuesday) morning. On behalf of the Great Central Rail- way Co. there attended Mr. Dallmeyer, solicitor, London; Mr. Allen, engineer, Manchester; Mr. F. Barton, assistant traffic manager, Liverpool. Mr. Hilditeh, Inspector of Factories, etc., was MS()I present The only witness called at the opening of the inquiry was the father, who iden- TIFIED the body. itohm Parry, engineer, Portmadoc, who gave his evidence in Welsh, was THE first witness. His statements weie interpreted by the Coroner him- self. He said he was employed on the Isabel. The Coroner told him that he ought to have at- tended on the last occasion, and witness said he missed the connection at Runcorn. On Dec. 4th, said witness, his ship arrived in Connah's Quay, and the accident took place on the following night. They worked all day on Tuesday and went ashore about 7.30 p.m. Deceased and he went together to the Quay public-house. They stayed there until closing time (10 p.m.). Deceased had three or four glasses of beer. They went out together. There were six people in the house, but ho did I not know them. Oil leaving, deceased and he went in the direction of the ship. Both were quite sober. On the way to the vessel witness stopped for a short time about 200 yards from the ship, and deceased went on. Witness followed almost immediately, but he did not see deoeased again. The ship was close by the side of the quay, and there was a ladder from the quay to. the deck. It was a light night, and the ship carried no light. The quay lamps were alight, and there was one lamp not far from the vessel, witness heard nothing as he got to the quay. He did not hear deceased fall. He looked for de,. oeasod on the vessel, but he was not. there. He did not report the matter that night, as he thought deceased might have returned to the shore. He knew deceased intended to sleep on the vessel, but he was in no way anxious about him. They had had no quarrel that night. By the Coroner: He considered the quay at that point very dangerous. It was light enough that night. Mr. Hilditch: Why is the quay dangerous?- The crane rail is close to the side of the quay, and a man might trip over the rail. Was the ladder lashed to the ship?—No, I put it down. By Mr Dallmeyer: The moon was shining. The crane rails were continuous, and if a man followed the rail he was all right. The Coroner: If there was some protection in the way of a chain, it would do away with the danger?—Yes, but I do not think there is room. The rail runs close to the edge. Mr. Dallmeyer: If a man follows the. rail he is quite safe. The Co:ONER: But if he is crossing the rail he might trip on it. P.S. Hill (to witness): Do you think it possible for a man to try and jump on the vessel?—yes. By the Coroner: It would be risky to jump, and there was a rope over which a man might trip. Thomas Jones, carter, Albert-place, Connah's Quay, deposed to seeing- deceased and the last witness in the public-house. They had two glasses of beer in his presence. They were both sober and friendly. James Eiisha Rogers, 7, Jubilee-terrace, Shot- ton, an employe, at the, Ironworks, corroborated J o nes. William Byfield, 13, Thomas-street, Runcorn, said he was informed that doceased, was missing on Dec. 8th. He started grappling at the quay at 2 p.m. on the 8th. He recovered the body at 4.30 the same afternoon. The, body was about six yards from the quay in a hole in the bed of the river, near where the steamer was on the night of deceased's disappearance. John Hilditch. Wrexham, Inspector of Fac- tories, said Ire exercised supervision over the docks so far as they were under the Factory Acts. The lobulations were that all dangerous parts should be fenced. The Coroner: Would the point where the ship was berthed come undc the regulation?—I should say not. It means that if that part. is to be fenced all docks must be fenced all round. Witness said certain other parts of the docks were dangerous, and he had visited the place and discussed thm with the agent and harbour master. A notice concerning them was sent on Jan. 9th. 1905. He had walked along the dock that morn- ing, and he had not noticed that anything had been done. Mr. Dailmever said the railway company had had the matter in hand before the accident hap- pened, and they were going on actively to put in order the requirements of tiik, Factory Inspec- tor. It was quite impracticable to fence the whole straight edge of quays and docks. In summing up. the Coroner sa.id there was a feeling among jurors regarding tho proper pro- tec-(ion of the quay. From what the Inspector had said, they would see that so far as the regu- lations were concerned, there was no power to order the fencing of that part of the quay. It was satisfactory to have an assurance on behalf of the owners that steps were being taken thati dangerous places should be pioteetrd. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death." A juryman thought deceased's companion should be reprimanded for not making inquiries about deceased on the night of the accident. The jttry retired to. consider the question, and de- cided that the man's conduct was not blameable They represented to the representatives of the company that, a mortuary was needed, and that the Port Sanitary Authority would build one if the company would give the land. The jury were advised to make a formal application to the com- pany on the su bject.

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