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THE WIRRAL TRAGEDY. f SUICIDE IN A POST OFFICE. ■ THE INQUEST. I At Clatterbridge Workhouse on Friday morn, ing, the West Cheshire coroner (Mr. J. C. Bate) held an inquest upon the body of the un' fortunate woman named Mary Bird, who hail? from Oxton. near Birkenhead, and who coø', mitted suicide in the Post Office, at Thereto Hough, under tragic circumstances, on Tuesd*? evening of last week, reported fully in OUf)aSt week's issue. » The Coroner informed the jury that the d<3' ¡ ceased's name was Mary Bird, stated to be 29 I years of age, and the last address at which sb8 was known was in Oxton, near Birkenhead. Tb' case was of a very strange character, and it ha? been reported to him that on one occasion, aboo? six months ago. the deceased was charged w?"* attempting to take her life, and that she ba been an inmate of Upton Lunatic Those circumstances pointed to a somewhat we state of mind. There could be no doubt the deceased administered carbolic acid to herself-  The first witness called was Police ConstablO Diskin, stationed at Thornton Hough, who state4 that the deceased, Mary Bird, was his w^ej sister. To the best of his knowledge she had b?.) no fixed residence for some time. Her pa?'' resided at Stourbridge, Staffordshire, but sb had not lived with them for a year. Her who was at present in America, was in busidel at Stourbridge as an ironmonger. Deceased b?, been in many situations as a cook and housem*1^ The last time witness saw her was in July last' when she had stayed a month at his house, bet? out of a situation. Before then she was io e situation at Southport as housemaid, and  told witness that she gave it up because it pL not agree with her.-The Coroner Did you tb1^ that was the reason ?-Witness: Yes, I dli, because she was not very well when she Icame to our house.-You have not seen her since Ju'? No, but I heard since she was in Oxton.—P?. i ceeding, witness said he was not aware that ceased was in Thornton Hough on Tuesday, ? he said positively that she did not call at ? house that day. He was summoned to the P0 t of&ce. which was next door to his house, abot) a quarter past seven on Tuesday evening, j? found deceased lying on the floor of the o:& unconscious. He rendered her what assist&?c he could by giving her an emetic of salt and wat øS and promptly summoning Dr. Wbipp, who in attendance two minutes later. Questioned øS to a bottle of carbolic acid, witness said it "0 found by one of the jurymen next morning t?? the back door of his (witness') house.—?' Coroner: Could she get to the back of Y? house easily without your observation?—Witnos? Yes.-Do you know your sister-in law's writes Yes, sir.-The Coroner then handed witne-91 piece of paper containing some writing, ?' asked if he thought the writing was that of'' deceased. Witness replied that he believed )t was. The letter (which was found among the deceased's clothing by a nurse when examined the workhouse) was read to the jury by t Coroner, and was as follows:—" Dear sister ?? Just a line to say when you receive this I sb?it be no more. I fully intend doing this, for yoif j husband has driven me to do this. If I j drink I am not a harlot as he says. If such ?? ? the case I should not be in service. I b? g worked hard for my living, but still I will s, 'j nothing. He will suffer more than your brc)k00' hearted sister Poll."—The Coroner remaJ'? that the letter was written in pencil, and  the somewhat indistinct writing it was evd,"tlyi not written under ordinary circumstances. dressing witness, he asked: Have you had  words with her at all?—Witness None at all s'? 0 I she left our house in July last, when she WO going to a situation at Hoylake.—Witness ? i that about two days after deceased left his ho?'? ? she returned there about one o'clock in the  ing. He was not at home at the time, but his wife told him that the woman smelt very strong of drink and that she told deceased if she did 110' I alter her behaviour she would not keep the hols .? open for her.-The Coroner: You knew that Sbe iI took drink?-Yes, sir. I knew she was i-,athet fond of drink.-I ask you whether you knew  t she left her last situation through drink? It ? ) my idea at the time. I know has been at about a dozen altua.?" g. the year before last in three mont? -Is it not in your opinion that her drink1 was the reason why she had not been able t, I keep her situations? Yes, sir.—Witness adde ø that another reason in his opinion was that tb' deceased would not be spoken to by her m&s^ or mistress. He had never accused her of  I behaviour, as she alleged in her letter.- L Coroner: You are quite sure she did not co!? to your house on Tuesday? Yes, sir.—Proce? ing, witness said the deceased did not contri?' to her maintenance when she lived at his hou9 She had no money, and he gave her some she left to take a new situation. In July, 189 J while in a situation at Birkenhead, she appeaf4^ j !i before the magistrates on a charge of attempt"^ to commit suicide by taking laudanum, and af'^ being medically examined she was sent to  Asylum.-The Coroner: Do you kno her state of mind was the result of dri?'?-NV' ness: I could not say.-How long did she sta ¡ in Upton Asylum? Four months.-When  she attempt to take her life again?—In Fbrl1r last year, at New Ferry.-Was she In a situate then? Yes, sir. She was brought before magistrates and discharged with a caution- What did she attempt to take her life with t ellt Laudanum. The cause of her act was that ? was much upset on receiving a letter from father to say that her brother had died. I Evidence was next given by Hugh Cariip bellI, assistant postmaster at Thornton Hough, V-* deposed to seeing deceased fall on the floor d the office. He did not know how long: she b% been in the office, because he did  see her enter. She must have been in a part the office where she was concealed from his ?'< He had not seen her in the office before he saw fall. Immediately before he saw her fall be served a customer with some stamps. Fearing the I deceased had fainted, he called in ConstaMc P") kin. Deceased did not speak to witness. He b seen the woman before at Thornton, but not day, and he did not know who she was. X Dr. Robert Whipp, of Thornton Hough, depo? to seeing deceased in the Post-office unconsc'? and dyin? from the effects of carbolic ?.' poisoning. She expired a few minutes after\v?,t P.C. Diskin, in answer to the Coroner.  there was no chemist's shop or other place in district of Thornton where deceased could b? obtained carbolic acid. The Coroner, in summing up, remarked that tbo note, which was addressed to deceased's sister, 3fro, Diskin, was written on a paper which seemed J have come from a school, because it was with the words "head teacher." Where the l?o?iet had been written it was impossible to say, bi'1 had evidently been written under peculiar eirctlol, stances. It was quite within the power of the jury to say the deceased was of unsound mind the time she committed suicide. Her letter quite sufficient to account for her not being a. V to keep her situations, and probably the drilli might have been the cause of her attempts suicide.—The jury found that deceased had coJJl mitted suicide while of unsound mind. (The above appeared in our last Saturday EveniO4 Edition.) ———i———'—

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