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AN "INFANT'S" WIDOW. On Thursday, at the close of an inquest held before Mr Samuel F. Langlum, the City of London Cjroner, there was an unusual scene. The evidence showed that the deceased, a Mr Herbert Hammond, residing at 18, Almington-atreet, Hornsey. had died suddenly from heart disease while in a City restaurant, his identity being sworn to by his widow, Mrs Ham- mond, who stated that her husband was only 20 last birthday. At the close of the inquest the jury returned a verdict of natural death, and the coroner instructed the burial certificate to be given to the widow of the deceased. This was done, but the father of the deceased stepped forward and said he wished' for the certificate. The Coroner: For what reason ? The father; My son was under age at the time of his deatli.-Tite Coroner I fail to see what that haa to do with it. The father But I have ordered the coffin and arranged the funeral.-The widow: Yes, sir, but my father has also doDe the same on my bt3. half. The two undertakers were present in court and appeared anxious to geb the matter settled, but on hearing of the two coffins, the corouer pointed out. that lie had no jurisdiction in the matter, as it was an affair clearly to be settled between the members of the family, although, at the same time, showing the absurdity of rela- tives not acting together in the matter. The father: I thought being under age it was my duty,—The Coroner The wife is clearly now the nearest relative, and the nearest relative alway is supposed to rule that matter. (To the widow) How long have you been married ? The widow: Nine months and two weeks.—The Coroner Have you the marriage certificate ?-The Widow: Yes (producing it).—The Coroner And you swear that this refers to you and the deceased.—The widow Yes- The father Oh, I don't dispute the fact of the marriage.—The Coroner Well, al; I can do is to hand the certificate to the widow.—The Coroner's Clerk Was the deceased insured The widow Yes.—The parties then left the Court.

--MURDER OF A FATHER.

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